Well July has been a blur of details and full speed on projects with deliveries arriving in full force, details going into our bathrooms on our listed Georgian townhouse in West Sussex and a hand crafted timber heritage fan light above the entrance door which replicates what was originally in place but removed years ago, following archive research we’re thrilled with the results!
We’ve been full speed on a short turnaround project in Kemp Town, Brighton which has tested our trades in the piercing heat working in very confined spaces but we are very happy with the results and we hope the client will be when he returns from holiday next week, we’ve even managed a little bit more than the brief so a lovely surprise awaits him!
I also had the pleasure of revisiting one of my lovely projects in Hastings we are yet to shoot, so lovely returning and seeing the client on his summer visit from Moscow.
And finally we are nearing completion on this stunning monochrome kitchen which is a personal favourite of mine, details of black vertical cladding and rough sawn charred timber shelving to be completed but we are touching distance from the end.
And as ever on a personal note what an incredible month for the U.K. uniting in sport and remembering its about standing together, our boys did us proud and a whole new generation of football fans were born, an incredible month of celebration and sunshine!
What a glorious month we're having, the sunshine is infectious and has most definitely put a spring in our teams step! And we’re utterly thrilled to announce we have been shortlisted for not 1 but 3 prestigious industry awards ‘International Design & Architecture Awards 2018’ for 3 separate projects. We're also delighted to have been appointed on two further projects one in Esher for a fabulous young family and a very cute little townhouse in the heart of Kemp Town, Brighton, always wonderful to be back in my old city.
We are excited to share images of our 3rd photo shoot too from our wonderful Kew project. We spent a considerable amount of time getting the details and statement chandelier right for this beautiful Victorian home and the clients were delighted with the end result. We particularly loved the pelican mural in the cinema room too, I mean who doesn't love a giant pelican!
We have also reconnected with two old clients who wish to have further work carried out, always a lovely testament to the strength of our client relationships. We've been engrossed in a lot of administration over the past few weeks for large furniture orders, the work that clients don't get to see but very much is at the heart of what we do and requires meticulous attention to detail.
I did manage to sneak away twice which was a treat, both times to Marrakesh for a mix of sourcing and inspiration and some much needed down time and a digital detox, I can highly recommend also the most unexpected location of a small artisan store within the souks to watch the Royal Wedding, very memorable!
So as we gear up for a month of football, we will be very much flying the flag for England - well we at least remain hopeful (again).
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!