Sunday, 6 September 2015

5 Amazing Room Designs by Carrier & Company

I have been a huge fan of the interior design practice Carrier & Company for many years. Based in NYC and founded by husband and wife team Jesse Carrier and Mara Miller; for me, their work is perfection.

The way they seamlessly blend antique and vintage pieces with contemporary design is nothing short of spectacular. I love that they work with the client's existing collections, artwork, hand-me-downs, heirlooms and incorporate it all into the interior design which creates truly personal, timeless and comfortable homes.

Their first book Positively Chic Interiors is out for pre-order now so I thought now was as good a time as any to share my favourite room designs.

What's not to love?! I love the sisal rug, the rustic metal frame table, the simple linen upholstery, the furniture, the panelling, but most of all I love the bright and bold artwork above the mantle which just elevates this room into something a lot more interesting. I've seen a lot of sitting rooms over the last few years but I adore this one.

We have a barn behind our house which at some point will be developed and added onto the house. This would be the perfect barn conversion bedroom. I love horses so the artwork here really appeals and the fabric on the bedspread and pillows mixed with the rug and curtains reminds me of a Kit Kemp-esque look. To me this room looks so comfortable and inviting. It goes without saying that the wood panelling is spot on.

I love the kitchen designs by Carrier & Company. This one in the Dove Meadow project is simple, but beautifully designed. I can literally imagine walking into this kitchen barefoot in the morning and putting the kettle on to make coffee. I'm not sure what wood the back door is made of but I think it works perfectly, and together with the classic american hardwood floor, brings a softness and warmth to the space.

The only Carrier & Company project I've ever stepped foot in - the Printing House in the West Village in NYC. I could have stayed there all day spending ages in each room studying all the finer details that make the project so individual, timeless and interesting. I think interiors should be at least a little bit interesting. I love to collect bits and pieces on travels to different places. Last weekend I was in Scotland and stopped by a little antiques shop in Aboyne where I bought a really stunning 19th century Chinese bowl. I'm not sure where to put it yet, but I absolutely love it and although it's not got anything to do with Scotland I will always think of a lovely weekend in Aberdeenshire when I see it.

I always think bathrooms are difficult to design but Jesse and Mara make it look completely effortless. I've always had a thing for freestanding bath tubs by companies like Victoria + Albert  so these two bathrooms in this stunning home in Southampton, New York are really my cup of tea. 

I hope you liked this round of up of my favourite rooms, suffice to say there are dozens more that are absolutely stunning - take a look here

Image credits: Carrier & Company 

Saturday, 5 September 2015

A Change of Plan

I'm really excited to finally let you all know some news that I have been keeping quiet now for some time. As many of you know, I started West Egg in 2010 because I wanted to do something that I was more interested in, which was the world of interiors.

It has been an amazing ride and I'm so grateful to everyone who supported West Egg in so many different ways. My passion for interior design, furniture design, antiques, restoration, business, social media, and of course blogging, is stronger than ever and I am very thankful for the amazing opportunities I have had over the last 4 years.

At the end of 2014 I started consulting for Humphrey Munson - a British company that designs and manufactures really beautiful handmade kitchens.

The company is expanding and recently opened a second showroom in St. Albans as well as the main workshop and showroom in Felsted. This is a really exciting time for Humphrey Munson and I have loved working with them on different marketing and business development projects which has been a really rewarding experience for me. 

Earlier this year, they offered me a full time role which I simply could not refuse. So, for the last 6 months I have been working full time for Humphrey Munson as the head of marketing and business development and I could not be more excited! I feel very proud to be working for a company with which I share so many values, not to mention an amazing team of super talented cabinetmakers who take such enormous pride in their work. I am really over the moon to be moving on with this new role and I can't wait to see what the rest of 2015 holds and beyond.  

What this means...

Taking on this new role meant that West Egg was put on the back burner somewhat. I have ummed and ahhed for months now about it, come very close to selling it and then last week backed out of a potential sale completely because I am not ready to let the west egg blog go to someone else. When I started the blog back in 2010, I didn't know anything about blogging or social media, or how to grow a business. But it is the west egg blog that has brought me all the amazing experiences and opportunities that I have had in the last 5 years. 

The West Egg Blog 

So, I will continue writing the west egg blog - for me, it's a place where I can record my finds, ideas and design tips. I love blogging and I love the community that comes with it. It's had a little revamp overnight thanks to 17th Avenue - I hope you like it! 

The West Egg Store 

This is the sad bit. Because I can't sell the business without the blog, the west egg online store will soon close its online doors. The upside is that there is going to be a very good sale coming soon! 


I will be teaching the last weekend workshop "Paint Like A Pro" this coming October 10-11th, 2015. There is one place left, if you'd like to come please book here

Many many thanks to you all for your amazing support over the last few years.