Posts Tagged ‘my london flat’

From Pretty to Pretty With Personality

March 21, 2015

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Digital Image This reading room off the master bedroom in a very nicely remodeled old bungalow in the Montrose neighborhood of Houston was pretty, with two full walls of windows and a pretty aqua paint color. Yet look at the difference a little wallpaper made… The background color is the same, but more color has been added, along with flowers, butterflies, and movement.

The first thing the husband said when he walked in was, “The room looks larger.” Yes, contrary to what many people think, wallpaper makes a space look larger. And it also adds personality and warmth and character. This very pretty pattern is by Nina Campbell, a British designer / brand, printed on the classic pulp substrate (as opposed to the newer non-woven materials – I prefer the pulps). It was bought through My London Flat, a design firm and antiques shop located in the River Oaks neighborhood of Houston. Suzie Smith, the owner, lived for several years in England, and has brought her knack for stylish-yet-down-to-Earth design to Houston. A lovely lady, and great design savvy. I highly recommend her!

My London Flat – A Wallpaper Lady Client Does Well for Herself!

October 1, 2014

I wallpapered several rooms for this lady, a few years ago. They have a nice-but-typical ranch-style home in the Memorial area. The young family had just moved back from living several years in England. The wife/mother, Suzy Smith, had a real knack for making that “ordinary” ranch home look grander, warm, homey, classy, but also kissed by a little something British.

In her spare time, she made fabulous decorative gift baskets.

Well, a current client told me that Suzy had given her my name, and then mentioned the name of this company. It turns out that Suzy has branched out from baskets to full-fledged decorating ideas and furnishings. Take a look at this link, and at her store, My London Flat. In River Oaks, no less!

She has done well for herself in the last few years, and I am really happy for her. Not everyone who wants to be a decorator or run a business makes it, and I’m sure that Suzy’s cheery personality, her flair for decorating, and her insider’s knowledge of all things British have helped her succeed.

I’ll have to make a trip over there, some day soon!