Dining Inspiration, Interviews
A Royal Roomset | The Ideal Home Show with Style Editor, Jess Taverner
April 5, 2019 at 2:05 pm 0
A Royal Room Set at the Ideal Home Show 2019 Featuring the Luka Dining Table and Harper Shell Velvet Chairs.

If you visited the 2019 Ideal Home Show at London Olympia, you would have seen a very eye-catching, bright and stylish kitchen room set from Good Homes Magazine and devised by Style Editor, Jess Taverner.

Full of bright colours, luxe materials and curvaceous shapes, this bold look plays on the Pantone 2019 Colour of the Year, Living Coral, while giving a nod to the current interior design trend of curved silhouettes.

Our stylist, Kitt, caught up with Jess to see how she thought up this incredible room set, and why she chose our Danetti products to feature to complete the look...

Kitt: How did you come up with the concept for this Royal Roomset, and what was the inspiration behind the look?

Jess: Each year the Good Homes’ roomsets are assigned a theme and with the overall concept of the Ideal Home Show being ‘Best of British’ we thought it would be fitting to design the roomsets for the Royal family.

The kitchen-diner features two top trends for 2019 - Pantone’s colour of the year, Living Coral, and curvaceous silhouettes. With a glamorous nod to Meghan’s Hollywood lifestyle, the kitchen-diner had to be designed for none other than Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

The Form Blush and Brass Barstools look perfectly at home in this colourful kitchen, made to feel more mature with pops of walnut and brass.

K: How do you take such a bold colour and incorporate it into a suitable style for our homes?

J: The key to conjuring up an all-pink colour scheme is to combine a variety of textures to help prevent the pink from overpowering the look. For example, we used natural elements such as herringbone flooring and marble-effect worktops and then introduced blush pink upholstered chairs and brass accents for a luxe finish.

Be daring and enhance crescent-shaped furniture or make a statement with shutters by painting them three or four shades darker than the wall colour.

K: What did you see in the Danetti product that made you choose these pieces for the roomsets?

J: We wanted to elevate this tonal look with plenty of decadent materials – such as brass and velvets. The Form bar stools with curved brass legs and Harper dining chairs featuring shell detailing on the back were perfect for achieving this Hollywood-glam scheme.

Form Blush and Brass Barstools with Backrest

K: What’s your favourite element of the roomset?

J: Either the curved cabinets – we had these custom-made for this room. I learned that the carpenter put lots of tiny cuts in the wood to allow it to bend, which I found fascinating. Or, the lighting! I sourced these from a new company that instantly caught my eye.

Harper Shell Velvet Chair and Luka Dining Table

K: What advice would you give our customers and readers when it comes to using colour?

J: Don’t shy away from using colour, although it can feel daunting, once you find the colours that work for you and instantly bring joy, it can be exciting and uplifting. Either introduce pops of colour with artwork and accessories or push boundaries with paint and furniture.

I’d suggest sourcing lots of paint charts and visual inspiration to help discover which colours excite you.

Love this Look? Here's how to recreate for yourself:

If you want to inject a bit of Living Coral into your home, but in a slightly more subtle way, as jess suggested, look at adding a pop of colour to your soft furnishings or wall art.

Cole&Sons Wallpaper

We love this wallpaper from Cole & Sons for its geometric print and combination of Coral and Pink. Look at wallpapering dresser drawers or framing a bold pattern for less commitment but max style!

Tone down a vibrant print with soft materials and luxe finishes for a soft overall look. To get the look as seen in the Ideal Home Show Royal room set, here's what you'll need:

Harper Velvet Dining Chair in Shell

Harper Shell Velvet Dining Chair

Luca Extending Dining Table

Luka Extending Dining Table

Plaza Blush Pink Velvet Stool

Plaza Velvet Stool in Blush Pink

Form Blush Pink Velvet Bar Stool

Form Velvet Barstool with Backrest in Blush Pink

Love this look? Show us your Royal style and how you'll be using Living Coral in your home. Tag #mydanetti on Facebook and Instagram to be featured!

Big thanks to Jess for chatting with us and credit to Gemma Gear, we hope you love this Living Coral, Royals inspired Kitchen.

Ideas and Inspiration, Interviews, Outdoor
Palermo Outdoor Corner Bench with Seasons in Colour
June 1, 2018 at 4:10 pm 0
This Spring saw the introduction of our Garden Furniture Range. Made up of a contemporary collection of outdoor dining tables, stackable garden chairs and, most popularly, our Garden Bench range. We recently teamed up with Interior Blogger Jenny Kakoudakis, owner of Season in Colour, to see what she thought of our new Palermo outdoor corner bench. Take a look at how Jenny has styled the corner bench in her own stunning garden and what she thinks of the Palermo Bench and Coffee table set.    

At Home with Season in Colour

  When Jenny came to us about her Garden Makeover, we knew our Palermo Corner Bench was exactly what her garden needed. With a large patio space, Jenny wanted to create a relaxation zone for her and her friends and family to spend the long summer evenings. We love how Jenny has styled her garden bench with palm prints and fluoro colour for a true summer vibe.     The Palermo Corner Bench comes in Grey and White, and in a left-handed and right-handed option to suit all garden styles. The bench secures together with discrete screws to avoid separating when in use. However, Jenny has used her initiative and separated the 2-sides of her bench to create an outdoor living room feel. If you choose to do this with your own, just be aware you will be able to see the holes. But we highly doubt anyone will notice when you garden looks and gorgeous as this!  

What Jenny Has to Say about the Palermo Corner Bench


"The range is not only good looking - contemporary greys and whites and a mix of metal and wood - but it is also practical. The fabric on the cushion is for example wipeable. You know, because wine accidents happen all the time in garden parties!

The piece I chose was the Palermo Grey right-hand corner outdoor dining bench and the Palermo coffee table. They both arrived within a couple days of ordering, flat packed with easy assembly instructions and all the necessary equipment to do the job, which by the way can be done by one person easily."


"Now, some really nice surprises! First, two seat cushions can be added onto the composite wood end tables to create a couple of extra seats. This modular design feature makes this bench incredibly versatile and changeable to suit your seating needs.

