A Modern Christmas

Oct 04

A Modern Christmas

I have been selling my modern Christmas Tree designs for a  number of years now however this year I produced the biggest one yet, at 2 metres tall, for a customer.

I was delighted to receive pictures of it in situ as its the perfect modern setting and pretty much sums up why I designed the trees in the first place.

Next year I will have some new designs on offer, here is a sneak peak at the prototype.

For more info on the range of trees currently on offer please visit my website www.themodernchristmastree.com

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Playful Garden Design on display at Grand Designs Live

Oct 04

Playful Garden Design on display at Grand Designs Live

During my visit to Grand Designs Live this weekend I spotted a simple and fun garden design on display.

The garden designed by Georgia Lindsay and named ‘The Family Garden’ is a colourful, fun and low maintenance family garden.

I particularly love the use of the colourful plastic tubs (Tubtrugs®). It just goes to show with a bit of imagination what can be done with a widely available and low cost product. My particular favourite use for the tubs, were the kids’ sized chairs.

All in all a wonderful playful garden and was my winner of the competition.

 

Contact Details for Georgia are

Georgia Lindsay Garden Design

gl.design@hotmail.co.uk

www.georgialindsaygardendesign.com

 

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100% Design delivers on inspiration

Oct 04

100% Design delivers on inspiration

My favourite design show of the year has to be 100% design because it showcases lots of exciting new products and provides me with so much inspiration. This year I was as excited as ever and I wasn’t disappointed.

Two key themes stood out for me, Sculptural wall panels and concrete.

Sculptural pieces such as these are very effective and make great features in any contemporary interior. My favourites from the show are these sculptural  light panels, acoustic panels from Soundtect and in particular I love the Diamond product from Foursteel.

You would never guess but it is in fact a radiator. As I am not a fan of the standard radiators used in most british homes and believe if you do have radiators using designer ones is the way to go I just love this product. The fact that it is a work of art in itself and also has the function of a radiator is fantastic although with prices starting at £2550 they certainly aren’t for those on a small budget.

Concrete is a popular trend at the moment and this was clearly evident at the show.

If you love concrete as I do you will like some of these great new products.

 

Tiles to replicate the shutter boarded concrete aesthetic such as this frescoton product are available from Frescolori.

These sinks from Lowinfo come in different colours, shapes and sizes and do look amazing however the practical side of me does wonder how they would live up to day to day use and dreaded limescale.

Lastly a new product called Concreate was my favourite find at the show. The product is like engineered wood flooring in its construction and the company who make it have been producing wooden flooring for many years. The flooring is an alternative to laying a costly polished concrete floor and because it is laid with interlocking pieces it can easily and quickly be retro-fitted. It comes in 3 colours white, natural grey and dark grey and the large panel sizes (1200x300x14mm) are very effective.  In addition they do a white oak wooden flooring backed onto the same substrate which allows for a seamless combination of surfaces.  On top of all this it is water resistant, has in-built acoustic properties and is ideal for use with underfloor heating.  If you want to take the concrete aesthetic a step further they also produce 4mm thick panels you can use on walls or ceilings.

 

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Hampton Court Flower Show 2013 Highlights

Oct 04

Hampton Court Flower Show 2013 Highlights

This week I visited Hampton Court Flower Show for the second time, there is a slightly different feel to the Hampton Court show compared to Chelsea. Its a little more relaxed however the weather and show gardens didn’t disappoint and offer plenty of inspiration to garden lovers. My favourites this year are A Room With a View, The Macmillan Legacy Garden, Mid Century Modern and Layers and Links. They are all quite different gardens but stand out for me in one way or another.

A Room with a View designed by Mike Harvey
Unusual wooden round stepping stones wind there way up through the planting to lead you up to an elevated terrace. Framing the rear of the terrace and providing some architectural interest is a curved wooden wall with a large opening, a curtain that opens and close can provide extra protection from the elements without restricting your view. The curtain is made from metal bars that are normally used in construction for reinforcing concrete and adds a bit of an industrial feel. Additional apertures in the wall allow your eye to grab different views of the garden as you walk around and the muted colour scheme throughout the planting reflects the tones of the wood and rusty metals to great effect.

 

Macmillan Legacy Garden designed by Rebecca Govier
The centre piece of this garden is the geometric pavilion. The angular shape and sharp lines are contrasted with the calm and fluidity of the surrounding water.

 

Mid Century Modern designed by Adele Ford & Susan Willmott
This garden uses some great iconic pieces of furniture such as the tulip chair and bubble chair together with a bold orange feature wall to provide structure. It reflects the best of 50′s design and the use of plants with orange flowers connects the hard and soft landscaping . Its a high impact garden that I just cant help but love.

 

Layers and Links Designed by Raine Clarke-Wills
This sunken garden provides seclusion and a place to entertain. The design uses rectangles and a variety of levels to great effect. Its a a more formal garden however the hard landscaping and box hedging is softened by the taller plants such as grasses and agapanthus. The blue tone of the walls is carried through to the plant selection and three metal panels provide a focal point and complete the look.

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Ikea favourites

Oct 04

Ikea favourites

I love my Ikea mugs, a simple but modern design they are great for everyday use.

My wire fruit bowl is also a favourite Ikea purchase of mine that I think will become a timeless classic.

Mugs are called Hurrig and are available in turquoise or lime green and cost £2 each

Fruit bowl is called tradig and appears to be only available in red now and costs £14

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