Interior Design Trends for 2021

I don't normally write about trends. Don't get me wrong, trends are fun, and they can bring unexpected inspiration. And as a designer, it's part of my job to be aware of emerging trends. It's just I don't think people should be led by trends, and I think too many...

The Year We Stayed At Home

2020! The year we stayed at home. The year our doors were closed to guests, and our dining table was used for family mealtimes only. The year we entertained in the garden (when permitted) and our homes had to work harder than ever to fulfil our family, working and...

Behind-the-Brand with Lorraine Hurlstone – COVET

A treasure trove of beautiful interior and lifestyle pieces, COVET is one of my favourite local shops. With a window display guaranteed to provide a feast-for-the-eyes, this is exactly the kind of store in which you can while-away a Saturday afternoon. There's always...

Behind-the-Brand: Nicole & Dylan from Collectiviste

I love it when I find a brand with stunning products as well as an ethos that makes me smile. So I was utterly delighted when I discovered Collectiviste, a naturally inspired lighting company retailing hand-crafted pendants and lamps made by artisan families in South...

Behind-the-Brand: Sarah Ogden from Horseshoe Flowers

The trend for dried flowers shows no signs of slowing. Sustainable and economical, with minimal maintenance required. It's the perfect combination! And with more people looking to brighten up their homes during lockdown, it seems the pandemic was a good time for Sarah...

Autumnal Lockdown

Usually, I love Autumn. The colours. The anticipation of change. The smell of leaves in the air. But this year, if I'm honest, I'm just not feeling it. Perhaps it's the thought of navigating dark nights during a pandemic. Perhaps the reality of a lockdown, second time...

Read All About It: Hastag Authentic by Sara Tasker @orla_and_me

There's nothing better than a good book. And call me old fashioned but, in this digital age, I think there's nothing more comforting than curling up with a cup of tea and an ACTUAL book. I'm especially fond of a good design or interiors book - the ones that look so...

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...

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.

What’s in a name?

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...

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Design Edit: Guest Bedroom

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...

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Behind the Brand with Elvira Pyrkova

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...

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Behind the Brand: My Story

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...

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Design Edit: Bar Trolleys

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...

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Behind the Brand with Kirath Ghundoo

Behind the Brand with Kirath Ghundoo

Effortlessly cool, with an utterly stunning range of luxury, non-repeating geometric and bespoke wallpapers, Kirath Ghundoo has a design studio to watch. It’s no surprise then that she has worked on projects across the world and was nominated for an Elle Decoration...

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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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