I Spy – Margo Selby……….

Margo Selby is a designer with a very distinctive style.

Her fabrics, wall coverings, rugs, and soft furnishings are colourful without being brash.  Luxurious without being too opulent. 

Indeed, the beautiful colour combinations have a rich subtlety which makes them perfect I think, for all kinds of interiors.  Both traditional and modern.

They…

Hotels – St Pancras Renaissance……….

The St Pancras Hotel in London is about to be re-opened after a major £150 million transformation.

A landmark to us Londoners, this Victorian Gothic monolith has been empty for the past 23 years, after several decades as the offices of British Rail, and it will be good to see…

I Spy – Susan Bradley……….

Cut metal designs from Susan Bradley.
…..“Susan Bradley successfully takes contemporary interior decoration to our balconies, patios and gardens with wit and beauty”
Wayne Hemmingway

Susan is best known of course, for her award winning outdoor wallpaper but I’m rather taken with her creep shelves and tables.

Aren’t they beautiful?

I also wouldn’t mind…

Take Me Away – Essaouira……….

This is where I’d definitely like to be this weekend…
The Madada Mogador in Essaouira.

Built right on the ramparts with sweeping sea views…

this restored merchants house with it’s sleekly smooth tadelakt walls and restrained colour palette could be just the place to wind down after a hard week.

With just the right amount…

I Spy – Statement Lighting……….

I seem to have been drawn to the surreal today.  We’ve had lampshades and chandeliers on this blog before but nothing quite like this…
First, Penelope Batley and her collection called Light Humour.  Enormous over-scaled glass and ceramic beads intended to add grandeur and suprise and a fairytale effect.

Now, while the earring…

Inspiration – The Colours of Spring……….

Inspired by this week’s sunshine and blossom…

…and blue skies and budding leaves…

Sources: Sunshine and Blossom 1.Bodie and Fou.2.3.5Debenhams.4.Amara.6WallpaperDirect.7.Dwell.8.Cushlab.9.Base Furnishings.10.John Lewis.
Sources: Blue Skies and Budding Leaves 1.i.e wallpaper.2.3.Designers Guild.4.John Lewis.5.Debenhams.6.Barker and Stonehouse.7.Lorna Syson.8.Tile Click.9.Debenhams.10.Art Republic.11.Debenhams.12.Heals.
Created using the mydeco moodboard tool.

I Spy – Michelle Griffiths……….

I am always in awe of designers and artists who develop their own ways of using traditional techniques to create beautiful, contemporary works of art.

One such designer is Michelle Griffiths.  She uses Shibori to create these beautiful ethereal pieces.

Shibori is a Japanese term, from the verb root “shiboru” -…

House Tour – Converted Factory……….

Another little gem from 1st Option.
Now this apartment is a very good lesson in how to turn an old, industrial building, with all of it’s hard edges and vast spaces into a stunning and frankly glamorous home.

Lesson 1. Import even more over-sized architectural elements.  I’m assuming these iron gates are not…