One of the highlights of attending LDF for me these days is spotting designers and companies that are either new or have so far alluded me. Quite how I had failed to notice the Kristjana S Williams Studio up until now I’ll never know because her work is not exactly quiet. It is in fact an explosion of colour, strong graphic lines, intricate drawings and all manner of cavorting creatures. Whether it’s a wall mural, an upholstered chair, a cushion or a piece of art, you will see very intricate collages of materials that have been collected from Victorian engravings, photographs, found objects and real leaves and twigs.  A limited selection have been delicately adorned with gold leaf in order to create an utterly desirable and innovative piece of work.

Kristjana S Williams Studio - Red Parrot Tapestry Chair

Kristjana S Williams is first and foremost an artist whose experience spans illustration, interiors, fashion and design.  She is inspired by nature upon nature ‘the symmetry in all things living‘ which stems from her childhood growing up in Iceland.  As a child growing up with a stark landscape, she was always craving colour and natural wonders, and now looking back she admits she can see the true unique beauty in her homeland which adds ever more inspiration.

Kristjana S Williams Studio - Lear Blue Stripe

Kristjana S Williams Studio cushions


Kristjana S Williams Studio - House Plant Wall Mural

Kristjana S Williams Studio

Kristjana S Williams Studio

Pick and Mix

June 9th, 2014 | Posted by deardesigner in Interior Design - (0 Comments)

As much as I like sleek, modern interiors decorated in muted colour palettes, I also like unexpected pops of colour too. Sometimes a room can look as if something is missing until you add that surprising bolt of drama, and the addition of a few colourful chairs can make all the difference between bland and exciting.

Image from iwomen - Chairs from Lakeland Furniture

Take this very modern kitchen above from iwomen that’s decorated in a basic monochromatic colour scheme. It’s very light and airy and the black cabinet doors are a lovely contrast with all of the white surfaces. But it’s the four sky blue chairs that lift if out of the ordinary. Try to imagine the scene without the blue. It suddenly looks boring and dull don’t you think?

Image from Houzz - Chairs from Lakeland Furniture

The kitchen above from Houzz is still modern, but the metro tiles, cooker hood and wooden surfaces give it a more industrial come country style. The metal tolix chairs continue that vibe but the unmatched jolts of colour make it more playful and much more interesting. Instead of taking the eye away from the white elements in the room, they seem to emphasise them. I’ve had this image on my pinterest boards since for ever, and I never tire of it.

Image from planete deco - Chairs from Lakeland Furniture

A much more grown up room this time from Planete Deco but with lots of lovely contrasts. The chunky wooden table might seem at odds with the crystal chandelier at first but the graphic wallpaper, modern fireplace and modern ceramics indicate this is the home of very sophisticated people with a sense of fun. Note how the white accessories are mirrored by the white chairs and how the yellow chair provides just the right amount of sunny accent colour.

Image from The Style Files - Stools from Lakeland Furniture

And in much the same way as chairs can provide sweet combinations, so can the bar stool. The candy coloured pink ones above from an image seen on The Style Files are lovely against that black painted wall

What would be in your pick-and-mix selection?

Chairs and stools from a selection at Lakeland Furniture

Chairs, Charity and Cheers

May 6th, 2014 | Posted by deardesigner in Events - (0 Comments)

Hope you had a lovely long weekend my lovelies. Don’t you just love this time of year?

Just before the weekend I was invited, along with seven other bloggers to learn how to upholster a chair. And all in a good cause!  We met at Pitfield, London for an exclusive workshop held by the May Design Series and received fantastic expert tuition from Jay, founder of  Out of the Dark.

Not only was it a lot of fun, but the chairs are going to be entered into a silent auction during the show (18 – 20 May) and whatever they raise will be matched by the organisers of The May Design Series. The money will go to the Out of the Dark registered charity, Street Dreams.

Here’s how I got on.