Next up, the fact that you can not screw the two benches together, but instead leave them facing each other to create an alternative styling and more formal seating arrangement!"

  Jenny has even done a great video review of her garden makeover. Check it out below, and don't forget to let us know what you think of Season in Colour's garden.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=6&v=h8f5pstgSIQ  

Why Choose a Garden Corner Bench?

  Think about the time you spend in your garden. With our British summers being so temperamental, we want to make the most of every second of sunshine. The typical home will have a garden dining set, which is lovely- but mainly designed for eating. When the sun is shining at 3 in the afternoon, you don't want to be sat up at the table, you want to be reclining and relaxing.       That's why choosing a garden corner bench is the perfect option for you. Not only can you create a chill out zone ideal for entertaining, but the handy sizing of our Palermo Range means you can also sit up around your table. Pair with one of our 6 seater garden dining tables, such as the Fresco or Palermo dining tables, and create a comfy dining area.  

Garden Bench Seating Options

  Along with the Palermo Corner Bench, you can also pair up with our 2 or 3 seater backless garden benches. Palermo Backless benches are ideal for creating that relaxed garden dining setting. Choose 2 dining benches to sit either side of your table for a compact dining area. Alternatively, pair with the corner bench for a larger, more sociable area.     If you wanted even more flexibility with your garden furniture, team your corner bench with a dining table and stackable chairs. That way, you can separate your corner bench from the garden dining set when spending time with the family. Otherwise arrange altogether when you have extra quests to entertain.     The possibilities are endless.   If you wanted to re-create this look, follow this link to shop the Palermo Garden Bench Range for yourself. Don't forget to share your beautiful garden snaps with us by tagging #mydanetti in your Facebook and Instagram photos! Here's to some more sunny weather!
Ideas and Inspiration, Interviews
Q & A – A word with Illustrator and PR Director Liz Owen
January 6, 2016 at 11:53 am 0

Mel&Liz Profile- orignial size Liz Owen is a 40 something, early 90’s ex fashion student, mother of two, with a strong love for a beautiful pair of impractical shoes! Liz fell into Public Relations by chance after a realisation that this type of work was going to probably pay a little quicker than a design job, of which there were slim pickings during the recession in 1992!

New-Laura-Ashley-2015-Fall-Winter-CatalogueCan you tell us how you started out in PR?

I approached a local wax jacket firm called John Partridge back in 1993, presenting them with an illustrated collection of men’s sporting jackets, even walking into their cutting room and taking samples of fabric for swatches. Sadly there were no design jobs at the time, but they did have a PA/ Public Relations role to the CEO who admired my audacity. I was hired on the spot – this job led me to all sorts of hunting, shooting, fishing, sailing and historic car racing events- it was enormous fun! From there, a few hit and miss attempts at other PR/ Marketing roles within dot.com start-ups back in the late 90’s, agency work and finally landing a fab role at Laura Ashley back in 2004 until 2010, where I felt it would be time to start my own micro company here in Marlow. I looked after ACHICA.com, the Indian Ocean Outdoor Company, Lisa Stickley, V V Rouleaux and Home Barn, all of whom I still have a great relationship with. Then late last year, I decided to persuade a fellow creative friend, who is an awesome graphic designer and photographer, with a love of fonts and creating beautiful websites, and with my illustration and PR skills, we decided to start a company for other little brands who are starting out, and called ourselves Little Shop of Brands.

Yoga3For those who aren’t familiar with the PR world - Can you tell us about a normal work day for you?

We are a brand new company, so we do have to work around the children – my day starts with either  bootcamp 3 days a week first thing and yoga 2 days, then the morning madness kicks in with organising the girls and somehow feeding them and taking them to school fully dressed! Then its either straight off to meetings with clients or back to our office at the end of the garden until 3pm. During this time we’re pulling plans together, writing releases, creating, illustrating, designing, making calls, emailing frantically…! Then the school pick-up deadline beckons, and it’s back to the gate to pick up the little ones, feed, force homework, wash and bed – 5 until my own bedtime varies pending on how much we have on – at the moment, it’s quite full on!

What do you love most about your job?

The people, the variety of the work – rather than just doing PR, I now have a hand at creating something for small businesses that make a difference; drawing one day, meeting clients and press another, attending shows, helping Mel create a concept for a brand. The beauty of PR is that I can use this skill to help the brands we work with get off the ground. It’s also a useful skill to have in terms of confidence and lifestyle trends, knowing what will work and how it will be perceived. I also have a lovely network of great friends who I have known for years in the business, journalists, stylists, retailers and PR’s – all of whom I feel blessed to be able to turn to when I’m unsure about anything, or just need someone to catch up with who knows my world!

Did you have to do a course or are you self taught? How did you start off on the PR ladder?

Hmmm – I admire those who do courses in PR, but I never did one – I enjoyed my fashion course instead which took up enough of my late teens and early 20’s – I’m sure there are some amazing courses out there. I could never claim to be self taught either. I worked for those who were slightly nuts, who taught me that being unique in this industry is a blessing, not a curse. Wallflowers rarely make it in the world of PR, and I was a wallflower at the beginning, but I was also personable and passionate, so once the confidence kicked in, and the experience was more familiar, all of it became second nature. I’m still a little nervous at picking up the phone sometimes, but I love nothing more than having a good chat with my contacts – it doesn’t feel like work until I have to write the report and invoice my clients!

What area do you specialise in?

Homes, interiors and lifestyle

LFWWhere do you find your inspiration for campaigns?

Attending London Fashion Week, London Design Festival, New York Fashion Week, Galleries, travelling, reading and film – Social Media has had me gripped since 2009, (I’m a part time blogger!)  and it’s a lot easier to see the direction trends are taking via all the usual platforms, namely the most powerful of all…Instagram!!

What was the best advice anyone ever gave you?

It didn’t seem like advice at the time, but I once threw a press release after the fourth attempt at my boss’s head out of utter rage – he merely told me to pick it up and walked out of the room. It made me realise that no matter how hard you seem to work, always respect people who are trying to teach you something until you get it right – it makes you a better person in the end!

