28 September 2012

Interview; Anna Ryder Richardson for Magnet

Wow.....she is one happy lady! I was greeted with an almighty 'Helllllllloooooooo' which certainly broke the ice and kicked off our telephone interview rather nicely.

Anna Ryder Richardson, fellow Interior Designer and TV presenter, happily chatted about her current projects with Magnet, interior styles and hot trends for 2013. 

You’ve been working with Magnet for over a year now - can you tell us a little bit about what you’ve been focusing on recently?

Our main focus has been dressing kitchens on a budget and helping people to express their individuality by combining styles. Magnet are all about excellent quality. They’ve just launched their fantastic Somerton range into their Uniquely Collection. Gorgeous solid oaks, dark greens, a beautiful soft sage – a fantastic alternative to magnolia and fantastic 
tones for Autumn.

Magnet Somerton Range

What would dream kitchen look like – or do you already have it!?

Well, now I've seen the Somerton range, I'm a little swayed. I used Magnet’s My Kitchen Scrapbook to play around with some styles – I went for a mix of traditional meets London club…..I think I thought I was Audrey Hepburn! Styled with a few tub chairs and a chandelier - now that would look fab!

Any other exciting things on the horizon?

We had our new Rhino’s delivered at the [Manor House Wildlife] Park. Zamba is the first test tube rhino in UK, and only the 2nd in world, and Jambo.

Being Northern yourself, do you have a favourite northern designer?

John Amablie. He’s agreat friend of mine. He has an amazing design company – he’s a workaholic and just fantastic at what he does!

Hot trends or advice for the home for 2013?

Grey is the new white! I have a very, very soft shade of grey in my home, but it’s a great base to add colour to. Colour is important though – even just a hint.  Think nature and energy when adding textures and fabrics.

Any recent interior purchases you'd care to share?

A fabulous pair of pendants from Heal’s for my new kitchen diner! They’re called Jeeves and Wooster, and I love them!

...and finally, do you have any advice for fellow budding interior designers and bloggers out there!

Moodboards! Ripping out inspirational pages of mags, pinterest, visting showrooms and really knowing your stuff. Just go for it, believe in your style and don’t chicken out!


Favourite colour?
Green –dark green!

Favourite holiday destination?
Borneo! Or anywhere where there’s beautiful, exotic animal roaming.

Favourite room in your home?
Kitchen Diner. We have not long moved into a new place and I have no doubt this will be my favourite place to be.

Your style in 3 words
Vintage, Eclectic, Fun

How do you chill out?
With my animals!

Thanks Anna!

24 September 2012

Through the Keyhole: Kelly Hoppen

Ever wondered what the home of a world renowned interior designer looks like? YES, I hear you cry!! Well, you're in luck! Thanks to the fantastic Jordi Canosa, we've got our mitts on some fab interior snaps of Kelly Hoppen's London home.

Take a peek for yourselves and tell us what you think....could you see yourself living here??

Photography Jordi Canosa | Stylist Daniela Cavestany

21 September 2012

Grecian Charm

I came across this little beauty via French By Design this morning whilst sipping away on my not-so-frothy-cappuccino and couldn't help but share - see it as your last little dose of summer.....and make it last!!

This cool, contemporary pad in Mykonos oozes Grecian style and cool rustic charm by the bucket load. Natural hues, clean lines and utterly chic. 

Ahhhh..........one day.....

Images via French By Design | Photography Gaelle le Boulicaut 

18 September 2012

Stylist Spotlight – Jane Frosh

When we’re browsing home d├ęcor on Pinterest or flicking through magazines it’s easy to forget how the photo is actually put together and how much effort is put in to make it look picture perfect. There are millions of interior stylists out there but one that I’ve particularly taken a shine to is Sydney-born designer and stylist, Jane Frosh. Rustic and raw, her look is one that stands out among many and oozes individuality and character....here she gives us an insight into her world and lets us in on some designer secrets!...

1. Firstly, what made want to go into event/interior styling?

I worked as an event producer for over 10 years and have always really loved the decorative side of events so it seemed like a natural progression.

2. What would you say is the interior trend at the moment?

Neon. Neon lighting. Neon leather. Neon soft furnishings. It is all about neon!

3. Where and how do you find inspiration?

Everywhere. From nature to what my kids choose to wear, to fashion magazines, to blogs. I find inspiration everywhere. It is just a matter of recognising, harnessing and storing the information.

4. What makes your styling so individual?

I guess I am a little 'crustier' than most stylists. I don't like things to be perfect. I love a rough edge, a torn surface and texture. It tends to ground a concept.

5. How would you describe your style in three words?

Edgy, rough, un-contrived.

6. Which particular stylists do you love?

Adore Glen Proebstel. ADORE. Megan Morton's assistant Sophie The has an
amazing eye. I love seeing things through her eyes. Claire Larrit-Evans is also very clever.

All images courtesy of Country Style Magazine | Photography Sharyn Cairns

7. Which has been your favourite job so far and why?

The hotel install that I am working on at the moment is amazing. There are no boundaries, which in turn provides many boundaries. It is however, fabulous to work with so many creative folk for a common end result.

8. What do you see yourself doing in 10 years from now?

Hopefully exactly the same thing! Maybe with a stable of other stylists working for me.


Favourite food?

Pho. I love the stuff. I could eat it every single day.

What do you do to unwind?
I have a glass of wine and a burn through Instagram. I love Instagram! 

Name one thing you could not do without.
My car. Can't bear staying in the one spot for too long!

14 September 2012

La Luz!

Yet another inspiring day for us! We spent the morning visiting our clients who are currently renovating their gorgeous property into something even more gorgeous!! We have ideas coming out of our little ears....

Clever lighting will play a big part within this property - creating mood and ambience at the clap of a hand. As well as specialised lighting, we've also been looking at some beautiful oversized pendant lamps for cozy saturday night dinner parties....

The fantastic Hotel Es Mares in stunning Formentera have got this down (along with everything else!!!!) to a tea.....Take a l'il peek!

All images by Jordi Canosa

12 September 2012

Home Spotlight; Aussie Inspiration

Soooo, there's one thing I love and that's waking up on a Wednesday (or any for that matter) morning, making a cuppa and perusing my fave interior blogs.......even BETTER when you discover someone fresh, new and exciting!! 

The Design Files have yet again come up trumps with their latest shoot featuring the amazing home of Katie Graham, owner and founder of The Family Love Tree......an Australian based online store filled to the brim with a beautiful collection of Bali inspired furniture and accessories. Check it out!

I. Am. Hooked.

Gold - Navy -Turquoise - yum!

Mellow Yellow!

The Family Love Tree Bed Head and Vintage Spread

Guest bedroom - lucky guests!

All images taken from The Design Files

Inspired by any chance??...