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Ett Hem Stockholm

This Summer I was lucky enough to take a tour of the beautiful Ett Hem hotel in Stockholm.

Ett Hem exterior

It’s been at the top of my list for places to visit in Sweden since it was re-vamped and redesigned by my all time favourite interior designer Ilse Crawford back in 2012.

‘Ett Hem is not the usual hotel. Ett hem is a place where guests are treated as friends of the family, a place that allows guests to become part of it and feel at home.’ Ett Hem website.

It was just as I had imagined it would be cool, calm and carefully collected. The perfect balance between luxury, indulgence and feeling ‘at home’.

Ett Hem Sofa

Sadly, I couldn’t stay for long, but just enough to time to soak up the sumptuous atmosphere; allowing all my senses to be aroused at an optimal ‘lagom’ level.

Ett Hem Hallway

I can’t wait to go back and stay for longer but for now, I’ll try to encapsulate some of the sensual goodness of Ett Hem into my own home. Happy Friday! #loveyourspace

A Swedish Chapter

Most of you will know that my family and I recently moved to Gothenburg in Sweden. My husband was offered an exciting job opportunity and having always been a huge fan of Scandinavian design and culture, I naturally jumped at the chance to experience living in a country that’s inspiring for me on so many levels.

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It’s all change for the Chubb family in Sweden and we’re gradually finding our feet. Many new challenges lie ahead for us and so I thought I’d take the opportunity to blog and share some of my observations in experiencing and starting life in a new country.
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It goes without saying, they’ll be the smallest hint of design porn. along the way. I hope you enjoy reading.

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Shalford Garden Design

We finally have a garden!!!

Open Bifolds

Open Bifolds

It’s been a long time in the making, but we finally have our very own outside space to nurture and watch grow.

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Tulips in the Spring sunshine

Good for the soul and the mind.

There’s still a way to go, a fence to replace and some storage to build, but this is how it looked when we bought the house 2 years ago…

Before Garden 2013

Garden Before

Before: Kitchen Window

Before: Kitchen Window

What a journey!

2016 for us is the year of the garden – hallelujah!

Now all we need is some sunshine to make it florish!

Daisy x

The Grantley Arms, Wonersh

At Living with Daisy we’re always on the lookout for fresh, innovative interior design and places to inspire us and get the creative juices flowing.

For us, interiors and lifestyle go hand in hand, and one is nothing without the other. Getting the right balance is fundamental. You can’t sit and enjoy a meal in a beautifully designed space if the food and drink are poor and equally you can’t relax and enjoy a hearty meal if the interiors  aren’t up to scratch. (Well, we can’t anyway!)

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We were so excited when our local, the The Grantley Arms in Wonersh opened its doors on 24th October, having managed to strike the perfect balance of the two.

We recently met up with Paul Ayres, the man behind the gorgeous interior design to find out what makes him tick and how he managed to transform what was once a stuffy ‘old man’s pub’ into a stylish, buzzing hub for the Surrey Hills villages, just South of Guildford.

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Who are the owners and what was the inspiration behind the partnership?

The two directors, Chris Frederick and Rich Cryer both live in Wonersh and commute into London. They had a dream of buying and restoring their local pub, transforming it into something fresh and modern that could be enjoyed by all members of the community.

“Villages need assets”, says Paul “and we wanted to create a pub that Wonersh and the surrounding villages could be proud of.”

Head chef Matt Edmondson previously ran the kitchens at The Gherkin in London. “He’s a great guy: full of passion and open to new ideas. He doesn’t have the notorious inflated ego often so common among head chefs. He just wants to make sure our diners have a great experience and will do what it takes.”

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How long did the design process and renovation take?

“We had 6 weeks from exchange to completion to come up with a design. We used Pinterest to build the design vocabulary and come up with that all-important key inspirational image.”

“The whole renovation process took just 4 weeks from completion. It was mad, all hands on deck! Thankfully, I have great team of reliable contractors behind me – the ordering process was insane!”

 

What was the first thing that needed to change?

“Previously the pub was full of really dark mahogany coloured wood, beams and brass everywhere. The first thing we needed to do was lighten the whole space. We opened up the bar by removing the heavy old surround, added our own cornicing and painting everything a very soft grey. We added a large piece of antiqued mirror and hangers for the glasses to reflect more light into the space.”

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What was the overall feel you were going for?

