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S part of my work as an interior designer I am sometimes lucky enough to work with business owners, in addition to private clients, to help them choose the right colours, finishes and furniture, and hone the overall look of the premises. One such local business I had the pleasure of working with recently is The Steam Bar in central Bristol. After a tour of the building and a consultation, I put together a report containing an appraisal of what worked well and what could be improved, with illustrated suggestions for how to boost the space without spending a fortune. When I revisited to see how things were progressing, I was thrilled to see just how many changes had been implemented by the proprietor, under his own, erm, steam! With richer colour on the walls, the cavernous ground floor room instantly felt far cosier and
now provides a beautiful backdrop to the squirrel cage bulbs (low energy LEDs I might add) suspended from the ceiling. So many bars are now embracing the stripped back industrial look with bare bricks and bulbs, which although chimes with the thrifty mood of the recent economic climate, is an aesthetic often employed purely for trendiness. The Steam Bar has taken resourcefulness authentic new heights by upcycling materials from the top floor (currently being refurbished to provide artists’ studios) into furniture and fittings for the main bar area, earning them extra green points. Large pipes from the ventilation system have been transformed into bar stools and metal cable trays have become a salad bar (sadly I can’t claim credit for these masterstrokes!), adding to the industrial ‘story’ in the space. There is now femininity and luxury as well, since the largest walls now form a gallery with regularly changing art exhibitions (all the work is for sale too) curated by painter Beth Nicholas from the Art Troupe. Pop in and see for yourself!
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Taking upcycling to another level
with interior designer Zoe Hewett
www.steamcafebar.com www.thearttroupe.com Zoe Hewett is an interior designer: www. zoehewettinteriors.co.uk
Andy Day from CBeebies is coming West CBEEBIES’ star Andy Day will be coming to Gloucester Road Central next month to promote his debut album of children’s songs. Titled, ‘Who Invited this Lot’, the album is performed by Andy and his band, ‘Andy and the Odd Socks’ and is in collaboration with music producer pals Rob and Dan from Bunkersonix – the team behind many of the CBeebies and CBBC theme tunes. The album – which Andy says is “tongue in cheek” – includes 11 tracks, all inspired by comics Spike Milligan and the Mighty Boosh, and storytelling classics such as Jackanory. The album has been created to fill the gap from ages six to 10 where children have to jump from nursery rhymes straight into adult pop, but can also be enjoyed by younger children and adults too. Each song is a mini-story featuring children’s favourite
characters from ‘Battle Robot Rapper’ to ‘Dinosaur Football Legend Mega Match’. Guest vocalists include Andy’s TV co-stars Katy Ashworth and Sid Sloane, as well as children from Hotwells Primary School in Bristol. The ‘Andy’s Dinosaur Adventures’ star says that he is delighted to have created an album which can be enjoyed by everyone. He said: “We wanted to write something that would not only make kids laugh out loud but also engage them creatively whilst having something in there for the grown-ups too. “Our music is aimed at the whole family; we are a variety show for the ears.” Andy will be doing a guest appearance at Room 212 on November 21, 2-3pm. His album costs £7.99, or 99p a track, and is available to buy from iTunes and Andy’s website, www.andyday.tv.
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