We're not quite sure how we got to May already but we have. Another 5th gear month with two photo shoots we're excited to share with you, one from our stunning coastal Cornish Penthouse Apartment over looking Carlyon Bay and the other from one our favourite projects, a beautiful Grade 2 listed townhouse in Chichester. We continue to be excited by the freedom our fabulous clients allow us and the trust in our relationship and the different styles we get to play with, we don't see our job as work, sometimes challenging but we oh so love what we do. This month less words from me and more let the images speak.
On a final note we are very excited to announce the launch of our sister company LDY (LEIVARS Design Yard), set up to fully focus on our developer and investor, read our link in Services, we hope you like!
We love April, for many reasons, bursts of colour with spring flowers, warmer rays of sunshine with beautiful evening light and random heavy down pours of rain but most of all because it’s our founders birthday month and Rebecca really likes to celebrate her birthday!
Highlights this month (not getting older), revisiting our Sandbanks project on the most glorious of days for final accessorising and artwork, we can’t wait to shoot this project, the views are spectacular.
Sign off on Phase 1 and 2 of our Aberdeen project with an unexpected Phase 3 with several bathrooms, study and guest bedroom added. Our beautiful Hove Penthouse project comes to a head too, we’ve been busy. We love when clients add work on, always a testament we are doing something right!
Definitely the month to shoot projects with views! Even our beloved Design Assistant Harry is feeling the spring in his step and is enjoying distracting the studio team. And being a very patient boy during site meetings!
We’re at the stage where we have lovely details starting to appear for finishing on our Chichester project, pictured here are a framed glimpse of the gorgeous beams and the final finish going on the front door.
Finally on a personal note, being a team of dog lovers, seeing the momentum of #LucysLaw reach a stage where it will be heard in Parliament gives us a huge moral boost and everything crossed to end puppy farming! We as a company continue to support this amazing and epic campaign and salute the fab @PupAid and @marcthevet for their tremendous devotion to such an important cause and much needed change to dog welfare.
This month has seen a lot of travel and our team being slightly tested by the elements, we completed and dressed some fabulous penthouses in Carlyon Bay, Cornwall, a side to design you don’t get to see, a sea of boxes and unnecessary packaging, a lot of good will and humour needed! We had a group of roofers come to our rescue when our trusted trade hands couldn’t reach us due to the heavy snow...our client was thrilled with the result, as we were we with our celebratory cocktails!
We’ve also had the pleasure of working with two wonderful companies who actively employ ex service men and women with life changing injuries, we’ve been so impressed by the level of skill, speed and design detail that we much look forward to our working partnership continuing. LEIVARS are proud to support Pilgrim Bandits, a small charity set up by Special Forces veterans.
We’ve also been busy specifying 14 bathrooms, our studio became a sea of ceramics and tiles of every shape, colour and size, we can’t wait to share the results!
Finally what feels like an eternity of a lead time, our wonderful chairs have finally arrived! First eagle eyed at Decorex last September...we can’t get enough of these gin parlour chairs and that mustard velvet and brass detailing. Happy Spring!
A month of sunshine, snow and a lot of rain mixed with being geographically challenged between Cornwall, Aberdeen and London. Lots of interesting finds for us on our site in Chichester with multiple concealed fireplaces uncovered and original carpenter markings on historic beams which were stunning to witness, we're making them into a feature with a glass box covering for all to see and enjoy.
We've had fun with cutting tiles into chevron timber flooring too and we're thrilled with the results. We've enjoyed frosty yet stunning Scottish site mornings to the soggy cobbled streets of Chichester to the windy coastal paths of Cornwall, here is a snap shot of our month...much more interesting than showing our trade show finds. We're now very much heads down working on 24 room concepts with a vast amount of fabric to select and 7 bathrooms, we're going to be busy!
Finally, a small sneak peak of one of our recent projects we're about to shoot to add a little spring joy with beautiful pastel tones, enjoy!
January has kick started straight into 5th gear with two new projects starting, one magnificant 6 Bedroom Grade II listed house in glorious Chichester where we have the pleasure of full interior design and refurbishment and interior design of several penthouse apartments overlooking the breathtaking views of Carlyon Bay in Cornwall. Check back in early summer for updates on both.
As a few doors open, a few doors also close, always a tinge of sadness when we complete projects and hand keys back, we have just completed on a gorgeous farmhouse in Hastings, wonderful Georgian House also in Chichester and a fabulous Victorian House in Chiswick and we’re looking forward to sharing new portfolio images from the forthcoming photoshoots. We’ve also had a temporary studio move whilst we have building work carried out on our own studio.
We are also prepping for one of our favourite annual trade shows at the end of the month in Paris, Maison Objet, always exciting to find new and I nnovative suppliers, watch this space as we will share our finds in February. For now, wishing you all a very happy New Year to old friends and new!
A particular highlight for us this month is being featured in the prestigious Tengoal Magazine, a private members magazine for the Royal Guards Polo Club, AND if that wasn’t enough we were also featured in the upcoming January edition of Elle Decoration.
December is a mixed month for all Interior Designers, generally exhausted and always a big push for Christmas completion deadlines. A plethora of decorating clients Christmas trees (a personal favourite), a time to reflect on the year passing and tremors of excitement for the New Year looming and new clients patiently waiting for us to start creating their own beautiful homes!
The one thing that passes fluidly each year is our ever appreciation of the privilege of doing the job we do and what we love...so from team LEIVARS, a very tired thank you and immense gratitude to our clients and valued, trusted and treasured suppliers and trades people. Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones and wishing you all a very Happy, Healthy and Prosperous 2018! X
Our recent project Hampstead (2) has just been completed, you can see a preview above but head over to our Portfolio to see the whole project. It was photographed as ever by extended member of the LEIVARS work family Nick Smith.
Great this month to be at the House & Garden launch night at BBC Television studios for the 2018 design directory 'The List'.
October marks our 10th Anniversary and I couldn't be more proud! A huge milestone in business, it's been some journey with thankfully more highs than lows and a lot of hard work! We're so lucky to have incredible clients, suppliers and highly skilled trades to help us achieve what we do. A huge thank you to all who have supported me in the early days and to my team now, everyday is an adventure, our job is a privilege and never taken for granted, we get to enter and create some beautiful homes.