From an ideal Wedding Gift for the couple who have everything, to creating the perfect bedroom den for your pre-teen – interior design Jamie Hempsall has the answers to your readers’ interior questions.
Q:Our friends are getting married after two decades together and have specified no presents, but we would like to mark the day with something special for their home. ME
A:Wall art makes the perfect gift – it is a personal bond between you and your friends and can give both of you great pleasure (not to mention invoke wonderful memories) each time you see it.
Why not give them a personalised illustration of their wedding reception venue or church? Letterfest create beautiful hand-drawn sketches from a photo you provide. The property is left black and white, with a digitally printed background colour. You can even add a personalised message in the bottom corner.
A framed 28cm square framed sketch is available for £48 (www.letterfest.com – 01271 861825).
Q:I hate the look of our radiators, but want something a little more interesting than a standard radiator cover. What are my options? JW
A:You could always start by having a chat with your local handyman. If you have a pattern or design in mind, they should be able to craft a simple radiator cover in MDF. Painted up, these always look terrific. One tip I would give is to paint the radiator and the wall behind it within the cabinet black. This gives a nice contrast finish and hides the radiator even more.
You may also like to consider the range of covers from Couture Cases that include the lovely Deco model pictured. They are available in a wide range of colours, sizes and finishes (including a digital leather effect which will be launched in Jan 2015). Prices depend upon size, visit www.couturecases.co.uk (01476 589221).
Q:I am redecorating the dining area in our kitchen and want a scheme to wake our young family up in the morning. Can you help? HC
A:The kitchen is the perfect place to go a little wild. These days it is the definite business area of the home, to be enjoyed by all and sundry – not just a place for cooking and eating, but the potential for post-school chill-out chats and inevitably some home work.
You have advised your eating area is at one end of the kitchen, so why not delineate this with a feature wall? You could choose a splash of bright coloured paint, such as Alsop Scarf from the Will Alsop Collection for the Royal Academy of the Arts (available from www.colourandpaint.com).
Alternatively, opt for a fun feature wallpaper such as the Comic Pop Pinks Wallpaper Mural from www.DigetexHOME.co.uk. Pre-cut panels are available from £79.
Q:We want to create an exciting bedroom for our nine-year-old son. Can you suggest an innovative bunk-bed solution so that he can have friends over? TT
A:Bunk beds are every child’s (and the occasional adult’s) dream and the inclusion of even a basic one in a scheme should provide hours of entertainment.
The ultimate choice has to be the Adventure Kids Bunk Bed Hang-Out for boys from Cuckooland. It creates the perfect bedroom den and is made from best solid knot pine (from sustainable Scandinavian sources). It is finished in non-toxic whitewash to ensure safety and is treated with a combination of lacquer, wax and pigments for longevity. It has a top cabin with window, inner 2-step ladder, bottom bunk and pull out drawer.
The pull out drawer is great for storage or can be converted into a third tier guest bed to accommodate even more friends – if you can cope with that!
The beds are made to order with a lead-time of about 6 weeks: £1,975 from www.cuckooland.com (01305 755621)
DECOREX: INSIDER TIPS ON INTERIOR TRENDS
If you want to get ahead of the game regarding new trends for luxury interiors, Decorex is THE London Design Festival show that interior professionals flock to. This year it will feature exciting new and innovative products from over 350 UK and international exhibitors.
The show has moved to the new location of Syon Park, London and will be open to the general public on Tuesday 23rd September 2014 from 1pm to 7pm.
For a mouth-watering treat, book a table at the on-site restaurant provided by award winning Bocca Di Lupo. Tickets are £30.
For more information visit www.decorex.com
Jamie Hempsall Ltd is a multi-award winning interior design consultancy.