Styling: Arthur’s nursery!

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Arthur’s nursery is included in this season’s edition of Dulux Let’s Colour Magazine that is available for free from DIY stores!  [Photography by Anton Rodriguez]

Hi All,

You know by now that we had a baby boy, Arthur Grey, 11 weeks ago and it probably comes as no surprise that we went to town on decorating his nursery!

Our inspiration came from our trip to France and Spain two years ago when we trekked the Camino Trail (or you may know it as Camino de Santiago). We loved the idea of painting mountains on the wall so I found some left over paint in my shed  for the mountains and purchased some teal coloured paint for the rest of the walls. We chose Proud Peacock from Dulux as it is fresh, bright, bold and gender-neutral! (We didn’t know Arthur was a boy before he arrived).

We had a great weekend overhauling the room and we were pleasantly surprised at how simple it was to paint the mural using Frog Tape and good quality Harris brushes with a nice angled tip.

Once the walls were complete I set about styling the furniture and accessories. I don’t like ‘themes’ but it wasn’t until the room was complete that I realised how many animals I included in the room! There’s the amazing bear cushion from Amara (it’s huge! It’s about 40cm tall), the poster of a kangaroo, koala toys, parrot puppets, donkeys, hares, owls, a wolf and the list goes on.

I picked up the incredible berber-style rug from West Elm on Tottenham Court Road for £100 in the sale (bargain!). It has a chunky silver thread running through it.

Then there is the change table from Ikea. It’s from the Hemnes range. Ikea do such brilliant items for kids rooms as they make their designs quite compact. This one fits a change mat perfectly on top with space for a radio and the drawers are deep to maximise storage. Then I bought the Skubb drawer dividers to make sure I use the space efficiently. What I did to make the drawer fronts feel bespoke was to replace the standard knobs with ceramic owl knobs that I sourced from the internet. We also purcashed the Mosslanda picture ledges from Ikea to showcase some of Arthur’s lovely books. I think books are so important in a childs life! I was obsessed with reading as a kid and hope Arthur is too (fingers crossed!)

The crib is fantastic too. It is from a company called Mokee. They make and sell things without the extortionate price tag. This cot was only £69 and the quality is brilliant.

The nursery has evolved since these images were taken and now include a hot air balloon mobile and lots of other bits and bobs- and I’m sure it will keep evolving as he grows. Exciting times ahead!

Here are some of the key pieces below to help you on your way:

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  1. Cot, Mokee | 2. Mr Bear cushion, Amara | 3. Scandinavian Design Centre | 4. Regents Park Zoo print, King and McGaw | 5. Ruark music system, Ruark | 6. Proud Peacock paint, Dulux.
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Shop Love: Bisque Radiators

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Hi All,

A few months ago we re-did our hallway ahead of our baby being born. We decided to do it because we thought ‘we’ll never have time to do renovations when the baby arrives! Well, at least for the first little while we wouldn’t and I wanted to make sure they were installed for the colder weather which would be upon us in the months to come.

Every year for the past seven years (since I arrived in the UK) winter would set in, we would light the fire in the gorgeous victorian fireplace and we would say to each other ‘this fire is so beautiful to look at… but I’m freezing!’ It just didn’t give out enough heat to combat the cold. So, we replaced the old fireplace with a wood burning stove (or pot belly stove as we call them in Australia) and that then prompted us to re-decorate the hallway and the hallway of course had an old, boring, run of the mill white radiator that just had to go!

The first thing we did was to visit the gorgeous Bisque showroom in Kilburn (see pic four, above) and decided on two classic ‘mild steel’ radiators in anthracite (see pic one, above). Mild steel is used instead of traditional cast iron as it is much lighter and it heats up quicker. So you get the look of the cast iron with all the modern benefits. Genius!

One fabulous thing about Bisque radiators is that they can paint your radiator in any colour you like! They also do different finishes like the iridescent finish that you can see here.