40's austenWhat is your favourite style?

I’m a huge fan of the 40’s – I don’t fully wear from that decade apart from indulging at my wedding – my engagement ring is from that era, so I went to town with the accessories and had a rural country wedding on the farm I grew up on – My father and me drove to the church in an old Austin car, my sister wore a 40’s skull cap from Steinberg and Tolkien from the Kings Road, and jewellery from the vintage part of Butler & Wilson. I’m also a huge fan of Vivienne Westwood, and have a few pieces of hers – I want a whole wardrobe of her pieces, it’s just all gorgeous!

How would you describe your home?

Very Home Barn…no seriously, everything’s from Home Barn – ‘vintage modern’ if that’s a style?! I have an eclectic mix of homely pieces in warm tones – I love my copper Original BTC lamps with an old kitchen table surrounded by Ercol chairs, a cow hide rug with a Chesterfield style sofa in ticking.

What is your favourite Danetti product and why?

Clearly the Eames style chairs – they’re classics and Danetti do the most gorgeous colours – actually I have a few pieces in mind like the simple but shapely new Eva table - perfect with the Eames Style Chairs!

imageWhat is your favourite shop?

Oh don’t do this to me….can I merge my 4 favourites as one – Liberty/Selfridges/Henry Bendel NY/Merci Paris –they have THE best interiors, THE best candles, ALL the perfumes, ALL the fashion, ALL the beauty, ALL the quirky bits and pieces you’d never find anywhere else …STATIONARY …ALL the STATIONARY – love them!

vivienne westwoodWho is your favourite designer - dead or alive.

Vivienne Westwood…full stop!

The Quick Fire Round:

What is your favourite colour?


Favourite film?

Elf – I could watch it all year round!

 elfWhat’s in your bag?

Notepad, purse, a million pens, sunglasses, Laura Mercier lipgloss, diary, mobile phone – oh and reading glasses now, I’m going blind!

 the toolsWhat is your favourite book?

The Tools by Phil Stutz and Barry Michels

Where is your favourite holiday spot?

Sablet in South of France

  What is your idea of the perfect weekend?

Socialising with friends, and Sundays usually kept exclusively to my amazing hubby and my sometimes well behaved girls – at the moment it’s all about family movies on the sofa with a roast later

Manor HouseFavourite paint colour?

Manor House Grey by Farrow & Ball – seriously, is there nothing this colour doesn’t work with?

Ideas and Inspiration, Interviews
Q&A with Interior Designer and Presenter Julia Kendell
November 27, 2015 at 2:31 pm 0
Following the recent launch of our new  ‘Exclusively Danetti with Julia Kendell’ range, we managed to catch up with Julia during the recent shoot for the launch of our collection. We had a chat with her to find out what she thought about the collaboration and the individual products.

Why did you choose to work with Danetti?

When I am designing an interior for a client I will only specify furniture from a supplier I can trust and who I know will be reliable. The furniture also has to be aesthetically beautiful, fit the brief and it’s also got to be good value. I have to be absolutely sure that it's going to arrive on time, in good order and should anything go wrong, I have to know that the company will be on it straight away. Danetti satisfies all those criteria so I was absolutely thrilled to be asked to collaborate on a furniture collection with them.

What elements of your personal design ethos have you incorporated into this range?

My personal ethos is all about creating an emotional connection both between the interior and the inhabitants who will be using that space. The reason that’s important is because in this day and age we're all so busy and we need a home that we can retreat to at the end of the day. Somewhere you feel safe, that's also energising. So for me creating this range of furniture, creates a perfect backdrop for home life that has a sense of energy about it. And that has been really important.

How would you sum up the range?

I’d sum up the range as being a fresh and robust collection combining organic materials and glossy surfaces. I've created something that’s really energising and is just a really fabulous collection for contemporary family living.

The Peacock blue is a beautiful accent - is it a bit of a signature colour of yours?

I really enjoy designing with blue. It’s a very calming colour and because of this and because it’s very easy on the eye. It means you can use quite punchy shades to create impact and depth in a scheme without it unbalancing the whole look of the scheme and without it drawing too much attention. So yes, it's just a fabulous colour. I love it!

What elements of the process of design do you enjoy the most?

I love the entire experience of designing and putting this collection together. It has been hugely exciting for me. Of course I suppose nothing beats the moment when you’ve done all the concept drawings, you’ve had all the meetings and then suddenly the pieces arrive and you can unwrap them and see them in the flesh. It's just so exciting.

How important was it to you that these products were affordable?

Affordable design has always been at the heart of my work. When I first started out in the industry a very long time ago it was very much an elitist sport. Only the very wealthy could afford to have really beautifully designed pieces of furniture and interiors and of course there's no reason why everybody shouldn’t have a beautiful home. So throughout my career, I’ve always championed really good quality design at good value.

What does good design mean to you?

Good design to me is creating a balance between something being aesthetically very pleasing (so it's satisfying all the senses I suppose, something that feels good, that’s tactile, that looks great, sometimes that smells great too) and also being functional and practical. You want something that makes you feel a whole emotional connection. 

How do you see these products integrating with the modern family?

I think that the dining table and the space around it is really underestimated. In this day and age when families are so busy and when the illuminated screen is such a draw - we need to be able to have family time around the dining table. It’s one of those moments when we can really connect as a family. It’s the place where you have Xmas lunches and birthday dinners. You can sort out problems and share experiences. Frankly, it is where memories are made, family memories and that is so, so important.

What do you think of the bar stools?

I am particularly thrilled with the bar stools. It’s really difficult actually to find the perfect bar stool. One that you can move easily, is comfortable, looks great, but these bar stools I think are spot on. They’re very easy to move around. Plus, they’re light as anything but they are very robust and you know they are going to last and they look fantastic. Even just the tiniest detail like the beautiful stitching around the seat. They’re absolutely stunning -I'm so so pleased with them!

