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Interior Design Instagram Accounts to Follow

Colourful instagram accounts

Instagram is a really useful platform to share my images and engage with fellow friends and interior bloggers but it is a minefield that is ever expanding so it’s not easy always to find new accounts to follow. There are so many.

Who to follow ? Well, if you love interiors ( which I guess you might if you read my blog ) then today I am going to share the love with five of my current UK based faves that take interior trends and home improvements to another level. You might enjoy them too.

Above is @Oxfordone who has the most beautifully curated home. Lissi is a fellow colour lover who is excellent at co – ordinating trends and bold patterns. Her account always makes me smile – it’s really clever. Definitely one to follow – and check out her bathroom for sure – it’s super cool.

Blue Room Living Space Relaxing Calm Bright Melanie Lissack

I only recently found @melanielissackinteriors when we met at an event and I’m really glad I did. She has fantastic style and a very stylish home. A triple award winning blogger, Melanie has a plethora of rooms to admire and take inspiration from. The tiles in her kitchen are just dreamy and I love the blue living room and choice of wallpapers.

Karen Knox Interiors Black Room Orange Chair Leeds based Designer Karen Knox aka @makingspacesnet has created some stunning homes. She puts together textiles and fearless colours in a ( seemingly ) effortless way and they just work so well. A very talented person. She posts photos that you want to study all the detail which is always a good sign. Do follow if you are looking for some fresh ideas.

Kate Lovejoy Interiors Blue Kitchen Dining Cosy Space

Not so long ago when I wrote about matching colours with your zodiac sign –  I was introduced to @katelovejoyinteriors and she sure knows how to use colour and shape to design aesthetically pleasing rooms. Kate’s interior design account is bursting with vivid walls and furniture. She has a really good eye for colour and shape. Featured in lots of magazines which is no surprise at all.

Interiors Bedroom Peaceful Button Headboard

The palettes that @rockmystyleblog use are adorable. It’s a persistently gorgeous account to follow with a mixture of lots of Scandi, Mid Century and tactile looking textures. What I especially love is how generous they are with including other accounts and their homes. Light and bright – I recommend highly.

Image: Adam Crohill.

I’d be really interested to hear some of your favoured interior instagrammers. Is there anyone in particular that you look forward to seeing their pics ? Do leave me a comment below.

Lucy x

Ten Gold Wall Light Ideas for the Home

Palm Tree Wall Light

I have written this post because on my  hunt for some gold wall lights, I came to a realisation – it’s not that easy even with all the choice out there. Sure, I found some corkers that I’d bite my own hand off to have in my home but could I find exactly what was I wanted – not for a while anyway.

But it all worked out in the end and I thought to save someone else’s eyes going square in such a quest, I’d show some finds that are pretty gorgeous. Here’s my top 10 including the sconce chosen that we have just put up that you will see soon in our finished living room.

The first one above is from Graham & Green. Who needs tropical islands when you can have a metallic palm tree in your own living room ? A real feature to enhance a wall. I have also noted it’s currently in the sale. Just saying.

Wall Light Sconce Gold

I love a bit of Anthropologie. They always come up with something a little bit different. This hardwired light has a brushed brass finish. It’s an updated single candelabra  – worth bearing in mind that a certain shape of bulb will be needed each time.

Gold Wall Lights Living Bed Room1. Maison Du Monde 2. David Hunt 3. Habitat 4. Heals 5. Made 6. Em – Home 7. Houseology 8. Nest

Here are eight wall lights that will give out light in different ways and create a different look in your home.

I really love the large globe lamps. They’ve always been around in one form or another. This style will throw out a warm light ( with the right bulb ) mixed with gold will give a cosy but luxurious feel.

Task lamps like the one here from David Hunt look really sleek on a bedroom wall. I have this one on my wishlist. Really like it’s shape.

Habitat offer this Tesselate LED decorative wall light. They look pretty cool above a bed, sofa or a very nice welcoming piece in the hallway ?

Ever a fan of Houseology  – their Matt Brass exquisite sconce by Eicholtz Boivin ( 7 ) really appeals to me. A real talking point and so bold and rich in colour.

Nowadays, with many designs on offer and room designs being so fluid, you can mix and match many looks so many of these lamps would work in different eras and styles of homes.

Our new lights are one of the above and I am looking forward to sharing it with you soon. Keep a look out.

Lucy x

For more home inspiration have a look at my Pinterest boards here.

How I set up an interior scene for a film shoot

Tv Set Filming Bedroom Bluebellgray colourful bedroom

Last week was a really busy one in terms of here at home. Not only have I been coming up with some ideas and plans for a new living room, there was also some film location work going on.

Now, if you read the last post of mine, you’ll know that we just had a new carpet put in which I love so as you would imagine I had my beady on it all day when the crew were here. They were very good and respectful though. I think they wouldn’t have dared stand on or put their cameras and lights on it. I was hovering …

Grey Walls Cosy Bedroom Colourful duvet pillow Picture Ledge over bed

Anyway, I digress and will tell you more about what the filming was all about a little later, as what I wanted to talk about today is how I created one of the scenes – I recreated it here for you as there was literally no time on the day to take any photos.

