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

House of Hackney's first outdoor fabric

26 Jun 2019

A photo of the new House of Hackney Palmeral print for outdoor use.

One of my favourite interiors brands, House of Hackney, who are known for their daring and quirky prints, have just released a new fabric which is suitable for our door use. They took one of their designs, Palmeral, and reimagined it in a fresh colour palette of off white and green. This colour fast and water resistant fabric can be used for anything from outdoor cushions to furnishing yachts (if you are lucky enough to have one!)

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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Here's a close up shot of the bespoke shelves I designed in my recent colour pop kitchen project. The colour is Sage Green by @littlegreenepaintcompany but it looks really light in this shot. My clients have a thing for gin (who doesn't?) and have collected lots of unusual bottles from their travels. They have so many it was hard to edit them and choose which ones to display. I went for variations in shape, colour and of course height. I wanted to keep some of the shelves empty as I'm not a fan of over styling and think that the pieces look better when they have some space to breathe. Where do you sit on the styling front? When is it too much? A sneaky shot I took on my phone during the photoshoot of the colour pop kitchen project yesterday. Just loving the greens and blues in the rug with the mustard yellow. I can't wait for you to see the whole project on my website but it might take a few weeks as I'm busy designing! These clients have been an absolute pleasure to work with, and it's a shame that it will be my last visit, but what a lovely way to round the project off. Site visit yesterday to check painting progress on a hallway project. The three storey house has a lot of stairs and spindles (the decorator counted 109 spindles!) so the clients wanted a scheme which would break up and zone the different levels. They went for one of my all time favourite colours, Pleat from Little Greene for the top level where the bedrooms are, and a sophisticated scheme of varying greys elsewhere. It's looking fab and the previously rosewood spindles are looking so much smarter. Gorgeous design @cromwell_arms last night. The whole place shared a palette of dark blues, greens and teals offset with pops of yellow and orange. For me it is the perfect mix of rustic, modern country and industrial. Don't you love it when the place you're staying in is inspiring? I've started a new project in picturesque Tenby (I'll post some pics of my visit yesterday in stories) of a Victorian hotel which was converted into apartments in the 1970s. This one has been lovingly looked after by my clients parents, and hasn't changed much since the conversion. These curtains in the bedroom are an original 70s print, and I love them! The whole aim of this project is to modernise the apartment so it can be a holiday let, so sadly they won't be staying, but I might ask if I can keep them... Beautiful tile samples arrived from @claybrookstudio for a reception area I'm working on. They are so lovely I want to use them all, but even I think that would be too much! I love this moment when I start putting things together and the ideas in my head become a bit more real. What is everyone else doing today?