Interior Design Advice

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    Interiors to put a smile on your face

    I have a great passion for Interior design, without it I wouldn’t be able to throw myself into my work the way I do. However people often think that my passion is purely lit by trend, colours and fabric. I love all those things but they are merely the icing on a great tasting cake. My passion goes deeper. I have a real fascination with how a space can work for us and make us feel and help us function better. These are the things at the core of my designs.

    Posted by Phoebe Oldrey in Interior Design Advice

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    A Splash of Art

    When I was growing up my mother returned to college to study art and graphic design. I loved watching her drafting and drawing and creating beautiful things. Her friends were artists, with names like Ivan “The Wizard” and paint splattered dungarees. Her best friend was a picture dealer and visiting his house was always amazing, with pictures stacked 10 deep against walls because he just couldn’t stop buying them at auction.

    Posted by Phoebe Oldrey in Interior Design Advice

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    Creating a Masterpiece

    When I was doing GCSE art I learnt a very valuable lesson. One that I still use to this day. We had been given a project to recreate a masterpiece, changing one thing about it. My very ambitious fourteen year old self chose Renoir’s A Girl With A Watering Can. Working quickly I carefully sketched it out and then painted it very flat. I was totally surprised when I was sent back and told to look at it again in more detail. In my mind I had done exactly as required.

    Posted by Phoebe Oldrey in Interior Design Advice

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    The Textile Revolution

    Outside my window a rain storm lashes and the wind howls and I am sitting here waiting for Spring to come. It is not just to see some sunshine and the flowers peeping through but also I’m ready to see the new launches from all the fabric house and what I can only call – “The Textile Revolution” that is coming.

    Posted by Phoebe Oldrey in Interior Design Advice

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    Smartstyle Sings the Blues

    Well here we are, 2014 and all people seem to be discussing is “Blue January”. What a sad way to start this brand new year! When I think “Blue” it doesn’t make me feel down in the dumps but delighted with the true beauty of the colour. Who doesn’t love a clear blue sky, the flutter of a dark rich blue silk dress or the inviting call of a Caribbean blue sea.

    Posted by Phoebe Oldrey in Interior Design Advice

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    You have to break a few eggs to make an omelette.

    I haven’t lost my mind and decided to deviate from an Interiors Blog to join everyone inspired by “The Great British Bake Off” to tell you about cooking. “You have to break a few eggs to make an omelette” has become my new over-used phrase of late. I found myself wondering what it was I was passionately discussing when those words came popping out of my mouth.

    Posted by Phoebe Oldrey in Interior Design Advice

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