Where to visit in the Cotswolds

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I’ve lived in the Cotswolds for 5 years, and although I might be a slightly biased, I can safely say it is one of the most beautiful parts of the countryside and I feel very lucky to call it home. It can be quite easy to take for granted the peacefulness in waking up to views of fields for miles and so I wanted to share my favourite places of where to visit in the Cotswolds . But actually writing this has really reminded me of how unique this place is, so if you haven’t already you really must visit. When planning this blog post it quickly became obvious that the Cotswolds holds some of the most fab hidden gems in the shape of walks, shops and eating spots. So I’m really excited to share with you my compilation of the ‘best bits’ in the hope that you two will come to share my love of this place!

Places to eat in the Cotswolds 

First and foremost let’s focus on food! I always think when visiting a new place it’s so handy to have recommendations for the best eating spots to avoid hours of trawling through Trip Advisor. First on my list is The Wild Rabbit in Chipping Norton. Describing this place as simply a pub would in no way at all do it justice. It’s serves up michelin star locally sourced food in a cosy and relaxed atmosphere. Or after a wander around Cheltenham and Montpellier I would definitely recommend taking a pit stop at No.131 for a cocktail or two! This place will definitely give you serious house envy with lots of different spots to settle down for an afternoon with a drink in hand.

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If you’re looking for a cute cafe for a coffee and a cake then you must stop at Coach House Coffee in Stow on the Wold. Plus, this market town will definitely have you dreaming after the iconic Cotswold stone. For those looking for a healthier option, you’ll find a delicious and nutritious lunch at Kindness & Co in Cheltenham. It’s quite recently opened and their extensive list of teas and guilt free sweet treats will definitely cure that afternoon pick me up fix! Huxley’s cafe and bar is another little gem tucked away in the quaint village of Chipping Campden. The cafe offers a menu boasting a very wide range of wines and a delicious selection of antipasti options, taking you through the afternoon and into the evening. Finally I couldn’t write this post without mentioning Soho Farmhouse. I think it pretty much embodies country chic, nestled in Oxfordshire it provides the perfect hideaway for a luxury weekend break.

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Walks in The Cotswolds

As I already mentioned one of the many things I love about the Cotswolds is the expanse of fields. I love nothing more than taking our dog, Darcie, for a walk on a summer’s evening. So I think incorporating a walk into a trip to the Cotswolds is a definite must. Something on my to do list is definitely the Cotswold Way National Trail, offering over 100 miles of beautiful scenery this walk stretches from Chipping Campden to Bath! Perhaps worth just tackling it in small chunks and intertwining lots of coffee stops and food breaks!

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If you did decide to go to Chipping Campden then it’s well worth a visit to Hidcote Gardens. This National Trust property has a garden split into ‘outdoor rooms’ with differing characteristics, housing an endless variety of vibrant coloured flowers, designed by horticulturist Lawrence Johnston. Well worth a visit.

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Shops in The Cotswolds

Many of the places I’ve already mentioned all host lots of cute shops perfect for an afternoon potter. But if you fancy something a little different then Daylesford in a great option, it has a rather gorgeous farm shop with a lovely homeware section. For something a bit different they also hold cookery classes in their state of the art professional kitchen teaching you to prepare delicious meals using all local produce. I’m sure it is a great place to visit all year round but Christmas at Daylesford is extra magical! This year I plan on going to their wreath making workshop and I feel a bit embarrassed to say its June as I write this and I am already looking forward to decorating for Christmas! 

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For all things stationery, gifts and many more cute bits and bobs take a trip to Meggie’s. Located in Stow on the Wold you can definitely while away a lot of time having a browse here. Or for something a little more exclusive head on over to Anton and K, they source French, Swedish and Continental decorative antiques and you’ll definitely be spoiled for choice with the gorgeous pieces on their website. If you have your eye on something they do have a warehouse in Winchcombe where you can view items by appointment. Cotswold Grey is another fabulous find located in Moreton-in-Marsh. They have such a great range of pieces and I love their furniture and lighting.

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So I think i’ll have to round this post up, but I might do a part 2 at some point as there are definitely lots more places that I would recommend! I hope this has inspired you to visit the Cotswolds or if you already live in/around the Cotswolds, it’s shed light on a hidden gem you haven’t previously explored. I’d love to hear any more recommendations you have so be sure to pop them in the comments.

Ps Fenton and Gregory are bringing out a book all about the Cotswolds so keep an eye on their Instagram for all updates and lots more recommendations!