“We wanted to strike a good balance between contemporary and traditional. It’s an old village pub (originally a coaching inn) steeped in history. We used traditional fabrics such as herringbones, tweeds and tartans to maintain character, but used these in lovely modern colours: warm greys and taupe colours to keep it informal.

“We want our customers to feel relaxed, while still maintaining a sense of elegance, a place where you can come for a special occasion. This is why we have the more formal restaurant to the back of the pub which works really well.”

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Were there any nasty surprises that set you back during the renovation?

“When we first lifted the carpet, we discovered beautiful, mahogany parquet flooring, which we assumed ran under the entire carpet. Sadly not, it was only a surround that went along the outer edges. So we had to replace the entire floor with solid oak, which was an unforeseen expense and added further delay to an already very restrictive timeline.”

Where did you source your furniture?

“We had a large number beautiful button back leather and tweed booths made, with a collection of rustic tables and chairs sourced from around the Home Counties.”

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One of the pubs more iconic pieces is our large vintage wine bin in the dining room, we love this but it wouldn’t fit through the doors so we had to de and reassemble it.”

What were your most lavish and transformative purchases?

“The large antiqued mirror behind the bar that adds warmth and depth to the space, the wine bin in the restaurant which we use to store all our wine, and the tiles in the bathroom; it’s always a false economy to scrimp on tiles!”

 Which part of the pub works really well?

“We really love the private dining room, which can be hired out for private functions and conferences. It’s the oldest part of the building and has so much character and heritage. The large inglenook fireplace and bread oven are an integral feature of this room. We couldn’t believe it was being used as a storeroom and couldn’t wait to open it up and have it used and enjoyed again.”

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What are your plans for the future?

“I want to spend a bit more time tweaking the old private dining room and really extracting the character and charm from this room. It’s such an asset to our establishment and an excellent space for private entertaining. It looks good now, but there’s more fun to be had with furniture and accessories.”

“I’m constantly tweaking and making sure the ambience and flow of the space is right. I’ve got lots more exciting plans for the future. It’s my job to make sure this place never becomes stagnant and is constantly evolving.”

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Tweenager’s Bedroom Revamp – Design Concept Package

A child’s bedroom style grows old over time and it is a hard task transitioning your childs room from cute to cool! This is what we were challenged with on our latest  Design Concept Package  project for a client in Bramley.

The brief was to design a scheme that would bridge the gap between a pretty girls butterfly themed bedroom and trendy tweenage girl bedroom.  The client had very strong ideas of how she wanted her room to look – the words ‘funky’ ‘colourful’ ‘trendy’ ‘grown-up’ and ‘my own space’  summed up how she envisioned her room.  The clients mum was amazing, and had given her daughter pretty much free reign on the look, and only asked that we incorporate a desk and storage area!  What fun!! (how i wish my mum had been so forward thinking!!)

First off, we came up with a inspiration Pinterest board, filled with colourful bedroom images.

 

Consultation with the lovely client

Consultation with the lovely client

We set up a consultation with our client and went though the pinterest board. She was the ideal client, letting us know what she liked, and what she didn’t!! We measured up the space and set about designing the room within the agreed budget.

After researching the various desk/storage area, we decided the most cost effective approach would be use our friendly carpenter to modify some Ikea shelving and create a bespoke desk top.

We designed a streamline and multi functional desk area, which when fitted correctly will have a bespoke and high quality finish and you would never guess it was from Ikea!

Then came the interiors scheme.  This was a perfect opportunity to really have fun, working with a cohesive mix of bright and eye-catching colours to create a fun, relaxed, yet functional space.  We scoured our favorite suppliers and found some lovely colourful soft furnishings and accessories that would be suitable for any discering tweenager.  The overall look was more grown up and a scheme that with a little tweeking should see our tweenage client, through to her teenage years!!

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Reading Area

 

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And there we have it, one very happy little client –  we can’t wait to see the room on its completion!

For more ideas for designing a ‘Tweenage bedroom’ Check out our Pinterest Board (and don’t forget to follow us!)

If you have a child’s bedroom crying out for an update and refresh please get in touch for a free consultation, we’d love to hear from you!

Lowri & Daisy

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January SALE Continues

January Sale Continues

10% OFF OUR FULL SERVICE PACKAGE.

