Turn that frown upside down

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I found this jammy set up last week and it made me think how often people throw away old lamp shades due to a few rips or stains. These lamp shades have been given to the restaurant so they can group together this collection for free! Different coloured bulbs would make this even more quirkier but I really appreciate the idea that they are all upside down. Why be conventional when you can have this?

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City showers

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We may live in one of the busiest cities in the World but it doesn’t mean that one can’t shower close to nature. These examples both have open spaces around them but allows them to have privacy in such an intense city like London. Having plants within your space makes your experience fresher and more relaxing. With the help of recess windows, your bath time can be light, peaceful and happier.

Hopping continents- From Africa to America

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1. Consider the Ceiling
Much character can be added from above. The hand-painted chevron pattern pays homage to a classic Moroccan design, while gnarled, 17th-century beams from Provence give the appearance of a structure being taken back by nature.

2. Don’t Mess With The Mantle

3. Mask Modern Comfort
Historical projects can feel museum-cold, but this corner’s simple daybed invites guests to relax without undermining the fiction of the room.

4. Pull In a Chair

A seemingly disparate piece can save a room from coming off as a mere reproduction.

5. Minimize The Electrical Footprint
Natural light comes through the handmade glass of the courtyard door and the windows—without curtains or blinds to detract from the antiqued walls and the 17th-century fireplace. Lamps are small and unobtrusive to maintain the illusion that the room predates electricity.

6. Embrace Imperfection
He coated walls with Moroccan tadelakt plaster tinted a light blue-gray that adds even more convincingly decrepit roughness.

7. Mash Up Accessories
The eclectic combination of a hand-painted Moroccan panel, 16th-century Syrian tiles and ceramics from Fes.

A day in the life of an Interior Designer

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Interior Designer, James Blakeley, may live a prominent and lavish lifestyle with roots that reach into Hollywood’s high society, but he is certainly not a stranger to a day’s hard work.

Blakeley was first introduced into the design world by a friend of the family, the late American design icon Tony Duquette. From there his intense passion for architecture and creative design grew into a prominent career. Fast forward to the present, and Blakeley’s resume has notable names such as Keifer Sutherland, Tom Selleck and Paramount Studios listed as clients, to name only a few.

Blakeley has carved out such an astounding career for himself, so we thought it would be fun to follow him around for a day and see what it was really like in his shoes. All of you budding interior designers take note—this talented designer works hard (very hard) and devotes a large portion of his day to his success.

Here is what a typical day looks like for Interior Designer to the Stars, James Blakeley:

9AM
Blakeley does allow himself a few precious morning moments to greet the day in the proper way.

” I usually like to read the morning paper first and have breakfast with tea. Then I meditate. I don’t use this time to waste with worry. I am always pushing myself throughout the day, and I try new things with every client.”

Blakeley is proud that even after all these years, he is able to keep his designs fresh and fun. Perhaps that morning mediation allows him the calm Zen that is required in the high-stress design world?

10 AM
At this time Blakeley is ready to greet clients.

“ I find it easy to handle 2-3 jobs at one time, since they are always in different stages.”

Blakeley has a process that he undergoes with each new client:

“I first meet with the client(s) and take a look at the house or the plans. I talk with them to see what their wishes are. I begin to create concepts with sketches and pictures – assemble it all in the office like a story board for a movie. Then have everyone in the office throw out their ideas. And it just evolves from there.”

Noon
While most of us are in need of an escape at this point in the day, Blakeley is still hard at work.

“Truthfully, I hardly ever eat lunch by myself; I’m usually with clients or workmen.“

Power lunch it is then, no time to slow down when productivity is paramount. Blakeley may be on to something with this noontime habit—it’s not about the food, but about the company you keep.

1pm -5pm
Blakeley divides his afternoon work into numerous tasks.

“Afternoons are spent broken up between visiting job site, shopping for jobs, overall organization, and making calls.”

However, as all interior designers know—things go wrong on a daily basis, whether it be an upset client, tight deadlines or the wrong fabric arrives. So how does a veteran like Blakeley handle this?

“Things always go wrong. It’s part of the job that you just have to deal with. There are times when I’ll discuss a problem with a client and times when I won’t, depending on what it is. But as a general rule, it’s best to keep the client in the loop so as to avoid surprises.“

5PM
It must be time for a break, right? Yes, indeed it is.

“Usually around 4 or 5pm I like to take some time to regenerate. Sometimes I’ll go to a movie or just ‘disappear’ for a bit.“

Blakeley is very wise to take a few precious moments to revitalize himself. Studies have shown that career burnout can be avoided by taking moments for regeneration; moments of reflection; moments to check in with ourselves and see how we are doing.

Blakeley also calls his home his sanctuary and place to escape.

“My home is the place for me to escape from the real world. I also try to make my clients’ space the same – so they have their own place to get away to.”

6PM-9PM
When day turns to night, Blakeley is still going strong.

“I often continue to work. I meet with clients after they have had their dinner. Or I will go to dinner with existing or new clients around 8:30 or 9:00pm.”

We see a mealtime trend occurring—Blakeley often uses the relaxing atmosphere of meals to discuss design with clients. Perhaps, those who break bread together, stay together?

11PM- 3AM
Hmmm… Are we getting tired yet? Apparently not. Blakeley is just arriving home around 11pm, but his work day is not done.

“I’m generally home by 11pm or 12, at which time I prepare for the next day by making notes, etc. And then to bed and read until 2 or 3 am. Then sleep.”

 

 

Fact-ual Art-icle

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To see new upcoming designs and colour combinations check out this article:

http://www.interiordesign.net/articles/11310-design-forecast-10-trends-to-watch-for-in-2016/

 

My favourite is the rose quartz but the neat design spaces are also fascinating. Especially the copper sink (it looks as though Potter has put a spell on it.)

Inspiration of the day:

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Conservatories are so inviting and this is exactly where I want to be on evenings. Now that daylight is getting longer, these warm, light space bubbles are the perfect hideout. I love the webbed backing to the chair, dressed with moroccan pillows and sheepskin hides. The patterns are subtle with accents of blue, red and yellow. The plants allow the accent colour of green to be within the scheme. This neutral blend is textures with soft woods, soft wool and cotton.

 

Dream of destinations like this, as I am..>!