In all the crowds, rush and sensory-stimulation of Design Week, I think one of the best things one can do is simply to sit outdoors in Milan’s April sun, to have time to contemplate and reflect - while enjoying an aperitivo of course, preferably an Aperol Spritz.
Each year, more than three hundred thousand creators, designers, architects, creative geniuses and global media descend on the Italian city of Milan for the city’s annual Design Week, combining the Salone Internazionale del Mobile design exhibition and the Fuorisalone’s events and installations across the city’s different Design Districts. Lauded as one of the world’s most important design events, it’s the inspiration for the products, people to watch and trends that will be dominating the world of interiors over the coming year.
With clients who are fun and passionate with big vision, this was always going to be a special project. When we first visited in January 2018, while the location was stunning, the bach was very tired and a little pink! These clients dreamed of creating a functional yet luxurious destination for family holidays where memories are created every day.
Interior Designers live and breathe interiors - amazing interiors, that perfect piece of furniture, just the right paint colour. We love it! We don’t have a secret rule book we follow, but there are key principals we use to ensure we create spaces that are perfect for you and your lifestyle, that you absolutely love! Here are my tried and true tips for a designer interior.
Palm Springs . . . you were amazing at every turn! Two hours from Los Angeles, it’s been a favourite getaway for celebrities since the early 1900s. And after visiting in November last year, I can see why - it really is the perfect desert oasis and Rat Pack retreat: colourful, hot, fun and an intoxicating combination of laid back cool and full on glamour.
I will be winging my way to Milan to attend the prestigious Salone Internazionale del Mobile design show at the beginning of April. One of my suppliers, Schneider Electric, ran a competition for architects and designers who had recently completed a project using their product. With one winner from each of seven countries, I'm absolutely thrilled to have been selected by the international judging panel.
This busy family had outgrown their 20 year old kitchen - they needed more space, more storage and a modern look that would still stand the test of time. White cabinetry is trimmed with timber accents, with azure blue tiles providing an unexpected hit of mediterranean inspired colour. The kitchen is the perfect blend of style and function - light, bright and completely unique.
Situated right on the ocean’s edge, this couple wanted to create a comfortable retreat with a relaxed but luxe feel. The newly built apartment had an inherited scheme from the developer. Our clients engaged Kirsten Ford Design to create a look and feel for their holiday home which was more personal, incorporating much loved pieces of art while ensuring focus still remained on the incredible view beyond.
This family undertook a significant rebuild to transform a tired 1920's bungalow into a stylish, forever family home. They dreamt of an effortlessly elegant home, one that would stand the test of time and be highly liveable and welcoming for their children, their many friends and the extended family who often stay.