Hello my lovelies. Did you have a nice weekend? I spent at least some of it internally debating again the dark grey vs bright green on the living room walls dilemma. Why can’t I make up my mind when it comes to decorating my own house? At the moment I am veering towards my original vision of grey/black/white with one bright yellow velvet chair. A bit like the colour scheme below really. Everything else is in place (well, apart from the yellow chair) it just needs a decision to be made.

Villa Nova_Avebury Collection [1]

These fabrics are from the brand new Avebury Collection by Villa Nova, comprising geometric and organic patterned embroideries made with hand-crafted elements that give them a certain charm. The collection features a screen printed tree motif with hand embroidered highlights, a classic trellis appliqué with hints of embroidery and a trailing embroidered floral. To carry on the handcrafted theme in the collection, a stripe made up of braids with each braid decorated with hand tied French knots completes the collection. This meticulous process makes each knot unique.

Villa Nova_Avebury Collection [2]

I love the soft colour palette of brighter shades teamed with more muted tones to give the collection a calm feel.  Available in six groups, quince (new for 2014), charcoal, lime (new for 2014), petrol/ink, coral and orchid (new for 2014). And at £47.00 – £57.00 per metre it’s actually quite reasonable for a handcrafted product.

Villa Nova_Avebury Collection [4]

Villa Nova is part of The Romo Group and the range is available worldwide through an extensive network of selected interior designers and retail outlets.


The November issue of Heart Home magazine is now out.

Heart Home magazine - November 2014

Don’t you just love this cosy corner on the cover?

It’s in the home of one of our regular photographers, Paul Craig, and we had such a good day poking around his London home while he did all of the hard work taking the photographs. His ground floor is just made for entertaining as it flows from the spacious lounge, through to a mini library, through to the kitchen/diner and finally into the garden.

And he provided cakes!

Heart Home magazine - November 2014 - Home of photograher Paul Craig

And if you love food as much as us you will love the first of our new series featuring restaurants we have tried and recommend, not only for the food but for the design and ambiance. We hope you like it.

Heart Home magazine - November 2014 - Eat Drink Enjoy

And of course we have all of the usual features.

Heart Home magazine - November 2014 - City Slickers Kitchen


Heart Home magazine.

We are always on the lookout for homes to feature in the magazine so if you think you have a home that we will love, email info@hearthomemag.co.uk

Kirsty Young Talks Christmas

November 6th, 2014 | Posted by deardesigner in Christmas - (0 Comments)

Now that the weather has turned colder it seems natural to start thinking of preparations for Christmas. There’s gifts to buy, a turkey to order, lists to write and an outfit to choose. Along with a million other small things that need to be done before the big day.

To get you in the mood, here’s a lovely short video featuring Kirsty Young who seems to have it all under control.

 Watch the video

Manhattan Apartment with a View

November 5th, 2014 | Posted by deardesigner in Houses - (0 Comments)

Some days I wished I lived in an idylic country house, some days a gritty converted warehouse, some days a modernist mansion overlooking the sea. And some days I wish I lived in a modern Manhattan apartment with sweeping views of New York. Just like this one.

Manhatten Apartment with a view via Home Adore [1]

The view is the first thing you would see as you enter the space and the designer has certainly made the most of it. In fact there is even a couple of chairs positioned perfectly for a gin and tonic watching the sun go down. I love the position of the desk but I’m not sure I’d ever get any work done.

Manhatten Apartment with a view via Home Adore [2]

I’d love to see this part of the open plan room at night, as no doubt the view is even better for dinner parties. Notice the positioning of the rugs to section off the room for different purposes. It’s a neat trick.

Manhatten Apartment with a view via Home Adore [3]

And so is the positioning of the TV within the shelving. Something I have been thinking of doing at home only I might paint the wall behind in black and then the TV will completely disappear.

Manhatten Apartment with a view via Home Adore [4]

And who wouldn’t mind getting up in the morning to this view at breakfast?

Interior Designer: Tara Benet.

Images via Home Adore.


Pooky Mix and Match Lamps

November 4th, 2014 | Posted by deardesigner in Interior Design - (0 Comments)

Pooky is a new lighting brand created by Rohan Blacker, the founder of sofa.com. The table and floor lamps on offer are stylish and affordable which is music to my ears. There are also 90 lamp bases to choose from and 150 shades which you can buy separately so that at last, the customer can have more input into the design choice.

Pooky Lamps - resin range

I’m rather fond of these colourful resin lamp bases and ikat inspired shades.

Pooky Lamps - Trafalgar table lamp in Antique bronze £115, Drum shade in card £48

Trafalgar table lamp in Antique bronze £115, Drum shade in card £48.

Pooky Lamps - Felix Table Lamp in Gold £95, Empire Shade in Red Silk Ikat £56

Felix Table Lamp in Gold £95, Empire Shade in Red Silk Ikat £56.

Pooky Lamps

I’ve always had a fascination for lighting, its impact on any decorative theme is dramatic and immediate. When you walk into a space, whether in a home, restaurant, or a performance space, when the lighting clicks, there is a quiet magic at work. At Pooky we have designed a range of decorative lights, in marble, brass, resin, wood and glass and we’ve also a brilliant website where our customers can try out combinations of bases and lampshades to transform their homes.”  Rohan Blacker

Sassy Hardwick Furniture is a new find for me. I was struck by the bespoke vintage cabinets, and also the  collection of lamps, tables, mirrors and handles.

