Monday, 28 February 2011

Kelly Hoppen - Ideas Giveaway

I was so excited to receive two copies of the new Kelly Hoppen book 'Ideas' last week. I adore interior design books they are the ultimate source for inspiration so to receive this as a gift from Kelly makes me very happy.

Ideas is a beautifully stylish book which very much embraces Kelly's style and aesthetics.  There is also a foreword from Victoria Beckham for all the interested fashionistas out there ;) It is very much a little black book of ideas and advice to help you with the whole design process.  Filled with practical and creative information, checklists, inspiration boxes, Kelly is very generous with her knowledge as she opens up tremendously in this book showcasing her projects and telling you where certain pieces of furniture and accessories are from. There are some beautiful shots in this book which I find very inspiring. It is fantastic for the complete novice, a confidence booster for the new interior designer starting out in her career or for anyone who needs that little inspiration.

A few images from the book. First image is UK cover, second image is USA cover. Image credit Mel Yates.

If you are a fan of Kelly Hoppen's style then this book is perfect for you and here you have a chance of winning a free copy! So you may have been wondering why I received two copies, well one is for you my lovelies but for only those living in the UK - sorry!!!

To enter is very simple just follow these easy steps:
1. Comment below in the comments box why you would like to win this book.
2. If you haven't done so already then join my facebook page by clicking here and by liking it!
3. If you are not already then follow me on Google friend connect which is on the right hand-side bar.

There, easy and in a couple of weeks a winner will be picked randomly. I think it's a great prize and really hope you will enjoy it!

Happy Entering ;)
Competition is only for those living in the UK!

Saturday, 26 February 2011

Happy Weekend!

Have a Lovely weekend everyone, it has been a stressful week but it has ended on a positive note which I am ever so grateful. See you next week where I have a lovely giveaway which I am sure you will love it. This milder weather is making me feel that spring is finally on the way, well I really do hope so! The days are getting longer and it is slightly warmer and I honestly cannot wait as I tend to hibernate during January and February. Here is a little colour board that I did to get me in the mood for spring :)

Images: Via Pinterest.

Thursday, 24 February 2011

One To Watch: Donna Wilson

I am really excited about today's designer featuring on the 'One to Watch' series. I have been a fan of Donna Wilson for quite sometime now, so to have her answer a few questions is mind blowing :) Her quirky knitted designs are just so cosy and so much fun and also her ceramics are really cute too. I really hope you enjoy them as much as I do! This talented designer is just lovely so let's find out a little bit more about her...

When did you realise you had a passion for design?
I think it was at quite a young age, I was always drawing and making things, and was always most happy with a pencil in my hand. I didn’t know what I wanted to be as a child, but knew it was going to be something to do with art/design.

Where do you inspirations come from? 
All over the place, the landscape, music, dreams, magazines, ceramics, Scandinavian design, people. Sometimes I just see a tiny snippit of something which triggers an idea, which is then developed into a product.

What has been the highlight of your career so far? 
There has been so many highlights, working with a great team of people which help  me to have the best job! Meeting designers like Rob Ryan and Orla kiely, and making the creatures and props for a music video for Gideon Conn. This year it would also have to be winning the Elle Deco British designer of the year award.

What do you hope to achieve in 5 years time? 
I hope to continue developing interesting, happy, exciting, beautiful cosy friendly products for nice people!

What famous artists/designers do you admire or inspires you the most?
I like Alexander Girard, Stig Lindburg, My grandma!(but she wasn’t famous)

What five words would best describe you?  
colourful, smiley (most of the time) messy, bendy, Scottish.

What 5 things couldn't you live with out? 
A sketchbook, a stapler, music, colourful paints the sea.


I hope you have enjoyed having a snoop on Donna Wilson's take on life. I think she is utterly charming and her designs are just so cute which match her personality. Can't wait to see more loveliness from her.
Image credit Gareth Hacker

Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Surface Design Highlights

Well to mark my first blogiversary let me tell you about my highlights from the Surface Design Show, as it was this time last year that I reported back as my first blog post. I love attending this show as it is an event buzzing with creative surface products, from wall panels to wall papers, flooring, tiles and so much more. I enjoyed seeing such a vast range of fabulous products.

Here are some of my favourite picks....

