Getting the entrance to your home just right, gives you not only a lovely feeling when you get home, it keeps you less stressed by being organised and it is always a great way to welcome visitors and perhaps show off a little!
Whether you have a small spot by the front door in an open plan living area, or a large entrance hallway – getting the basics right means any space can work for you. Before deciding on the cosmetics, get the practicalities fixed. Depending on your available space try to add as many of these as you can….
For Project Weinberg the entryway was too small for the house. A family home requires quite a lot of organising to run smoothly and a few changes were required.
The entryway was extended forward in line with the garage – planning restrictions prevented a larger extension, if you have the space then a larger area would have been better but I found another space further inside for coats so the area became big enough for what I needed.
I look forward to showing the proper ‘After’ in a couple of months…
Outdoor flooring inside is a great twist of the unexpected… I wanted an outside-in feel for the entryway and found some good inspiration in the images below.
The wood panels and brick floor are a lovely contrast with the antique console and buffet. Don’t be afraid to mix woods…
Above: If I was living in a warm climate I would love an entryway like this… but all the glass and a Swiss climate would not work so well! This works with an elegant rustic limestone and a rusted garden console.
Below – you don’t need to reserve stone for the floor.
Below a cosy cottage feel with tongue and groove panelling, the light grey is the perfect contrast to antique brick.
Table or shelf
I love the use of outdoor lights inside a hallway…
Purpose build coat storage/seating can be useful for smaller spaces…
Even the tightest spots can accommodate all you need….
I look forward to showing you how I have incorporated these elements into Project Weinberg Entryway soon… make sure you subscribe I’ll keep you posted!
The Chelsea Flower show starts today. Those who have followed the blog a while you will know that I am as passionate about the exterior as I am about the interior. Every visitor who goes to Chelsea wants to take away a bit of Chelsea magic and recreate some element in their own gardens. Taking 3 of my favourites from this year I will show you how to do just that.
Before that, for those unfamiliar, I feel that you need a little bit of background information to realise what we are dealing with here! The Chelsea Flower Show is no ordinary garden show – attended by visitors from all over the world for 5 days every May, many regard it as the best there is.
The atmosphere there is quite extraordinary and you feel as if you are walking in a paradise on earth! There is a gravitas in the air, this could be because its origins are steeped in history; in 1307 the current site belonged to the Knights Templar and was used to grow their roses referred to by Shakespeare himself in Henry VI Part.
The show as we know it today started out as The Great Spring Show, in the 1800s in west London. Due to transportation problems and low visitor numbers the show moved into central London, and found a permanent home in the Grounds of the Royal Hospital, Chelsea in 1912 – just a 5 minute walk from Sloane Square and overlooking the Thames. The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has been organising the show since 1905. A bit of Royal patronage never goes amiss and since 1954 Queen Elizabeth II (or I if you are Scottish!) has attended all but 5 shows. At the beginning of her reign the show symbolised an optimism after the great wars and has gone from strength to strength ever since.
Today the show comprises of various show gardens designed and built by the most prominent, established and new up-coming garden architects. There are tented pavilions housing the most spectacular specimens of flowers and plants. Cultivators spend the whole year nurturing the plants to be in perfect condition for judging at Chelsea. You can buy seeds and get advice from the very best. There are also sellers of all the quality garden accessories money can buy…..
To keep the standard so high, the RHS give awards to the very best and these are highly coveted. Many a famous career has been built on a Chelsea Gold Medal! There is a stiff judging process before the show officially opens. The Best in Show is announced a few days in. Gardens are judged on; how the brief was executed, the overall design with choice of plants and arrangement amongst other things.
Again this year the trend is towards the natural garden, with a keen eye on preservation of water and natural habitats.
Burnt larch path and copper lined canopy with angular paving formed from slices of glacial granite boulders. This is to emulate the primitive wooden shelters and ice that formed the backdrop for early hunters and travellers. The damp woodland reflects the fact that 25% of the world’s unfrozen water is found in Canada.
How simple and timeless is this garden, a look that can be recreated in a smallish town garden too!
For gardening buffs here is a list of plants used:
go to linkUse random sized pavers in a natural pattern and run decking paths into them at an angle.
Don’t lay out items symmetrically, use asymmetric paths and planting.
