Good Homes: My Interior Design School Course

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My excuse for being missing in action for a bit ( apart from Christmas ) is that I have been working really hard at my online Good Homes Interior Design Course that I wrote about a while ago. It’s one of many run by My Interior Design School.

I am on module 4 now and along with what I already knew about design and it’s many aspects – it has helped me no end. In fact I’m actually enjoying the technical side a lot and never thought that would be the case considering in the past I have focused more on textiles and styling. Now I can do the lot.

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Although clients will generally choose a designer that they like the style of amongst other requirements  – It’s important to me that they can rely on me to offer detailed drawings and know lots about my subject. I think it must be the Aquarian in me but I always like to know as much as possible.

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So far I have covered   colour in the home, electrical and lighting design, scaled floor plans and am now working on cost and time sheets for a bedroom design. All of these are very detailed and quite extensive so it is best to take time and fully absorb each part.

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I’ve found the way My Interior Design School explains each task very easy to comprehend and it has kept me wanting to learn more and more. There’s nothing worse than overly complicated instructions that put you off. So it’s been great so far.

Working with colours and textiles and coming up with ideas that will potentially make someone feel really happy and content in their home is really exciting. I feel like I have been working towards this in one form or another for a very long time.

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I always like to be honest on my blog and I can say hand on heart that this is a very good interactive course that fulfils it’s obligation to bring out the interior designer in you.  It covers so much and I feel it’s suitable for people who are creative but also want to gently get to grips with the more practical side.

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In fact I think I will be sad when it finishes. But very ready to crack on with it all too.

If you are interested in My interior Design School courses then have al little look here.

Do you have any new plans for 2018 ?

Lucy x

This is a collaboration with My Interior Design School. All opinions as always are my own.

How to use Pantone’s Ultra Violet for 2018


Well, it seems people are split again this time with Pantone’s announcement of their Colour of the Year 2018 being Ultra Violet. I’m in the for camp.

L to R: Plant – John Lewis Sidetable – John Lewis Gold Lamp – Target Sofa – Sofa.com Cushions – Bluebellgray Artwork – Dasol Kim at Saatchi Art White Table – Oliver Bonas Ceiling lamp – John Lewis Table plant – John Lewis Candle – Oliver Bonas Gold Side Table – West Elm Mug – Arhoj Pouffe – John Lewis Plant Pot – Audenza Cactus – Abigail Ahern 

Purples are associated with spirituality and mindfulness and actually this particular shade immediately reminded me of the legend that is Prince. Oh, I miss him.

Last year Greenery was definitely a slow burner according to my Twitter feed. Although I noticed it literally sprung in to life in the interior world further into the Spring. Maybe this will be the case this time too.

I love purple so am once again really happy with the vibrancy of Ultra Violet because it’s fresh and rich but can totally see how it’s strength of colour might be a bit much for some. It’s certainly no shrinking violet. Excuse the terrible joke. Colour is such a personal thing it would be impossible to please everyone.

But I do think trends are fun. They might inspire us to try out a new paint or textile and gets people talking about design.

I’ve made up a little mood board showing how I would use Ultra Violet in a palette for a living room. In fact, I’ve used very little of it overall because of its intensity but made sure the centre piece being the sofa, shouts the loudest. Using blues and golds with it makes it a lively combination and I’ve added some extra pops of purple around the room. I like the contrast with the bluey grey paint which is called Pale Wedgwood and made by Little Greene. It stands in the background like Ultra Violet’s more sensible friend. We all need one of those.

To give the room a serene feeling you could add more blues, lilacs and remove the pops of yellows and orange.

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1. Cushion – Habitat 2. Emma Bridgewater Plate – Liberty London 3. Art – Oliver Bonas 4. Throw – Berry Red 5. Rug – Designers Guild 6. Figurine – Arhoj 7. Cosmetic Bag – Otis Batersbee 8. Mug – Pantone 9. Roberts Radio – John Lewis 10. Lampshade – Love Frankie

If you’ve now got a thirst on for more of the purple stuff I have found some more accent pieces for the home here. What do you think of the rug ? It’s so bold. The Roberts Radio is adorable and I am such a fan of Love Frankie who make colourful lampshades. We have pink and leopard print ones here at home.

