Monday, 18 August 2014

Welcome Home Little Lola!


This year work has been crazy and as a result I have been sadly neglecting the blog, simply because the time is just not there to sit in a calm space and write! 

I now have a bit of downtime as our builders have headed back to Poland for a well earned six week break, while P and I are settle into our new home having moved from Jedburgh Street a few weeks ago. I will share some photos of Jedburgh Street with you soon - in fact I have a lot of posts stored in my head that I can't wait to share with you over the coming weeks and months as I'm hoping this downtime will allow me to write more as well as to do  some forward planning, so that I can maintain my posting during the hectic schedule of a building project!

Anyway, I have a short post today to touch base and introduce you to our new member of the family - the adorable Lola arrived yesterday. I can't wait to share more pictures of her in future with of course Coco, who so far seems to love her new little friend!

LMH
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Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Homes Away From Home: The Avalon, Beverley Hills

Back in deep darkest January P and I escaped to the sunshine in California for a couple of weeks - we had such a lovely time with friends, first in San Francisco, which was such a beautiful city and somewhere I could totally picture myself living - particularly in the gorgeous mansions in Pacific Heights! We then headed to Las Vegas for 48 hours (a must for everyone, but 48 hours is long enough!) and after that we drove across the desert to sunny Los Angeles. 

It was my first visit and needless to say I loved the city. We stayed in the beautiful Avalon Hotel in Beverley Hills. Part of the Viceroy Hotel Group. The hotel is built around a lovely pool, the buildings that house the bedrooms were were formerly Condos - it is rumoured that Marilyn Monroe once lived there and the design of the hotel makes it very easy to picture here there!

The Avalon transports you back in time - think retro glamour from the 50s and 60s - I had to resist the urge to don a stylish one piece and spend my days sitting my the pool, wearing huge sunglasses and sipping cocktails - there was a huge city to explore and just not enough hours in the day!

Our room was stunning - a cool, calm colour palette of greys and turquoise, Carrara marble bathrooms with beautiful retro pieces of furniture to add character to the space. I was in retro heaven and I couldn't think of a more perfect place to base ourselves to explore Beverley Hills.

I you are planning a trip to LA then I can't recommend the Avalon enough - just make sure you pack that one piece and some huge sunglasses for movie star spotting!

LMH
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{Images via Viceroy Hotel Group}

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Happy Sunday!


I just wanted to write a short post to say happy sunny Sunday to everyone! I'm so aware that I have been blogging a lot less than I would like at the moment - it's really hard as the business has been taking up almost all my time. 

We are at such a crucial stage on the latest development that my focus has to be 100% on that and searching for the next opportunity, but I'm missing my writing and my fix of pretty things! As my regular readers will know, I have a mild obsession with blue and white ceramics and today spotted these gorgeous pictures of a simple Scandinavian kitchen with a great collection of blue and white accessories, so had to share it with you.

My aim for the next few weeks is to try and get back on top of things and be able to blog more so please watch this space!

LMH
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Saturday, 17 May 2014

My Work: Up On The Roof...

It's been a while since I've updated you on our latest project, so once again on a quiet Saturday afternoon while P is away working, I am catching up on admin and blogging! 

These are pictures taken about seven weeks ago when Spring had
 almost sprung; the roof came off the house just in time for the good weather! Our team are brilliant and have been working like troopers to bring the project in on time - all being well there are six weeks left to go! At the start of the project they spent almost two weeks clearing the front and rear gardens, removing a WWII bunker from the back garden, before creating a trench for the flood water to disappear into as the garden was pretty waterlogged. 

Finally we were able to get started on the construction of the loft extension. As you can see from the pictures, this really left the house open to the elements but we were extremely lucky with the weather and except for a couple of days the rain held off. I will update you again next week with some more pictures - the roof is now back on and the new windows will arrive this week, which we are very excited about. It will be lovely to see the house start to take shape again!

LMH

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Monday, 7 April 2014

Your Home: Introducing English Abode


This week I want to introduce you to a website that I have spent much of the weekend trawling looking for unique pieces for my current project. It's a new luxury interiors website called English Abode, which encompasses a range of styles from beautiful antique pieces to modern and vintage - something for everyone and I for one am totally hooked! As well as having items for sale they have a magazine section of the site packed with interiors inspiration and ideas.

One of the main things I'm looking to source at the moment are wallpapers to brighten up the bedrooms; I have five to design and although I want a similar colour palette across the house I'm keen to introduce a variety of textures and finishes to make each space individual. Whilst browsing English Abode I stumbled across an favourite of mine from the wallpaper world - British design team Turner Pocock Cazalet. Their designs include a variety of animals and birds as well as more fun images such as the tennis print above all elegantly finished in a range of colours.


To celebrate the launch and my discovery of their website, English Abode are generously offering all Little Miss Homes readers a 10% discount on all items except for antiques. Simply enter the code: ABODE10 at the checkout.



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{Images via English Abode}

Friday, 21 March 2014

Decorfest: Designer Spotlight with Ana Moly


With only two days to go until the first ever Decorfest, I want to share with you one last special Decorfest Designer Spotlight with the super talented Ana Moly, a children's lifestyle brand that will be exhibiting at the show in Wimbledon on Sunday. Really looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible there and meeting all of the talented exhibitors.  It starts at 10am and runs to 4pm at King's College School, Southside, Wimbledon SW19 4TT. See you there!

