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..


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  you will also find more information on my main website at

Design Trends – Learn Your Trade


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

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


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




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