So, the time has finally come! The first series of The Hotel Inspector airs tonight (Thursday 6th February) and I can guarantee that it’s going to make fantastic Television. The hotelier is Patrick, who certainly had his own ideas of how things needed to be. Alex desperately tries to get him to change his ways and create a business that actually works. We have arguments, tantrums, tears (!) and finally a dramatic makeover, created by me! It was one of the most challenging spaces I have ever had to redesign, not only due to the budget and scale of the project, but also the constant battles with the hotelier to try to make him see our vision. We were thrilled with the end result and I am very proud of what we achieved. Thank you again to my amazing assistant Eleanor and to all the contributors. Now watch the trailer and be sure to tune in tonight, Channel 5 at 9pm!!
On November 29th, 2013 by Pippa Jameson.
As we are only a stones throw away from December, Pippa Jameson Interiors are going to start the festivities by showing you how to create one of the most popular Christmas trends; ‘Scandi’ style. With a key palette of red, green and cream, Scandinavian style has been surfacing at Christmas time for the last few years and is growing year on year, so much so that you can now shop for the look at all of your local high street stores. The image below is from one of my Christmas shoots and best of all, every piece is from Asda which means you can decorate your home with an ‘on trend’ look at a price that won’t break the bank.
Image by Jon Day & styled by yours truly
There are lots of ‘makes’ you can do that will help to creative a fun and festive scheme. One idea that works well with the Scandi look is to hang your decorations from a large twig or branch. The log in the image below is too big, but demonstrates how pretty the rich red tones can look against the natural bark and textures of wood. Once you have found a branch that’s a suitable size, attach it to the wall with a couple of hooks (I would recommend 3M hooks as they can be stuck to any wall, can take large weights and don’t leave any sticky residue, click the link to find your local worldwide stockists. Uk residents can find them in B&Q) Hook your baubles onto the branches and hang above the mantlepiece, over a dining table or above a doorway but be sure to secure it properly and out of reach of the little ones!
Image by Jon Day & styled by yours truly
The below image is from a shoot I did for 3M and is another great example of how to style your home without it costing a fortune. If you don’t have a fire or mantlepiece at home then you can still hang your traditional wreaths and stockings. They look just as good on the wall as they do above a fireplace, you can even add your own little touches with pretty accessories such as wooden hearts and ribbons, like we have done in the image below. If you’re feeling really creative, you can make your own wooden shapes including hearts and stars; they make great gift tags too (a little post to follow about this soon).
The small trees on the side table are actually fake (SSsshhh) which means you haven’t got to worry about the care and maintenance, and you can bring them out year after year, try shopping at Dobbies for ones below . Nearly all of the decorations are from Tesco, which just goes to show that you really can have an affordable AND stylish Christmas. The other small pieces such as the cushions and side table are from House of Fraser, click here for something similar.
Image by Jemma Watts & styled by yours truly
On November 4th, 2013 by Pippa Jameson.
I recently worked on the hit TV show The Hotel Inspector, with Alex Polizzi, where I was responsible for the makeovers and styling. This meant that I had to change the existing decor, giving the space a complete transformation. The next task was to find some fabulously stylish and generous interior companies to work with us. One such contributor was ‘Living It Up‘, an online retailer selling contemporary home and garden products. They were extremely kind and donated several items for the first show. I’m afraid I can’t reveal the particular products they loaned until the programme airs, in early 2014, but the items below give you a good idea of their range. The cushions have to be a favourite of mine as they cover off almost every trend; butterflies and owls, geometric stripes, Monochrome and bicycles. They also sell some lovely furniture pieces and new to their Autumn season is the Vintage Range, all the designs are available in eye-catching finishes as well as classic neutral colours. Whether its shabby chic storage units or vintage consoles and bureaus, their modern takes on classic designs are beautiful. Their Sunburst clock is also a steal at only £49. In fact, if you have a good look at their website, you’ll find that Living It Up are really competitively priced!
On September 18th, 2013 by Pippa Jameson.
I am now back in the land of blogging, after working away as the Interior Stylist for hit TV show, The Hotel Inspector, for the last 3 months. The journey has been great fun, very challenging and extremely time-consuming. I’ll be blogging about this soon and will be able to show you a sneak peek from the first two makeovers (which are going to be so much fun to watch on TV) but in the meantime, I thought I would show you my last shoot for Next Homeware. It’s in the current issue of Ideal Home magazine (October). The 3rd shoot we have done for them will appear in the December issue of Living etc – very excited to see that one. Also appropriate as the lovely team at Next are taking myself and a few fellow bloggers to lunch tomorrow at The Boundary!