Wednesday, 10 December 2014

The Little Miss Homes Christmas Gift Guide 2014!

I've been spending far too much of my time recently browsing all my favourite websites looking for gift ideas for friends and easily distracted from my work, but it is almost Christmas! I couldn't possibly share all my finds with you, so have put together a selection of my favourites for men, women and little ones too!

First up from one of my all time favourite stores, Graham & Green, are the funky brass lamps above - I love them, but I also think the black one would be super smart for P's desk, so I think a gift suitable for both boys and girls.

Next up something that everyone should add to their wish list this Christmas, a bit of sparkle! I would love mine to come in the form of these gorgeous shoes from Boden that I've been gazing at dreamily for months...

Next on my list are these beautifully crafted fairy lights from Cable and Cotton. They come in a whole range of colours, so you can choose them to fit your scheme. These ones are the sea salt, which are my personal favourite. They would work well as a colourful nightlight for a little person's bedroom or equally as well as a fun lighting accessory in any room.

Whilst on the subject of little ones, I am just a little bit obsessed with these fairy and elf doors from The Magic Door Store that I spotted at a Christmas fair recently.  Such a brilliant idea! These designs are based on the front doors of a London townhouses and you can even get accessories to help you create magical little footprints too. The perfect way to encourage imagination and creativity to grow. Whilst I might be a little old to install in my bedroom, no child's bedroom should be without one!

Whilst the children are busy watching for the fairies to peep out from behind their magic door, parents could be sitting down to a film made my creative new company, First Take Baby. It's such a brilliant gift for a new parent - the concept is simple; you provide all the videos and images that you've collected in your baby's first year and the talented team at First Take Baby will edit them into a lovely musical collage for you to enjoy, and to easily share with family and friends. 

Now back to homes and interiors and a selection of bits and pieces from my Christmas wish list. Hopefully some inspiration for other interiors addicts out there too!

You can never have too many mirrors and I just adore these carriage mirrors from Graham & Green - they come in various sizes and the prices are reasonable too.

Monogram mugs with a beautiful crafty feel from another favourite store, Anthropologie!

On my Christmas list every year is a set of silky soft bed linen. This year I am lusting after the Emilie set from White Company.

Every year on my list of New Year's Resolutions I add 'learning to bake', and every year fail to learn. If this book, Bread, Cake, Doughnut, Pudding, can't get me going then nothing will!

As you know from various past posts in the past, I'm a bit of a fan of Fenella Smith's designs. I'm also a big fan of the wonderful Andrea on X-Factor and am keeping everything crossed he will be crowned winner this weekend! In his honour I have selected some Pug designs from Fenella's collection for my Christmas list.

Finally I would love to add to my vase collection and have got my eye on a couple of these gorgeous designs from Designers Guild. You can never have too many fresh flowers in the home!

I hope this has given you some festive inspiration - what's on your Christmas list this year?


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Monday, 8 December 2014

Bookshelf: Breeds by Fenella Smith & Brothers McLeod

I'm currently working on a post full of Christmas gift ideas, which I hope will be with you by the end of the week. In the meantime I wanted to share one of my favourite gift ideas for this Christmas.  Suitable for all dog lovers, this humorous book by Fenella Smith and The Brothers McLeod {her actual brothers} illustrates over 100 different dog breeds with amusing descriptions. The talented siblings have included everything from aloof Afghan's to tearaway terriers, even my personal favourite, the Maltese terrier. It's a good job Coco & Lola can't read though as the description isn't totally flattering!

For more information or to buy the book head to Amazon, where it is firmly on my wish list for Christmas!

I can't wait to share my gift guide with you later this week where there will be more of Fenella's lovely creations.


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{Images from Breeds by Fenella Smith & Brothers McLeod}

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

My Work: En Suite Bathroom, Victorian Terrace in London

Following on from my post a few weeks ago where I shared a master bedroom that I designed for a Victorian house in Battersea, I would like to share the en suite bathroom I designed to go with it, which is one of the most decadent rooms I've ever worked on!

As with the bedroom, the main aim was to create a calming and decadent space where relaxation and indulgence were top priority! We took a good size double bedroom to create the bathroom and had two main options with the layout, the brief being to combine a luxury bathing space with storage and wardrobes. 

The first {and the one seen most commonly in SW London Victorian terraces} is to have a walk through wardrobe in the first half of the room and then a smaller en suite shower room behind. I chose to design the room differently as I felt a sense of space was key to the feeling of indulgence and decadence. We slotted the bath between the two double wardrobes and chose to not include a walk in shower as the house already had two.