I’d love to know your thoughts on this colour. Are you loving it ? Loathing it ? Or somewhere in between ? What would be your chosen colour for 2018 ?

Lucy x

24 Top Picks for a Colourful Christmas

Colourful interior gift ideasIf I left this post any longer it would be too late. Or at least that’s how I’m justifying a totally ‘ in your face ‘ Christmas gift guide. I’ve got 24 Picks for a Colourful Christmas.

This is my favourite time of year. It’s the choosing gifts that I love the most and my friends will probably tell you that I drive them potty asking exactly what their kids would like. I really don’t like giving something that I think won’t be used or really wanted.

To save you a bit of time potentially, I’ve put together some ideas for loved ones who love a bit of colour and good design, if you fancy a look through. Some fun things for the kids too. Maybe there will be some items that are just what you are looking for. Also have a discount code for one of the stores a little later on …

I’ve had my eye on that West Elm Planter for some time. It’s a classic shape – I think it would be hard to disappoint with it. Also the vase from Studio Arhoj – these look lovely in a set. As a special gift for someone.

Do you have any rock lovers in your life ? I’m thinking this Gold Hand from Audenza would double up as not only a beacon of ‘ ROCK ‘ on a shelf but also a jewellery holder.

All of these websites here have lots of ideas – definitely worth a look.

Colourful clothing gift ideas christmas1. Slippers – Boden 2. Pink Jumper – Oliver Bonas 3. Purse – Liberty london 4. Semi Precious Ring – Ottoman Hands 5. Grayson Perry Brooch – Lou Taylor 6. Yellow Scarf – Whistles 7. Jacket – Scamp & Dude 8. Purse with Charger – Cuckooland

Good ol’ Boden, eh ? I wear their slippers all the time. Always perfect colour combinations. In fact I’m wearing some as I write this !

A pretty pink throw on knit at this time of year is always appreciated. Oliver Bonas as always have a good selection of clothing and homeware.

This year I’ve got very much in to Ottoman Hands jewellery and constantly swoon over their pieces on instagram. It looks so decadent and it stands out in the crowd.

Being the most massive Grayson Perry fan  – how could I not share this brooch by Lou Taylor ? Her website has some fantastic icons such as Iris and Vivienne Westwood, transformed in to statement jewellery. I insist you check her out :)

Also I have much appreciation for Scamp & Dude who are relatively new as a clothing brand but doing really well. A fresh take on bomber jackets and leopard print tops. I like – hope you do as well.

Must just mention this clutch bag / phone charger from Cuckooland. Two in one in a teal colour. What do you think ?

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1. Bunny Racer Pyjamas  – Boden 2. Pen set – Tatty Devine 3. Pom Pom Hair Bands – Topshop 4. Polaroid Pop – Polaroid 5. Rose Gold Earphones – Sudio Sweden 6. Pink Felt Board  – Ginger Snap 7. Water Bottle – Roos Beach 8. Unicorn Snot – The Present Finder

Loads of colour here. Pretty sure the pen set would go down well with a wide age range. Glad to see Tatty Devine doing stationery now –  they are always so distinct.

Have you heard of Sudio Sweden headphones ? they come in several colours and styles. I have a 15 % discount across their website if you’re looking for something like this. They have a broad price range so suitable for all. The code is LucyLovesYa15 which you can add at checkout.

Who doesn’t love a felt board – totally instagrammable and really fun. This one is from gift store Gingersnap. They also do orange and yellow boards. Another discount code for you here  – if you add PINK at checkout for this board or any items on their site you will currently receive 33% off the price of it. Whoop !