Having interviewed the very established tv production designer Richard Drew not so long ago, it gave me some inspiration on how to go about setting it all up.

I needed to make sure it looked right for the character’s involved so here is what I came up with:

Colourful Bedroom Retro phone Grey Walls Bluebellgray

Painted the wall behind the bed a light grey. It is a naturally light space so it can take it. I maybe won’t be keeping this colour for long but as I am soon doing up the room ( again ) so felt this colour would be suitable for the two people

Added contrasting colours because the grey backdrop allowed it. The lovely people at Bluebellgray provided us with a Seafield duvet set and a couple their Fringe and Paintbox cushions. If there had been too much going on with strong patterns etc, it would take away from the actual story. I was always taught when I worked in television that too much black is not good on film because it soaks up the light and lots of red isn’t too popular either. Stripes can strobe on film also which would make the viewer feel ill after a while so that’s always a no no.

Setting TV Scene Bedroom Grey Colour Cosy Bright Pops Colour

Made the space feel cosy as it was a sleepy night scene, by adding pictures, books, drinks of water, plants and soft lighting. Of course there is the professional lighting but they can tweak everything to make it look like the right time of day. It’s pretty clever really.

I asked about the characters before hand and had a look at the script to get an idea of what they might be like and how they would dress their room. It’s also important to check what they will be wearing to make sure it all coordinates.

Grey Bedroom Colourful TV Scene Filming Blluebellgray Cosy home

What made me laugh was actors sleeping and chatting in my own bed. Luckily they are both lovely folk so it wasn’t too weird.

My kitchen was also used on the day and our upstairs hallway. If you are new to reading my blog, you may not know that I originally used to act and still do sometimes … so guess who was in one of the scenes ? I loved it and we had a really good laugh. I played a snooty lady at a dinner party. A great opportunity to ham it up a little.

This was all filmed for a trailer called  ‘ Bus Pass to Peterborough ‘ to showcase my Dad’s script. he has been a writer for a long time and has worked lots of different types of programmes over the years. I really admire his tenacity in such a tough business. It took a whole week of locations. Pre – production planning too and of course then it will be edited now. Amazing the amount of team work that goes in to these things, booking the actors, location hunting, scene setting and working out timetables – and of course relying on the weather which was luckily really good. I can’t wait to see the completed work and then see where it is taken from there ? The long term focus is a television film set here in Suffolk. There are some beautiful Autumnal outdoor scenic shots as you might imagine and a really great cast so fingers crossed.

Lucy x

Thank you Bluebellgray for your gifting !

Five reasons why we chose Padstow Carpet from Brintons

Brintons Stair Runner Spotty Carpet Dotty Grey Colour HallwayIsn’t a relief when you’ve completed a home project ? Especially when you’ve wanted to for such a long time.

We are so happy to now have the stairs and landing carpeted in something I feel very proud to show you. Yes, I am absolutely guilty of staring lovingly at the landing when I get up in the mornings and maybe loitering on the stairs more than I used to.

There’s been a definite shift in the last few years over to using carpet as a feature in your home – although Brintons who made ours have been doing so for many years.

Spotty Stair Runner Grey Wool Carpet Hallway

I’m going to break down the five main reasons why I chose this particular wool rug for our home :

Grey Pebble Cosy Carpet Wool Hallway

This is the first view you have of my home when you enter the door. It’s pattern makes me very happy every time I open the door. We all love it. It’s a feature for the room – really

The quality. Oh, let me tell you. It’s the softest carpet I have walked on but also very hardwearing. 80 % wool and 20 % nylon   – so it’s extremely tactile and comfortable for the feet yet made to last. It was really important to have a carpet that will last and stay looking good.

I have noticed a really detailed list of detailed advice on how to care long term for your carpet on the Brintons website.

Spot Pebble Grey Spotty Carpet Runner Soft Cosy

The colour. Having two still relatively young girls whose friends visit often and a labrador who loves to sneak a cheeky sit down on the stairs whenever possible so it needs to be practical and cover all those bases.

Although it’s a firm shoes off policy nowadays to head upstairs – it still will take quite a bit of trampling over the years. Although it comes in many other gorgeous colours and patterns, we opted for Pebble Spot which as you can see is a grey shade. It works with the white walls but even if we decide to add some other colour there – grey works so well with many. It also frames the hues in the rooms when you look in to them.

Spotty Carpet Stair Runner Grey Hallway Cosy Pebble Padstow Brintons Carpet Runner Stairs Grey Polka Dot

Hallways can be vastly overlooked as somewhere you just pass through. Which I always feel is a shame. They deserve so much more !

After all you probably spend quite a bit of time walking on it so make the floor fabulous to look at ? Our Padstows Pebble Spot has really livened up the stretches between the rooms and made it look and feel a lot more expansive.