 

Sources: The Wild Rabbit  No. 131  Coach House Coffee  Kindness & Co  Huxley’s  Soho Farmhouse  Cotswold Trail  Hidcote Gardens  Daylesford  Meggie’s  Anton and K  Cotswold Grey  Hugo Lamdin

International Design

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Online Interior Design

One of my favourite parts of my job is meeting new people and helping them to create their perfect home. I love to tailor each new scheme to a clients personality and make sure that it not only looks great, but works for how they live. Most recently I have been spending a lot of my time working on E-Design services which I find so exciting as there are no limits with travel – this year I’ve had clients as far away as Dubai and Texas! My clients share photos, measurements and inspiring images via email and we then discuss the design either via Skype or email, going back and forth a couple of times with edits and revisions until we get to the finished scheme.

I’ve found it so interesting to work with clients from different countries and being able to source new furniture and furnishings from different countries, its just a shame that I won’t be going to help them with the installation (and a cold drink by each of their swimming pools!)  

Here is the finished board for one of my recent designs – hopefully we will have some finished photographs to show you all in the next few months! 

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If you’d like to learn more about our e-design services, get in touch via the contact form – I look forward to hearing about your project! 

 

 

7 Steps To Style Your Kitchen

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7 Steps To Style Your Kitchen 

Kitchen worktops are one of the most difficult spaces to style. So often now the kitchen is the hub of the home and with this come endless amounts of charging cables, bills, paperwork and homework files. Not to mention kitchen appliances, utensils and cookbooks….

SLOAN! magazine asked me for my top tips for how to style kitchen surfaces – click the link to head over to their website to view the full article ‘7 Steps to Style Your Kitchen’

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Colour Stories – Pink and Red

Interior Design Red and Pink

 

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Interior Design Red and Pink

 

Colour Stories

I love making mood boards. Throughout the entire design process it is possibly my most favourite part (joint first with plumping the final cushion). For this reason, I’ve decided to share a mood board every month to inspire you whilst I get to be completely indulgent with one of my favourite design elements! 

Pink & Red

Pink & Red. A colour combination that somewhere, in the back of my mind, people have said to me should not work, be it in fashion or interiors. I beg to differ! If you combine these colours with confidence and follow a few simple tips, then you won’t end up with a room that looks like a valentines card, I promise.

This is a scheme that does need confidence but if you can pull it off, it works so well. Red and pinks are inviting, welcoming, cosy colours. If you are drawn to colours on the warmer side of the colour wheel but you want to create a bold, modern scheme, then perhaps this duo may well be something to consider. 

Why it works

I’ve picked some interiors below which demonstrate just how cool this colour combination can be. There is a secret to why these schemes all work so incredibly well. The designers have added doses of black and/or white into the scheme to keep them from looking too sickly sweet. Take a look through and let me know what you think in the comments section below – would you be daring enough? 

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Red and pink interiors cheltenham

 

Red and pink interiors cotswolds

Image credits from top to bottom: Pierre Yovanovitch | No. 197 Chiswick Firestation | Miles Redd | Architectural Digest 

 

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NEW PROJECT – NOTTING HILL

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At the start of the year, my client came to me to ask for some assistance with the design of some of the rooms in her STUNNING Georgian house in Notting Hill. Ever since watching the film Jack & Sarah (anyone?) I have been obsessed with townhouses so when I was asked to help with this house, I jumped at the chance! The house retains many period features and the light that floods through the large windows is just to die for. It really was a dream to work with. 

We were tasked with a complete redecoration of the double sitting room, which included new flooring, lighting, AV, joinery and furniture. As well as this, we got involved with the lighting, furniture, flooring and finishes in the kitchen by Tim Moss Kitchens. 

Enjoy! Lx 

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Christmas Styling

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As most of the country is in full Christmas decorating fever this weekend, I wanted to share a roundup of my favourite Christmas decorations that I’ve found this year – in three different styles – Nordic, Children’s and Traditional.

I am a huge fan of going all-out with christmas decorations throughout the house (no room is left untouched!) and so this year I am SO excited to be able to be completely greedy and go for two trees as we have two perfect spaces for a christmas tree. Yes, its completely unnecessary I know, but I am going to be putting my hands over my hears and turning up Mariah full blast to drown out my other half as I surround myself in fairy lights… 

Click the links below to find the sources – all available in the UK 

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traditional christmas style

 | TREE – Go real! It smells SO much better | Base | Lantern | Nutcracker | Glass Ball | Red Ball |

 |Antique Ball | Wreath | Pine Garland |

childrens christmas interior

 

| Star Garland | Blackboard Tree | Sleigh | Sack | Hedgehog | Squirrel | Boots | Camel | Wreath |

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| Tree | Feather Ball | Shiny Ball | Rug | Stocking | Wreath | Pair of Trees |

Interior Design Workshop – January

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Cotswold interior design workshop

On 14th January 2017 we’ll be hosting the next LGI Interior Design Workshop and I have to say, I am so excited for it! It is such a great way to spend a day with likeminded (interiors-obsessed) people in a gorgeous location with delicious food. Following on from feedback from the last workshop, we’ll be keeping the really popular elements of the workshop, which focussed on the floor-planning (we’ll teach you an easy way to draw to scale!) and the importance of creating a mood board for your space. We’re going to add in a longer section on how to choose paint colours as this is something that a lot of people find really overwhelming and, by popular demand, we’re going to do a section covering where to shop! 

