Are you afraid of introducing colour in your home? It can be daunting and it’s easy to make mistakes; it takes boldness to identify the perfect palette. One of my workshop offerings is a day's course, Colour Style Home in which I will equip you with the confidence necessary to inject colour, style and personality into your home. Click here to read about the workshop.
I run the workshops in my home and usually restrict the numbers to four, both for logistical reasons but also I think that four is a good number for this type of workshop.
I also tailor the workshop to groups of four friends and even on a one-to-one. Here's a recent workshop I ran with four lovely friends. The first task is to create an inspiration board by cutting out images and words from magazines that generally inspire them. They must then present their board to the group. Here they are hard at work and deep in concentration wading through magazines and cutting furiously.
And here are their fabulous inspiration boards.
Presenting their boards to the group they found to be very useful as they had to articulate why they had added things to the board and they surprised themselves by some of their choices.
After a 45 minute colour talk that I gave, it was time for lunch with a glass of vino!
After lunch I ask the students to create colour schemes for two rooms using samples of paint colour(s), wallpaper & fabric and then present them to the group. The students found the feedback from each other very helpful as it allowed them to get a different perspective. In some instances they changed the fabric or the wall colour in line with a helpful comment. Here are some of the schemes they created.
We rounded off the day with a glass of Prosecco and they left armed with their inspiration board and photos of their two colour schemes. After the course I always email advice to each student on identifying colour schemes based on what I gleaned from their inspiration boards and their input during the day.
If this workshop sounds like something you would be interested in, click here to read more and to book a place for the next workshop which is on Tuesday 12th September. I'll be adding more workshop dates in the next week or two. If you would be interested in a bespoke workshop for yourself only or with three friends give me a call on 07960 934427.
I look forward to hearing from you.
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Monday 21 January was Blue Monday the most depressing day of the year. What a load of twaddle, isn’t it?! Why would you identify a day as the most depressing? Most of us stuck two fingers up at Blue Monday, smiled and got on with our lives.
January started with a vengeance from a work perspective so I’ve had no time to feel the post Christmas blues. And I have a trip to Sydney to look forward to in a few weeks - family, sun, sand and sea and loads of oysters and Riesling!
Between a lot of client meetings and client work at home, I managed to squeeze in some outings. First up, a day of sourcing for clients started with a visit to the Decorative Fair in Battersea Park with an interiors friend. I enjoy a wander around the stalls as they are all so beautifully styled but everything is eyewateringly expensive!
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).
Work out how to create the optimum look for your room, no matter which way it faces. Here are my tips for north-, south-, east- and west-facing rooms.
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.