Interior Design for Londoners

London SignBusy Lives, No Time

Those of us with busy lives tend not to have enough time when it comes to decorating our houses and selecting furniture and soft furnishings. A much better use of our time is to select a painting and decorating firm to do it but which one?

There are just so many firms out there, not all of them of a high standard. So how would you pick one? Well “word of mouth” is a good option. But that can be tricky and the good firms are always busy and in demand. So it could be months before they can slot you in.

Contemporary InteriorHire an Interior Designer

A better option is to use an Interior Design Company. Here in London we have many. But the one I want to talk to you about is Kenza Design, you can find them on this link They will do as much or as little as you require, including just project management. So that tradesmen and women arrive at the right times and when it’s not inconvenient for you. Through to a complete makeover of a room or a whole house.

We Gave them Complete Control

We had the whole down stairs down, except for the kitchen, refurbished. That involved a reception room a living room and large dining room. We wanted a complete revamp, Kenza got the initial brief from us and the started to design and suggest various treatments, items of furniture and of course the interior colour schemes for each room.

We had some art objects and some paintings. But had we wanted too they could select those as well, within a our agreed budget. But because we had items that we wanted incorporated in the rooms, including a grandfather clock in the hall, that dictated how the décor should be treated.

Flawless Service Provided

Once everything was agreed, Kenza then took on all the project management, procurement and installation/decoration schedules. And we were very impressed with the finished result and the final reveal.

If you want to do it yourself here’s a DIY guide for you yo look at and some planning software to visualize your design

African Sculpture

Shona Sculpture - Shona HeadsThe Christmas Present

I’d like to tell you about the present I got my husband for Christmas. It’s a stone Shona Sculpture, very unusual and very different. I wasn’t sure if it would be appropriate but my husband loved it.

I’d been searching for something a little different and I came across this site Shona Sculpture Which has a lot of useful information about African Shona Sculpture. What I wanted was an animal sculpture, a giraffe or zebra, something African. And I found one, about 18 inches tall, quite heavy but very unique.

Shona Sculpture

In fact all Shona Sculpture is unique because they’re all hand carved, so they’re all individual pieces, no two are ever alike. So our giraffe is a one of a kind and has that rural African charm about it.

Our sculpture came with a little booklet that told us about the sculptor and the town and the region of Zimbabwe here came from. Then it went into some more detail about African sculptor and in particular Shona Sculpture. Explaining the history and the source of the stone used.

Shona Sculpture - elephantStone for Carving

The stone is quite interesting, I thought it was all the same type of rock, a soft rock called soap stone, easy to carve. But it’s not. There are all different types of stone each with its own characteristics. But more important to us is there colors and there textures. Then the skill of the sculptor comes into play making it into a truly wonderful piece of art.

Talking Point

Our stone elephant, looking so regal on the center of our big black coffee table, really works very well. Everyone, that sees it for the first time, passes a comment. And those comments are always positive and will then be followed by a “where did you get it?” Type question.

Well they they do make wonderful gifts and I would highly recommend one, knowing that it would be truly unique.

African Art

Shona Sculpture


Flying is a Pain

Flying around the country from city is bad enough (I don’t like flying very much) but the international long haul flights are a factor of ten worse, in my opinion.

First there’s the passport, that antiquated document that belongs in the Victorian age, surely we can do better than that? You have to check in with you passport (join the queue) at the departure airport. Then you have to show the passport again (join a bigger queue) at the destination airport.

I know we want to keep the undesirables out of each country and keep airports and aircraft safe but this doesn’t seem to happen in the first instance. Undesirables seem to get passports, with no problem and pass through the system unnoticed. So the passport doesn’t do it’s job very well.

More Hassle

Then there’s the baggage allowance and baggage reclaim. Another inconvenience at both ends of the journey. When you think about the millions of suitcases flying around everywhere that’s more suitcases than passengers. There has to be a better way?

Then there’s the journey itself. The seats that have been set up for maximum number of flying passengers versus comfort. Guess which one takes priority for the airline? Some airlines are better than others but by and large they’re fairly similar these days.

Of course some of us, the privileged few, can fly first class. That’s a different game to the masses. Long haul flights both time consuming and disorienting. You can’t sleep when you’re supposed to and when you do drift off that’s when they bring the food around. Food (I can’t speak for first class) is fairly bland and minimalist.

Finally, towards the end of the journey, they through duty free at you. Trying to get the last few dollars you have left.

My Big Idea

What I would like in the future is to turn up at the airport as though I was going to the hospital for an operation. They, the staff that is, do some checks and then put you to sleep. You them awake at your destination. They give you a little time to recover, with a nice cup of coffee and when it’s time to leave you luggage is right there by your side as well.

That would be a much better way to fly.