Do you really need to put stuff in storage?

About to do a building project?  Thinking of putting your furniture in storage?  If so, then read on! Drive into any major town in the UK, and before long you’ll see a big shed with “STORAGE” written large across it’s often yellow walls.  “Great!” you think, “we can put all our stuff in there while […]


10 Interior Design Tips to cheer you up on Blue Monday

So today, Monday 15 January 2018, is this year’s “Blue Monday”, as originally coined by a travel company in 2005.  They decided that the third Monday in January was the most depressing day of the year thanks to the combination of being disheartened with New Year’s resolutions having already been abandoned, gloomy winter weather and feeling […]


Space planning

I absolutely love the challenge of making the best possible use of space. Maybe it partly comes from having spent months at a time living on a boat, where every inch counts! So when in January this year I was presented with a single storey cottage, that had grown like higgeldy, I relished the space […]


The Interior Designer’s Alternative Weekend

In theory, one of the advantages of self employment if you’re running a business that doesn’t require you to “man the shop” at specified hours, is the ability to pick and choose the times at which you work. Of course, I can only talk to suppliers between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday, but much […]


Shades of light – an insight into lampshade design

At the recent London Design Week at the Design Centre Chelsea Harbour, one of the simplest displays was one of the most interesting.  Lighting company, Porta Romana www.portaromana.com had set up a series of identical lamp bases with identical light bulbs in them.  All the lampshades were the same size and shape.  So the only […]


My Top 5 Tips for Living with the Builders – Part 1 : Before they arrive

You’ve planned your building project, accepted the quotes and the builders are about to start.  But have you sorted out the more “domestic” side of coping with the disruption once the work starts?  I’ve lived through several renovations and built a new house from scratch, so here are my top five tips for preparing for […]


Awe-inspiring art and a great staircase at Tate Britain

“Oh look” said Graham, “that’s a painting of St Mawes!”  As we sail into the pretty harbour there on most summer weekends, we recognised the scene immediately.  But we were nowhere near home, just across the water from St Mawes in Cornwall; we were standing in central London! I love living in Cornwall, though contrary […]


Planning New Interior Design Projects

Are you planning a new interior design project in your house this spring?  Mooching over changing the paint colour in your bedroom? contemplating a new kitchen? or having grand plans to renovate a whole house?   Whatever it is you’d like to change, pulling some inspirational images together is a great way to start. Even […]


New Garden Design

For two long years we looked out on a desolate scene, the aftermath of our Grand Designs style house build. The house was everything we’d hoped for, and more; toasty warm, light, bright, sunny, spacious and delightfully economic to run. But by the time we moved in in late 2014, the piggy bank was looking […]


Barbara Hepworth in St Ives

BARBARA HEPWORTH IN ST IVES Hepworth’s early work was figurative, this piece being produced shortly after the birth of her son Paul in 1929 January isn’t my favourite month generally being too cold/dark/wet for my liking and with that nasty sting in the tail, the dreaded tax payment….. so this year I was determined to […]

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