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Room of the Week

June 2, 2014

Today’s Room of the Week is a large bathroom which combines traditional fittings with contemporary styling. The roll top bath is a feature found in many traditional bathrooms and is a real luxury if there is space in your bathroom to allow the bath to have space around it. Subway style tiles are reminiscent of the style of tiles seen on the New York subway and there are many versions now available. Their simple style can combine well with traditional fittings.

On a recent project we wanted a subway style tile that would add a luxury touch to a small ensuite we were working on for a client. The bathroom is very small and we wanted a tile that would help to increase a feeling of space in the room. The Chic range from Topps Tiles was chosen and we used the light grey for three of the walls. The tile works as a great clean base tile for a room, and gives a very sophisticated look.

On the other wall within the ensuite we used another tile in the Chic range called Metal, a dark tile with a metallic sheen to it. This works as a great contrast within the shower area. The finished effect can be seen below. For smart subway tiles the Chic range at Topps is very hard to beat!

This room was originally featured in the extensive galleries of House to Home. Take a look over at their website for room inspiration, and be sure to check back here every week to find which one of the rooms has been showcased.

Finishing Touches: Rise Arts

May 30, 2014

This week on our Finishing Touches series we are talking about art for the home. When you have finished the work on your home it is often the artwork you choose that defines the final style. Maybe abstract art is your favourite, or do you like black and white photography? The good news is that Rise Arts can help you to make the right choices for your home – and also offer a unique ‘try before you buy’ monthly rental option.

All of the artwork from Rise Arts can be viewed online and they have a good selection of both established artists and the up and coming newbies in the art world. I had a look around their website and found a few of my favourite artists to feature today.

The first is Geoffrey Ansel Agrons, a photographer from Kensington in the United States. In my spare time I can often be found at the coast so I was naturally drawn to this picture which shows a derelict pier in California. I love the serenity of this piece, it will create a very relaxing feel to your home. In a limited edition of just 20 prints this piece costs just £100.


As a longtime Londoner I am always drawn to pictures or images of my home city. Helen Bridges is based in London and after studying a Masters in Printmaking she has explored combining traditional printing techniques with modern methods. Helen uses images taken with her iPhone to layer her artwork with recognisable images of London sights, words and text, maps and many other items to create very original artwork. Still reasonably priced this piece can be bought for £125.

Helen Bridges Thames View

My final selection is the amazing work of Slavomir Zombek who is from Slovakia. He trained as an architect and his practice now works in many mediums. This piece is called Rhythm, Colour And Fragrance Of Silence N°04 and is a collage on paper. I love the uniformity of the shapes mixed with the randomness of the finish of each shape. This piece is available for £120.

Slavomir Zombrek - Rhythm

Head over to the Rise Arts website and have a look at the wide range of art available. They even have an Art Assistant who can help you select your pieces and before you know it your walls will be dressed and your home finished.

Contact Voyaging Co

May 29, 2014

While browsing pinterest yesterday for some inspired images for a reception room I am currently designing I stumbled upon a couple of pins my friend Mary Middleton had added to her boards. I was instantly drawn to these paddles by Contact Voyaging Co and had to find out more!

The company is based in Canada (but the good news is it ships to the UK!) and started by Alex Jowett and David Barlett. They are aiming to bring some city style to the country and their paddles certainly do that. Although they are very decorative, some of the paddles are also functional and can be used on the water. With bright colours and symbols there are a great way to add a unique piece of art to your home. The limited edition above represent Sky, Earth, Fire and Water – and in such great colours!

I particularly like the new Semaphore range of paddles. The design of these paddles is based on the International Code of Signals for letters of the alphabet and numbers. If I ever did need to spread the word about A P D the paddles below are perfect – they represent the Alpha, Papa and Delta symbols!


Another favourite is the Feathers range which features patterns from birds of prey. These paddles are made from cherry wood and then painted and hand finished in the Contact Voyaging Co studio which is located in a family cottage in Ontario. The paddles are all 57″ long – that’s 145 cm in European terms!

I’m hoping to add a couple of these paddles to my own home following a kitchen extension later this year. I can see two of the Semaphore range displayed by the new doors to the garden – bridging my new indoors closer to the outdoors. Head over to Contact Voyaging Co now and browse their selection – and do remember they will ship to the UK.

