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A new beginning...
Tuesday 11th July 2017
...Slightly Quirky's blog begins...
It's not all cushions and colour scheming, being an interior designer, there is more to it than that, of course there is. But what they don't tell you is...Travelling- Not packing an overnight bag, passport at the ready and trotting through Heathrow security in some cute kitten heels... instead it's train, bus, 2 tubes and traipsing through the London underground network of tunnels, laden with samples, tape measure and plans.Lunch dates-
Not those long lazy lunches sipping something fizzy on the riverside, taking your time perusing the menu... instead an M&S sandwich on the tube inbetween meetings, a coffee on the go, 5 minutes to read the Metro feels like a break.Shopping-
Not the relaxed browsing, picking something up, turning it in your hands, carefully caressing the material, considering it, before placing it back and continuing browsing... instead the online type, frantically trying to find that perfect piece, one which is in stock and available for express deliver…
Maison et Objet, you have not disappointed. You have lived up to our imagination of what you were to be.
In our minds you were 110,000 sq.m. vast and 5,000+ brands interesting.
What you were was 39,000 footsteps of interesting and 400 photos of inspiring.
Monday morning 5am alarm brought more excitement than normal if woken at that time. The prospect of breakfast on the Eurostar was more appealing than my normal regime. Paris bound we were! Maison et Objet is one of the largest design shows in Europe and the word on everyone's lips in the design world in January is 'Paris'.
We are so excited to be part of this world full of creativity and the sort of people who make things happen. The sort of people who have a vision... see how a piece of furniture should look and create it; know how a room should be lit and make it so; know how materials work together and blend them.
For us here at Slightly Quirky, we were on the look-out for inspiration and new suppliers, as well as lo…
We at Slightly Quirky have recently designed a walk-in wardrobe for our clients in Spittalfields, central London, so understand what is important when it comes to storing your suits to your stilettos.One of the key aspects is good lighting. As well as layers of light, to ensure all areas are well lit, the colour temperature is crucial; this is the difference between a warm or a blue light. Here a clean, white light is best, this ensures you can see the true colours of your items... and won't run the risk of leaving the house with one blue sock and one black one!It sounds obvious, but know what you want to store. Do you have a lot of long dresses or coats? How many pairs of shoes do you have? The internal configuration will depend on how much long hanging space is required, how much shelving or drawer space you need. A top tip for shoe storage is to keep them in their boxes with photos of the shoes on the outside or clear shoe boxes so you can easily find that pair of pumps in a hu…