Godalming Project: BEFORE Long awkward space

Living Area Before

AFTER: Open, bright, cosy space

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PLUS BUY ONE GET ONE HALF PRICE ON OUR DESIGN CONCEPT PACKAGE.

Book your free consultation NOW before the end of January – we look forward to hearing from you!

Daisy & Lowri xx

Last Project 2015!!!

Wow, what a great end to what’s been a fantastic year! Seeing the complete transformation of our latest Full Service project in Witley come into fruition just in time for Christmas!

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Cosy Living Area

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For this project we provided full-scale 3D drawings in Sketch-up which enabled the client to get a great sense of the space and how it would flow and function.

We sourced and styled every finishing detail; a fun cocktail corner, homely shelf displays, a personalised Gallery Wall, even a cosy nook for the dog – all incorporated into the final design!

Gallery Wall

Gallery Wall
We love designing and styling practical, cosy family homes and it needn’t cost the earth! This transformation came in bang on budget and we even managed to achieved some excellent discounts for our client using our trade accounts.

So, f you’re ready for the complete transformation of your home in 2016 give us a call. We really look forward to hearing from you and getting stuck in to some new and exciting projects in the New Year!

Happy Christmas everyone!

Daisy & Lowri xx

 

 

 

 

 

The Pig Hotel – Quaffing and Troffing in the New Forest

The Pig Hotel – Quaffing and Troffing in the New Forest

This Summer I was lucky enough to spend a glorious 24 hours, quaffing and troffing at The Pig hotel in The New Forest!  I had been wanting to visit for a while now, so my hopes were set high, and I was not disappointed – It was gorgeous!

The Pig

The Pig is a beautiful country house hotel– tucked away in the lush greenery of the New Forest.  The rooms are fabulous – giant beds, reclaimed wood, roll-top baths, monsoon showers all styled with such good taste, think, rough luxe meets Farrow & Ball.  We stayed in one of the courtyard suites and loved all the little finishing touches: a box of homemade cookies and cakes to greet us on arrival, generous bottles of sumptuous shampoo, shower gel etc, and a mini pantry stocked with all the usual suspects.

The main house is full of cosy nooks and crannies; a library with roaring fires, games, piles of books and magazines, a drawing room with sofas for two, all tastefully designed merging the old perfectly with the new.

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Drawing Room

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Cosy Nook

The courtyard with it’s roaring fire in the Winter and a wood fired pizza oven in the Summer is the perfect place to enjoy our delicious complimentary cocktails!

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Cocktails in the Courtyard

At the end of the kitchen garden and across a lily pad covered pond, sits the potting shed (and yes –  it really is a shed but a very pretty one at that!) where you can book yourself in for a relaxing massage.

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The Potting Shed

A huge part of The Pig’s allure is it’s commitment to fresh ingredients.  It has a  ’25 mile menu’ which is created with produce farmed or foraged within 25 miles of the hotel – a lot comes from the hotel’s extensive kitchen garden.

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Kitchen Gardens

Food is served in the gorgeous green house come conservatory which has the most amazing vibrant encaustic tiles.  The room was packed full of herbs and plants from the garden. The tables and chairs are all mismatched as is the vintage cutlery and glassware.

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Dining Room

The bar is stocked full of homemade tinctures and spirits infused with whatever the gardener had going spare – the mint choc vodka was particularly scrummy!

The perfect place to escape all the hustle and bustle of life!

Lowri

Chic Sheds – Inspiration for the Home Office

Garden sheds are a cost-effective, stylish and eco-friendly solution to the home office and above all – there is no commute! They can also be incredibly creative working environments. Roald Dahl wrote all his books from a shed at the bottom of his garden, and we began our interior design business from this one!

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With more and more people working from home, “shedworking” is becoming increasingly popular – the convenience of working from home with the feeling of still going to work!

Over the last decade we have seen a revolution of the office workplace. The garden shed, which once housed lawnmowers and garden paraphernalia, is being transformed – insulated from the cold, fitted with electrics and linked to anywhere in the world.

There are so many choices to suit any design and budget – and if you keep your office below 2.5m in height and modest in size, you can negate the need for planning permission.  From traditional to contemporary to quirky and unusual, what would you choose? See our favourite finds below.

Traditional Garden Sheds

With a lick of paint, these quintessential English summer houses have been sympathetically converted into charming office retreats.

