Breakfast dining in white and gold

August 25, 2015

I have recently established myself as a white and gold fiend, it’s only just occurred to me how well the two melt together in a interior dream. Early on Saturday morning I got a little carried away with setting up my breakfast. I already had the lovely linen table cloth laid out and my fancy napkins, plus a gorgeous bunch of white roses that I bought…for myself.

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Bear in mind that I was to dine alone that sunny morning, but I set two places just in case Sunday followed the same pattern. I was lucky enough to inherit some very cute little side plates from my Granny, they’re part of a whole tea set, but used casually on top of an almost all white scheme gives it that little sprinkle of colour.

interior design, white. goldI’m not entirely sure what came over me but a little photo shoot ensued that morning at 7am, possibly because I was alone in the flat and I have a license to be as weird as I want. All sorts of crockery had it’s airing, including these gorgeous ceramic salt and pepper shakers I recently received, but had been too scared to place on the table, in case of breakage. Turns out they’re pretty hardcore but look and feel super dainty, you could almost use them as large napkin rings.

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I promise you I did consume some actual breakfast that morning. The golden pineapple, although not edible, has made it’s way from my desk, to my coffee table, my bedside table to the dining table. Isn’t it cute? It’s a mini candle inside which is slightly scented.

roses, goldAs a comforting touch I always use my old knives and forks which are all differing in shape and size, collected from various antique shops, car boots and my lovely Mum.

I must admit that having these little precious things can make a normal breakfast turn into a very special one, even if you are eating alone, you’re worth it.

All images can be found on my Pinterest board – Dining

Finding the perfect sofa

August 11, 2015

Buying a sofa is a rather large purchase and so should be considered carefully. Depending on your space you can either choose a design classic or a simple, functional sofa such as a corner for maximising lounging space. Alternatively if you have a good sofa there are ways to re-upholster and refresh, you can find tips here: 3 tips for renovating your old sofa

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A personal favourite of mine are the distinctive Chesterfields; they have to be one of the most classically British sofas, with their deeply buttoned backs and buttery soft leather.
Mixing such a classic with other overall styles works so well, for example you could have clean, white Scandinavian style decor or even rough up the textures with a few Bohemian throws.

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I would always advise that you invest in both your sofa and bed, they’re probably going to be the places that you rest in your home most. They should be stylish but most of all super comfy and whatever you spend, just remember that you can tart it up with throws and cushions.

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Don’t ever buy a patterned sofa, keep it neutral where possible unless you have a large living space that the colour won’t impose on. Layer up your sofa in colder months; go for proper chunky cotton knits against soft delicate mohair and have some softer covers for your cushions so that you can adapt the style to a more cosy feel.

I hope that helps in some way, if you would like more advice on this topic or your living room in particular please do get in touch.

All images can be found on my Pinterest board – Living Room

The importance of being you

August 10, 2015

We all have times in our lives where we don’t quite feel ourselves, it could be from work pressures or just a general feeling of tension, or just because it’s Monday. That’s why it’s incredibly important that your home is the sanctuary that you can go to when you’re not feeling your best.

This sanctuary needs to reflect who you are, what you feel and who you aim to be every day. It could be that you always wanted to write or paint, read more or meditate. Here’s how you can encourage those behaviours to become part of your everyday.

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How often have you finished a day at work only to dread the gym visit or that run you promised yourself you would go on? Sometimes even forgoing the activity altogether in order to crash on the sofa with comfort food.

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In order to make sure that your life is led as you want it to each day, you need to lay out the plan within your home. For example by placing your yoga mat in the corner of the living room, not only will it be accessible but there will be a little reminder for you to do even just 5 minutes each morning or evening. Small things like leaving a bowl of fresh lemons near the kettle will remind you to have a cleansing tea, it’s all about placement.

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On your desk or bedside table lay out your favourite books, special pens, sketch book, journal – whatever it may be that you love and feel you’re not getting enough of. Then allow yourself 10 minutes of this activity each day; reading a chapter of your book, drawing a 10 minute sketch, writing down your thoughts for the day, a positive affirmation or simply meditation.

