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Theo’s Room Makeover

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.

10 Most Inspirational Instagram Accounts

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!

Welcome to Design Collection Blog!

Welcome to my new blog! After a long break I have finally decided to return to blogging. I had an interior design blog a few years ago but life got too busy and I had to put it on hold. At some point I am hoping to add the archive of my old posts to this blog. I am planning to fill this blog with all things that inspire me about interior design – new shops, new brands, design classics, favourite products, sales, house tours and my own renovation project. But I particularly would like to focus on helping you source furniture and home accessories. How often has it happened to you (it happens to me all the time when I browse Pinterest), that you spot something you really like but then you can never find a link or a reference to what it is? I come across lots of reposts of the photos, and then just go in circles trying to figure out what it is and where to buy it. I find it …

A Day at Petersham Nurseries and Eel Pie Island

The weather was very uncertain today and in the morning it was beginning to rain so we were deliberating whether it was a good day for a river walk and part of us wanted to curl up at home in front of TV and get depressed but today was one of the very few opportunities to visit Eel Pie Island and a chance to combine it with a visit to Petersham Nurseries.    I am glad we didn’t give up. I have heard about Petersham nurseries before but have recently read about it’s history in London for Lovers book (a lovely little guide to romantic days out in London that I recently bought as a Valentine’s gift for my husband, at least that’s how I justified it, as I really wanted to read it myself and it was surely worth it, lots of interesting facts, ideas and good writing style. Actually I found out about Eel Pie Island and the open days that were taking place this weekend in this book too). This made me …

Lamb’s Conduit Street

Today I had a chance to have a quick stroll along Lamb’s Conduit street, one of my favourite shopping spots in London. I don’t come here often, it’s a bit out of the way from the main shopping destinations, not far from Russel Square. But whenever I am in the area and most often it’s to take my son to nearby Corum Fields playground I make sure I have a little look around. This little street is like an oasis with not much else in the proximity and is filled with interest. Our first stop was People’s Supermarket, where they were preparing lunch of some hot dishes, salads and a selection of sandwiches which we got for our picnic, very tasty with good bread – a great store full of organic and local produce. Then I had a quick look around a few design shops. I always make sure I stop off at Darkroom. It’s incredible how much good stuff they manage to cram into a relatively small space. There is always a clear theme …

Living Etc House Tours

Have been planning to write about this for a while and just got round to finally doing it while the memory is still fresh. This March Living Etc. opened the doors of selected houses that featured in their magazines to public. Over three separate days people had a chance to view up to 18 homes around London with a choice of three separate tours in North, West and South London. Mine was West London and it turned out to be one of the interior design highlights of the year for me. I could easily have a  tour like this every week and not tire of it. There were lots of different details, features and design solutions that I will try to remember for the future. Just makes me want to start a renovation project of my own! Unfortunately but understandably taking photos wasn’t allowed so I will try to briefly describe a few highlights of the day. The abundance of grey walls of all shades was everywhere. It seems to be very fashionable at the …