I fell in love with the bespoke wall murals from Surface View especially this one in the image, (courtesy of Homes & Gardens) I love the concept that these can be transferred as images on any surface whether it's on walls, blinds you name it. Image collections range from the National Maritime Museum, V&A, National Gallery and many more.

One of the best highlights for me was meeting Hannah from Dreamwalls (exhibiting under Decorative Stone panel). Her wall panels are gorgeous especially the Capitone range shown in the large image. How cool are these! Also available in black, a definite favourite of mine.

This stand was pretty sensational and definitely one that could not be missed. Arpa manufactures decorative HPL laminates since 1954 with a choice of over 500 decorative finishes, 30 surface textures in various sizes and format, a fabulous range.

I enjoyed seeing stamp rugs from the Rug Maker using the Queen's head as a conventional rug or as a wall hanging in various colours. Such a fun idea!

Scin has a vast range of materials that are just exquisite, you are really spoilt for choice.

Gorgeous wallpapers from Sally Angharad which have such beautiful textural surfaces. Adds such depth to a space.

As always Giles Miller gets my vote. I am and have always been a fan of his work, his unique surfaces are just divine.

Image credit from retrospective companies.

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Happy One Year Blogiversary!

This is quite a special post as exactly a year ago today I wrote my first ever blog post. I had never imagined how rewarding and fun it would possibly be. Blogging has become such an important aspect of my life now that I honestly cannot imagine life without it. I am so excited about working more on my blog and I hope it will continue to grow and inspire all of you who have supported me along the way. I sincerely hope you will enjoy it as much as I enjoy sharing it with you. It is for this reason I felt the need to write this post as I truly want to thank every single one of you who have made it all the worthwhile! Thank you all so much :)

Image credit Pinterest.

Monday, 21 February 2011

Weekly Highlights

1.Last week was another eventful and fabulous week. I finally managed to enrol on Holly Becker's 'Blogging Your Way' e-course. I cannot wait to learn and get advice from this amazing woman :) Leslie Shewring will also be teaching so it is going to be inspiring! 2. I managed to get myself down to The Surface Design Show. The highlight for me was meeting Hannah from Dreamwalls. Not only are her products fantastic but she is one of the nicest and sweetest people you could possibly meet! 3. Friday was the start of London Fashion Week and I was invited to the Orla Kiely Presentation. New collection is fantastic and the presentation was mesmerising, more details coming up during the week. 4. For Valentines my husband and I went to have tea at the Wolseley, rather posh of us but I do love being surrounded anything by David Collins 5. Finally I watched the king's Speech, took awhile but it was definitely worth the wait!

Friday, 18 February 2011

Happy Weekend!

Have a relaxing, stress free, fabulous and lazy weekend......For me this image is perfect for the kind of weekend I want :) Enjoy x

Thursday, 17 February 2011

Hotel Missoni Kuwait

Have you seen images of the new Hotel Missoni in Kuwait? Well make sure to put some sunglasses before you do because they are stunningly bright. A space that fully portrays Missoni’s trademark stripes and flamboyant colours, you couldn't expect any less. Personally I love it and think the interiors are so much fun, the fabric patterns are gorgeous and  the space is utterly fresh just like the brand itself which I adore. This is Missoni's second venture in hotel design which officially opens on March 1st.

I am not planning on going to Kuwait any time soon but any invites to stay here would be greatly appreciated :)

Images Hotel Missoni.

Wednesday, 16 February 2011

One To Watch: Heather Jenkinson

Today I have the lovely Heather Jenkinson joining me on my 'One to watch' series. Heather is an interior designer and colour consultant where her timeless designs and her great spatial awareness really transpires through her work. Her attention to detail is sublime and I love how she is one of those designers who is not afraid to take a risk as her use of colour and materials is utterly fabulous. Here is peek into the inside world of Heather.

When did you realise you had a passion for design?
My Grandfather was an Architect and a beautiful human being. He had many interests and would talk to me as though I was an adult (and I loved him for that), and so, from an early age, I was aware of buildings being discussed in a certain way. He and my grandmother had a beautiful home. The furniture was mostly of the ‘50's and 60's - clearly the peak of his career. I recall a set of armchairs, which I used to favour with their feline-like limbs: one, placed to receive the afternoon sun, the other by the bookshelf. I loved sitting in his chair, it made me feel sophisticated and grown up and, being an accident-prone tomboy, I can't say that was a state I was particularly familiar with. I can still remember now, how smooth the armrests felt to touch and the memories that invokes are filled with muted colours and a dignified atmosphere.

