BOOK : Grandiflora

One of the best things about writing my latest book with teNeues Grandiflora wasn't all the amazing petal-powered interior inspiration, nor the stunning photography - it was the opportunity to speak to so many and varied creatives in the floral world. I'm not only talking florists such as Florence Kennedy from Petalon but illustrators (Luke Edward Hall), painters (Carolyn Quartermaine), interior designers (Abigail Ahern) and gardeners too (Dan Pearson). See below for a sneak peek of the contents or you can pick up your own copy here.

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BOOK : HOMES AWAY FROM HOME

My sixth book with teNeues, Modern Living Homes away from home, takes a trip to some of the most fabulous homes all over the world. Contemporary, rustic, luxurious or just plain beautiful, whatever your holiday villa fantasies, this book breaks down the design factors so you can get in on the action too. There are far too many interiors to include here, but here are a selection of just a few. Gorgeous photographs throughout by renowned snappers Tony Amos, Andrea Ferrari and Gently & Hyers to name just a few. Lovely clean layouts by teNeues too!

Photo Simon Devitt

Photo Simon Devitt

Casa Vera in Siracusa by interior designer Gordon Guillaumier. Photo Andrea Ferrari

Casa Vera in Siracusa by interior designer Gordon Guillaumier. Photo Andrea Ferrari

Australian fashion designer Jenny Bannister's home photographed by Tony Amos

Australian fashion designer Jenny Bannister's home photographed by Tony Amos

Lionel Jadot's mountain chalet in the Haute-Savoie region of France. Photos Frederic Ducout

Lionel Jadot's mountain chalet in the Haute-Savoie region of France. Photos Frederic Ducout

The Zaborin ryokan in Hokkaido, Japan. Photo Tony Amos

The Zaborin ryokan in Hokkaido, Japan. Photo Tony Amos

DIGITAL : Bethan Laura Wood x DesignFizz

Such an exciting, vibrant woman to interview - and with an exotic wardrobe and make up fetish to rival Anna Piaggi (I'll take one of Bethan's Valextra Toothpaste bags please). To read my DesignFizz Q&A with Bethan Laura Wood, arguably one of the hottest, most interesting young designers in London right now, click here.

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Wood's spectacular blown glass lights at Peter Pilotto's 'Townhouse Takeover' during September's London Design Festival 2017

Wood's spectacular blown glass lights at Peter Pilotto's 'Townhouse Takeover' during September's London Design Festival 2017

EDITORIAL : ES Homes & Property #3

Loved writing this pet-friendly story for the Evening Standard Homes & Property on The London Animals Hospital in Camberwell. The vision of supervet owner David Cuffe, the practise features thoughtful, innovative design courtesy of Alma-Nac Architects. Round the clock care, separate consultation rooms for cats and dogs, privacy and separate access for when there is bad news - as well as tech gear more advanced than a hospital. If I was a cat, I would definitely choose to get my shots done there.

The modern ply-wood furniture by Alma-Nac was custom-designed for the vets with seating for dogs at one side and benches with higher sides at the opposite end of the room for cats (Jack Hobhouse)

The modern ply-wood furniture by Alma-Nac was custom-designed for the vets with seating for dogs at one side and benches with higher sides at the opposite end of the room for cats (Jack Hobhouse)

The London Animal Hospital’s owner and veterinary surgeon David Cuffe and manager Hannah Curwood (Juliet Murphy)

The London Animal Hospital’s owner and veterinary surgeon David Cuffe and manager Hannah Curwood (Juliet Murphy)

DESIGN : Graham & Brown

Tempting damasks, prints with attitude and a new angle on trompe l’oeil. It’s time to dust off your decorator’s trestle – patterned walls are back as we turn our spotlight on Graham & Brown... Check out my DesignFizz article  here for more on the British wallpaper brand.

Portuguese tile wallpaper by Graham & Brown

Portuguese tile wallpaper by Graham & Brown

DESIGN : Northern Design Festival 2016

My article on the Northern Design Festival 2016 in Newcastle, as featured on DesignFizz. Here are a just of few of my favourite pieces on show...

Arjan Van Dal's chalky ceramics are on show at Hothouse

Arjan Van Dal's chalky ceramics are on show at Hothouse

Mark McCormick's cool copper 'Port Round' mirror for Novocastrian is my designer crush in the Design Event MART

Mark McCormick's cool copper 'Port Round' mirror for Novocastrian is my designer crush in the Design Event MART

Love this colourful prototype snowball machine by Chrissie Macdonald for Block magazine, part of the 'Where Do Ideas Come From?' show

Love this colourful prototype snowball machine by Chrissie Macdonald for Block magazine, part of the 'Where Do Ideas Come From?' show

INTERIOR : Fashion stylist Sukeena Rao

My article in Corriere della Sera's LIVING magazine on the fashion stylist Sukeena Rao, who runs a luxury personal shopping business in London. When she revamped her Notting Hill home, making it look good wasn't enough - it had to feel good, too. Bringing in the help of interior designer Charles Mellersh, the pair worked together to create a a fashion-friendly, feel-good family space.

‘My approach to fashion styling is about choosing clothes that the client can throw on and feel amazing,’ says Sukeena Rao. ‘This is also the same for my home. I wanted a home that felt relaxing as soon as you walked through the door.’ As big decorating ideas go, that may not sound terribly exciting, but the end result – three-storeys of luxurious, yet comfortable living space personalized with meticulously sourced furniture and artworks – is a masterclass in stylish, practical living.

It took Sukeena two years, some structural rearrangements (Sukeena installed the Scandinavian-inspired Douglas Fir floor and moved the staircase from the middle of the building to maximize the space) and a cool, calming palette to get the backdrop of this leafy West London home right. Inspired by the British designer Ilse Crawford and the chic interiors of the Celine store and Matches Fashion, the scheme is full of energy, yet a calm and relaxing place to be. ‘There’s not one room that I’m not comfortable in,’ says Sukeena. ‘The overall effect is casual yet luxurious. It’s a place where I can shut the door and instantly relax.’

On the build side of things, Sukeena kept the original features of the property and aesthetically, the things that were important to her. ‘I knew I wanted big tall doors and Dinesen floors, along with a really nice playroom for my son next to the kitchen so we can all be together,’ says Sukeena. ‘There were lots of little cupboard rooms when we moved in, so we completely knocked all of this out.’

But it was sourcing the furniture that was the fun part for Sukeena. Thanks to her job, she has had the privilege of going into some amazing houses and by her own admission is always visually surfing for things. ‘I’m the first the person to ask: ‘where’s that chair from?’ She explains: ‘Before the days of Pinterest, I’ve always kept scrapbooks with tear sheets from magazines and will go to the end of the earth to track down a perfect candlestick or chair. But with this project, I felt I didn’t have the spatial awareness and was worried about making expensive mistakes.’ Bringing in the help of interior designer Charles Mellersh, the couple worked together to layer on furniture, art and textiles, investing in good, long-term pieces that could be moved around and were a little bit surprising, too.

To complement her beautifully renovated home, the rooms are now studded with works by the likes of super designers Michael Anastassiades and Muller Van Severen. ‘Charles validated all the things I had done,’ says Sukeena. ‘He totally understood my taste and made me feel comfortable in my choices. He gave me a massive education in what I liked and helped me to narrow things down. Like me, he is also happy to look at 1000 chairs to find just the right one.’