London Design Week 2014


Hi guys

The London Design Week is again fast approaching for anyone interested at the Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour

The Trade preview is on the 9th, 10th & 11th of March and open to everyone on the 12th, 13th, &14th of March 2014

When it comes to finding inspiration, there is little that can beat drawing on great resources to ignite our imaginations. London Design Week 2014 at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour is the first port of callfor designers, architects and style seekers who need to keep one step ahead. The event reflects the dynamism, ingenuity and genuine passion for design today and has plenty to offer whether you are a fan of classic contemporary, an admirer of cutting-edge cool or just keen to seek out the best of the best. Think product diversity of tremendous breadth and beauty from the who’s who of the international design scene as 500 brands at 99 Design Center showrooms (as well as outside participants in Chelsea) debut their new ranges. There is enough to make any design aficionado’s heart beat faster-this show offers a comprehensive overview of the latest fabrics, furniture, wall coverings, lighting, accessories, kitchens, bathroom, outdoor living, tiles, carpets and much more,
Event Location
Design Centre
Chelsea Harbour
Lots Road,
London SW10 0XE


Event Information
Call 020 7225 9166,
or visit
Press Information
Becky Metcalfe
Tel: 020 7225 9121
Signing out for now
Sara x



Interior Design – What’s new


The new beige is now varying shades of grey and to accent it, is bold colours of blues and greens…The latter being the colour of the moment from pale soft greens to the bold emeralds from the new Designers Guild collection


Lace that has been on the cat walk with the influence from Kate is now being seen in our interiors again,  perhaps not as in the 80s when we saw it on every window in and out of London but more as an accessory,  appliquéd onto cushions and used a trim on curtains.


We are taking influence from the 50s and child hood innocence and homemade and hand made.


Mixing metals, marbles, woods and plastics, mixing patterns that clash. Shading is very important with colour starting with pastels and developing into deep tonal colour from tie dyed to dip dyed.


Wild animals are featured  such as foxes, birds owls and childhood memories of cowboys and Indians … Dark woods are still on top but the bleached unfinished wood is back.


With the influence of open plan informal interiors are an not in…..however, it is my thought that when design is said to be  out, it usually means it will be back in, so if you have a room that is on its own it might be fun to be brave and create a formal space …..If it suits?

Designers Guild have kindly allowed me to add the content below from their  blog

Designers Guild – Colour Palette: Emerald

Designers Guild 1For over six centuries this intriguing, glowing extraordinary gemstone has been highly prized, lusted after and traded. In fact records show that the stone was known and sold in markets in Babylon as early as 4000 BC. It is a stone that was worshiped by the Incas, the Romans, the Egyptians as well as the imperial Chinese Dynasties, the moghuls of India and the Aztecs among others.

It has been known as the Emeralds are green by definition – The name was first translated from Sanskrit as “marakata,” meaning “the green of growing things and also the Greek word “smaragdus”, meaning green but  in fact the stone can veer from A fine emerald must possess not only a pure verdant green but also a high degree of transparency to be considered a top gem. Only gems that are medium to dark in tone are considered true emerald.

As a colour it is incredibly powerful – just where rich green meets blue – its the depth of these tones which gives it a sophisticated glamour. It is entirely at home with other strong colours and depends less on white and natural to be seen at its verdant best. At Designers Guild, it is one of our key colours this autumn. Here are some ideas on how to use it.

To view the full article and Images on the Desiners Guild Website click here  Designers Guild – Colour Palatte Emerald


Sara’s November Interior Design Blog


Hi lovely people

Unfortunately it has been a while since I last put pen to paper but not through lack of inspiration, as this year for me has been exceptional, with lots going on and projects and clients that are wonderful and inspirational…….

I have seen a great surge in design and personality becoming an important input back into the interiors we live in….clients are no longer wanting to conform to easy living with colours ……….by leaving the simplicity of beige and delving more into pattern and creative colour.

In the last few years, with the influence of the down turn in the economy we have been getting away from our throw away society and picking pieces that are longer lasting and investments for the future. We have been purchasing antiques and recycling and frequenting architectural reclaimers.  For those that have bigger budgets, designer pieces are chosen to last and be loved and possibly be passed down from generation to generation …antiques of the future..

I too have found myself craving a chesterfield not just an ordinary one but a Victorian one , that I can recover and treasure for years to come.

