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.

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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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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