November has been 5th gear throughout. It's like this every year with the lead up to Christmas and the team doing our utmost to bring projects in on time and have deliveries arrive prior to Christmas closure. Rebecca has spent a vast part of the month bonding with the M25 and M1, thankfully she's unphased and uses the time well to catch up with clients and suppliers and call into the studio with "can you just..."
We're very excited to be called back by two former clients, one of which we have worked with 5 times now over the past 10 years, we designed a complex roof terrace for them initially in St John's Wood which is still standing the test of time. We've also been asked back to our Melton Mowbray clients to fully interior design the cottage on their grounds which we're very excited to create an English cottage feel with a slight twist so we much look forward to sharing progress with you over the next 6 months, it's a listed cottage within a conservation area so many hurdles but part of the fun and what we do. We've secured a new client in an area we've not worked in before, a beautiful family home in Essex, so hello Essex, we look forward to getting to know you and local suppliers there. Just when we thought we had closed down on our Claygate project, more phases have been added, so we're doing something right! And another client has asked for us to design a gentleman's lair for him and office space, our creative juices are in full flow, he's so much fun to work for, so all in all, a very busy month securing new work to roll us into 2020. As a team to have repeat business and clients call us back is no better testament to us doing our job well and the ultimate accolade. We've also finished Phase 1 of our Goodwood project with Phase 2 commencing the first week of January.
We've been thrilled with our recent joinery installations which have been received well by 3 sets of clients, our relationship with our joinery team gets better and better and they always step up when we throw new ideas at them, so a thank you to them. We've also worked with some new suppliers this month, all British handcrafted and sustainably sourced materials and the work was faultless so we're much looking forward to putting more work their way in 2020.
It's been an utter joy to watch the Autumn leaves come into full confetti mode and see the stunning colours as we drive throughout the UK and our beautiful countryside, our little island is rather special, as was remembering our fallen on Remembrance Sunday, as a company this is something we are passionate about not just for one day a year but throughout each and every day, lest we forget. And now as the dark nights are fully upon us as are the morning frosts we are fully embracing the sprinkling of fairy lights on our drives. Christmas is such a lovely time and Rebecca's favourite time of the year, a time to reflect, enjoy, share and be grateful, to sit back, log fires, the best of company, to think about family, friends, loved ones, those you can't be with and those you hold dear in your heart, Christmas is special!
We're sending our Christmas wishes now as it will be too late for our December post. So on behalf of our team, thank you for your continued love and support this year, to our incredible clients, we couldn't do what we do without you. To our invaluable suppliers and contractors, thank you. We would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year! Spend time with those that make you smile and those that fill your heart with magic and meaning.
Rebecca and Team LEIVARS
We're absolutely delighted to announce that we won a SBID (Society of British Interior Designers) International Design Award on Friday for our Esher Project 'Best Residential House Under £1m', to be up against such huge design power houses from countries such as the USA, Russia, Malaysia, China, Taiwan, France, New Zealand and the Ukraine we couldn't be more thrilled. Over 47 countries entered and 53,000 votes cast so a testament to hard work paying off. Naturally the team fully threw themselves into the celebrations!
October has been busy for us with a big push on several projects coming to a close, a few more weeks to go and we hope to have our Claygate, Goodwood (Phase 1), Golders Green (Phase 3) and our Marylebone projects signed off. We're looking forward to seeing our Claygate joinery completed with beautiful brass and steel grill detailing which is coming from the USA. As a studio we often find the type of work we do comes in blocks and we've had a tremendous amount of joinery to design which we love so it's always exciting to see our designs come to life. Our next big phase is the technical elements of new projects, such as writing the specification of works and obtaining various permissions, so many different layers to what we do.
We've very much been enjoying this stunning autumnal weather and inspirational visits to National Trust houses such as Calke Abbey and Chatsworth House, always a joy to learn and be inspired by what has gone before.
We've had a great response to our new website so thank you if you have taken time to get in touch, you seem to like the paired down approach and focus on images, so we will keep delivering great designs for you. We have 4 projects being priced for ranging from West and East Sussex to Wimbledon.
We know November will fly by for us with getting projects completed in time for Christmas, so before I know it I'll be sat writing this for November. Enjoy the crisp beautiful Autumnal days and spend time with people that make you smile and have a sparkle in their eye and as it's Halloween, a fang or two!
Rebecca and Team LEIVARS
September has been an exciting month, not least celebrating our 12th birthday, as a small business we celebrate every milestone. When I started the business back in 2007 I had big dreams but didn’t think we would be consistently shortlisted for International Design Awards so I am very proud of how far I and latterly my team have come.
I also had the humbling news that I had been shortlisted for Designer of the Decade, against some incredible industry names and a privilege to be considered amongst such superb talent.
We experienced a wonderful evening of awards at the beautiful Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane. Sadly we weren’t winners on the night but it was wonderful to share the evening amongst such international talent and of course to be shortlisted.
Projects are moving forward nicely. We’ve been spending a large amount of sourcing time ensconced in antiques throughout East and West Sussex which has been fun! Always a beautiful journey sourcing for old pieces for our Listed Georgian Farmhouse.
We’ve had quite a bit of travel between the south and midlands so we’ve enjoyed the scenic views. There’s definitely a change in weather and that slight chill on site visits has been felt and the wellies have made their first appearance! Autumn is upon us.
