Follow my blog with Bloglovin Today I am very pleased to introduce you to interior designer Elena Romanova. We have been friends for years and I am very happy that she agreed to have a chat with us and tell us what her job as an interior designer involves, what the benefits of working with an interior designer are as well as share her recent design projects and some style tips. Can you please tell me about your practice. I run a residential interior design practice based in SW London / Surrey. My projects range from a one-room makeover to a complete house refurbishment. What’s your background and how did you get into interior design? I used to have a corporate career but have always been interested in houses and was always renovating something. While my friends would be enjoying themselves on holidays I’d be at some builder’s yard looking for tiles, wood, and whatever else I needed for my project. I have also always been known as a bit of a house stalker always …
As I sit at my table writing this post I am looking out of the window onto my sunlit garden but you can tell that autumn is well and truly here now. At the back of the garden I can see my neighbours’ tree covered in beautiful bright red and orangey leaves. When my interior magazines arrived at the beginning of the month I noticed that these autumnal colours are reflected in interiors this season. Just look at the covers of Elle Decoration.
Last Sunday was the final day of London Design Festival. The major events across London included Decorex International, Design Junction, Focus at Chelsea Harbour, London Design Fair as well as multiple design events and installations hosted by museums, galleries and shops. With so much going on and so little time it’s very hard to choose. My choice was limited by the fact that I only had one free day available – 23rd September, the last chance before the festival came to an end. This year I opted to visit Shoreditch district and went to check out London Design Fair. With 36 countries participating in the fair, there was loads to see but I quickly realised that most of my favourite products fell into a couple of categories. I really like discovering artisan made individual and natural products, and there were quite a few ceramics manufacturers whose work attracted my attention. Have a look at these. Camilla Webb Carter produces her work in a workshop in London. I particularly liked her decorative hexagonal tiles that can …
Passing information about this warehouse sale to anyone who might be interested. What a shame I won’t be able to go! I hope you will pick up some good bargains! Enjoy up to 75% OFF Fabric, Wallpaper, Bed & Bath and Home Accessories Friday 21st September 10.00 – 18.00 Saturday 22nd September 09.00 – 16.00 Sunday 23rd September 10.00 – 14.00 FREE PARKING – Postcode for car park – NW10 7PS Designers Guild, Unit 10, Matrix Park, 900 Coronation Road, London NW10 7PH 02078937400
Fringe lights are one of the biggest trends this season, but I first fell in love with them a few years ago when I discovered the original 1960-s fringe chandeliers by Hans-Agne Jakobsson. Hans-Agne Jakobsson designs can be found for example on 1stdibs.com where they go for about £4,000 and more. Another one I have later discovered that just took my breath away, is this one by Dimore Studio. This one is truly amazing, but judging by the picture at the top of the post, not only my budget would never stretch to it, my house would not be big enough either. A few years ago before fringe became big again I also came across Curiousa & Curiousa. They specialise in handmade glass blown lamp shades in multiple colours – beautiful designs. And they have a model with a very long fringe – a statement light. These are gorgeous lights, but how about something more affordable? Not to worry, at the moment there are plenty of choice that can suit different budgets. I have researched the …
I can’t believe summer is over and kids are back to school. Apparently this is the hottest summer on record and somehow we managed to take the last week of August off to have our family holiday together – probably the only week when we didn’t have beach weather. But the first days of September weren’t that bad actually and in the attempt to prolong summer we went to the nearest to us seaside town – Hastings.
Nearly three years ago we bought our three bedroom semi-detached 1930s house in a complete state of disrepair. And so the exciting project of turning an old ruin into a family home and my design dream (two things that quite often clash) began. However, because for me completing the look of each space is quite a long process I still feel that most of the rooms in my house, although going in the right direction, as not quite ready to be shown on this blog. I will start with the newest addition to the house and will save the rest for later.
I have been a fan of pots with faces for quite a while. There is no better way to effortlessly add individuality, quirkiness, character and a bit of fun to your home. Over the years I have seen some really interesting examples and today I have decided to present to you my favourites. I hope you love them as much as I do!
As this is one of the first blogs I am posting on this website I thought I’d share Instagram accounts that really inspire me for one or another reason to give an idea about styles I love and what makes me tick in the design world. There is a lot of inspiration out there and this list is by no means complete. I am listing them here in no particular order of importance as they are so different and there are various reasons why I have chosen them. I hope you will find this post fun!
The sales are nearing the end by now, so I’ve made a trip into London to have a quick look around my favourite shops in the West End to see if there are still bargains to be made.