Design For Life: How to find your own style

New Year. New Trends. New You? Or should this be the year to discover your true interior style? The one with a little more substance than trend following. The one you’re happy to grow old with through New Years to come. But designing for life, not just following a...

Building a Nest

Five weeks ago, our bundle of joy, Baby Thomas, came into the world. A whole 7 weeks early. I won’t lie, it has been tough. Probably one of the toughest we’ve been through as a family. A month on NICU, breathing difficulties, infections. The list goes on. But this...

Colour Conversation: Inside Out

. This time last year, I had just returned from a family Christmas in South Africa. I had wandered round vineyards, explored botanical gardens and generally lounged outside and in the pool. It was a truly magical time. Although I always shed a tear or two at the end...

Design Edit: Toy Storage

Christmas has been and gone. If you've got kids and they were on the nice list (which, let's be honest, I'm sure they were because have you ever heard of a kid who was actually on the naughty list?) then Santa will have been and you will now be spending your time...

Colour Conversation: Background Colour

Colour Conversation: Light or Dark? I've started a Colour Conversation blog series with Melissa Morton Garden Design. With a background in colour science, Melissa knows her stuff about the theory of colour. She’s written a couple of posts about Hue and Saturation and...

What’s in a name?

I’ve never really had an issue naming things. I had my children’s names all ready for when they were born. Jotted down at the back of my diary just in case I forgot?! The cats, the dog. They were all named within minutes.  But naming my business? Well, that’s a whole...

Design Edit: Guest Bedroom

So you’ve done your Christmas shopping, ordered the turkey, and sent the Christmas cards. Of course you have! But have you sorted the guest bedroom for all the lovely family and friends you’ve got coming to stay over the festive season?! As much as I love a full...

Behind the Brand with Elvira Pyrkova

Russian artist, costume designer and portraitist Elvira Pyrkova is passionate about her work. Observing everything around her for inspiration, and totally absorbed in the process of creating, Elvira has painted since childhood. Her work is vibrant, and evocative. Her...

Behind the Brand: My Story

Corporate girl turned creative. Mama to 9 year old twins and a 6 year old. Owner of a daft labrador and sedate ginger tom cat. Colour lover creating happy spaces that tell a story.  So, once upon a time, I was a finance lawyer who then went to work in property finance...

Design Edit: Bar Trolleys

Is it really Christmas until the Bar Trolley is fully stocked?! The perfect entertaining companion, and a fabulous opportunity for a bit of festive styling, the Bar Trolley is your Christmas friend. So, if you're in search of the perfect bar trolley for the holiday...

The Inside Story…

Welcome to The Inside Story where we share our love of interiors and design, helping you design spaces which tell your story.

Black Friday: Shopping Considered

Black Friday: Shopping Considered

Is it just me, or is Black Friday more like Black November this year?? I’ve had emails with Black Friday discounts pinging into my inbox for what seems like weeks now.  Now don’t get me wrong, I love a bargain as much as anyone but this year’s seemingly exaggerated...

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Design Edit: Advent Calendars

Design Edit: Advent Calendars

I love Advent, like really love Advent. I can't think of a better way to spend a whole month; anticipation, excitement. A countdown. I love a countdown! What I don't love so much are the mass-produced, chocolate advent calendars which when you need 5 (yes, the cat and...

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Design Edit: Quirky Cushions

Design Edit: Quirky Cushions

Brighten up the increasingly dark Autumnal nights with one of these quirky cushions. Everyone needs a little pick-me-up at this time of year and a new cushion is an easy way to add a pop of something to make you smile. Here are my favourites, all guaranteed to add...

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Behind the Brand with Emma O’Brennan Pizer

Behind the Brand with Emma O’Brennan Pizer

Beautiful inkings of nature form the basis of Emma’s beautiful brand. Beetles, moths and fabulous deep sea creatures feature across wallcoverings, fabrics and a selection of homewares. Detailed patterns, vivid colour and texture are found throughout Emma’s work. One...

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Design Edit: Floor Lamps

Design Edit: Floor Lamps

I know, I know, it's that time of year when we all start talking about lighting, and cosy corners. But as it gets dark and cold outside, getting your lighting right inside makes sure you have that welcoming, relaxing space to come home to. I'm not suggesting you get...

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Behind the Brand: Hazel Fernandes Designs

Behind the Brand: Hazel Fernandes Designs

Hazel Fernandes' passion for pattern and colour translates directly into her designs. Her brand is beautifully bold, bringing together a kaleidoscopic collection of opulent colours, aquatic and botanical patterns and the flowing forms of Art Nouveau. I’ve met Hazel a...

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Design Edit: Bonfire Party

Design Edit: Bonfire Party

Bonfire Night! The last stop before Christmas. It's cold, it's dark; surely that's excuse enough to light a fire and have a party?! Rustic tones with a touch of metallic shimmer create the perfect backdrop for an autumnal garden gathering with friends. Wrap up warm,...

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Behind the Brand: Poppy Westwell

Behind the Brand: Poppy Westwell

It is just over a year ago since I first met Poppy at Design Week. I instantly fell in love with her luscious fabrics and wallpapers. Bright, bold and colourful, they possess a true elegance. There’s a real integrity and beauty to Poppy’s work which is influenced by...

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Behind the Brand: Ilkley London

Behind the Brand: Ilkley London

I met Kathryn, founder of Ilkley London, earlier this year in London on a Sophie Robinson and Fiona Humberstone colour workshop. As I’m based in Ilkley, my ears pricked up when I heard Kathryn talking about her business, Ilkley London; a little reminder that we live...

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Design Edit: Velvet Armchairs

Design Edit: Velvet Armchairs

I know I'm all about cosy nooks and reading corners at the moment, but it's that time of year where I just want to wrap myself in a blanket and watch the leaves falling outside. Or the torrential rain if you're in Yorkshire. I'm crushing massively on velvet at the...

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Design Edit: Autumnal Throws

Design Edit: Autumnal Throws

Although it seemed like Summer had returned earlier this week, it's well and truly Autumnal here in Yorkshire today. It's that time of year where the nights are drawing in (yes, I know, I sound like my Grandma) and its getting rather chilly. Weekends are now all about...

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