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.

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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.


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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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?