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:

Lx
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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.

Latest trend: Jungle Fever!

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Hi All!

I’m sorry for the radio silence for the last fortnight. I have had a number of big shoots on and I also gave a really exciting talk at the Heal’s store on Tottenham Court Road last week that I had to prepare for.

It was a wonderful event put on by the KLC Design School to a room full of about 120 design addicts! We talked about about the Styling industry, tips and tricks to make your home feel like a magazine and also about the latest trends on the interiors market. I’m so sorry to all those who missed out but hopefully there will be more in the not-to-distant future!

Today I’m bringing to you one of those trends that I talked about in my presentation last week and thought I would show you where you can buy some of the items to fit the look.

I am obsessed with all things emerald green and walnut at the moment so this is perfect if you are anything like me! Especially with the summer coming up and now is probably the time that you are thinking of sprucing up your home for the upcoming season.

Check out the items above. What are your thoughts on the look above?

Lx

Main image via The Style Files

1. Crosley record player, Urban Outfitters | 2. Barcelona floor lamp, Jonathan Adler | 3. Linea Palm branch, House of Fraser | 4. Honeycomb vase, West Elm at John Lewis | 5. Pineapple silk cushion, Silken Favours at Amara | 6. Lovbacken table, Ikea | 7. Manila fabric, Sanderson.


 

Before and After: Kitchen Renovation

Happy New Year everyone!

This is my first post of the year so I thought I would make it a goodie. We completely overhauled our kitchen late last year and today I am going to share the before and after images with you!

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We decided to rip out the kitchen after living with the one we inherited when we bought the house years ago. Every time I walked into the kitchen, the Interior Stylist in me would shudder. It was, of course, completely functional, hence the reason we lived with it for so long. But, it got to the point where we’d had enough. If truth be told we bought a beautiful GLOBAL knife block set and when we brought it home it didn’t suit the kitchen.. and that was the turning point for us! We wanted the kitchen to reflect our personal taste and the blue and yellow tiles just didn’t cut it.

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The most annoying part of the kitchen was the fact there were two feature tiles on the back wall in the centre on the splash back- one said ‘egg’ and the other said ‘cofee’. Coffee was spelt wrong on the tile! Pretty funny really, but they needed to go.

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Halloween!

Hi All,

A quick post this week on how to style your home for Halloween.

I’m not a major halloweener but there is no denying it has gained some serious popularity over the past few years. And considering it’s on a Saturday night this year I thought I’d share with you a few cool things to bring out on the 31st of October.

The main image here is a shot I styled earlier this year for Lights 4 Fun showcasing their new Halloween range. Also take note of the dip-dyed pumpkin (paint it black then spray paint half of it gold) and the skirt around the table made from a black foil curtain!

Have fun!

Lx

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Main image styled by Lucy Gough and photographed by Oliver Perrott for Lights 4 Fun.

1. Various amazing Halloween accessories, Lights 4 Fun | 2. House Bird by Eames at the Aram Store | 3. Glitter LED Candles, Lights 4 Fun | 4. Orange balloons, Argos | 5. Brilliant Gold Metallic Spray Paint, Rust-oleum | 5. Foil black curtain, Pearl and Earl.

Latest project: The FOLD, London Showroom

Hi All,

I have spent the last couple of months working on a new project for a beautiful fashion label called The Fold, London. They are based in Clerkenwell in central London on the corner of St. Johns Square.

The Fold is a contemporary fashion label for the ‘modern, professional woman’. Their pieces are made of the highest quality (using crepes, silks and wools) and are designed in London and manufactured in Europe.

Kate Middleton and Samantha Cameron, Jodie Kidd and Jane Asher are just some of the high profile people that have been spotted out and about in The Fold clothing too!

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I was brought on board to re-style the showroom in St Johns Square. It was a plain white space with loads of potential. There was nothing between the showroom and the office so I installed an 8metre long wall of blue-grey velvet curtains hanging from bright gold curtain poles so now there are two distinct spaces.

I also designed a freestanding, marble topped counter on castors so it can be wheeled around as and when needed. This is the space where you can have one-on-one consultations with their in-house stylist.

The bathroom is now a stylish space too with geometric wallpaper with white plywood accents.

The Fold was such a wonderful company to work with. I hope you enjoy these images as much I enjoyed creating them!

Lx

All showroom photography by Oliver Perrott and styled by me.

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All showroom photography by Oliver Perrott and styled by me.