Monday, 21 October 2019


DESIGN BOARDS EPI
 Recent Project in Selsey

Such a fantastic *review* today from some lovely clients in Selsey Bill.

Their project involved a rethink of their main living space. Roz and Angus had restored the beautiful original 1920s parquet floor and wanted a smart new look to match.







Having not touched the room (apart from the floor) for 20 years or so, they didn't know where to start but knew they wanted a cosy and comfortable living room with a nod to the Art Deco which they love. (Poirot is a favourite for its incredible interiors with their sense of history and fun).

The living room had to appeal to Roz and Angus whilst also catering for grandchildren.

In line with the brief I put together some design boards and ideas and so it began.

Roz and Angus will be adding to this beautiful room by the sea over time but I am so glad that I have helped on this journey to provide a living space for all the family in their home by the sea.




The colour palette draws the outside in whilst providing warmth to the sizeable room. 
A stunning Cole & Son wallpaper nods to the Art Deco my clients love, without being too prevalent in the room.
We added bespoke soft furnishings in the coordinating Cole & Son fabric to complete the picture.































My clients have added super-comfortable Fizroy armchairs (as per my design boards) from the recent Collection 150 by Parker Knoll. They are just perfect for this space with their complementary Art Deco style prints.



Thursday, 17 October 2019



Looking forward to 2020

With all the doom and gloom and craziness both UK and world-wide, this time of year should be a time of escape for me. London has been calling last month and this with Design Week/s and all of its/their wonderfulness. 

However, another year of truly bad health finds me recuperating at home and unable to attend 😒
That, however, is NOT going to damp my spirits since I can and will take the time to re-group my design mind and live vicariously through the posts of other design geeks out there 😊 When I'm back on form, my goodness will I be raring to go!

So, here goes. What have I missed? What am I missing:


London Design Week, in absentia -


DAVID HUNT LIGHTING


FOCUS AT CHELSEA HARBOUR (September 15th-20th) -

Alongside luxurious brands there were prolific talks and demonstrations to pique your designer interest.
Focus is a good opportunity to catch up with suppliers and pick up ideas and samples for current and future projects.
This year was no exception with new Showrooms on the block such as Cotswold-based David Hunt Lighting and a pop-up by the truly inspiring Tollgard Design Group 
LONDON DESIGN WEEK 2019

I always love this as it's small and contained, with places (with coffee) to just sit and mull and take it all in.


TOLLGARD DESIGN GROUP
CHELSEA HARBOUR DESIGN HUB






(If you ever have the opportunity to hear Staffan and Monique Tollgard (or either) talk design then go. Their wealth of experience and stunning creative talent is always apparent in the way they talk about design, from how to set up a design business to what makes them tick on a creative level. Always generous with their advice).


TOLLGARD GROUP















OLD TRUMAN BREWERY
LONDON DESIGN WEEK AT THE OLD TRUMAN BREWERY  (September 17-20th) -

UK and global brands in an Uber-cool setting. What's not to love? 
THE ITALIAN LOFT












The Italian Loft featured this year with 20 brands from across Italy represented.

SWEDISH PAVILION @ LONDON DESIGN FAIR


DECOREX (October 6-9th) -


DECOREX INTERNATIONAL

So Decorex had a new home this year which I'm sure was a welcome relief to those who, in past years, have had to factor in crazy travel time on top of crazy travel time.


BEATA HEUMAN

Olympia hosted this year and it will be interesting to see what the take on this was. I'm already excited to attend next year at the same venue.

Seminars for 2019 looked up to par with past years and included 'Commissioning Bespoke Items' with the panel including the inimitable Beata Heuman - a topic I love as I am asked more and more to design bespoke furniture for my lovely clients; a way of making a home uniquely theirs 
(Bespoke Furniture Design EPI)


DESIGN JUNCTION

THE DESIGN JUNCTION AT KING’S CROSS (19-22nd September) -
BRITAIN CAN (STILL) MAKE IT
ELLE DECORATION'S POP UP CAFE
AT DESIGN JUNCTION 2019











I'm a big fan of this (fairly) recently re-vamped area of London which is perfect for this event with Coal Drops Yard at its hub.

Lots of cool pop ups and talks including Elle Decoration's pop up cafe, Clippings-sponsored series of talks at Everyman Cinema (Britain Can (Still) Make It Matthew Hilton: furniture and product designer; Richard Blackwell:
Executive Director, Bisley - discussing the future of British Manufacturing / Wellness In The Workplace - Is It Anything More Than A Passing Fad? Mark Eltringham: Founder of Workplace Insight; Rosamund Pomeroy: Workplace Scientist and Co-Founder of brainybirdz; Sevil Peach: Interior Architect; Michelle Wilkie: Director of TP Bennett).
LEWES CUBITT SQUARE, KING'S CROSS


LDF 2020














So that just scratched the surface. Roll on 2020!


Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Thursday, 27 April 2017

How to find Interiors Inspiration and channel it

Emma Painter Interiors

Inspiration can elude you just when you need it, particularly after months of exhausting building work during which you've pretty much lost the will to live. 

You start out with a clear idea of how you would like your home to look, how you would like your home to feel (just like that picture in a magazine you saw) but the grim reality of a muddy building site is guaranteed to send those images back into the realm of 'unobtainable'.

Stalling for time whilst you put together paint colours for the decorator or, before this, bathroom item final choices for the plumber and tiler, delays your build and costs money.




