10 Ideas To Steal from Dutch Design Show, Woonbeurs

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You’d think I’d have had enough of design shows after London Design Festival wouldn’t you?  Nope, I’m still going strong.  Anyway, I was in Amsterdam over the weekend for a blogging event and lucky enough to get to Woonbeurs, a Dutch home decor show. The displays were simply fabulous.  I was blown away by the Scandi-chic Read Post

Behind the Scenes at Chelsea Harbour

Have you ever wondered how product designers come up with their inspiration?  At the Focus /13 show at Chelsea Harbour Design Centre I was lucky enough to get a behind the scenes tour with industry insider and stylist, Emilio Pimentel Reid. Emilio took a group of us through 8 of the showrooms at Chelsea Harbour Read Post

My Decorex Day

When I heard Decorex  had moved this year to a new venue that involved a tent pitched in Hyde Park near Bayswater, I was a little unsure what to expect.  I needn’t have worried.  Posh people know how to do tents. The Decorex show was beautiful.  All the exhibitors had gone to great lengths to adorn Read Post

Creating Balance with Anglepoise

As part of the London Design Festival, I went to see the Creating Balance exhibit at the Speakeasy Expresso and Brew Bar in the Carnaby Street area of Central London.  You knew you were in the right place because a giant yellow Anglepoise greeted you on the street. Creating Balance is a collaborative project among Read Post

So Faux, So Good

I’m starting a love affair with faux flowers.  I can not believe it myself.  But, we’re not talking the plasticky, old-school artificial flowers.  The new variety faux flowers, made of silk and cotton, are as beautiful to touch as to admire. Here are some of my favourite faux flower specialists: Abigail Ahern in Islington has Read Post

The Last of the Summer Garden

I was delighted to return home and find my garden had blossomed with all the great weather London has had.  I even had roses which were still blooming!  Even the dark pink rose (a variety called Gloriana) that I had bought at the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show in July seems to have settled in nicely. Read Post

Contemporary New England Coastal

Last we left our befuddled protagonist (me), I was knee-deep in macrame and dark brown furniture in Edgartown.  As ever, I turned to a trusted source of information – the bookstore. In my favourite Vineyard bookstore, A Bunch of Grapes, I found this gorgeous book, Martha’s Vineyard:  Contemporary Living by Keith Moskow and Robert Linn. It’s Read Post

If Miss Havisham Had Gotten the Decorating Bug

You all know how I love a good house tour.  Especially, now with the planned renovation on our house, I was not going to miss an opportunity to nose around some houses in Edgartown, Martha’s Vineyard.  Besides, my friend and I wanted an excuse to escape our children for a couple of hours. Edgartown was Read Post

Summer Home Reno: Inspiration

Bricks and stones won’t break my bones, but they can send me into a state of frenzy.  The only way to not drive yourself crazy is to be fairly organised.  First, though you need to come up with the inspiration!  After all, you have to know what to organise. I always envision what I want Read Post

A Triumph of Hope Over Experience?

I always start a house renovation with such positive thoughts.  Usually, the positivity lasts until midway through construction.  I’m not sure how long I’ll be sanguine this time because I’ll be supervising the process from across an ocean.  I’ll either be stressed because I won’t know what’s happening or blissfully ignorant.  Mr. N is pretty Read Post