I hope you all had a great Christmas with plenty of food and total relax! It's been fabulous here with the company of family and friends and delicious food. It's that time of year after all the festivities that all you want to do is curl up in a cosy chalet and do I have the perfect one for you ;)
I came across this rustic chalet in the French Pyrenees over at 'Le journal de la maison'. It's a perfect mix of a traditional wooden features filled with a few ultra modern pieces. I just love the wooden tables mixed with the vitra chairs and those light fittings ooze a unique appeal.
whisk yourselves away with these images...Happy Tuesday :)
I want to take this opportunity to wish you all a Merry Christmas and thank you all so much for your support! So many exciting things have happened this year but the highlight of it all was the start of my blog! Who would have thought that I would gain so much from it all! It has been a satisfying journey which has enriched me in so many ways.
Winning the Mydeco Award as 'Best Newcomer' was unbelievable, being one of the official bloggers for the London Design Festival was fantastic, meeting Kelly Hoppen was surreal and engaging with all of you people has been tremendous. I have met some fantastic people along the way which I now like to call friends!
Have a Merry Merry Christmas my lovelies filled with lots of joy and happiness!
It's only two days left until Christmas and I am so happy I have managed just about to finish all of my shopping! It's so nice shopping around here, you get to find so many pretty accessories that I have to admit I have bought so many for myself, I just couldn't resist! I am so looking forward to receiving my presents as well, although the other day my husband said to me that he found it really hard to buy me gifts!
Honestly he really has not been reading my blog or else it would be so easy! Here is another attempt of mine in hinting what I really really want :)
1. Ok so I have mentioned it numerous of times but this radio from Orla Kiely would be the ultimate gift for me! It's cute, quirky and I just love listening to music! 2. I adore pretty feminine jewellery so anything from Emma Cassi would be fabulous as all her pieces I find divine especially the new collection for Anthropologie. 3. A few months ago I fell in love with Lorna Syson's collection of wall flowers and cushions. Anything from this designer would make me extremely happy especially this gorgeous turquoise wall flower. 4. I am forever jotting down notes so this pretty notebook from Anthropologie would be ideal. 5. I think these fabric mirrors from Not on the High Street are just so cute that I think they would look great in my handbag, I am after all a girly girl at heart. 6. I am forever looking for a print to place in my studio space and this would be great from Bodie and Fou.7. A jewellery box would be another fab option for me especially if it's this pretty, from Niki Jones. 8. I just want these personalised pegs from not on the high street you can choose your own message and I would love to place them in the kitchen to give that country feel. 9. I do have a thing for candles so any votives I adore especially these from Dot Com Gift Shop.10. I love tape I think I have an addiction for it, aren't theses pretty from Zeena?
Psssst today I am guest blogging over at Belly Button's Blog. Make sure to pay a visit where I tell you my favourite travel destination which will be no surprise to most of you :) Thanks to the lovely Chedva for having me.
Today I bring you upcoming interior designer, Sophie Paterson, whom her work I admire very much. Her elegance and contemporary style are beautifully mixed making her interiors look effortlessly chic.
Sophie Paterson Interiors formed in the summer of 2008 and has grown into a very successful interior firm ever since. She is a true inspiration to any designer starting out on their own, here the lovely Sophie talks a little bit about herself.
When did you realise you had a passion for design? From a very young age I took pride in continually re-arranging my bedroom, making sure that my cushions were just so and that my toys were all colour coordinated. When I would visit friend’s houses I would love chatting to their mum about their fabrics and furniture and dreamed of the day that I could style my own home and not just my bedroom. I was probably about 12 when I realized interior design was my dream career. At 15 I did work experience at the Chelsea Harbour Design Centre with Zoffany and Cole & Son and from there I was hooked!
Where do you inspirations come from? I am going to break with tradition here and not cite ‘travel’ and ‘nature’ as my primary inspirations! For me my inspirations are much more specific and concrete: the architecture of the property; the client; gorgeous fabrics and special pieces of furniture that I have seen & stored in my mind for future use. The internet is an increasingly important source of inspiration too. Through twitter, blogs and online magazines I have been exposed to some very inspiring products and designers all over the world. Fashion is also a huge influence. I would ay that all of these factors work on a subliminal level, the actual design process is driven by a feeling of what is right for the space.
What has been the highlight of your career so far? I live, breath and dream about each project for its duration. In that respect, the greatest highlights are the moments that your vision comes together. You stand in the space and can see that the furniture fits the space beautifully, the colour scheme is in perfect harmony, the patterns are singing and you’ve achieved what you’d hoped and strived for during the preceding months, weeks, and days. I relish those moments. It is such a privilege to be your own boss, in such an amazing industry and have clients prepared to spend their money to realise your vision for their property. Moreover it’s a welcome respite from the periods of self-doubt, stress, deadlines, budget dramas and supplier nightmares that plague interior designers (or at least the honest ones- yes we are human too!) I’d also like to add that it means so much when someone you don’t know tells you how much they loved one of your projects or that you have inspired them in some way.
What do you hope to achieve in 5 years time? I love this question as I am a definite planner and am constantly re-adjusting my 1, 5 and 10 year plans! I have had some amazing opportunities and good fortune in my relatively short career and consequently some of the ambitions I’ve already achieved. Having my own design studio and office was something I had dreamed of since day 1. Let me tell you working from your dining room is no fun in an open plan house! Bringing on board another designer was also a great step, it’s so lovely to have not only the help with the workload and bounce ideas off each other but the company is great too! The next step is to launch the online furniture, lighting and accessories collection that we have been building, so that those that like my style but want to create their own homes can have access to the unique and beautiful pieces I use in my projects. Hopefully within 5 years time we’ll also have a shop to showcase the collection.
What famous artists/designers do you admire or inspires you the most? I have huge respect and admiration for both Kelly Hoppen and Louise Bradley, not only for their style but also the way they are expanding their businesses. With regards to art I tend to be inspired by the art of less well known artists that are consequently more accessible and that you might find in my home or the homes of my clients and friends. I love to have time to contemplate the piece at different times in a peaceful environment rather than queuing in a museum surrounded by school kids! My current obsession is the work of both Dylan Lisle and Patsy McArthur.
What five words would best describe you? Driven, direct, hardworking, honest and loyal.
What 5 things couldn't you live without? My husband Kevin, my cocker spaniel Bo, My family, magazines and great restaurants.
Thank you so much to Sophie for sharing with us a few things about herself. I really find her inspiring and very talented and believe there is a bright future ahead of her as I am sure she will have that showroom of hers amongst many other things!
Last weekend I popped by the new Victoria & Albert reading rooms, round the corner from the V&A Museum. It's a pretty bookshop where customers are able to unwind with a glass of wine and a few snacks while reading and shopping, what a great concept!
It's a stylishly Small and intimate space with beautiful high ceilings, fine cornices and bay windows. You couldn't' expect anything less with David Collins Studio advising on the interior design. Do pop by if you get the chance :)