If you haven’t heard of Roos Beach then a good opportunity to look at their store. This water bottle is just one of loads of cool things. They’re based near Newquay, Cornwall and their shop is just fab if you’re ever in the area.

That’s my little round up for now. Hope you enjoyed it. Almost time for mulled wine and gingerbread is it not ? … Almost.

Lucy x

Three Ways to Serve your Christmas Punch this Year

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Today I have three ways to serve your Christmas Punch.

Having been the person that doesn’t drink at many party occasions .. ( but not always )  I feel extra aware of the friends and family who can end up with a sparkling water or apple juice in their hand because the main focus is often put on just the booze and that’s understandable – it is a time to unwind after all. But it takes little than a few minutes to make something tasty for the non – drinkers – and you can always slip in your favourite tipple with these also so they’re not strictly non alcoholic.

I’m sharing three super simple combinations that you might find useful and it also gives me a chance to show off my new handmade glassware from LSA International. Presentation is key in making your guests feel special so very happy with these this year. Lots of shimmering candles around adds to the atmosphere and makes a lovely soft glow in the room. These beautiful Pleat Tea Light Holders are inspired by the draping and gathering of fabric as is the larger Pleat Storm Lantern.

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For the ‘ mocktails ‘ recipes this Punch Bowl and Glass Ladle is definitely big enough to pour in the ingredients needed – it can hold over 6 litres to be precise and actually make a fab Christmas present don’t you think ? The Punch Cups come in a box of 4 and are a superb way to serve your guests with something a bit different.

As I mentioned earlier I have added some alcoholic  additions too if you fancy adding a drop of alcohol to any of them but they are primarily full of fruits.

Here are the 3 options for an alternative Punch.

3 cartons of unsweetened cranberry juice, 1 carton of fresh smooth orange juice and half a litre of good quality lemonade. Then slice some orange and add along with some fresh cranberries and ice ( although they can be quite sour so depends on your taste buds but they are super healthy and good for dressing the drink anyway ). A little sprig of rosemary on top of the glass for decoration finishes it nicely.

You could replace the lemonade with prosecco or vodka.

This one will give a nice kick.

3 cartons of cranberry juice, 3 mugs of orange juice and half a bottle of non – alcoholic ginger  beer. Again add some cranberries and orange slices. Ice is good to keep it cold.

Or another version using cranberries as your base flavour is:

3 cartons of cranberry juice. a carton of apple juice ( not from concentrate ) and a bottle of fresh pear juice. You could add some mulled pears, cinnamon sticks and oranges. This is making me thirsty !

Of course you could add a tipple of gin to make it alcoholic. Just warn your guests first :)

Let me know if you try these and like them. Do you have any favourite punch recipes? Would love to hear of some more – do leave me a comment under this post.

Lucy x

Thank you LSA International for my glassware gifts.

Holiday House London – Interior Design Heaven for Breast Cancer Research

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I had the absolute pleasure of visiting and dining at Holiday House, London on Wednesday as a guest of Farrow & Ball.

It took a good day or so after taking the tour of this quite incredible double residence to absorb the scale of designers featured throughout the building and what they have managed to achieve, with the main goal being to raise as much as possible for Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Let me tell you a little more about Holiday House. It was started by interior designer Iris Dankner in America after she discovered that she had breast cancer. Iris decided after having her treatments that she wanted to raise as much awareness as possible for anyone going through the same situation as hers. She decided to combine the two things she felt most passionate about  – helping to find a cure and also interior design and so developed Holiday House.

This is it’s premier year in London having been showcased always in the United States before so for the first time here, two huge neighbouring homes at 59 – 61 Hamilton Terrace, NW8 9RG, have been opened up from November 9th  – December 10th 2017 and in the process of visitors buying tickets to view the breathtaking rooms all designed by different designers, make lots for this charity.

What’s especially unique is that everything on show in each room is also for sale with a big percentage of each sale also going to Breast Cancer Research.

