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The downstairs loo is often the smallest room in any given house; tucked away by the front door or under the stairs, it’s all too often a space that goes a little neglected. Due to the general size of downstairs bathrooms, there is sometimes a hesitancy when it comes to decorating, with people believing that a small space cannot take on a heavy design scheme. However, I believe that the downstairs loo is the perfect place get a little creative when decorating it. Since you don’t tend to spend an excessive amount of time in the area, it can afford to be designed in a dramatic and exciting way. Once you have your basics, a toilet and sink, you can really begin to play around with the scheme, creating your own little paradise that you get to visit a few times a day.

To make a big statement in a small space you must first be decisive about which direction you want to take. Big features can look amazing but include too many and the space may become a little claustrophobic; here are a few ideas to get your thinking about how you could best design your downstairs loo.

When you have guests over for an evening, often the cloakroom will be the only bathroom they see, so creating a show stopping space will really make a strong design statement. Adding a patterned wallpaper to your loo can be a great way to give the space its own sense of character. On a recent project we decorated a client’s downstairs bathroom with this fun Manuel Canovas wallpaper, L’envol, which really gave a bland space a bit of impact.

‘Manuel Canovas L’envol Wallpaper’

There are so many styles you can opt for when it comes to choosing a wallpaper with flare for your loo. I’m head over heels for this flamingo print from 17 Patterns in pink. It’s a fantastically designed pattern that will look amazing in a downstairs loo, really giving the space a strong, bold look without being overbearing.

‘Flamingo in Pink Wallpaper’ from 17 Patterns

If you’re general aesthetic is more traditional, but still vibrant and colourful, a charming design like this Secret Garden pattern from Juliet Travers in midnight blue will help create a sweet but dramatic effect in the small space. The enchanting pattern teamed with the perfect lighting will create a fairy-tale like space.

‘Secret Garden Wallpaper’ from Juliet Travers

If you have the advantage of additional floor space on your side, a few plants strategically placed will really transform the place. If you have a few different surface heights, for example the floor a countertop and maybe some shelving, building your own small jungle of plants in different varieties and sizes will give a depth to your space, making a strong statement. When it comes to plants, of course it depends on your preference, but I believe more is more, and an overflow of bohemian style succulents, cacti’s and tropical pieces will really create an impact as opposed to one, lonely plant. If you’re short on sunlight, a quality faux plant can look just a good as the real thing, plus if you’re opting for a plant of the spikey variety there’s no chance of a painful accident! Abigail Ahern does some of the best artificial plants and flowers around, I love this array of cactus; they’ll really help to build up your plant portfolio.

‘Artificial Plant Selection’ from Abigail Ahern

A lack of floor or surface space shouldn’t deter you from adding some foliage to your bathroom. This wall garden from Rockett St George is a great example of how you can really get creative with plants in your home, and in your loo. Vertical gardens are a fantastic and innovative way of using your space selectively but still keeping a fresh and current aesthetic. You can buy a readymade one, real or faux, or if you want a project, creating you own one is the perfect way to include everything you want to and design with you own vision.

‘Faux Vertical Garden’ from Rockett St George

Sometime the downstairs loos is fitted into a rather tight space in the home, which might make you think that there is only room for the bare necessities, but you can always create more space with the use of carefully planned shelving. The trick is, in a small space making sure you put up your shelves somewhere where you won’t be knocking into. Once you have this figured out you can pick a shelf that matches your style and begin to fill it with a mix of ornamental and usual items, creating the perfect design balance. These industrial style shelves from Cox & Cox are sweet; their light design means that they won’t feel like they take up more room than they actually do, and the open nature of them makes them ideal for carrying objects of various heights and sizes.

‘Industrial Wood and Metal Shelves’ from Cox & Cox

Another shelving design I love is from Anthropologie, although these are slightly less functional then your conventional pieces, they are so pretty they’d make the perfect design feature. Often you find downstairs loos located under the stairs, these shelves would look lovely ascending in size order up a sloping wall.

‘Bloomland Shelving’ from Anthropologie

Whenever I think about inspirational bathrooms, I always think back to the beautiful image of the bathroom in Malpalquet House in East London, which I wrote a blog on some time ago. The bathroom wall was covered in pictures, frames and crucifixes, which overall created a beautiful effect.

‘Bathroom in Malpalquet House’

While you may not be able to squeeze all of this into you downstairs loo, you can certainly create something that’ll make an impact. If you have a generous amount of clear wall space, you can start to make you own mural of photo frames, prints, painting, mirrors and anything else you can think of. You may want to go down the nostalgia route and use family photos, or pick out arty prints, or even just create a miscellaneous haven. I love these Kiko frames from Nkuku, they come in a range of sizes so you can mix and match and find the perfect fit for your chosen display pieces. Unlike conventional frames, you can change what you want to go in the Kiko frame with ease and swap out or add in items as you find them. A downstairs loo wall covered in the frames will make a beautiful, comforting statement.

