Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Lights, camera, action - take 2! Relyon Classic Bed Collection 2015

Following on from Monday's part 1: Relyon's Heritage bed collection photoshoot, today I would love to share with you part 2: Relyon's Classic bed collection photos.

The design brief I was given for this photoshoot, was to appeal to a younger demographic and to give the bedroom sets a funkier, more contemporary vibe. I was so excited about this as earthborn paints wanted to get involved and I was dying to get my hands on some of Milton & King's amazing wallpapers. The guys at M&K were so incredibly helpful on this project and agreed to supply the wallpaper for all seven bedroom sets and earthborn (best clay paint ever!) supplied the paint for the entire shoot as well.

 Just you wait, you are going to LOVE the wallpaper as well as the beds, the furniture, the lights, the accessories, the soft furnishings... *joy*

Relyon Classic Bed Collection

Elegance bed
Elegance bed
Soft furnishings - various cushions, Clarke & Clarke
Bedside table - & Tradition Hoof table, Cloudberry Living
Lighting - Ravel chrome wall lights, Astro Lighting
Accessories - Hammered pouffes, Puji, Marble serving tray, Rockett St George, No.1 soy wax candle, Dotcomgiftshop
Wallpaper - Feathered Nest, Milton & King
Wallpaint - Eyebright, earthborn paints

Magnificence bed
Magnificence bed
Soft furnishings - Linum Mimi velvet duck egg cushion, Cloudberry Living  Dotty cushion & Milk White square pillowcase, Secret Linen Store
Bedside table - Pastel blue Peg table, Bright Potato
Lighting - Ginestra pendant lights, Astro Lighting
Accessories - Mint ceramic vase, Rockett St George,  beach hut photo frame, Dotcomgiftshop, Kesuma tall white lantern, Puji
Rug - Jessica, Plantation Rug Company
Wallpaper - Pastelangles, Milton & King
Wallpaint - Piglet, earthborn paints

Pillowtop Classic bed
Pillowtop Classic bed
Soft furnishings - Japura fabric collection, KAI, Elvang classic throw in jade green, Cloudberry Living
Bedside table - Henry dark side table, Puji
Lamp - Ravelo putty, Astro Lighting
Accessories -Gold lustr dimple tea light holders, TCH, Metal candle holders (pair), Puji  raffia storage basket by Rice Denmark, Cloudberry Living
Rug - Royale, Plantation Rug Company
Wallpaper - Scallop Dots in rust, Milton & King
Wallpaint - Marbles, earthborn paints

Natural Ortho Superb bed
Natural Ortho Superb bed
Soft furnishings - various cushions, Clarke & Clarke Sloane throw in pearl, Bedeck Home
Bedside table - Alberta oak, Prestige Furniture
Lamp - White column resin lamp, Glo UK
Accessories -Aino Alto small glass, Cloudberry Living, coral effect aluminium vase, Puji  Lucy Burley yellow bottle vase, Quiirk
Wallpaper - Chestnut Branch in cargo, Milton & King
Wallpaint - Fresh Air, earthborn paints

Exquisite bed
Exquisite bed
Soft furnishings - all, Secret Linen Store
Bedside table - Marina, Rockett St George,
Lamp - Joel, Astro Lighting
Accessories -Heritage powder blue frame, Dotcomgiftshop, Wooden star, Puji
Rug - Putiry Textures, Plantation Rug Company
Wallpaper - Parasols Crisp Morning, Milton & King
Wallpaint - Wood Smoke, earthborn paints

Orthorest bed
Orthorest bed
Soft furnishings - Clouds pillow & Clouds throw, Pure Lana
Bedside table - Worcester, Prestige Furniture
Lamp - Sofia, Astro Lighting
Accessories -Shelton Stella vase, Cloudberry Living, Leaf effect picture frame, Puji
Rug - Purity Textures, Plantation Rug Company
Wallpaper - Peacock Plumes in cream, Milton & King
Wallpaint - White, earthborn paints

Pocket Classic bed
Pocket Classic bed
Soft furnishings - Geometric chartreuse cushions, Bedeck Home dove grey pillow & graphite laundered throw, both Secret Linen Store, Linum velvet cushion in soft grey, Cloudberry Living
Bedside table - Brunel stool, Heals
Lamp - Dillon, Glo UK
Accessories - Koto scent diffuser, Cloudberry Living
Rug - Jessica, Plantation Rug Company
Wallpaper - Anemone yellow, Milton & King
Wallpaint - Picket Fence, earthborn paints

In the meantime, huge huge huge thanks to all of the following suppliers;

I hope you like the results of both of the photo shoots. This project was a joy to work on, I love being given a product and tasked with creating a look to show it off in all its glory.