How about the sideboards:

The sideboards have been designed with detail in mind and they will satisfy even the most discerning client. The chamfered detail throughout the whole piece is just beautiful. Whats more the 'soft close' mechanism and the super smooth sliding door are great too. It’s just so lovely to use. I love the combination of the materials as well. The gloss, and the matt and the timber I think just works so beautifully together. And of course there are a lot of surprising little details as well like the mirrored backs on some of the pieces - just beautiful…

What do you like best about the table selection? 

For the cost of the Arc round table, the price I think is quite amazing. I haven’t seen such beautiful veneer detailing on a table at that price - ever! So just how lovely to be able to have such a stunning piece in your kitchen or dining room. The Zen table is a contemporary spin on the classic trestle table it is the perfect size for a family or a group of friends. I wanted to keep the lines nice and simple and straightforward - it’s just perfect.

The chairs are so elegant, how do you feel about the results?

Comfort is so important when it comes to sitting at a dining table. The design of the Form Dining chair really focus's on this. It's available with and without arms and the detailing again is really really superior. Particularly the way the frame follows the curvature around the back, it’s just the most beautiful chair. Definitely designed with comfort very much in mind. We all like to spend time at the dinner table, nobody wants their friends or family to feel uncomfortable. Therefore the design makes you feel like you want to spend hours at the dining table. So there you have it! Our Exclusively Danetti range with TV Interior Designer and Presenter Julia Kendell in all it's glory. If you want to see more, head over to Danetti.com for more.
Colour, Ideas and Inspiration, Interviews
How the Experts will be decorating this Christmas
November 13, 2015 at 12:28 pm 0

If you can’t wait to get up in the attic and pull out your tinsel, unpack your Christmas baubles and add a smattering of snow spray to all surfaces - then cool your heels! We caught up with some industry movers and shakers to find out how they will be decorating this Christmas….So before you dust off last years decs...have a read through this for some new inspiration from the experts!

Jane Rockett, Co-Founder of Rockett St George.


Rockett St George

Jane_Rockett_PR_SHOT 'This year my Christmas decor is all about the pompoms, tassles and creating a party atmosphere. My theme for my dining room is gold and caramel against dark walls. I intend to cluster the spheres and hang a different levels over the dinner table. The table itself will be piled high with ivy with caramel coloured candles and gold/white star tea light holders. Gold cutlery and serving spoons will finish the look. My kitchen is white, so in here I am using white spheres and disco balls - all the best parties end up in the kitchen!  I like to fill drinks buckets full of ice and let guests help themselves'.

My top Christmas tips are:

  1. You can never have enough candles and tealight holders to create the perfect festive feel.
  2. Put the Christmas cards away, they look messy!
  3. Max out on the decorations.  The more the better, no one likes a sparse tree.
  4. Buy two sets of fairy lights - one set is simply not enough.
  5. Christmas decorating is a family affair - open the mulled wine, put on the Christmas songs and have fun!  Christmas is about family not the perfect decor (or you can always move things around a bit when they have all gone to bed).

 Sarita Sharma, Interiors Stylist, Ideal Home.



rsz_img_5111_1‘I spend the summer styling shoots for the Xmas features for Ideal Home which I love! But I have to admit that there is a sigh of relief when the shoots are finished and I am not surrounded by baubles and glitter! It doesn’t take long before my real xmas comes along, but luckily by then I am back in the xmas spirit and just love to decorate my house. We always have a 10ft real tree which takes over the sitting room but I have tall ceilings so the room can take it. I am a bit of a control freak when it comes to decorating the tree and tend to put my stylist hat. It makes the kids laugh as I take it so seriously! Our decorations haven’t changed in years, I stick to silver, white and I love the vintage look of mercury silver..

My Top Christmas Tips:

  1. Fairy lights are a failsafe way to add Christmas sparkle. Keep lights simple but make sure they have a warm glow rather than a cool one.
  2. From year to year, vary things slightly like adding a splash of colour. I love to use stunning  paper pom poms. Last year I bought some in a pomegranate colour - they looked fab against the dark grey tones of my sitting room.
  3. Carry through your colour scheming from the tree right through with the gift wrap - it will all look very festive.
  4. Invest in some things you can use each year. A couple of years ago I went to Covent Garden Market and bought 2 bunches of the extra long white twigs, I keep them in the loft and they look like new every year!

Julia Kendell, TV Interior Designer & Presenter.


The White Company

julia-home "This year my own Christmas interior will be inspired by the current Scandinavian trend. I can't wait to accessorize my home with a white and pewter palette, organic natural elements, reindeer hides, velvet cushions and cinnamon-infused candles. I have the opportunity for a 10ft tall Christmas tree this year. So to save money on ornaments I'll be spraying pine cones matt white and combining with bronze and pewter metallic-sprayed leaves and twig bundles."  

Top tips for the Xmas Table

  1. Keep the table-centre decoration either low enough for family and guests to easily see over, or suspend baubles and decorations from above to create a magical 'Alice in Wonderland' effect.
  2. Arrange sprigs of foliage, including ivy and holly, around candles and tea lights in glass holders for an inexpensive, classic look.
  3. For a beautifully styled table, arrange a stacked pile of plates, bowl and napkin at each setting in preparation for the meal to come. Remove just before everyone sits and replace with crackers and glasses of fizz.

Jess Contomichalos, Interior Stylist, Danetti.

Christmas Table at Danetti


rsz_black-and-whiteAs a stylist, Xmas begins in July usually as most interiors magazines have a long lead time so all features need to be wrapped up by mid August. Normally I have decorated about five different trees and styled a few ‘Xmas’ houses! I feel very ‘bah humbug’ by the time the real Xmas comes around. So, usually my children and I get all the decorations down from the attic. We put on our Christmassy music and I let them decorate the tree. When I’ve told them how lovely it looks and we’ve all ‘oohed and ahhed’ the pretty twinkly tree, I start twitching. I start to feel panicky about it! I wait for them to go to bed and then I completely re-arrange the decs so that it looks perfect! It's the curse of being a stylist. I use lots of fairy lights with a soft glow. Along with candles and lanterns to create a magical atmosphere. I love dressing the table for Xmas, I like to load up layers of charger plates, dining plates and bowls. I also create a centrepiece for the table with baubles and sparkling reindeer with stars and crystals scattered along the centre of the table.