‘Kiko Frame’ from Nkuku

Using mirrors, in varying sizes and styles is also a good way to create an impact, and also provide a functional aspect to your bathroom. These hanging portrait mirrors from Nkuku are great to add to a collection of mirrors; with some being flatter, some more elaborate and some smaller or larger. A wall covered in mirrors or frames will automatically create an eye-catching feature in a small space.

‘Vintage Portrait Mirror’ from Nkuku

The downstairs loo is often a forgotten about space, or somewhere thought as only a functional room, but there are so many ways to great creative in a small space. It’s an area that you can confidently show off your style and really begin to design an area that’s a fun space.

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This week I wanted to blog about some of the wonderful wallpapers and fabrics available at the moment that feature scenery designs. Often we tend to jump head first into our plains, stripes and floral patterned fabrics but always seem a little hesitant to delve into the world of scenery fabrics or wallpapers. Perhaps it’s because the art historian in me is a sucker for a good renaissance tapestry, but I always liked a well thought out scenery design, so I’ve picked out some lovely scenic designs that are floating around at the moment that are sure to satisfy a variety of tastes and styles. So sit back and enjoy the view.

‘Arden’ from Zoffany

This Arden fabric, from a collection of the same name is the design that first inspired me to write a blog on scenery fabrics and wallpapers. The design was copied from a mid-15th century pattern found in a home in Halifax in 1901. A tapestry has been turned into a workable, beautiful design that can easily be used in the 21st century. The old red colour is full of heritage style and the animal and woodland design brings a mythical intrigue to an upholstery fabric.

Another from Zoffany from the same collection is this Verdure wallpaper design. The collection was created by artist Melissa White and each design mixes a historic past with a contemporary present, making each pattern highly versatile and ideal for a modern home. The Verdure design is based on a late 17th century painted cloth.

‘Verdure’ from Zoffany

If heritage style mixed with a hint of flamboyance is a little OTT for your taste, there are plenty of scenery designs out there that will complement an elegant and mellow interior. Barbary Toile from Nina Campbell has all of the usual lovely attributes that can be associated with her designs, but with a little twist. The pattern takes inspiration from her Great Uncle’s worldly travels, and here the design depicts the monkeys on the Rock of Gibraltar. This fabric is the perfect example of an alternative to floral patterns whilst keeping the same sophisticated feeling but with a little more cheekiness to it!

‘Barbary Toile’ from Nina Campbell

‘Trianon’ from Manuel Canovas

Another lovely, elegant scenery style pattern, this time from Manuel Canovas. Here the scenes depicts people playing in natural surroundings, I love the juxtaposition of the delicate imagery and the zingy red used, giving a little flavour to the pattern.

If a little flavour just won’t cut it and you’re looking for a big helping of pizazz, Cole and Son’s ‘Miami’ design is something you should take a look at, especially if you love an urban motif.

‘Miami’ from Cole and Son

As the name suggests, the design takes its influence from the architecture of South Beach, Miami. The design is filled with all the vibrancy and exuberance that comes with the Miami territory. From the monochrome tiles to the vegetation, it’s head-to-toe full of fun.

For an urban depiction that takes more of a traditional, rustic route the gondolier pattern from Zoffany is rather beautiful and full of character, showing off all the best aspects of Venice, the buildings, bridges and canals have all been included to create a wonderfully romantic image.

‘The Gondolier’ from Zoffany

Take a trip down history lane with this sweet and interesting design from Linwood of a collection of postcards that tell the narratives of The Grand Tour, which was a popular tradition during the 16th century where the upper-class would travel across European and discover all the wonders of the continent. The wallpaper design is rather unusual, and not something you’re likely to see every day, so put it in your house and dream about your next holiday.

‘The Grand Tour’ from Linwood

For a scene that shows off the classic Englishman in the classic English setting, Lewis and Wood have created a fly fishing design based on etchings by renowned engraver George Morland from 1823. The whole pattern has a quirky flair to it, showing off the idyllic countryside with just a hint of twee.

‘Fly Fishing’ from Lewis and Wood

Lastly another from Lewis and Wood that is my absolute favourite design of theirs right now, this ‘Wild Thing’ in velvet is just stunning. The beautiful array of wildlife and flowers creates a wonderful design that would look superb in any home. The pattern was uncovered during a designers travels to Italy and has a lovely, exotic sense to it as well as similarity to the illustrations of Quentin Blake.

‘Wild Thing’ from Lewis and Wood

Even if you thought that scenery designs on fabrics and wallpapers weren’t really your cup of tea, there are so many around that take the form of all kinds of styles you are sure to find something perfect for you.

