Paris here I come!

•December 7, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Maison et Objet Salon 2013.  One of Europe’s biggest design shows is twice a year.  I have just got my tickets for the one in January where you can find all the very latest trends, new products and latest gadgets in the interior design field.  Also new technologies that are used to create innovative products and how they can be used in the home.  Flights, hotel and entrance ticket all booked!

http://www.maison-objet.com/en/

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Art and Design – A brilliant combination

•December 4, 2012 • 2 Comments

I just love it when art and design come together with functionality!  Look at these beautiful plates. They are magnetic and hang like this on your wall in your kitchen or dining room like a piece of art.  It is by a French company called Non Sans Raison.  These plates are made on Limoges porcelaine, in France. Their design is playing on light and perception by the gradual change in colour on the plates hence their name – The Eye Light Wall Plates. .  And on top of all that they are oven proof and dishwasher safe too!  Can’t beat that.  For more info visit their website:  http://www.nonsansraison.com/

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Christmas Tree Ideas!

•December 1, 2012 • 2 Comments

Since I am thinking about putting up my Christmas tree soon, I have been browsing around to get some fresh ideas and inspirations.  Thought it would be nice to share.

Something a bit more modern and chic.  I like how it is monochromatic.
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How about this one designed exclusively for the Design Museum by designer Giles Miller. It is made out of cardboard and is priced between £20 and £30, depending on the size (42cm/28cm,and 80cm/40cm). http://designmuseumshop.com
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If you live near the sea, why not try this simple idea of collecting some washed up pieces of wood and nailing them to some together to form this pyramid.  Add a few shells for decoration, et voila!
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Something really cool for the kids, and so easy to make, felt Christmas trees!
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And another idea on the same theme.
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Finally one for the men.  I’m sure they would love to start drinking up their beers to have their bottles ready to get cracking on this project!!

Happy Christmas tree decorating!

Stepping out of the Box

•November 28, 2012 • 9 Comments

New Google HQ in London

When I was studying to become an Interior Designer back in California many, many moons ago, one of the key phrases that stuck in my mind from all those years of studying were ‘to step out of the box’ in all our ideas and designs.  I really think that the Penson Group have clearly and brilliantly stepped out of their box (and this could be an understatement!) when you see what they have done to Google’s new HQ in Covent Garden, London.  With their cutting edge design they have converted almost 15,000 Square meters into something quite amazing.  The idea was to get away from the traditional office look, to get Google employees to be more motivated and creative by creating a vibrant workspace.  What do you think?

All photos: PENSON/Rex Features

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The Reception Area with giant Union Jacks and S-Shaped seating

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One of the Board Rooms with ‘old fashioned’ flowery wall-paper and big comfortable seats.

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My favourite space there, the ‘Lala Library’ with a big white semi-circular couch, strewn with a multitude of colourful pillows, and surrounded by tall bookshelves full of artistic and inspirational books.  I can just see me there!

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A space they have named ‘Granny’s Flat’ due to the chintz chairs and retro looking lampshades.

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This space is called the ‘Velourmptious Snug’, where you can gather to talk in a relaxed environment, which is deliberately similar to that of a pub environment!

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Another board room.  Feels more like a bedroom!

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Even the exterior on the 9th Floor has been designed with the employees welfare in mind as there are allotments here that the employees can sign up to have, to encourage their ‘Green Fingery’!  There is a waiting list for these.

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And finally and I think one of my favourites!  We are told over and over to recycle everything, to preserve our environment.  Well why not recycle an old jet fighter’s ejector seat??  Strategically placed for a great view. (Maybe I could have put this in my James Bond article last week!!)

Hibernating in my bedroom!

•November 26, 2012 • Leave a Comment

It’s that time of year when I want to start getting my bedroom ‘winter’ ready for me to hibernate like a big fuzzy bear.  I want to make it look and feel more cosy and welcoming because I will be spending more time in there than usual.  At the weekends instead of getting up with the daylight as I would in the summer, I just want to curl up and rest even longer in my little haven to read all my lovely books and just relax!  So how do I do this?  It’s easy, with added layers, blankets, quilts, and flannel.  Here are some ideas to inspire you:

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Bedroom designed by the great Kelly Hoppen. She never gets it wrong!  I love the simplicity of this bedroom, but what makes it look so inviting are the choice of warm colours, but especially the use of that amazing luscious velvet throw, that ripples all the way down to the floor around the entire bed.  It’s a visual delight and makes you want to run and jump right into that bed!