Stair Runner Carpet Spotty Polka Dot Grey Silver Brogues Carpet Spotty Grey

Okay, this might sound like a funny reason but I think names are very important and can pull you one way or the other when making decisions. Padstow evokes very lovely, happy memories for me. Cornwall is nne of our favourite places to visit in the world and we have seen the girls at different stages enjoy the beach and delicious fish and chips there. So, I was immediately drawn to it.

Brintons Carpets Pebble Soft Cosy Carpet Runner Stair Hall

Hope you’ve enjoyed this little tour and like our new carpet too ? Brintons do a fantastic selection of pure colours, patterns such as plaids, stripes and florals. I love their collaboration with Laura Ashley. Do check them out if you’d like a little inspiration. They have been in business since 1783 which speaks volumes.

Lucy x

This is a collaboration with Brintons. They very kindly supplied me with carpet for my home.

Also – a quick mention about my silver platform brogues and Broadgate bag as I have been asked many times on instagram where they are from. Gifted from the current Boden range. :)

50 new Sanderson paints and Colour Psychology with Sophie Robinson

Sophie Robinson TV Presenter Colour

Making the move in to interior design has been once of the best decision I’ve made. It feels like the skills I have learnt over the years such as dressmaking, tv and theatre work, owning a shop – have all helped make the transition more seamless and understand the aspects involved. The one thing that hasn’t changed over the whole process is just how much I adore textiles. The colours, prints and textures.

No surprise of course then, when Sanderson invited me to the launch of their 50 new paint colours at the  renowned Sanderson Hotel in London, I jumped at the opportunity – not only because of the lure of new hues, but also because the very lovely colour expert and tv presenter Sophie Robinson ( remember my interview with her ? ) was on hand as host to talk us through colour psychology with a fascinating workshop. Can you see me sitting there at the front looking all pensive with pen to mouth ?

Sanderson Paint Cards

Before I talk about the paints, let me tell you a little about the workshop. We were asked to instinctively choose some colours and prints with just five minutes to put together a quick collage. I opted for predominently pinks with some similar shades that formed a harmonious palette for a room. But it was very interesting to see that my fellow bloggers and journalists came up with all completely different ideas.

Sophie Robinson TV Presenter

After an invaluable interior design talk from Sophie about how and why this theory was founded by scientist Angela Wright back in the 70s. how we can use it now to determine which season our home style reflects. We then spent time making up a larger mood board to nail down our own defining season. Well, I know this won’t come as a huge surprise to you if you follow me on social media, but I am about 95 % Spring with a sprinkling of Autumn.

Sanderson Paints Colour Rainbow

To give you an idea of how this is all worked out:

Spring colours are softer, hopeful shades – think pinks, blues, yellow – cheery. Often Scandi and light woods. Maybe someone who is constantly making over their home and changing flooring or walls. Hmmm.. that is definitely me, right ?

Summer was quite surprising really as you might assume that it would be just similar to Spring with strong primary colours but not the case. Much lighter and subtle. Greys, pastel blues. Muted for a calm and relaxed environment.

Autumn – I naturally think of earthy oranges, reds, browns – that kind of thing for this season which yes it is, but more than that. Also there are stronger blues, yellows. Rich and cosy is how I would describe it. Happy shades with a deeper intensity. A nostalgic type who might invest in pieces for the home or own many heirlooms.

Winter is a much more monochrome and contrasting look. Blacks, whites, definite, dramatic patterns such as large strong stripes. To give you an example of a designer, maybe some like Lawrence Llewellyn Bowen. Flamboyant designs with maybe some little pops of colour in a home. A really pure palette – excellent also for businesses as it’s straightforward and clear. Liking statement furniture that is functional.

Colour Flowers Paint

Now on to the new 50 Sanderson paint colours and a little background about their company. For starters, I had on idea that they have been developing their paints since 1900. These were introduced by Arthur Sanderson to complement his wallpaper prints and fabric collections. Going strong all this time later with now 151 shades in every finish needed to use throughout any home.

They tint all of the paints in house at the same facility where the wallpaper is manufactured.

Sanderson Paints Colours Moods

I always see Sanderson as a beautiful classic and timeless ‘Autumn ‘ brand and still do but having spent a bit more time with them and viewing these new colours, it’s very easy to see them being used widely in contemporary homes too. There are so many different ones … vivid brights right through to more minerals.

Sanderson Paint Blue Colours Living Room Calm Sanderson Paint Blues hallway

Being a huge fan of all blues, I am really keen to try out some of these paints now because they’ve come up trumps. They have developed some gorgeous new teals as well as coastal blues and let me tell you – I  am desperate to find an area that I can makeover soon. Particularly keen on the Sea Pink as well Grey Mist. I have it on very good authority that it’s beautiful to paint with.

Which season is your home or are you a mix of a few ? Hope you’ve enjoyed the post – big thumbs up for the new Sanderson colours from me. You can check out them all here.

A great day, full of chat and information. I forgot about my cold completely. Also, I’d just like to say that the lunch at the Sanderson Hotel was incredible. Must try and go again sometime.

Lucy x

Image copyright: 1 – 6, @joshtuckerweddings.