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So many wonderful fabrics take their inspiration from nature but every so often I come across a design that conjures up images of hot houses full of leafy tropical plants or those detailed old botanical drawings that accurately depict the exact details of a species, which are such a lovely things to use in an interior, particularly if your garden isn’t up to Chelsea’s high standards.

Sanderson Woodland

I think illustrative prints work brilliantly on upholstery where you can really see the detail of the design. Woodland Ferns from Sanderson is a design taken from an old botanical illustration and shows three different species of fern.

Pierre Frey Bananier

Bananier is a wallpaper from Pierre Frey which has the most wonderful detail of banana and coconut leaves and should be used where it is possible to get really close to the paper to see the detail.

House of Hackney Palmeral

House of Hackney’s wonderful Palmeral design takes inspiration from the Loddiges Nursery in Hackney which was operating up to 1852 and which included an enormous and well stocked palm house.

Sanderson Etchings and Roses

This delicate and exquisitely drawn design from Sanderson has been a favourite of mine for a long time. It comes in some great colourways but I love the more neutral backgrounds to really show the detail of the pattern.  Etchings and Roses by Sanderson.

Timorous Beasties Dandelion

This fantastic Dandelion design from Timorous Beasties comes in three huge panels printed on a wool voile with a three metre drop – the image shows the three panels together.

Gaston Y Daniela Retiro

This new fabric, Retiro, from Gastón Y Daniela is a wonderful mixture of plants and insects and comes in five different colours all on a soft linen background.

Manuel Canovas Alice

And finally this delightfully fresh fabric Alice from Manuel Canovas for Colefax and Fowler shows a range of white cut flowers on a natural background.

Have a great bank holiday weekend everyone!

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I think it is really important to have just a few things in your home that make you smile for no other reason that they just appeal to your sense of humour. A bit of light hearted fun in a home goes a long way and helps to bring your own personality to your space. In honour of the International Day of Happiness, here are a few of the things that make me smile.

Cole and Son Cabaret Wallpaper

Cabaret wallpaper from Cole and Son – a joyful carnival of colour and intrigue

Porta Romana Duck Feet

The classic Duck Feet Lamp from Porta Romana which invariably gets a laugh when I first show it to a client.

Rockett St George sundae dish

Could there be a better way to serve ice cream than in a golden sundae dish? Rockett St George

Manuel Canovas Bora Bora

The first time I saw this fabric, it just lifted my spirits and we now have a metre of it on a canvas on the office wall, to keep us all in a good mood! Bora Bora fabric by Manuel Canovas from Colefax and Fowler

Bridie Hall brush pots

These exquisite brush pots from Bridie Hall are in such jolly colours with their big gold letters that they can be used individually. But how much more fun to spell out a word that makes you laugh.

Ham made flying rabbit

These simple and delightful drawings from HAM have always made me laugh and I am very excited that there are some new ones coming out any day now. Keep an eye on their website.

Alessi Anna G corkscrew

The combination of the hilarious design of the Anna G corkscrew from Alessi and the opening of a bottle of wine always lifts my heart

Christian Lacroix cushions - frontChristian Lacroix cushions - back

Is it possible to get more of an explosion of colour, pattern, flora and forna into a cushion?

Calypso Turquoise cushion by Christian Lacroix from www.designersguild.com. 

Jonathan Adler match strike

The problem with writing this blog is that I keep finding things I just have to have. My order of this Mohawk matchstick holder is on its way. www.jonathanadler.com

Argent and Sable so saucy

And finally my absolutely favourite find of the day is this fabulous illuminated sign from Argent and Sable. You can create your own wording but So Saucy is difficult to better. www.argentandsablesigns.co.uk


Wishing you all a happy day on March 20th and all other days.

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There is lots of lovely bold colour coming from Colefax and Fowler‘s collections at the moment which we are absolutely loving! There are four brands under the C&F umbrella and having had a good look through all the new collections recently, it was impossible to pick out just one to show you, so we are showing you a bit from them all!

Colefax Baptista Linen 2

Baptista Linen from Colefax and Fowler

Manuel Canovas Grimaud

The curtain fabric is Grimaud from Manuel Canovas

Jane Churchill

Fabulous colours from the latest Jane Churchill collection

Colefax Lucius

Softer, elegant colours from Colefax and Fowler – the curtain fabric is Lucius.Colefax cushions

More tempting fabrics from Colefax and Fowler

Jane Churchill 2

A fabulous combination of colours from Jane Churchill – the curtain in the background is Versus Copper, Plato Charcoal is the cushion at the front and sandwiched in the middle are Orion in pink and burnt orange.

Manuel Canovas L’Envol

I just love this design from Manuel Canovas called L’Envol – it is a work of art in itself! Larsen cushions

And finally much more contemporary fabrics from Larsen with some delicious sharp accent colours.Larsen

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