I chose an elegant Designers Guild fabric for the blind, the birds on the pattern linking with the birdcage chandelier light. Keeping costs down, we used a simple white metro tile, and added a darker grey grout for more interest. Finally we made sure all fixtures and fittings were Victorian in style, including the radiator and taps.

If you would like to create a look similar to this in your home, then scroll to the end of the post for all the supplier info! 


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{Photography by Patrick Butler-Madden}
GET THE LOOK: Walls are painted in Cornforth White by Farrow & Ball, the mirrors above the sink are from a Swedish Boutique, Birdcage Chandelier Graham & GreenMirror on the wall by the bath is a family antique, but similar are available from online vintage stores and ebay. The wooden stool is from Lombok, wall tiles are from Walls and Floors.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Homes Away From Home: The Alavya Hotel in Alaçati

It's hard to think that just a month ago we were snoozing by this pool in the late afternoon sunshine - it feels like a million miles from the brisk winter days and long dark evenings that we are now experiencing in the UK. The beautiful Alavya Hotel in the small town of Alaçati in Turkey was the perfect haven to get some rest and respite before starting on our latest project. We spend five nights hiding behind the walls in the perfectly manicured gardens - it was utter bliss. The hotel is so well designed and thought out - set in a collection of former village houses, there is a range of styles to the bedrooms. From the rustic to the super luxurious, all with a great feeling of privacy. 

The town of Alaçati was equally as lovely - a real haven and a place where you have to look very hard for a fellow British holiday maker. Popular mainly with Istanbul weekenders, we had an authentic Turkish experience; the variety and quality of food on offer didn't disappoint. We pottered, pootled and generally took it very easy - it was almost the end of their summer season so the sun was low in the sky and the temperature a perfect 23 degrees. It was heaven and I would definitely recommend to all wanting an mini break as in easy flying distance to Izmir from London with just under an hour transfer to the hotel.

For more information please visit the Alavya website.


{Images via Alavya & Patrick Butler-Madden}

Monday, 10 November 2014

My Bookshelf: Modern Country by Caroline Clifton-Mogg

This beautiful book has provided me perfect inspiration for some of the rooms I'm designing for my current project. Although the house I'm working on is in London, it has a very country feel and part of my brief is to introduce elements of an elegant country home to the City. As well as helping me with my work, this book is also a delight on a personal level. Who doesn't dream of owning a Chateau in France that you pick up for a penny as a wreck and then lovingly bring back to life? Or the rundown country Finca in Ibiza, where you work to enhance the natural stone it was originally built with, exposing where possible, whilst adding polished concrete floors that scream modern decadent style!

This book has beautiful images and examples of such properties, as well as a useful guide to building and renovating an old property, breaking down the different components and materials that one might need to use to create a modern rustic haven, which is a really useful addition.

I would highly recommend adding this to your bookshelf and if not something you would treat yourself to {please see my reader offer below} then certainly something to add to your wishlist for Christmas!


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Thursday, 6 November 2014

My Work: Master Bedroom, Victorian Terrace in London

These pictures are of the master bedroom in a project that I recently completed in Battersea. It's possibly my favourite bedroom to date as I loved the light airy space; it is a West facing room so the sunshine floods in during the day and the soothing colour palette that we chose helps to make it a calming and serene space to relax in day or night. 

The art deco accents give the space character; the wallpaper, chandelier and walnut dressing table all were inspired by my love of the 1920s. I loved working with the original features in the room as well as reinstating them where they had been taken out; the fireplace we moved from another room to reinstate this important feature in the master bedroom. In Victorian houses all living rooms and bedrooms would have had a fireplace, as it was their only form of heating. They are usually very decorative and unique, like the one in these pictures. 

The cornicing and ceiling rose were also carefully stripped back and then repainted to give a fresh clean finish and I added a number or mirrors for further accentuate the light in the space and reflect the beautiful wallpaper throughout.

The carpet we chose is a super luxurious bamboo blend, which I adore and will definitely be using again. It's a great way to differentiate between the master bedroom and other bedrooms, as well as adding a bit of luxury to the space.

The before picture of the room is below - if you would like to create a look similar to this in your home, then scroll to the end of the post for all the supplier info! 


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{Photography by Patrick Butler-Madden}

GET THE LOOK: Walls are painted in Cornforth White by Farrow & Ball, Art Deco Wallpaper is by Tapet Cafe. Mirrors are from An Angel At My Table and Graham & Green, the dressing table was made by our carpenter from walnut parquet flooring and the 1920s dressing table mirror was from eBay, but similar are available from online vintage store Loop the Loop.
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