8 Tips to make a lived in home à la Bridget Jones.

Bridget Jones is now 40+ (well my age really 43!), she is at the same time competent and ditsy, funny and optimistic. The third episode of the Bridget Jones saga Bridget Jones’s Baby follows the beloved heroine through her ups and downs to motherhood.It feels very much like the previous two films – like you are slipping on a pair of comfortable splippers.  A lot of the film is based in Jones’s flat at the centre of the trendy Borough Market in London. Her flat really shows off her authentic, quirky personality and is a really lived in place – not at all a picture of perfection. Clearly Bridget Jones is not an interior designer but she does make some efforts at making the space her retreat –a warm, cosy and inviting environment.

8 Tips to make a lived in home à la Bridget Jones.

A visual feast – Decorex textile trends 2016

Decorex in Syon Park, London is the most wonderful resource for designers. You can find anything from soft furnishings, carpets, interior accessories to furniture and architectural detailing.

Here are my picks of the must see brands in the furnishing fabric category.  They are fabrics which have great visual power, which are beautifully crafted or make a difference to our planet. Many of the companies are British, we are definitely masters at textile design.

A visual feast – Decorex textile trends 2016

“The Day That” was

Since 2015 Gavan Goulder, founder of The Day That, and his team have been capturing images of sunrises- that’s more than 3,700 since then. You can purchase images of your special day such as your child’s birth, your wedding anniversary, your first kiss…and give them to your loved ones. “The Day That” was

A new way to look at art

This photograph taken at the National Gallery in font of one of Rembrant’s most famous paintings is an internet sensation and becomes a symbol of our generation. This really inspires me to show my children the art of contemplation.

Photo: Gijsbert van der Wal

Always have flowers in your home

This photo was taken at one of my exhibitions at Joanna Keeley’s flower studio in Bishopthorpe. The flowers just bought so much colour and vibrancy to the day and actually make you feel relaxed. Flowers are a great way to add a splash of colour to a room scheme and allow you to change it often. They add freshness and make your room lived in. But an absolute no no- are wilting or half dead flowers in a vase!