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A Victorian Townhouse Gets a Light-boosting Extension Words by Amanda Pollard When designer Clare Weeks of My-Studio was called in to renovate this large London townhouse, her brief was simple. “The clients wanted the entertaining spaces to be light and bright, and other areas like bedrooms to be darker and quieter,” she explains. Weeks worked alongside building contractor Ben Palmer Page and architect firm CG Architecture to create a home that pulls in extra natural light where needed, and also incorporates some clever storage. A soft palette of light and dark tones combines with well-placed lighting to ensure the space …

Materials – an interiors language

If interiors are designed considerately and with love they will make you feel good. We put together a materials language for each and every interiors project. Humans are drawn to materials. We like the touch and smell of things. Materials are compelling when you put them in context, when you try them out together and in situ on site. Materials must be functional and luxurious. As humans we understand materials best by contrast – rough feels best against smooth. Marble against velvet. As designers, we use materials to make your home feel good, to make you feel better when you arrive. …

The art of bespoke interiors

How do you achieve an interior that no-one else has? The mark of an interior that’s truly yours is designing bespoke pieces and watching wide-eyed as skilled contractors and craftsmen realise your ideas. Then your home has contemporary designs unique to you to reflect your taste and lifestyle. We’re not snooty about high street or off the peg – with the right eye there are beautiful things to be had. In our projects we mix vintage, bespoke and occasionally high street to create a style unique to your home. So what are the things to think about when commissioning an original piece of joinery …

Mint green – our interiors edit 6 of the best

Mint green. Our colour of the moment. Colour of mint choc chip ice cream and that really cool shrug that Kate Moss wore that everyone loved. It’s a colour that’s super popular at this time of year as Spring arrives, but it’s a colour that features in most of the schemes that we design and works at any time of year. We’ve put together an edit of our 6 key pieces. Offset these against a grey for a contemporary look, warm things up with peaches, pinks and coral or go for a contrasting look with navy or midnight blue. Get the look: …

My-Studio – A snapshot of interior design value

People often ask us why we should hire an interior designer. Well, all our clients have a one thing that brings us together – a love of lively, eclectic luxury style. But that’s not the only thing our clients rely on us to do. Here’s a little bit of insight into the extra value we bring to every relationship. We’re Psychologists We need to get into your mind. We have to figure out where and how you want to live. A good brief usually gives the right background information. But we know we’ve done a great job when we get …

Hygge – interiors with feeling

We’re back to share some design thoughts and ideas after a very busy time in the studio. The lead-up to Christmas is fast-paced where everyone want their homes to look just right for friends and family over the holidays. So in the early months of the year we look towards a calmer way of thinking and focus on how interiors feel rather than how they look. It’s something that our clients rarely think about and it’s always up there on our list of must-haves when designing a home. We live in a highly visual age faced with a million images in our day-to-day journey so it’s …

Style file – Scandinavian meets 50’s

We mixed pieces from different eras to achieve a playful and sophisticated look for one of our client’s guest bedrooms. As guest bedrooms are not used as often as other rooms in the house you can push colour, texture, pattern and have some fun. Guest beds never looked so inviting! Get the look 1. Christopher Farr Breakwater Smoke fabric, 2. G10 floorlamp by Gubi from TwentyTwentyOne, 3. Nasu armchair by Mentsen from TwentyTwentyOne, 4. Secto 4200 walnut pendant light from Sigmar, 5. Flos Foglio wall lamp in white from TwentyTwentyOne, 5. Mint leather from J Robert Scott  

Bathroom design

Bathrooms – gone are the days of a white metro tile no-nonsense clinical space where function ruled supreme. Now our clients demand personality in their bathroom designs. It might sound unconventional, but when it comes to bathrooms, design and style them like you would other rooms in your home. Here are some design ideas so your bathroom is an inspirational place where you want to linger. Polished plaster For this contemporary farmhouse project we used Tadelakt polished plaster in the contemporary shower area and on all of the walls. If you tile tile tile every living breathing surface it’s a sure-fire …

Marble, the cool kid on the interiors block

Marble has a reputation in interiors – old-school, stuffy, classical, one for the oligarch bling brigade – but that’s changing fast. Today’s marble has got attitude, and it’s as much about applying it cleverly in contemporary interiors as it is about showing off to your friends and covering every surface in your house with it. I once visited a home where every bathroom (there were 6 of them) and all reception areas were clad head-to-toe in calacatta and crema marfil. Totally uninspiring. Now the clever stylish people are using marble intelligently and creatively. So where can you use it? Bathrooms …

From luxe to contemporary – designing with marble

Marble is the next big thing – that’s what the interiors trend forecasters are saying. As a material it’s always been classic and timeless. So with the new applications in honed marble it’s seems more relevant now. It’s always been one of our favourite materials to work with. For it’s beautiful patterns and tactility. It can look contemporary. It can look glamorous. It can be super dramatic with large veining for maximum drama. It can be expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. We have suppliers of amazing offcuts and slabs to create the look. I love marble because every …

Interiors micro trend – leaf print fabrics

We’ve chosen the best leaf print fabrics so you can bring summer into your home and garden. Upholster outdoor or indoor furniture, style leaf print cushions with some Franco Albini chairs, pour a drink and enjoy the sunshine. 1. Bannanier fabric by Boussac   2. Palma by Christopher Farr   3. Palmeral in white green linen by House of Hackney   4. Palma Natural linen by Christopher Farr   5. Willow Linen by Tapet Cafe from Tissus d’Helene   6. Brisa Aqua linen by Christopher Farr   7. Brisa Green linen by Christopher Farr   8. Soft Jardin Exo Chic by …

Cool gardens

Styling your gardens is an important as styling your interiors. We show you how with examples of our favorites.

Salone del Mobile Milan 2014 – My-Studio’s ‘hot list’

If you weren’t lucky enough to make it out to Milan last week for it’s annual international design show, My-Studio has put together a ‘hot-list’ of all the good stuff. Gallotti & Radice‘s Tetris brass and glass side table This light and elegant side table caught My-Studio’s eye for it’s measured glamour.   New Resin Series by Jo Nagasaka for Established & Sons A development of the WrongWoods range (a My-Studio favourite) we love the experimental use of materials as well as the pop colours.   Barber Osgerby Mariposa sofa for Vitra Bold yellow colour and comfortable but contemporary lines. Our …