Christmas Wishes – a quick fix winter warmer

December 23rd, 2016

Home is nothing without the food that brings us all together, and as you no doubt have your Christmas meal all planned out by this stage,  here’s a recipe that will see you through the following winter months with it’s warm and generous spirit. It’s forgiving too in that you can add any apples, pears or oranges that may have been better eaten yesterday! Our last tip is to make sure you only add the ginger in the last two minutes of cooking. This way it will be nicely rounded, with a little bit of punch. Just the way we like most things!

Butternut and Ginger Soup

A knob (honestly, who came up with that?) of butter
2 Large butternuts
4 sticks celery
2 carrots
4 shallots
1 l great quality chicken stock
1 finger length fresh ginger
250 ml crème fraiche
Seasoning and if you don’t have apples, pears and oranges a dash of honey will do.

Sauté shallots for 2 minutes.
Add chopped celery, carrot and diced butternut.
Stir and leave for 2 minutes with lid on.
Add stock and cook till butternut is soft. (Be sure not to over cook.) Add finely chopped ginger and crème fraiche. At this point turn off the heat and just leave it to stand.
Liquidise and heat before serving.
Happy days!

Go on, give it a bash and think of us at your table when you serve it up … please.

Want to get colour right? Try our Colour Workshopping Service

December 5th, 2016
The colour of energy, passion and action, but what is your personal response to it?

The colour of energy, passion and action, but what is your personal response to it?

Colour is a powerful tool for telling a most beautiful story through your home, so why not invest a little time to get it right?

A born colourist I absolutely adore the artists palette and the myriad of nuanced colour achievable within. For us it’s paramount that the colour combinations we recommend are on character. Furthermore, it’s important that our clients love, for a very long time, the colour combinations that we install. The right combination can make you sing, and why not?

Colour is a most versatile medium and can be used to describe every mood under the sun. On one end it can be used to subtle effect and on the other end of the spectrum, dramatic result. It has the power to evoke a certain character of mood, it has the ability to calm and sooth.  So, why not choose to tell an interesting story with colour in your home? Whilst you are at it make it personal, don’t just follow something that you have found on Pinterest that you like or feel you have an affinity with. Certainly, that is a very good start, but is it the whole story and how does it match up with your partner or other members of the family?

We specialise in just that – finding the middle ground. I have lost count now of how many times I have heard a client say of their partner, ‘We just can’t agree on colour.’ With experience, I know that there is always a middle ground that both parties will be happy with. Finding that middle ground is where our colour workshopping comes in. It’s a process that works. What’s more, according to our clients, it’s enjoyable. Sue and Chris were one of these couples, and this is what Sue had to say of our colour workshopping service:

‘My partner and I had such very different style sensibilities yet Lindi managed to balance those and present options that we were both excited about. The finished result is a home that I feel proud of; it looks great and works better too, because the spaces have been carefully considered for functional and aesthetic living.’ Sue Nicholl

Obviously the nature of this consultative service means that it is a bespoke offering, so If you think that we could help you please call Lindi directly on 07940572554 to discuss your requirements and we will scope out the perfect workshop session to produce the ideal colour palette for your home.

Know how to achieve a gorgeous home environment with our Interiors Home Plan

November 29th, 2016
Which way now?

Which way now?

Want to get more from your home? Not sure it’s serving you as well as it should or that you are making the most of the space it offers? How about colour – have you got that wrapped up? Looking to expand, but not sure how to make the most of that opportunity? Whatever your quandary we have a good track record with helping clients envision the way forward. 

So, how does it work? Well, depending on the size of the house or the nature of the challenge ahead, we can usually wrap it all up in 4 hours. I meet with you in your home for a two hour consultation to discuss the issues that you want to address. In this time we look at the house as a whole, and I will put forward recommendations for discussion, all the time getting a good feel for what will work for you as an individual, a couple or a family. I then follow this up with a report documenting the recommendations. You can  choose to take this forward on your own steam, and many clients prefer to do it this way, making the changes when time and budget become available. Alternatively if you don’t have the time for this, we are always delighted to deliver the finished solution. We have a wonderful and carefully selected supplier base, all of whom are outstanding specialists in their chosen professions. They are also very nice to have around, and that’s of key importance to us if we are sending people into your home.

But don’t just take it from us, here’s what our latest client had to say about our 4 hour road map service;

‘After my consultation with Lindi I felt much more confident in my ideas and more secure about making my budget work. She had so many clever ways of making things interesting and getting the flow of the house right. From the positioning of lights to the opening of doors, Lindi’s ideas and experience really came into play and I was so glad to have her on my side. With a two hour slot we didn’t discuss fabrics or colours in depth, but after I received Lindi’s follow up plan, I had a focused route to go forward with. She also helped save us a significant amount of money by alerting us to a damp issue. We managed to negotiate the remedial work of this off the sale price. Now that was an unexpected and most pleasant benefit.
 Diana Gilbert, Twickenham

How long will an Interior Design Project take?