If classic (some might say traditional) radiators aren’t your style and you prefer something more contemporary then the Lissett range may be your thing (See pic 3, 5 and 9, above). The Lissett radiators are made from recycled, scrap aluminium and assembled by hand! So, not only do they have lovely curves but a feel good factor too :)

Not only do we have a new stove this year but new radiators too- baby Arthur Grey doesn’t know how lucky he is!

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1. My new hallway (Classic in Anthracite) | 2. Ellisse radiator | 3. Lissett in Nature green | 4. Gorgeous Bisque shopfront in Kilburn | 5. Lissett in yellow | 6. Classic in any shade you want | 7. Classic in silver | 8. Classics in pastel shades | 9. Lissett in Volcanic finish.

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Please vote for me in the Amara IBA’s!

Hi All,

It’s that time of year again and my blog has been nominated for the Best Interior Designer/Stylist Blog in the Amara Interior Blog Awards and I would really appreciate your vote!

The blog with the most votes gets shortlisted and then the ultimate winners are decided by a panel of judges.

It would mean a lot if you could vote for me using this link here or copy and paste this link into your browser: http://www.interiorblogawards.com/vote/lucy-gough-stylist/

All you need to do is fill out your name and email address and click submit.

Thank you so much in advance!

Best wishes,

Lucy x

Amara blog awards

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Bringing the Outside In: Chewton Glen

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Main image by Lucy Gough

Hi All!

I’m sorry for the radio silence but I had my baby boy, Arthur Grey, 7 weeks ago! He is just amazing and my partner and I can’t quite believe how lucky we are. I haven’t had a chance to blog since he was born as I have been getting to grips with motherhood and also I find that hours seem to slip by when I am sitting staring at his little face!

Today’s Bringing the Outside in is an image that I took of the tree house suite at Chewton Glen– a luxury hotel and spa in the New Forest that I visited earlier this year. It’s an absolutely stunning retreat in a quintessential English woodland setting.

Each tree house is suspended 35 feet above the ground and fully equipped with a private terrace and a hot tub on the balcony, under-floor heating, a marble bathroom with a large luxurious Victoria + Albert bath, contemporary Bisque radiators to keep you cosy and a Ruark audio system– and of course, much, much more.

If you fancy styling your home in a palette of nude neutrals, honey colours with a hint of green, then check out the mood board above!

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1. Bespoke 54240 wooden floor boards, Ted Todd | 2. Casablanca Cotto Hexagon tile, Mandarin Stone | 3. Puncto 4203 Pendant Lamp, Skandium | 4. Finley Cushion, Jonathan Saunders at The Rug Company | 5. Tonella Chair by Note Design Studio at Sancal.

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Bringing the Film In: Beaches

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Main Image via The Polished Pebble

I just love the film Beaches. It’s one of Bette Midler’s best performances, ever. I love that her character is mad as a box of frogs and at the same time remaining the rock in her straight-laced best friends life.

Do you remember the beach house that they would go and visit in the summer? That’s the actual beach house above. You can still go and visit the house in Crystal Cove in California if you ever find yourself in the neighbourhood.

I love the visual contrast between the sandy cliffs, the minty coloured picket fence and the wooden shingles on the exterior of the house. I have noticed a trend for shingles in architecture recently as well as furniture. I see that Yellowtrace has too in this great feature you can see, here!

If you want to bring a bit of the Californian coast into your place, check out the items above!

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1. Collect Cabinet by Sara Larsson for A2 | 2. Chance paint, Crown Paint | 3. Grace Pendant, Heal’s | 4. Harlequin Floreale Double Duvet, Floreale Oxford Cushion and Strata Cushion at Bedeck Home | 5. Pomapoma Cushion, The Jay St. at John Lewis | 6. Turquoise Kelim Rug, Urban Outfitters | 7. Rattan Laundry Basket, Lombok.

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Sweetpea & Willow Celebrate 10 Years!

