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The Wonder of WordPress?

So I first started writing this blog back in 2012… it had a different name then: then it was called “Life as it is, was and could be”. For a long time it has been Design Tzigane – Design Gypsy, but last week, I migrated from google blogger to the world of WordPress! It is …

Iconic designs … and the serious subject of design piracy

After having started my series of IGTV showroom tours – firstly Ligne Roset, then Roche Bobois and on Thursday the South African Interior Design studio – Studio 19, I reflected about all of the phenomenal pieces that we were fortunate to have experienced in our time and indeed will be for centuries to come.  True …

Botanicals… flora/fauna, snakes et al …

Here The botanical/flora/fauna trends aren’t going anywhere anytime soon; on the contrary, it is blooming into the whole Origin of Species spectrum – we will be seeing lots more snakes/geckos/chameleons, jellyfish and other marine life in addition to the already omnipresent birds, leopards, toucans etc.  Let’s embrace returning to our roots and let’s get inspired.  …

Natural touches in the bedroom …

During normal times, we all spend approximately 70% of our lives in our homes, and on average we sleep for 8 hours’ a day, that amounts to 30 years’ asleep! – if we live until we are 90 years’ old that is.  That’s a lot of down-time in the bedroom, so making it your haven, …

Green Days …

After my blogpost two weeks’ ago about wellness-focused design, some readers commented how my instagram feed seems to be predominantly green-based.  I found this  curious back in December 2019, when I looked through my instagram posts in order to compile my “#best9of2019” design projects – and almost all were green! Green is such a versatile primary and there are so …

My visit to the Chelsea Flower Show 2020 …

So for once the number 137 bus from Piccadilly down to Lower Sloane Street was almost empty and it was possible to sit on my favourite seat at the back of the route master next to the conductor to reach the Royal Chelsea Hospital in time for a full day wandering around lapping up the …

Don’t be a wallflower* when it comes to wallcoverings …

My love of wallpaper/wallcoverings is no secret, I enjoy incorporating wallpaper into my designs and have NEVER duplicated the same design for any projects – and this is because there is simply no excuse, there is SO much choice out there.  We are all totally different and that’s why our homes are an extension of …

A sense of professional belonging …

Day by day many designers are feeling the pressure that comes with cancelled orders, an absence of new projects and generally trying to adapt to a new normal: socially-distanced living.  Even at the best of times interior design can be a lonely profession, especially if you’re a sole trader, and as creatives we need interaction, stimulation and …

Materials Matter/Material matters …

Some of the most interesting lectures I sat through at Design School were on innovative materials, how to source them and how to incorporate them into our designs. Using materials in a less conventional way than they were designed for always excites me.  Endless visits to SCIN Gallery and Material Lab are always a huge …

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