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A new beginning...
Tuesday 11th July 2017
...Slightly Quirky's blog begins...
My interior design life began a few years ago by being thrown headfirst into it and studying at the fabulous KLC School of Design.I decided to change my career and took the plunge and enrolled to do the full time post-graduate diploma at KLC. Yes, full time back to college... back to student discounts... new stationery for the new term... new school bag... the lot!
What an intense year that was... late nights before project deadlines, lectures, inspirational talks, new computer packages to master- I had a renewed empathy for the kids at school these days, I'd forgotten how full on learning can be... but I loved it! It was the most fabulous year, I felt inspired by the lecturers, lovely friends I met and the prospect of a career in the industry.On the day of my graduate exhibition, 2 years ago this month, I happened by chance (some say by fate) to bump into someone I knew... someone I had known 8 years previously. She is an established interior designer and I had sold an apartment…
Don't we all have a bit of a back-to-school feeling in September? Even if it's just an excuse to stock up on some new stationery, indulge in a new winter wardrobe and new 'school bag'. Spring slides effortlessly into Summer but it often seems a sharp shift from Summer into Autumn: before our eyes, the sun now has a warm ember-glow to it, setting lower in the sky; the trees are changing from lush green to a crisp burnt palette of amber, crimson and caramels. It makes you all of a sudden have a longing for rich colours, warm textures and comfy sofas.
Ready to embrace this new term... I mean season... we at Slightly Quirky are feeling refreshed from summer holidays and have some exciting new projects on the horizon so now is the perfect time trawl the Design trade fairs across London. It's good to touch base with current trends, keep an eye out for what's emerging and meet some existing and new suppliers for the months ahead.
One continuing trend which struck us…
What a fabulous day yesterday was, I love working with our fab photographer, Anna. We were shooting our Taplow project- an iconic Eric Lyons modernist Span house built 1966. Prestigious architect, Lyons, had a history of working with the esteemed Walter Gropius and Maxwell Fry, before going on to co-found the Span development company in 1948. The essence of a Span house is to 'span' the gap between the typical house of the era, built for the mass market, and the architecturally designed individual homes. The ethos of these houses was all about blending the inside and outside spaces, done so with the use of large floor to ceiling windows and often L-shaped floor plans to create a courtyard area which can be used as an extra 'room'. The existing landscape was taken into consideration and mature trees often feature as a central point for the communal spaces which offer the residents a sense of community.
Our clients loved the existing architectural style and feel of thei…