As major part of our projects is based in West London it is not surprising that most of our clients tend to go for more classical look when choosing home accessories. We try and push our clients to go for something more interesting and unique in order to create a great interior. Here are some examples of modern table lamps, which still could work amazing in the combination with classic or minimal interior.

It's that time of month again to compile my favourite images that I haven't been able to find another home for. This time they're all great. In fact, they all work together really well but I can't work out the common trend! That's why they're random. :)

I have recently opened for myself those wonderful spiral light shades from Martin Eden. I think I fell in love from the first sight. It is just pure poetry, which provides all the freedom to your fantasy.

From the website:
For Martin Eden design is imagination, a journey through various materials in search of the most unusual combinations, a passion for detail that illuminates the elegance of the products developed under soft lines, the result of romance that only the craft transmits the project. Martin Eden goes beyond the traditional concept of design in the belief that the aim is not only to furnish a space, but give birth to an emotion. This is why the style of Martin Eden is assured: it communicates a message of refinement and at the same time freedom, which speaks to the men and women, who want to live life as a wonderful adventure, because…future is poetry.

We love to keep things simple and neutral as we believe that minimal is beautiful and that architecture / geometry should often speak for itself as part of a good design (without lots of distracting textures and colours). This is especially the case for bedrooms, which should be a calm room. However, going too minimal can sometimes be considered a bit 'boring', so here are some inspiring bedrooms that keep it simple.

One of our Clients expressed a wish to install a beautiful Wood Burner into the house. We saw a great opportunity for an interesting interior design proposal and started our research on different Stoves. 
A wood burning stove can be a great focal point in your living room, creating a warm, cosy feel. It can also be a practical way to cut or avoid rising heating bills.

Stoves are generally used to heat one room, but you can attach it to the central heating system to heat other parts of the house. But you will need to keep in mind that a lot of towns and cities in UK are smoke controlled areas, meaning you will need to get a Defra (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) approved stove or only burn smokeless fuels.

When choosing a space in your flat for a wood burner, also consider space for the fuel. You’ll need plenty of room to store fuel, especially if you will be burning logs. Based on the average statistics results on amount of logs people use per year, you might need three to four cubic meters of space - and it will need to be a dry area that is easily accessible for deliveries.

Do not forget about Building regulations, which all stoves in UK must meet. For example, there are specifications around how the flue is fitted, the size of the hearth or the distance of the stove from combustibles. Get and advice from a local authority and stove supplier before getting one. 

It is very important to calculate the right heat output before getting a wood burner. Heat output is measured in kilowatts (kW) and ranges from 3kW to over 15kW. Calculating the right heat output will allow you to get the right stove, which will provide your house with the right temperature.

Generally speaking you will need 1kW of heat output for every 14 cubic meters of space to make your room  21°C when it’s 1°C outside. As a rough guide, which I found online, you could try multiplying the height, width and length of the room and divide this by 14 in order to get a gauge of what size stove you need. However, please always consult with a specialists :)

Since Christmas, I have felt like my door feels very plain without a lovely seasonal wreath. I was thinking about what I could replace my green ivy and gold bauble wreath with and here's what I came up with for inspiration. I think it's definitely time to upgrade our plain doors to some warm, colourful spring wreaths.

We like designing custom made joinery, as it allows us to create something bespoke for our Clients. Our favourite combination for a TV unit would include some storage below and shelves above. This design allows for both: loads of hidden storage and also space for display. Some nice floating shelves could also create a great atmospheric space for your TV area. Basically, the TV unit can be anything, but our advice is to try and design it in a practical way, allowing space for some storage, of course.

We are going to design a loft conversion soon. We are feeling existing and getting inspired :)

Note from a Planning Portal:

Planning permission is not normally required. However, permission is required where you extend or alter the roof space and it exceeds specified limits and conditions. A loft conversion for your house is considered to be permitted development, not requiring an application for planning permission, subject to the following limits and conditions:

  • A volume allowance of 40 cubic metres additional roof space for terraced houses*
  • A volume allowance of 50 cubic metres additional roof space for detached and semi-detached houses*
  • No extension beyond the plane of the existing roof slope of the principal elevation that fronts the highway
  • No extension to be higher than the highest part of the roof
  • Materials to be similar in appearance to the existing house
  • No verandas, balconies or raised platforms
  • Side-facing windows to be obscure-glazed; any opening to be 1.7m above the floor
  • Roof extensions not to be permitted development in designated areas**
  • Roof extensions, apart from hip to gable ones, to be set back, as far as practicable, at least 20cm from the original eaves

Although working in London is fabulous and inspiring in itself, the size of housing here is quite limited and often the design and spacial layout are focused on maximising storage space and coming up with clever solutions to the lack of space. Sometimes we dream about designing something in the countryside or even abroad, where housing is more generously sized. Here are a few things we would do if we had the space:

1. A large open plan living space with a galley floor above and, of course, a fantastic chandelier

2. A bedroom that isn't squeezed for space - with a fireplace and plenty of moving space.

3. An large, open plan living / dining / kitchen space, big enough to host a party - and sliding doors that open onto a terrace / garden.

4. A living / dining room with room dividers.These could be curtains or movable partitions - in London, there is rarely enough space to afford any kind of partitioning.

5. A spacious hallway / entrance space with plenty of storage, lighting and character.

6. A luxurious bathroom with a freestanding bath.This bathroom looks like the size of a typical bedroom in London!