Monthly Archives: March 2010

Dear Designers Guest Post at Urban Style Vibes……….

I’m so excited…

Blogging friend Lise, over at Urban Style Vibes has today posted some of my very own photos from a recent trip to Krakow.  Please pop over and have a look here and check out the rest of her blog too.

Lise’s blog is dedicated to travel, style and design news and as I am passionate about all three it is a daily read for me.

Thanks so much Lise. xoxo 

Dear Designer

I Spy – Graham and Green Spring Collection……….

The new catalogue is out!!! 

Full of the most mouth-watering, delectable things imaginable…bone inlay chests in candy colours…chandeliers dripping with jewels…the brightest cushions…the most romantic bedrooms…folksy kitchens…and the most quirky accessories……….

I may have to raid the piggy bank!

Graham and Green

House Tour – French Chateau……….

15th Century elegance with a pleasing mix of period and modern style furnishings and decor.  Tall ceilings and grand proportions downstairs.  Cosy bedrooms with wallpaper and beams upstairs.  Outside… shady tables laid for lunch.  And, oh, a swimming pool with a view. 

You can almost hear the silence…the drone of the bees…the feel of the sun on the skin……….

Just leave me here for a week or two.

Found at Shootspaces.

Wallpaper – Fresh Blue Feature Walls……….

Inspired by the Bath Family kitchen/dining/family room……….

All wallpapers:  Wallpaper Direct and Cole and Son.

Website Wishlist – Eden and Eden……….

Dear Designers’ Sunday afternoon surf brings you her five absolute favourite things from Eden & Eden.

Timeless and classy…

Quirky and fun…

Home sweet home!

Simple, good design…

Anyone for tea?

Saturday Share – 27.3

Dear Designer’s favourite images this week from all those lovely blogs out there……….

Click on the picture for the full post.

Emmas Blog


This is Glamorous

Belle Maison


A Beach Cottage


Man Make Home

Desire to Inspire

Extension Plans Part IV – Decoration……….

The final instalment of Dear Designer’s advice for the Bath Family……….

Decisions have already been made regarding the kitchen cabinets (white, glossy) and the flooring (walnut) which will look fabulous.  Also, the dining furniture is to remain, which is a medium toned wood with brown leather chairs.  All that is needed are some suggestions for pulling it all together.

I would suggest keeping the majority of the walls white except for the wall behind the sofa which is crying out for a feature wallpaper.  The main colour of this can then dictate the accent colour for the kitchen and dining room giving the whole space a sense of cohesion.

Sources: Sofa from SofaSofa, wallpaper from Wallpapers Direct, arc lamp from Dwell, walnut flooring from              UK Flooring Direct, tv from Sony, cushions from John Lewis.

The fresh blue in the wallpaper can then be used as the splashback in the kitchen to balance out the two ends of the room.  Glass tiles or coloured glass would both work equally well.  A couple more blue accessories in the kitchen would be all that is needed.


Bodie and Fou

To bring blue into the dining area you could add blue bar stools at the central island and maybe artwork with a touch of blue behind the dining table.  It’s important not to overdo it.  Less is most definitely more.

Simply Bar Stools

Keep everything else neutral.  Brushed chrome for all of the light fittings and kitchen appliances and maybe a dark grey granite worktop and then, over the other side of the room a neutral coloured modular sofa.

Bodie and Fou


If you would like design advice from Dear Designer, email  sending photographs if possible, room dimensions and details of what you have, what you need to keep and what you desire.