I’ve been asked to guest speak at Nottingham Business school on Interior Design so that should be fun!
So for now, we leave you with our new website and project images. We hope you like the more simplified format!
Rebecca and Team LEIVARS
August you’ve been a whirlwind of travel, exciting news, adventures, a photo shoot and an overwhelming amount of administration.
Firstly, we are beyond excited to announce that we have been shortlisted for a 4th time for a prestigious SBID International Design Award for our Esher project shot last month.
We’ve also been busy carrying out another photo shoot in Rebecca’s native county and enjoyed some beautiful English scenes on site visits within West Sussex, with stunning English gardens and stunning flint work.
We’ve enjoyed some fabulous company on a recent trip and culinary delights.
We’ve also enjoyed the fun of Brighton Pride and summer cricket with excitement with Sussex County Cricket Team flying in the T20’s. A true summer enjoyed by all.
So what’s ahead we hear you ask, well one giant adventure for Rebecca. A new website launch, an award ceremony with the glamour of the Design et al Awards mid September. Design Week awaits also to excite the team and give an autumnal creative boost.
Our Stanmore project has now closed with a delighted first time client. Phase 1 of our Claygate project is now coming to a close with Phase 2 commencing. We are pricing lots of new work which is always fun, we don’t win them all but it’s always nice to be in the game.
For now we celebrate and cherish all things that make your heart skip and melt in equal measures.
Rebecca and Team LEIVARS
July has flown by, a month of travel, projects starting and completing and clients contacting us already regarding Christmas completion dates, discussing dressing Christmas Trees and when the weather has been 30 plus degrees in the South these conversations have been somewhat surreal!
We've been contacted by two former clients to work with them again, one in St John's Wood, in fact this will be the 3rd phase of work for this fabulous client couple. Our Esher clients who we've been helping design their stunning Victorian Family Home have just added several more rooms to the project which we are delighted about, we're having a lot of fun working with them. We have secured work on a new development on the South Coast, a former nursing home being converted to luxury apartments so we will be designing their show apartment. We've also had a fabulous development confirmed for our former developer on the West Coast and we're very excited to be designing these high end luxury penthouses in Carlyon Bay, Cornwall, the last time we were there we got snowed in, so fingers crossed the weather is a little kinder when we come to dress them albeit this will be in 2020 once construction is complete.
We are making great progress on our Listed Manor House on the prestigious Goodwood Estate, West Sussex with a very successful weekend presentation of design schemes which we were delighted to have approved.
Rebecca has been engrossed in a lot of joinery design and we know she takes that very seriously, so much so she doesn't allow the design team to get involved, though we do keep trying. Lots of details for one project with beautiful grille work detailing in gorgeous metals, watch this space! Also, Rebecca has prepped for our Sandbanks project photoshoot taking place in 2 weeks so a lot of attention placed on that from the team HQ.
We've had a glorious month of sport what with Wimbledon and Cricket, an incredible win for England, it's fair to say for those that love cricket it was one final to remember, immensely exciting and VERY tense, we're very proud of our boys.
So what's August looking like....at this stage, we only have 4 days free for the entire month, that sets the scene for our design studio. August the voting lines open for the Design et al Awards 2019 that we have been shortlisted in two categories for, so we hope to have your support when the lines open, we will be sharing the voting link on our social media accounts, thank you in advance. So from us to you, do enjoy the rest of the summer, Rebecca and her team continue to smile and have a spring in their step, enjoy the glorious sunshine and let's hope it lasts a little longer!
Rebecca and Team LEIVARS
What a great month we've had! June can stay a little longer...within days of completing our Esher photo shoot we were shortlisted for 2 International Design & Architecture Awards 2019 for Interior Design Scheme UK and Luxury London Residence, as a small team to be shortlisted amongst 35+ countries entering is a wonderful accolade and the team are very excited to be attending the awards ceremony at Grosvenor House in September.
Our photo shoot went incredibly well and it's always lovely seeing one of our long standing external team members Nick Smith, Nick has been with us since day one and we've grown together so always lots to catch up on. We've been working hard sourcing quite specific items for our Goodwood Estate Farmhouse project, a real eclectic mix of antiques and not the every day quirky finds, so we're definitely going to enjoy finding those one off pieces for our clients.
The team also enjoyed two days back to back sourcing in our favourite London hot spots from Pimlico to the Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour, always a place of nostalgia for our founder Rebecca having studied at the prestigious KLC School of Design also based in the harbour, always fun getting chance to interact with the new students from the school and say hi to our fantastic suppliers there.
We've also been pricing for new work from Soho to Crouch End, it's so enjoyable getting to experience and view such an array of different architecture within the houses we visit which makes us all the more proud to have no in house style so we can adapt to the different needs of our clients so we make their homes completely tailored to them.
Rebecca has also been engrossed in some technical issues for phase 2 of our Hastings Farmhouse project, a few small headaches and delays but we knew this would be the case for this challenging phase, it will be worth the effort though.
We're making good progress on the company rebranding too and all on schedule for the Autumn so we can't wait to share with you. So for now, enjoy the sunshine and we hope you're smiling as much as we are!
Rebecca and Team LEIVARS