Boutique Hotel with Laid Back Luxury: Alex Hotel, Perth

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The independent boutique ‘Alex’ hotel in Perth, Australia is everything you would want in a hotel – it strikes the perfect balance of  artsy location, hip design, chilled out atmosphere. Located smack bang in the heart of Perth’s Cultural District, close to Perth’s central business district and next to the diverse neighbourhood of Northbridge which is buzzing with independent retailers, cafes, small bars […]

Thinking outside the lamp box: LZF Telling Tales

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If you have ever searched for the perfect lamp you can probably relate to flicking through page after page of lifeless (yawn, yawn) product shots in catalogues or on the web. Boring, right? Well, thankfully LZF Lamps, (who are known for their beautiful sculptural wood veneer lamps) have been thinking ‘outside the box’ and have come up with ‘Telling […]

fête Magazine: A taste of Aussie life and design

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Exploring Australia again with fresh eyes (after 20 years abroad) has led to many new discoveries, one of which is the super stylish Australian lifestyle magazine ‘fête‘. This bi-monthly publication encapsulates the best of Australian design and the relaxed and friendly Australian lifestyle. It features beautifully designed spaces and design-led products together with personal stories and interviews with inspiring everyday people, their […]

Maison et Objet 2015 report

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It was a 48-hour whirlwind trip to Paris last week for the first big trade show of the year – Maison et Objet. With eight halls packed to the brim with brands and designers showing their latest collections and new product launches, it’s somewhat of challenge to pack it all in. However, with some pre-planning […]

Pantone Colour of the year 2015: Marsala

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Each year Pantone likes to tune our eyes into certain colours. And for 2015 it wants us to think about Marsala 18-1438, a wine-red with earthy brown undertones. Well how do they know this hue is ‘the one’? The new ‘colour of the year’ isn’t just picked on a whim but selected by a group […]

Inflatable architecture – Exxopolis Luminarium

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Imagine a giant inflatable structure with a labyrinth of interconnecting tunnels and domes awash with a kaleidoscope of colors. This is ‘Exxopolis’ – the creation of Nottingham based Architects of Air, which is currently being exhibited at the Brisbane Festival. Image Source above: Lamar Francois via Architects of Air. Exxopolis is an impressive size – approximately 10 metres high and 50 […]

YOO Home launches at Harrods

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Global design brand YOO has launched its first furniture collection in Harrods, London’s iconic department store.  Over the last 15 years YOO has designed hundreds of homes and hotels around the world and this is the first time its in-house designed furniture is available for retail.  Around 160 pieces complete the curated YOO Home collection which is themed into Classic, […]

London Design Festival 2014: Futuristic & Fab

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A London landmark with more than a dozen flying drones overhead; large rotating reflectors displaying distorted views of the Rafael Gallery – The London Design Festival 2014 is set to enthrall all those that attend. With over 300 events and installations across the city (from 13 – 21 September), this is a celebration of creativity and […]

Clerkenwell Design Week 2014

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Clerkenwell in the city/east of London is a megga-hub for architects and creative businesses alike – with more per square mile than anywhere on the planet!   It’s also home to Clerkenwell Design Week – a three-day festival for soaking up more design inspiration and getting up close to the latest furniture, lighting and accessories.  Showrooms in the area […]

Dwell – new collection 2014

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I’m working on a design for a bespoke built-in wardrobe with dressing table and hunting for a stylish stool that tucks away neatly underneath.  Drum roll for the Button Stool found on Dwell.co.uk for my search is now over!  With crossed walnut legs and a soft faux leather seat pad (see below – top left) […]

Missoni Home Collection 2014

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Launched at Salone del Mobile in Milan, the new collection for Missoni Home screamed flower power, along with black and white stripey or chevron print and a loose patchwork pattern. A diamond-shaped pouf was among my favourites from the new soft furnishing pieces and the Pretoria outdoor fabric sparked an idea for a new outdoor living scheme I’m working on. At […]

Luxury Hotel Sofitel Munich

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At the heart of a Sofitel hotel, is not only French elegance and good design, but a super comfy bed known as MyBed™, an exclusive design for Sofitel.  Providing you with the best nights sleep on the planet is serious business for Sofitel, with their bespoke bed creation installed into every hotel room.  My first […]

Decorator Showcase, San Francisco 2014 – Top 10 Rooms

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Unleash twenty-six interior designers to work their magic on one of the most prestigious homes in San Francisco and what do you have? The annual San Francisco Decorator Showcase – the West Coast’s top home design event which runs from April 26 – May 26, 2014.  The location of this years house is 3660 Jackson Street, […]

Get the look: East London home

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This five bedroom house in East London was transformed from a run-down wreck into a stunning home in just a few months.  The property appeared on the front cover of this week’s Evening Standard Homes & Property, and since then I’ve received lots of emails asking where to find the furnishings and accessories featured in the […]

Milan Design Week 2014

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Each year, Milan hosts the largest and one of the most important design shows in the world.  From the huge fairground of Salone del Mobile in Rho – just on the outskirts of Milan, to the design districts in the city centre where furniture showrooms and fashion stores pull in the crowds with parties, pop-up exhibitions and attention […]

Iconic Kelly Wearstler

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Kelly Wearstler exudes fierce glamour and style, whether it be with her fashion collections or interior design and has created a signature look which is uniquely her own, so we are thrilled that she has won the CH+D Design Icon Award 2014 and will be guest of honor at the  CH+D Awards gala event which will take place next Tuesday […]

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