My Tips for Christmas decorating

  1. In the weeks leading up to Christmas whilst watching TV, we make origami style snowflakes out of plain A4 paper in a variety of sizes (each one is unique). They are so easy to make and look stunning when attached to windows with glue dots.
  2. I use white voile bunting hung around the walls near the ceiling and then I hang Christmas cards in between the triangles. It keeps them up and out of the way(!)
  3. Buy an inexpensive bumper pack of baubles in colours of your choice and then fill anything made of glass with them. So vases, jars, bowls, lidded cake stands or cloches for a gorgeous designer look.
  4. Go into the woods and find the perfect twigs to create a table top tree…(children love to search for one). When you get home spray it white and let it dry then place the twigs into a vase filled with glass marbles. String some fairy lights over the branches then find a selection of one off decorations and create a unique tree. At home our tree decorations are things like a small star cookie cutter on a ribbon, a large jingle bell (left by Santa of course), mini labels with Christmas message written on it by each of us and attached with mini wooden pegs. Along with felt shapes cut out and threaded with string, a crystal droplet from an old chandelier - and so on.
  5. Use icing sugar on mince pies and Christmas cakes. Even if they are shop bought, sieving icing sugar over them will add instant Christmas flourish!

Sue Pritchard, Florist and Stylist, Owner of The Lavender Hill Company

festive styling


Untitled-1 (1)Because we go all out for Christmas in the shop I tend to keep it quite simple with my decorations at home. My house has quite a ‘festive’ look all year round as I have lots of red accessories. I’m obsessed with candles and I can’t resist anything heart shaped. Christmas is one of our busiest times in the shop. I don’t have the time to spend days decorating the whole house with lots of things.

My Christmas Decorating Tips

1. Switch to really seasonal festive smelling candles and tea tealights to set the mood. Notes of citrus, cinnamon and spices give any room a warm feel and the scent will fill the whole house. We blend our own candles in the shop so of course use those at home. Top tip is to buy fewer candles of better quality. A quality candle will burn for longer and smoke less, plus cheaper candles only have the scent in the top layer.
2.  I don’t do the whole house, I’d rather consolidate the decorations in the spaces that we’ll be spending time in. I focus my attention on the lounge, entrance way and dining room.  Also, I find that the decoration take down operation is far less of an ordeal if it’s just a few rooms. If I did the whole house I think they would still be up in June!
 4. In terms of what I decorate with, I pick one theme or item and then decorate quite abundantly with that one thing. I find that’s the best way to have maximum impact. It’s always flower related; something in the shop will inspire me and then I build my ideas around that.
This year I’ll be filling every inch of free surface space with silvery frosty looking foliages. Also I'll be using succulents in mercury glass containers. I adore succulents, and they require hardly any care which is ideal when I’m juggling the shop, children, grandchildren etc. They’ll look beautifully wintery over christmas and then I’ll just swap the pots and spread them around the house afterwards.

Ideas and Inspiration, Interviews
Q&A – A word with French Sole founder and designer, Jane Winkworth
October 20, 2015 at 12:12 pm 0
2bandwcrop2 Jane Winkworth is known internationally as the founder and designer behind the globally renowned brand, French Sole. Offering fashionable classic flat footwear for women of all ages, Jane is known as the Queen of the Ballet Flats. Her exquisite and unique range of traditional ballet flats in every conceivable shape, style and colour are instantly recognised as the only ballet shoe to be seen in. As the founder of ballet flats Jane Winkworth continues to delight with her fabulous collections year after year and the brand goes from strength to strength. I sat down for a quick coffee break with Jane to find out a little bit more about the woman behind the brand, what makes her tick and a few hometruths!  Can you tell us how French Sole came about? French Sole was started back in 1989 when I bought some ballet flats to sell at a charity fair - I had bought the shoes from France when on holiday as they were not available at all here. It just grew from that and now we are a global company with twelve stores and the latest in Vancouver opening today with two more opening before Christmas. biba 2Have you always been a shoe designer? I started designing shoes when I was a teenager, I worked at Biba in London and was designing shoes for Gamba and was also having my own made bespoke by Anello and Davide to my own designs.
kate moss

Kate Moss in French Sole

Where did you get the name French Sole? French Sole is a fish dish  favoured by my husband. When I was searching for a name back in 1989 it seemed a good idea as all the ballet flats in those days were manufactured in France - it started out as The French Sole - I also have a French side of my family - but later I dropped "The" and became just plain French Sole. Can you tell us about a normal days work? A normal day's work does not exist for me - every day is different. I might be at our head office and warehouses down in Swallowfield near Reading in Berkshire working with my design team , or in London at any of my four central London stores, or I could be travelling to Spain to visit my factory and work with my pattern cutters or I could be lunching at Colbert or Claridges with one of my collaborative designers such as Barbara Hulanicki my wonderful friend with whom I am designing a range of shoes to be launched next year.

The Liberty Collection

What part of your job do you love most? The best part of the job for me is when I get a call from a customer just to tell me how much they love their shoes - that for me is what it is all about, keeping the customer satisfied ! What formal training do you have or if self taught, how did you learn to become an expert? I spent a brief period at art school then went to work in fashion - after I started French Sole I went to work in our factory in Spain alongside all the shoe making craftsmen to learn the business right the way through . I am completely self taught but after twenty seven years in the business - I am pretty experienced. What would you like to do next business wise if you could do anything you wanted? If I was to start all over again or start a new business now I think I would choose something a lot less stressful and competitive - I would love to do something with children and as I adore ballet I think I would like to start a little ballet school for little girls (or boys) from poor and deprived backgrounds . Every little girl wants to be a ballerina but few have parents able to afford the classes . I would raise the money somehow and offer free classes and free tutus and shoes - I know it could be done and I would love to do it. Charity is a huge part of my life and this would be my ultimate challenge . How would you describe your own interior style? What do you love?I am currently running three homes - Surrey countryside, Portugal and Los Angeles. My style never varies and all my homes all look the same - traditional English , good pieces mixed with modern artwork, soft, comfortable, dogs and newspapers everywhere, big armchairs, lots of white - very old school.

