SJ Holden is an Australian living in Wimbledon. A great supporter of the arts, she runs the UK branch of Tingari Arts, promoting Aboriginal artwork from the Central and Western Desert. A keen gardener and Conservator of Wimbledon Common, SJ is also the self-named “obsessive Box Tree Moth hunter” helping prevent their spread and the subsequent death of the Box Tree in English gardens.
t: 07786 193914
a: Wimbledon Villlage, London.
The Box Tree Moth has decimated gardens across SW London, swooping in and destroying box hedges seemingly overnight. SJ Holden has a beautiful garden in Wimbledon and when she heard what was happening to gardens in Putney she determined to fight. This is her story and helpful advice.
By Phil Robinson of Paint The Town Green: Choosing the right deocorator seems such a simple thing to do. Ask a few friends for their recommendations, get quotes and off you go. But it doesn’t always work out quite as well as you would like as friends can have different standards, budgets and expectations. So what else can you do?
Flooring Trends This article first appeared in Time & Leisure Magazine (Featured Image Maitland & Poate) The biggest trend across all areas of home renovation is the blending of interior and garden design. Opening up the backs of our homes with glass extensions and taking sofas and wicker furniture into the garden we are blurring the lines […]
Rosie and Peter waited 19 years before embarking on the refurbishment of their Victorian period kitchen in Surrey. “The kitchen has always been at the heart of our home and we wanted it to stay that way” says Rosie. “We were keen to avoid anything too modern and sleek.”
Battersea and Clapham. Emma Green is a London based interior designer specialising in providing the highest quality residential interior design and has a passion for the use of colour and lighting.
t: 020 7738 0637
a: Battersea, South West London
A good place to begin any design project is to think about what you want to keep and what you want to throw away, swiftly followed by what you need to hide and what you want to display.
Anna Ainscough is a freelance copywriter based in South West London. She has worked in television, film production and for the press, developing scripts and writing features. After a career break, Anna decided to follow her passion and now focusses on writing for design and interiors. She is a regular contributor to The Decorcafe Blog.
m: 07887 570408
a: Based in South West London
Putney Garden Landscaping: Anna Wright’s garden makeover in Putney. Before & After pics and from start to finish with help from Sarah Speller & Tom Howard
How to Plan Your Garden Design. Questions you should ask for a successful result and a beautiful garden that suits your style, by Designer Amy Hannigan.
Sophie Bates BA(Hons) Dip(ARCH) RIBA, is the founder and owner of Sophie Bates Architects, a London based studio established to deliver innovative, contemporary residential architecture and interiors.
t: 07725 501683
a: The Boathouse Design Studio, 27 Ferry Rd, Teddington TW11 9NN
Having worked as a residential architect for 20 years and starting Sophie Bates Architects in 2010 it was definitely about time we extended and refurbished our own home. By removing the chimneybreast and building in open kitchen shelving up to the ceiling with a hatch to visually connect the kitchen to the front room, light flows into the centre of the house.