We loved working with Phil and Fiona on their idyllic barn in the Hampshire countryside which features in this week’s Sunday Times Property…..
“Set in 10 acres, the trio of barns — the oldest dates back to 1850 — form a courtyard, with a vast sunny kitchen overlooking a paddock where sheep graze and chickens forage. (The loudest one is called Kirstie.) The gardens, planted this year, are just beginning to bed in. The swimming pool shimmers. Vegetables are growing in the greenhouse and there are fresh eggs for breakfast. Next week, three beehives are arriving.
The only thing he misses about city living is the convenience. “In London, we’d walk to dinner parties, to school, to the shops. Now we spend a lot of time in the car, but it is absolutely worth it to come back to this.”
There’s another living room through the kitchen, “the winter living room, where we have big parties”, a cinema room with a giant screen “for Sunday-night movies with popcorn” and a gym. His favourite space is the extensive boot room. It smells leathery and manly, and is full of saddles, guns and cartridges, which he isn’t keen to be drawn on. Live things? “Er, clay,” he says firmly, moving swiftly on to the stables, which have had an equally swanky makeover, and are home to three ponies, Skye, Challice and Rocket.”
Our lovely Surrey interior design project was recently featured in 25 Beautiful Homes. This was a new build family home and the clients wanted to inject some character into the spaces with their own style coming through and clever layouts and bespoke storage to work with their lifestyle. We kept the interiors classic contemporary with comfort and practicality in mind. We love this quote from our wonderful clients…. “There is no other house like this one and no other home for our family….we’re thrilled with the result – it’s no longer a characterless new build but an inviting place to live and make memories. It couldn’t be any better.”
Emma spoke at this year’s Decorex on how to run an interior design business in collaboration with Camberyard, Robin Sprong Wallpapers, Kay Westmass and Open Plan Living. From how to set up, to challenges along the way and a few networking tips, it was a great discussion and we hope it was useful to those who kindly came to see us. As we were a mixture of interior designers, marketing experts and designer makers, it meant varied viewpoints and shared experiences from different sides of the industry. Thank you to all who were there!
Photograph credit: Camberyard
We talk to Good Housekeeping this month in association with Tielle Love Luxury about how to create that sought-after bedroom luxe. Our tastemaker tips include advice on the whole bedroom interior including headboards, bed linen, cushions, throws, furniture and finishes to help you create the feel of a boutique hotel every night.
Emma is so excited to be a guest panelist at a talk hosted by Camberyard at Decorex 2017, together with other interior design industry firms. Discussions will be around key business and marketing strategies, as well as how to develop your USP, market your business and how to find your target clients. Panelists include Open Plan Living (bespoke designer furniture), Robin Sprong (wallpaper and surface design) and Kay Westmass (interior design). Hosting is the fabulous Polly Williams from Camberyard. The talk will be at 12 noon on Wednesday 20th September 2017.
We had great fun styling an interiors shoot recently for the luxury linen brand Tielle Love Luxury at the very cool One Friendly Place warehouse studio in East London. We worked on different looks using seasonal bed linen, furniture and furnishings – the luxe winter look is pictured with velvets, brass accents and faux fur throws.
We proudly feature in the ID Yearbook 2017 with an article on Out of Town Design….
Our tips feature on Vesta for creating perfect nests for your little ones…