importance of art in interior design

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Well here we are now starting the Autumn months and the year will soon be gone …and where did it go !

 

From the summer of 2016 until May 2017 I had been working on what should have been a straight forward project …however , listed and full of rising damp the latter not raised by the survey proved to be a stumbling point throughout ….but, in the end we the team produced a beautiful cottage having replaced footings beams and supports and as a result creating a haven for my clients to reside in on their visits back to Blighty …photos can be seen from start to finish on the website  saraantoninteriors.co.uk/before-and-after  I have to thank my client for their understanding, input and above all patience …

 

Today I find myself sitting manning my first art exhibition in the Pond gallery at Snape Malting shared with two lovely artists …whilst manning and listening to views of the public, it has been brought to my attention to the choice of what kind of art  people like to hang on their walls at home …and obviously as a designer it’s something that I am often asked to choose ..and most often they are chosen to fit in with the decor both in subject  and colour….this is where I now question whether the  choosing of art has become  an accessory  rather than something that should stand out on its own….

 

When I first started in design my clients had collected paintings and artefacts on their travels or they had been lovingly inherited , or chosen because they delighted to have them …and thus, these became the starting point and an influence to the design of the interior but today we seem to create the space and then chose the former …

 

Our values as home makers have changed… the media, money availability and lifestyle are all responsible….people don’t seem to have time to sit and reflect on who they are and what they truly like, perhaps that’s why we live in a throw away society we are always  changing, evolving, living  without much thought for the here and now ….we watch programmes flick through magazines all influencing our choices by showing us what we could and should have ….

 

However, before I dam civilisation, yoga is trending high along with meditation and other reflective pursuits…most state we must live in the moment meaning not the future and not the past, so  perhaps we are learning to slow down and be happy with our being in the here and now and in so doing discover whom we are, rather than whom we want to be and again in turn let out true selves shine

 

With design moving away from neutrals and minimal living, colour, pattern and eclectic life styles are high on the design list and the home is becoming a place to live in once again and perhaps we are learning to not be afraid of having a singular personality rather than in  a synchronised state….after all Brexit is around the corner, this indicates big change and standing alone …

 

All food for thought…..but how exciting…so, I say be creative and don’t be afraid to say to you neighbour friends and love  ones …’I chose this because I love it , it makes me happy ‘

art exhibition – The Pond Gallery Snape Maltings

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’Well finally folks, I have managed part of my tick list in that I have my first art exhibition (one of many I hope) and shared with fellow artists at Snape Malting’s next month ….
My paintings are a collective of the Fisherman’s sheds in Southwold and Walberswick and the small ferry that rows people across the river …June has a super array of floral colours and Lena pulls on her heritage Swedish style …if you are around Snape and the Suffolk coast we would love you to pop in and say hello ….

2016 Interior Design Trends

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Happy New Year to all my clients, friends and followers …another six months have passed by since I last spoke!! And again the industry has remained busy and abundant with new ideas and inventive design!

My life has been a whirlwind of events over the last year …having taken a day off a week to revisit my art school days and discover acrylic paints and canvas …very self-indulgent ……but it can only enhance my ideas for colour and design , my father always said ‘feeding the soul was a necessity’. I recommend everyone to add another string to their bow by following there desires if they can and legal!

Last weekend I popped to Suffolk food hall, near Ipswich and whilst browsing noticed some of the loveliest soft furnishing all in bright Mediterranean colours, which let’s face it, on our long grey winter days, can only be seen as refreshing and exciting and warm…. Thus, this gave me the inspiration to blog to you some of the most soul hugging fabrics that have been launched recently….such as designers Guild’s ‘Couture Rose fabrics’ very floral but vibrant and fresh … all ready for your new interiors in the spring!

designers Guild ‘Couture Rose fabrics’

Designers Guild – Couture Rose collection
Unfortunately this year I missed Decorex and the London design show at Chelsea which was in September, but, I have had been privileged to have the new collections brought to me via

wonderful agents representing the designers, so I could browse and decide which collections to purchase…
I loved the new Nina Campbell, ‘Fontibre’ as described on the website ‘Nina Campbell presents a collection of decorative fabrics with names which allude to the travels of her great uncle, the watercolourist Stratford Hely Hutchinson Keightley, and to members of his family. Key colours from Nina’s signature palette feature prominently such as crimson, aqua, coral, olive and amethyst.’
The collection was launched in September and I have already paired the Fontibre design with silk and glass beads to produce the loveliest drawing room curtains. The designs are versatile and can be used alone or matched with other fabrics and trimmings as I did… To see the collection Google via  osborneandlittle.com (distributed through Osborne and Little)

Nina Campbell –Fontibre collection
Nina Campbell –Fontibre collection

The ‘Mulberry Home’ collection, via GP&J Baker also have a super new wallpaper and fabric collection which will make any interiors stunning called ‘Bohemian Travels’, again a diverse collection with fabulous sumptuous fabrics and typical Mulberry wallpapers

 

Mulberry Home – collection

Mulberry Home – collection Bohemian Travels
And GP&J Baker also have some wonderful extravagant fabric from their Langdale collection fabulous embroidery and applique in rich sunshine colours like the exotic garden design below

exotic garden design
GP&J Baker – collection Langdale
So when it comes to Interior design this year….think colour, texture and pattern and bohemian sophistication…it’s all about travel xx

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Hi everyone I am seriously apologetic that I haven’t written a blog for some time ….the months move very quickly when we are all racing about….

