My love of interiors has longstanding roots back to my early teenage years when I insisted on taking the legs of my bed and re-decorating my room single handed, making cushions and matching curtains in what I remember as a delicate pattern of 80's salmon pink abstract floral. It progressed into my fashion college years whereby I decided to turn the wardrobe, in my digs, on its long edge to create a sideboard kind of affair (it looked like a coffin so I swiftly changed it back). Who knows where I put my clothes, I cannot recall, but the "tombstone sideboard" seemed the right think to do at the time. Fast forward to my "first time buyer" days when we were so skint we simply couldn't afford to skim the walls so I rag rolled (google it) every wall in the house, in a shade of warm Mexican sunshine yellow. I took out what seemed like a second mortgage to buy the best twin leather classic sofas we could afford (still going 20 years later!) and proceeded to spend all my spare hours lovingly decorating our first home with junk shop trinkets, "antique" effect gesso sculpted mirrors, wall canvases and cushion covers made from Indian saris and a trail of various plants from Ikea which I regularly, but innocently, left to die (there must be a fashionista hardy plant out there somewhere yes?). I dragged the artists plan chest the whole length of the UK, from the school jumble sale I bought it from, and proudly stood our TV on it. The piece de resistance consisted of four 6" x 6" chunky wooden legs painted gold, topped with MDF and creatively covered with strips of brown paper, varnished over and over again to create our magnificent(?) low level, feature coffee table. It was the bees knees. To me. I still pioneer the "she who has the vision but no cash" attitude to interior design and mix antique rugs alongside futuristic build in block shelves (MDF is still my best friend) and framed photos of iconic shopping bags I have collected along the way. I save the hard cash for re-upholstery projects, my new love affair (no it is not cheaper than buying new stuff but the result is a work of art) and Diptique amber scented candles.
Breaking into the interior trends market was an honor, it's definitely an area I'd love to explore further in my business and I dream of one day having my own hand painted ceramics range. Which is slightly odd since my crockery collection is a mismatch of all white pieces. But I do love a pop of a crazy patterned sweetie dish or serving bowl and spend hours drooling over Anthropologie's eclectic selection on a regular basis. However, I digress. I believe a good designer can design anything and I'm sooo glad the fabulous Nic Fenton also agreed with this since it was she who contacted me to work with Flair rugs after we had crossed paths in a previous life. As the new big girl boss Nic wanted to bring a trend led direction to the well established, award winning rug design and supplier to pretty much everyone, from Dunelm Mill right through to The V&A collection. Rather than her customers coming to her with ideas she wanted Flair rugs to lead the way in design and trend direction. I felt the best way to lead this was to start with a seasonal round up of the key interior trends and then progress each trend into rug "micro trends" which could be pulled for inspiartion as a trend in their own right. I took onboard the latest catwalk print trends alongside slower paced yarn trends, colour and new developments within rugs. Nic and the team at Flair are passionate people to with with, and I love passionate. It's really important to me to work with big ideas folk who just wanna create great things, whether it be a new process or and an amazing new product. When I visit Flair HQ my trend report pages are pinned all around the walls and it feels amazing! I'm just about to start my seventh seasonal trend prediction pack with them and it's always something I look forward to.