The Holly and the Ivy when they are both full grown….

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This is the Ivy restaurant on the Kings Road, Chelsea. Having a successful outside seating area in an urban surrounding can be tricky but these designers have managed to make it feel cozy, rural and fresh. They chairs are painted in a faint green pastel colour, and this remains a very fresh colour. An incredibly nice touch is the girl to borrow a lovely warm cashmere blanket from the wicker box. A fountain with lily pads and greenery adds to the tranquility to this luxurious restaurant. The design has been thought out beautifully with a cozy fire to be the focal point of this setting.

This space shouts out for large groups, girly giggles and budding romances.

Seasons’ greetings

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It is that time of the year when spring has appeared and in your garden appears all sorts of wonderful plants and exotic colours. Why don’t you try changing your interior by the shapes and patterns from fauna and flora.  Today I will be looking at three of my own images of what I saw in my garden, or near my house. Then I will sum up each image with three words and begin to formulate a scheme through natural images as inspiration.

This tree is near my garden:

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The shape is lopsided and peculiar, but when I look at this tree in a design and in a creative way, I think of cluster, circular shapes and odd numbers.

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This daffodil with white petals and a yellow inner ring allows us to use colour within our scheme. Texture is incredibly important within a scheme, and daffodils are incredibly soft.

Three words from this daffodil is white, yellow and velvety.

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Bark immediately makes me want to touch it. Some parts mossy, but the main part of the tree is lumpy and grainy. The colour of the bark is light electric blue. It can crumble very easily.

Three words: grainy, electric light blue, delicate

Textures: Grainy, velvety, delicate

Colours: Yellow, white, light electric blue

Patterns: odd numbers, circular, clusters

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All the colours have been achieved here, with the accent colour of yellow, a stronger light blue and an obvious white. The rug has a grainy texture with small circular ties of fabric that gives it a special 3D effect. The soft, velvety white sheets are smooth and delicate. The lamp has three circular balls creating an odd number, whilst the pillows are clustered together to create a homely feel.

Why don’t you have a go?!

Gig space

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This space is Cargo in Shoreditch. The designers here have retained the industrial feel by exposing the metal vents. Cargo is situated underneath a bridge so the theme is very current, and true to its materials. Notice the lighting in all of these images. The lighting designer has three main lights with colour swatches to change colour and the singers are beautifully lit. Beneath, is Wolfe, she is an incredibly talented singer, and a little super star so you should check out her music.

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Warehouse

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If your willing to spend your time in one of these fantastic places, this is how to design it. It fully functional, but most importantly incredibly decorative. Take a sneaky peak:

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This is the sitting room and kitchen area. The oven yes is old, but it adds charm. This is an all girls warehouse (no boys allowed!) in Seven Sisters. The girls have collected items across the globe. Many items have also been left and put together artistically. This is very cushy, with a multi-cultural theme. This warehouse is full of life and colour. Over the dining table stands a tall red lantern, Chinese in style with gold tassels. I love the way that all their chairs are different and each one tells its own story. The kitchen area has a wooden structure to hang dream catchers, pans, flowers, tea pots etc. to add a new dimension. In this seating zone, a pillowed hammock is central, with two large sofas either side. Hammocks are the best way to make your sitting room something extra special. Make sure you have somewhere to hang it though…

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This display is in the hallway. Peacock feathers are beautifully put together to involve nature within a busy London environment. The twisted candle stick, the bunches of flowers and the religious artefacts only adds confusion to this crazy place.

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In the bedroom above the bed lies a handmade dream catcher that allows one a perfect nights sleep. This is attached to some horns. This is simple, yet incredibly effective. In the same bedroom on the window sill, dripped wax is shown creatively. The colours and textures look fab.

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In the hallway leading to the other bedrooms lies a gramophone with a collection of found images and pictures. A Tibetan prayer wheel is one of my favourite things, so when my house is completed, I will show you mine. Their prayer wheel is in the box to the bottom of the picture. You touch it and spin whilst making a wish. It is said to bring you luck, and to make your dreams come true.

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These steps lead to another bedroom.

The idea of this warehouse is that there is no doors, just fabrics, to allow a communal way of living. There is one bathroom, with 8 girls. They share clothes, and live in harmony. Every inch is decorated and thought of. They also have a house pet called bunny, he loves to roam around and he is loved by 8 wonderful women. A house or environment can never be too cluttered, so be as creative and free as you possibly can.

Artonomy

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I recently graduated from Leeds, and whilst we were there, a few of my friends set up a company called Artonomy, that combines art and music. We are heading to two festivals this summer, Virgo and Noisily. Follow this link and see if you would like to join. It will be a right old hoot in a gorgeous established home. So please come down.

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My role in this event is decorating the tent that will be a chill out zone, and a please to gather your sanity. I have created a mood board as of today so please  look at the style and atmosphere I am creating.

There will be before and after pictures, so stay tuned!

In the tent it will be filled with cushions, pillows, carpets, coffee tables and it will resemble my little zen den. If you do come to Virgo, please come and grab a tea from one of our weird and wonderful tea pots.

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Have a smashing sunday in the sun

Pinterest

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To follow my thought process for my own housing project follow this link:

There are lots of ideas in this mood board , and it shows exactly how my house will look like. Keep an eye out for the Moroccan theme with extravagant pouffes, ottomans, pillows, curtain headings etc. However, I will also have an ancient classical theme involving pillars, cherubs and statues. This twist will make you go loco.