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100% Design

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I can’t actually believe that 100% Design was over 2 weeks ago now, this year is going waaaaay too fast for me. Apart from an absolute debacle with Virgin Trains which saw me missing my train to London and then almost prevented from getting the last one back (ticket issues, nothing to do with me being naughty!!), the day was enjoyable. I especially enjoyed my upgrade to the first class coach on the train home anyway, given to me because the customer service from Virgin was sooooo rubbish.

Anyway, enough of my train rant! Back to what was happening at 100% Design. Well, the new venue is a hit with me. Kensington Olympia is bright and light and just feels so much better than Earls Court did. I did like Earls Court’s proximity to the train station, Olympia is a bit of a pain when you need to get back to Euston but the venue wins hands down. It really suits the 100% Design exhibition and the kind of products that are on show.

So, in no particular order (and I’ve definitely left things out – you’d get bored) here’s a selection of my faves from the show.

North Limited

One of the emerging brands and I see this company going far. They’re a design collective of Icelandic designers. I LOVE these side tables and their general aesthetic. Scandi, simple, clean.

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Efasma  

This furniture brand launched their first collection at 100% Design which was designed for them by the company Bureau de change . The craftsmanship is extraordinary, keeping alive a Greek tradition of rope weaving in their chairs, footstools and screens, with their tables featuring marble slabs atop American walnut. Each piece is created by hand and the quality shows. The dining chairs and tables  are designed to “slot” together, a pleasing little design quirk that makes this collection all the more lust worthy.

It’s suuuuper expensive but I still want something from the collection, even if it’s just a footstool!! J
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There were some gorgeous tiles at 100% Design, really large format porcelain ones that looked like concrete, marble etc. were awesome. But I fell in LOVE with most of the tiles from Mambo Unlimited. A Portugese company with these amazing tiles:

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It was great to meet Kirath Ghundoo, a surface pattern designer. Her graphic, colourful patterns are really “of the moment” and I’d love to collaborate with her at some point in the future. She also does some ready to shop wallpapers, so you can have a bit of Kirath’s style in your home without having to commission a bespoke piece.

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One of the finishes that was a hit at 100% Design was Lustrolite, a high gloss acrylic panel that looks like back coated glass but can be cut with normal power tools and is half the weight. The range of colours was a bit limited but you can custom colour, although the minimum order is 200 sheets! Lustrolite can be used in a few applications such as bath surrounds, shower walls, kitchen splashbacks and it’s easy to clean/hygienic properties make it great for use in these areas.


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Joined + Jointed were a company that had a great stand at 100% Design. A collective of furniture designers who work together to create original and contemporary pieces. I especially liked the desk/dressing table by Lucy Kurrein and the chair by Sean Yoo/Paul Smith.

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Well that’s all for now folks, speak soon

Angela xx

 

Playhouse before and after Three Interiors

Pimp my playhouse!

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The reason I’ve been off line for a while is Mr B and I have been slaving away in the garden. I seriously wanted to come back to work as I was desperate for a sit down! The main thing we needed to do with our time off was move the pond. I do love it where it is as it’s right next to the sunken part of the garden but it’s also right next to the lawn on the other side. It’s just not safe with a 3 year old and her little friends who love running about the place.

We did dig out the new pond and it’s now full, but apparently you need to wait before you can move plants and fish, it has to be done in stages for the water to stabilise. I did not know that. The new pond is on the top terrace on the side of the stream. I worry it will be too shady but we’ll see…

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The major thing that took up a LOT of our time was a playhouse/slide/swing combo we devised for Cara. Now, I blame our friends for this as they’d bought their daughter a perfectly lovely compact slide with a covered platform and a ladder which was great. However it then went out of stock and the nearest replacement to it was an extra £90. Given our financial status at present – i.e. really not supposed to be spending anything as saving for extension etc, etc I decided we’d do it ourselves. (This is also known as showing Phil a design and fluttering my eyelashes at him) It didn’t work but he was excited enough about the idea of “pimping” a playhouse that he got on board.

So first things first, we needed to make sure we had enough room. I decided we’d get rid of an uninspiring bush and move a Hydrangea, which I hope won’t die on us. This meant we could place the structure right to the back of the garden/top tier of the terrace on the stream side.

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In the meantime, we’d bought a playhouse off ebay which was 4ft x 4ft and crying out to be pimped!!

 

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We then went and bought quite a lot of timber and screws and Phil started to put the frame together

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After assembling the playhouse and a LOT of painting we then had to get it up on top of the frame. It was at this point I tried to highlight that there might be a slight flaw in the making of the structure, but Mr B was having none of it. So yes, we did push the playhouse up the “ramp” onto the frame. I’m still amazed that we managed it with no serious injuries!

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The nights were long, at one point I was painting in the dark. It’s not something I’d recommend. We had a little “topping out” celebration with a few well deserved beers when Mr B put the owl in place 😉

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And here’s the finished product in daylight 🙂 and yes, if I could have got a slide in the sage green I would have done!

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There’s still loads to do in the garden but now Cara has plenty to keep her occupied whilst we try and get some of the jobs done that we didn’t get round to.

What crazy things have you built in your garden? I’d love to see them!

Love Angela xx

Garden styles..

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There were lots of amazing gardens and inspiration at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show this year. Worthy Gold Medal winners that were my favourites were A Perfumer’s garden in Grasse by L’Occitane. You can almost smell that wonderful fragrance when you look at it!

I surprised myself when I liked this garden style, it’s a bit more rustic than my usual taste, but it’s just so beautiful, you could imagine yourself sitting there with a nice chilled glass of wine…..

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Then I saw a few of the other Gold winners and was impressed with those too- great inspiration and I spotted some rustic elements creeping in to their contemporary garden styles… maybe gardening is becoming a bit more relaxed nowadays, I hope so 🙂

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This was the Brewin Dolphin garden, featuring towering sculptures and more rustic stone elements and the water feature. Love it.

 

 

 

 

 

Garden style, Chatsworth

Loved this garden by Chatsworth, who’d teamed up with Laurent Perrier. If you’ve been to Chatsworth you’ll know that this garden is as if the best elements of the Chatsworth gardens were transplanted to Chelsea. No surprise they won a gold medal.

The last one from the Gold winners that I liked was the Telegraph garden. Although I did wonder how long this design would stand up, I feel it’s on the verge of being dated now. The planting was fantastic and the water feature was lovely, however very Mies Van der Rohe Pavillion inspired, so not too much original thinking there? They won a gold medal though, so who am I to judge?!

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I hope you found some inspiration from Chelsea like I did, happy gardening!

Love Angela xx

 

 

 

Spring is here and Easter’s soon…

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As quite a lot of people around the world will know – this was Google’s search image today. This was in recognition of the fact that it’s the first day of Spring and a solar eclipse to boot. I’d like to say that I have some pics of the eclipse, however my attempts were futile. Phil, Cara and I were stood in my office peering through two pairs of sunglasses combined and hoping none of us was going to experience long term retina damage. We saw it, though unfortunately the camera didn’t.

I love this time of year. From an interiors point of view it’s the start of the year really, when people decide that they want to make a start on the projects that they’ve talked about over winter, helped by lighter evenings and that promise of better weather just around the corner.  Easter really brings that Spring feeling to life with a feeling of renewal, celebration and light. Colours are pastel and sugary and it’s such a fun time to spend with family and friends. Much the same as Christmas, a lot of clients like to get their projects done in time for family visits so their home is looking it’s best when the mother in law descends!

Check out the Easter decorating board I created for a little bit of inspiration and enjoy eating all that chocolate!

With love

Angela xx

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