By treating the timber with a fired method it is more hardwearing and impervious to pests or fire. Alternatively you could use a blackened wood stain.
Small ponds in natural formations with rocks breaking the surface.
Step the height of your planting up the further you go from the paths or patio area.
Simple gravel paths.
Artisan Garden Gold Winner – Gosho No Niwa No Wall, No War designed by Kazuyuki Ishihara Built by Ishihara Kazuyuki Design Laboratoray Co Ltd Sponsored by G-Lion
This garden is a tribute to the Kyoto residence of Japanese Emperors. A garden that could never be attacked, therefore peaceful and without moat or walls.
The modern copper structure stands on stilts in the shallow pond.
This perfectly curated Japanese water garden where rock pools with moss encrusted rocks are filled from a soft waterfall and surrounded by acers, bonsai conifers, sedum and iris.
Modern glass steps allow you to see the rock pool below and create a bridge from old to new. A mini garden is planted in a Japanese lantern base.
The amazing colour combination comes from the bright acer leaves, against the weathered copper.
How to recreate this look
Use a variety of acers, vibrant lime greens and dark oranges.
Keep the shapes trimmed so that they form umbrellas.
Conifer trees can be trained into bonsai shapes.
Mini gardens can be created in containers or as borders.
Having a shallow water garden and placing an open garden structure over it.
Stepping stones or a glass and metal step if budget allows.
This garden works best in a shady spot and ideally build a stone garden wall with moss in the gaps if you can’t stretch to a waterfall.
Use moss and sedum to cover rocks.
A few Japanese lanterns would also not go amiss!
Feel Good Garden – The Jo Whiley Scent Garden designed by Tamara Bridge & Kate Savill built by Bespoke Outdoor Spaces
Lastly, gardens are not just about looks, smell is just as important. Jo Wiley (BBC Radio Presenter) and Jo Malone (scent lady extraordinare) have joined forces. Emotions evoked by scent, sent in from the public are cast into the concrete seating/wall structure.
Astrantias beneath this amazing field maple is just as it would be in a woodland. Nature reconstructed.
The concrete structure and box balls are a perfect form to root the multi level planting. Aliums contrast well with the father ferns.
This round organic water feature is underplanted with Alchemilla mollis and Thymus serpyllum.
How to recreate this look
Use a restrained colour palette to allow you to have much variety of shapes and heights.
Use box or taxus balls to give structure to the planting around and the built elements.
Curved concrete elements create an enclosed cocoon feeling and provide raised gardens with seating. If budget is a restraint use wood fencing cut into curves and wash it with a grey stain.
Rounded raised pools like giant bird baths reflect the light and bring a coolness to the warm air be sure to plant around to softened into the landscape.
Don’t forget to choose plants with amazing scents along pathways and near seating.
Hello everyone, apologies for not posting in a while, its been busy here at Jacober Interiors, organising the new roof and windows for project Weinberg.
Firstly a sneak peak at the start of the building! For this project, I designed a new roof because I needed more bedroom space and due to planning restrictions the only way was up! I managed to add floorspace under the new roof for a bedroom, bathroom and dressing room. The space amounts to about 60m2 and with clever arranging around the 45 degree pitches something special can be created!
This pile of wood will become our roof and top floor. The pine wood comes from Switzerland and Southern Germany, in an effort to keep the build as eco as possible I wanted to source locally.
By prefabricating a wooden structure off-site it can be craned in and finished in 5 days
For want of a better expression, the construction is made like a sandwich pine wood, 3 layers bonded together, being the ‘bread’ and filling between a glass fibre insulation. The interior of house facing side of the sandwich has plasterboard attached on the inside ready to decorate when each section is slotted together on site.
The glass fibre is made from natural quartz melted and spun into glass wool, which is fire and pest proof and keep the house warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Swiss made of course! This is also an eco product because it lasts such a long time and this outweighs the production process.
The CAD shows the overview, then each section is cut by machine.
Below is a sliding door from hallway into bathroom. All the electrics are pre-planned and tubes inserted into the walls ready for wires to be run through them later.
This section shows the bedroom wall with a section cut away to accommodate the chimney from the fireplace two floors below.
Herr Buhlmann explaining to me how he builds… in business since 1990 I got a feeling that he knew his chickens!
