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with Yasmin Chopin

THIS MONTH Make the most of alcoves Talking Interiors: Huntingdon & Cambridge 2 hr consultancy visit One day workshop Moodboards Hiring an interior designer Competition

Make the most of alcoves 10 top tips

The contrasting textures of plaster and brick bring character to this alcove. If you are lucky enough to have alcoves in your home here are some ideas:1.

An alcove that is at least 40cm deep could be turned into an informal seating area with a built-in bench type unit with cushions on top and storage beneath.

work really well with high ceilings. Wooden mouldings or architraves are a good alternative if you have low to average height ceilings. 7.

Paint the alcove walls a darker colour than the rest of the room to make them seem deeper, or a lighter colour to make them seem shallower. (The brick wall in the image shown is darker than the painted wall and it works in a similar way, making the alcove appear deeper.)


An alcove that is around 30cm deep is ideal for a bookcase, freestanding or built-in. This can be combined with cupboard storage.


Enhance both daylight and artificial lighting by hanging a large mirror on the recessed wall.


Indulge yourself with some expensive wallpaper and just paper the alcove to make a feature.


For an even more glamorous look and to show off a special piece of furniture or artwork use mirrors on the three walls from floor to ceiling - wow!


Change the shape of the alcove from square to arched (or vice versa) if this fits better with the style of your house.


For a cosy atmosphere hang drapes with tie backs on both sides of the alcove or use a larger piece of fabric and draw to one side only.

10. If you prefer modern minimalism and find the alcove doesn’t work for you, remove it by installing a false wall across the recess. A good carpenter could put in an invisible door so you can use the space for storage.


Enhance the architecture of the room by installing half columns either side; this will

(Image ref:, image can be seen on my Pinterest board Clever Ideas)


Talking Interiors ‘pop up’ series of chats September and October 2013 Dunelm Mill

John Lewis

Dunelm Mill, Huntingdon: Starting on 2 September 2013 I will be hosting the second series of pop-up ‘Talking Interiors’ meetings at Dunelm Mill in Huntingdon on 2 September, 9 September, 16 September and 23 September. These informal evenings start at 7.00 pm and finish at 8.30 pm. We chat about anything and everything to do with interiors. Come along and join us, make new friends, ask questions, share your experiences. We will have sole use of the cafe; there is no sales pitch by Dunelm and no obligation to buy. In fact there will be some freebies too! John Lewis, Cambridge: For those who cannot easily get away in the evening I have organised the third series of Talking Interiors on Wednesday mornings, 10.00 – 11.30 am, at John Lewis in Cambridge. We meet in the Brasserie where chef will put on a special coffee and pastry deal for us. John Lewis are providing the venue for us and there will be no sales pitch or obligation to buy. And there will be some freebies too! The dates are 16 October, 23 October and 30 October 2013. All meetings are FREE to attend, you just pay for your refreshments. Bring your friends and book your places today: Email or phone me on 07831 231 664. NB The John Lewis events are Ticket entry only so don’t leave it to the last minute. Come to one or several of the events, they will all be different! Angela Williams: ”I’d just like to add that I attended the last sessions held by Yasmin. Each week I found something useful to take away from it and it has made me look at things in a different light. I now find myself looking for ‘statement’ pieces and textures whenever I’m out and about! Go on, give it a try, I did and thoroughly enjoyed it.” Dunelm Mill, Unit 7 Stukeley Meadows Trading Estate, Stukeley Rd, Huntingdon, PE29 6DA. John Lewis, Grand Arcade, 10 Downing Street, Cambridge, CB2 3DS.

2hr consultancy visit I recently met a marketing professional, Oliver Lythgoe, and he was happy to provide me with some ideas for marketing my business via my blog, Talking Interiors. The blog sits on my website and he looked at it and provided an objective view of how it comes across. It’s always beneficial to get feedback about your business and the services you offer so I was grateful for his advice. Amongst his observations he said my 2hr consultancy visits were the ‘jewel in my crown’ and that I ought to get some stats and shout about it. So I sent out a survey to clients who had used the consultancy service and the responses were very positive. One of the questions posed was: ‘What words would you use to describe the experience?’ This is what was said. If you were one of those who responded I would like to say a big ‘thank you’ here.


One day workshop: Moodboards 21 September 2013 This workshop is a practical ‘have a go’ opportunity to create a mood board for anyone with an interest in home-making, property renovation, decorating and interiors. It will be your constant guide for future decorating and home purchases saving you stress, time and money. After a session on the theory behind mood boards, you will have time to put together one for yourself. Bring your own pair of scissors and glue and any magazine

Mood boards Colour, Shape and Texture

clippings of images that inspire you. Materials, lunch and refreshments are provided. Limited places so book early! From 10.00am – 4.00pm, cost £45.00pp. At Wood Green, King’s Bush Farm, London Road, Godmanchester, Cambridgeshire PE29 2NH. or phone 07831 231 664.

What you should know before hiring an interior designer See website for the full article, here is an excerpt:“An interior designer does not imprint their style on your home but makes sure you get what you want, only better. Having a wider, more objective view of the scheme and understanding your wants and needs, a designer can steer you to a higher level than you thought possible. Our work together means I bring out your style and give you the confidence to run with it.”

Competition For fun last month I asked whether you could guess what this is in the picture. The answer’s a cushion! Seen at Interiors UK 2012 little pillows of silk, reminiscent of silk ties, are sewn together to form a fabric with a luxurious soft texture. I’m not sure how well this would fare with regular use, (it wouldn’t stand a chance in my home!), but it would certainly make a pretty decorative cushion for the bed. I took a picture of the lilac colourway too. An idea for those of you who like to ‘make’ perhaps?

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Talking Interiors August 2013  

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