1 Sep 2014

London Design Festival 2014 is Finally Here

London Design Festival 2013 from London Design Festival on Vimeo.

It's already September (where has the Summer gone?) and with that comes the plethora of intriguing and exciting interior design events. With so many events crammed into one creative month it's not surprising that I seem to miss at least one thing - whoever this month I pledge to plan out my design schedule. With Design Junction (one of my personal favourites), TENT, Design district events - with Islington joining the fray,  there is a lot to see. But outside of the main events there will be other design led talks, forums and installations taking place throughout the London Design Festival. For example Giles Miller will create an intriguing installation in Shoreditch and the V&A will be hosting a wide range of talks too. You can collect your free guide from any of the participating stores, showrooms and museums from 13th.  I've uploaded last years LDF on my blog just to give you an idea of what you can expect.

The London Design Festival will run from 13 - 21 September. If there is one design season to take full advantage of, this is it. 


25 Aug 2014

Living Room in Blue Hues

Oh, it's so good to be home isn't it. The warmth and familiarity of your own space is a key element to the transition from making your house feel like home. With Heart Home launching an inspiring interior competition in collaboration with Good To Be Home magazine's debut it's inspired me to visualise and play around with my own ideal home wish list. With this in mind I've decided to but together a dream scheme for own living room space. I'm a huge fan of the distinguished gentleman look and find pleasure in refined details and visually stimulating. I think this really pulls through in the concept I've created above. Paired down blue hues blended together with dusk white touches really works well with bold hard solid cherry woods and bold bright lights.
This has then been translated into a medley of calm and classic interiors. Full of texture, depth and also a cool palette, warmth - this scheme is does have that definition and refined look. Firstly the adore parquet flooring and this charming dark solid wood which helps to unite the scheme, pulling it together. I like using the work of local artists and interiors and really admire the work of Lee Broom. Here I'll pulled his coffee table with matching table lamps which not only conveys the narrative but it also has that East End cultural feel. How could you not want to curl but with a good book and ponder your next creative adventure of this cosy velvet sofa by Heals. This striking bold bolt blue really speaks volumes yet adds a sense of luxury. The Heal's Cohen pendent light was a no brainer for me. The light is bold but not too over powering plus the added touch of copper really gives it that touch of class. To finish the scheme I've gone for two Farrow & Ball colours - in Lulworth Blue and Cornforth White. Together these colours really to marry the concept and the interior perfectly. What do you think of this scheme? And what's your favourite elements of home?

Images credited (Concept Board): 

23 Jul 2014

Clerkenwell Design Week 2014: A Visual Reminder

Clerkenwell Design Week 2014 really did surpass itself this year. As one of my must-see-shows it's a show, which is constantly filled with new and evolving talent. In my opinion, this year certainly trumped its pervious years, overflowing with talks, intriguing design conversations and new developments in design. If you missed out this year here's the official catch-up.

Credited: Clerkenwell Design Week 2014 from triitme on Vimeo.

21 Jul 2014

The Lovely Pigeon: Tom Pigeon

In addition to my passion for interior design I'm also extremely fanatic about stationery and the design process. That said, I had such a wonderful time this year at Clerkenwell Design Week, one of the most inspiring and creatively curated interior events of the year. Whilst there at the newly curated additions segment of the event I met the talented Kirsty (one half of the duo as Kirsty's husband Pete has joined the company) from Lovely Pigeon. Impressed (and slightly obsessed) by their creations I took the opportunity to interview Kirsty to dig a little deeper and find out a bit more about them.

Exclusive: This August Lovely Pigeon will re-launch its brand as Tom Pigeon in addition to a new website and online shop!

So tell us a little bit about the world of Lovely Pigeon and how it all began?
The Pigeon studio started out as a hobby, making pieces of jewellery for friends, and has gradually grown over the past 4 years into a full time job. We are a design studio based in a tiny fishing village on the East Coast of Scotland, but we’re lucky enough to work with some of the worlds best design stores and gallery spaces. Our work spans jewellery, print and stationery and we are about to take an exciting leap into the world of homewares. 