Janes Portuguese Retreat

How would you describe your home? My look is typical English country House - my daughter Rebecca Sophie Leigh is an interiors stylist, she despairs of my style as she prefers a more modern "look" but she has done all my houses for me and is brilliant at translating exactly what I want. I don't have time to do the interiors of my homes, she has done them all for me over the past ten years and she gets it right every time. What is your favourite Danetti product and why?   My daughter loves Danetti and when she did my Mayfair offices for French Sole she used some amazing Danetti Eames style chairs - very modern with wooden legs  - they look great.White-Eames net a porterWhat is your favourite shop? My favourite shop has to be on-line NET-A-PORTER - I buy absolutely all my clothes on-line from this website and was one of their first customers. I have a personal on-line stylist who knows what I buy and alerts me to new arrivals before they go "live". Who is your favourite designer - dead or alive.. and why? My favourite designer is my wonderful friend Barbara Hulanicki - she gets it right every time. My favourite interiors designer is my darling and wonderfully talented daughter Rebecca  because she too gets it right every time. The Quick Fire Round: What is your favourite colour? My favourite colour is lavender, . alice_lc-coverWhat is your favourite book? My favourite book is Alice in Wonderland, Where is your favourite holiday spot? My favourite holiday spot is California, What’s in your bag? in my bag I have a Smythson diary, a Blackberry, an IPhone 6 , a silver pen from Tiffany, two lace edged hankies, an asthma inhaler, a huge wallet purse from my own eponymous leather collection containing all the usual credit cards, money, keys etc, Chanel lipstick , an Hermes Caleche perfume spray, a small sketch book and two pencils  and a bag of Haribo strawberry sweets c5c1cb0bebd56ae38817b251ad72bedb_500x735Favourite film? My all time favourite film, which I have watched at least twenty times is Withnail and I . I adore it, I almost know it all by heart - " I am a trained actor" ....... I am in love with Richard E. Grant! Favourite paint colour? Favourite paint colour is called Maximillian Magenta and I bought it twenty years ago in Paris - it is an oil based paint I found in Montmartre which I still have in a dried up old tube in my box of paints . acrylic_painted_texture___magenta_and_white_by_flordeneu-d6zc6qr
Ideas and Inspiration, Interviews
Who inspires the experts?
October 14, 2015 at 1:58 pm 0
Have you ever wondered where talented people get their inspirations from? What sets them slightly apart is often, drive, ambition, compassion, flair, style or a magical blend of qualities that combine to make these people successful and original. We started wondering.... who influences them? Who do they aspire to? What spurs them on? So, after a little digging and a few emails later, we found out so that we could share it here with you Barara_Hulancicki_biba3bandwcrop2small‘My fashion inspiration for the past fifty years has been taken from my lovely friend Barbara Hulanicki, the founder of the iconic London store Biba who was my first ever employer when I was seventeen years old when I worked at Biba - now we are busy designing a collection of shoes together for French Sole. Another inspiring woman is Ines de la Fresange - who never ceases to amaze me with her clever and innovative fashion style and lastly I adore Rachel Zoe the stylist , who I have met several times in Los Angeles . Rachel's style is a brilliant mix of vintage, retro ethnic, boho and Chanel - all heavily over accessorised but with such originality and style that I am always in awe’Founder and Designer, Jane Winkworth, French Sole.
  alex macarthurAmanda-Erritt-16-9I love browsing online and my big favourites are Restoration Hardware and Houzz, plus pinterest & Tumblr - I love Alex Macarthur (a unique and inspiring Brighton based designer I met at Decorex a few years ago), magazines, especially Living Etc…..I also just love old buildings with original old big scale features, flea markets, and movie sets. Amanda Erritt, Interior Designer Iddesign 
Style: "Portrait B&W - high key"
 'LFW_AW13_Sacha_MascoloWhen first starting out I was going to pursue a career in fashion. I obviously headed down the hairdressing path but never strayed from the fashion industry as proven by TONI&GUY's long-term sponsorship of London Fashion Week, British Fashion Awards and Scottish Fashion Awards. We also work very closely with several key menswear designers during London Collections: Men. I will always regard Lee McQueen as one of the fashion greats. Also, My dad is at the very top of my list. It was due to his vision and willingness to take a risk all those years ago, followed by ongoing drive, determination and hard work that has made TONI&GUY the most successful global hairdressing brand.
 Sacha Mascolo-Tarbuck, Global Creative Director, TONI&GUY.
  Summer (1) 'I find that I am most inspired when I travel.  There is something about being in an environment that is out of my every day routine that gets my creative energy going.  Whether it's an amazing door, a unique colour combination, or just an incredible meal, I think there is always something to spark the imagination when one opens the mind to experiencing new cultures, new ways of thinking and, ultimately, new ways of approaching design'. Summer Williams, Director, Summer Williams Design.
james Constantinou‘I can tell you who inspires me; anyone or any situation where there is triumph over adversity. Someone or something succeeding and winning but against all odds. Cancer patients, grieving and heartbroken people, managing to get up and carry on. Amazing human spiritual strength inspires me’. James Constantinou, star of Channel 4’s Posh Pawn and Director of Prestige Asset Finance Limited
johnnygreyjulia image'From a design perspective I have been most inspired through my career by Johnny Grey, the maverick architect and kitchen designer who threw the rule-book out of the window. I align with his visionary ideas for today’s living and creative use of materials and colour.   I am also inspired daily by the incredible talents of our local artisans who produce unique creations, leading trends and pushing the boundaries for interior decorating, upcycling and ethical living'. Julia Kendell, Interior Design Professional, Presenter and D.I.Y. Diva.
camille walalarsz_anna_-_mother_pukka2'I like humour, I like colour and I like those things to come together without having to go to a museum. That’s where the artist Camille Walala comes in – her bold, bright wall murals can be found everywhere from Old Street’s Splice building to a random playground in Dalston. Art should be part of life and Walala makes it accessible to everyone and anyone – from frazzled hipsters to hyperactive pre-schoolers'. Anna Whitehouse, expert at Shortlist Magqazine, founder of blogzine Mother Pukka
Vivienne+Westwood+Long+Hairstyles+Teased+pwlI1o42DPbx liz and Mel'Branding guru Fiona Humberstone - she's pretty new in terms of who 'should' inspire us, but when it comes to all things branding, she is definitely up there as one of the most inspirational. She communicates the rules of branding via aspirational visuals, and she does it with utter ease; calmly and without using confusing 'industry related' jargon. Her book, How To Style Your Brand should be every lifestyle company's bible - the photography and graphics she uses are spot on, and she respects and pushes those who she admires without holding back her little black book. One more person who has ALWAYS inspired me has been Vivienne Westwood. I remember the days Sarah Stockbridge used to be her muse and model, and fell madly in love with her style of design, and always try to buy at least one dress a year from her Davies Street or Conduit Street store. Her love and appreciateion of history, her groundbreaking Human Rights/Eco campaigning and the fact she comes from Derby and moved to London, to Sex Shop/Punk History, she is just the most amazing, fierce (I would never want to work for the woman, I've heard all sorts of horror stories), Female Warrior Legend I aspire to be. So for me personally, she is the lady I would take as the most inspirational'. Liz Owen, Illustrator and PR Director, Little Shop of Brands
Ideas and Inspiration, Interviews
Q & A – a word with Interior Designer, Amanda Erritt
September 15, 2015 at 12:57 pm 0
Amanda ErrittAmanda Erritt has 18 years of interior design experience behind her, whether she is re-designing a hotel in the Cotswolds, a Surrey mansion or a bijou flat in Notting Hill, she approaches each project with the same enthusiasm and flair. Amanda's attention to detail is what sets her apart from other designers, she gets to know the personalities of the clients and includes personal touches that surprise and delight them. With a hands on approach Amanda is always in demand and offers a variety of services which can be found on her website Iddesign. Here we find out how she started on her Interior Design journey and what inspires her! Can you tell us how you came to be an interior designer? After graduating, I worked in fashion for 15 years until my 2 children were born.  When they were very small I decided I wanted to go back work and to continue working with style, colour, texture, art, & fashion but knew that I wanted to have my own business and be my own boss, so I retrained at night school and did a diploma in Interior Design.  From then on I have been busy creating homes for clients for the past 18 years!
Bathroom Project

