Moving Into The New Studio, Amara Blog Awards & Decorex 2015

It’s been a bit of a whirlwind month, and I’ve got lots of news to share with you!

You might have wondered why I’ve been a little quiet on here recently, and I’m really excited to share with you the reason! I’ve been moving into my new Design Studio on Berkhamsted High Street, which is now all set up and providing such an amazing space to work from and to present my designs to my clients. Thanks so much to all the help I’ve had from my amazing friends and family who’ve helped with the move, I can’t wait to share it with you all, so if you’re passing, please do pop in to say hello! More pics of the space to come 🙂

In other extremely exciting news, the day that I collected the keys to my new studio, I also found out that this blog has been shortlisted for the Amara Interior Blog Award! I absolutely would not have achieved this without all of your amazing support, and for taking the time to vote for me. So a HUGE thanks from me – you’re all superstars!

The awards are this coming Wednesday evening, at the Ham Yard Hotel in Soho – a very glamorous venue. I’m so excited for the evening, and while I’m not expecting to win any awards, it’s going to be great to finally meet the other Interiors Bloggers that I’ve got to know over recent years through the wonders of Twitter & Instagram.

Keep your fingers crossed for me, and I’ll be sure to update you on the evening 🙂

As I mentioned in my previous post, we had the amazing London Design Festival during September, a whole week of inspiring trade shows, exhibitions and events, to celebrate and promote London as the design capital of the world.  I visited Decorex at Syon Park on the opening day, and had a brilliant, and totally inspiring time. We caught up with out lovely suppliers, and met some fantastic new ones too.

Lapicida had on their stand this beautiful Silk Georgette stone, which combines a wonderfully soft grey colour with white veining detail. I love the herringbone effect, wouldn’t this make the most gorgeous bathroom?

Amongst the excitement of moving into the new studio, London Design Week, and being shortlisted for the Amara Interior Blog Awards, I’ve also been looking after my clients – business as usual! As we approach Christmas, things tend to step up a gear to ensure we meet all of the Christmas ordering deadlines from our suppliers.

For one lovely client, we spent an afternoon putting the finishing touches and styling a room we designed – what a difference some carefully placed accessories can make. We’re just awaiting the bespoke lighting and artwork to arrive then we’ll be back for a full shoot – can’t wait to share this beautifully calm and sophisticated living room with you!

We’ve recently been working on producing designs for a contemporary, new build family home. Currently, it’s a bit of of a blank canvas, and needs an injection of colour and warmth, so that it is a reflection of the family living there. We’ve created designs for 5 rooms to start with, which we’ll have started to install just before Christmas, and then pick up with the rest of the house in the New Year.  Here’s the concept for the living dining space, which links to the kitchen, and will inevitably become the heart of the home, as these spaces so often do.

For the same project, here’s the colour palette we’re working with for the formal living room. Inky blues, greys and a hint of purple – a warm and sophisticated palette. The house was built with a sophisticated AV system installed, and this room has the space for a large television to hang above the contemporary fireplace, which we felt could really ruin the feel of the room. So, to combat this, we’ve commissioned a beautiful frame to be made for the television, with a clever piece of technology built in. The frame holds a piece of glass, that sits in front of the screen at a switch of a button, turns into a mirror, hiding the television from view. I’ll share pictures of the finished article once it’s been installed.

For another new client, we’ve produced designs for a beautiful, calm master bedroom. Using hues of grey as our base, we’ve introduced the odd hint of cream and raspberry to create a warm and luxurious space, the colours reference in artwork which we’ll commission for the room. These delicate colours will be offset with dark wood and grey furniture, to add some contrast and dimension to the room. The existing wardrobes are well made and function perfectly well, but will need updating to bring them in line with the rest of the new design. To do this we’ll have the wood stripped back and restained with a dark smokey grey.

Things are starting to get back to normal now that I’m up and running in my new studio, and I’m getting back into a slightly more sane pace, which is very much welcomed!

Hope you’ve all had a great weekend so far, and enjoy what’s left of it. I’m getting in the kitchen to bake this afternoon, the perfect way to unwind 🙂

Claire.

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