Being that there were around 26 rooms I’ve picked out some of my favourites although to be honest every single designer has created something really special. I was totally in awe and found it really inspiring for my own interiors work. So much so I got home and was immediately thinking about what I can do next here with different colours and textures. I really enjoyed studying the combinations of  Farrow & Ball paints used in many of the rooms.

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I’m starting with this stunning room ( top picture and here’s another shot ) because it totally embodied everything I love about interior design. I think I’ve said before how much I love pink, green and gold. This room was put together by London based Amelia Carter.

It’s so rich and opulent. Just look at that wallpaper by de Gournay. Amelia works all over the world and I can definitely see how it has influenced this room. Totally love that Stark carpet too.

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This was another space curated by Studio QD and Nicky Haslam that I instantly took a shine to. In fact it made me look at earthy shades from a whole different perspective. The clever addition of books painted in to the wall frames the painting nicely. They used Farrow & ball ‘ Mole’s Breath’ as a bar before a specialist paint finish.

Really liked the mixture of textiles used. A testament to mixing patterns.

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Okay so this attic room in House 59 is something I am very inspired by. As we are a ‘ musical ‘ family here at home – I couldn’t help but fall in love with it.

Designer Philippe Maidenberg  of Maidenberg Architecture & Roche Bobois has created a luxurious and welcoming space to unwind. It has interactive technology by Playtronica to play with and walls of colourful sofas to chill out on. As it’s at the top of the building it feels separate which means making some noise without waking the rest of the house.

Personally, I think everyone needs somewhere like this in their home !

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Hazel Collins Designed much of the hallway and staircase of House 59 up the first floor and has called this project ‘ Healing Harmony ‘ using Farrow & Ball shade Peignoir. I was really taken with her use of stunning wallpaper ‘Birds in Chains ‘ by Kit Miles Studio. It contrasts with the marble so well.

striped bedroomAs you can see all the rooms are so different and that’s what makes the experience so interesting. Rosalind Wilson Design has curated ‘ Striped Night  ‘ here using Hague Blue by Farrow & Ball. I think it made a square shaped room really characterful and bold without making it feel small and dark with total solid colour.

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Everything about Beth Clancy’s room made me smile. Beth is senior designer at Rachel Laxer Interiors. Beth, like me, started in fashion and moved over to interiors.

This is called ‘ A Midsummers Dressing Room ‘ and it’s a dream ! Full of vintage pieces and as I mentioned earlier – everything is for sale so if you visit and see something you love you can buy it, as with everything in both the homes.

My eyes were drawn to the rug which is by Tiana Johnson Design. Gorgeous against the dark wood. The chandelier is by Porto Romana.

It’s a Grecian, Aegean Sea aesthetic here bright to life by award winning Laura Hammett. So calming and I thought the drapery over the bed was really effective. The wallpapered wardrobe is stunning. All those lovely textures together ! Love.

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I couldn’t wait to show my daughters a picture this bedroom. Although Mae is more a blue fan – and Betsey is the pink lover – they both absolutely adore everything about it. By Studio Suss, it’s named ‘ Teenage Dream’.

Studio Suss are at the cutting edge of design and work in both the commercial world as well as for clients and their homes.

Everyone loves a neon light, right ? It’s from Bag & Bones. I am a fan of Penelope Hope so was pleased to see some of her cushions on the bed.

The wall print was painted on and the ceiling has splashed of gold. Oh to be a teenager again … but it never stops me using these strong shades nowadays anyway in my own rooms.

There are so many other amazing designers to see and I don’t want to completely spoil it for you if you’re planning a visit. Do go if you can. I think you’ll really enjoy it.

Tickets can be found here at www.holidayhouselondon.eventbrite.co.uk

Thank you so much to Rachel Laxer for showing us around and being so informative. As a fan of her work it was a real treat.

Also a huge thanks to Farrow & Ball for inviting me and for the tastiest supper. Such lovely company.

Lucy x

All images copyright Mel Yates Photography 2017