My Design World

conserving the history and cherishing the detail ...

Deirdre Brennan - Friday, August 16, 2013


Mount Street, Mayfair is without doubt my favourite street in London.  Its architecture sets it apart from the rest of Mayfair ... both its homogeneity and distinctive red brick.  New and edgy brands like Aesop (the Australian skincare brand), sit beside some of Mayfair's oldest.


Aesop's first London outlet, with interior by Ilse Crawford of Studioilse (who I have written about before), is located in a magnificent Victorian Grade II listed mansion block in Mount Street.


Original parquet floors have been left raw, fireplaces reinstated and tall ceilings exposed. The end result has been widely celebrated.


While soaking up the grandeur of Melbourne's Block Arcade recently, I was similarly impressed ... the extent to which period detailing had been incorporated as a design element in shop fitouts, rather than covered up as once would have been the case.  


Very simply put ... it is the challenge in the juxtapositioning of old and new ... and the delicate balance of getting it right.


the elegance of neutral bathrooms

Deirdre Brennan - Thursday, March 08, 2012


The simplicity of this bathroom is very appealing.  I am loving the neutral tones and finishes.....classic and elegant.


Let the accessories tell the story and create the feel and mood.....what ever that may be.  Bring in texture, warmth and contrast.


Natural materials have a natural warmth and texture and require little else. They provide their own contrast and variation within the material itself.


Slick and contemporary or rustic and earthy .... neutral works best.

The White Company London stocks the most fabulous range of everything one needs for the 

images: the style files


designers guild shop online

Deirdre Brennan - Saturday, January 28, 2012



I was thrilled to see that Designers Guild now have a fabulous online store for throw blankets, cushions, candles and floor rugs.....the quality of their fabrics is beautiful which I think you can see even from the photos.  Such a bonus to have the actual Designers Guild ready made cushions as I have spent years buying small metrage to have made into cushions for projects I have been working on.

These cushions, rugs and throws all co-ordinate with the various ranges of fabrics and you will find that Designers Guild will do a whole collection in a particular colour palette which makes it easy to put together a scheme for a room.

I did blog about their fantastic tote bags made out of smart Designers Guild fabrics a while back.

My favourite ever Designers Guild fabrics are their Royal Collection based on archives of fabrics in Windsor Castle and Buckingham fact now that I am thinking about it..... I might just follow up with that story and show some of those magnificent fabrics next.




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