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Making your house a home- Adding a personal touch to your interior

How often do you see houses in magazines or on television that look more like ‘show homes’ than real homes? Technically speaking a home is a place where someone lives permanently. On the softer side of things a house is not a home until it has a positive effect on how you feel.

When you just moved to a new house, or are staying somewhere temporarily, that warm feeling that a home should give you doesn’t always come naturally.

Creating an interior that completely matches your style and needs and gives you this warm feeling can be time consuming. With these simple styling tricks you can create an instant ‘home’ effect with only a little amount of effort.

  • Select pictures of pleasant memories and people you love. For a nice effect, create a picture wall by placing a selection of picture frames together.
  • Fresh flowers smell nice and look great. They breathe life into a space. Place them in a prominent spot for maximum enjoyment. Read The Rest

Love Design- Love Decorex

28.. 27.. 26 days to go until Chelsea’s Royal Hospital grounds will transform into what is considered to be the event in the interior design industry: Decorex. It almost feels a bit like the time towards Christmas, where the excitement grows and everyone seems to be talking about only one thing.

With nearly 300 exhibitors, exciting features created exclusively for the show around this year’s theme ‘Cherished Places’, and a name for being trendsetting and innovative, I believe my excitement is justified.

Diana Yakeley, President of the British Institute of Interior Design, explains why she believes Decorex is an event not to be missed: “Free from the large corporate suppliers of office furniture or carpet tiles, designers have a chance to see the more desirable and unusual suppliers on well designed stands – it should be on everyone’s agenda for late September.”

Your Decorex journey will start as soon as you arrive at the lobby, which designers Nicky Haslam and Colette van den Thillart turned into a surreal, theatrical space with (to speak in interior design terms) a good portion of drama added.

As you explore further, you will discover exquisite trend setting products, come across new materials, find beautiful craftsmanship and (for the savvy minded) see the latest innovations in home technology. You will (re-) discover established names of the industry and meet the emerging designers of the future.

There will be new product introductions too. Such as the ‘Charleston Collection’ of beds and furniture designed by Nina Campbell for ‘And So To Bed’, which will be launched at Decorex, to name just one.

Adrenaline may just be enough to keep you going, but why not recharge at the enchanting riverside Café and Ranelagh Restaurant, designed by Broosk Saib, or drop by the exclusive Champagne Bar, designed by Martin Hulbert. What’s nicer than a combination of bubbles and design and indulge in true style?

In the midst of the hustle and bustle of the show, find sanctuary at ‘And So To The Beach’, the ultimate coastal retreat, created by ‘And So To Bed’. This stand promises to be utterly tranquil with a soundscape of waves and gulls, and the perfect place to relax and find inspiration. Read The Rest

Riviera Maison Concept Store in Amsterdam



When I was in Amsterdam recently, I couldn’t resist popping by the lovely concept store of Riviera Maison. I used to live pretty much around the corner of the store and often went there for some inspiration or for the perfect birthday gift. My timing could have been better, as the store was having its final sale and was in the middle of a ‘re-design’ with ‘work in progress’ signs everywhere. Hmm. Fortunately I managed to take some pictures not showing any red labels or work in progress.

What makes this store special is that it is a lifestyle store rather than a store selling homeware products. It sells everything from tableware to textiles, furniture, books, bbq’s for in the park, champaign coolers, all fitted for a particular lifestyle, being: enjoying life. Exclusiveness and warmth are important pillars of their brand and when you walk through their store you feel this. With their open kitchen in the back, it almost feels like your walking through someone’s home. There is always a great atmosphere and friendly staff. They even (often) have valet parking service, which is in Holland quite remarkable, and deliver gifts in a car which looks like a bag. Read The Rest

Mood boards for a luxurious city apartment

I’m currently working on developing a concept for a luxurious city apartment. This apartment will be a second home to the owners and the concept should reflect the following: ’5 star hotel luxury’, modern, comfort, style, timeless, international, environment conscious. Here are a few of the concepts I created.

Image sources: Pinterest, own pictures

It’s a boy/girl: mood boards for a baby room

With so many of my friends currently expecting a baby, I got inspired to create some mood boards for their baby rooms. I chose different styles based on a combination of colour and style: neutral (peaceful sandy colours for both boys and girls), traditional (baby blues and pinks), modern (bolder colours for a funky look) and retro/vintage (softer colours and prints and details from the past). Which one do you like most?

Neutral: peaceful sandy colours for both boys and girls

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