Friday, 15 February 2013

Spring Showroom Changes

Hi, last week was a little hectic visiting shows sourcing new stock hence I missed the blog... on the positive side I have managed to source some new fabulous products for the shop which means exciting fresh displays to show off the new designs!!!
I would love for your to have your input on the decision making... what I’m thinking is if I show you a few different designs, you can choose your favourite to go upstairs in the shop. How do you do this? Well just click the link for facebook here and ‘like’ your favourite style. The images are also below for you to browse through. I look forward to seeing your likes!

Gwyneth from Cole & Son visited yesterday to show us our first glimpse of the new Fornasseti II wallpaper book and what an amazing book. If you are looking for something unique and stand out in your design choices then this is for you. The hardest thing for us is to decide which one of the fabulous designs to choose for downstairs in the shop!
I'm off go-karting this weekend for my friends 40th birthday, something which I have never done before so I'm a little apprehensive and not sure what to expect. Apparently boots, overalls and helmets are the order of the day!! Interesting!
I’ll let you know how I get on next week.

Have a great weekend,


Friday, 1 February 2013

The Parallels of Fashion & Interiors

I thought we'd start this week with two fab images relating fashion to interiors. 
Fashion is continually influencing the styles and trends that we incorporate into our homes.

 So why not go ahead and look on the High Street for your inspiration for your interiors!

Decorating With Books

This week, how about you go into the loft and get those books that have been long ignored but you simply can't bear to give away. Spend a little time re-introducing them into your life. You can use them in the most unexpected of places.
Need some inspiration? Glad you asked...

Last weekend I had an interesting visit to the Baltic, Gateshead to see Jim Shaw exhibition - The Rinse Cycle. His work reflects his interest in popular culture, art history, politics, religion and mythology as well as his own unconscious mind - now there's a heady mix!!
Shaw regularly turns his dreams into drawings - really didn't want to be in his head. 
Overall a very interesting collection, you can even take the kids to this one, with the comic book images and McDonald's toy sculptures.
We stayed at the Malmaison, Newcastle with its dark and seductive interiors (not for the visually impaired!!). How relaxing it felt to sit in its sumptuous interior, whilst drinking cocktails and looking out at the amazing design of the Millennium Bridge.

Lots of fresh air this weekend for me; I’ll be busy walking Hector (no cocktails).
Hope you all have a fabulous weekend.


Friday, 25 January 2013

A Warm Hello

So everybody, it’s a new year and a new blog… shame I can’t get a new me! 
Here at The Forge- there’s just so much going on and I'm feeling particularly inspired with the thought of a new season ahead.  I'm Julie Dow, interior designer and owner of The Forge and I'm hoping this blog will become a place where I can share my thoughts (or depending on my mood- outpourings!) on all things interiors.  If you’re reading this, then maybe you’re already pretty fired up on the subject and I’d love to hear your feedback.…

Anyone who knows me is already aware I am very passionate about all types of interiors and can get very giddy and excited about the prospect of reinventing a room, or simply choosing a paint colour. What I hope to do is pass on my knowledge and experience of designs to enhance your home and feel free to pick my brains with any problems you may be encountering! Just send me images and I’m happy to give advice.

I, love to feel inspired, so here’s some inspirational images of different styled homes.

Off to Newcastle this weekend. Looking forward to visiting the Baltic and the Biscuit factory and checking out some new bars and restaurants – with interior design in mind of course!!!! I’ll let you know my findings next week!

Those of you who are signed up to the newsletter or follow us on Twitter and Facebook will already know about our ‘Flash Sale’. This happens every Friday and there’s still some amazing rugs left from last week (total bargains). This week’s flash sale is a stunning Marvic fabric with a massive 50% off.

Follow us on Twitter (@forgeinteriors) or check out the website here for the offer:

Happy weekend