E-design: a 1920/art-deco boudoir

Friday, January 30, 2015

A previous module of my course at the National Design Academy was about colour. One of the assignment was to study a particular period and define a colour scheme that would represent well that era.

Being a huge fan of Downton Abbey (you can imagine my thrill when I found out we would be living 10min away from Highclere Castle last year!!), I've immediately thought about the lovely colours of that time and got to work. This is what I came up with.
Then I wondered how I would use this scheme in a contemporary design, say for a young lady's boudoir for instance, using products available in the UK. And I must say, it could look amazing !

This wallpaper from Graham&Brown looks stunning and would be a fantastic focal point behind a simple upholstered bed. A spectacular chandelier would also make a big impact in the room. I would suggest using mirrored side tables as bedside tables. This console/dressing table could be used as is, or could be turned into a desk. I hope this board inspired you, feel free to "use it" at home !

What are you up to this week-end ? We are going car shopping and then we have a party tomorrow night. Now I wish I had a flapper dress !! Check out this Etsy seller for gorgeous 1920 dresses !

How's into animal prints ?

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

I am ! Either in Interiors or in Fashion, I think they're much more neutrals than we think, and so versatile !
This trend finds its roots back in the 18th century when colonisation popularised leopard, tigers, zebras’ skins and turned these patterns into classics. They have inspired many Interior and Fashion designers: almost every Fashion Week now has its share of animal print. 

The trend has recently known a new surge. Especially since the organisers of Frankfurt major trade show TENDENCE defined Africa Chic as “one of the biggest trends in interior design over the following seasons” in 2011.
One of the main reasons this trend keeps coming back is its versatility. Animal prints are like neutrals (beige, white, brown, black colours …): they can be incorporated in basically any decor and look fantastic in contemporary interiors.
They bring a wild whimsical yet classic and sophisticated look into a space, though furnishings, furniture, or even floors or walls. Even just a leopard or dalmatian pillow can add a touch of glamour to a room.

I had to create a board to illustrate a trend in Interior Design for my course, so I had a lot of fun putting together this inspirational board.

I don't have enough animal prints in my home, that's definitely something I should look into when I switch things a bit for Spring. What do you think: love or hate ?

Stylish designer: Margaret Donaldson Interiors

Monday, January 26, 2015

Let's get back to our Monday's routine, shall we ? I thought these beautiful interiors from Margaret Donaldson's portfolio would be perfect to start off the week. I just love her fresh and sleek style. I particularly like her beach houses, they "scream" summer and easy living. Take a look at her website, and I'm sure you'll be longing for summer just as much as I do now !

So I might be a runner after all ...

Sunday, January 25, 2015

I must confess, I've never liked exercising. Like, never ! I used to find the most pathetic excuses to skip PE at school. But we moved to the UK last year, and since we had a gym literally just 5 min away, I figured I might try to get a bit healthier and so I joined the gym with high expectations regarding my routine. Well, turns out, I'm not a gym person. I don't fit in there. I have no motivation whatsoever. So, next week, I'm going to cancel my subscription.

But that doesn't mean I don't want to get fit. And I figured, running is my best option so far. It's free (extra point for that !), flexible and I get to enjoy some fresh air, and to soak up on some precious vitamin D that might help me fight my first English winter blues.

The only problem was that I've always HATED running. I couldn't catch my breath after 10 min, and I sort of assumed that I simply wasn't a runner (convenient excuse, right ?). So, one day, well, actually, one night, I took a leap of faith and went running for the first time in years. And you want to know what happened ? I ran for 50 min. And I enjoyed most of it ! I couldn't have been more surprised ! I thought I must just be, like Gwyneth would say, my father's daughter, as he runs regularly and even ran a marathon.

That was early January. Since then, I've run about once or twice a week, for about 1 hour, at my own slow-beginner speed. I love running after dropping-off my children at school/nursery, getting lost in the beautiful countryside, listening to French radio podcasts or loud music, and most of all, being on my own ! That's a luxury in my current world ...

And yesterday I ran my first 5K. Whoohoo ! I did it in 40min, and I was one of the last to arrive, but I did it. I felt so proud and happy !

I promised myself to go running at least once a week. I think that might be the beginning of a more global getting-healthier plan ...

I am still alive, and studying !

Monday, January 19, 2015

Hi there. So apparently I'm terrible at blogging, and I don't really know if anyone would read this, but anyway ... Actually, I had a good excuse for changing my priorities a bit for the last couple of months, and as much as I liked blogging, I simply do not have enough time on my hand to do it all !

Because I'm back to school ! More precisely, I'm studying from home. I enrolled the NDA - National Design Academy's Diploma in Interior Design, which will probably lead me into an Interior Design Degree.

I work from home because my youngest doesn't go to school yet, and, well, it's the only way for me to turn my passion into a career. So she's going to the nursery twice a week, and I work then, and also during pretty much any free time I have.

I've already passed 3 modules, and I love it so far. Here's a few examples of what I've been working on.

This is an inspiration board I did about the Georgian Period. I love the Georgian style, also because it blends beautifully with more contemporary designs.
This is a concept board I created for virtual clients. As you can see, I challenged myself with a design that mix the Swedish background of my "client" and their love for Morocco.

I will share more of my work here, and I hope you'll enjoy it. Other than that, everything's great. I love England, made a lot of friends there, kids are good and I can't wait for Spring ! English winter is darker than I expected, can you believe it's night at 4pm ? No wonder we want to go to bed at 9pm. And we sometimes do ! Pathetic ... Anyway, have a great day !!