Spring has sprung!

This week spring has definitely been in the air which always make me want to fill my home with flowers. These knitted cacti by Andrea Lord at &Made are a credit crunch friendly alternative to fresh blooms and will last the whole year through. Each of the cacti are hand knitted by Andrea and can be purchased through her website or at the fantastic manchester Craft & Design Centre in the Northern Quarter of the city.


My new lounge – Miller Harris wallpaper

I love looking at before and after shots of rooms on other design blogs so I thought I’d post some pics of our new lounge, together with the before image. We recently decorated the lounge using a design from the new range of wallpapers from fragrance guru Miller Harris. The designs are all based on the divine packaging that Miller Harris use for their products, which I have always loved so after months of searching for a wallpaper to replace my beloved Neisha Crosland design, this seemed like the perfect option. I am so pleased with the end result which has transformed the room completely. The design is called Pom flower and is in the aubergine and grey colour way. The contrasting paint colours are Bath Stone by The Little Greene Paint Company and Hague Blue by Farrow & Ball.


                                               Our New Lounge

Our Old Lounge ( these pics taken by Eleri Griffiths)

Happy Valentine’s Day

To everybody who’s feeling sentimental today, happy valentine’s day!!

Orly Kiely DS3 Citroen

Apologies now for gushing, but as anyone who knows me will testify, I am a huge Orla Kiely fan.

I’ve not been so excited about a new product for so long but this is amazing and I’m just devastated that I’ve recently bought a new car, and can’t justify buying one of these fabulous vehicles!

This car says everything about you that you don’t need to say yourself and is such a style statement. They are in limited production of 500 for each design and are going to be so coveted, they are surely a new classic car of the future?

Check out the four cool designs on the citreon website, which is a design treat in itself.


Heimtex 2011

One of my first jobs of the new year was the Heimtex exhibition in Frankfurt which is the worlds largest textile exhibition. I worked with a fantastic team of stylists, designers and exhibition stand builders, for 5 long days. The exhibition show cases domestic textiles for the trade and includes a trend hall, which is an area I am always interested in. Unfortunately this time I didn’t manage to get there as I was just too busy. The Heimtex website shows 4 small videos showcasing their four key trends which are sobriety, mix mash, utility & wilderness.It’s definitely worth a look.


The image shows the 1888 Mills stand which I worked on, designed by Liz Leighton Design Concepts and built by DDexhibitions.


Thanks for all the fun, looking forward to next year!