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Keep your house as tidy, clean and organised as possible so that you don’t have to deal with mess at the end of a long day. Keep a stack or basket of cosy blankets and throws in your living room, so that you can be extra comfortable when you want to properly relax. Placing scented candles and a few plants around your home will aid the feeling of homeliness – the candles will help create a calming environment and the plants provide you with much needed oxygen.

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Being you sometimes isn’t so easy, you can be consumed with other tasks or even people, so make sure you take that time each day to relax and do something you love in a place that is home.

As my friend over at What is a boy to do says – “do you”.

All images can be found over at Elizabeth Danon

EDIT in The World of Interiors

August 6, 2015

EDIT is doing the rounds this month and is also featured in the September issue of The World of Interiors.

TWOIAgain, I am very pleased to be associated with an exceptional magazine.

Please do get in touch with me if you would like to learn more about my interior design services, or you can read all about it here: About Interior Therapy.

EDIT in Vogue

August 5, 2015

I am SO pleased to announce that Elizabeth Danon Interior Therapy (EDIT) is featured in the September 2015 issue of Vogue!

I am ecstatic to be approached by and associated with such a prestigious brand whilst getting my interior therapy message out to the masses.

 

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This is what Vogue had to say about me:

“Elizabeth Danon Interior Therapy (EDIT) offers a tailored design service to suit your own personal taste and requirements. Elizabeth has a particular focus on well-being, mental and physical health with regards to the styling of your home. She bases designs on your own personal style; including past treasures and things from your present, creating a wonderful environment for your future.”

 

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So it turns out EDIT is “In Vogue” darlings.

A big thank-you to all of my readers for your continuing support, I couldn’t have done it without you.

 

Over to you

July 10, 2015

After many years of interior design experience and extensive research into the link between mental health and our environment, putting into practice what I’ve learnt has always been the most revealing and exciting part of what I do.

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As much as I enjoy writing about the things I think you’d like answers to, I’d love to focus on topics that really matter to you. So its over to you!

Is there something you’d like answers to or an interior design topic that would interest you? Please post a comment or get in touch by email and I’ll choose some topics to write about for you.

Have a wonderful sunny weekend.

Image can be found on my Pinterest board – Warehouse

 

 

Spring Clean Part 5: Office

July 1, 2015

I have written previous posts about how to set up the perfect home office and how it can be created to ensure an inspiring atmosphere. I tend to find I stray from my desk to the dining table where I can see the TV and be distracted by various duties that I must do then and there, such as water the plants, put on a wash… the possibilities are endless.

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When I finally discipline myself to sit at my desk I do actually get things done so much quicker, the only distraction I have is the view out of the window and our 12 pet pigeons, who tend to fight or mate, I’ve seen it enough times. I’ve broken up fights on my window sills and stopped pesky big chested males circling the poor lady pigeons. What can I say, I do my bit for the bird community.

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My current office set up is a small extendable dining table which I found in Shabitat in Brighton many moons ago, I still love it dearly and it has hosted many a dinner party.
My seating is an old church chair (from the Brompton Oratory Church) with a sheepskin rug thrown over, super casually, it looks so darn good and is very comfortable indeed.
The light is a laser cut wooden giant bulb which can be either laid on it’s side or put upright. I’ve loved this lamp for many years as it gives out a waffled effect that is both calming and interesting.

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This is where it gets a bit ca-ra-zy – I have loads of paints, canvases, books, stationery and many other bits and bobs that I am not willing to part with. I also have the boring paperwork that I have tp keep, but that’s alright as I have some nice white box files. All of the little bits are organised into little drawers and for once I actually now know where everything is. Ask me where the RSVP stamp is, I dare you.

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The main advice I can give you here with your office is to make it work for how you feel most comfortable working. They say clear desk clear mind, but there is now evidence that a messy environment can aid creativity; this makes sense especially if you’re painting or brainstorming as you don’t want to feel restricted.

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At the end of each day ensure that you shut down and tidy away where possible so that you feel physically and mentally free for the evening. In terms of spring cleaning this should be a daily exercise where you recycle old papers (scan them if you can just store an electronic copy) and clean out drawers of things you know you’ll never need again.

