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An Interior Designer’s Little Black Book

2Want to know where to buy clothes? Ask a Fashion Editor. Want to know where to pick up chic things for your home? Then ask an Interior Designer. That was our thinking when we turned to W&W favourite Interior Designer Laura Stephens whose gorgeous house we featured last year. ‘Tell us where you find all these amazing things!’ We demanded. And, guess what? She did just that, opening up her little interiors black book just for us…

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The only thing which (marginally) beats clothes shopping me is shopping for interiors and the great thing about my job is that I can constantly get my ‘fix’ by seeking out great finds for clients. Having been in the interior design industry for a number of years and working with clients with a range of budgets I have complied a ‘little black book’ of my go to places for fabulous interiors.

THE HIGH STREET

Firstly, on the high street you can find totally brilliant design these days. I have constantly been impressed by the Conran range for M& S producing great design for very reasonable prices. I love this side table with copper feet – so elegant  (the copper trend is refusing to die!)

Conran Kitson side table, £199, M&S

Conran Kitson side table, £199, M&S

Oliver bonas also has some fun, contemporary pieces at great prices like this side table (below) and this lovely copper shelving unit

Oliver Wood side table, £249, Oliver Bonas

Oliver Wood side table, £245, Oliver Bonas

Love it or hate it, Ikea continues to produce the goods and comes up with some brilliant design for rock bottom prices. It does take careful sifting through and I always look out for specific ranges such as the ‘PS’ collection. I think these accessories are fantastic and look much higher-end than they are!  This lovely mirror/bathroom storage is only £20 and this wall hook is gorgeous, very Scandinavian in feel. I also love the ‘RANARP’ lighting range  – so simple but looks so much more expensive that it is!

A little known fact is that Ikea is fabulous for fabric. They have brilliant designers and the fabrics are so good for schemes on a budget, children’s rooms, playrooms etc. This gorgeous PS fabric (below) is only £6 a metre!

Fabric, £6pm, Ikea

Fabric, £6pm, Ikea

ONLINE

Online stores are a constant source of inspiration, but the sheer number of sites can be overwhelming. Here are my best….

Holly’s House. A beautifully curated site of gorgous things for the home, such as this chunky ‘knot’ chair, which I just love the simplicity of – and this throw which is beautiful and reasonably priced. They also have a shop on the New Kings Road in London –  I could literally go mad there.

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Knot chair, £296, Holly’s House; Wool throw, £60, Holly’s House

I am currently sourcing two beautiful bespoke rugs from Niki Jones (below) for a client. The designs are gorgeous, come in fabulous colours and are hand knotted in Nepal using traditional techniques. They do a great line in cushions and throws too…

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For lighting I love these beautiful hand blown glass lamps from TMO Lighting (below). They come in a variety of sizes. The simplicity and design suit so many schemes. They also make lovely hand painted shades, which I’ve used in several projects.

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High End

If money isn’t an issue, Luke Irwin rugs (below) are insanely beautiful, they have to be seen to be believed.  I also love Porta Romana, which produces stunning lighting pieces which create a real wow factor.

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ANTIQUE FAIRS

Antiques markets are my absolute favourite places to go to find unique pieces for the home. They are all over the country – find your nearest one here. My favourite of all is Ardingly. I never fail to come back with chairs to upholster, antique mirrors and numerous other things which I know I will use (or inevitably end up keeping). This beautiful armoire (below) was a great and bargain find – I painted it to fit with the scheme.

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Finally, some of my best finds have come from places I have discovered away from home……

…such as Birdie Fortescue in Burnham Market. I discovered it whilst on my holidays this summer. It’s full of beautifully chosen things for the home, gorgeous ceramics, glassware and textiles and I believe it’s coming online soon.

IMAGES: Laura Stephens

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3 Comments

  • Reply
    storagesevenkings.co.uk
    January 30, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    Really pretty and stylish products! I love the bright crayon like colors! Beautiful design ideas! Thanks! Cheers, Storage Seven Kings Ltd. !

  • Reply
    Heather
    October 8, 2015 at 8:07 pm

    Trying to figure out where you got that amazing squishy turquoise Chesterfield?!

    • Reply
      Alex
      February 22, 2016 at 2:45 pm

      Hi Heather, SO sorry for the ridiculously long delay. The gorgeous sofa was from Loaf and Laura, the interior designer, thinks it was in Peacock. Sorry again for taking so long to get back to you!

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