Styling

The Grand Shed Project @ Grand Designs Live

Creating the Boutique Bedroom in the Grand Shed Project

You may have seen a few snippets on social media about the Grand Shed Project at Grand Designs Live this week. We have been busy with preparations for this over the last few weeks.  We were selected with 4 other designers to transform a traditional garden shed into an inviting space of our choice.  Our design was a boutique bedroom, an extension of your home and a space where you could feel proud to host overnight guests.

The shed in question was supplied by Walton's Garden Buildings, a 10 x 8 Waltons Tradesman Tongue and Groove Double Door Apex Wooden Shed. 

We had access to the sheds from midday on Wednesday to begin the transformation for the opening of Grand Designs Live on Saturday.

Before Shot

Before Shot

The initial work all involved painting, which instantly changed the look and feel of the shed.  We used Valspar Masonry paint, suitable for wood and brickwork.  This paint has excellent coverage and is touch try within 1 hour.  These were key factors to helping us get everything completed on time.  The colour scheme for the space was cool and calming tones and to achieve this we used Blanc de Blanc on the main walls and ceilings and Driftwood Blues as an accent tone to the back wall and doors.

To transform the flooring and make it feel warm and inviting we installed Quickstep Impressive laminate in Saw Cut Oak Grey, which is an interlocking system making it simple and quick to install.  Once the flooring and painting was completed there was a huge transformation in the look and feel of the space.

Fixtures and Fittings

Walls painted and flooring in we could set about installing the shelving, artwork, furniture and accessories.  We were fortunate enough to work with some great suppliers on this project who enabled us to completely transform the shed.

Lighting - Ikea

Blinds - The Blind Shop

Chair - Cult Furniture

Radio - Roberts Radio

Fireplace - Dimplex UK

Cushions - Emma Beischer

Bespoke bedside shelves painted in Driftwood Blues

Bespoke bedside shelves painted in Driftwood Blues

Reading corner with bespoke book shelves and luxury textures

Reading corner with bespoke book shelves and luxury textures

Electric Stove by Dimplex to ensure the bedroom is warm and inviting

Electric Stove by Dimplex to ensure the bedroom is warm and inviting

The finished boutique bedroom

The finished boutique bedroom

We've had great fun working on this unusual project for Grand Designs Live and thank you to Axa who have sponsored the Grand Shed Project.  If you would like to see the boutique bedroom and the other designs in the Grand Shed Project there's still time to visit Grand Designs Live this weekend.

Christmas table setting design ideas

Styling the table

So the gifts are ready, maybe not quite wrapped yet but you're on the right track!  We all know that the the big meal is the main event on Christmas Day... but how about the table decor?  Take the pressure off the food with our top picks for styling the table and let your family and friends soak up the Christmas feeling with a festive cocktail ...

Image courtesy of Pinterest

Image courtesy of Pinterest

Image courtesy of www.neptune.com

Image courtesy of www.neptune.com

Image and recipe from Marie Claire

Image and recipe from Marie Claire

Image and recipe from Marie Claire

Image and recipe from Marie Claire

A pop of traditional red for the table with an element of the outdoors to add the finishing touches. We have the perfect drink to work with this with a little greenery as the garnish

Pomegranate and Rosemary Gin Fizz

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup gin
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp rosemary simple syrup (1 cup water, 1 cup sugar, 1 sprig rosemary. Boil water until sugar dissolves, remove from heat, add rosemary and let sit for 15-20 minutes. Remove rosemary and refrigerate simple syrup)
  • 2 Tbsp pomegranate juice
  • Club soda, chilled
  • Rosemary sprigs and pomegranate seeds for garnish

Preparation

  • Mix gin, lemon juice, simple syrup and pomegranate juice in a shaker with ice and shake vigorously 10-12 times then pour over ice in a low ball glass
  • Top with club soda and stir gently.
  • Garnish with a sprig of rosemary and a large spoonful of pomegranate seeds!
image courtesy of www.housebeautiful.co.uk

image courtesy of www.housebeautiful.co.uk

For more tips on styling and decor follow us on Instagram. Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas holiday!
Image courtesy of www.redonline.co.uk

Image courtesy of www.redonline.co.uk

A simple Christmas table taking inspiration from Scandinavian design with clean lines and muted tones. How about the Coctel de Olla to go with your Scandi inspired decor?

Coctel de Olla

Ingredients

  • 1 oz Johnnie Walker Black Label
  • 1/4 oz Dolin Dry Vermouth
  • 1/4 oz Hoodoo Chicory Liqueur
  • 1 1/2 oz Cold Brew Coffee
  • 1/2 oz Cinnamon Syrup*
  • Zest of 2 Lemons

Cinnamon Syrup Preparation:

  • Soak 4 short cinnamon sticks in 1 cup boiling water for 4 minutes.
  • Allow mixture to cool to room temperature.
  • Add 1 cup white sugar and stir until dissolved.  

Preparation:

  • Combine ingredients into a mixing glass with ice and stir.
  • Strain contents into a chilled coupe glass.
Image courtesy of www.deavita.fr

Image courtesy of www.deavita.fr

Image courtesy of www.housebeautiful.com

Image courtesy of www.housebeautiful.com

Image courtesy of www.inspiredbythis.com

Image courtesy of www.inspiredbythis.com

Add a little touch of glamour to the table with hints of gold and copper and a drink to match..

Fig and Orange

Ingredients

  • 2 parts Absolut Elyx
  • 1 part freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 part freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tsp fig jam

Preparation

  • Combine ingredients together in a cocktail shaker over ice
  • Shake hard until ice cold
  • Strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice
  • Garnish with an orange wedge
Image and recipe from Marie Claire

Image and recipe from Marie Claire