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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Unique British audio brand VQ have just launched their stunning new radio, the Hepburn Mk II and are kindly offering my readers the chance to win one! Available in range of 11 different colours from black, brown (pictured) to pink, mustard and teal you can definitely find a colour to suit your style. 

As well as being beautifully designed, these radios have DAB, DAB+ and FM Radio. You can also connect via Bluetooth to play all your own music, charge your phone through it and most importantly the sound quality is fantastic!

To be in with a chance of winning one all you have to do is like and share the competition post on Facebook – I will choose the winner next Monday.

Good Luck!

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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}

Following on from my post a few weeks ago where I shared a master bedroom that I designed for a Victorian house in Battersea, I would like to share the en suite bathroom I designed to go with it, which is one of the most decadent rooms I’ve ever worked on!

As with the bedroom, the main aim was to create a calming and decadent space where relaxation and indulgence were top priority! We took a good size double bedroom to create the bathroom and had two main options with the layout, the brief being to combine a luxury bathing space with storage and wardrobes. 

The first {and the one seen most commonly in SW London Victorian terraces} is to have a walk through wardrobe in the first half of the room and then a smaller en suite shower room behind. I chose to design the room differently as I felt a sense of space was key to the feeling of indulgence and decadence. We slotted the bath between the two double wardrobes and chose to not include a walk in shower as the house already had two.

I chose an elegant Designers Guild fabric for the blind, the birds on the pattern linking with the birdcage chandelier light. Keeping costs down, we used a simple white metro tile, and added a darker grey grout for more interest. Finally we made sure all fixtures and fittings were Victorian in style, including the radiator and taps.

If you would like to create a look similar to this in your home, then scroll to the end of the post for all the supplier info! 

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{Photography by Patrick Butler-Madden}

GET THE LOOK: Walls are painted in Cornforth White by Farrow & Ball, the mirrors above the sink are from a Swedish Boutique, Birdcage Chandelier Graham & GreenMirror on the wall by the bath is a family antique, but similar are available from online vintage stores and ebay. The wooden stool is from Lombok, wall tiles are from Walls and Floors.


This room has such an inspiring colour palette – the peaches and pastels give the room a sense of serenity calm {which is how I like my rooms!}, whereas the pops of red on the pillow, duvet and blossom tree give it a more exciting, upbeat vibe. I found these images on the Eight Mood website – they are from a mood they’ve called ‘Untamed Passion’, which is a title that works really well. The combination of colours and the huge selection of cushions really do create a fun and passionate atmosphere.

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{Images via Eightmood}