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Most of you who have a love of interiors will be familiar with the brand Sweetpea & Willow. The beautiful, contemporary, french-inspired homewares and furniture boutique that started in London in 2006. S&W started out delivering something to the market that was different. You could shop their store like a capsule wardrobe collection. That is: a collection that offers different styles that work in harmony with one another.

Most people who will remember S&W from their early days will remember a collection dominated by neutral fabrics and tones- now though, their ever-expanding collection has some major colour injection throughout a number of their items. You can see from my round-up of my fave items above, that there are some fun, colourful pieces on offer now that can sit side-by-side their more traditional french items without deviating too far from the core collection.

And, in my point of view, the Laurent Bed (top image above) deserves special mention. I recently used it for a photoshoot and the quality is higher than high, the deep buttoning is incredibly beautiful and the winged sides of the headboard and strong edges lends itself to being equal parts masculine and feminine. Perfect for a couple’s bedroom depending on the accessories that you mix with it.

I have interviewed the team at Sweetpea & Willow below so you can find out a bit more behind the success of this 10 year old luxury brand!

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1.     It’s your 10 year anniversary, how did the company start?

With a little dream and a lot of might, we knew that we loved interiors, and we wanted to inspire everyone to create their dream home.  So we travelled far and wide and created a place where we combined everything we cherish from furniture, lighting and cushions, to beds and armoires in one place ready for everyone to enjoy. And that was how Sweetpea & Willow was born.

2.     How would you describe the essence of your brand?

Our brand encapsulates elegant interiors and passion. We know that no two people are the same, and no two homes are the same; so we go the extra mile to make sure that the piece isn’t just something you’re using to decorate your home with, but an extension of who you are. Our company strapline is “Love The Way You Live”

3.     What have been the highlights of your journey?

Over the past couple of years, we have seen the launch of our Handmade in London collection. A collection of sofas, beds and upholstered furniture that are designed by us and made by us here in the capital. We’ve also won some lovely awards over the last few years including, winner of Sheerluxe Homes and Gardens category, Cool brands and the Small online retailer of the year in 2015 to name a few.

4.     Have you ever had any unusual requests from customers?

Our customers have the luxury to customise their sofas or beds, but the most interesting one we had was an order for a special Lansdowne Sofa for a famous rock star [no names]. The base and seat cushions were in a Designers Guild Nabucco – Fuchsia Velvet fabrics. The back cushions where in Moyka- Turquoise velvet which is colourful stripe pattern. It sounds slightly crazy, but, trust us when we say it worked, it was utterly gorgeous and they were delighted with the end product!

5.     When choosing furniture- where is the best place to start?

The best place to start is by assessing your space; it’s so easy to fall in love with a piece of furniture and then find out it may be too big or small for your room. Understanding your space is fundamental and the foundation of the look you are planning to create.

6.     What is your most popular product or range that you sell?

The Hatfield Sofa collection– It has luscious deep seating, hand fixed chrome studding and dark mahogany feet with a choice of brass or chrome ends. The piece is luxury excellence so we are not surprised by its popularity. You can choose from our 70 handpicked fabrics or get creative and choose your own fabric of choice.

7.     What upcoming trends do you think will appear in stores?

For the rest of SS16 we are seeing inspiration from the 19th Century art movement. Painterly florals will adorn walls, carpets and cushions and we are seeing soft pinks and muted tones. Copper accessories have been a strong theme and compliment the pinks wonderfully. As we run into AW16 we predict you will see lots of navy, green and deep rich mustard colours on walls and furniture. Neutrals will also continue to be a big hit. Concrete will be a material you will see appear more in the home especially kitchens and furniture.

Image credits:

1. Laurent Bed | 2. Gold ‘Good Vibes Only’ Picture | 3. Cocarde Vapeur Cushion | 4. Finchley Deep Buttoned Pouffe | 5. Eichholtz Sofa Provocateur | 6. Eichholtz Solaris Mirror | 7. Hatfield Armchair | 8. Divine Mongolian Lambskin Rug | 9. Emerald Green Hatfield Sofa

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