APRIL 17TH 2018

Interior designer Melissa Jenkinson of Heirloom Studio designed this characterful modern kitchen for her own London home.  The lines are simple and rectilinear, but the materials she has chosen are rich in both tone and texture, with an emphasis on their innate individuality.  Melissa originally sourced many of these elements for client projects, but kept them in mind for her own home when the time came. 

Used in both her kitchen and her two bathrooms, 
The Watermark Collection’s Brooklyn taps, showers and accessories in Tarnished Brass finish were, she says, “Love at first sight. They bridge the look between vintage and contemporary and I especially appreciate how the brass evolves as you use it.” 

A perfect match to Melissa’s confidently eclectic style, Brooklyn’s industrial design was inspired by gate valves in New York’s mid-century apartment blocks.

The Watermark Collection products shown: 

Brooklyn Deck Mounted 3 Hole Kitchen Set in Aged Brass 
APRIL 11TH 2018

Salone del Mobile, Milan 17 - 22 April 

The Watermark Collection’s uniquely customisable ‘Elements’ bathroom and kitchen taps have been chosen by both Arlexitalia and Doca Cucina for their stands at Salone 2018. 

‘Elements’ gives designers the opportunity to play with colour, form and texture, creating a one-off statement from over 175,000 potential tap configurations. 

See Elements at:

Arlexitalia, Pavilion 22, Stand B29
and at
Doca, Eurocucina, Pavilion 15, Stand A15/A19

APRIL 10TH 2018

This sophisticated bedroom brings together new and classic fabrics and hand-blocked wallpapers from George Spencer Designs’ exclusive collections.  A modern masterclass in harmonising warm pinks and textured neutrals, it layers wools, linens, and silk to create a feel of tranquil luxury.

Headboard Upholstery: NEW ‘Amadea’ in powder pink 
Throw: NEW ‘Kea’ in sunstone
Cushion: NEW ‘Jewel’ in agate
Bolster: ‘Chemise’ in peony
Wallpaper: Block printed ‘Persian Rose’ in pink
Footstool upholstery: ‘Makeba’ in vanilla
Curtains: ‘Capalbio’ in neutral


MARCH 28TH 2018

The extension has a stark ‘Huf House’ style and the original kitchen had a similarly clinical feel.  As soon as they bought the house, the clients were clear that they wanted a new, cosier kitchen for their young family.  Although they had briefly considered another hyper-modern kitchen, they were quickly converted to the contemporary classic look of 
Martin Moore’s handmade furniture. This was the perfect way to reconnect the space to the Victorian origins of the house.

This was never going to be a straightforward project. The height and scale of the furniture and appliances had to be carefully considered as there were several different ceiling heights. The design also had to work around an imposing structural steel column.

Because Martin Moore kitchens are entirely designed and made to order, there are no standard components. Toni Silver, a Senior Designer at Martin Moore, had free rein to create the clients’ perfect family kitchen within this challenging space. 

The cabinetry, from Martin Moore’s 
English collection, was deliberately kept quiet and restrained, echoing the period origins of the house and leaving room for vibrant, contemporary colours and patterns to take centre stage. The height and scale of the individually designed wall cabinets, mantel and larder units help redress the variation in ceiling heights. At the heart of the kitchen, the island is raised on legs to give a traditional, freestanding look.

Another of Toni Silver’s clever design solutions was to absorb the problematic structural steel column into a neat desk area. This gives it real purpose, and allows the rest of the kitchen to flow naturally around the window, island and cooking zone.

This is a very urban kitchen; clean-cut, highly functional but warm and bright with colour and rich in pattern and texture. The inky indigo paint chosen for the central island led to the clients choosing a palette of decorative blues, including the iridescent splashback tiles and on-trend geometric floor. 

MARCH 27TH 2018

Wetrooms are notoriously tricky to get right. It’s crucial to achieve a totally waterproof build, to prevent leaks, with exactly the right slope on the floor to ensure drainage. Now, Unislope Wet Room Kits from 
Alternative Bathrooms offer the easiest and most effective way to create beautiful showers from the floor up.