I mustn't forget to give huge thanks and big up Paul Goddard from HDTwo Photography. He was incredibly meticulous in perfecting the sets and a joy to work with.

Last but not least, thank you to the Relyon team. Jo and Liz are fab clients to work for. Not just lovely ladies but hardworking too...many hours spent unpacking and packing boxes, ironing pillowcases and organising everything on location. And the lads too, it takes some strength to lug all those beds about under orders!

Printed copies of the detailed brochures containing lots more images will be out in stores end Jan / early Feb. For more information please visit the Relyon website.

Monday, 4 January 2016

Lights, camera, photoshoot! Relyon Heritage Bed Collection 2015

In the summer of 2015, I was delighted when Relyon got in touch with me again and asked me to design and style two new brochures for them. Having styled a previous bed brochure photoshoot for them, I couldn't resist the opportunity to create some beautiful sets to show off their Heritage and Classic ranges of beds. This time however, the brief was to design and style 18 different sets and I only had five weeks to plan it!

Having made some fab contacts over the years working in this field, once I had designed the look and feel for each bedroom set, my first priority was to source a wide range of props. Everything from wallpaper and rugs to bedding and decorative accessories. I really wanted to create varied and unique looks for each of the beds so I cast my net wide and below you will see the results.

I worked with some amazing suppliers on this project, some of whom truly went the extra mile and were incredibly helpful in getting the right products to me on time and with minimal stress. For this I remain grateful and want to give them a massive BIG UP, so please do read on and you will discover some fantastic furniture and beautiful home decor products that you may very well want to add to your shopping list for your own home *smile*

Relyon Heritage Collection

Emperor bed
Emperor bed
Soft furnishings - Harlequin Lattice throw & People cushions, Bedeck Home, Linum purple silk cushion, Cloudberry Living
Bedside table - Stylist's own
Lamp - Verdone, Glo UK
Accessories - Candle in stem vase, Kenneth Turner, other, stylist's own
Rug - Shetland, Plantation Rug Company 

Grandee bed
Grandee bed
Soft furnishings - Laundered mink throw, Secret Linen, Harlequin Elephant cushions, Bedeck Home, Cushions from Ashley Wilde Wayland collection
Bedside table - Small Chinese cabinet, The Nine Schools 
Lamp - Stylist's own
Accessories - Stylist's own

Status bed
Status bed
Soft furnishings - New Samarkand Collection, Prestigious Textiles
Bedside table - Treasure Island book bedside, Rockett St George
Lamp - Champagne Gold glass lamp, Glo UK
Accessories - Baskets & wooden hearts, Posh Salvage, other, stylist's own
Rug - Rope, Plantation Rug Co

Marquess bed
Marquess bed
Soft furnishings - New Camara collection, Ashley Wilde
Bedside table - Black tray table, Rockett St George
Lamp - Stylist's own
Accessories - Faux cherry blossom, Abigail Ahern canyon vase & ceramic hand all Rockett St George
Rug - Sade, Plantation Rug Co

Balmoral bed
Balmoral bed
Soft furnishings - Hummingbird cushions, Quiirk denim square pillowcase & knitted cotton throw, Secret Linen Store
Bedside table - Belfort, Prestige Furniture
Lamp - Silvaner crystal balls, Glo UK
Accessories - Stylist's own
Rug - Rope, Plantation Rug Co

Woolsack bed
Woolsack bed
Soft furnishings - Harlequin Kaleido cushions & throw, Bedeck Home, black & mink cushions from Ashley Wilde Wayland collection
Bedside table - Dream nest of tables, Rockett St George
Lamp - Smoked glass lamp, Glo UK
Accessories - Sagaform Birdie carafe, Cloudberry Living, Geo hurricane vase, Rockett St George 

Braemar bed
Braemar bed
Soft furnishings - various Clarke & Clarke cushions, smoky blue throw, Secret Linen Store
Bedside table - Loft coffee table, Rockett St George
Lamp -Vita Eos feather lamp, Cloudberry Living 
Accessories - Candle holders & magazine rack, The Contemporary Home, other, stylist's own

Chatsworth bed
Chatsworth bed
Soft furnishings - Harlequin Nalina throw & cushion, Bedeck Home, various cushions, Clarke & Clark
Bedside table - Marina bedside, Rockett St George
Lamp - Antique brass twin lamp, Glo UK
Accessories - Vase, jewellery box & ceramic owl all The Contemporary Home, chair stylist's own
Rug - Shetland, Plantation Rug Company 

Vienna Ortho bed
Vienna Ortho bed
Soft furnishings - Moriko throw, Bedeck Home, various cushions, Clarke & Clark
Bedside table - Stylist's own
Lamp - Ravello, Astro Lighting
Accessories -Lucy Burley yellow vase, Quiirk, other, stylist's own
Rug - Maisey, Plantation Rug Co

So as not to overload you with too much in one go (!) I will post the beautiful imagery of part two, the Classic Collection tomorrow.

