Do you like noseying around other people's homes? I love it ! If you would like a nosey around my home, there will be a Private Home Tour on Wednesday 16th August organised by The Decor Cafe. My home is a two bedroom Victorian maisonette overlooking Tooting Common. I guess if I had to describe my style it could be summed up in one word - eclectic. I am not wedded to any particular style. I like to use plenty of colour, patterns and textures with plenty of clashes! If this sounds of interest click here for more details and some images of my home.
The Decor Cafe is a south west London network providing opportunities to connect, share ideas and build your business as well as providing inspiration and support for people wanting to make more of their home. They run talks, drop-ins, workshops and other events as well as providing a wealth of resources. I joined the Decor Cafe recently as it's the sort of network that is invaluable for someone like me - an interior designer running my own business. It is an opportunity to meet like-minded creative people in the industry running their own businesses and share ideas and experiences. In addition it's a chance to support people who are working on a project to improve their own homes. And all within a radius of a few miles from where I live!
If you would like to book a ticket for the tour of my home, click here. It's free to members and £20 for non-members. I look forward to welcoming you on Wednesday 16 August.
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Do these three dilemmas sound familiar?
1. There are so many paint brands and they all have loads of colour options. Where to start.
2. You see your friend’s home painted in various shades of grey (yes it’s still the popular choice!) and you think it looks nice.
3. You want to freshen up your home and add some colour but don’t know where to start.
This week has been action packed. I’m furiously trying to finish a two-bedroom flat which the owners want to put on the market asap (they are moving out of London and already put in an offer on a house).
I’m delighted to announce that my home is featured in the latest issue of Homes & Antiques magazine’s Art Issue. The beautiful images were taken by the brilliant photographer Mark Bolton. His wife Sarah Bolton wrote the feature.
Large Edwardian family home in Tooting, South West London, with a well established bed & breakfast Parklands Bed & Breakfast.
I was contacted by the client to revamp the guest suites and communal areas with new colour schemes and to restyle each room with different accessories. In most instances I was able to recycle all the accessories in the property.
Single professional male; first home he has owned; South West London two bedroom ground floor Victorian apartment; east facing.
The client had no furniture when he moved in except a deck chair! The whole apartment needed to be painted, decorated and filled with furniture and accessories. His brief was for a stylish and comfortable design as his previous abode had been a real bachelor pad! And all on a very small budget.
30 something professional couple; first home they have owned; South West London first floor two bedroom apartment; south facing; adding a loft conversion to give them a master suite.
The clients initially sought my help with paint colours for the whole flat but I ended up providing a full interior design service for many of the rooms.
One of the biggest problems with posting my projects on my website is the fact that the projects are ongoing. My clients are all residential and the projects don't have a start and end date mainly due to budget restrictions or the time it takes to source a particular item(s). I'm happy to roll with it - dip in and out of the project as and when the client needs me but it makes it difficult to share the finished article with you. So I've decided that I'll share my projects with you as a work in progress.
Recently my home was opened up to members of the Decor Cafe for an evening event. The DecorCafe Network, of which I am a member, is a collaborative community of those of us whorun our own businesses in the interiors industry and those who just need inspiration and help to decorate their homes. These home tours bring members together to connect, learn and share ideas.
Petersham Nurseries is one of those places that is good for the soul. It is all about beauty and style, both outside and inside. I'm there at least three times a month and have rarely left there empty handed!
It's a half hour drive from my home which takes me across Richmond Park, another place that is good for the soul. It's hard to believe that you are in a big city when you are in the middle of the park surrounded by trees, bracken and deer.
The trend for grey interiors continues, at least in south west London where I and most of my clients live. Most paint their interiors in various shades of grey and then wonder what they can do to brighten them up. After all, it's grey outside most of the year in London so why would you want to bring that indoors?!