A Scandinavian concept, Unislope’s one-piece floor slopes come in a range of widths and thicknesses, for trimming to size on site. This base is then sealed with the supplied membrane, creating a seamless, waterproof floor ready for stone or tiling. The final element is a collection of sleek, architectural drains, with an emphasis on discreet designs sited against the wall or in corners.  Unislope Wetroom kits are perfectly in tune with the modern wetroom aesthetic and ensure an equally high performance.  All elements are also available separately and contemporary shower accessories including metal shelves and towel bars complete the look.

Image top shows: Unislope Elegance 1K Wet Room System in Black 900mm x 900mm. Towel Bar in Black and Soap Shelf with Magnetic Wiper in black.
Image middle shows: Unislope 1K Classic Line Wet Room System with 1.8m Column Grate Unidrain.
Image bottom shows: Centre floor Unidrain Highline panel in stainless steel. Also available in a range of other metals

MARCH 26TH 2018

Towering glazed gables make an impressive statement but they can be hard to screen as seen here in this modern property.  The owners wanted to make the most of open countryside views but equally had a requirement for privacy at night, so Grand Design Blinds designed, tailor-made and installed blinds which give a wide range of full and partial screening options.  There are two electrically-controlled blinds fitted into the apex and three manual blinds mounted discreetly on the transom. This  gives a wide range of full and partial screening options for both privacy and climate control.  The fabric matches across both sets of blinds, giving a smart finish.

Grand Design Blinds can be used in conjunction with automated home systems.  They can also be installed with an operating system that allows them to be controlled from a phone app or tablet. 

Grand Design Blinds undertake projects worldwide. 
All of their blinds are handmade to order in the UK. 

MARCH 23RD 2018

Famous for its antique stone floors, which are reclaimed from historic buildings all over Europe, Lapicida has been working with a leading porcelain manufacturer to develop a perfect look-alike.

Villasse, the new collection has the authentic look and feel of an ancient limestone.  Designed to be used either on their own, or in conjunction with antique flooring, Villasse tiles offer the advantage of being very much lighter and, with a depth of just 10mm, far thinner than reclaimed stone.  Easy to install, they are non-porous and maintenance-free.  

Perfect for floors and walls, Villasse is also frost-resistant.  This makes it ideal for getting the indoor/outdoor look of a single surface flowing from the house straight into the garden.  

Villasse comes in four natural colourways, a cool grey ‘Ash’, the warmer-tones of ‘Sand’ and ‘Mocha’, and the soft-cream ‘White’.  All four colourways are available in three different tile sizes which can be used separately or combined in the random mix of sizes which is typical of genuinely old stone floors. 

Villasse Porcelain 
Tile sizes (all 10mm thick):
906x604mm; 604x604mm; 604x302mm
Available in random mix to order. 

Ash                             Mocha                        Sand                          White 
MARCH 22ND 2018

London Basin Company’s richly decorated porcelain basins make perfect accent pieces for bathrooms and cloakrooms.  The ‘Henrietta’ shown here is an asymmetric oval form with a lustrous deep orange/red interior.  The hand decorated exterior features swimming fish. 

Henrietta is 44cm long x 32cm wide x 16cm high 

The London Basin Company offers basins in a wide variety of designs.  Every basin is a one-off, hand finished and generously sized; with dimensions running between 39.7 and 45cm in diameter and 14 to 16.2cm in height. 

Shown here on the
Hugo vanity stand also by London Basin Company.

Tap from The Watermark Collection:

Brooklyn wall mounted basin set finished in Aged Brass.

MARCH 21ST 2018

The new ‘Tweed’ from Drummonds is a compact freestanding roll top, based on an 18th century bateau bath.  Measuring just 1520mm long and 522mm high, the Tweed is Drummonds’ smallest bath, perfect for smaller spaces but still offering all the comforts of a classic double ended design.

It takes Drummonds several weeks to make a single bath; a traditional process involving casting the raw metal, shot-blasting and enamelling with the lengthy dry-frit process which gives a snow white, incredibly durable enamel surface.  

As with all Drummonds’ cast irons baths, 
the Tweed is made to order, with four bespoke finish options; polished, painted, primed or raw metal.  Shown here hand-painted, it is also available to order in a footed version.

Image right shows: 
Leawood taps designed by Martin Brudnizki and small bath rack, both in Antique Brushed Brass finish.  Japanese Garden wallpaper by de Gournay.

