Tuesday, 1 April 2014

The Archives of Laura Ashley

This season the design team at Laura Ashley dug deep into their archives, they have found these lovely floral patterns. They are now available as their Archive Wall Art Collection, transferred onto canvas to hang as a piece or a collection. Each is made ot order or sold exclusively online.

Mounted and framed they will look so pretty anywhere.

Monday, 31 March 2014

Sod Off Creative Workshops

This past weekend was SOD OFF Stories of District and Of Families and Friends the third creative workshop in a series of six organized by Nicole Cataldo-Davies.

We danced African, wrote and performed stories and opened our hearts and moved to the cello in this excellent space Siobhan Davies Dance Studios.

A fantastic and inspiring weekend, next is on photography and video on 26 and 17 April.

Friday, 28 March 2014

Window Dressing

Bay windows are often a challenge in window dressing and spacial planning. That extra half a meter depth to a room. Often the question is what can you do with it?

Plenty I like to say.

First suggestion, it can really set off wonderful curtains, long, full, interlined silk pooling on the floor. Curtains to fill that extra space. One of the most important keys to beautiful curtains is how they are suspended, the right pole, measuring the bay to get the correct angle of the bends to fit the bay, this is where it is best to call in the professionals and one of the best is Tracks Direct. It is so worth to have it done right.

Always looks luscious, but does not always conform to the clients' life if there are children and pets.

Then there is that extra space that can be very useful when you are in London flats and you need every inch. Window benches are great and use the space well, the best window treatment for this arrangement are blinds, they drop just to the window ledge leaving you the space to sit on your bench.

 But there are other solutions particularly when you have to use every inch of space in a London flat. Making that extra depth of two feet or about half a meter a perfect place to put the desk and create a home office.


A project in progress where the windows will have a minimal treatment of white frost on the glass and white blinds to filter and diffuse the light and also creates the clean uncluttered backdrop for a home office. More to come on this one.

Please see the interview I had with Tracks Direct.

Thursday, 27 March 2014

London Patterns

Having coffee today at Costa Coffee and was distracted by this dynamic pattern combo, black and white striped  leggings and the black and white floor, the red high tops are an excellent accent color.

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Patterns on the London Underground

Yesterday I used the Underground, I traveled on the Northern Line, Victoria Line and the District Line. I usually ride my bike, but it was raining and I was carrying some work I didn't want to get wet.

On the tube I noticed how people are deep into their books, phones, music or they are dozing. I was noticing the patterns of the upholstery and on the platforms I noticed the tile patterns. The upholstery is a very sturdy pile fabric with patterns that are geometric, bright and designed not to show wear and tear and dirt. The tiles are installed very well and easy to clean.

I have a question for you, can you identify which pattern is used on  which Underground line. Let me know. Send a comment on twitter, Facebook whichever...