Monday, 29 October 2012

Home Office...

I've been waiting for days, hoping that the light will get better...SO - that I can take pictures of the home office.

BUT - I don't think its going to get any better than this.

Anyway - Even in this light I LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! my wooden home office walls.

Martin is back Wed to repaint the floor, doors and door frames. 

Take a look at the link below of how the home office has progressed over the past months...

Tuesday, 23 October 2012


 My tin ceiling tiles are now up on the wall outside of me dressing room.

LOVING the contrast from flat shiny white metro tiles in my dressing room, to the rusty flakey texture of the ceiling tiles outside...

And - I'm also LOVING how the day light touches them, casting light and shadows...and as the light changes throughout the day SO - do my tiles...

I'm now thinking that I need to get Martin to re hang the door in the imags below...SO - that It opens into Jonathan's cinema room, I'm not LOVING the fact its covering some of me wall.

Monday, 22 October 2012

Bedroom 3...

All sorted! It only took a me all day...

SO - nice to have all of me stuff back in my dressing room and not all over the house!


Martin also re painted the wood work, floor and ceiling.

And - to celebrate the completion of the redecoration of my dressing room...A small gift! Christian Louboutin's picked up in Paris last week! J'adore!

Oh! And - a Celine bag!!!...

Martin has also added the Brooklyn ceiling tiles to the wall outside of me dressingroom.

Thursday, 18 October 2012

Bedroom 3...

Martin has just finished working his magic! He's done a FABULOUS job...I'm so HAPPY!!!

I just need to clean, I can then start putting me stuff back.

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Online shop coming soon!!!

Just to keep you in the loop! 

Blog updates may not be as plentiful as I would like at the moment, I'm using my free time working on opening an online shop! Which is SUPER exciting!!!

If you haven't already, please register your interest by clicking the link hitting the SUBSCRIBE FOR UPDATES button, add your email address...I can then notify you of the launch.

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

YOU Magazine interiors feature...

SO - Im back from Paris and guess what? I'm half a stone heavier than when I left...I couldn't stop shovelling macaroons down me throat! #OBSESSED#ADDICTED#CRACKWHORE

Anyway - Just in case you miss it! This is the interiors feature that appeared in YOU magazine the day before we left for Paris.

Putting the wow factor into your home is easier than you think.

Renovation: The terraced house
A two-storey, five-bedroomed house that was once wall-to-wall chintz. The couple are renovating the property in two stages: the first – the bedrooms, en suite bathroom and living rooms – 
took six months to complete and involved stripping back the house to its bare bones and reconfiguring the layout to suit their needs. Phase two – a large modern rear and side-return extension – will provide a spacious kitchen/diner and utility room.

The family
Michael (below right), interiors blogger and art director, and Jonathan, founder of location website, share their Edwardian semi in the East Riding of Yorkshire with Jacob, an English bulldog, and pugs Oscar and Charlie.

The living room
An enormous leather sofa, bought for a song from Barker & Stonehouse ( because of its size, is dwarfed by the three-metre ceiling height. A vintage ceramic pineapple lamp is paired with a gold shade from HomeSense ( The artwork is by local artist Andy P.

The base palette
A classic monochrome scheme of black, white and grey replaced ‘the masses of chintz’. The original pine floors were sanded and painted in either Great White or Pitch Black floor paint by Farrow & Ball. The walls are finished in matt estate paint in All White, Downpipe (grey) or Pitch Black, also from Farrow & Ball. The architraves, skirting boards and picture rails are in eggshell to match the wall colour

The dining room/ library

A Parabel table, a design classic by Finnish designer Eero Aarnio, doubles as a dining and library table  ( It is paired with two red wing chairs, bought at a house clearance and re-covered in red velvet (for similar, try Designers Guild’s Ruzzini in Scarlet, The knitted pouffe, one of many throughout the house, is from HomeSense (as before). A painting by local artist Geoff Keen hangs above the refurnished original fireplace, and will soon be available through Michael’s new online shop, launching soon.

Dining room before

The bathroom

The couple knocked through from the original master bedroom and en suite to a smaller adjoining bedroom to create one enormous master bedroom with a stunning open-plan bathroom. The freestanding bath, basins (not seen) and brassware are all reclaimed and have been restored and either re-enamelled or replated with nickel. is a great place to find your local reclamation yard to hunt down similar fittings. For traditional-style baths, sinks and brassware, try Albion ( The kudu head is from

Bathroom before

The master bedroom

Styling tricks picked up over the years – as Michael worked his way up from window dresser to art director for fashion and home brands – are evident throughout the house. In the bedroom, a basic £99 divan bed base was upgraded with extra wadding (available by the metre from fabric shops) before being ‘reupholstered’ in a muted-grey flat sheet. ‘It’s something I used to do all the time for window displays – it’s quick, cheap and simple. All you need is a staple gun and a friend to help you pull the fabric tight,’ explains Michael. A black and white map of London mounted on MDF serves as a headboard – part of Michael’s upcoming collection. The floorlamp is from Ikea ( and the table lamp from B&Q ( 

Michael's dressing room

The couple sacrificed two bedrooms for a dressing room each. Michael’s is given a gentleman’s outfitter’s feel with a mahogany glazed cabinet for shoes (just seen on the left) and an antique central ‘island’ unit with original marble top, used as a dentist’s store cupboard in its previous life. Andy Thornton specialises in similar antique shop fittings ( For a range of 1970s chrome ceiling lights, try the French House (


The hallway

A stuffed zebra greets visitors at the front door ( The carpenter’s workbench came from an antiques fair, and the table lamps are from HomeSense ( The artwork is from a selection soon to be available from Michael’s online shop

The Landing

Vintage industrial lights ( hang above Michael’s home office outside the 
master bedroom. A reconditioned neon sign brings the only element of colour to the landing; for similar, try Michael’s online shop later this year

Landing before

The sung

The dark grey of the walls and ceiling (Farrow & Ball’s Downpipe) help to create a cosy feel. A combination of designer classics (the white Egg chair by Arne Jacobsen,, vintage finds (such as the blue chair and gold table), and high-street bargains (the table lamps and pouffes, all are typical of Michael’s decorating style. ‘Just as I’ll wear my Prada shoes with a Gap shirt, I’ll put a £60 lamp in the same room as a handmade piece that cost a few thousand,’ he explains. The chandelier is from the French House (

The snug before

Read Michael’s blog at 

His online interiors shop will be launching
soon at is the lifestyle editor of the Mail on Sunday's YOU magazine and has been writing and styling for interiors magazines for nearly 15 years.