LMH
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Please tell me a bit about your background and why you do what you do. 
I have always been creative and come from a very artistic family, I studied and began my career in fashion developing prints and graphics, my illustrations have always had a childlike appearance and I developed on this. I wanted to create children’s products that were fun and colourful but not necessarily over designed, the simpler styles can be as appealing to all ages, children and adults.

Where do you live and work and how do you balance the two?
I live and work in London. The city has such energy that inspires you creatively all the time. In regards to work life balance I believe as long as you are happy and not neglecting yourself the joys of life (or a little bit of them) then there is no particular balance, its something that changes all the time. When you enjoy what you do its hard to separate the two.



What or who inspires you?
Inspiration generally comes from my surroundings with a fashion background I work with very on trend styles and colours. And of course children, they are so inventive and carefree, you can draw from them easily and use it as an aspect in your designing.

What is your greatest achievement / what are you most proud of?
Starting this company. I enjoy expanding the brands identity into new products and hope to go further with this as the company develops.

Where’s your most inspirational place, home or away?
I grew up in the countryside and I always return, you can really experience the seasons there, there’s nothing better than a long walk in bracing winds and a log fire. But the city is an exciting place, you get small ideas from many cultures here, styles, trends change so quickly its hugely influential. And although most don’t, I love the summer in London everyone behaves like they are on vacation.




What do you like to do when you aren’t working?
I like to try not plan too much, and relax, reading is new favourite time out. The new wave of ‘pop ups’ in London are thriving at the moment and I like to sample the different cuisines, products and new ideas that they come up with.

What is your favourite space in your home?
We have a wonderful terrace that is hidden from all, which I escape to and decompress with a culpa.

What is your most treasured belonging?
I have a velvet Captains chair that I treasure the most out of all my belongings, its very unusual and a keep for life.



What is your favourite thing about living in the UK?
The opportunities it offers. We are very supportive country and I think that’s something we should be proud of. Also the countryside and wildlife something I am keen to look after, this echoes in our companies philosophy of only manufacturing in the UK and using certified forests for our papers.

What is your top tip for creating a lovely home?
To put your own personality into it, buy things you like, heritage is a big thing for me, I think its lovely to have items given to you by friends and family that conjure up fond memories. And colour! Not everything has to compliment each other, sometimes I think it works when things clash terribly!

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Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Decorfest: Designer Spotlight with Imogen Heath









Please tell me a bit about your background and why you do what you do. 
I graduated in 2004 with a BA hons in textiles design, and worked as a designer for many years, before deciding the time was right to market myself as an independent designer. It has always been my dream to start up my own design business, but it was the economic down turn that influenced my decision to just go for it. Business funding at the time was hard to come by, but the princes trust came to my rescue, and in 2011 loaned me enough money to put on my first exhibition. I have never looked back, I really love what I do. It is a little scary at times and it’s very hard work, but, the sense of achievement, and freedom to create what I like more than motivates me, and keeps me excited about the future.
Where do you live and work and how do you balance the two? My boyfriend and I recently bought our first home together, and for the time being I have settled nicely into our spare room. I would love to separate work from home, and I have been looking for a suitable studio space for around a year now, but have not found anything that ticks all the boxes just yet. Brighton, where I live, is such a creative place and studio spaces are like gold dust! I am lucky my home has a large loft for storage, so I can just about manage.
What or who inspires you?
So many things inspire me. For me it is important to feel a personal connection to the work that I am creating in order to enjoy the process. My work is more often inspired by the materials I use, from photographs I have taken out and about to a broken stick dipped in ink.
My experimental approach, and curiosity towards materials and subjects is greatly influenced by my upbringing in a creative family and having access to a wide range of materials and an excellent selection of art books. I also think it’s the thirst to have a deeper understanding of a subject, and the motivation to be a better artist! I also spend a lot of time outdoors, which is of course for a textile designer the greatest source of inspiration.



What is your greatest achievement / what are you most proud of?
My greatest achievement is starting and making a success of a business on my own, and with limited means.  I am now a woman with many skills, and not just in design, I never thought I would be able to code a website for instance! I am extremely proud of this, and feel even prouder of the strong relationships I am building with my clients. I have stockists I can be proud of, and some very happy customers. Every-day brings a little reward; nothing beats knowing first-hand the response to the work for instance, or, the feeling of when a repeat order comes in.

Where’s your most inspirational place, home or away?
I keep a little notebook nearby at all times for ideas, However, when I need to get turn those ideas into proper sketches, I feel most inspired when completely free of distraction. Both my computer and my phone have to be turned off, so Sunday is always a good drawing day! Or, whenever I am on holiday.

What do you like to do when you aren’t working?
I like to completely switch off, so a good book, or box set is always good. And of course, spending time with friends and family is top priority.



What is your favourite space in your home?
At the moment it is my garden. I am finding out what its really like to be able to enjoy your own garden, planting as many things as possible and taking a look a couple of times a day to see if anything has popped up!

What is your most treasured belonging?
Just one? Pictures and photographs. I have a couple of paintings by my mother and grandmother which are very dear to me, and boxes of old family photos, including some gems by my grandfather who wasn’t too bad with a camera.

What is your favourite thing about living in the UK?
Being near to Europe.

What is your top tip for creating a lovely home?
Colour and simplicity! Fill your home with beautiful colours and only have things around you that you love. That doesn’t mean I don’t like a bit of clutter, I love it… but I have recently discovered having moved many times lately what it’s like to de-junk and I feel so much better.

See Imogen along with 65 talented exhibitors at Decorfest in Wimbledon this weekend!


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