I have spent the last few chasing my heals and creating some fabulous interiors for the most wonderful clients…Spencer has added some photos to my gallery taken from one of my projects which was great fun to create with input from lovely clients whom relocated from Geneva ….I am in the throes of completing another which has developed over the last few years and hopefully Bob will take some more pics for me which we can add to the gallery page to …
 

Regarding design and trends ….well as Interiors seem to be dictated more and more by the fashion industry nowadays and moving fast, we only have to look through the magazines to see the 70’s is with us big time …Well this means hippy flares, wedge shoes or flip flops and tassels and psychedelic colour and patterns …so does this mean, denim fabrics, beaded curtains and dramatic furniture …not really but there are elements of it to be found in the current time….
 
There are wallpapers from Today Interiors such as Overdrive (below), which we have already used as a feature wall in a bedroom…a bit of 70’s with a modern twist…looks fab by the way!
 
Today Interiors - Overdrive

There are various fabrics one by Designers Guild, a voile with a faded denim style and the obligatory geometric pattern, as Koshi below

Designers Guild, - Koshi

As for fixture how about the fabulous fire place by Robeys Ltd

Robeys Ltd  - fireplace

However, those whom are not ‘followers of fashion’, Interiors are all about the home not just the look … make it welcoming along with the relationship that you have with It …If you like it eclectic do it, if you like it minimal also do it, but do it in style…Interiors are now about conviction and saying I am happy whom I am and my surroundings say it …help is always there from all designers and if you have a good relationship with client or designer it will show in the end results …most of all have fun ..
 
Nothing is forever and change is inevitable…but remember what is new to one person has been and gone to another …so don’t be too precious…
See you again hopefully sooner than later this time…

Using Pinterest to Transform Your Home

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Hopefully spring is just around the corner and we can look forward to bright sunny days

 

This month I want to talk about using Pinterest for collecting ideas and inspiration instead of the traditional mood boards or magazine cuttings
Magazines are great for researching colours and textures for your design projects but over the past few years an online portal has emerged that can life a lot easier,
Pinterest is a social media channel where you can organize and share images online which was first founded in 2010 and now has over 70 million users worldwide,

Pinterest allows you to upload your own images or search for ideas from the vast array that others have uploaded, once uploaded images become known as Pins, which the user can place on customized themed Boards
You could create a Board for each room in the house and then pin decorating ideas for that space making it easier to actually visualise your design, then start to piece the pins together to make a full room, there is no shortage of inspirational ideas with a reported 5 million home décor pins added to the site every day.

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Follow other boards people have created or pin the images to a board you are creating, the boards can either be made public or kept private,
Individuals upload images to share but also businesses so there is an almost endless supply of designs, colours and textures to use for ideas
We set up boards for our clients to pin onto so they can use things they have seen in magazines or online which then enables you to build a picture of what your room will look like before making the final decision and of course the boards can easily be edited at anytime

From Grey to Blue ‘Bridge for Design’

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From Grey to Blue
For those beginning to look at their homes in a new 2015 light and with the month of January coming to an end and spring not far away; the painted grey walls that we have been used to over the last couple of years that have remained sophisticated and strong are now being replaced with the injection of a blue palate…
Blues are associated with nature and spiritual freedom and they can also be seen as cold, austere and tragic. Blue also stands for formality and structure …used only for the very wealthy in times past the dye came from the indigo plant. Today blues are much more accessible and we have an enormous variety of shades to choose from which either used alone or together can create fabulous interiors ….
Sophie Stevens writes for the magazine ‘Bridge for Design’ (interiors designer at SGS designs Ltd)

 

The article can be found by clicking the image below and is on page 194

 

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My Visit to Decorex International

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Hi everyone, what a lovely summer we have had and the sun it still shining, how lucky are we!!
Following my recent visit to the annual show ‘ Decorex International’ held this year in the beautiful surrounds of’ Syon Park’ Isleworth, I have lots of fabulous inspirational ideas to share !!

The show started yesterday, Sunday 21st September and ends on Wednesday 24th (officially autumn!) …well worth a visit, but only open to trade until the last day when all are welcome!
A stand that was an inspiration and worth a visit was, Antiques by Design, making fantastic furniture and lighting out of reclaimed materials,

 

some of their items are very quirky and others just fabulous, they will also take on commissions and transform something that you may treasure and work with you to create something beautiful and personal…have a look on their website if you can’t get there www.antiquesbydesign.co.uk …….love these…..

 antiques by design

Another stands that took my eye was ‘William Yeoward’, I just love his new fabrics distributed through Designers Guild and his furniture, is just lovely and grown up with contemporary lines and decorative touches…the price tag is not for the faint hearted but definitely worth the investment …an antique of the future …

He also does a more commercial line that is affordable to all whom have designer taste…

This is the ‘matrix desk’ shown in chestnut …so much style…

matrix desk

And below is the ‘Boyton Buffet’ that can be made in a variety of woods and again if you can’t get to the show his website is www.williamyeoward.com

Boyton Buffet

Adjacent to the Decorex exhibition is the ‘Focus Design’ show now on and running alongside it at Chelsea Harbour with a courtesy bus from one to the other…We managed to do both on the one day, although advisable to do it over two days, however we did get to the first venue on the opening hour, so, although the day was long finishing at 6pm we saw most,

 

but unfortunately we didn’t make it down to the Kings road to see Designers Guild and Osborne and Little, so a little disappointing, however, I shall look forward to seeing the new collections via a sales manager soon…and will let you know my thoughts in the next blog..