Contemporary Garden Sheds

I really love the shapes of these beautifully designed spaces (it seems wrong to call these sheds!) They are a far cry from the old garden shed. Modern, chic designs are available off-the-peg; or customise your own with little extras, like kitchens, showers and cloakroom. These designs are built for all-year-round use, they are often well-insulated with double-glazing and heating and are structurally robust.

Quirky and Unusual Sheds

From Caravans, to Trailers and even Tree Houses – “shed” creativity seems endless.  I love the idea of having my own vintage van at the end of the garden.  You could have so much fun renovating and decorating these little gems.

But who says they need to be confined to office use? How about a writing shed, an artists studio, a gardeners retreat, a ‘this is my space’ bolthole, a gym ….

So say goodbye to the endless hours commuting and join the shed revolution.

Lowri x

 

Urban Office Cool

Your working environment has a big impact on the way you feel; your energy levels, how you collaborate with your colleagues, and ultimately – and most importantly – your productivity. This Summer, we were delighted to have the opportunity to transform a sterile, white corporate box in Surrey Research Park, Guildford into an exciting, creative and fun work space.

The BEFORE shots – not very inspiring!

Our brief was to transform the space into a geek haven; ‘Harry Potter meets urban cool’. It had to be done on a tight budget and extremely tight timeline and all as a surprise for a growing team of creative web designers.

As is often the case with  rented premises, we we were unable to make any structural changes or replace flooring or ceilings, so this presented quite a challenge!

We started devising a scheme on Pinterest to establish the style and tone and get our client on board with the initial ideas and concept. Luckily the client was both adventurous and decisive. He was looking for something informal, relaxed, fun and creative with the occasional nod to the company signature colour – orange!

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We broke the space up into four distinct zones: Break Out Area, Work Station, Meeting Room and Coffee Station.

Break Out Area

We wanted to design a cosy, relaxed, fun chill-out area. Using an old leather Chesterfield sofa as a starting point, we paired it with some effective bookcase wallpaper to give it a library atmosphere and add character. To define this area, we scoured auction sites for a large worn turkish rug and added mood lighting with a cool mid-century standard lamp.  We wanted to make it feel reminiscent of a gentleman’s club with the addition of a globe shaped mini bar (the client’s favourite object) but also keep it in the 21st century with the addition of two 70’s leather swivel chairs and classic arcade machine (boys will be boys!)

Break Out Area 1

Break Out Area 2

Work Station 

The main goal of this large area was to alleviate the clinical, impersonal feel of the room and create a cool space that would get the team’s creative juices flowing!

The addition of the brick-effect wallpaper had instant impact and once the walls were painted in rich deeper colours and the white paint removed, the space was transformed.

We fitted a cluster of exposed incandescent lights which hung randomly over the desks with graphite and orange corded flex; a nod to the company’s signature colours.

Work Station

The gallery wall was a celebration of the team and featured fun staff pictures displayed in random mix of vintage frames. But the real centrepiece was “Derek the Stag” – the team’s new mascot!Derek The Stag

Coffee Station

To get away from the nasty synthetic materials commonly used in these types of offices and to introduce some natural, cost-effective materials and textures into the space; We briefed our lovely carpenter to re-face the original kitchenette doors and created a new coffee station using reclaimed pallets, disused scaffold planks and scaffold poles. Unfortunately, we were unable to change the white sink tiles or the metal thresholds, but we painted us much as we could in F&B Railings, a deep anthracite colour – practically black – for a dramatic effect. We accessorised with kilner jars and other fun bits and bobs, again with a nod to the company colours.

Meeting Room

We highlighted the company colours again with these vibrant and classic industrial Xavier Pauchard chairs and customised an acrylic transfer of the company logo.  Both looked striking against the dark walls.

A cable drum table (when it arrives!) will be in keeping with the urban theme and maximized the space in this snug meeting room.

Meeting Room

It was such a fun creative project to work on and ‘the big reveal’ went well. The staff were as chuffed with their new office as we were!!

“Just wanted to say a massive Thank you. It was a pleasure working with you both. You really got the brief and ran with it and it’s turned out brilliantly. The guys were suitably impressed and excited when they came in on Friday morning.” Richard Neale – My people Manager

If your office space is crying out for a new, exciting and creative revamp, drop us a line. We would love to help you create the office you and your team have been dreaming of.

Lowri & Daisy