Morning or afternoon depending on where you are in the world! We are so close to the new tweaks on the blog I cannot wait.Â It won’t be that different from this one exceptÂ there will be slideshows (yay hay) and new columns. I’mÂ bringingÂ Open Call back so once a week I willÂ highlightÂ cool work from around the globe. Â IfÂ you are a designer, artist and you fancy your work being shown on here and all my social media channels then email email@example.com.
I’m starting a new section called Business School. I get so many emails from people wanting to start their own business and I know many can’t attend our Retail Class so once a week there will be little nuggetsÂ ofÂ insider knowledge from me on starting, maintaining and pushing your business. Plus we will profile businesses that have just startedÂ outÂ and or have been around a while and are doing phenomenally well. I never stop learning with this business so itâs a column I am hugely excited about. AlsoÂ there will be the usualÂ columnÂ on Design as well as columns on Paint and Current Obsessions! I have many like coffee, craft beer, cabins, mirrors, gardens, on and on I could go. I will stop cannot give it all away right!
So down to biz, lets talk finishing touches. FTâs are one of the most important components in the decorating puzzle think of them like adding jewellery. Finishing touches add personality, your personality actually reflecting where youâve been, what interests you have that sort of thing. I find that its never finished, ever you think youâre done and then you happen to come across something like I did on the weekend (a wooden sculpture) and you add it to the space and it takes it to a whole different dimension and off you go again.
Paintings are a finishing touch I am obsessed with. Bare walls can be a bit boring so add a painting or paintings. They enhanceÂ wallsÂ with colour, texture, pattern and can act as a focal point or as you will see below simply draw the eye. Plants and flowersÂ I talk about all the time so I won’t sayÂ anything more other than they are one of the most transformative things you can do as you will also see below. Without those plants thisÂ corner would not look half as cool!
All the other stuff like cushions, ottomans, mirrors, rugs, vases, plates, porcelain, carved wooden pieces all add points of interest.Â The trick is to tantalise the eye. If you can walk into a space and read it and look around it in a second it will not feel cool. However if your eye stops, starts, alights, fast tracks, slows down then you’ve nailed it. The plan is when someone enters they literally donât know where to look as their eye is getting pulled around in a zillion different directions!