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Monthly Archives: April 2011

My meeting with Laurence Llewelyn Bowen and Anna Ryder Richardson

On April 22nd, 2011 by .

I was invited to Sketch just off Oxford Circus for a breakfast with Laurence Llewelyn Bowen and Anna Ryder Richardson for the launch of their designs for Andrex.

Sketch itself is an extremely quirky bar/restaurant/club which is oozing with individual features, vibrant colours and eccentric furniture.  I felt a bit like Alice in Wonderland as I tried to find the room where the breakfast was held.

Overall the meeting was about the current interior design climate and how people are finding it difficult to do up their homes due to funds.

People are no longer after a quick fix as they are not selling their homes, meaning that they want to add personal touches and actually “live” in their homes.

Therefore consumers are more likely to experiment with bold colours through accessories, fabrics and furniture, moving away from the estate agent’s rules of impersonal cream and beige spaces. As well as being bold, design has gone down the route of eco and natural with respect for the earth’s resources and they way things are made and who by.

A few quotes below of what Laurence and Anna had to say:

“People are finding it difficult to afford large purchase so the smaller touches are more effective.”

“There’s nothing us British like more than a bit of loo humour” (whilst holding a toilet roll)

“Next weekend is the big DIY weekend with the spring cleaning and the summer approaching”

“There is so much you can do by making small changes”

“In your bathroom you can experiment with bold colours, a lick of paint doesn’t cost much and makes a dramatic effect”

“MDF’s lovely, it’ll have a revival one day”

“As we emerge from the recession, we have forgotten what it’s like to have a real home. When designing our homes functional and affordable is key.

Little things are easy to accessories

Design has been going natural eco with leaves and  flowers

We are stirring up what was laying dorment for so long – interior design”



Styling for The California Shutter Shoot

On April 20th, 2011 by .

It’s the end of a very long day! I started at 5.30am and now finishing at 12.30am, but it was all worth it. We had a great few days where I was shooting for The California Shutter company with the very talented Robert Sanderson taking the photos. We had such a great team of people working on the shoot and thank you to my great assistants Carrie Graham Clarke and Liz Danon, I know we were up against it with time but we made it!
Max checking the monitor at the Californioa Shutter shoot Robert squeezing in to a very tight space! The lovely Liz and Carrie sorting through the props and assisitng with the styling.

Off to France for a week of relaxing (well, as much as you can relax with 2 small children!) and so no blogging from me. Happy Easter everyone!!


How to measure up for curtains and blinds

On April 18th, 2011 by .

I found this really useful guide for measuring curtains and blinds (from Direct Blinds) and thought it would be a useful thing to share with you all.  It’s the one thing that I get asked all of the time so thank you to Direct Blinds for this great description.

You will need a metal tape measure cloth tapes are not accurate enough and a pen and paper to write down the sizes. You can measure your window in centimetres CM, millimetres MM, or Inches. If you want your blind to fit or hang outside your window opening or recess we call this Exact size.

How to measure inside your window recess. (Recess Size)

  1. Measure the inside width of your window in 3 places.Write down the shortest. This is your Recess width.
  2. 2.Measure the inside length or drop of your window in 3 places. Write down the shortest. This is your Recess drop.

How to measure outside your window recess. (Exact Size)

  1. Measure width where you want the blind to be allowing for overlap (usually 10-15cm each side) Write it down. This is your Exact width.
  2. Measure the length where you want the blind to be allowing for overlap (usually 10-15cm top and bottom). This is your Exact drop.

Note on measuring for roller blinds.

When measuring for roller blinds remember that the cloth or fabric width will be 3cm narrower than the overall width.

Measuring the Curtain Width (All Headings)

Measure the total width of the rail or pole excluding any finials and add 250mm (10″) overlap which allows the hanging curtains to overlap in the centre when closed. This is the track/pole width.

Measuring the Curtain Drop for Pencil and Pleated Headings

Measure from the top of the track or the small eye on the ring of the pole to 12mm(½”) from the floor or 150mm (6″) below the sill.

If fitting curtain rails or poles they should be fitted 150mm (6″) above the window recess and extend approximately 200mm (8″) either side. This is the HEM TO HEM drop.

Measuring the Curtain Drop for Eyelet Headings

Measure the distance from the top of the pole to 12mm (½”) above the floor (or approximately 35mm (1½”), if you have not yet had carpet fitted but intend to) or 150mm (6″) below the window sill. This is the POLE (TOP) TO HEM drop.