Behind the Easel with Julia Poulton

A CONVERSATION WITH JULIA POULTON If you want bold, evocative contemporary art look no further than the work of artist, Julia Poulton. Working with oils, her paintings are dramatic yet calming. I am delighted to feature Julia on my blog this week; she's an artist I've...

Behind the Easel – Jessica Ford

INTERVIEW WITH ARTIST JESSICA FORD If you're looking for a dose of colour for your interior then look no further! Abstract, bright and bold, Jessica's work is testimony to her confident use of colour. This is art to make you smile, to bring colour into your home, and...

Behind the Easel – Emma Whitelock

A CONVERSATION WITH ARTIST, EMMA WHITELOCK I first discovered Emma's work at a beautiful local gallery, Silson Contemporary. I found Emma's work instantly captivating; it's evocative and engaging. Her subtle use of colour and texture to create a feeling, to draw you...

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...

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.

Design For Life: How to find your own style

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...

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Building a Nest

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...

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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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