Behind the Easel – Rebecca Harrison

INTERVIEW WITH ARTIST, REBECCA HARRISON Discovering artists like Rebecca is the reason I love spending time on Instagram. I discovered Rebecca in lockdown last year and not only do I love her work, but I find her integrity to growing a value-based business inspiring...

BEHIND THE EASEL – LUCIA SMITH

AN INTERVIEW WITH ARTIST, LUCIA SMITH  I am delighted to start my Behind-the-Easel blog series with an interview with Lucia Smith, an artist local to me, based in Ilkley, Yorkshire. I met Lucia a few years ago at an outdoor event where she was doing an art...

Working with an Interior Designer (Part 1) WHAT & WHY?

The majority of my clients have never worked with an Interior Designer before they hire me. So, if you've never used a designer before, and you aren't familiar with the services they offer, how do you know if you need one? In this post I'll shed light onto the process...

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...

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.

Colour Conversation: Inside Out

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...

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Design Edit: Toy Storage

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...

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Colour Conversation: Background Colour

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...

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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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