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?

My round up of the colour trends for 2019

Now that we’re really in to October, and can officially say that it’s Autumn, I thought I’d write a little post about the colour trends for the coming year.

Autumn is my favourite season (and not just because it happens to contain my birthday). I love it because it’s still warm enough to enjoy the outdoors, the air is crisp and clear, and the colours that nature combines for us to see are just stunning.

A photo of a tree with stunning red leaves, surrounded by Autumnal trees.

Colourwise, we’ve seen a lot of blues and greens over the past year, and many of the shades have been quite dark and moody. These saturated colours have provided a great backdrop for the Art Deco inspired furniture trend,and look great with brass and anything shiny, with strong architectural shapes such as palm leaves complementing them well.

a photo of a very dark green wall with a brass light fitting with many bulbs in front of it.

So, what will be different next year? Blues and greens will remain an enduring trend (particularly for kitchen cabinets) but we’ll see a shift towards softer greens such as sage and moss, and blues will contain more grey tones, giving them a more grounded feel.

These two new colours from Farrow and Ball are an example - Bancha is described as a dark olive green, providing a feeling of security, and De Nimes is named after the French town famous for the cloth worn by it’s workers, down to earth and dependable demin.

a photo of the nrew Farrow and Ball colour card showing Bancha and De Nimes colours.

Reds will also come in to their own, but not the bright reds we remember from the feature walls of the 90s (thankfully!). They’ll be more earthy, subtler tones of russets and terracottas, and deeper, muted reds, like Amanpuri Red, one of the new paint shades from Sanderson launched this Autumn. In fact, this whole page of their new colour card is very Autumnal, and very on trend for next year!

A picture of the page in the Sanderson colour card containing Amanpuri Red.

Mustards and ochres fit well in to this new set of earthy tones for next year, and colours which could be described as ‘tobacco’ or ‘whiskey’ are going to be everywhere. These colours are supposed to help us switch off from the tech, and provide a warm, cosy, warm and solid base for us to recharge and feel more positive. This new collection of fabrics (called Huari) from Villa Nova contains all of these colours throughout, and here are some of my favourites - with gorgeous colour names like 'Tabasco', 'Russet' and 'Husk'.

a photo of some fabrics in Autumnal colours from the Villa Nova collection called Huari

Although not listed on any trend reports, I also think blush pink will continue to be popular, as this is a colour that can be used in most rooms and can either be traditional or contemporary, depending on the other pieces used in the scheme. The difference will be in the exact shade, as it will benefit from the other earthy tones around it, to become less pastel with slightly more brown added, producing a more settled colour.

a photo of a stand at a trade fair with a row of coloured poles ranging from reds to pinks

Of course, we don’t have to follow the trends and I’m not suggesting that we all rush to paint our homes in shades of clay, as each person’s taste is as individual as they are. But I think it’s really interesting to see how the way we feel about what’s going on in the world around us can inform our choices when decorating our homes, as, after all, our homes are the places where we want to feel most safe and nurtured.

 

 

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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.