kitchen company
Louise Swarbrick Design

Kitchen Company

A kitchen is in many ways the most important area in a house. Particularly now when we spend time socialising, eating and spending time as a family both inside and out. An ideal kitchen is only ever that for the person who uses it. The planning of this space needs lots of thought and by …

Continue Reading
marbles
Louise Swarbrick Design

Marbles

Marbling is an interesting way of decorating items from cakes to wallpaper. It’s an unusual design created in many different colours and to be found in a variety of accessories. Timorous Beasties based in Glasgow uses marbling to great effect both in its fabrics and a wide range of wallpaper. Reminiscent of bookbinding this clever …

Continue Reading
bigger splash
Louise Swarbrick Design

Miami Splash

Let the glamour, heat and bright lights fill your home with Miami sun. Channelling the image of Bigger Splash by David Hockney, look at the brilliance of colour in this painting to inspire your take on heat and space, moving across America from California where this painting is set to the tropical richness of Miami. …

Continue Reading
black and white interior
Louise Swarbrick Design

Negatives: Black and White

How stylish and chic are photographs in black and white. Some of the best images in the Getty collection are of glamorous film stars taken in this medium. The 1930s as a decade embraced the two tones in many of their designs especially in the Art Deco look. Whilst not to everyone’s taste, these schemes …

Continue Reading
stained glass
Louise Swarbrick Design

Stained Glass

Glass only became commonly used to provide windows for houses in the 17th century, although stained glass had been installed in ecclesiastical building prior to this. These stain glass panels were made of small coloured pieces of glass held together in frames of lead. Some of these are most elaborate, especially the rose windows in …

Continue Reading
Japan
Louise Swarbrick Design

Japan

Thousands of years steeped in tradition have crafted Japanese architecture and interior design aesthetic, resulting in a serene and very unified overarching look. Japanese style evolves around clean and uncluttered living, holding tightly to balance, order, ancient customs and a love for natural beauty. Married to this are the beautiful and rich designs of the …

Continue Reading
nursery decor
Louise Swarbrick Design

Nursery Days

A new baby coming is an exciting time. It’s worth thinking early about how you will provide a calm and happy sleeping space for your baby once they are old enough to sleep alone. We are no longer restricted to pink or blue for each or either gender. Any colour is there to choose from …

Continue Reading
wood floor
Louise Swarbrick Design

Glorious Wood

A wooden floor is a delight. It adds texture and variety to a room. The different tones of this most natural product are many and various. You will find a type and colour that will compliment your home without a doubt. Many companies now offer reclaimed wood as an option. The patina of age and …

Continue Reading
Louise Swarbrick Design

Panelling

Panelling is a traditional way of decorating walls. It’s a great feature to add in both modern and period houses. By adding panelling you can bring back the history of a room and then funk it up by using a more contemporary colour as a finishing touch. Intricate dark oak panels in a listed house …

Continue Reading
vevet sofa
Louise Swarbrick Design

Velvet the queen of fabrics

This sumptuous fabric has been a long term favourite in traditional homes. Its lustre and glamour can transform the humblest piece of furniture into a eye-catching piece. It can be used in both a modern and historic setting as it comes in such a range of textures and colours. It is difficult to go wrong …

Continue Reading