Month: November 2017

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The Art House by Outside the Box

Last Thursday I took the kids along to the opening of the new Art House shop on Skipton Road, Ilkley.   And what a lovely event to get a first taste of Christmas, with so many local people supporting the charity.

Set up by the hard-working team behind Outside the Box, the Art House is an arts education facility committed to supporting and enabling people with learning disabilities to live fulfilling and independent lives.   The former Stone Tile shop is their new home, just round the corner from Outside the Box Cafe.   The signage is still a work in progress but opening hours are on the door in the meantime.   Much of the work is done by a team of fantastic local volunteers.

The shop sells handcrafted items made by the members during their workshops.   Just like Outside the Box, there’s always a smile waiting for you and the Art House is also appealing for any local artists to get in touch who could help to broaden the curriculum.

I love the ‘splat’ wrapping papers and these bright postcards remind me of exotic tribal masks.    With our support, both could become new icons of Ilkley!   Either way, they are very cool accessories for those inspired by mid-century decor and will brighten up the dullest of days.

It’s a charity that’s been close to my heart since I was involved with the original Outside the Box Cafe back in 2012 (see below).   So here’s wishing The Art House every success with the new shop.

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A challenging brief

Our 2017 projects are well underway at Sturman & Co. HQ and I just wish my desk was as tidy as it was last summer when these pictures were taken by @photographybykathryn!

Among other things, last month saw the the completion of 4 children’s bedrooms to our design schemes and some lovely feedback from happy parents as their children settled into their new rooms.

Taking a scheme brief from a child or teenager is always interesting!   They can often have unerring confidence in their choices, which would usually be a good thing, but sometimes Mum and Dad don’t share their desire to paint the whole room purple and pink!

So how did Sturman & Co. resolve a recent brief that centred around a boy’s love of WWE Wrestling Figures with any kind of tasteful design aesthetic?

It was a challenge met by using a strong colour palette taken from WWE Red/White/Blue branding, some motivational words from Wrestler John Cena and a tapestry monkey cushion from George that the client and his Mum both loved.

A happy boy and happy parents.  Meanwhile his teenage sister got her cool new bedroom with study area furnished with blackboard painted shelves and a touch of copper.

And that’s me back to work on the next completely different project…

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An Original Style Crush – Marilyn Monroe

Our first ever Style Crush starts with a classic, Marilyn Monroe. We’re inspired by her very own Manhattan apartment coming on the market this week – with classic style and beautiful views, it pretty much sums her up.

Famous Interiors Marilyn Monroe

Living like Marilyn Monroe did – This is her very own Manhattan apartment, which is on the market this week

If Marilyn were still around and had asked Sturman & Co. for a scheme to liven up this elegant room, we’d suggest introducing a stronger colour theme, a more interesting rug, like one from (it’s a dream budget, right?) and some layered lighting as a start, but we’d sure keep that herringbone floor, Mr President.

Why not add little glamour to your interior too?

The Originals are the Best. A Sturman & Co. Style Crush






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Adding Accent Table and Floor Lamps to your Room Scheme

Table lamps can add a depth to any room, creating accent lighting in a dark corner or to highlight a stylised table top.  Floor lamps are perfect to spotlight a reading spot or frame a scene within a room.

If you are planning ahead, you could ask your electrician to wire in a 5 amp circuit, so you can control your accent lighting from the wall switch, just like a traditional pendant.  You’ll have to swap the lamp plugs for round pin ones, then you’re all set with a sophisticated layered lighting scheme.

Meanwhile, here’s some lamp inspiration which could suit many more traditional room styles.