With all the grey skies and monochromatic days I wanted to seek out inspiration in the form of colour and pattern; to shake up the system and discover something new. I returned to photos of a trip I took to Marrakech towards the end of last year. They were full of life, bright colours and innovative design. They reminded me that although making bold choices can often feel daunting, the pay off when done well is the greatest...Read More
The run up to Christmas is always a busy time here at Saal Design. Everyone is working to get their homes looking perfect and beautiful for the festive season and we try to do everything we can to ensure they do - in the early years I spent many Christmas Eve’s up ladders hanging curtains just in time for the big day!Read More
The bedroom is one of the most important rooms in the house. Recent studies have shown that people are starting to spend more time in their bedrooms than in their living rooms. It is a room that can have a big impact on our physical and mental well-being and it is important that this is taken into account during the design process...
This Friday, I will be opening the Knowledge Zone at Britain’s biggest festival of boating - TheYachtMarket.com Southampton Boat Show!
The Knowledge Zone is a place where industry experts will be giving daily talks and demonstrations on TheYachtMarket’s stand (no. E040) on everything from ocean safety to buying, selling and maintaining boats. I will be discussing Yacht Interiors.
Alongside my passion for art and design, I am a keen sailor. Time spent on boats as a toddler developed into a lifelong passion that has seen me sail aboard tall ships such as the Sir Winston Churchill, the Sir Malcolm Miller, and most recently, the beautiful Bessie Ellen, a 1904 West Country trading ketch.
I will be giving advice on how to design practical and creative nautical interiors. Boat interiors are not limited to the classic navy and white. Whether you are upgrading to sell or simply for your own enjoyment, I'll be presenting ideas and schemes to give your boat the edge.
Come along to discover the latest materials and products leading the way in the world of interiors at sea!
(images supplied by Ocean Air)
I will be on TheYachtMarket stand no.E040 on Friday 15th September at 12.30pm and on Saturday 16th September at 2pm. The talks will also be streamed on TheYachtMarket's youtube channel for those who can't make it!
Check out our Yacht Interiors pinterest board below for some nautical inspiration!
I’ve had my eye on the ‘modern bohemian’ trend for a while now as it’s popularity has grown. Its eclectic nature and combinations of materials appeals to my personal aesthetic. My favourite thing about this style is that there aren’t any strict rules and that there are so many opportunities for self-expression...Read More
The energy in New York is ferocious and infectious. It is a melting pot of art and design and every time I visit I find myself in a constant state of inspiration. From industrial chic to pure opulence, here are a few of the places that got my creative juices flowing...Read More
Every Spring, I drive my kids nuts as I comment on the fresh greenery that emerges almost overnight. There is something very exciting about seeing nature coming back to life and breathing again. Pantone made this ‘Greenery’ their Colour of the Year 2017 describing the colour as...Read More
Before establishing Saal Design 29 years ago I studied Fine Art and worked as a watercolour artist and gallery curator. Art has always been my one true passion. However, I found the life of an artist unfulfilling. It was this that motivated my transition into the world of interiors...Read More
Last week my daughter and I watched a documentary called ‘Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things’. The documentary focused primarily on Minimalism from a philosophical and lifestyle point of view - but it got me thinking about Minimalism specifically in the interior design world...Read More
After stumbling across a TED talk, ‘The Art Of The Imperfect’ by artist Phil Hansen (watch here), we at Saal Design started thinking about the limitations that many people face when trying to decorate and design their homes...Read More
It can be very easy to underestimate the power of lighting in a design scheme, whether that be from a stunning statement fitting or some subtle downlights. Lighting is closely connected to our emotional and psychological reactions, therefore, if a scheme is wrong many of us will feel it straight away- which will, in turn, impact how the rest of a design is received. I find lighting so inspiring to work with as it is so diverse...
During the summer I love to be outdoors as much as possible whether that be lounging around with a book or cooking up a meal al fresco. I don’t believe that garden furniture should differ hugely from what we have inside, why have something that is awkwardly wooden and uncomfortable when you can have something plush, well-designed and durable? This year there are some beautiful outdoor fabrics and furniture ranges that can help do just that...Read More
Wood is definitely one of my favourite materials to work with and something that constantly inspires me. I think that the authentic purity of wood is something that is hard to find in other materials. There is a certain comfort in creating with a material that has been used and been consistently useful for centuries...Read More
I love Easter. For me, it has all the comfort of a family Christmas without all the stress…what could be better? Recently, I’ve been embracing the holiday more and more and I think it’s a really good excuse to have a bit of fun at home. Here are some of the things I do to get in the mood and really make Easter weekend an occasion...Read More
Finally, Spring has decided to arrive to give us some sunshine and warmth! With the days getting longer and brighter my garden is starting to come back to life and this highlights everything that needs to be done inside. It is a time to come out of hibernation, freshen up and prepare for the year ahead and I have 5 simple things you can do to make your home Spring perfect...Read More
As a designer, I like to work from the skeleton of a building and incorporate the client’s lifestyle and preferred aesthetic. I feel that recently we have started to lose our architectural identities. Formulaic buildings are popping up all over the world stripping their surroundings of cultural roots. This is not to say that there aren’t any fantastic architects or fresh projects out there (large commercial architecture has produced a variety of groundbreaking structures) but I believe it is very important that the small or old isn’t forgotten among the big or new...Read More