November 7th, 2016


No project is the same and not all projects are blessed with the right resources or the same level of commitment from the stake holders, so it’s an impossible question to answer unless a few parameters and guidelines are set in place.

As a client you will have an idea of a time frame that you would like to complete within. A good Interior Designer should be able to tell you if this is possible, and will go on to tell you exactly how it would be achievable. ]

If it is an aggressive time frame and you have a capable and willing party eager to deliver on your part, you will be half way there. So what is the other half of the equation? The good news is at this is in your good hands. Two simple, yet critical aspects to healthy project flow lie with you, the client. The first is decisive decision making. If you can do this you will cut the time spent on two and fro. When in doubt, ‘Know thyself’ and revisit the findings delivered at the front end of the project in the Analysis and Emersion stage. The second is to take great care with your feedback at the end of each stage, making sure that you have made yourself understood, and that all stakeholders are on the same page. These two elements seem straightforward, and they are, but sometimes I wonder if they fall into that category of being a little too obvious to notice.

Encouragingly, however, there is a sequence of project stages that are common to all successful projects. The first stage, if taken seriously, will save you time and money. 1.  Analysis or Emersion 2. Design Concepts 3. Design Developments 4. Technical 5. Procurement 6. Project Co-ordination.

My best piece of advice, on this rather flavourless topic, is make sure you are in capable hands and this rather dry and uninteresting process will transform to a rewarding and enjoyable journey.

Decorex Report Back on Future Heritage

October 18th, 2016
Sarah Stafford, bespoke metalwork arts feature

Sarah Stafford, bespoke metalwork arts feature

This will be my last blog on Decorex till this time next year. I have loved focusing on the theme of ‘Playfulness’ but I think it would be remiss of me not to take some time to mention a most noteworthy Decorex contribution to the industry.

Future Heritage is a Decorex initiative which supports contemporary crafts men and women to push the boundaries of what they can achieve with their chosen materials creatively. This last Decorex saw the third year of this wonderful initiative. Curated by design and applied arts critic, Corinne Julius.

How it works is that a select group of makers are chosen to present their pioneering work at Decorex under the Future Heritage umbrella. The idea being that their work can be commissioned by interior designers and architects for use in their projects. Areas covered are lighting, flooring, sound absorption and fire resistant materials; to name a few.

This is a fabulous showcase for the industry of what is new and possible in the realm of design. Quite naturally the bar is set high with designers and makers being selected for their innovation and mastery within their skills area.  It’s through schemes like this that boundaries are challenged, but also, and of key significance, these talented makers are given an opportunity to present themselves to the industry. Take a look at the Future Heritage Makers 2016 list to see the definitive guide to the most important design makers. These are the names to collect in British craft. I think you will agree that it will be hard not to be wowed!

This is what Sarah Stafford, a designer & maker of fine, bespoke jewellery and architectural metalwork, had to say about her Decorex experience:

‘There are hundreds of incredibly talented makers out there who simply can’t afford to do an exhibition such as Decorex, or, for that matter, take the risk; I certainly couldn’t, so the support of Corinne Julius and Future Heritage has been vital to driving my venture forward. You get a sense of how well regarded the stand is by the industry by the overwhelmingly positive comments that you hear from virtually everyone who walks by. Corinne has a ridiculous amount of enthusiasm for the work that she selects, and her boundless energy gets the conversations going and contributes enormously to everyone’s successes. I would certainly love to do Decorex again – with my own stand next time – I don’t think you get invited to do Future Heritage twice!’

As a result of Decorex Sarah has an exhibition in London to work towards, an installation at an architects firm which she is currently designing, a long list of leads to follow up on and and she’s off to Dubai with the Crafts Council in March. All of these are attributable to Decorex.

We at Lindi Reynolds Interiors would like to wish all Heritage Makers 2016 the best of luck!



Decorex Report Back with a focus on the Playful, 3/4

October 10th, 2016

Another favourite destination for me every Decorex has become Object de Curiosité. The strap line of this curiously French company founded in 2001 by Pierre-Emmanuel Grange-Jaricot specialising in object de art is, ‘We can help you be unique!’ Just imagine that! They are spot on too. If you are looking for a talking point or an imagination capturer then you don’t need to look any further.

Skeleton of Blue Backed Pelican.

Skeleton of Blue Backed Pelican.

Tower of Blue Morpho's

Tower of Blue Morpho’s

Fancy a skeleton of a pink backed Pelican, a taxidermied albino python or a tower of blue Morpho butterflies to gaze on? Never mind if there’s nothing in there for you, with over 600 lines to choose from this is just a start. Bold, marvellous, in the true sense of the word, and either strangely or exquisitely beautiful.

