Diary of a London Interior Designer – lockdown, jigsaws and decorating


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Impending lockdown later in the week but our business is still allowed to work thankfully. So it’s a gorgeous London day today as we start a 3 week decorating programme at our Regent’s Park project. The architecture around the park always look amazing – even more so when the sun shines. I pass this terrace on the way to site visits and often stop to enjoy the view.

We are doing the master bedroom at our project. One entire wall will be done in Little Greene Aquerite. The wall includes two doors, two wardrobes and some wall. It will all be in the same colour to bring unity to the room. Sneak peaks on my Instagram stories this week.



It was time to get out to the showrooms today before they close for lockdown. Nothing beats seeing finishes up close – you need to touch and feel them to really understand it. I can still order samples online but a good browse often starts the creative process.

I headed into Romo Group today at Design Centre Chelsea Harbour. The colours of these ranges are just what we are looking at for our current King’s Cross project. Under their Zinc brand the new Pantelleria collection is named after an Italian island – memories of travelling come flooding back.

I love the rich colours that were inspired by the Ottoman Empire. I took away a handful of samples for client approval later this week.

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More sourcing, more showrooms today.

Over the past few years mural wallpaper has grown in popularity. I saw this one in Osborne & Little on the King’s Road in Chelsea.

Part of the Mansfield House collection Palm House would be a great choice for garden rooms. It reminds me of a tropical landscape, with the palm trees and all the different botanicals.

This wallpaper is supplied in three panels and the top is usually cut to fit your ceiling height. This is standard practice for these new mural wallpapers. Another stunning one from Little Greene we used can be seen here.



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Lockdown take 2 day 1. During the last lockdown we made the most of the good weather, working on our garden and other DIY projects.

But this one is different and darker. So we all need things to keep us occupied when we’ve had our fill of Netflix etc.

So we got a jigsaw out last night and then we today found some more to feature in this blog post. I love doing jigsaws (especially with others when my competitive streak comes out!) so looking to do more over winter. Head to our post to find some great jigsaws from Jonathan Adler, Printworks and others.



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Finally the end of another busy week. No lockdown slowdown here then.

A couple of zoom calls today. We are allowed to continue to enter clients’ homes (obviously under the new rules) but these were remote clients.

Took some time out this afternoon and visited the local garden centre. We often work on exteriors too, including advising clients on garden ideas. For winter colour you can’t beat cyclamens, I buy them by the trolley full every year.

Some of these beauties will be in our window boxes and garden this winter. And just as I was shopping a rainbow appeared – maybe life will return to normal soon and all will be fine.


So a strange week in the office. Everyone was rushing around before lockdown started – but the reality this time is we can still work, and more shops are open. Even some trade showrooms are open. How are you finding it, what plans do you have to keep occupied in the next 4 weeks. As always drop us a line below if we can help with anything.

Have a great weekend,

Andrew & Andrew, London Contemporary Interior Design