Welcome to my design blog, where you'll see posts about anything from my current interiors obsession, the latest fabric and wallpaper collections and 'how to' guides for all things interiors related. I love colour and mixing pattern, but also covet an uncluttered interiors look. I especially love the moment when you see something so beautiful that it makes you take a sharp intake of breath. Happy reading, and if you have any questions, would like to chat about anything interiors related, or share your interiors obsession, please use the contact form to get in touch.

Thank you,

Louise

My thoughts on the colour Living Coral in Cardiff Life Magazine

31 May 2019

A photo which accompanies the Cardiff Life article about Living Coral
Hear what I and my fellow designers have got to say about Pantone's colour of the year, Living Coral, and how to use it, in this month's Cardiff Life magazine. The article is on pages 84-86, and you can read it here. Do you think you could use it in your home?

 

Sustainability in furniture design

7 May 2019

A photo of the new Componibili Bio.
Sustainability is something that is becoming more and more important in interior design - not just where we buy items from and how far they've travelled to get to us, but also the materials that they are made from. Kartell, one of Italy's best known design brands, have just released the world's first piece of furniture made from a bioplastic called Bio-On. It's a fully sustainable version of one of their best selling items - the Componibili modular unit, and it comes in four delicious pastel shades. They may be 100% sustainable, but they are also super cute and bang on trend with this seasons colours. You can buy them here

 

The latest trend in shutters

24 Feb 2019

A photo of California Shutters new range in ash wood.

Forget painted shutters - the new style direction for window shutters is bare wood. These full height shutters made from sustainably sourced ash are the newest product from California Shutters, and are set to be big this year.

californiashutters.co.uk

 

My new favourite tile!

7 Feb 2019

A picture of the Lampas Marint pattern tile from Topps Tiles

I was searching for some tiles for a client's splashback recently and came across these beauties from Topps Tiles. There's long been a trend for patterned tiles, with lots of geometric shapes and bold colours going on, but I've begun to see more and more tiles with a pattern in the surface of the tile itself. These ones are a lovely example, and the deep blue colour is just stunning. To get a closer look at them, follow the link below.

Lampas Pattern Marine tile

Pantone announce their colour of the year 2019

11 Dec 2018

a shot of a coral reef with the description Color of the Year 2019

Leading colour experts Pantone have annouced the shade which they think will be the colour of the year for next year - Coral pink. It might look very bright and scary, but it's actually quite easy to use. I wouldn't suggest painting a whole room in it, as that might be a bit overwhelming, but I would use it in small doses, such as on cushions or in artwork, to liven up a shceme. Pantone say that the colour is meant to 'embrace us with warmth and nourishment and provide comfort and bouyancy in our continually shifting envirnoment', which basically means it's a happy, uplifting colour, and might just cheer us all up!

My work featured on Homify

8 Oct 2018

a view of the dressed bed, pink walls and blackout lined curtainsMy work has been featured in an article on Homify - one of the leading online ideas platforms for all things interiors. My project is in an article on how to avoid common mistakes when designing a bedroom. The article mentions how important it is to block out light for a good nights sleep - something I addressed by adding blackout lining to the curtains and adding an extra layer of window dressing with the wooden Venetian blinds. To see the article, please use the link below.

Homfy article - Are you guilty of these 8 bedroom design mistakes?

Morris Pure North fabrics and wallpapers collection

a plain grey sofa with curtains and cushions made in the Pure Morris North fabrics

I love William Morris, the designer, artist, poet and philosopher, and somehow I don’t think I’m alone! I grew up thinking that Morris’s wallpapers and fabrics were the best way to bring a bit of history in to your home, and that as soon as I owned a period property I would use his gorgeous patterns all over the house.

