Full to bursting with ideas

Ideas of all “kinds” have been racing around in that head of mine, from creation myths to creating huge interior projects and drawing out designs or my new quilting obsession.

Its been awhile since I posted anything, I have been sewing, reading, writing , researching and getting ready for the workshop I am facilitating in Malta  with two dear friends,

A fruitful time in many ways, designing and detailing an interior design project thats being installed in March, and another in Leamington spa which is the most amazing building see here .  Then I have been sewing my first large bed size quilt.  Up to now have been practicing on small items, lap quilts, sewing accessories for the kitchen and amassing fabric!

In between all this activity it was my birthday, a very special day indeed, felt very loved by my two children and all my friends.

Here is a pictorial diary of the last weeks…………….  Off to Malta Tuesday, so no posts for week !

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sewing and singing, hemming and humming

The big presentation is over, have been tying up all the loose ends, putting all the samples, together,  double checking codes etc in readiness for admin to start ordering, There are several hundred different items to purchase, some items have to be made up, ie window treatments, cushions etc, furniture has to be placed and with one manufacturer alone there are 140 items, this is one of many suppliers who will be making bespoke items to IDC exacting standards.  Then there is all the artwork to sort out, visiting museums, choosing images to be framed and selecting photography from all the great images from Yao and purchasing all the objet d’art that bring the interiors to life.  With this design hot of the press I am now ready to start detailing up the next one, an amazing tudor gothic pile in Leamington spa.  Have already finalised the layouts, worked on the lighting etc, now I will be detailing all the separate items for the various rooms.  The best bit really !

In between all this I have found some soothing time sewing and making quilts, none are totally finished yet, although I am working on it, caught a sneeky few hours before I trottted off down to the studio this morning.  Its so nice, sitting and sewing, sometimes singing along, sometimes just humming, something very magical about quilt making.  I am a mere novice and can see how one can get hooked , already I have sketches in my art books,  little swatches of fabric to record colour combinations,  tufts of crewel wool, ideas for crewel work patches, intertwined branches bearing fruit, and some just plains with a real graphic style with huge blocks of colour.  There is something really enriching in seeing all the colours build, and amazing when unexpected colour combinations appear as one pieces the blocks together.    Magic happens.

I will post some pictures soon, cant let the cat out of the bag yet because there might be spies around,  After christmas  watch this space.

In the meantime here are some more quilts that  have caught my attention

 

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The Calm after the Storm

Home at last, back in the calm of my newly decorated bedroom!  Long story for another time, energy lines, changing bed around, dark blue !!

The last couple of weeks have been away installing a project in the Derbyshire Hills, extremely hectic, exhausting  but in the end quite exhilarating when you look around and see the vision I have been holding for such a long time come to fruition

Such a beautiful area Derbyshire,  this last weekend relaxed a little at the Riverside Hotel in Ashford in the Water, such a picturesque village, with its little stone bridge, church and cottages.

My work, courtesy of Yao photography

Ashford in the Water

 

 

G ‘n T anyone?

The end of a busy period, a rather challenging time on all fronts, but the project has been completed……….  The bar area below is part of an interior design project my company completed friday,  and ended the day with a wonderful Gin and Tonic.  It reminded me recently of a hotel I stayed at in Woodstock recently, it had a bar with 80 different types of Gin……….  Me I like Tanqueray , nothing outlandish but I just love the taste.  I am off now for a break, and teaching a workshop in Malta, so looking forward to it.

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Design a Christmas Tree for Claridges Interior?

Well I would love to, but John Galliano beat me to it!  A few days ago this wonderful tree was unveiled at Claridges, the hotel in London know for its 30’s deco.  Mr Galliano chose to make this giant 20 foot tree with a “frosty” feel to it, with ice blue exotica, snow leopard and parrots…………………. Quite stunning, especially the way it has been lit to cast wonderful shadows on the wall.  I love it, what do you think?

Another project completed by Inside Design

Feels good to have completed latest project, its been a long time coming, so good to close the door behind us knowing the client was extremely happy.

All went like clockwork, a big thanks to everyone who worked with me on this project, all my suppliers and especially to all my staff who have helped my vision become reality, thankyou so much.  Our time on site was so productive in every way and extremely rewarding.  This vision has been playing on a virtual screen in my head for an awful long time, to see it in situ was so satisfying.

all the artwork, paper sculptures and photography that I created together with my daughter,  looked amazing.

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