All images can be found on my Pinterest board Office Design

 

Spring Clean Part 4: Bathroom

June 29, 2015

I have been given the grace of the British weather by being able to pretend that it is still currently spring and therefore I can squeeze in the two final parts of my Spring clean series! In your face seasons. Though I do write this from the villa poolside of a much needed holiday in Menorca, so I actually have no idea what the weather is like but lets just act like it’s spring. (though since posting this I’ve realised we’re having a heat wave, better get cracking!)

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So onto the bathroom we go and it is quite the disgrace; hoards of teeny bottles I’ve nabbed from various hotels knowing full well that my stock is up and that I can’t possibly squeeze anymore into my bulging cupboards and drawers.

Here’s where I get particularly ruthless and with a penchant for mini things I have to be tough. Gone are the 4 year old lip balms, I counted 10… all different varieties mind you for different lip softness levels, I presume?

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The one thing that I cannot bear to part with is the New York Waldorf Astoria hotel shower cap that I pinched from the bathroom whilst on a university trip all the way back in 2005, the trip that introduced me to a city more mad than London.

Silly as this may seem to hold onto such ridiculous items, the memories attached are too fun. Maybe I’ll box frame it one day, but lets just say I won’t be crying over a shower cap if we have a fire.

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As always, I digress. Onto helping you sort out your bathrooms.

Beginning with the drawers is best, tip absolutely everything out and only put back in what you have used in the last month, possibly waxing strips (shudder) and such like. Throw away all free miniatures (if I did it then so can you) bar one set that you can take away with you. But be honest with yourself, where do you normally go that doesn’t have shower gel, shampoo etc.? Enjoy that stuff while you’re there, live in the moment and “hashtag” be present. Now slide those drawers back in with a satisfied smile.

Where possible only keep things out of cupboards and drawers that you absolutely need on a daily basis.

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To organize the innards of my cupboard I bought some cute stripey baskets from Tiger (I couldn’t be happier that a store has opened in Angel!). Within these little treat boxes I have cotton wool pads, in different sizes, cotton buds, special creams, potions and lotions. It gives the illusion that you’re working in a spa as your very own beautician.

Once you’ve organised these bits you can move onto the overall scheme of your bathroom. The essential items that make a relaxing bathroom are a thick cosy bath mat, egyptian cotton towels, a few plants (they love the moisture) and some candles.

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I like to have something to look at whilst in the bath or sat somewhere else I won’t mention, so I choose pieces of art or photography that I can gaze at. I currently have a Bill Brandt nude which I’ve had up in various rooms since I visited the exhibition at the V&A in 2004. I also have a cheeky little framed card from Oliver Bonas behind the loo which hopefully gives some people a chuckle – mainly boys.

Cleaning products should stay under the kitchen sink, no-one needs to see that, plus you don’t want to ruin your beauty cupboard with a big bottle’o’Cif now do you?

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If you would like more information on simplifying your home and getting the most out of your space, do get in touch via my about & services page.

All images can be found on my Pinterest board Bathrooms

Elle Decoration at CDW #beoriginal

May 31, 2015

During Clerkenwell Design Week, I squeezed myself into a room in the Farmiloe building to listen to a talk with an interesting panel, including Editor-in-Chief Michelle Ogundehin who chaired the panel, Patrizia Moroso of Italian brand Moroso, designer Nipa Doshi of duo Doshi Levien and Pip Prinsloo, Design Director of John Lewis. After the talk I wandered around the furniture, lighting and art. There were many different inspirational designs, some the same as last year (slightly disappointing) but quite a few new designers and pieces which was exciting. The images in this post are a selection of my favourites.

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Michelle began by speaking with Patrizia about originality in design. Patrizia spoke a great deal about her team; she said that she treats designers as artists and acts as a curator of their work, she also give them total freedom with their design ideas, without restrictions. This enables her team to do a good job whilst also encouraging them to work together collaboratively.

