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 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!
On May 16th, 2013 by Pippa Jameson.
As ever with interiors, we see constant parallels with the world of fashion. You can guarantee that what you see on the catwalk will ultimately filter down onto the high street, albeit a few seasons behind. We saw this happen with colour blocking, coastal style and utilitarian design, the list goes and will continue to do so.
I know flowers and design have been around for decades, but ‘modern florals’ have bigger and brighter flowers with a more painterly feel, great for companies such as Designers Guild, who are one of the best when it comes to pattern. I have picked out a few images from the catwalk and high street, including Next and House of Fraser, who have both mastered the look, but first, a few hints and tips on how to pull the look together.
The key to any successful scheme is balance, not too much of one thing, if you are going to go crazy with a busy pattern, you will need to calm the look down with plain blocks of colour. My advice would to pick one large area for your floral pattern, this could be your large furniture pieces such as the sofa or armchair or, it could be your walls. Then, pick a few colours from the pattern and use these for the rest of the room scheme. Below is a good example of this rule. You can see that the beautiful vermilion colour (pinky/red) has been used for the chair, the oatmeal background colour from the pattern has been used for the lamp and the pale grey flowers from the design have been matched to the wall panels, thus making the picture perfectly balanced. If you follow this rule of thumb, no matter how big your room, your scheme should feel confident and pleasing to the eye.
On April 22nd, 2013 by Pippa Jameson.
‘Futuristic Interiors’ was the subject of my trend prediction article, which I wrote for a magazine back in June 2012, almost one year on, we are starting to see this forecast come to light. Below is a copy of my original article, along with snapshots from the two magazines who covered the story at the weekend. If you want to see the full version of my article click this Zest Media link and go to page 55.
Snapshots from the weekend magazines.
Think clean lines, teamed with soft organic shapes on a backdrop of white; and this is the futuristic look that is becoming a firm favourite with designers around the globe. Fashion collections for Spring/Summer 2012 saw world renowned designers, dressing their models with ‘space-age’ clothes and alien inspired hairstyles, whilst architects and interior designers are having fun with white sci-fi style spaces, teamed with splashes of punchy neon.
“Futuristic Interiors continue to gain momentum as consumers interpret them as cutting-edge and ahead of competitors. Businesses that can incorporate minute elements of sci-fi style will automatically be more likely to be perceived as innovative and effective at pushing boundaries.” Armida Ascano, Trend Hunter.
One designer that is known and loved for producing this style is Pierre Paulin, with his best example being the Ribbon chair, created in 1966. A beautiful sculptural design, which takes on the appearance of a spaceship and from the 1960s to the present day, has never ceased to be modern.
At a time when everyone is watching the pennies, it is no surprise that we are embracing a refreshing and simplistic style, which is not only achievable but also affordable.
Get the look
For a space-age look, combine curved units in a white gloss finish with bright LED cabinet lights, a great way to illuminate and display modern kitchenware. Extra drama has been created by hanging a contemporary pendant light over the work surface.
Image credit: Second Nature, Remo kitchen
A graphic feature wall has been created with a white cubic shelving system, a stark contrast to the soft textures of the rug. The stylish angular chairs in slate grey and mustard make a confident statement whilst adding warmth.
Image credit: Ligne Roset
Graphic furniture has been combined with a unique and innovative, colourful decorative motif concept. Each piece is bicolour (double-sided), and comes in a choice of 3 options. Whether placed on the ground, fixed to a wall (a wall fixing system is supplied with each pack) or suspended from the ceiling via 2 rails (priced separately), they produce a unique tri-dimensional effect that is reminiscent of flying saucers!
Image: Ligne Roset
The white furniture in futuristic shapes work well together, with wave plates and ribbon style chairs, the look has a soft fluidity about it. The lighting has been carefully considered with a delicate ceramic pendent suspended directly above the dining table.
Image credit: Architect Farnosova Natalia, Elena Samarin
Photographer Nicholas Feschuk
The organic shape of the bathroom unit has been mirrored by this vermilion colored stool. It’s a great example of simple design with dramatic impact.
Image credit: House of Fraser
Clean lines, geometric shapes that often take on the look of a spaceship; a good example is Ligne Rosets Pumpkin chair.
Often made from new materials and structures, futuristic lighting has a firm place within modern interiors, lighting up and transforming any contemporary décor.
Futuristic wallpaper along with graphic geometric shapes, has been trending for a few years. It looks most effective hung on one wall to create a stylish focal point. Sanderson have just launched a range called Concord, a graphic design in a range of colour options.
Image credit: Concord wallpaper, £38 per metre, Sanderson.
Other picture credits
Pill clock, £260, Rume
Round Muse light, by ERGO for AXO LIGHT
Phylum light, Alessi
La Stanza Dello Al Tramonto light Alessi
Leather Futuristic Armchair, Decoratum
Lime Green Anda Armchair, Ligne Roset
Pink Pumpkin Armchair, Ligne Roset
Second Nature: www.sncollection.co.uk tel: 01325 505539
Sanderson: www.sanderson.co.uk tel: 0844 543 9500
Ligne Roset: http://www.ligne-roset.com tel: 020 7426 9670
House of Fraser: http://www.houseoffraser.co.uk tel: 0845 602 1073
Rume: : www.rume.co.uk tel: 01273 777 810
Axo Light: www.axolight.it tel: 00 390243905057
Pierre Paulin: http://pierrepaulin.com