Now we are heading for the upturn in our economy, we have become wiser over the last few years in our choices and I can see we are not afraid to make our living environment a habitat that shows our personalities and not just a photo shot from an interior magazine. Design has become personal as people crave to be seen as individuals and the design world is certainly ready for the change with great new advancement in design. Items of furniture, wallpaper, lighting and soft furnishings  may cost more but they are designed to last as the antiques we have been investing in recently. The designer has become aware of our needs.

Mixing old and new together is  a must, whether it is actual items or material finishes and its fun … embrace it and enjoy ……

Signing out for now
Sara x

100% design show at Earls Court


Hi guys just a really quick blog as I am really missing filling everyone in each month about what is going on in the design world!!. Thus, just an informative blog as I am extremely busy on my drawing board and will be for a while…

I want to let you all know it’s that time of year again when the Designers launch their new ideas and designs …starting with ‘100% design’ show at Earls Court from tomorrow 18th September until 21st September…followed by Decorex International at its new venue Perksfield, the Orangery at Kensington Palace from Sunday 22nd September until Wednesday 25th September …running alongside with Focus. If you are thinking of going register first as it is more economical and if you are not trade or a student make sure you turn up on a date you are allowed in…Just Google all events for more information.

I am off on Tuesday, so, hopefully I will find time to let you know what’s new and current in the next few weeks…

Kindest regards and thanks for reading


June Bridge for design by Martin Trowbridge


Hi everyone, I have been neglecting my blog recently due to a constant flow of work…(many thanks to all my new and old clients…) so I have decided to make time as I can’t seem to find extra time to write a few lines

My inspiration to write comes from a great magazine that I love to get in the post each season called ‘Bridge for design’ published by ‘ Martin Trowbridge’ whom also owns the most wonderful gallery available on line at if you would like an investment then try their limited additions and vintage ranges, but remember, buy only if you love it ! It’s not just about the money !

The magazine is a great inspiration to all , both client and designer and this season’s edition is no exception …with articles from Sally Chamley director of Black Orchid Interiors and Sarah Cole director of Farrow & Ball, and David Linley and his approach to interior design.. There are also articles on summer trends such as the ‘New England style’ …why not get a copy and indulge yourself with a read that can only inspire you … Enjoy  Sara

Annual Professional Steam Bending Course


Hi all

I hope you are all well and enjoying the first glimmers of summer (in between the rain),this month’s blog is about a fantastic course on Steam-bending organised by Charlie Whinney

Steam Bending 2013 – The 4th Annual Professional Steam Bending Course

Dates – 6th – 8th July 2013

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This course is for novice or professional woodworkers, designers and technicians who want to introduce or further develop steam-bending in their work. This is the most comprehensive and advanced steam-bending course available in the world, and is updated every year to include the latest insights and discoveries we have made in our practice.


We will be bending 15+ different species of wood, doing over a dozen different types of bend, talk about the theory, science and practice of steam-bending during two talk/slide shows, make a unique sculptural product and the chair-in-an-afternoon!  You will also get to see how to make a very well insulated and robust steam-chamber and also make accurate 3D steam-bending jigs out of steel and/or wood for doing complicated bends – and use our unique woven stainless steel compression straps designed and made in Beck Head!


There is also a bespoke element to this course, as we ask everyone who comes what exactly they want/need to take away from the three days, so we can ensure that is covered.  For example in the past we have made a bespoke Windsor-chair bending jig, built a steam-chamber, tested and bent clients own samples of wood and bent some really thick Ash around a small radius.

charlie whinney steam-bending course 2012 highlights

All food and accommodation is included in the price (including freshly prepared lunches, three course meal at the local gourmet pub, barbecue party), and you will receive an extended 90-page copy of the Steam Bending Handbook written especially to accompany the course so you will not need to take any notes.

Accommodation is now at a B&B in a lovely ancient farmhouse a short walk through the woods from the workshop, all nestled beneath Whit barrow Scar in the Lake District  The course is already half full, so if you can make it please do let me know asap.  It should be fun and worth it!

3 Day Course 6th – 8th July

Price £800 incl. VAT – includes all materials, food and accommodation for 3 days and you leave with a beautiful usable chair and other sculptural products.

For locals/non-residential price £580 incl. VAT – without evening meals and accommodation (but does include BBQ on the Sunday night!)

