Libby's Blog

It recently occurred to me that, whilst it may appear that I’ve spent the last 40-odd years decorating houses, what I have actually been doing is solving problems and translating concepts and dreams into reality. No two houses, projects or sets of curtains are the same and so over the years I have researched and experimented exhaustively to achieve the desired effects. The result is a broad ranging and encyclopaedic knowledge!
I hope that you find this series of short articles, drawn from just some of my experience, both helpful and inspiring.


Stair Runners

We have been working with Roger Oates since the 1980's and have used their very smart flatweave wool stair runners to enhance and finish many, many hallways. A few of our favourites are below.


Upholstered Headboards

A beautifully upholstered headboard add focus to the bedroom and allows you to choose a fabric to pull the entire decorative scheme together.


Key Interior Design Principles: Balance

Using symmetry to display matching pairs of objects creates balance and harmony as the examples below show.

How to Choose a Sofa

Choosing a sofa is an extremely complicated affair, but so it should be: sofas are not only the dominant feature in a room but also a considerable financial investment. It’s important to get this decision right and so here are just some of the things you need to take into consideration:

  • Size & Shape: how much of your room to you want to fill with your sofa or sofas? Do you want the sofa to be the focal point of the room or somewhere comfortable where the whole family can watch TV? Rounder shapes with more cushioning on the back and arms will take up more floor-space than a simple rectangular or L-shaped sofa. Do you want more modern pared-back design or a traditional design?
  • Upholstery fabric: do you want this to be practical (long lasting and possibly dog proof?) or is this of secondary importance to texture, colour and design? Do you want a solid colour to complement the walls and other furniture or a bold pattern or colour so that the sofa is the key element in interior design scheme.



Kitchens: Using Your Cooker as a Key Part of your Colour Scheme

Range cookers, Aga, etc., are now available in a huge selection of colours and so have become a key part of the kitchen colour palette.

Choose a white Aga to anchor a neutral room and add accent colours. Or alternately, choose a dominant colour for your Aga to inject some drama into a pastel paint scheme as we did with the green kitchen shown here.



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