I have been fairly quiet over the past few months – working away behind the scenes on the blog’s new look, our new house, as well as a new website for interior design.

I have been getting more and more enquiries over the last year or so, which is very flattering, so I thought it time to take the plunge and put a portfolio website together online – the result is LBM Design Studio – I really hope you like it!

To celebrate the launch thought I would take a little trip down memory lane with you. Over the coming weeks I will share pictures of some of the rooms I have enjoyed designing the most as well as some of the rooms that have resonated most online, being shared on sites like Houzz and Pinterest.

First up is this lovely master bedroom in Battersea. It was one of the first projects I worked on and I loved this space so much – the striking wallpaper from Tapet Cafe, combined with Cornforth White paint from Farrow & Ball worked well together to create a lovely calming palette and a serene, elegant space. A calming colour palette is the basis of all bedrooms that I design – I really feel they should always be a luxurious sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the house.

The Vogue print in the picture above was a personal commission – I asked my talented friend Buzzy to paint it for me and he has since been asked to recreate it a few times after people have spotted it on Pinterest. I think it has been saved over 20,000 times in total, which is just amazing!

I hope you like this selection of images – if you want to recreate a look similar to this in your home, then sign up for blog updates or follow me on instagram, as I will be sharing a ‘Get the Look’ post here soon!

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I have arrived back from a blissful two weeks in Pollensa with a bit of a thud…we are moving house next week and there is just so much to do! 

I can’t wait to share my holiday posts with you, but as I won’t have time to sort and edit the pictures until after the move, so in the meantime I wanted to share these pictures of a kitchen I designed for a family home in South-West London last year. 

The house was extended by four meters to the rear to create a lovely open plan kitchen, dining and living space – the perfect room for all the family, with fantastic views to the garden. I designed the bi-folding doors so that they were a feature in the room, rather than the simple glass and metal combination – I took inspiration from lots of New England designs that I found on Pinterest.

The kitchen was designed to be elegant as well as functional and the colour scheme for the space was fresh and clean to maximise the lovely natural light. I used furniture and artwork to add pops of colour. I hope you like it – if you’re keen to create a similar look then click on the links below.

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{Photography by Patrick Butler-Madden}

























I’m so excited to share these pictures of my latest project in South-West London with you. We bought  this beautiful Victorian villa-style home in a Conservation area on the border of Balham and Streatham as two tired flats that had been tenanted for a number of years. 

We took a bit of a risk, as we knew that we wanted to convert the property back into a single home, but to get formal advice from Lambeth Council would have taken months! We had to make a decision on whether we would risk the possibility that they would say no, but on balance the house was so stunning and had so much potential we thought it was a risk worth taking!


Luckily all went smoothly and once the house was purchased we quickly got the approval that we needed and set to work removing the stud walls and returning the house to its former glory. These houses in the conservation area, are all unique and were designed by a well-known architect in the 1870s for wealthy Victorians, who kept houses in this area as country homes on the edge of the city. In those days Streatham was considered the West End of the south with lovely green open spaces, large houses with even larger gardens, as well as theatres, upmarket shops and ballrooms. 


It was such a pleasure to work on this property and bring it back to life. Beautiful original fireplaces were stripped back, cornice repaired and replaced and the stunning staircase patched and restored. We also extended to the rear of the house to create a lovely large open plan kitchen, dining and living area. The work took just over nine months and now it is so lovely to see it once again as a beautiful family home.


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{Images by Patrick Butler-Madden}

{No. 282 Shadow White}
There are two reasons to be very happy today – the first is that we have all survived January, which has been particularly rainy and miserable this year and the second reason is that Farrow & Ball have released nine new paint colours! 

I’m a huge fan of Farrow & Ball and use their paints in almost all my projects. I love them partly because, like me, they are from Dorset and partly because they just get it so right when it comes to colour. The new palette includes some lovely soothing pastels as well as some stronger colours to tie in with the current trend for darker, moodier interiors.


These images show off the new colour collection so perfectly – which one do you like best? My favourites are the beautiful soft pink Peignoir, which would be the perfect colour to paint an elegant apartment in Paris, and the brave, strong Vardo, which would work brilliantly to create a cosy library room.

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{No. 285 Cromarty}

{No. 286 Peignoir}
{No. 290 Salon Drab}
{No. 288 Vardo}

{No. 287 Yeabridge Green}

{No. 284 Worsted}
{No. 283 Drop Cloth}

{No. 289 Inchyra Blue}

I hope you’re all having a wonderfully festive December? It’s such a special time of year and I can’t wait to spend next week relaxing in the countryside with family and friends. 

In terms of Christmas decorations, this year I’ve kept it quite simple again with a white, silver and blue colour palette on the tree and have filled the rest of the house with fresh flowers instead of going overboard with decorations. I just love flowers at all times of year and think that you can make them work as festive decoration too.

Thank you all so much for your support on the blog this year – have a wonderful Christmas with your loved ones and see you all in 2016. We will be starting a large project outside of London in January, which will be a big challenge, but also great fun to share with you on here – Happy Christmas!

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{Images by Patrick Butler-Madden}