They are also doing some less advanced and less expensive day courses the following weekend, so if you just want the basics, or know any wood-enthusiasts who need a day out please find the details on my website

1 day ‘Chair in a Day’ 13th July

Price £300 incl. VAT – includes all materials and lunch and you leave with a beautiful usable chair

1 day ‘Introduction to Steam-Bending with Charlie Whinney’ 14th July

Price £250 incl. VAT – includes all materials and lunch.


Charlie Whinney Design Workshop

2 Beck Head Cottages,

Beck Head, Witherslack,


Cumbria LA11 6SH


Telephone: 05603 688109 or 07557 101978

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Thank you for reading and speak soon


Interior Design Spring Collections


Well, what a year of grey and cold weather us Brits are having…however, I was listening to the weather forecast this morning and there is a little glimmer of warm weather on the horizon…….Just another week to go??

So, let’s see if I can warm your imaginations up with what has been happening in the Interior design world…unfortunately although I missed ‘London design week’ from the 17th March to the 22nd with the launch of some of the new spring collections ….I can talk  you through a review of what’s hot ……

Designer Guild’s new collection’ Seraphina’

“Full of romance and sensual invitations to a rediscovered glory, with accents of inspiration from pre-Raphaelite dress and drapery. Full of intrigue and layering, this exquisite printed collection offers up muted floral arrays for drama, and beautiful hand-woven silks and ornate fresco linens for the refined taste.” (DG website)


The look is fresh adding soft colours with a shot of sharp citrus…fit for most rooms!

Amongst the other collections the mood is bright with clashes of colour and pattern with a hint of Africa and the Orient, as with the Manuel Canovas new collection.


Ariane Dalle design director for Manuel Canovas at Colefax and Fowler says of the season

For me what makes this trend so special is colour-vivid tones of amethyst, anis green, turquoise, lime green, orange and pink. Colours are life and bring happiness. It’s also about being really audacious, and mixing lots of exotic prints and shades in one room is what the Manuel Canovas collection is all about” (Design Direction, access great design, London design week 2013)

The season is bold and not for the faint hearted for those who want to embrace colour and pattern it’s never been more than here and now.

Trend in lighting and furniture are also moving forward with bold statements …such as the ‘Hyde Park’ chandelier by Bella Figura…


And the console table that will attract the largest of bees with its honeycomb effect legs from ‘Porta Romana


The world of interiors is becoming a must brighter place and takes no prisoners….. So, I suggest that you have fun in your own interiors and start to introduce bold statements (if you already haven’t!) and in so doing paint out the greys, and just looking out of the window now….. I can clarify, that I have had enough of it!! If you like living and are bold on personality you will love what is happening… Alternatively, if you are not ready for the whole look, then accents of bright colours and clashing patterns can look great against the subtle colours we have been used to over the last few years, additions of cushions, a piece of furniture and throws and prints will bring an interior into 2013…

Which brings me on to say I shall be introducing my next monthly design feature with a furniture designer and supplier called ‘Michael Northcroft’  ….keep an eye on the page… his furniture is bold and creative and the new collection has something a little different that should appeal to all..

Thank you for reading and speak soon




Sara anton Interiors latest news


Hi Guys just been looking for some fabulous dining chairs for a client on the ‘New’ Jan Cavelle website…..and not only does it look great, featuring the Jan Cavelle classics and their  latest collection of bespoke furniture for all rooms …. But in the Interiors section we have two photos from us, showing how we have used two of the pieces (side table and console) …..why not have a browse using our links,

Interior Design Trends for 2013’


Dear All…….wishing you the very best for the New Year ahead and may all you who dare to dream may they come true…especially in the design world.

Following a very busy December and  long Christmas holiday and bringing in the New Year with an awful cold, which is still lingering I am sat in my office with my to do list for week with an extra pair of socks, awaiting the flurry of snow this afternoon!!…roll on the spring and longer days!!

My list for my blog is quite extensive as I have been extremely busy with the nicest of clients before Christmas and all my notes have been put on the back burner…but before the news becomes old news, I thought I would make time in my busy schedule to compile a blog which I love to do.

