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Hi everyone… I have been so busy I didn’t even have time ‘to make time’ to write a May blog…but I have been determined to add a blog page for June before this month disappears…so he we go…..

Returning to the month of March, I was very lucky to be treated to a ticket to the David Hockney exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts by a dear friend Stephanie and lunch a Carluccio’s restaurant in Covent Garden….all very fab!!!…

However, it is the David Hockney exhibition that I have wanted to share with all of you since this event.

David Hockney’s career has spanned more than 50 years and although through art school, I have been made very aware of his work and consequently his fame, I must confess that before now, it hasn’t really been ‘my cup of tea’; but following various documentary’s of his latest work and articles in the press, I have been attracted to him.

In my own opinion, his previous work, has been produced in a very functional way, all liked by his critics, graphic enough to be sold and made money from, and brilliant enough to make him famous. However, concerning his latest work, I believe he has painted from his heart and so much so he has been lost in a world of colour and exploration, producing painting after painting of what he loves and not for any one else. ….mother nature has inspired him and given him an all time high. When you enter the exhibition you can just feel his energy and passion….the outcome of his work is a private glimpse into his mind and not for the masses…. a true artist.

By David Hockney’s own admission some of his pieces have been trial and error and just sketches …but put all together, what a fantastic inspiration result…

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And this is what astonishes me, it is for this, he has been slated by the press, once in an article in the Mail by Emma Reynolds (22nd Jan 2012) by his old teacher Mr Stafford, and in the London Evening Standard by Brian Sewell….. (19th Jan 2012).

My reply to these unkind critics is that this ‘master of arts’ has finally stepped through a door and created something real and I am sure this is the way that David Hockney feels…’a breathe of fresh air’. In which ever media he has worked in, the pictures are huge, but then so is his subjects; tall mighty trees in abundance, rolling hills that go on for ever…and they do. The colours are both vibrant and solemn, showing the changes in each season, cleverly suggesting the magic of light.

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I can only say to his critics they need to open their souls and celebrate in what one man can achieve in a life time……it is all very well throwing name after name of famous artists into a newspaper column to back their beliefs and in so to comparing his work to the past, but why compare it…is there a need ….’it is what it is’………Isn’t that why artists are who they are …?

 

Signing out for now

 

Sara Anton-Watts

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Following a very special birthday and a wonderful surprise from my husband ….a long weekend in ‘Roma’ to celebrate…. then a trip to Germany followed by a horrid cold… I have finally made time to give you my April blog….very late but ‘better late than never’…so they say?

Greatly inspired by the most wonderful architecture in Rome I want to remind everyone how we have been outstandingly influenced by the Roman and Italian architecture over the centuries and how advanced they were.

On one of our days in this most wonderful city we visited the ‘Pantheon’. Yes on the tourist trail…. but a must. Designed by Hadrian and over 1800 years old, it is the most amazing structure.

roman-and-italian-architecture-in-interior-designWe were told by an Italian habitant of Rome that when it was built, Hadrian was told it would be impossible to construct such a design and a dome of those proportions would not work. However, according to this gentleman Hadrian’s theory was based around the shell of an egg…. he believed, if you put equal pressure around an egg from equal distance it would with stand amazing weight and pressure (an oculus of almost 9 metres across) …he kept to his beliefs and carried on with the build. Apparently he constructed it by building a dome made from earth and gold coins and then built the structure over the top to support it whilst the engineering followed …Once finished, he then told the local people that there were gold coins inside the dome amongst the earth and ‘ hey presto’ it was cleared within days. The inside is a marvel of interior design with precise mathematical positioned columns and the ceiling was once covered in bronze. The actual interior measures 43.4 metres in both width and height. The only light that feeds through is from an opening at the very top. The floor features a design made up of a series of geometric patterns….

My guide book writes’ The Pantheon’s simple regularity, the beauty of its elements, and it’s splendid materials combine to give the interiors a sublime solemnity’ (Rome and the Vatican, Edizioni Lozzi Roma S.A.S) so, so right

 

I and hopefully we can now understand how one of our most influential architects and interior designers ‘Robert Adam’ brought home these ideas and designed some of our most fabulous buildings in the British Isles still standing today.

 

Food for thought and looking forward to next month’s blog when I hope the sun shines

Sara

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Gosh where did February go …..? I am sitting at my office desk today, looking out of the window and the weather has gone from spring to winter again and the rain hasn’t stopped for two days! We started March with unbelievable sunshine and warmth which induced inspiration and growth and this week I feel like hibernating again!

However, hibernate I won’t…… the month of March is the launch of fresh new designs from our interior design houses. For those in the trade these are exhibited in an event called ‘London Design Week’ which starts on Sunday 11th March and this year ends on Friday 16th March ….open to all from Wednesday 14th March….opening times 10am to 6pm……the hub of the event being held at ‘Chelsea Design Centre’

The event marks the start of new ideas for the year with new collections from most of the major designers based in Chelsea design centre, the Kings Road and in and around Chelsea. It is an international event which is a must for both the interior designer and the architect to attend.