So, when you are stuck for inspiration what do you do to kickstart it again so that you don't keep the builders waiting? 

Here is a helpful how-to-find-it-again guide and, more importantly, how to channel it:


  • Focus - Write a list of what you need so that you can target your inspiration search.This will focus your mind and stop it flying about aimlessly when you have too many things to think about.
Pinterest


Imagine - In a word 'Pinterest'. This is a great place to start and to find inspiration. Set yourself up with an account and target images for each board (for eg. kitchen). Then look at your boards and ditch any maybes, just sticking with definites. 
Analyse why you like these particular images. 
For each room board also pin photographs of your actual room. Even in its unfinished state you will begin to imagine it as finished amongst all the other finished room images. 












Emma Painter Interiors
  • Search - Flip through magazines, anything and everything, to find home images you like or even pictures of things you like. Why do you like them? Why do they make you smile? Draw out items, colours and ideas from them -  could they be used in your home?
  • The 'Look' - Remind yourself of how you want your home to look and your likes and dislikes - colours, textures, patterns. Classic, contemporary, timeless. Do you want your home to be cosy, light-filled? Then choose things that fit in with this.





  • The 'Feel' - How do you want to feel when you're in your home? Snug, on trend, exciting, relaxing? Again, choose things that fit in with this feeling. Neutrals for calm. Splashes of colour for excitement.

  • Be practical - If you are choosing floor tiles for a bathroom then make sure you only look at bathroom floor tiles. ie. choose something 'fit for purpose' - a slippery floor in a bathroom is not a good idea.

Mosaic del Sur

  • Other homes - Think about people you know and the homes they live in. What do you (or don't you) like about their kitchen tiles for instance? Thinking in this way can channel your thoughts in the right direction.


Chelsea Design Harbour
Out and about - Visit shows (Grand Designs, The Ideal Home Show, London Design Week etc.) and showrooms - nothing beats actually spending a day looking  up close and touching tiles, finishes and fabrics; seeing room sets; getting ideas. 
Re-spark your interest. 
If you are able (depending on work commitments) aim for a weekday if you can to avoid the crowds. If not, allow for regular coffee breaks to assess and prevent inspiration overload. 
Ask if you can take photos of things you like and then when you are home compile a page of things you like to help guide your choices. 
If you are really time-short, take a list of requirements and measurements with you so that you don't get distracted. 
For example - I need a neutral wall tile for the utility room. 
Stick to it.


  • Putting it together - lay out any images, samples and items you love at home (even a mug or cushion) and ask yourself if they work together...or not? Do they achieve the look you want...or not?









    • Say yes - If you are offered help then take it. Have a decisive friend who knows you well? Then take them shopping with you. Don't be afraid to ask where something is from if you like it.
    • Time out - If you can, take a break. Keeping at something when you're just exhausted or not feeling it can be counter-productive. Deliberately hide samples etc. and forget about it all for a day. You will come back refreshed.



    First Aid - If you are really struggling and don't have time, call in the experts. 
    The money you pay for them to take the strain will be well worth it.




    • And finally - Remember that inspiration can come from anywhere. 
    • A day out, a film, a dress fabric, a notebook cover, wrapping paper......

    • Keep your eyes open and file images so that you can channel them for inspiration as required.










    Wednesday, 25 January 2017

    LOOKING BACK AT 2016 - MY FAVOURITE INTERIORS PROJECT


    The icing on the cake at the start of 2017 is a 

    Best of Houzz Award for Customer Service

    Many thanks to all of my wonderful Clients and to Houzz itself, for being a constant source of inspiration.

    It's always a treat to look back at favourite projects from the past year and 2016 was no exception for Emma Painter Interiors
    From design advice to schemes to soft furnishings it's always a pleasure to see projects come to fruition. 
    Whatever size the client's project, that moment where everything comes together after lots of planning, discussions and decisions, is a delight.  

    Over the next few weeks I'll be sharing with you a round-up of Emma Painter Interiors' Projects 2016 starting with:

    No.1 - Master Bedroom and Bathroom Loft Conversion, 1960s home, Hampshire:

    This lovely lady called me in to help create an identity for the interior of her new home (a 1960s house) with her partner, after undertaking a loft conversion with a new Master Bedroom and en-suite Bathroom. The work was also to include refurbishing the entire house.
    My client knew that she liked 'ice-cream colours' and that she wanted to carry her 'look' throughout the house to make it feel spacious and inviting but, being a detail person, she was finding it hard to move forward and pinpoint exactly how to do this.

    My work for her (ongoing) has included Design Advice Sessions / Room Schemes / Shopping Lists of furniture, fittings and accessories to fit within the schemes / Flooring suggestions and samples (carpet, tiles, other) / Wall finishes (including tile suggestions and samples) / Paint Schemes (including an accompanying Shopping List, samples, instructions and schedule) / Bespoke Soft Furnishings (including fabric samples,Estimates and headboard design) to be installed by Emma Painter Interiors within the next  few months.

    ROOM SCHEMES - MASTER BEDROOM & EN-SUITE BATHROOM 


    TILE, PAINT, FABRIC, WALLPAPER SAMPLES
    FABRIC SAMPLES - SCATTER CUSHIONS & TRIM/HEADBOARD/ROMAN BLIND & TRIM




    Here is another Room Scheme put together for the downstairs Cloakroom/Shower Room which coincidentally perfectly channels this year's #Pantonecolouroftheyear #Greenery:


    #GREENERY





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