Bathroom Project

What does an interior designer do? What would a normal working day involve for you? An interior designer will transform a whole house or just one room for a client from early design/mood board stage, through project managing required building work to choosing every last thing to go into a space to make it aesthetically beautiful and right for each particular client, as well as being functional and lasting.  A normal working day will involve visiting clients’ homes to supervise ongoing decorating, kitchen or bathroom installation, a lot of sourcing of furniture, antiques, fabrics etc and A LOT of chasing up deliveries and contractors to make sure everyone and everything is done and delivered at the right time! How does what you do, differ from a photographic interiors stylist? An interior designer creates a new space for a residential or commercial client (I have designed a couple of boutique hotels) and the space created is lasting, whereas a stylist creates a room or set which is temporary and usually for  for a magazine shoot, or TV commercial . What formal training do you have, do you have to do a course or can you be self taught - how did you learn the tricks of your trade?  I did do the interior design diploma but the best training is just doing it: always looking at colour, form, fashion, at styles shifting and changing and having a love of making people’s homes their favourite place to be.
Elle Deco

Elle Deco

Where do you find your inspiration for design? I love looking though magazines, Elle Deco and Living etc, plus movie sets, old houses, watching fashions change and feeling the mood of everything in fashion changing, right from music through clothing to interiors. Describe your home to me? My home is definitely a home and not a show piece for my work - it is calm with pops of colour and quirkiness but mostly a collection of gathered memories and favourite pieces.  I don’t like clutter so I choose carefully what stays! What was the best advice anyone ever gave you? Never save anything for best. What is your favourite style? Eclectic mix of rusty, damaged, worn mixed with new and perfect, all on a back drop of sumptuous colour. What is your favourite Danetti product and why? eames-style-dining-chair-27My favourite Danetti product at the moment is the mustard yellow Eames style dining chairs which I would put around an old oak heavy dining table all sitting on a faded, threadbare Chinese rug.
busby & Fox

Busby & Fox

Where is your favourite shop?  My friend Emma has a gorgeous shop in Totnes, Devon called Busby & Fox which sells wonderful art, mirrors and home wares and a few carefully chosen pieces of jewellery and clothing - she has always had the most brilliant eye for beautiful things!   If you could live anywhere - what would your dream home be like?  A rambling Victorian house in Devon with a beautiful old garden - I would decorate it with dark coloured panelling and a mixture of some of the new and gorgeous fabrics available covering rickety  old pieces of furniture.  And lots of vases of flowers from the garden!

Abigail Ahern

Who is your favourite designer if you had to pick anyone dead or alive.. My favourite designers are Rembrandt, Tom Dixon, Abigail Ahern, the vision and bravery of Alexander McQueen, I find that fashion, interiors, art  all roll together so I find it hard to pick a favourite ... The Quick Fire Round:


Where is your favourite holiday spot? Devon to relax and Italy to watch the world go by What’s in your bag? The usual keys, wallet, phone plus tape measure and a scattering at the bottom of foreign coins which I accidentally put into the pay & display machines, then throw into my bag in disgust when they get rejected!! Favourite film? Little Miss Sunshine

Hague Blue

How about your favourite paint colour? I am a big fan of Farrow & Ball and my favourite colour at the moment is called Hague Blue. What is your favourite colour? Green What is your favourite book? The Celestine prophesy and The Odyssey
Ideas and Inspiration, Interviews
Q & A – A word with our stylist
June 10, 2015 at 5:20 pm 0

Q and A

Q&A with Jess

Our Stylist Jess has been part of the team for a little while now so we decided to put her under the microscope;  see what makes her tick creatively and get to know the woman behind the mystique.
Shoot with Julian Bajzert

Shoot with Julian Bajzert

Can you tell us how you came to be a stylist?

