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Bright Bazaar - debut book!

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Dwell Spring/Summer 2014

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Living It Up

On November 4th, 2013 by .

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!

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Sunbury Antiques Market (Kemptons)

On March 3rd, 2013 by .

I am often asked where to shop for antique or vintage finds and the answer is Kemptons (Sunbury Antiques Market). Opening at 6.30 am, this is a full day out as there is so much to see. You will find a mixture of gems including; antique furniture, gold and silverware, jewellery, ceramics, kitchenallia, vintage and vintage fashion, garden ephemera, clocks, paintings, cameras books and much, much more!  Not only does the market attract those interested in the Antiques trade but also to general collectors, prop buyers, interior and exterior designers.  I haven’t found anywhere else that matches its diversity. My favourite London antiques market is Alfies, London’s largest indoor market for antiques, vintage, collectables & 20th century design.

In my experience, the most popular items that people tend to go for are ‘old skool’ chairs, armoires, mirrors, armchairs and lighting.  Below are just a few pictures from the markets gallery.  I love the cute wooden shoe fillers below, we used some similar vintage items in a shoot we did a few months back – take a look as it may give you some ideas…

A few tips; Sunbury Antiques Market is very busy and as you will be on your feet all morning, it might be best to go with a packed lunch, a decent amount of cash so that you are ready to do a deal, and finally, a large van, as you will need to take your purchases away with you.  Also, if you are buying furniture, make sure you have taken measurements of how big the item needs to be.

 A few facts: the market has been running for over 30 years and is now recognised as one of Europe’s premier antiques markets. It  attracts well over 700 stallholders with 350 stalls throughout the indoor halls and over 350 stalls (all on hard standings) in the  outside drive in area. PARKING AND ENTRY IS FREE at Sunbury Antiques Market!

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Decorating with books

On February 17th, 2012 by .

When I find myself in a decorating dilemma where nothing seems to work, I rely on a collection of books to come to my rescue. Books in varied sizes and colored spines provide an instant solution by filling up empty shelves and coffee tables.
One trend I have seen a bit of lately in interiors editorial photography and design shows is the flipside of traditional book display which I love! By grouping books page side out, you get a wonderful array of neutral shades (depending on the books’ age!) that helps to create texture within the same tonal range, plus an art installation of sorts. If the idea of having your well read and often used titles flipped around is frustrating, then you may want to collect an assortment of old books from your local thrift store or garage sale to use instead.
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