Next to be produced as I left is the open doorway into the dressing room
I have chosen a concrete roof tile which is very hardwearing for the worst winter Switzerland could throw at us. I have been told that this type of roof is maintenance free for 50 years! It is a system where the tiles hang onto and clip into each other making them very sturdy. I think that this Slate Grey Ral colour might just be perfect for the outside of the window frames, which will be in a maintenance free metal. Before I go I want to leave you with some of the inspiration I have used to design my bathroom and bedroom roof space….
There is a new trend towards a more eclectic bathroom, there is so much choice nowadays and it is a good way to put a unique stamp on your home. Firstly – nothing matchy-matchy. Eclectic is when you mix up different thing together to create a unique mix and style. Whilst it is tempting to just visit the bathroom store and select a matching “suite” that is the first rule you have to break! You want something quite timeless but interesting, maybe even unexpected.
Secondly, the toilet has to be simple and almost disappear in my opinion, wall hung with a concealed cistern if possible and white. Taking the vanity as the central focus, marble and wood or the up-cycling of existing furniture pieces creates a unique centre piece for the bathroom.
Tiles can be combined in different ways can add pops of colour and pattern to make a space stand out from the crowd. Even plain white budget tiles in an interesting shape, or laid in a different pattern can be just enough. Grout need not be only white or taps chrome… Read on and think out of the box…..
marble and stone
Natural stone and marble always give a luxury timeless look – this solid marble basin is on brass legs and gives a traditional idea a modern look.
A similar look is achieved here using a bluestone top with black taps.
Below, the luxurious marble double vanity unit made using book matched Veneto marble with inset basins, certainly gives a 5 star feeling!
Architecture firm Auhaus have put together a concept using concrete with precious purple veined marble and the contrast is quite surprising…
These are made with coloured clay by hand using traditional moulds to form the pattern. Traditionally from Morocco they are now a offered by many companies. Using the bold pattern they offer you can make a small space really special and keeping to a simple colour palette you can mix and match.
upcycle– any second hand sale room find
Fans of mid-century can customise a sideboard and have surface mounted basins added for a lovely sleek look.
Above designer Jenna Sue has up-cycled a chest of drawers to produce a cosy and cost effective vanity.
These lovely rugs cozy up the dark grey floor and look lovely with the rustic teak vanity unit with on surface mounted basins.
Any console table can be converted into a bathroom unit. You can even use a wide shelf so whatever your budget, you can create something eclectic and not boring off the shelf thingy.
Continuing with the rustic theme this unusual vanity has a rough stone sink.
Add a unexpected colour and pattern
Ceramic sink in pink, such a beautiful peony shade.
Economic, easily painted with a waterproof paint and can be wiped clean. You can also repaint in a couple of years without hassle or spending much.
Cladding gives a cosy mountain feel to the elegant lights and mirror.
Grout can be fun! (did I just write that? – shoot me now!)
metallic grout below in gold glitter
The finishing touches to even the most simple bathroom can make a bold statement. Just straying out of the chrome zone gives the room a little unexpected boost.
Black taps look set to stay….
So you can see not all bathrooms are created equal. Pinterest has a great source for ideas and inspirations and I hope that your next bathroom renovation however small can have a lot of oomph!
Anthropologie chose Patina Farm as one of the locations for their Spring Summer Furniture Collection.
My favourite house on the planet, Patina Farm has teamed up with my favourite lifestyle store on the planet, Anthropologie so, for me, this is literally a match made in heaven!
I love Patina Farm (a new build) because of the wonderful authentic architectural elements and materials used, antique roof tiles, limestone and oak floors and pale blue-grey metal windows. The interior is light-filled is a wonderful mix of tradition with a modern layer of comfort…. it helps that the vistas are amazing and the house was sited to take full advantage of the wonderful gardens which now envelop it…..
The lovely Brook Giannetti who designed and lives in this paradise, built by her family company Giannetti Home shared the collaboration with Anthropologie on her blog and I just had to share with you these fabulous images……
The house is normally furnished with an eclectic mix French and Swedish antiques with soft linen colours, which I love. It is a strange sensation to see it kitted out with the new Anthropologie range, surreal but at the same time awesome!
glam boho chic – above, palms and prints with strong colours and texture. Earthy natural elements contrast so well with the brass accents, below the brass detail of the coffee and side table which I love….
