Shopping Cart

Your cart is empty

Continue Shopping

How to have confidence in your own style (Part One)

Whatever style your home is, it should feel like a place free from rules and authority, where you can do whatever you like.  I know that when I get home and put the key in the lock, I enter a space that calms me, inspires me and makes me feel a whole lot happier.  Like I’ve escaped into my own universe and my home is a reflection of my interior self.    My goal is to really give you the confidence to create a home that reflects you, by balancing colours, patterns, rich fabrics, textures and furnishings and accessories. Research, research, research Start by taking time to familiarise yourself with different looks.  Grab tear sheets, create moodboards, have a sketchbook, a folder, a box.  Gather up images of any house crushes you have from magazines, pinterest etc.  Look to hotels or restaurants that you admire, anything that just makes your heartbeat a little faster and that you feel a connection with.  Before long a common thread will start to appear,  giving you a starting point for a decorative scheme.   Ask yourself questions.  Designers ask questions ALL the time.  It’s a great way to understand how you want the space to feel.  So start with taking a walk through your home  and ask yourself the following: What stands out, what catches your eye Are your walls too plain? What colours do you like? What pieces do you love? What colours do you like? What styles are you drawn to? Do you have any hobbies, activities or collections that you would like to factor into your scheme? Any collections or things that you love from your travels to animals, to a love of pottery can be woven in.  Meaningful objects that tell a story of who you are signal that your pad is more about the people than the objects. Lose the fear People don’t often decorate  in a cool fashion because they are scared they will fail.  Don’t be scared and face the fear of making mistakes, it will guide you on all sorts of incredible journeys.  When you decorate differently and break boundaries, it becomes addictive.  It’s easy to play it safe, but the trouble with taking the safe route is that it doesn’t allow you to inject personality into your home.   Just remember to take it slow.  Decorating isn't like fashion, you can’t simply take back a kitchen because you don’t like it, so don’t rush into things, take your time and enjoy the journey. Create Harmony Whatever your style, you need to think of your pad in its totality.  All the rooms connect so the design and decor should seamlessly flow.  You could  repeat a colour in a different way in different rooms.  Use a similar colour palette throughout.  I go for three to four hues in slightly different shades or finishes.  It’s a great way of creating harmonious unity. Planning is everything I know this sounds super ‘interior design’ but if you want to create a personality-packed home consider drawing up a floor plan.  Floor plans allow you to look at the bones of a room and will help you decide what to highlight (for example a fireplace or a window) and what to hide (radiators or the TV).  They may sound boring but floor plans are pretty essential when it comes to designing a room.   They help you work out how to make the space as cohesive and open as possible. Consider your emotions I always design each and every space in my own house around a mood or emotion.  I continually ask myself how I want to feel in each room.  Your decorating choices totally affect your emotions and how you feel in a space, the colour on your walls can make you feel relaxed or if you don’t get it quite right, anxious.  Avoid Themes Themes are to be avoided if you can.  The trouble with theming (and it’s a very easy thing to fall into) is that your space will look like it’s just popped out of the pages of a catalogue and won’t read as a true reflection of who you are, therefore risking it being devoid of an emotional connection.  You wan’t your interior to emit warmth, personality and individuality. In short, your home should be a personal expression of who you are and represent the way you want to live.  Reflecting your personal connection to the world.

Maximalism - how to style your home like a Maximalist.

Maximalism is the most explorative of styles, nothing is off limits. It’s an aesthetic that pulls in and weaves together different periods and styles through colour, form, vintage and modern pieces.  It’s a curated narrative that holds comfort at it’s very centre.  It’s all about being a mixologist and a...

Bringing Table Tops Alive

If you’ve ever undertaken one of my design classes either at my home (preCovid) or indeed online you will know how obsessed I am with details and nomore so than trays. Its accents like trays that bring tablescapes around, from ourhammered metal Kolda Tray to our Hudali tray made from...

Key Pieces to Invest In

I have pieces in my home that I’ve had for 20 years and hopefully will have for the next 20 years and beyond that. Pieces that have longevity, that stand the test of time no matter the trend and no matter which side of the world I might be living...

Elevating Kitchens

Kitchens are the heart of every home and I find in the cooler months I ampottering around in this space longer than ever. Whether that’s roasting veggies,whipping up a pesto, making soup or cooking my cinnamon apples which I eat ontop of bircher every day with a big dollap of...

Reasons to paint your ceiling

When it comes to decorating I push boundaries, not crazy boundaries but ones that I have found over the years are pretty transformative. One of the single most important things you can do to a space any space – big, small, old and wonky, new and modern, poky or palatial...

This one item will change your room up in a Nano second

I’m talking lighting from floor lamps, to table lamps, from candles to sconces.Foundation pieces that can transition from room to room, house to house evencountry to country. Lighting turns rooms around creating a beautiful glow. Don’tworry if you don’t have wall lights hard wired in or a massive chandeliersuspended from...

Bigger is Better

Championed by moi for years and years not to mention some of the industries coolest most discerning designers, this season big is certainly better! When you scale pieces up in room magic happens as you add instant grandeur. Any inner voices telling you that it might not make sense ignore, ...

Things To Do in London This Weekend

I rarely get a whole weekend off (boo hoo and cue morbid violin strings)! But it’s something I am working on changing. I thought it would be fun to list my favourite things to do in town as I happen to have it off from the coolest foodie places to eat...

My New Super Cool Bathroom!

I am so super excited to share with you guys my new bathroom. Its been 15 years in the planning can you believe!  Our bathroom was the first ever room  we tackled when we got the house, and it kind of just fell by the wayside. My style changed but...

Introducing My New Super Cool Kitchen!

I am hugely excited to have partnered with Herringbone Kitchens in launching one of the coolest kitchens on the planet.  The kitchen is both timeless and chic and simultaneously offers up an au courrant mix of materials from sumptuous slabs of natural quartz on the island and work benches to...

Waking Up Your Home For Fall

MIX IT UP Every room needs a refresh, even in the smallest of ways. It doesn’t need to break the bank and the thing I love about the change of seasons is that it gives us the perfect opportunity to shake things up a bit.     ADD MORE LIGHTING...

How to Create a Magical Hallway in 4 Steps

I find that hallways get so neglected, and I get it because they can be quite challenging however they are the entryway to our world its so super important to make them as cool as we possibly can. I know when I put my keys in the door I literally...

Curtains and Blinds That Up The Style Ratings

Touch me now fabrics, linings that are colourful, fringing to die for and cushions to match – you can once and for all wave goodbye to bland window dressing forever! Here here to that I say.     One of the most exciting collabs i have done to date is...

Cosying Up For Autumn

I don’t know about you guys but every time there is a big season change, I want to make small tweaks that emulate the difference in seasons, not big changes i’m not talking about replacing rugs and curtains just small tweaks. For me coming home to the soft smell of wood...

4 Décor Tricks You’ll Want to Implement Immediately

One of the nicest parts of my job is teaching my Design Class days. Welcoming people into my pad and seeing them getting more and more excited as the day goes on. I push boundaries and take people on a visual and emotional journey by transporting them to another world...