Things to make you go OOH #16

The world wouldn't be at ease unless I gave an OOH shout out to my favourite piece from my own collection now would it??  And believe me, there were audible OOHs - and not just from me - when this baby took centre stage at my exhibition for London Design Festival at South Kilburn Studios.  Meet BETTY BOO. I know I'm slightly biased, but really, she is pretty bloomin' lovely.

Betty Boo - Boudoir chair upholstered with love by Out of the Dark for our collaboration The Flower Project.  Lush orange velvet with pink piping and pink legs, and finished with handmade felt flowers in orange, pink and navy blue. One of a kind. £695.00  Photo credit: Paul Craig

Here is an Ode to Betty by Maddie Tunstall, who is working with me & Ms Boo on another project to be revealed soon. 

Orange velvet, pink piping and navy felt flowers - the Betty Boo chair shouldn't work.

But it does, big time.

The smart use of colour draws attention from the surroundings to the low, little 1950s boudoir chair. And the perfectly pitched shades never once say "look at me" but "look at the shape of this chair - look how the back broadens and the seat curves."

The mix of flowers carefully keep the upholstery from becoming alienatingly bold or garish and bring the eye to points that might be missed. They make the piece engaging without making it impractical.

You need to see these pieces in the flesh to appreciate the cleverness of Zoe Brewer and Out of the Dark's collaboration and why it works.  My gut reaction, like most who see the chair, was immediately.. to smile.

ITS A DEFINITE OOH FOR THE BOO!

Zoe.x

MY PINK #LDF14

No design show would be complete without my line up of pink finds would it?! :) This year my London Design Festival visits were time challenged, but I still managed to search out plenty of pink goodies. 

From left to right, rows 1, 2 then 3

1. Pink sofa - Bow & Arrow Upholstery

2. Pink Backgammon - Geoffrey Parker

3. Pink chairs as part of Decorex entrance

4. Styling using pink Elle Deco covers from my large collection

5. Margy - The Flower Project 6. My collaboration with Out of the Dark

6. Baby pink sink - Ashton & Bentley

7. Pink chair - The odd chair company 

8. Pink Fluff print - Simon Freeborough (I bought no. 1 of 5!)

9. Pink Feet on black velvet chair - Out of the Dark.

Did I miss anything?  Let me know if you found any more pink loveliness at London Design Festival!

Zoe.x

Design junction and Decorex - MIS top 3 pics

Finally over my post LDF virus, I've had a chance to look back at my discoveries from the shows.  As I had my own exhibition keeping me busy this year, I only managed 2 of the major shows, so I chose the ones that are most vital to me as an interior designer - Design Junction and Decorex.  In terms of specifying to clients, these are the shows where I always pick up new ideas, view new lines and catch up with long term suppliers.  I found both shows to be particuarly inspiring this year. Here's my top 3 pics from each show.

1.Industrial lighting and really cool filament bulbs Dyke & Dean 2. Tables with inlay (this come in pink but wasn't on show) Alexander Mueller for Capsbury.  3.Ombre felt covered chair - Designers Guild

1. Cushions by A Rum Fellow. 2. Hand printed wallpapers by Eley Kishimoto.  3. A riot of colour in wallpapers from Timorous Beasties 

Do check these companies out, and expect to see them in one of my client schemes very soon.

Zoe.x

Meet Daphne

Wow. What a whirlwind month September has been. Prepping, making, building, styling, curating, discovering, chatting, hosting, followed by de-rigging, packing and finally the obligatary post LDF illness. Putting on my own LDF show together with Out of the Dark was mega exciting but I now have a lot of catching up to do.  I can't believe I haven't even had a change to blog about the beautiful creations from the show.  So let me start by introducing you to Daphne.

Daphne is a beautiful vintage french bed.  She is upholstered in perhaps my favourite colour for velvet - a luscious deep green teal.  It reminds me of a peacock.  The woodwork is painted in a light blue/grey.  The 3-D handmade felt flowers in green/grey, navy and dusty pink, wind their way across the footboard, popping up briefly on the headboard.  Enough to be pretty yet high enough so as not to interfere with everyday use.  I can't tell you how long I spent putting my colour combos together.  It's something I love doing for clients, but for myself, for a furniture exhibition, its a whole different ballgame.  I'm really happy with the results.  Here's some photos by the lovely Paul Craig - let me know what you think about Daphne.

Daphne is a one off and available for sale for £1,350.  I've just taken a commission for a version of Daphne in clients own colour ways - can't wait to see what we come up with!

We are happy to take any commissions and work with you to create something that works for you, and your home or business.  Contact: zoe@myinteriorstylist.com

Meet more of the family next week!

Zoe.x 

All bedding is from Next with thanks.

My LDF14 - upholstery workshop with Out of the Dark

This week we're all hands on deck here getting ready for our exhibition at South Kilburn Studios for Queens Park Design District at London Design Week. Seeing my ideas turn into reality is the most awesome part of my job, so I'm really looking forward to this week.

This project had its first little spark from a conversation between Jade from Out of the Dark and myself, at one of their very special upholstery workshops. Lots of hard work and months later, our furniture collaboration is born!

I'm very happy to say Out of the Dark are going to be putting on another of their upholstery workshops at the studios, one week today, 15th September.  Learn the basics for upholstery and renovation with Jay, who really is the best teacher ever.  Maybe it could be the catalyst to get your own upholstery creative vibes going!  

I'll be on hand too to chat about any ideas you need help with design-wise.

The evening runs from 6pm-9pm and is an absolute bargain at £35. Plus you'll be the first to catch a look at our furniture collection, which will be in place from Monday - whoop whoop!

Book here to secure your place:

Here's some pictures from my evening to give you an idea of what to expect...

Hope to see you there!

Zoe.x

www.outofthedark.org.uk

www.londondesignfestival.com

www.queensparkdesigndistrict.co.uk

www.southkilburnstudios.org

EXCITING NEWS!

Hello my lovelies,

Well, it's been a while hasn't it? A bit of radio silence on the blog from MIS Towers recently - we have been very busy on exciting things, which I happy can now share with you.

I'm jumping up and down with excitement as I can now announce that I have been working on a furniture collaboration with Out of the Dark, to show at London Design Festival, as part of the new Queens Park Design District.  If you've spoken to me in the last couple of months, I have probably mentioned this to you, as I'm not very good at keeping secrets.  Now all the pieces are just about finished and seeing them in real life, as opposed to in my head, is so awesome.  As an interiors creative, making products is something I have always longed to do.  I've known of  Out of the Dark since their early days, discovering them while designing for channel 5's Cowboy Builders.  I'm a huge supporter of Out of the Dark, in regard to both in the ethos of their work and the designs of their furniture.  A collaboration was inevitable!  I knew that these pieces had to be something we created together.  Hence The Flower Project collaboration was born. I'm going to be giving you lots more info in the run up to LDF, so stay tuned.

Here's a little glimpse of something we're using in the designs - a box full of hand made felt flowers.

More soon! Zoe. xxxx

FELT FLOWERS HANDMADE AT ZOE BREWER LONDON HQ

FELT FLOWERS HANDMADE AT ZOE BREWER LONDON HQ

P.S.I'm working on a bit a re-,style for my website and blog - work in progress at the moment, but what do you think?  (There has been a slight issue of a years worth of blog posts going missing in the process (whah!) but on-wards and upwards, hey!)