MARCH 19TH 2018

Pioneers of boutique brassware, The Watermark Collection’s statement designs for bathrooms and kitchens are handmade in Brooklyn, New York.  Combining their authentic industrial heritage with modern chic, the products emphasise honesty of materials, tactility and individuality.   

Always exploring metal craft and technology, The Watermark Collection is now launching eight new hand finishes, bringing the total collection up to twenty-four.  Each of them is an individual feat of craftsmanship - and often a little chemistry too….

Brass has become a keynote in today’s bathrooms, effortlessly bridging the gap between heritage and modern style.  Four of the eight finishes offer new options for brass, from Tarnished, created with unique ageing techniques, to Heritage, a lacquered antique look, and Natural - a ‘live’ polished finish which will naturally patinate with use.  

Rustica Brass brings an intriguingly velvety darkness to the collection, a theme which is amplified in Matt Black and the super-glossy Black Mirror.

Aged Nickel introduces a smooth, satin finish to this much loved warm metal, whilst Green Patina uses 3 layers of hand-sponged oxidizing agents to build up its distinctive, weathered copper finish. 

Main image above: London lever handle, 3-hole deck mounted basin set in new Black Mirror finish.

 Black Mirror                Aged Nickel                 Green Patina               Heritage Brass 

Natural Brass               Matt Black                   Rustica Brass              Tarnished Brass 

MARCH 16TH 2018

Fashion commentators predict a massive swing to monochrome looks in 2018 - and where the catwalk leads, so interiors follow.  

Rugs are a great way to effect quick change in rooms… and 
Felt’s beautiful handmade Shyrdak rugs make it easy to hit the right note with monochrome styling.  Made using two natural colours of felted wool they also bring texture to the interiors mix.  

Shown here from top L-R: 
609: 1.1m x 1.35m 
130: 1.6m x 2.3m 
1936: 1.75m x 1.95m 
1921: 1.35m x 2.85m 
2097: 0.8m x 3.85m 

Shyrdak colours range from the dazzlingly bright to subtly muted tones, offering a wide range of decorative possibilities for both contemporary and traditional interiors.  Perfect for both floors and walls a wide selection is always available from stock and Felt’s customers can also commission bespoke rugs. 
MARCH 5TH 2018

George Spencer Designs are adding a Linen Velvet collection to their range. 

Hardwearing and beautiful, with a distinctively plush pile, Linen Velvet is suitable for all types of upholstery.  
The seven colourways in the collection offer a palette of organic colours specially developed by George Spencer Designs to work in both contemporary and classic settings. 

Linen Velvet comes in a range of colours (top-bottom above): Rosa, Cinnamon, Verde, Gris, Fig, Lichen, Eau de Nil.

Interior designer Melissa Jenkinson of Heirloom Studio designed this theatrical modern bathroom for her own London home.  It brings together surfaces and fittings that she had originally sourced for work projects but also earmarked for her personal space when the time came. 

The Watermark Collection’s Brooklyn taps, shower and accessories in Tarnished Brass finish were, she says, “Love at first sight. They bridge the look between vintage and contemporary and I especially appreciate how the brass evolves as you use it.”

Brooklyn’s industrial design, inspired by gate valves in new York’s mid-century apartment blocks, is a great match to Melissa’s confidently eclectic style.  Brought up in the Caribbean, she mixes fleamarket treasures and tropical plants with commercial Terrazzo for the shower and basins, a material more usually seen in hot countries.  The brassware gleams against a palette of dark colours and muted neutrals, bringing warmth and character to a bathroom which Melissa describes as her favourite room in the house.


Although fairly recently completed, this house was built on a grand scale and in a period style using traditional materials.  The space for the kitchen was enormous (nearly 900 sq ft) so above all else, the clients wanted a well organised design to make coherent and fluent use of the massive space.  They also wanted to make sure that despite the space, and the sheer size of the furniture and appliances needed to fill it, the kitchen had a powerful sense of homeliness and family living. 

Situated on the top of a hill, the house has sweeping views across a spectacular valley.  Making the most of those views from all the key zones was another key priority for the designer.  

The biggest challenge, as the clients correctly identified, was posed by the size of the kitchen.  For both pleasure and convenience, they need to be able to use it ergonomically.  For 
Martin Moore’s designer John Davies, this required detailed analysis of their lifestyle, cooking habits and aspirations for the new kitchen before he could even start plotting out the design for and location of the furniture and appliances.