Whilst at Chelsea we visited the Zoffany and Sanderson showroom and we were captive by the magician, whom was donning a handsome waistcoat made from the Sanderson’s new children’s collection, called ‘Abracazoo’ such lovely fabrics and wallpapers’ and ones that will grow with the little ones from babies to school …. The magician was fabulous too!!

Abracazoo

This photo shows the Alphabet Zoo, wallpaper and fabric along with very pretty checks and ginghams to match….so lovely…and educational…
So just a very small look into the autumn collections and so much more to explore from all the designers new and established …so get decorating people …we are so lucky to have the choice…
Signing off for now…Sara x

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Well what a year so far, I haven’t stopped since last January and although I love to write a message to you all, I simply haven’t had the time, although my mind has often thought about those whom like to read my words and I can only apologize for neglecting my duty by not making the time…and goodness knows, you all know I like to waffle!

However, as you know one of my favorite magazines is ‘Bridge for Design’ and with its arrival last week (summer addition), I have wanted to share various articles from it with you …such as ‘The Bigger the Better written by Brent Cooper….

Recently, I have had many Bedroom projects to do either within a whole house or as a project on its own …and within the design I have been designing and supplying larger headboards, which are now the norm…Thus with this article in front of me and backing my judgement, I have to share this with you…

Brent Cooper writes….’ Supersize headboards are the latest bedroom trend. If the room can support it, they should be at least the size of the bed.’
I have certainly fitted with the help of the upholsterers, some very large headboards …why is this you may ask? It is all to do with the craze of the boutique hotel and the luxury and comfort and tranquility these hotels portray, and we now crave this life style in our own homes especially when we all live in such busy times the need for comfort and luxury is paramount to distressing. And as Brent suggests, it is also the ‘wow factor’ and everything is getting bigger in our homes, such as sofa’s, mirrors, tables, chairs, fridges etc. etc.

We are living in larger spaces (open plan) and not wanting to clutter, we fill the space with larger, bolder items….
Headboards come in various styles, either making big bold statements with bright patterned fabrics or a quieter effect using textures and plain fabrics…with the trend for the chesterfield sofa back in vogue, deep buttoned headboards are again in trend …

deep buttoned headboards

With this trend the headboards bring comfort as well as a great design statement…

Sofa & Chair Company Headboard

The headboard above is by ‘the sofa & chair company’ and depicts style comfort and structure..

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I visited a studio a year or so ago and thought it was very clever idea to create beautiful focal points as a finishing touches to your home,
Greenhalgh Glass Design and hand make Glass Art works that are individually handmade and designed ,I have added images below but the designs look much better in the flesh and a visit to their gallery and adjoining workshop is well worth it,

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Glass Art

 

 

 

 

 

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Greenhalgh Glass Use glass making processes that are totally unique to them “trade secrets “developed through more than 25 years of experience and experimentation. They create exclusive glass art by combining the unequalled magic of these unique making processes with truly inspirational designs. Layers of glass and precious metals, 24ct Gold, Platinum and Silver are fired together in a kiln for three or more days at almost a thousand degrees centigrade. This forms rich, vibrant and reflective imagery that is full of life. Moment by moment, interplaying with every shift of light, the artworks present something new and beautiful.
For more information visit    www.greenhalghglass.co.uk  you will also find more information on my main website at http://saraantoninteriors.co.uk

Design Trends – Learn Your Trade

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I am often asked questions relating to Interior Design Qualifications and careers so this month I want to post information for the KLC School of Design, you can find out more direct from the KLC website by clicking here www.klc.co.uk

KLC School of Design, 503 Design Centre East, Chelsea Harbour, London SW10 0XF

below I have added a short description from their website

KLC was established over 30 years ago and is a specialist school, providing high quality, innovative and in-depth Interior and Garden Design courses for UK and international students.

Over the years the school has built up an excellent reputation nationally and internationally for vocational design education. A particularly important aspect of the school is the extensive links within the profession which have been steadily built up since the school was founded with designers, suppliers, manufacturers, specialists and other professions in the field. These contacts inform the curriculum, provide reference points for academic standards, expert lectures and student resources and can lead to opportunities for design projects, work shadowing and employment.

There are regular exhibitions of students’ work both onsite and online and the annual Awards Ceremony is sponsored by some of the most prestigious companies within the industry.

Kindest regards and thanks for reading

Sara

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