This is a small company held together by a boundless passion for nature and a desire to extol it’s beauty through artful presentation. They manage this exquisitely why else would this small band of 10 people have a presence in 57 countries worldwide? I have never left their stand without the broadest of beams, not least because Pierre-Emmanuel is always present, and as the founder of such a delightful interiors offering you can just imagine what a lively character he paints. That’s quite an achievement don’t you think, to elicit joy from the viewer through artful selection and presentation?

Next up is The Games Room Company. Well of course they are literally in the business of play, so it’s no surprise that they might feature here. Suppliers of Games Rooms equipment from juke boxes, pinball machines, vintage Coke machines, pool and snooker, to name a few. Drawn to the Jukebox myself, I have always wanted one of these beauties in my home. Whilst my Clive dreams of sports cars I covet the joyful inhibition of one of these spirited audio sound systems! At around £ 10,000 I think it might be a little more achievable, but not quite the stocking filler my man might have in mind for this Christmas season. Go on, what’s your fancy?

Rock-Ola-Harley-Davidson Beauties CD Jukebox

Rock-Ola-Harley-Davidson Beauties CD Jukebox

Decorex Report Back with a Focus on the Playful – 2/4

October 3rd, 2016
By Carola van Dyke, a proud young Kudu doe wall mount for a touch of creative whimsy

By Carola van Dyke, a proud Kudu

Zany Zebra and Friends

Zany Zebra and Friends

Continuing with our theme of what was amusingly inspiring at the Decorex showcasing recently I’d like to mention a new entrant by the name of Carola van Dyke. Carola takes taxidermy to a new level, and in such a way that you would be happy to have one of her beauteous beasty busts on your walls, because under the African wax cloth collage that she so deftly applies there is no real beast at all, just the perfectly proportioned mould of the animal depicted. So, you can live peacefully knowing that you never have to wonder, everytime you look at your zany zebra or your graceful gazelle, just how it came to find its end on your wall!

More impressive, however, is the way that she artfully works with her library of striking African wax cloths to help exaggerate and bring these creatures to life. Every piece is original. These are true character pieces, made to be loved and admired for years to come. The Carola Van Dyke Studio also produce a range of scatter cushions, depicting animal busts of many forms in a whimsical nature. The perfect solution for a light hearted whimsical addition to your home perhaps?

Fine Cell Work, William and Catherine Cushion

Fine Cell Work, William and Catherine Cushion

My next treasure for mention is the Fine Cell Work Company. This is a company with a big heart and it, too, makes me smile every time I see it, because it’s such a great and uplifting story. Fine Cell Work trains prisoners to do high quality, commercial needlework in their cells, and textiles training in prison workshops to foster hope, discipline and employability. At any one time, they have a workforce of 250 prisoners across 31 prisons and have sold to and worked with many of Britain’s top interior designers. I have heard first hand how this initiative has been life changing for so many men and woman. It really does foster hope, meaning and a sense of worth and value for people who often desperately need purpose and a fresh start.

Fine Cell Work has over 15 years of experience in producing high quality, special commissions. Anyone can commission a handmade, bespoke and ethical piece.  FCW can produce cushion covers, wall-hangings, needlework portraits, a hand stitched personal message or quote, a keep-sake quilt using favourite fabrics or adapt  or personalise an existing FCW product. Why not commission your own and know that you will be making a real difference. E:

Fine Cell Work, Romeo and Juliet

Fine Cell Work, Romeo and Juliet Cushion

Fine Cell Work, Louisa M. Alcott

Fine Cell Work, Louisa M. Alcott Cushion

First of Four Decorex Report Back with a Focus on the Playful

September 26th, 2016

A veritable treasure trove every year of what’s new and gorgeous in the world of Interiors. This year was no exception for Decorex. With close on 500 exhibitors I have decided to pick a particular focus for report or I’ll still be at it this time next year. I was struck by how many brands had a playful element to them, and so why not have that as our focus to enjoy? It certainly was an aspect that stood out for me, and I wonder if it is a direct response by the creators to the fact that we are living in a time with much political and social uncertainty? The spaces that we create to live in can and should at least be places of positive upliftment. A great opportunity to focus on the joyful aspects of what we have and treasure.  See if you find the brands that I am going to put forward over the next four weeks a good tonic for the soul.

Curiosa's new Caravaggio collection

Curiosa’s new Caravaggio collection

First up, is a lighting company called Curiousa & Curiousa. Even the name itself is whimsical. Esther Patterson, Curiousa’s designer and founder, has a real passion for traditional British manufacturing and a true love of craftsmanship. All bespoke hand-blown glass fittings are produced in their Derbyshire studio and can be seen in their London Showroom, nestled between London and Clerkenwell. Their collection of eye catching statement pieces never fail to bring a smile to my face. Thank you Curiousa & Curiousa!