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may design series silent auction with out of the dark charity 2

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Each chair will be on display at the South Hall entrance to the show, and will be available to buy through the May Design Series silent auction. Bidding will start as soon as the doors to the show open. You can bid either onsite at the show, or via the online bidding form (there’s no form yet, it will be there when bidding commences).

You know you want to.

You can also see the home of Jay and Jade from Out of the Dark in the April issue of Heart Home magazine.

Life in Miniature

October 23rd, 2013 | Posted by deardesigner in Interior Design - (1 Comments)

I recently saw this image on Pinterest and was immediately reminded that I have a bit of a fascination about miniature chairs.  Probably because I am never going to be able to buy all of these iconic specimens in this lifetime!  They also take me back to my childhood and the pleasure my dolls house gave me.  I guess I was always destined to be into interiors!  My absolute favourite piece when I was three (yes three), was a metal (tin?) rocking chair.  It was completely battered and the paint was peeling but even then, I think I just knew that it was a great design.

Anyway, isn’t this a fabulous collection?

patty kennedy interiors

From the portfolio of Patty Kennedy Interiors

And just because I’m so good to you, I’m going to let you know that you can buy similar miniatures at The Conran Shop.  This is just a few of the models available.

Iconic Miniature Chairs from the Conran Shop

Still not cheap exactly, but the best chance I have of owning them.

Just look at the gorgeous things coming up this Autumn at Oliver Bonas.

The Velvet Chair Company is the in-house furniture range and consists of nine brightly coloured chairs and ottomans, all made of luxurious cotton velvet.  New for 2012 is the Love Tub, the Mini Stool and the Small Armchair.


I know we haven’t had summer yet but these pretty jewels are enough to brighten up anyones day.

I chanced upon the website of Forbidden City Ltd at the weekend and was immediately smitten.

Inspired by furniture from the Ming Dynasty (1369-1644) but re-interperated in a fresh new way.  These gorgeous new designs have used the decorative features, traditions and cultural elements of the centuries old furniture that is kept in the Forbidden City and museums around the world.  I say let the pieces speak for themselves…

 Stunning, wouldn’t you agree?

I once read a comment from a prominent interior designer that every room should contain some black.  I can’t remember who said that but is has always stayed in my mind.  I think it is very true.  Black is grounding and every colour looks good with black.

But for me, I think every room should have a splash of red.  It is uplifting.  It pops.  Even if it is just a vase of red roses, the colour just seems to say to me ‘this room is finished now’.



Lady P Chair and Xavier Pauchard Chair, The Conran Shop. Olle chair, Ikea.

Knoll Risom chair, The Lollipop Shop. Tokujin Yoshioka for Kartell Ami Ami Chair, John Lewis. Eero Saarinen inspired Tulip Chair, Pash Living.

Kartell Victoria Ghost chair, Made in Design.  Harry Bertoia inspired Wire chair, Pash Living. Emeco Navy 111 chair (made from 111 recycled plastic coke bottles), The Conran Shop

Patrick Jouin for Kartell Thayla chair, Panton S chair, Philippe Stark for Kartell Mr Impossible chair, all John Lewis.

Or you could just get the red paint out!

Unleash the inner movie star in you…

with a Greta Garbo chair…a Sophia Loren chair…a Audrey Hepburn tailors dummy…

Black Orchid Interiors

Inspired by yesterday’s post.  Just a few bits and bobs…

Sources here.

Part VII of my Christmas gifts for the home guide.

Not long to go now.  Only three weeks.  So put on the Christmas CD… who cares if it’s cheesy… pour out the mulled wine…

Where to buy:1.Needlepoint paperweight, Pieces. 2.Cushion, Pedlars. 3.Queen coasters, HunkyDoryHome. 4.Club chair, Belle Interiors. 5.London Type map print, Bodie and Fou. 6.Wooden London bus, John Lewis. 7.Underground bottle opener, Pedlars. 8.Tower Bridge cushion, Fabrics and Papers. 9.Quintessentially art print, Bodie and Fou. 10.Wallpaper telephone box, Pedlars.

And just in case you missed my gift guide parts I, II, III, IV,V,and VI.

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