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We do love a house tour at Audenza, well we all like a nosey around other people’s homes, don’t we?  Not only for ideas and inspiration but sometimes just to see how the other half lives!  For those of you looking to move over to the dark side this family home is a winner – glamorous, exciting and so sexy.   And even if you are not a fan of dark and moody there is always ideas to pick up from the styling and design, such as that amazing gold fireplace.  I am so in love with that gold fireplace!

The homeowner is Rachel Edmonds @raspberry_flavoured_windows, Hollie has known her through the online interiors world for a couple of years now.

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I’ve always loved wallpaper, whether it’s in fashion or out. How can it be out of fashion? That’s a strange concept to me as surely wallpaper brings warmth and a tactile quality to a room that paint just can’t do? Even a very plain wallpaper seems to give a room more depth and oomph, for want of a better word.

Calico Wallpaper (founded by Rachel and Nick Cope) specialise in custom fit, non-repeating murals that are seriously gorgeous, and seriously pricy. Not for the majority of use but something to drool over, and of course, high end products filter down and are recreated in more affordable designs. The initial collection was inspired by centuries old paper marbling techniques from Japan and Turkey. Unique handmade patterns have been digitally enlarged to create custom murals. Subsequent collections embody these traditions and techniques to give a truly remarkable living space.

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I’m so excited to introduce you to the newest member of the Audenza family, Jess.  Today, I’m sharing an interview with Jess where she tells us a little bit about herself (read on to find out about the ‘pea’ incident which resulted in A&E).  If you’ve called us in the last few months, or emailed in with an enquiry, it’s likely Jess that you’ll have spoken to.  With all of the many, many developments going on at Audenza HQ this year (hello re-brand!), Jess has been such an enormous help.  I can’t imagine how we ever coped without her!

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There is a fine balance between maximalist décor and clutter and this eclectic living room has got it spot on.

There is a fine balance between maximalist décor and clutter, very subjective of course, but if you are drawn to maximalist interiors how do you achieve an engaging, witty room with personality rather than a cluttered mess? There have been many studies into how clutter affects our mood and emotions and the way it can create stress in our homes and workplace, and be detrimental to our mental health. So, what’s the answer? Editing, storage and tidiness is the essence of it!

As a person who loves a home filled with memories, objects, colour, pattern and the more is more approach I do feel the need every now and again to edit it down when it becomes overwhelming. You know how it happens – you buy a new vase, a new lamp, or whatever, and instead of rearranging and moving some items out you pile it in, and before you know it there’s too much going on.

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We all want a luxurious bathroom, right?  Something a bit different, something a bit glam and something to luxuriate in – well it doesn’t come much more glam than a bathroom from Catchpole & Rye.  High end and glorious, which is not always the case with high end, sometimes it doesn’t look any different from your bog standard, maybe just better quality, but these beauties are the stuff of dreams.  I have spent a happy hour planning out my new bathrooms – in my dreams!

As an old and respected manufacturing company they also do bespoke work to give you that truly unique bathroom.  All the metal work comes in a range of 6 finishes which is very rare; silver nickel, chrome plate, brushed nickel, polished brass, aged brass and aged copper.  Quite often the style you want doesn’t come in the finish you want but Catchpole & Rye have got it all sussed.  You can even have a coat of arms, or emblem, embossed on your sanitary wear.  Fancy huh?

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Audenza were delighted to be asked to attend the launch of a new interiors events company last week in Leeds, and boy what a bash it was! No House Rules is the brainchild of two Instagrammers – Katie, known as Peach @comedowntothewoods  and Amy AKA Rocks @thisstyle_rocks , who share a passion for Interiors and wanted to create a business together organising events for interiors obsessives up north.

The event was held at the Peach Palace (Katie’s home) with a feast of delicious food provided by @forisoutsidecatering , ice cream to follow by @northernbloc and copious quantities of gin cocktails by @SlingsbySocial,  to wash it all down.  What more could you want?  Well, there was a fabulous raffle, with prizes from top interiors companies (ourselves included, of course).

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Interior styling I love doing, but interior design, well that’s a whole different ball game. Many years ago, I started a City & Guilds interior design course, and wow did I have a shock – all that talk of scale drawing finished me off and, needless to say, I gave it up and moved onto an Art Foundation course, with relief – no talk of rulers and maths! So, when I was offered an interior design workshop day with MartinMark Design, I was intrigued to find out how you cover such a vast subject in a day. With a great deal of fun, food and charisma, is the answer.

The day is run by Martin Holland (him off the telly who won series 2 of the Great Interior Design Challenge series on BBC2) and Mark Walters (a set designer for theatre and telly), and what a great pair of guys they are. So welcoming, enthusiastic and knowledgeable, with a great attitude to interior design; in that your style is yours and don’t worry about what everybody else thinks, which is my feelings exactly – nobody should be dictated to as to what’s acceptable and what isn’t. Nothing exciting or innovative would ever be achieved if we all stuck to the safe, and supposed, ‘good taste’.

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I’ve always loved gold décor – for its warmth, vibrancy and luxuriousness – but it’s a tricky one to pull off.  The key to going gold and bold without being brassy or boring is texture and contrast!  The interiors world is awash with gold furniture and home accessories this year, and rightly so to my mind.  It never goes out of fashion, it’s just subtle changes that create a new vibe which move onto all out gold luxe.  The luxe look is a backlash to the world’s problems whereby we all want to create that haven of peace and serenity in our homes and nestle down.  So, think gold, texture, pattern and colour, all mixed up for warmth and richness but, above all, be playful.

1.  Drama! Create drama with full-on gold luxe vibe in a dramatic with a statement piece as in a palm tree floor lamp.  I love it when traditional interior accessories get jazzed up and they don’t get more jazzed up than a standard lamp in the shape of a gold palm tree, do they?  Dramatic pieces need dramatic contrast to bring out the richness.  Hang a feather Juju hat on the wall for the perfect complement.

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Audenza is 5!

October is shaping up to be a pretty big deal in our calendars, not least because our new website launched on October 3rd, but also because yesterday was our 5th birthday since we launched.  It’s gone both exceedingly quickly, whilst in a way, also feeling like a lifetime.  Life before Audenza seems so long ago, yet I can’t quite believe we’re already celebrating 5 years.

Anyway, aside from giving you a special birthday offer of 15% off (we’ll get to that at the end!), I thought I’d take the opportunity to share 3 lessons I’ve learned over the last 5 years.

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Each to his own, as they say, of which I’m a very firm believer, but I can sympathise with Jess of Gold is a Neutral blog on her thoughts on living with her white box of a living room.  Soulless is the first word to come to mind, and frighteningly devoid of character, so it’s exciting to see how Jess has transformed her white box with this before and after living room reveal.  I love the blog name as gold is definitely a neutral must have for us Audenza ladies.

We asked Jess a few questions about herself and her makeover:

Hello! My name’s Jess. I’m a former showbiz journalist and I have an interiors blog called Gold Is A Neutral which I launched in April this year. The blog covers all aspects of interiors, from my own journey renovating our Victorian terrace in South East London, to trends, house tours, expert advice and a bit of stylish travel as well. I’m loving it and am excited for what the future holds. I’m married to David and have two children Rafferty, 5, and Nellie, 1. They are both full of beans, stubborn as hell (like their mama) and are the reason I gave up the 9-5 and never looked back. I’m proud to be a working mum, though sometimes the juggle is a struggle.

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