Vintage cabinets, wardrobes and sideboards are re-produced, creating show stopping pieces by applying materials like copper, leather, fabrics, gold leaf and their own unique finishes. Animal heads handles, studs and unusual hardware are characteristic of the cabinets exteriors with vibrantly painted, gold leafed or lined interiors.


Bespoke pendant, coffee table with linen and vintage brass legs, console table-part of a collection finished in aged leather and studs.

sassyhardwickfurniture_drinks cabinet

Grey leather finish cocktail cabinet, interior with mirror and gold leaf. Available by commission, from £1450.

Sassy Hardwick Desk or Console Table

Desk/Console Table £495.


Clockwise from top left: Vintage light, “BonBon” Mirrors, from £165, stag handle, rustic reclaimed french oak base with linen shade from £295.

I always love a good nosey around Anthropologie. Shop or website. It’s a bit like travelling around the world without leaving the country. A home will always benefit from a collection of tribal art or a hand-woven throw from India. It’s the layers that make a house a home and give it a warmer personality. A bit pricey granted, but choose wisely and you’ll have pieces that you won’t see anywhere else.

Anthropologie Kalver Armchair £658

Take this linen and mango wood armchair. It’s a stand-out piece that’s just made for my bedroom. The hand-tufted back gives it an ethnic edge and the buttons give an extra element of interest. No wonder it retails at £658.

Anthropologie Textured Chevron Duvet £248

I always revert back to white for duvet covers and sheets but I love this light grey chevron textured one. Added bonus? I reckon you can get away without ironing it. £248.

Anthropologie Industrial Mirror Shelf £98 - £148

These metal framed mirrors would be perfect in a downstairs bathroom. My downstairs bathroom. Just big enough for guests to give themselves a once over and to hold a small vase of flowers and a bottle of perfume. £98 – £148.

Anthropologie Echo Treks Dessert Plates £14

These dessert plates would make great gifts for weddings or Christmas. £14.

Anthropologie Scrollwork Towel Collection £6 - £28

And last but not least on my lust list, these lovely textured towels. £6 – £28.

Worth saving up for.

I think I may have the post-holiday blues. I’m missing the huge vistas, the wide open skies and the sea views. I’m craving colour. In the home. In my wardrobe. In my daily life.

Well, in the home, that’s where curtains come in. There’s no easier way of adding colour, and pattern and interest to a decorating scheme. You may think that’s what wallpaper is for, much as I love it, but wallpaper doesn’t add texture and the sense of luxury that well made curtains convey.

And my fabric of choice? It has to be natural fabrics such as linen and cotton every time. The colours are more subtle on linens than in other fabrics I usually find, and it has a weight behind it that just makes them hang beautifully. And there is nothing quite like the crisp freshness of 100% cotton.

Clouds and other fabrics from The Natural Curtain Company

My dream living room scheme to beat the post holiday blues.

What about the Clouds fabric (above). Perfect for a child’s room, but also stunning for a summer living room or a sun room. The gorgeous fluffy clouds will lift the spirits on a grey winter’s day. I’d keep it simple with tab-top curtains on a metal pole and fit a plain roman blind beneath it. Nothing says comfort like a layered window treatment. To complete the scheme I would choose a grey sofa and make up some cushions in some coordinating stripes and plains. The striped fabric is spun from the finest European flax and will add a more traditional twist to the scheme. Perfect.

Rowen Cream and other fabrics from The Natural Curtain Company

My dream bedroom scheme to beat the post holiday blues.

Or what about some pretty birds for an uplifting bedroom scheme? A delicate design, it depicts the blue tit on the Rowan Tree. I’d pick out the yellow for cushions and use another small-scale pattern in similar shades too for maybe a bed valance or bed curtains. So traditional. Once again I’d keep the curtains simple with a roman blind underneath.

There are so many fabulous fabrics out there it is so hard to choose.

airforce-pencilpleat curtains from the Natural Curtain Co

But the real icing on the cake would be to choose some made to measure and have someone do it all for me!


Blog Love – Helt Enkelt

October 29th, 2014 | Posted by deardesigner in Interior Design - (1 Comments)

Or is it blog envy? It had to be Swedish of course. It oozes style and good taste. The photographs are simple glimpses into a life unknown. An interior I’ve never seen. The life of a person I’ve never met.

And I’d like to meet.

It’s the blog of Anna-Malin and it’s called Helt Enkelt and it is quite simply beautiful.

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I even love her wardrobe.

I had to share these with you today. They had me positively grinning at the prospect of enjoying so many blooms well into the winter. No more gloom.

Bluebellgray AW14-floor-cushion-cluster

These new giant floor cushions from Bluebellgray have been created from a selection of Fi’s most popular designs. Each one is 120 x 120 cms, choc full of beans and designed to mix and match. Choose from abstract, floral and rainbow versions in quality linen and velvet, and have some fun!

Bluebellgray - AW14-floor-cushion-cluster-ii

I love the thought of making a cosy reading corner this autumn exactly where the sun hits the floor. Or entertaining friends and family in such an informal way.

Bluebellgray - AW14-floor-cushion-stack

Each cushion is priced at £220 and available from Bluebellgray.

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