It also became clear that the appliances the client had originally asked for were going to be too small dimensionally, requiring a change up to larger models.  Overall, the kitchen needed to respect the aesthetics of the house, but have a classic contemporary feel.  To achieve this, the designer had to gracefully integrate the industrial feel of the super-sized steel appliances with the hand painted furniture.

The central island is the largest of its kind that Martin Moore has ever constructed.  Comfortably seating seven people, it is both the social and functional heart of the kitchen.

The breakfast cupboard holds everything from a kettle and toaster to the high-tech coffee machine.  Favourite cups and mugs for three generations of the family sit on the shelves above.

As extremely knowledgeable wine experts, the clients’ brief also included a specially fitted and equipped wine area, dedicated to comfortably enjoying fine wines with friends and family.  John was determined to make this area just as impressive as the main kitchen itself.  Every element of it is purpose designed and fitted out for a pleasurable wine tasting experience.

Equipped to a professional level, it includes a vacuum pump system designed to keep wine in premium condition as well as a sink, a wine fridge and specially fitted out storage for all the different types of glasses.  All of this sits comfortably within the purpose-built break-fronted dresser design.

Comfortable bar chairs surround the high central table (which is also just the right height for standing) all oriented to make the most of the exceptional countryside views.  The French doors open directly onto the terrace beyond.

The back kitchen is a multi-purpose area.  With a back door directly leading to the garden, it’s a perfect place for coats and boots as well as being somewhere to arrange flowers.  The two shelves above the coat rack were specially designed for outsize vases. An additional fridge/freezer also makes the back kitchen a perfect space for caterers to set up and work from when the entertaining is on a grand scale.

The walk-in pantry has ‘staged’ shelving stepped up at the back to raise items into view.  LED lighting underneath the shelves automatically turns on when the doors are opened. Wicker baskets keep vegetables in good condition and the solid marble shelf is perfect for storing ambient foods such as cheese.  

Well organised, highly functional, dramatic in scale but domestic in concept, this is a highly successful project for both the client and Martin Moore.

The designer, John Davies, commented, “It’s rare to be presented with such a large area in which to design and build a family kitchen.  It was also a pleasure to work with clients who derive such huge enjoyment from the simple love of cooking, drinking fine wine and spending time with their children and grandchildren.  I believe that this project pulls off the dual challenge of creating a really warm family kitchen on a grand scale.”

Kitchen Details

The cabinets are a combination of Martin Moore’s English and New Classic

  collections, painted in Soft Grey and French Blue 

Aged Bourne limestone floor from Martin Moore Stone

Main worktops:  Silestone ‘Lagoon’

Island unit worktop:  Unistone ‘Bianca Carrara’ 

Splashbacks: ‘Oyster’ glass with integral LED lighting


New from London Basin Company, Zeina is a flower-shaped basin in taupe porcelain with a velvety matt finish.  Its delicate, multi-coloured butterfly design is highlighted with sparkly rose gold accents.  

London Basin Company’s richly decorated porcelain basins make perfect accent pieces for bathrooms and cloakrooms. Interior designer Anna Callis, founder of the company, draws inspiration from her travels, creating her own modern interpretations of traditional Oriental and Middle Eastern patterns.  

Available to buy online, London Basin Company offers 16 different basins in a variety of designs and shapes.  Every basin is a one-off, hand finished and generously sized; with dimensions running between 39.7 and 45cm in diameter and 14 to 16.2cm in height.  

Zeina basin measures 15.5cm high x 41cm diameter. Shown here on the Noah vanity stand also by London Basin Company.


Grand Design Blinds are Britain’s leading experts in bespoke blinds; shading and screening even the most challenging shapes and areas of glass.  Blind expert Jonathan Pelly-Fry gives his top reasons for installing blinds.

Light Control: Modern extensions, new build homes and renovations are often flooded with light through giant bi-fold or sliding doors, roof lights or gable ends. Installing bespoke blinds allows for the amount of light to be controlled, reducing glare and protecting interiors from harmful UV rays -  especially important for artwork or precious furnishings.

Privacy:  Extra large areas of glass make the most of amazing views whether in the city or country but installing blinds can transform a ‘glass box’ into a private space, which is especially important at night.

