Hello my lovelies!

Long time no blog.  I've been manically busy on lots of lovely interiors projects so thought I'd show you a little about some recent projects that have been keeping me so.  First up, I'm super proud of this bathroom makeover for a client in Regent's Park.  It within a beautiful Edwardian house, at which I've been lucky enough to design some of the rooms.  

In the master en-suite bathroom, my favourite design aspect is that I used zero tiles - not one single one. I wanted it to feel like a grand room in it's own right, and avoiding tiles, a typical bathroom essential, is a key part of the design to create this look.  We used glass for the shower interior and splash back, colour matching it to the wall paint. 

The previous owner had gone a bit "spanish hacinda" on the bathroom.  My client wanted to replace this with a luxury spa-like place to bathe. It was also important to be sympathetic to the original features of the house.  We stain matched new floorboards to the originals in the bedroom.  The additional of a wall of foxed vintage mirror by Rough Old Glass added some glamour, with low level lighting around the very beautiful bath from V+A baths. I'm so pleased with this project, and it seems the Houzz audience agree with me.  This bathroom has been pinned to over 20,000 idea books, meaning it's in the top 10 most popular bathrooms in the UK out of thousands on Houzz!  Let me know what you think!

All these lovely pictures where taken by the lovely Carole Poirot. And most of the accessories used to style the shoot are from West Elm.

Carry on scrolling down to see the "before" pictures too - for full transformation ta-da-ness!

And those before pictures ....

More projects coming soon!


Christmas Styling goes Epic

Hello my lovely stylish friends.  Are you feeling the Christmas vibe yet?!  

I know it may sound cheesy but I goddamn love Christmas.  Festive styling fills me with absolute joy every year - no matter now many trees I decorate.  I'm particularly excited this year, as I have several big Christmas styling jobs, which means I get to style Christmas in more ways than one - yay!

The project I'm installing this week is going to be truely EPIC.  Literally - that is my brief.  That's the best brief ever, right?! MoneySuperMarket, well known for their kooky EPIC adverts, are putting on a rather exclusive VIP event.  Its going to be in an extremely cool loft style apartment in Shoreditch, with food, cocktails, DJs, and other awesome entertainment. 

This is a super fast turn around project, with less than 2 weeks to prep!  Sometimes that the best way to do things though I think.

I can't say much more about it at this stage, as its super exclusive, but I can tell you I have some pretty awesome props on the way..

So - thinking like this is sounding pretty cool?  Wishing you could come & join in the fun?  Well - ta da! Your wish could be granted!  If you want to be one of the lucky VIPs, plus see what I EPIC styling I come up with, you can win tickets here.

Honestly, its worth a shot.  There may be polar bears involved - that's all I'm saying.  

One thing's for sure - its gonna be EPIC!  

I'll report back after the event!


pink christmas


On Tuesday morning, I set off bright & early to the awesome Somerset House, with excited anticipation, ready to hear Dulux announce their Colour of the Year for 2015.  Dulux have a team of mega qualified colour gurus who reference huge amounts of global research, not only in design, but also in society in general, in order to select predictive trends for interiors for the coming year.  The trends for 2015 were beautifully styled in 3 room sets, with paint effects by the wonderful Marianne Shillingford, Dulux Creative Director (she is the most amazing lady, paint guru and goddess of all things colour).  The design concepts where further bought to life in a showcase of finishes from Material Lab.  I definitely spotted a couple of surfaces to slip into a scheme soon.

And so, I shall keep you in suspense no more (unless you follow my instagram and twitter accounts in which case you already know)... the DULUX COLOUR OF THE YEAR 2015 IS....... COPPER BLUSH.

Rebecca Williamson, Senior Colour Design & Content Manager at Dulux, said of the choice: “All research points to this orangey, coppery tone, as witnessed at global events from Stockholm and Milan to Shanghai, metallic colour tones are playing an increasingly important role in modern design. Great on its own, the colour also combines perfectly with pinks, neutrals, whites and other orange hues, as well as metallic colours such as gold. It also beautifully complements wood tones and can be brought to life by flesh pinks and earthy tones of clay”.

Isn't it just lush?  This little colour trend has been a personal friend to me for a while now (copper and pink - really, what is not to love) and I'm so happy it has pushed it's way to this title.  I think it looks gorgeous teamed with deep dark blues or maybe deep turquoise for extra cosy-ness, then add some tiny pops of mint and a little touch of light pink (obvs), plus of course plenty of shiny copper.

If you want to see a little film with me styling a kitchen with coppers and pinks earlier this year, you can do so in my news section.  

Let me know what you think of Copperblush.

Zoe x

All photography courtesy of Dulux.

TIMELAPSE: A photo shoot in 1.31 seconds

There is so much creative loveliness to take in on this information super highway - sometimes I just wish I could fast track it all into my brain.  Well I think I have the answer - time lapse photography!  

This is a shoot done at the workshops of Out of the Dark, for the furniture collaboration we have created together.  The warehouse full of "before" furniture, provided the perfect backdrop for our range, bought back to life in glorious jewel-like velvets.  My sh-amazing photographer, Paul Craig helped to create atmospheric shots to really evoke the nature of these pieces - bringing furniture out of the dark and into colour!

You may like to also watch my time lapse of styling the Brink stand at Tent last year and some luxury apartments in Gloucestershire.

If only Friday afternoons would go this quickly!  Happy weekend.


Time lapse photography by Happy Brewer  07977 237 280 

All photos at the end of the time lapse are C. Paul Craig.

Shoot styling for Ali Miller

I recently styled a product shoot for Ali Miller, a very clever designer whose creations take inspiration from her own nostalgic memories as well as life experiences.  Her tea cups and saucers are used in the uber cool restaurant, Sketch London, hence we were lucky enough to be able to do our shoot in some of the crazy room sets there. I created several different seasonal set ups for Ali's ranges, but my favourite has to be the ice cream shots. I am so pleased this idea worked well, as it was a bit of a risk in the heat of a restaurant on a sunny day.  We had very limited time and our extremely patient photographer, Yeshen, waited until just the right about of "melting" had taken place.

Me arranging tea cups and ice cream. Didn't use those flakes on the side. Sadly I had to eat them instead.

Me arranging tea cups and ice cream. Didn't use those flakes on the side. Sadly I had to eat them instead.

Being allowed to do things like this is the reason why I love my job so much! Here's some more behind the scenes shots from the day.  You may also spot a life size Tiger, just from my prop cupboard..

And ta da! The finished shots.  More on my portfolio page

You can buy Ali's pieces from her website, although these coloured ones are not available as yet.

A teacup and saucer is a very reasonable £32.

All photos: Yeshen Venema

I hope you like them! Zoe.x