curtains made in 'Strawberry Thief' in a traditional style room

When I did finally get that period property, my interiors tastes had changed, and although I still loved Morris’s designs, I wanted a sleeker, less busy look for my home. I love Morris’s intricate patterns based on the natural world, but felt that they might ‘overwhelm’ my space. This was also a time when ‘Victoriana’ was out of favour, and minimalism was everything. The clever people in charge of the Morris & Co. brand knew their designs sold well to a traditional interiors market, but wanted to extend the appeal of his work. So they created the Morris Pure collection in 2016, which is a fresh look at some of Morris’s best known designs. It includes some monochrome wallpaper prints, and introduces some sheer fabrics which took my breath away and would look fantastic in any modern Scandinavian interior.

a sheer curtain fabric from the Pure Collection, hanging in front of a copper bath

The Pure collection is extremely popular, as it embraces the current trend for greys and understated interiors but keeps all the fine detailing. Three of the wallpaper designs were made using Morris’s original wood blocks, adapted by the designers to make new patterns, which thrills the art history geek in me. I think this collection continues Morris’s tradition of using fine craftsmanship to produce beautiful items for everyday use.

a darker fabric design made in to curtains, framing crittall style windows

Now we have the Morris Pure North collection, an updated version of Pure, again based on popular archive designs revisited and reworked. This is a beautiful collection of embroideries, prints, weaves and wallpapers, all inspired by the 1871 and 1873 expeditions Morris made to Iceland. He kept journals where he wrote about his wonder and awe at the colours and drama of the landscapes he saw, and how he felt he had ‘come home’.

a pale grey wallpaper design called 'Bachelor's Button' behind a pale green bath tub

The colour palette is still neutral, with colours named ‘Linen’ and ‘Cloud Grey’, but there are stronger colours which add depth such as ‘Black Ink’, and the ‘Faded Sea Pink’ is a gorgeous and perfectly on trend update for modern interiors. These fabrics and wallpapers really could be used in any home or setting, and work particularly well when contrasted with rough textures such as sawn wood or exposed brick, and more industrial touches like Crittall windows. So, now we don’t have to choose between traditional and contemporary style!

'Pure Brer Rabbit' in soft pink, as curtains behind a bed

To find out more about the collection, ore see the entire range of fabrics and wallpapers visit  https://www.stylelibrary.com/shop/fabric/pure-morris-north-fabrics/

all images copyright Abaris Holdings Ltd. used with permission.

 

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A mood board for a project I'm working on, using some warm earthy colours. I always start with colour when designing, it's the first thing I think of. Once I have the colours right for the space, the light in the space and the mood we're trying to create, I can then think about style and texture (and practicality of course!). What do you do when you're redecorating? My front door (and the front of the.house) have finally been painted. The door is in Green Verditer by @littlegreenepaintcompany which I chose to complement my beautiful original tiles. I love the colour, it looks so different in different light, and makes me happy when I come home. Some style boards I've created for a remote project I'm working on in London. The boards are for a kitchen (which will have dark green units) a cosy TV snug, a more formal lounge and the master bedroom. I've chosen a base colour palette of greens and teals to weave throughout the house, but changed their tones depending on how the clients want each room to feel. I then added pops of mustard yellow and soft oranges and pinks as accents, so each room has its own identity, but the house has a sense of flow. A client photo of a remote project I've been working on. She wanted her dining room to better reflect her personality. A new wall colour and gorgeous @bluebellgray curtains were all that she needed to make the space feel like hers. After I spruced up (I love that word) my hallway cupboard with paint and wallpaper, I wanted to add a bit more colour to this little nook. The green lamp base did the job when the cupboard was plywood, but it had never quite sat properly once I'd painted the cupboard, so I decided to add in another colour. I used @anniesloanhome chalk paint again, and mixed up two colours to get the exact shade I wanted. Much better! Swipe ➡️ to see a before of the lamp Another detail from my kitchen snug project. I was soooo pleased when I found these lights (they're from DAR) because they fit the bill perfectly. The client wanted some sparkle and bling, and I thought the usual chandelier style would be too much. The simple shape (i.e. not lots of arms everywhere) makes them a bit cooler, but all the crystals still mean that when they are on there's lots of twinkly light. Putting two instead of one over the table adds extra glam, better lighting, and suits the shape of both the room and the table.