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Posted on March 29 2012

Love Thursdays, episode 2 of the show I am appearing in, Get Your House in Order (8pm Channel 4) airs this evening. In this weeks episode Sylvia who has spent over time approximately £100,000 on stuff struggles with letting go. Its a challenge on all fronts, for Nick to actually get enough money from the stuff to give to me for the re-design, for Sylvia obviously in parting with things she has had for decades and for both Sylvia and I to meet in the middle as we are a little different when it comes to design. Will Sylvia like her newly designed house?  I can honestly say right up until last I couldn’t call it. As confident as I am with my design and as much as I love it and endorse it, it doesn’t matter two hoots if your client isn’t happy! Shall leave you in suspense until this evening!

Imperfection, eclecticism and quirkiness is how I described my style recently to a journalist. For me (at least) it’s so hard to be surprised anymore so what I set out to do is add layers of interest to give people the opportunity to be tantalised. In the store, and for my design work I want to create spaces so dense with references its impossible to know where to look. An easy way to start is with rugs. Rugs are great for adding that tactile element, and not just that for open plan spaces (that at times can feel rather cold) they are great for softening. Use them as a pathway; layer one over another if you dare. For one of the episodes, I fell in love with an Ikea rug not dissimilar to below. Black and white striped it adds an immediate contemporary tone to the space as well as grounding it beautifully. You can pick up rugs for a song if you know where to look, auction houses, flea markets, eBay, Anthropologie (beautiful), Urban Outfitters (cool) or take a trip to Morocco or Istanbul and wander the souks (so want to do that)!

Anyways that’s me done, painter arrives today (yay hay) to repaint the hallway whole 4 flights of it, the bathroom a new colour and the outside, in 2 days, wondering if I am being a little over ambitious?

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