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Nordic House

May 28, 2014

I’m a complete pushover when it comes to lanterns and I’ve got all types in my own home. They are a great way to add some Danish hygge” to your home – that wonderful term that has no exact translation but roughly means coziness, We have shiny stainless steel lanterns in our reception room, wrought iron ones on the patio and beautiful industrial Metal style lanterns on the decking at the end of the garden. The metal ones are from Nordic House so it’s good to see they have extended their range with recent new additions for 2014.

These two new lanterns to the Nordic House range both feature nature rope detail in the handle and would make a perfect addition to your home to add some marine style. Both of these lanterns are over 30cm tall so would make a good sized statement in your interior.

If you want something even bigger the Arched Hurricane Lantern below is an impressive 67cm tall and has unusual open sides with a round inner hurricane. The nickel on this lantern has been sand blasted to give it an aged feel. This would be a lovely lantern to use in a group of three to make a feature in your garden over the summer months. If the weather does take a downwards turn though they could easily be brought in your home and create your own dose of hygge inside.


The full range of 2014 products is now available on the Nordic House website so pop over there and start browsing for some Nordic style to add to your own home.

Project Complete: Southfields SW18

May 27, 2014

Today we are featuring a project we completed in Southfields recently to update a kitchen for a client who’s bathroom we had previous renovated. Our clients had inherited the kitchen when they bought the house and wanted to update the style of the kitchen and update the appliances.

The first stage of this project was to open up the view as you entered the kitchen from the hallway by installing a large picture window. To maximise the light this window is an irregular L shape which borders the new peninsular island. The floor to ceiling window allows the outside patio to visually come into the kitchen and increases the perceived space. Previously a sink was located in front of this window as is traditional in many homes which blocked the outside view.

A white handleless kitchen cabinet was chosen for this project to keep the style of the room very modern and contemporary. These cabinets were teamed with a large format high gloss porcelain floor tile to maximise the light in the new kitchen. In the new layout we created a large island that serves as both the preparation area and also a new casual dining area. This island is fitted with pop up power sockets for any appliances required and a smart recycling and waste solution. The dishwasher is also located here to allow for a speedy clean up post preparation.

We used an existing, much loved, range cooker which now stands out as a feature of the new kitchen against the white units. The splashback mirrors the grey floor tiles and is custom made in coloured glass. For the worktops we chose a white Corian to finish the sleek contemporary style – and also provide a very durable surface that will stay looking as good as the day it was installed for many years.

The majority of the work was done on this kitchen while our client was away on a 3 week holiday so they returned home to a brand new kitchen. Having seen the client recently she said “I’m in love with it, that’s where I spend most of my time now”! Another great kitchen transformation completed – it’s always rewarding to see our clients loving their homes when we leave.

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Room of the Week

May 26, 2014

With a bank holiday Monday in the UK today and the promise of good weather I thought it was a good time to take the Room of the Week outside into the garden. After a visit to the Chelsea Flower Show last week I’m inspired to be outside in my own garden and get it ready for the warmer summer months. This outdoor space features good furniture, well designed lighting and smart decorative accessories – it shows that with a bit of thought it is very easy to bring your inside style outside.

A smart dining table is an essential purchase to allow you to enjoy dining outside. Whatever your size of outdoor space there is something to suit. Maybe a small bistro style table with two chairs is perfect for your terrace? Or do you have a custom built patio that’s crying out for a large table for family gatherings?

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Finishing touches: Folklore

May 23, 2014

This week for our Finishing touches post we are heading to Islington to Folklore. With the simple principle that “better living is possible through design” the store was opened by Danielle and Rob Reed in 2012 and is now a firm favourite of mine on Upper Street.

Finding good quality crockery for your home can be difficult and you often want different sets for different occasions. The Folklore Stoneware collection would make a great breakfast set for any home – the large mugs are perfect for that morning coffee! It is lovingly hand made in a family workshop in France that has been operating for almost 40 years. The crockery is manufactured in sandstone which gives it a textured appearance and it comes in a selection of colours. Mixing and matching your colours would give you very colourful crockery. The good news is that it’s both beautiful and strong – dishwasher and microwave proof too.

If you are in North London you can head over to the Folklore store at 193 Upper Street to see the full range. Alternatively the entire Stoneware collection can be seen online, and the good news is they ship worldwide!


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