The event will also have inspirational seminars from various professionals from the trade: from ‘running a successful design business’ to ‘making a house your home’ and even ‘lampshade surgery’ The exhibition is supported by prestigious media such as ‘House and Garden’ , ‘The World of Interiors’ ‘Tatler’ and many more organisations.

I have already found inspiration from ‘Designers Guild’, they will launch their  new collections from their showroom in the Kings Road on Sunday but  they have already previewed it on their website … which I have been looking at today for a scheme for a client. It has a feel of bohemia with free thinking designs and a wash of colour. Excitingly, one of the collections for Designers Guild has been designed by the renowned artist Howard Hodgkin whom has embodied simple shapes with pure colours of red, blue, green on backgrounds of white and black.

If you are interested in design this is a must…..! and the public can go from the mid week …put it in your diaries guy’s you will be inspired whether is be fabric, flooring, lighting or any of the aspects of ‘interiors’…..see you there!

Open plan Living

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By Sara Anton

The days have started to draw out and spring is on the horizon. This is the time when everyone begins to look at their nest and make changes, whether it is small or large.

Having been involved in interior design for many years, I always feel in the month of February the ground moves and new life evolves in my world of business. The phone begins to ring and my work springs into action (hence the new season).

Having read an article from the Telegraph today Rise of Open Plan Living it has prompted me into writing this blog; ‘the open plan option or not?’

Open plan interiors look fabulous especially good in photography as shown in glossy Interior magazines like the ‘World of Interiors’, ‘House and Garden’ and those alike.  The openness also makes the best of a contemporary look. Whilst extending my house several years ago I took the option of designing a space that incorporated dining/kitchen/snug areas into one room. Personally I love it; it enables me to entertain friends, and family without isolation. However, I am pleased to have another room with an open fire that I can relax in whilst reading or watching another channel on the TV that another member of the family may not want to watch.

Yet, to live in a complete open space takes a very special persona, I am not sure if it would be for me….questions one would have to consider are:

 

1)      Would it be structurally possible? i.e. ask a structural engineer, some old property’s may not with stand the weight….steels may without doubt be very necessary. Thus:-

2)      Can I afford it? How long will it take? and does it mean moving out whilst work is done? And will I add to the value of the property at the end of the project?

3)      Another consideration to make is… am I a tidy person? And will it give me enough storage space? Getting rid of clutter quickly is impossible in an open plan situation …..Especially when unexpected guests arrive!

4)      The most important question is… will it improve my life style? And in so doing enable me to achieve greater harmony or will it do the opposite? Living without any privacy is not for all.

 

However, at the moment most open planning involves just a couple of rooms …the kitchen and dining area and occasionally a living space. Logically, our lives are changing we are becoming less formal and more open and relaxed which in turn calls for a change in our homes and the way we set out our space.

A reflection of the trends in Interior Design

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For those that haven’t visited my website yet, I have run my own interior design business since the year 2002 and have worked in it since I graduated in 1987.

I have been passionate about interiors since being a small child spending days with my grandfather whom was an architect …although unfortunately he died when I was too young to be guided…but not too young to be influenced.

I have worked in various fields of interior design, but my love is working with clients who want to give their homes a character which reflects style, passion and personality….  a space where they can be creative and relax in.

Over the last few years I have noticed that design had moved away from the personal. A large majority of  people desire to live in houses where we show little love for the past or future …’living just for the moment’….we seek the ‘wow’ factor…walls in varying shades of taupe and dressing our homes with objects of the moment. …processions that we must be seen to ‘have’ rather than really desire…and who is responsible for this trend…the designer… the media or changing society?

As a professional designer of 25 years and thus involved with the changing trends in interior design, I was beginning to feel slightly frustrated.

Several weeks ago I was asked by a client how they could achieve the ‘wow’ factor in their home …a home that they love and had lived in for many years and brought their children up in. They had put it on the market recently in view of selling it to move nearer their children….but alas, they had taken it off the market when they had had no interest….They had felt the potential visiting buyers wanted to walk through the front door and be immediately ‘wowed’…. ? Does that mean our homes should look like retails showrooms…not even show homes… and consequently does that mean we shall have to become a society were we all desire the same so we can move freely from one property to another without having to do anything with the interior?

As ‘Gok’ the fashion stylist, who wants every one to run around naked for a moment to regain their confidence in their mind and bodies….I would like to say to all…. lets stand still in our busy lives for a moment and allow our imagination to explore our environment and make sure that the possessions we have are for ‘our’ pleasure and not just for the moment.

On a personal level, I have been greatly inspired with the recent launch of various collections from our current designers. In the last year…’the pendulum’ has been  swinging!!  ‘Sanderson’ launched a collection this year called the  ‘Bloomsbury  Canvas’ comprising of fabrics and wallpapers, influenced by the Bloomsbury group of artists… it is not for everyone but it has exciting pattern and colour….which we are all guilty of dismissing in recent times.

I am a designer that doesn’t want to change the world  but would like to give confidence too… and guide those…who would love to be leaders of style and create their own unique homes to ‘live in’…

Passionately yours

Sara Anton-Watts

Sara Anton Interiors

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