A few years ago, the words "interior design" really scared me. I found it such an intimidating subject matter, probably because it's quite a personal thing. I was afraid that if I was honest people would pour scorn on my choices.... oh my goodness, I now realise how crazy that was.
The interior design style that really floats my boat is modern country living. I've always been a bit afraid to admit that, maybe because it's fairly simple and unassuming. I like natural materials, antiques mixed with modern conveniences, textured fabrics like linens and thick durable cotton blends. I like comfy sofas, cosy corners and a neutral pallette with a few fun pops of colour here and there. It's not ground-breaking or controversial or super "designery" - to see what I mean, take a look at this pinterest board.
For me, home is the most important place in the world, and if you read the west egg blog, you'll know we were renovating for much of 2013 and even though we have finally moved in, there is still so much to do.
When I met in the interior designer Angelique Wisse earlier this year she was the perfect, calming tonic for my chaotic and stressful project. Angelique runs a one day workshop she has put together for West Egg which has been incredibly well received and I'm so excited for what 2014 will bring. She crams in so many brilliant tips, ideas, ways of working with different materials, and really gives those attending the confidence and know-how to create beautiful, comfortable and inviting rooms in their homes. Another huge perk of the day is that is it so inspiring, you'l be motivated to go home and get to work right away. Sometimes we all need a little nudge in the right direction.
There is more information on the website about what's included in the workshop, but as usual for all our classes, all materials, lunch & refreshments are included.
We always encourage people to bring as many bits and bobs as they like - samples, photographs, measurements, layouts if you have them etc. Or, some people turn up with a clean notebook and an open mind - it's really up to you. Talking of notebooks, at the end of the workshop you'll take away a beautiful hardback notebook full of your ideas, designs, sketches, samples etc.
The workshops take place in our converted barn in the pretty little village of Blunham in Bedfordshire (about 5 minutes from the A1), click here to see some photos.
The next workshop on Interior Design is on Tuesday 14th January 2014, and we've listened to those who work full time and added a Saturday date for February - it's going to be on Saturday 9th February.
There are more details here - you need to book online or call us on 01767 640695 to book your place. Spaces are limited to 6 people.
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If you want to buy this workshop as a gift for someone, you can purchase vouchers here and we'll also send a them a free Christmas gift too. Don't forgot to include a personalised message for them too. Buy now by clicking here.