A suitably playful bedfellow to this brand, specialising in wall coverings and textiles is Timorous Beasties. Again, there is much in the name. Established by two Glaswegians, Alistair Mcauley and Paul Simmons in 1990, this brand now enjoys international acclaim for it’s iconic, award winning designs.

‘Like Ruskin, ‘Beauty is our main concern.’’ is their epitaph. This is immediately obvious with any one of their designs. Distinctly edgy in nature, an elegant transgression or a display of chic irreverence. Each of their designs embody all or one of these aspects but always with a firm foundation in the history of textile design and manufacture, giving character and depth with a freshness of perspective.  With great respect, a modern day William Morris and John Ruskin partnership. Intricate and beautifully crafted their designs lure you into a fantastical world of rich colour and imagery. I’d say it’s impossible not to pause for at least a good while to admire the breathtaking detailing, fineness of colour and contrast. Go on, feast your eyes, and take a look at their collection. Again, I think you will find it’s hard not to smile.

Timorous Beasties Butterfly Blotch Cushion

Timorous Beasties Butterfly Blotch Cushion

Inspirational Use of Light and Colour

September 19th, 2016

Madre (Mother) by Joaquin Sorolla, Museo Sorolla, Madrid It’s hardly surprising to note that Farrow and Ball are eager, wherever possible, to supply the background wall colours to the walls of this artists exhibitions.

‘Sorolla’s brush was a beam of solar threads that left no opaque matter on the canvas, but only pure radiations. Sorolla painted the unpaintable.’ Ramón Pérez de Ayala.

I cannot think of a higher praise for an artist. Painting is of course a visual art and as light enables us to see, so the two are inextricably intertconnected. The legacy that Sorolla left is an immensely positive one which is possibly why I feel so drawn to his life’s work and find it so profoundly inspiring. Furthermore he was set, at the beginning of his career, on becoming one of the art world Greats. He achieved this with international recognition in his lifetime winning many of the most coveted prizes awarded by the art world over a 10 year period. Admirable indeed.

The importance of light holds the same weight within great interior design, and is not something that should be left to chance. For this reason I believe it better to come to a project embracing the idea of architectural interior design. Consider first natural light and then electrical lighting. Neither light forms are surface fixes. Rather both should be considered at the architectural stage of the project and designed into the build of the home.

But let’s look back to what we can learn from Sorolla. He was a master with colour. This is true because he used it almost purely to describe light. He understood that different colours have varying opacities and light reflecting values. He saw colour as a means of describing light and therefore shape and form. The same is true when we appoint colour to the surfaces of our homes – we modify the light intensity of a room and thereby it’s tone. It is entirely possible, therefore, to change the atmosphere of a room with the colour we choose. That is good to know.

In summary, when considering light in Interior Design:

  1. Be sure to consider your light sources.
  2. Appreciate the significance of colour, it’s tone, saturation and best colour partnerships.

Here at LRI we offer a highly effective Colour Workshopping Service. If you are feeling a little intimidated about where to start with the wonderful world of colour we would simply love to help you.

Make it Personal: How to Tailor an Interior to your Personality

September 12th, 2016
This relief bronze sculpture strikes a chord with me, and that's because I have an affinity for symbolic imagery. Know what you have an affinity for and use that to personalise your spaces.

This relief bronze sculpture strikes a chord with me, and that’s because I have an affinity for symbolic imagery. Know what you have an affinity for and use that to personalise your spaces.

The final solution of any Interior should be tailored to so that it’s personal to you. It should be unique and it should tell a very interesting story.

How to go about this then? Well, there are a number of ways to tackle this objective. Luckily they all have a common denominator, and so if we can understand what that is we have a very good start point, and it is this. I believe that it is the experiences from our past and our interests that carry us into the future that create a rich tapestry of our lives. So if we work with this we have a very clear brief:

  1. reflect the past to capture treasured memories and,
  2. inspire with areas of interest to take forward into the future energetically.You will know what these are for you and your family. Make it visual. Celebrate it and you will see a rich and interesting tapestry of your lives unfold.

This is the part of my job that I love the most, and it’s probably also one of the key reasons why I do what I do. When entrusted with this aspect of the job I get a lot of pleasure out of knowing that an interior is a good reflection of it’s inhabitants personalities, their shared history and their interests – a place that they will be inspired in at the beginning and the end of each day because they have the right visual cues.

The big question: Do you want to live in a house that your designer loves and would choose, or do you want to live in a house that you love which is designed? Some designers are very good at rolling out their house style, but struggle with portraying the individual character of its inhabitants. If making your space your own is what you have in mind, make sure the designer you have chosen gets you. Once you have established this make sure it is a key aspect of the brief. You won’t regret your decision.