Archive for: September, 2014


I’ve featured The Conran Shop’s windows displays several times over the years. From shed chic and beach hut brights to colourful Christmas their visual team always knock it outta the park when it comes to creating a display that, quite literally, stops you in your tracks. Yet their summer season windows were the result of a creative collaboration with Bert & May, a reclaimed tile and materials company based in London. Their encaustic tiles are hand-poured in Andalusia in Spain and were the catalyst for the quintessentially Mediterranean blue and white palette used in the window display schemes. In fact, I loved the tiles so much that I laid them in my own colourful cottage kitchen – click here for a sneak peek! I’m loving how they bring a Mediterranean-meets-colourful country look to the space; expect to see the full tour of the kitchen on the blog soon. If you’re looking to invite a classic blue and white decorating palette into your home then trying creating visual interest by marrying graphic, geometric patterns with solids. Here a solid injection of azure blue makes a focal point from an existing architectural detail – the fireplace, while patterned tiles anchor the table and chairs into the space. What inspires you about this window display and colour palette?

// Photography by The Conran Shop


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I predict a colour riot! That’s right, I’m banishing the grey weather with a virtual trip to Australia to tour Old Joe’s in Sydney. The purpose of said virtual tour? To drool over the spot-on restaurant design by Sibella Court. The colourful interior of Old Joe’s (was named after an old milk bar in area that was covered in old advertising & run by Joe) feels oh-so-Aussie: relaxed and bright with a straight-from-the-beach, sand-between-your-toes kind of vibe. Sibella called on her own upbringing of beach culture in the 1970’s – striped umbrellas, washed out okanui boardies, tasseled terry towelling and so on – to direct the look of the interior. I like how Sibella introduced classic elements such as the terrazzo bar tops, soft sorbet colours, striped awnings & hand painted signage to give the milk bar an authentic feel. What inspires you about the colourful interior of Old Joe’s in Sydney? Do you

// Design by Sibella Court | Photography via We Heart and Sibella Court


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Jamie Oliver’s restaurant designs always hit the winning spot in Mr. Bazaar’s book. In fact I’ve blogged about the vibrant Union Jacks restaurant design and one of his industrial Italian locations in the past. You can certainly feel an industrial edge filtering through from the Italian brand of restaurants into this new Trattoria outlet, which is designed to be a smaller and more intimate dining experience. Blacksheep, the company who designed the interior, were not tasked with a specific design approach but were told that it should reflect a local independent feel. Mnay of the fittings were reclaimed with doors from a salvage yard in Dorset, tiles from a local church and booths made from scaffolding planks. All of these elements have contributed to the rustic-industrial feel of the space, which also features rich colour layered throughout. I really like how there are different types of seating options as part of the design. I often feel like popping into a restaurant just for a coffee or quick sweet but when there are only formally dressed tables available it doesn’t feel like the right dining atmosphere. Here they have an informal, almost lounge-like area at the front for casual dining and coffees, as well as more formal tables with cosy button tufted banquet booths for longer meals. Another huge plus point for me is the considered lighting options: dining under bright lights is one of my pet hates! What makes for great restaurant design in your book, folks?

// Interior design by Blacksheep