Author Archive for Grant Moyse

New York meets Marrakesh – Cathy Phillips & Co Willesden project featured on Homify.com

We are delighted that one of our favourite projects has been chosen by Homify.com, the interior designers’ and architects’ professional website. The featured project involved transforming a bare, newly converted loft space in Willesden, north-west London, into a sanctuary for its male owner …  More

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How to turn your bedroom into a sanctuary – ten tips for a more tranquil life

You know when you stay in a nice hotel and the room is so comfortable and, well, peaceful? Ever been to a spa and felt blissed-out afterwards? Well we can’t guarantee room service or a personal masseur in your own home, but there are ways to recreate that chilled-out feeling at home: 1. Decide what […]

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How to create a harmonious interior

I have a very precise, but charming, client who calls the creative side of what I do “harmonising”.  Interesting word.  Look at an interior that’s been designed by a professional and what is the overall impression – yes, it is one of harmony.  Whether it’s one room where all the colours and textures just seem […]

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Video killed the photography star?

(Sorry, it’s an 80s music reference). Slightly more seriously, I think it’s time to address the photography vs video issue head on.  For websites, I mean.  And presentations.  Stuff like that.  When moving image is possible, should we use it? Oh, and I’ve started making Vlogs when I’ve finished a project – me, in the […]

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Is interior design photography too stylised?

I have a dear client who revels in the fact that I describe her domain as “a bohemian family home” because it allows her to believe it’s ok to be messy (of course it is, when you are a working mother of three teenagers, H).  Despite this, I freaked her out yesterday by suggesting I […]

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The role of visual digital media in interior design

Not so long ago, I jokingly mentioned to a friend that my Pinterest habit was my excuse for not immediately filling in my tax return……she liked this, and tweeted it to the twitterati who responded in droves…seems Pinterest is the new crack cocaine….. ….but, joking aside, some of these visual media sites can be very […]

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Do real people use an interior designer, and why?

Hmm, a question I am often asked, in one form or another.  Well, let’s ask a few real people: Mr McA said: ” If you think you need design input for a single room, whole floor or complete house I recommend you speak to Cathy. She won’t bite your arm off, not even a leg. And […]

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Decluttering your home – pro tips for getting it done

The Cathy Phillips tried and tested decluttering method How often do you promise yourself you’ll have a good old clear out? And how many excuses do you find not to declutter? We all collect stuff over the years, but sometimes it becomes overwhelming. You can’t find anything, despite the fact that clothes and magazines are […]

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Top 10 places to find lovely design books

1. RIBA Bookshop, Portland Place W1 You could spend a whole day here. Books on architecture, books on design. Magazines. Cafe. Beautiful building. www.ribabookshops.com 2. V & A Shop, Cromwell Rd SW7 Not the largest selection, but well edited. There are lots of gorgeous gifty things here too, great cards and, oh, you could lose […]

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10 undiscovered gems for your home – uncovered

It’s all very well trawling the high street for lovely things for your home, but how much more fab would it be to have a few one-off, or unusual pieces that you come direct from the maker?  Here’s some ideas: 1. A Self Desk Gloriously retro, shiny and bright, will cheer up any study or […]

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