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Design Director, Pip spoke of their customers and the fact that John Lewis aim to appeal to a range of different styles and budgets. There may be customers who prefer a country style while others lean more towards industrial and these different styles need to be catered for.

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Pip also spoke of how John Lewis’s stores are becoming more theatrical with moving images and home set ups which create context for the buyer. I have always found that when advertising a single product whether it be in a magazine or showroom, it must have context to be appreciated. If you try to imagine that object in your home it really helps to have an example of how it might fit into an overall scheme, that you can then relate back to your personal style.

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Nipa went on to say that British society allows you to absorb outside influences and is influenced by world design, compared to possibly more restrictive areas of the world where design is only influenced by the surrounding culture.

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A couple of key notes that I managed to jot down from Patrizia’s expertise are:
“It’s important that you read the past not make the past, there is no sense in making vintage, you must re-think instead”
“Design is something that comes from the designer’s life and culture. Make your thing, something that comes from the inside”

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Something that I’ve been waiting to hear for a while now is that trends are irrelevant, which was mentioned. I do believe that design and habitat should be based on the individual, not trends. Original design is based on logical and creative thinking, an enthusiasm for life and living.

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Overall from this collaborative talk I managed to appreciate the different angles from designer, seller, writer and from my point of view as an interior designer. Seeing how the process works from the initial light bulb moment to the presentation of the finished article on the shop floor, makes you realise the originality and creativity that is required at each point.

Spring Clean Part 3: Living Room

April 24, 2015

Living open plan with barely any storage shows up any of my non-tidy days quite drastically, so I have to be a little over the top when it comes to keeping everything in its right place, much to my man’s annoyance.

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When it came to spring cleaning this area, I found there wasn’t too much to do as the area is so open. However I was able to take a fresh look at the layout, so this blog is more about what you should have in your living room.

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If your living room has built in storage, make sure you start with what’s in or on these areas. If the storage is cupboards, take everything out and analyse what you actually need or want, for example if you now have Netflix, do you really need all those old DVD’s?
Next you need to address anything that is displayed on shelves, does it look nice? Do the objects add something to the room? See shelves as a way of displaying loved objects, photographs and art work – you want your living room to be the most relaxing space after your bedroom.

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Once you have cleared out all of your storage, you should now have absolutely no clutter in your living space, so now we can move onto the more bulky objects.

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Your sofa should be comfortable and clean, they are often used daily, so ensure you wash the covers once a month, if this isn’t possible then hoover the sofa and spritz with a nice scent.
Plump up all of the cushions whenever you can, it’s also a great way to relieve stress, give it all a good punch into shape. If you have scatter cushions consider how many you actually need, don’t overdo it, for example a corner sofa requires a maximum of four cushions. Add a snuggly throw folded over the back of one of the sofa seats.

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Depending on the size of your room either go for a nest of tables or a large, low coffee table.
Make your living room more conversational by adding in a couple of smaller arm chairs, you don’t want the focus of the room to be the TV.

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Your rug can really change both the room’s appearance and general comfort, make this as large as possible, by ensuring the rug stretches to fit under all furniture feet, it will actually make the room appear larger.

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Pick one large piece of art to put on the wall or a selection of favourites, things that you are happy to gaze at for hours.
Your finishing touches are large plants, optional fresh flowers and some coffee table books nicely displayed.

Overall your sitting room/living room/lounge is the place where you should relax after work, a place to read, reflect or have a series marathon. Make it work for what you want to do.

All images can be found on my Pinterest board Living Room

Spring Clean Part 2: Kitchen

April 16, 2015

Spring is starting to feel more like summer so I’m putting the pressure on; no-one has time to be stuck indoors dusting when the sun beckons outside.

This second part of my spring clean series focusses on the kitchen, which I have now completed.
My kitchen is made up of various units including much loved vinyl shelves which still have their original labels “”oldskool/acid house”, “west coast/san fran house”, “funk/soul”, “RnB/ hip hop”, hand-written by the old tenants who are lovely friends of ours and, you guessed it, DJs.
Even though they are tattered I would never get rid of them (I’m talking about the labels here), they make me smile every time I grab a bowl or plate and I think of them. Some days I feel as though I should cook in the dancing style of these genres depending on which shelf I pick, maybe I’ll try that this evening.