Below, the graphic print sofa with hanging textured art gives a more tribal look the geometric print echoed in the lines of the coffee table.
Wall hangings and cushions a quick and easy way to add a textured look to your room. This selection is lovely.
Casual dining with mismatched chairs and bench teamed with a sturdy farmhouse table looks effortless and is also practical for sticky fingers too!
I love the blue and white mix up below…..
Texture is a big trend for this year – the stylists at Anthropologie show us a masterclass in layering texture – image below. This look is a white Moroccan style
Prints over prints another trend for 2017….. keeping the colour palette similar and varying the size and depth of the print makes this work.
Rugs rugs rugs…… shot in the last pink rays of sun over the Patina Farm vegetable garden…..
I am off to see what I can have Anthropologie deliver to Switzerland – until they open a shop here! Begging letter in the post! Please come to Switzerland!!!
Hi, so it is that time of year when we start thinking of spring and feel like a freshen up at home. With that in mind I would like to share some inspiration and a few interior design trend predictions I have seen for 2017…..
1. Pantone Colour of the year – Greenery
Not surprising since this green represents refreshment and revitalisation – a nod to recent world political and social events? This also represents nature and the growing feeling that we live in a finite world and need to step up and protect the environment.
Green has a calming effect and can create a relaxing and positive feeling.
Introducing this colour into your home is very easy you could start just by adding plants….
invest slightly more and reupholster some vintage chairs for a modern country look …..
repaint a door ……
or a vintage chic floor….
Which ever way you do it, adding this fresh colour will lift your spirits and bring spring into your home.
These represent optimism and are a happy motif – think social butterfly, no longer designated to children`s bedrooms.
Adding a fun wallpaper……..
or some accessories….
Fabric for furniture and blinds, also available as a wallpaper….
3. Grey Floors
This trend has been around for a little while it has unexpectedly exploded on pinterest who report pins are recently up by 20%. Grey is the new neutral.
Scandinavian inspired interiors are calm and easy to live with ………
Most wood companies offer an array of greys……
Or you can easily paint existing floorboards….
there are some very convincing alternatives to wood….. I think marazzi do it very well.
There is a large macrotrend towards comfort, we are looking for a place to rest from the chaos and 2-dimensional information constantly coming towards us. Layering creates a feeling of softness and keeps the room interesting, and large surfaces can be softened and given depth using textural elements or images.
Velvet, cottons and wools
Faux fur….. cushions, throws or a bean bag? We have one of these at home and our cat Amber loves it too.
To create interesting, textured wall treatments you can use…
hand made tiles…..
Faux marble wall paper….
or a textured woven wallpaper ….
The key with textured walls is not to overdo it, and add lighting to show the definition.
The movement away from a mass produced look. Where we start to be aware of protecting age old practices and appreciate the work and back story behind each piece.
Many of us now work from home, myself included, and getting the right workspace is key to being focused and productive. Here are a few tips on how to approach the design of your space.
Whether your home office is a corner of your kitchen or dining room,
You can find bureaux like below … auction houses and second hand sale rooms are full of wonderful pieces ready to paint to match your scheme….
A practical converted walk in cupboard,
Or below, concealed behind luxurious bespoke cabinets – a bar too!!
Setting aside space to work and keep things in order is easy to do with some planning. If you are using a section of a room at home, it is important to be able to shut it away when you are not working and large cupboards are a good way to do this.
Whatever you are planning, collect a few inspirational images from Pinterest, Houzz.com or magazines if you find something interesting. List what you need from the space and look for inspirational images and get ideas from Pinterest or blogs.
I analysed how I will use the space: as a working interior designer I will need areas to:
research ideas – computer/reference library
work on technical drawings
make up sample/mood boards
welcome clients to present plans/sample boards and offer a refreshments
admin area for back office work
Above, kitchen furniture is used as storage islands, I like the way the thin profile ledges in wood are used to display sample boards to show the designer’s work.
Above, cork boards are more of a work in progress way to develop a sample board and having the plans in view. Wire baskets under the counters are used for samples.
I think these drawers above are from IKEA and great for storing A3 plans and boards. They have had wheels to so can be wheeled to where you are working and tucked away when not in use.
Below, very successful designers need a lot of space, for many staff to work side by side on many projects. This studio uses trays to organise samples.
Below I have spotted those IKEA drawers again! Also a similar thin profile ledge to store/display stone samples.