Of course, at the age of 9/10, I didn't know that these were iconic pieces of design I just loved how things looked and felt and so I think I was already a designer, then, I just didn't know it.

Where do you inspirations come from?
This is a tricky one because inspiration is not a conscious thing, for me. I think I am always looking for that ‘sweet spot’ (to borrow a phrase from Roman & Williams). Cycling around the city, I sometimes fantasise about inventing a camera that could be embedded into my eyes so that I can record flashes of inspiration as they wiz passed. What I can say, with confidence is that I rarely need to go looking for inspiration – I just don’t think in that way. I see, I feel, I take note and it’s only afterwards that I connect the dots. When it comes to pulling mood boards together, for clients, Flickr is a great source for colour inspiration.

What has been the highlight of your career so far?
I have been very fortunate in that I have just met the right people at the right time and as a result, I’ve worked with some fantastic clients. My business has grown organically and I don’t think I could have planned it better. The most recent event that has made all the difference is working within a team alongside an excellent project manager and architect. We have a number of projects on the go and it is a revelation to be able to do what I do best and that is working with colour and spatial layout.

What do you hope to achieve in 5 years time?
I’m not a brilliant planner – I tend to roll with it and, so far, that attitude has put me in the position to grab opportunities as they come up. With that said, I am very serious about what I do and in five years time, I plan to be an established name within the industry and more than that, I want to be working with colour on an international platform – it’s coming.

What famous artists/designers do you admire or inspires you the most?
Paintings by abstract artist Franz Klein move me – his work is so intimate.  Another painter whom I can happily spend hours with is Vermeer. As for design, Tom Dixon and Thomas Heatherwick are the first that come to mind. Above all, I celebrate what New York based Architectural designers Roman & Williams do. Their work is incredible, it's what they stand for that I love most of all. They remind me so much of my Grandfather – similar ethos, and in a way, looking at their work brings him back to life.

What five words best describe you?
Articulate; straight talking; liberal; empathetic; responsive.

What 5 things couldn't you live with out? 
My bicycle; good coffee in the morning; my sister, Samantha; great design & TED.

A big thank you to Heather for taking time to feature on Arianna Interiors, I know she has a very busy schedule at the moment so I really appreciate it. I am also looking forward to seeing more future projects from this very talented designer and I am so positive, in a few years to come, she will be very well known within the industry and rightly so. Her grandfather would be ever so proud.

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Faberuna Blog Blitz

My blog has been featured on the Faberuna Blog Blitz! So so happy, what an honour! Click on the images so you can head over there to read more on the feature. A big thank you to Faberuna!

Lee Broom Store

Last week saw the launch of Lee Broom's first store in London, 'The shop at Bluebird'  on the kings Road. I am a big fan of Lee, (having featured him previously on the 'one to watch' series) so it was great to see this store which really potrays Broom's flair and edge for interior concepts.

Lee has also created two new lighting products to mark this collaboration. One is the limited edition of The Decanterlight in a subtle etched finish. The second product, which is an absolute favourite of mine is called The 'Decanterlamp' which comes in two base finishes,  transparent or a white lacquered finish. 

Here are some beautiful shots of the store, and believe me if you are around then do make sure to pay a visit as it is uber cool.

Images from Lee Broom.

Monday, 14 February 2011

Happy Valentine's Day

Wishing you all a lovely Valentine's day on this beautiful sunny day. A time of sharing it with your loved ones. Have a lovely inspiring Monday...

Friday, 11 February 2011

Friday Inspiration... Peacock Pavilions

Today I wanted to share with you images of this beautiful place that I will be staying when  going on my trip to Marrakesh in May. Peacock Pavilions is the name and it is run by the lovely Maryam, I am so excited about meeting this incredible woman who I have always admired and been a big fan of her blog, My Marrakech. This is a dream holiday and I cannot wait to hear expert talks about Moroccan interior design and shopping in the souks guided by none other than Maryam herself. The trip is organised my Angela Ritchie from Ace camps and to top it all off I will be going with my friend Carole from Dear Designer, if you haven t checked out her blog then please do, it is full of loveliness.....

Anyway enough of me rambling on, let the images speak for themselves...Happy weekend :)

All lovely images from Peacock Pavilions and Decor8.