Monthly Archives: October 2012

Christmas Stock

The start of our Christmas stock has just arrived today in both stores, 665 Lisburn Road and House of Fraser.  Here our some of the beautiful things for your home or as gifts.


Hand woven textured throw.  Tartan cushion edged in soft velvet from £30.


A beautiful armchair.



Chrome mantel clock and mercury glass votives.


Red amaryllis, Reindeer embroidered cushions.


Our Scent Bar.  Our signature fragrance in diffusers, candles, room sprays, handwash and hand lotion,

gift wrapped if desired in our Ian Thompson Interior Design black satin gift boxes.


Champagne Buckets, a cotton reindeer cushion with knitted throws to match.

Halloween Part II

Some more ideas for a party for this Halloween weekend.


Autumnal roses in a pumkin vase


Trick or Treat pumkin



Monogram pumkin lanterns


Cut out mice on black card


 Owl guarding the entrance


 ghoulish party table


 Ghost cloths.  Foam Shop display heads with muslin cloth draped over.




Getting Ready for Halloween

The weather is certainly telling us that Halloween is close.  This week and next week I will show some ideas of how to dress your home for Halloween.  Next week is the Halloween Party.


Storm vases or glass containers, pillar candle, surrounded by nuts in their shells.


Autumnal flower arrangement for the Entrance Hall.


A pumkin flower basket filled with scary black flowers.  For a similar effect,

Ask your florist to order for your Rose “Noire” beautiful black small roses, mixed with hedgerow branches of blackberries and dark red Dahlias.


Filigree carved pumkin.


More ideas for the pumkin.  His and Her’s.


Use your lovely cloches for displaying gourds.


The Halloween Wreath


The Queen

I came across this charming photograph this morning, when I was updating our client’s files, of The Queen and The Right Honourable Shaun Woodward.  They are checking out and discussing our work, in one of the rooms where we designed and installed curtains and the re-upholstery of their seating, at Hillsborough Castle.


The Queen and The Right Honourable Shaun Woodward at Hillsborough Castle

50 Shades of Grey


Inspirational looks and tips for one of the latest interior trends “How to layer greys”.

Use grey as the foundation colour, this can be gunmetal  or French grey.  In our cold climate and grey skies it can be preferable to use warmer greys, almost taupes or brownish greys in the room to give a cosier feel.

There are two grey design styles at the moment.  One very sharp and tailored and the other rustic and distressed, but both have to be elegant.

For layering the textures.  The tailored design needs to be defined with strong white woodwork, chrome fittings, polished wood or tan leather, clear glass accessories and reflective surfaces.  The rustic look must have soft chabby fabrics, distressed wood and beaten up leather, pewter for the metal and lots and lots of linen and hand woven textures. The wood and leather gives warmth and definition to either design and not forgetting both looks need mirrors to bounce the light around the room.


In this room, a tailored look, use of reflective surfaces, polished wood, soft fabrics and white woodwork.



Softer french grey design as the neutral foundation



Dark and light grey, with strong white and soft fabrics.



The rustic look, soft linens, chalk board textured walls and distressed wood.

Another example of the tailored look

Light fitting perfect!

Another example, note the beautiful wooden bath giving warmth to the room.

Door in the south of france gives inspiration for the grey palette

Gunmetal Grey

Hand woven textures for the rustic look

Light Grey