Having missed my slot for the December blog due to four projects running side by side I feel I should contribute much more than usual…but I won’t, as I don’t want your attention to wander!
Interior Design Trends
Last week, a trade magazine called ’Surfacing’ (159 January 2013) was dropped through my letter box. It is full of factual interior design and architectural news. One of the articles captured my attention, ‘trends for 2013’ which I thought those of you who don’t have privy to this journal could take some ideas and use them in your interiors if I include some of these in my blog… here we go….

‘ In  2013, the trends we’ll see in interior design and architecture will be some of the most contradictory to date. On one hand, futuristic, cyber influences will inspire strange organic architecture elements, and on the other hand, throwbacks to past times – such as vintage furniture design- will increase in popularity, writes JoBeth Phillip.’

Vintage influences will be seen throughout all this year’s trends – and mixing of adventurous colours with time-tested classic prints will prove to be a popular combination’

The article goes on to say that this year we will forget the matt smooth finished surfaces and the producers, architects and designers will use highly tactile bold statement surfaces which will be irresistible to touch.  3D surfaces and intricate shimmering filigree patterns will be found along with the current trend for individualism and great craftsmanship and detail.

There will also be a swing to Moorish design such as shimmering gold’s, glossy silver, and burnish metals, influenced by the demand from Russia, East Europe and Middle Eastern markets.

Design Trends 3013So all you budding designers and would be’s……. let your imagination go this year and create interiors that have a soul and a reason! Do this by using new, old and recycled and the tactile …the English are known for their eccentric ideas lets show the world we are still creators and not followers ….

If you are in the trade or a student of interiors design and can make room in your busy diaries then ‘The Surface Design Show’ 2013 starts on the 5th February for 2 days only at the ‘Business Design Centre’ in London …go on be inspired!!

Right back to my office….my clients await and my list is growing signing off for now and thank you for reading!

Kindest regards always



November – New Wallpaper Collection by Wendy Bray


The clocks have been turned back an hour and thus the nights are drawing in, the leaves are beginning to fall off the trees and winter has blown in with its cool winds.

I am, however, tucked up inside in the warmth enjoying the last of the sunshine coming through the glass doors and as the sun goes down I am contemplating on lighting the fire….. Once I have plucked up the courage to go outside and gather the wood in, from our newly built wood store…for which I have to thank my husband Brian.

A couple of weeks ago, I was privileged to receive in the post an invitation to the launch of a new wallpaper collection from the ‘Warner Textile Archives’ by a designer called Wendy Bray .

Wendy Bray has been a print designer for over 60 years and graduated from Croyden art school in 1951, just after the 2nd world war, when life was only just beginning to get back to normality. However, based in London near St Pauls where bombing had been prolific during the war, her first years at Courtauld’s in the city must have been an eye opener, not just for its deprivation but also for the creative optimism of rebuilding the city with the help of architects and the influence from Scandinavia which was all the rage…and not to mention the ‘Festival of Britain’…..she was in the right place at the right time and with talent as she has, she couldn’t fail…only succeed!

Wendy studied at art school at a time when “Art students indulged in colour and playful fantasy and quaint idiom of the Neo-Romantics: John Minton, Paul Nash and John Craxton”, (The World of Interiors, Feb 2012), these artists influenced   Wendy’s work greatly.   Approximately, 20 years later, during the 70’s, Wendy lived in New York and studied further at ‘The Students League’.

It was these years that cultivated her design style that we are familiar with today.

Photography ‘The world of Interiors 2012


She has carried with her, following various moves throughout her life a portfolio of sketches design and ideas and with its rediscovery, not only in the 70’s but today she has created a wonderful range of wallpaper which I am looking forward to seeing on the ‘8th November 2012 at the Essex launch at the ‘Warner Textile Archives, Silk Way, Braintree, Essex.

She also has another launch on the 19th November in London at the ‘Fine cell Work Showroom’ W1

In the last few years we have had to cut back and re access our expenditure greatly and it is during these times that the British personality comes out at its best. With the influence of the Olympics, the tour de France and many other wins and achievements we have had as a nation this year, it seems that our creativeness grows at its best during a crisis.

If we look at the design that has been influencing our homes during this period, as now, we can see similarities to that of ‘Wendy Bray’s work which was created during a financial hardship and is now again in fashion.
The new collection launched in September by ‘Jane Churchill’ has similarities to her design with ‘Bright wood’ and Songbird ….as other textile companies.
Thus, all you creative students and budding designers this is your time grasp it and create.

Signing out for now

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