Many moons ago, I was fresh from my Art Foundation course and waiting to go to University to study History of Art and needed a job for 9 months. My uncle (who was an art director) took me to see what went on at a photographer Julian Bajzert’s studio . I was very lucky that I got on really well with him and his lovely PA / Stylist Baz was going to Australia for a year - so he asked me if I wanted to cover for her. I leapt at the chance….and never looked back really. I was very fortunate when Baz returned, I continued as her assistant..it was a real case of right place, right time.

For those who aren’t familiar what does a stylist do? Can you tell us about a normal work day for you?

Depending on the job in hand, usually I would be either styling or propping or writing. So, for example, next week we are shooting images of our fabulous new range of occasional chairs. So, last Friday I went to do recce’s of potential locations, but we’ve decided to shoot them in the Danetti studio so this week we are designing the ‘set’ and calling in wallpaper from the fabulous Mineheart and then I will be choosing props to go with each set. So, tomorrow I will probably go and buy the props (this is called propping) and then on Friday I will be making sure the set is all ready to go for Monday morning. On Monday morning we will start shooting the chairs with our photographer Ashleigh. This involves us finding a pleasing angle, Ashleigh will set up her camera and lights and  and then I will ‘dress’ the set accordingly..we will spend the day creating gorgeous images of our fabulous new products!

Styling at Danetti

What is the difference between an interior designer and a stylist?

An interior designer is usually employed to design a residential or commercial property and can be involved almost from the blueprint stage. An interior stylist designs and styles an interior set for photography, film or perhaps an exhibition or show...it’s not usually a permanent fixture.

What formal training do you have or if self taught, how did you learn?

I didn’t have any formal training at all - I started off ‘styling’ Julian Bajzert’s lunches and hampers to Lords cricket(!), sweeping the floor and making clients coffee (wine after 12pm?!...it WAS the late 80’s!). When he became a bit more confident about my ability, I started doing small jobs and then it kind of snowballed - I was basically thrown in at the deep end and learnt on the job. However, I have heard that now you can do Interior Stylist courses!

Living Etc Magazine

Where do you find your inspiration for design?

Well like most people I love browsing through magazines, I love to look through Elle Deco and Living Etc magazine and interior design books, and wait with baited breath for all the press Look Books to come out! But I also love going online and looking at sites like Houzz and Apartment Therapy , blogs like Kate’s Creative Space (which I love) and Decor8….and I am still a fan of Martha Stewart (sorry!)...

What was the best advice anyone ever gave you?

There are two things that I always bear in mind...one is something my Dad said to me once..he heard it and held on to it and passed it on to me..‘the person who does what they love, never does a day’s work in their lives’ ….and the other phrase that I always repeat in my mind was my best friend at school who was an eternal perfectionist and she said ‘Always remember, OK...is NEVER good enough’.

What is your favourite style?

This may be a bit disappointing but I like lots of different styles, I love vintage retro, I am a big fan of mid century design - I am not averse to a bit of shabby chic and I find minimalism pretty stunning in the right space...and I love modern contemporary  too (which is hard as I work for Danetti and end up wanting to take so much of it home!). So to be fair I sort of mix all that up and use elements of each...which may not be very consistent but the results are often pleasing and certainly quite unique...I hate the word but I suppose ‘eclectic’ best describes it!

How would you describe your home?

Eek! Eclectic (messy), cosy (cramped) lived in (worn out) vintage (crumbling!)....I love my home but it’s quite a busy place and there are lots of us in there - mostly boys (grrr!)...but it’s a real family home and I have been very happy there…(and I do get my say mostly with the interior styling….although sometimes its hard to see all my hard work through the piles of trainers, footie boots, school bags etc that seem to litter the house)...the keyword is Home and I think you can make that wherever you live, with the right mix..

If money was no object where would you live and how would you decorate it?

I would live in a rambling Arts & Crafts house in Cornwall and I would want it look almost untouched as though time had stood still with all the original period features and perhaps some 1930/40’s smoky pastel colour schemes (I would break this rule and have some mod cons in essential rooms like the kitchen and bathrooms). I am a sucker for period detail and history so I would want it to look authentic. Failing that, I would want a state of the art contemporary house in the hills of Cape Town decorated in Danish mid century style with a swimming pool and a huge sun deck!

IMG_3018-greyWhat is your favourite Danetti product and why?

I know that everyone I work with will think this is utterly predictable but I am a great lover of mid century retro and I do absolutely love our Eames style chairs! But...if I am not allowed to say that! I think I would say the Fern Grey Gloss Table OR the Curva chairs...I love the grey gloss table - its a gorgeous colour and very tactile…..the Curva chairs are very feminine, all curvy with long legs like steel stilettos - gorgeous design with a touch of Art Deco about them.

What is your favourite shop?

I think it would have to be Rockett St George …..I have a longstanding passion for everything they do and sell - I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything on their site that I haven’t coveted….right behind them are Graham & Green, Oliver Bonas and Mineheart.

Sir Terence Conran

Who is your favourite designer - dead or alive..

I am a big fan of Le Corbusier and I have always loved Ray & Charles Eames, but if I was to pick someone who I thought had contributed outstandingly to design in my own lifetime - it would probably be Sir Terence Conran….( I would also do a quick hats off to the original English Eccentric, Nicky Haslam...I love his opulence - he is the ultimate Renaissance man!)

The Quick Fire Round:

What is your favourite colour? Pink What is your favourite book - Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
Agni Bay Corfu

Agni Bay Corfu

Where is your favourite holiday spot - My parents place in Ibiza or Agni Bay in Corfu. What’s in your bag? - 3D glasses from the cinema, a Lego man, a pair of sunglasses, a notebook, old keys to our front door, make up bag, purse, a mini speaker, my phone and charger, Antonis’ (my 8 year old) socks(why?), my eldest son’s Santander card (not mine….oops..wasn’t wearing glasses this morning..this could be interesting).... Favourite paint colour? Top Hat from Fired Earth is a favourite closely followed by Mrs Booth!
Heathcliff & Cathy

Heathcliff & Cathy

Favourite film? Wuthering Heights (the old one with Lawerence Olivier and Merle Oberon)