In the meantime, huge huge huge thanks to all of the following suppliers;

I hope you like the results of the Relyon Heritage Collection photo shoot. If so, watch out for my next blog post with all of the photos of the Classic Collection beds. Printed copies of the details brochures containing lots more images will be out in stores end Jan / early Feb. For more information please visit the Relyon website.

Until tomorrow... x

Friday, 13 November 2015

How to light up your home this winter

I haven't really talked much about lighting here previously, however today I feel compelled to do so. Maybe it's because of more dark hours in the day and the need to turn lights on more frequently. Gosh at my latest count, I totted up 11 light fittings in my living room, so true to my word I do exercise my mantra that lighting is not only an integral part of your home's design and decor but that you can never have enough. Oh, and I just have to share with you a most fabulous lighting maker / supplier today, not only are their products gorgeous but they are lovely people too :) More of them in a mo...

Lighting - the whys, whats & wherefores

Nothing makes or breaks a scheme the way lighting can. It is absolutely vital for creating the right mood of course, for offering practical solutions so you can get on with your day-to-day life.

The most important rule of lighting?

Use different types of lighting to create your overall look

It’s all about using a combination of different lighting that vary in intensity to accommodate all the activities that occur day & night

The big mistake?

Expecting one type of lighting to do it all

Each lighting type meets a particular need. By layering these you can create atmosphere & mood in your space and highlight key aspects of your room’s design

Chandelier Murano, Eicholtz - why have just 1 when you could have 5!

There are three main layers of lighting to think about:

1. AMBIENT (mood)

the base layer of lighting that provides the overall illumination to your space
it should add a comfortable level of brightness without creating glare

2. ACCENT (directional)

highlights key features in your room design, such as artwork or architectural elements
acts like a spotlight to help bring forward key features in your space
shouldn’t cast a harsh light, instead works without drawing too much attention


adds brightness to areas of a room where daily activities are performed 
should be bright enough to prevent eye strain but not so powerful that it creates shadows or glare 

What to consider when choosing lighting

  • What do I use this space for? i.e. cooking, reading, sleeping or socialising 
  • What is on display in each room? Are there any features i.e. a painting or fireplace?
  • How much natural light does this room get & where is it coming from? South-facing room - sunlight comes in directly through the windows North-facing - tends to only receive indirect light
  • What time of day do you use this space most? Morning, all day etc?

  • Kitchens & workspaces tend to need more task lighting
  • A combination of ambient & accent lighting in a living room will help make your space feel cosy & relaxed 

Lesson over! I hope you found that interesting & inspiring...?

Before I go, let me tell you about Pooky.

Pooky is all about beautiful, decorative lighting. Lights that look thought they cost a fortune but don't (yay!). They have a lovely range of lights and if you sign up to their newsletter you'll get 20% of your first order, woohoo!

Yellow :) 

Happy light filled dark cosy evenings at home this weekend to you all. Did someone say weekend?! Yippee :) x

Thursday, 15 October 2015

Styling with Copper

Wow it's been what seems like a lifetime since I last blogged, ok only 5 months but still. Residential design work and running Colour Confidence interior design workshops have taken over and left no time for blogging. However today, whilst perusing the web for some items as part of a living room scheme I'm designing, I came across Mia Fleur. And I just had to share this quirky online boutique with you.

Mia Fleur is an online boutique that sells a range of decorative home accessories and occasional furniture, partly designed and made by the owners and partly sourced from British designer makers. Their aim is to fill a gap in the market with quirky, unique and non homemade-looking handmade interior loveliness.

Round copper mirror with chain (& gorgeous bottle vase too)

Wall rosettes. Love this aqua colour.

White geometric vase. On a marble table. My idea of style!

The reason I came across them was because I'm working up a navy / copper / grey / marble scheme at the moment and when searching for a copper tray, lo and behold I saw one on the Mia Fleur website.

And, for those, of you who may also adore the idea of styling / decorating with copper in your own home, the lovely ladies at Mia Fleur have written a fab handy guide entitled "The Ultimate Copper Styling Guide", which you can download by clicking here.

Join their mailing list and you'll get 10% off your first order. Bonus.

I hope all is well with you and here's to more loveliness in the world generally *smile*

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Experimenting with new colour combinations - liven up your duck egg with orange + teal

Developing a colour palette as part of an email client consultation yesterday has inspired me to write about experimenting with colour today...