People brought scribbles, plans and photographs of their own homes and projects and we make sure there is time during breaks to take a good look and discuss advice for the best solution. What I loved is that everyone got on so well and there were so many great tips flying around the room from people that had came across similar hurdles and design dilemmas. 

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We held the last workshop in October at the stunning Barn at Upcote and the venue couldn’t have been more perfect for the day, the light in the space is beautiful and perfect for looking at paint colours and fabrics. 

We’ll also be working with Siobhan Wolton who created a gorgeous spread, with slow cooked Gloucester old spot pork, Cerney goats cheese with fresh figs, Cotswold bee honey and walnuts accompanied with fresh vegetable slaw and wild rice. To finish, we had fresh fruits and chocolate nibbles. Just writing this is making my mouth water! The food was a real hit, I love working with Siobhan

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We still have some places left for the workshop on 14th January – to find out more about the day, click here

AND….finally, with Christmas coming soon, we have some rather fabulous gift cards to send out for those that would like to buy a ticket for a loved one. If you’d like to book – click here – and make a note on your order that you’d like a gift card and we’ll get one out to you in time for Christmas! 

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MONDAY INSPIRATION: THIS WEEKS TOP PINNED IMAGES

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Interior Designer Cheltenham

Take a look below for our most inspiring pinned images this week. Follow on Pinterest here for more interior inspiration!

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Simple, rustic styling on this balcony has us dreaming of a warm breeze and a cool glass of wine.

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This sitting room has a gorgeous combination of faded velvet on a rounded chesterfield and crisp linen on the sleek lines of the love seat to the left. Rustic, contemporary glamour at its best.

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Oh how much do we love this sink

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Classic contemporary in this bedroom – the simple walls and bed frame balance the antique furniture. Perfect for a Sunday morning paper and croissant feast.

Interior Design Swimming Pool

This swimming pool is the perfect antidote to the fact that it has rained here in the Cotswolds for uh…approximately 217 days straight now.

HOW TO: STYLE A COFFEE TABLE

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Your coffee table needs some love! Don’t just use it as a dumping ground, style your coffee table as you would a bookshelf and you will have a wonderful talking point and something interesting to entertain your guests as you are fiddling about in the kitchen. Here are some tips for creating a visual treat for the centrepiece of your seating area.

1. Create differing heights.  Its the same with styling a coffee table as it is with designing the rest of the room – different heights lead the eye around and create interest. Try adding candlesticks, a vase of flowers or a hurricane lamp off centre to achieve this.

2. Books, Books, Books. You’ve seen it everywhere and you may have one or two books on your table already. Add more! Stack them up in a couple of piles and then add……..

3. Something quirky. Add something a little bit odd, a talking point, on-top of your stack of books to break up the straight lines. A piece of faux coral works well (Zara do a great one here) but anything sculptural would look great.

4. Something green. When styling a project, it never looks finished until we’ve added something green. Plants and flowers add another dimension to a room and adding a touch to your coffee table will finish it off nicely. Don’t forget the amazing array of artificial plants and flowers that are around now (Abigail Ahern’s are great) if you can’t bear the thought of remembering to water it!

5. Be odd. Odd looks better. Why? Its because it leads your eye around the grouping and is therefore more effective at capturing your gaze. A trio of bowls of differing sizes can look great on a coffee table.

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interior designer cheltenham

MONDAY INSPIRATION: THIS WEEKS TOP PINNED IMAGES

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INTERIOR DESIGN CHELTENHAM

Happy Monday readers! What a miserable day it has been so far. It hasn’t stopped raining so far today in Cheltenham. Not to worry though – here are our picks of our most pinned images on Pinterest this week to cheer you up. There are lots of neutrals in this collection but they are so packed with texture  – from soft washed linens to rustic oak beams and high sheen surfaces – that they caught our attention straight away. Head over to Pinterest for more inspiration and lets all hope that the sun shines tomorrow!

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This room, designed by American designer Kirsten Marie  caught our eye with its simple colour palette and sociable furniture layout.  The sheepskin footstool adds a great hit of texture.

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There are lots of beautiful barn conversions here in the Cotswolds and by using these crittall style doors, white walls and super simple floor tiles, the rustic beams stand out in this property.

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The bespoke sofa in this sitting room fits the alcove perfectly and the wall lights highlight the enclosed nature of the seating layout.

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We love the juxtaposition between the contemporary polished concrete and the trough, rustic wood and linen throw here