It was great to see your latest collection at CDW14. Where do you get your inspiration from for each new collection? 
I am inspired by all kinds of things – geometry and pattern, Midcentury design, new materials – but at the moment my work is influenced by where I work and live. Our home and studio is in a tiny fishing village on the East coast of Scotland and I am constantly inspired by the paintwork and graphics of fishing boats, the angles and lines of masts and sails and the colours and reflections of the sea.

The AW14 collection takes inspiration from the sea, the Beaufort scale, ice cream vans, travelling fairs and hand lettered type.
Tell us about your new stationery and desk collections launching this AW14?
The new collection features a wide range of products including jewellery, office accessories, prints and stationery. The Metalwork collection includes rulers, magnets and paper clips hand made in Britain from semi-precious metals. The Paperwork collection is a playful set of paper-based organisational tools featuring a clock, perpetual calendar and year planner. 

How do you maintain that work/life balance through the day-to-day?
Hmm, not always that easy.  The Pigeon studio is situated in an old fisherman’s net loft attached to our house so it is very easy to get to work and never that easy to leave! We live two minutes from the beach which is amazing, and we have good pubs, beach barbecues and a bit of harbour swimming to lure us away from our desks. 
What advice would you give to anyone wanting to start their own business?
Be passionate. Don’t be scared to experiment or step out of your comfort zone. Be nice to people!

What's next for Lovely Pigeon? 
We are about to make some big and exciting changes in the Pigeon studio. 

My husband, Pete, has just joined the company and Lovely Pigeon is rebranding and relaunching at September’s  Design Junction (at London Design festival). 

Our new company, Tom Pigeon, has been founded to make simple, crafted objects for people to use and enjoy. We will be adding office accessories and more print to the collection as well as new jewellery collections to compliment the existing Metals Collection.

We are also working on some top secret, but super-exciting, collaborative projects with two major London galleries and an International department store at the moment. Unfortunately I cant say much more than that right now but watch this space!

Images Credited: Lovely Pigeon

15 Jul 2014

Jason Grant Launches Book 2: Holiday At Home

I'm so ecstatic to announce on my blog that Interior Stylist & creative genius Jason Grant will be launching his second book Holiday At Home this Fall. I will be reviewing Jason's new book later this year but until then, here is an insightful preview of what's to come.

Can't wait till then? Then get your hands on his latest book A Place Called Home. 

Credit: Holiday At Home - Mr Jason Grant from Lauren Bamford on Vimeo.

14 Jul 2014

Book Review: Decorate with Flowers

Holly Becker never fails to surprise me. Having taken her class Blogging your Way 2.0 a few years ago and having a slight addiction to her previous book Decorate Workshop I was so excited to discover that she has now teamed up with fellow creative and Canadian Stylist/Photographer Leslie Shewring to produce her latest book Decorate with Flowers. I don't know about you but I'm always intrigued at how flowers can transform an interior space, instantaneously brighten up a room. In Holly's latest book, this dynamic duo use their relaxed approached to demonstrate step-by-step, how you can curate your own craft project to tastefully add a bit of charisma and personality to your home. One of my favourite sections in the book is the 'Entertaining Ideas' section where you learn some really interesting ways to glam up your tabletops when entertaining. Crammed full of very useful hints & tips there are so many endless ways to decorate with flowers.

Decorate with Flowers: Buy Now

Images credited: Jacqui Small LLP

30 Jun 2014

The Broom Room: Lee Broom's 1st Hotel Project

It's been a long couple of weeks.... I've finally submitted my research report which was all about luxury hotel design, asking "What's the sense in luxury?!" And after 9,000 words, various visits to hotels across London and interviewing designers, stylists and creatives I've successfully past the penultimate module of my MA and currently working on my final hotel design project - Hooray!

So you all know that I'm extremely passionate about design, particularly hotel design and I'm so pleased to announce that Lee Broom the creative mind behind the Crystal bulb has undertaken his first hotel project at The Thief in Oslo. The design is a homage to the best of British design, art and culture. Designed by Lee with a little magical collaboration from Karina Holman {Norwegian interior designer from the ESKE group} this suite really exudes Brit chić. I love the blue hue and the combination of bold gold, texture and classic Broom style. Having interned with Lee in his early years, Lee has this intense sense of style & creativity, which is both unique and fresh. Want to check it out - head to The Thief.

Images created: Camron PR