Versatility: Blinds are compatible with smart home technology and can be used in conjunction with automated home systems.  They can also be installed with an operating system that allows them to be controlled from a phone app or tablet.  Alternatively they can be manually operated and, as shown here, can be designed to pull from the bottom up, so there is no top rail to interrupt the views.

Temperature control: Large areas of glass such as glass roofs make a dramatic statement and allow light to flood a property but temperature control can be an issue. Installing specialist blinds allows for the control of any heat build-up on warm, sunny days and equally adds insulation during colder months.  

Practical and Adaptable:  For buildings with large areas of glazing or unusual shaped windows, blinds are the most practical solution.  From total screening to partial screening, opaque to black out, flexible designs allow control of light and privacy.


On Tuesday 6 March, George Spencer Designs are hosting two Meet the Designer events in their Chelsea Harbour showroom.
Please join them at one or both of the sessions, for a look behind the scenes at two exciting design houses represented in the UK by George Spencer Designs.   

12.30: Aux Abris, New York 

Designer Karen Robert discusses
Aux Abris, her New York-based design studio which specialises in exceptional wallcoverings.  Printed on grasscloth, silk, Japanese paper and other distinctive textures, her eclectic, imaginative designs are an art form in their own right. 

14.00: Pavoni Leathers, Italy

Pavoni’s Alan Newberry introduces Italy’s most innovative leather producer, known for its unique colours and custom-embossing.  Founded in the fashion world, Pavoni now focuses on luxury interiors, creating specialist leathers for upholstery, flooring, wall panelling and more.


Classic black and white chequerboard floors have their origins in ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome.  The bold juxtaposition of black and white tiles was symbolic of harmony, representing light and darkness held in perfect balance.

From the cathedrals of the Middle Ages to the 17th century Palace of Versailles, chequerboard floors carried right through into the 20th century, when they were taken up in succession by Art Deco designers and 1930’s Modernists.  They are the perfect definition of a style icon.

Today, chequerboard floors bring geometric drama to contemporary interiors. 
Lapicida offer them in sizes ranging from micro-mosaic up to large flagstones; with materials including new and reclaimed marbles, limestones and porcelains creating a wide choice of different aesthetics and price points.

Black and white tiles are often used to define hallways, but interior designers are increasingly using them for other areas of the home, including bathrooms, where they also make striking feature walls in showers or cloakrooms. In large open-plan, multi-purpose spaces such as kitchen/living rooms, patterned areas can be laid together with co-ordinating plains to define particular zones.

Forming a direct connection between the classical world and today’s interiors, the simple geometry of black and white tiles defines them as a modern classic, offering a wealth of new design potential.


With a very British heritage stretching back nearly 80 years, George Spencer Designs’ fabrics have a hallmark style of their own; designerly, natural and organic.  Luxurious and sophisticated, the emphasis is on natural fibres, textural weaves and craft mills.  

The newest in-house collection from George Spencer Designs,
Hamptons Linen is a heavyweight washed linen with a soft handle.  Its gently faded colours and vintage finish were inspired by coastal living.

100% linen, 140cm wide, it comes in 8 colour-rich neutrals.  Perfect for curtains, cushions, loose covers and upholstery.

 Bermuda Blue             Harvest Yellow             Rope                         Silver Sage

Grape                         Jute                           Salmon Pink               Limestone


Pantone has named ‘Ultra Violet’ the colour of 2018. 

Find a perfect pop of on-trend purple with one of 
Felt’s beautiful handmade shyrdak rugs. Super smart and vibrant, it’s a modern take on ethnic style. 

Measuring 2.4m x 2.4m, these two rugs were cut from the same sheets of felt.  Part of the age-old process of making Shyrdak rugs, it creates a perfect ‘positive and negative’ pair.    

Shyrdak colours range from the dazzlingly bright to subtly muted tones, offering a wide range of decorative possibilities for both contemporary and traditional interiors.  Perfect for both floors and walls a wide selection is always available from stock and Felt’s customers can also commission bespoke rugs.  


The Lume Collection at Alternative Bathrooms is a collection of modular components, from vanities and basins to shelving and mirrors. They work in multiple different combinations and come in a wide variety of colours and materials.

