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
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…..
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…
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
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
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 …
With this trend the headboards bring comfort as well as a great design statement…
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,
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
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.
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,
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
For 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 butin 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.
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 …..so embrace it and enjoy ……
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…
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 http://www.trowbridgegallery.com 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