I love my crockery, most of it comes from donations or things people have been chucking out, so my collection is a proper mix. I have some beautiful vintage bowls, tea sets and plates which were all inherited or given to me by my grandparents.

My mum always lets me have a rummage through her garage and sometimes her cupboards to select a few key pieces I “need”. For example I had never baked bread before until my mum said I could have her large mason mixing bowl, I baked two loaves last weekend. Personally I need nice tools to encourage me to make the things I love, also the other bowls I had were too small..and plastic. I also have our huge old family spaghetti dish which served our family of 6 over many years, it meant we could all help ourselves and properly dig in. Memories are attached to things and these memories are so important, especially when it comes to food!

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The best way to start with a kitchen clear out is to put aside the sets of things you use each day – favourites bowls, plates, cutlery, glasses and mugs. I tend to circulate the same things each day as they are my preferred vessels and tools.

Then take out and stack up everything else you have and put it all to one side, separate from your favourite items. Clean the shelves and drawers and use a hoover for the little bits in the corners.

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Putting back particular items in new places will naturally cull what you have. Think about where you want things to go in terms of easy access. Cupboards and drawers should remain tidy, don’t be under the illusion that if you can’t see it it’s fine, do yourself a favour and sort it properly.

Think about your favourite cuisine, if you love cooking stir fry’s keep your wok on display and your chopsticks in a jar near the hob, this way you’ll have a constant inspirational reminder to cook what you love rather than ordering a takeaway.

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Look at how many electrical items you have on the work surface, do they all need to be there? How often do you use them? Put anything away if you don’t use it more than once a week. This will leave you with more workspace and a cleaner looking kitchen.

Check all the dates on food, I tend to hoard far too many sauces which block up my fridge, so I’ve managed to chuck out about 50% Don’t be tempted to buy more! If you’re lacking space for everything, invest in a simple chest of drawers to house your food, this doesn’t have to be in your kitchen, rather like a pantry store. Pretty things such as lentils can be displayed on shelves in little jars. Your kitchen doesn’t need to be a clinical space, add colour with art on the walls.

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Finally herbs are so important, they encourage you to cook fresh whilst also providing some greenery in your kitchen. An accidental brush of a basil leaf gives of a wonderful scent and all of a sudden you’ll have to cook spaghetti bolognese.

All images can be found on my Pinterest board Kitchen

Suffolk ramblings

April 3, 2015

I’ve been whisked away by my Mother to Suffolk, to our family home. Since I had my foot operation she’s been wanting to look after me, but the temptation to recover in the countryside has been annoyingly quashed by various hospital appointments.

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My Mum moved to Suffolk a few years ago when we sold the West London family home and has since made it feel exactly the same, if not better. She knocked down walls with a sledge hammer, built up garden borders and sewed every single curtain and bed spread in the house. She worked alongside one builder who became more like a colleague.

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She now offers it as a B&B from time to time and so has a trickle of new faces coming to stay with her, mainly musicians visiting the Benjamin Britain hall which is a 10 minute stroll or walkers rambling about in the gorgeously unique forests (2 mins walk across the road) and the Snape Maltings wetlands.

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Suffolk is such a wonderful place for so many different reasons, beaches, architecture, villages, forests, music and the best bit of all – food!

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Whilst I’m here I’ll be recuperating in a different way to my recovery routine in London. The plan is to brush up on some skills including sewing and fixing all of the clothes I managed to rescue from the bulging bags in the store room, baking huge batches of various breads and flower arranging for the Easter ceremony at the local church. How quaint!

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I’ll have ample time to read in the silence only the countryside gives, my chosen books are The Psychology of Colour and The Memory Palace. Not only will I be bringing back this knowledge to London, but also some raspberry and lavender plants for my roof terrace!
I can’t wait to start planting and creating a gorgeous terrace to enjoy the summer on.

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I hope you all have a lovely Easter break or just a four day weekend.