The above spaces are too cluttered for me so I need to make sure I have plenty of storage! They are however looking like a wonderful treasure trove!
My first priority in design is always light. A working space for design or anything else, needs good natural light to see the samples in daylight as well as electric. I have a SE facing space which is semi basement opening onto a garden. It will be bright in the morning and afternoon in winter and in the mornings in the summer. As my space is irregularly shaped I want to blank out the walls as much as possible so going for light walls will blur the edges. (very dark also does this job but I need to see!) The palette will have warm elements to balance the cool winter light and have a cool tone to calm down the summer sun. I need a calm space to be the backdrop for all the colour, pattern and texture I will be working with.
When designing your project, think of the adjectives you want your space to reflect. I want my studio to be: Creative, Modern, Natural, and Light
So now to find images that match those feelings….
Creative: This is a place where inspiration has to flow, having unique ideas and solving problems is the key to good interior design. A unique space will inspire you to be creative. Can be creative layout, materials or a feeling that good work is taking place.
Modern: I want the backbone of the studio to be modern and efficient, there will be samples and paperwork around and organisation is key to being efficient. Good storage and flow is essential.
Natural: This is so I will feel relaxed, so using natural materials will give a feeling of wellbeing a good balance for the many samples and paperwork on the go.
Light: The basis of all we see, essential for working and feeling good. Can also be a feeling of lightness, nothing heavy.
Then choose between at your collected images, not repeating a theme, edit 3-5 images which blend together to cover all your adjectives. You now have a concept board to guide you through the selection process for colour, materials, and furniture.
So this is design stage one – I have a board I can use when I come to choose colours and materials. This is my visual guide to design the space, it is the “feeling” of what I am putting together. There is so much choice out there and my little concept board together with some ideas I have found in the images posted will help me to make the decisions easily.
I am looking forward to showing you in future posts, the next stages, i.e. sample board showing the materials and some furniture I will use, I will show you how I will plan the space to give me areas to do everything on my list above.
I hope this has inspired you to start designing you own home office space.
I met the most lovely couple, Carmen and Iain, last year in Paris at the Maison et Object trade show for interior designers. Together they own and run Lyngard, a small artisan company making the most fabulous lights!
Just for the record I never accept sponsorship for posts, I only write about things I want to, that are authentic and have soul! With this spirit I am very happy to be able to introduce you to Lyngard!
Lyngard is a small lighting company set up by Carmen Lyngard and Iain Pattison in 2014. Carmen’s family have been making pottery since 1829.
Carmen’s Great Grandfather was awarded an MBE from King George VI for his services to the pottery industry. He was responsible for making our ceramic table wares safe today, by reducing the amount of lead in the glaze – so it didn’t poison us! He also helped to improve the working conditions and salaries for the workers in the pottery industry.
Stoke-on-Trent in Staffordshire, England has been the backdrop for pottery producers since the 17th Century (Carmen’s family included) and is synonymous with Royal Doulton, Wedgewood, Clarice Cliff and Susie Cooper being just a few of the more famous producers from this town.
Lyngard uses Fine Bone China to give luminosity and extra strength and Carmen applies a unique decorative technique called ‘true fired lustres’ passed down by her family and known to only a handful of producers worldwide. Every piece of Lyngard is hand sculpted and made from start to finish in Stoke-on-Trent.
I loved the product because you can really see and feel that this is a special artisanal piece, it is hanging art in your room! The lustre finish gives a unique iridescent glaze, the colour or which changes depending on the light in the room. Metallic elements are added in the firing process which means that no two pieces are the same.
Other timeless finishes are the handprinted marble effects, and coloured bodies with 24 carat gold, platinum or copper interiors.
I really appreciate the diversity of Lyngard’s production for such a small family business, it is quite extraordinary that they can do this and shows the hard work and commitment they pour into their business. This small company produces to a high standard a wide enough range to fit modern and traditional interiors. All by hand and all in Stoke-on-Trent.
Depending of the design, Lyngard offers black, white and grey china which can be matt or gloss.
I particularly love that with Fine Bone China when lit emits a wonderful organic light.
I will be using some of Lyngards lovely pieces in my forthcoming project and I hope to be able to supply them to my clients too – watch this space!
Lyngard also use their fantastic techniques to make vases!