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Up an coming design events 2018

up an coming events not to be missed ….


Focus/18 at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour is universally recognised as a primary destination for creative excellence, bringing together thousands of tastemakers from the worlds of interior design, architecture and style.

Focus/18 at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour is universally recognised as a primary destination for creative excellence
Entrance is free and courtesy transport is available, for more information visit the website here

Decorex International 2018 – 16 – 19 September Syon Park London

Decorex has established itself as Europe’s leading interior design event, offering the finest furniture, lighting, textiles, craft and accessories from emerging and established names alike. The centrepiece of London Design Festival, Decorex provides an unparalleled opportunity for interior design professionals to discover exquisite creations from more than 400 international exhibitors

Decorex International 2018 – 16 – 19 September Syon Park London


Over four days at Syon Park, the finest concepts and products from a hand-picked collection of designers are expertly curated. A series of thought leadership sessions aim to inspire, inform and ignite debate, and there’s ample opportunity to connect with truly inspirational people

For more information visit


100% Design – 19-22 September 2018 – Olympia London

100% Design – 19-22 September 2018 – Olympia London

This year, 100% Design announces big changes as it adopts a renewed vision highlighting its dedication to innovation and emerging talent. Featuring brand new initiatives, striking installations, inspiring collaborations and high-end design the show will also be at the heart of the newly launched West Kensington Design District.

New for 2018, the show will present 100% Futures – an exhibition showcasing a selection of inspiring and innovative designs geared towards ‘Designing for London’. Spearheaded by Max Fraser, a small jury will select 20 projects, created by designers with less than 5 years in industry who have designed cutting-edge work based around the future of city living.

For more information about 100% Design please visit


and for information of others ….



Summer Interior Design


Hi everyone, I hope life is treating you well and your homes and projects are looking fab and going to plan…

Finally, over the last few weeks we are seeing a change in the weather with warm sunny days and blue skies …and what a winter we have had, gloomy, dull, murky and cold!  With that all behind us, let’s welcome the beautiful new interiors that the designers are putting together with lots of colour and pattern ….such as ‘Designs from Matthew Williamson’s collection ‘Belvoir’


Matthew Williamson collection ‘Belvoir’

His new collection expertly shows off beautiful blues and turquoise, abundant with pattern as the curtains depicted above in the photo. Designers like Matthew are introducing tones of peach, as the moiré fabric shown above, upholstered onto the French sofa , all transporting us back into the 80’s , when design was flamboyant and each room a statement….

Designer’s Guild, show off soft colours and team them with bold graphics to move on from the years of the neutral palate.

The three images I have chosen are from their collection ‘Giardino Sergreto’ depicting  fabrics,  from left to right ‘Giradon in coral, Veronnet in zinc, and Papillon in cobalt shown with relating wallpaper ‘an inspiration of refined prints’ and ‘combinations of sophisticated and timeless colourways’

Have a look on the websites and be inspired ….

Matthew Williamson collection

importance of art in interior design


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  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

’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


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 (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


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


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.


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’


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



My Visit to Decorex International


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 …….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

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!!


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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