Duck egg + teal with a punch of orange - Little Greene

Humans often err towards the side of caution and when in comes to interiors opt for tried and tested colour combinations. One of the safest colours that has been a staple for residential interiors for ever is the colour duck egg blue. The likes of Laura Ashley, M&S and Next have traditionally mixed it with neutrals (cream, taupe & beige) and included into 'ready to buy' looks including brown leather seating, oak furniture and patterns including spots, stripes and florals.

Whilst this combination works, it is, dare I say, somewhat boring. I'll admit to being a victim of it in a previous house many years ago (although I did throw some fuchsia pink into the mix!) but seriously come on, let's have some fun and funk it up.

How best can we do this?

Add some depth with a deep teal hue

Add a shot of zingy orange
A varied palette of teal & orange

David Mottershead, the managing director of Little Greene, says: “Using paints effectively in interior design is a much more sophisticated process than selecting a single colour from a paint chart. One colour in isolation can be attractive, two in combination can be beautiful and three shades used together can be quite exquisite.”

Exquisite - yes! Boring - no!

Accessorising with the colour palette (image: Martha Stewart)
Moroccan colour palette - (image: from Billabong's autumn 2014 ad campaign)
Vivid orange berries, how amazing is nature! (image: Creature Comforts)

I hope seeing this stunning this colour palette has inspired you to move away from safe and go add some colour to your life *smile*

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Successfully mixing modern + traditional interior design alpine style

When I walked through the doors of Hotel Moar-Gut, I was honestly taken-a-back. I had been expecting traditional Austrian interiors; lots of wood, carved hearts, local stone, which is exactly what I found. However this was no old-fashioned alpine design, no this was so lip-smackingly on my wavelength. In fact, I think I actually squealed out loud with joy!

Sleek modern with a rustic twist
Do you see what I mean?! Hotel Moar-Gut is situated in the Gro├čarl region of the Alps, a stunning, unspoilt and quiet resort, which prides itself on alpine ski sport but is just as incredible in the summer months. Relatively unknown to those outside of Austria and Germany, the hotel is a Kinderhotel, making for the best holiday for both children and parents alike.

Family Kendlbacher, the owners of the hotel, have created a beautiful hotel successfully marrying modern and traditional interior design together. The combination of untreated wood and natural stone with modern furniture, light fittings and decorative objects creates a non-pretentious, relaxing, all enveloping atmosphere, inspired both by nature and design.

Wonderful wood!

It's all in the detail - button back chair upholstery

Wine tasting cellar - love the circular chairs

Oversized ceiling pendants bring a traditional alpine look up-to-date

Statement styling: huge chunky legged table, enormous bowls wrapped in
antlers filled with moss & daffodils, oversized brown cowhide pendants.
I adore!

Gorgeous trio of glass pendants suspended over the bread & honey bar

Every Austrian interior needs hanging hearts!
Beautiful traditional honesty whisky bar for a wee dram

Don't get me started on the food! It was simply delicious and so varied, no chance of getting bored of the same old buffet day in day out. From 7am to 10pm locally sourced food galore, dinner was a 5 course affair with a vast selection of wines to choose from.

Gourmet dinners to die for!

Traditional local dishes served with a modern twist

And the service was impeccable. All of the staff were friendly and much to my daughters delight, all knew her name (one of the hotel's policies).

Kids room with single, bunk bed & TV

Solid wood furniture with  splash of bright colour

...the accommodation (family suites), the spa, the pool, the animals (you can adopt a pet to look after during your stay), the kid's wonderland, the location (near to all the ski sport activities just 5 mins away by car) was the ideal set up for a perfect family holiday. I thoroughly recommend it.

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Where to find...the most incredible wallpaper & murals

If you happen to be seeking the most incredible wallpaper or perhaps murals for your walls then I am delighted to share with some great news.

The focus of the wallpapers on today's blog are taken from a collection that is characterised by simplicity and minimalism with clean lines and modern shapes. Ingrid + Mika are the latest studio to have been added to the most awesome of manufacturer's and suppliers of wallpaper and murals Milton & King's online.

Marble Block  - my favourite

Ingrid + Mika's Scandinavian inspired wallpaper designs are a natural fit for any organic modern style, so if you love this design aesthetic you will simply adore their range of wallpapers. I am lusting after them all!


Contact Grid

Plus Sign


Black & White Stripe

However, if you're NOT looking for Scandi-inspired wallpaper, fear-ye-not, M&K's online shop is THE place to shop for incredible and unique wall coverings like no other, believe me.

But be warned, once you enter, hours will fly by... but hey, it'll be worth it.

Navy, Blue Boy

Casa One, Wallpaper Rebuplic

Shedding Indian Autumn, Print Paper Cloth
The choices are endless... happy browsing...