These include both wood tone lacquers and richly coloured timbers, giving a natural finish that sits beautifully in contemporary bathrooms.  Timber options include several shades of Oak, as well as Ash, Walnut and Pine.  

​Finishes can be combined in individual pieces, perfect for bringing contemporary pops of colour to the bathroom.  Open compartments, one of the design signatures of this collection, can also have interior lighting to heighten the effect. 


With a very British heritage stretching back nearly 80 years, George Spencer Designs’ fabrics have a hallmark style of their own; designerly, natural and organic.  Alongside their in-house collections, George Spencer represent a few carefully chosen US and European fabric and wallpaper houses which share the same feel and ethos.

Their newest introduction is
Aux Abris.  Founded by graphic designer and decorator Karen Robert in 2016, this New York based boutique design studio specialises in fine wallcoverings.  Printed on grasscloth, raw silk, canvas, woven Japanese paper and other distinctive textures, their eclectic and imaginative designs are an art form in their own right.


The Ladybower vanity, launched as part of Drummonds’ designer collaboration with interior architect and product designer Martin Brudnizki, is now available in a brushed brass finish.  The vanity has been conceived with simplicity in mind using classic white marble which sits perfectly with the warmth and character of the brushed brass in this elegant, light and modern piece.

Behind its contemporary lines lie functional considerations too, including good storage space for bathroom accessories and small, yet perfectly formed details such as the bent recess in the towel rail which ensures that the towel stays in place. 

The Ladybower vanity is available as both a single and double:
Single: D585 x W770 x H850mm. 
Double: D585 x W1500 x H850mm. 

Also shown here from the Martin Brudnizki for Drummonds Collection: the
Leawood basin tap, the Derwent vanity mirror, the Derwent pendant light and the Derwent towel bar all in a brass finish
Shown right: Drummonds’
Tyne copper bath
Wallpaper: Fishes by de Gournay


After living in the same London house for 15 years, the owners of this kitchen decided to renovate rather than move. The project quickly expanded to include digging out the basement and putting a rear extension to the house to create a large new multi-purpose living space overlooking the mature garden.

The heart of that living space is the bespoke Modulnova kitchen designed by Tom Karavla at 
DesignSpace London.  The clients worked with a Japanese interior designer to achieve a Zen-like peace and order throughout the house, in line with which Tom’s brief was to create “a calm kitchen”.

Oriented to make the very best of the garden views and natural light which floods the new space, the kitchen uses the
Modulnova ‘Fly’ range.  Gloss lacquer (in Grigio Steel) on flush floor-to-ceiling wall cabinetry reflects light back into the room, whilst satin lacquer (in Soko Piombo) on the working island gives a more muted finish in that zone.  

Overall, the palette is deliberately kept natural and neutral, allowing the architectural lines of the kitchen to speak for themselves within the space.  For the same reason, much of the functionality of the kitchen is hidden away behind pocket doors when not in use, from the twin Miele dishwashers to the giant Gaggenau fridge and freezer.  Even the extractor is discreet, fitted flush to the ceiling above the island.

It all looks effortless – but behind the calm exterior this is a kitchen designed not just for family life but also for entertaining on a large scale.  Every cupboard and drawer interior has been painstakingly designed down to the last detail including storage not just for everyday necessities but also for party china, glass and crockery. The space served by the kitchen is also carefully planned, with the main dining area within the open plan space, a comfortable snug adjoining the kitchen and the new basement providing yet another entertaining zone, perfect for teenagers to have their own space. 


The Celestine from the London Basin Company is perfect for achieving the ‘modern decorative’ look now making its way into our homes.  No longer does everything in the bathroom need to be in stark, monochrome forms…

Shaped like a flower, Celestine features the delicate pale green colour and crackle glaze finish so often used in traditional Chinese celadon ware.  With its dainty elegance, the Celestine adds a decorative touch to bathrooms or cloakrooms, working equally well with modern or traditional brassware. 

Available online, the London Basin Company offers sixteen different porcelain basins in a variety of designs, shapes and colours.  Every basin is a one-off, hand finished and is generously sized with dimensions running from 39.5 - 45cm diameter and 14 - 16.2 cm in height. 

The Celestine measures 45cm in diameter and 16cm high.

Tap from
The Watermark Collection
Zen basin set in brushed nickel with onyx handle 


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