This is the magazine section of the journal where we talk about interior design, style and products, and offer thoughts on decorating - all from a Claybrook perspective.
There is no doubt we are seeing a gradual end to the ubiquitous use of grey as an anchor colour to many schemes. All trends have an arc where at first they seem fresh, exciting and aspirational. This urge to adopt a style is not so much about following the herd as it is about viewing something new and different and wanting it for ourselves. It sets the stage for us reinvent ourselves or our homes, and to mark the passage of time.
Claybrook Creative Director Rob Whitaker recently chatted with Interior Designer Lucy Gleeson on her fabulous Podcast ‘Live your own way’. To learn more about why the brand came into being, how the products are chosen and just how did Rob have the ultimate Haagen-Dazs experience, listen along.
When we created Claybrook we knew we wanted a studio space that would cater to homeowners and contract specifiers alike. It had to be accessible but with an edge. Big enough to display our full range of tiles from day one, but flexible enough to allow us to grow over time, and in an interesting building located somewhere with buzz.
Claybrook recently visited the amazing city of Marrakech in the north west of Africa, home to secret gardens, maze-like alleyways and more hustle and bustle than seems credible in one place. Densely packed, the walled medieval city is renown as a meeting place and economic centre like no other with influences that include Arabian, Berber (a key ethnic group indigenous to North Africa) as well as European.
At Claybrook we are on the road quite a bit searching the world for the most beautiful handmade wall tiles and lovely floor tiles, as well as wood flooring.
I thought I would share a few handy tips based on what we have learned along the way in the name of creating stunning interiors.
I’ve been thinking a lot recently about what constitutes ‘good value’. Consultants will tell you that it is the perceived benefit of something minus the perceived price. In other words, the more you feel you are getting in quantity or quality terms for the cheapest price the happier you feel.