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This room has warm colours, but to make it more wintery, big snowflakes have been added to the oval mirrors, and the addition of several warm faux fur blankets add warmth and visual comfort to this cosy little nest.

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For a more casual look a big knitted afghan has been thrown on the bed which is texturally very appealing.

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For a crisper look, the sheets and walls are white, the lighting is cristal, but the throw is thick and velvety.

Rimel Neffati

•November 16, 2012 • Leave a Comment

This young, discreet, French photographer is by far the most artistic and original I have seen in a long time.  I discovered her over a year ago and her work mesmerised me.  These days it is hard to be wowed by something because of its originality, but Rimel has done that, by showing us her own fantastical world.

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Not only is her art fascinating and mystical, but Rimel herself is a lovely mysterious person.  One of the aspects I love the most about her photography is that the model is always herself.   Her auto-portraits show that she has a beautiful enigmatic face which is worth photographing, with the most striking lips that even Angelina would envy!

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Some of her influences are the circus, fairs, small graveyards and churches, even though she does not consider herself to be particularly religious.  All these places of influence are noticeable in her photos with the clever use of props.  She has managed with her art form to transcend the line between painting and photography.

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I wish her all the best in the future and hope that she breaks out into the world.  Personally I would love to have a large copy of one of her photos either in my bedroom for its sensuality or in my living room, because I never get bored of looking at them.

It is hard to believe that she only took up photography 4 years ago and is self taught!

For more information you can follow her Flickr account on:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/rimelneffati/

Or go to her website:  http://www.rimelneffati.com/en/travaux.html

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For you Mr. Bond

•November 12, 2012 • Leave a Comment

The latest James Bond movie, Skyfall, has recently been hailed as the biggest grossing Bond movie of all time.  Being a big Bond fan I thought I would like to take the liberty to celebrate this fact, by offering my interior design services to Mr Bond (there isn’t a Mrs Bond as yet, so why not?)  by selecting some innovative pieces of furniture that have just been released, that I think he would find indispensable to have in his home.  Pieces that reflect his lifestyle and good taste and also a little bit of gadget in there too!

 

Rosa Poltrona chair with Acoustics

A comfortable armchair to retire into after a busy day chasing bad guys is a Top Spy necessity.   I particularly thought that the Rosa – Poltrona chair with Acoustics, designed by Studio KMJ with its original design and concept, would be appealing.   Its physical design was inspired from a rose.  (Very romantic Mr Bond when you are entertaining the ladies)!  Its curvaceous form makes you feel sheltered, and keeps noise out with its audio absorbent foam, depending which way you turn it.   It is the ideal place to sit for some quiet time to read a book, or listen to music.  It can also swivel 360 ̊.  Mr Bond, I think you will be very comfortable!

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Fragments and Mist Lamps

AAN-UIT have just launched these 2 new models, with a particularity that could please any spy.  Both the lamps transform when they are turned on.  When the lights are off, the print inside the shades are invisible, but once the light is switched on, then a colourful pattern in the shade emerges.  Maybe a subtle way of writing some cryptic messages for you Mr Bond, or maybe I should talk about these to Q?

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Bubble fireplace designed for  Planika by Serge Atallah

Finally, how about a romantic cozy fire to snuggle up to with one of your ladies Mr Bond?  And you can move it from room to room.  It is a beautiful piece of furniture that is cylindrical and has a white glossy finish.  Very chic!  It creates a warm atmosphere in any room and can dazzle anyone by its originality.  Just press the button, and you are set to go.

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We hope Mr Bond that we have been able to show you an array of very original items for your interior, and that this time we have ‘stirred’ your emotions, and not ‘shaken’ them too much by their originality and eccentricity.

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Thank you for your time Mr Bond.  Yours truly,