Tony Forrigno from Colefax & Fowler talks…

Tony Forrigno from Colefax & Fowler talks to the Watson & Watson “Eventers”

Tony Forrigno gave a wonderful intimate talk to us all around the dining table at the Bath House- I cannot tell you how many positive messages I have had since yesterday! Tony definitely has a fan club with the “Eventers”! We learnt about the history of Colefax and Fowler together with a little insider information and dare I say “gossip”… sorry this must go no further!

Everyone seemed to enjoy the menu – champagne, shot glasses of beetroot or spinach soup followed by a creamy fish gratin and salad. A little coffee cup of tart damson fool sweetened with a meringue topping and a tiny chocolate muffin on the side. Tony kindly brought the most delicious offering from Hotel Chocolat – I thought ladies didn’t eat chocolate in public – they jolly well did!

Rachael Jouan brought the very latest collection from Colefax and Jane Churchill together with the most beautiful flowers – boy this woman has style! Thank you Rachel.

A goody bag was handed out as the guests left and I must thank Suzy Dymock for her kind contribution – do remember to visit her lovely shop in Leek.. Period features or visit her on line – take your present list with you.

Lastly but obviously VERY IMPORTANT, what are we up to:

Out new “Make up Only Service” – competitive making up of blinds, curtains and any upholstered items- contact us with your measurements for a quick quote.

Half Day Consultancy – A special offer £250 inc VAT for a half day visit to help problem solve and liven up your existing décor – help chose colours or fabric.

Fur Throws – A real “while stocks last” – we have a small amount of our beautiful faux fur to make up – contact us for prices and we deliver bespoke throws before Christmas.

Watson in London! Once again the Watson…

Watson in London!

Once again the Watson and Watson team headed off to the recent annual Decorex Interior Design exhibition and conference. Apart from me (Lucie-Clare), Kit Kemp and Martin Brudnizki led the stellar line up of international designers who attended.

This year Decorex was held at its new prestigious location, Perks Field & the Orangery, Kensington Palace. The show provides interior designers with an extraordinary opportunity to source new products in one location from among some of the most prominent names in the design world. Exceptional quality, beautiful materials and outstanding craftsmanship are just some of the characteristics that all the Decorex exhibitors share; this is where you find materials, fabrics and products you could never obtain on the high street.

There were some excellent lectures by the likes of the ubiquitous Nick Haslam, John Cullen lighting, House and Garden and various London design houses (always nice to know what everyone else is up to).

We came back to Derbyshire laden with product literature and over the coming weeks we will pass on the very best of Decorex’s home products we think you will like.

Kind regards,

L-C xx

Using Pattern and Colour This is the part…

Using Pattern and Colour

This is the part that we all love, but also the part that causes the biggest headaches. It can be so disappointing to receive a fabric swatch that does not look quite like you intended, but also an expensive mistake if you order and get it wrong. We professional decorators make up “Mood Boards” for our Clients showing swatches of paints, papers and fabrics, but it does take an experienced eye to envisage what these will look like together when used.
The problem is understanding both light and scale.
The grey you love on a tiny swatch might look oppressive when used on all fours walls of your dining room. The tartan you admire might become visually startling when covering a large piece of furniture. It is always best to invest in a roll of wallpaper and generous fabric swatch and a sample pot of paint before investing a large amount of money.

Try living with these things first.

More soon
L-C xx

Focal Points Each room needs a centrepiece…

Focal Points

Each room needs a centrepiece of some description. A focal point is important because it sets the tone for the rest of the decorating scheme and ties the total look together. It also draws the eye away from the less pleasing aspects of the room. A handsome fireplace, for example, naturally draws the eye towards it. Enhance it with fire irons, a fender seat and a painting or mirror over the mantel.
However if you need to create a focal point in a room that has none, the golden rule is “Think Big”. In a small room one big object such as a bookcase, an armoire or an enormous painting brings a resonance that immediately makes you think the room is much bigger than it is. The second rule is to place other pieces around the centrepiece in such a way that nothing detracts from its overall effect.

More Soon

L-C xx

Focal Points Each room needs a centrepiece…

Focal Points

Each room needs a centrepiece of some description. A focal point is important because it sets the tone for the rest of the decorating scheme and ties the total look together. It also draws the eye away from the less pleasing aspects of the room. A handsome fireplace, for example, naturally draws the eye towards it. Enhance it with fire irons, a fender seat and a painting or mirror over the mantel.
However if you need to create a focal point in a room that has none, the golden rule is “Think Big”. In a small room one big object such as a bookcase, an armoire or an enormous painting brings a resonance that immediately makes you think the room is much bigger than it is. The second rule is to place other pieces around the centrepiece in such a way that nothing detracts from its overall effect.

More Soon

L-C xx

Too often people forget about lights, but…

Too often people forget about lights, but good lighting is possibly the most important element to change the character of your home. You should be able to walk into your home and flick a switch that controls mall the lamps on a circuit rather than switching them all on individually. You may well end of up sitting at one end of your drawing room because you cannot be bothered to get up and switch the other lights on. Do not depend heavily on a central ceiling light, it often flattens and dulls a room.
Good lighting should bring the room to life.

Too often people forget about lights, but…

Too often people forget about lights, but good lighting is possibly the most important element to change the character of your home. You should be able to walk into your home and flick a switch that controls mall the lamps on a circuit rather than switching them all on individually. You may well end of up sitting at one end of your drawing room because you cannot be bothered to get up and switch the other lights on. Do not depend heavily on a central ceiling light, it often flattens and dulls a room.
Good lighting should bring the room to life.

Paint Sales take a Downton Interesting…

Paint Sales take a Downton

Interesting article in the Telegraph – you will now be able to buy Downton Abbey paints.

Mylands Paints will sell you Amber Grey to emulate Mrs Patmore’s rather dreary kitchen or Empire Grey to make your dining room like Mr Carson’s gloomy pantry.

Heritage paint names have been around since the 80′s, but maybe we have taken it too far, but just how far could this go? adding a touch of Albert Square beige to your skirtings; the merest hint of Rovers Return Yellow in the downstairs Loo; and TOWIE Beige for the kitchen units?

L-C xx

Paint Sales take a Downton Interesting…

Paint Sales take a Downton

Interesting article in the Telegraph – you will now be able to buy Downton Abbey paints.

Mylands Paints will sell you Amber Grey to emulate Mrs Patmore’s rather dreary kitchen or Empire Grey to make your dining room like Mr Carson’s gloomy pantry.

Heritage paint names have been around since the 80′s, but maybe we have taken it too far, but just how far could this go? adding a touch of Albert Square beige to your skirtings; the merest hint of Rovers Return Yellow in the downstairs Loo; and TOWIE Beige for the kitchen units?

L-C xx

Country House is back in style… ……

Country House is back in style…

… Well that’s according to the Sunday Times homes supplement, Country House style is back in fashion – sorry, when did it go out of fashion?
However, now Laura Ashley are making repro dressing tables for about £1,000 don’t you think it’s a good idea to buy the real thing for half that!

Look at the quality of the antique table below – as I always say, the devil is in the detail.
In our next broadcasts: More Country House Style comments -Antiques are back, wallpaper is back, colour is back
Get colouring or let us help you.

L-C xx