An interview with Interior Design Team, Smoke and Mirrors

 

We have been keeping our eye on Interior Design team, Smoke and Mirrors for a while now and we have been so inspired by their fabulous work in the industry.

 

 

For the past 25 years mother and daughter team, Marina and Verity have worked on some amazing projects from a renovating a French chateau, fully refurbishing a former Surrey Hills hotel and building a new England style home in West Sussex and all different properties in between.

Having been asked on many occasions to design and stage other people’s properties, the talented team of two have come together in collaboration to start Smoke and Mirrors.

 

 

 

 What inspired you to start Smoke and Mirrors?

Over many years we have been approached to design and style other people's properties, so we decided to create a business doing just that!. Because of our love of design, and desire to enhance properties it seemed like the perfect fit for us!

How would you describe your signature style?

Modern country is our signature style. It is timeless, with a neutral palette and antique pieces to add depth and interest. Attention to detail is so important!

Which upcoming interior trends will you be keeping your eyes on this season?

The colour blue is due to be a big trend this year, along with incorporating different textures to a scheme. Mixed patterns are also going to be a key feature in 2017.

What are your 3 favourite items from the La Residence Interiors collection?

We really love the Sylvine coffee & side tables, they go well with any scheme. Also the Osbourne ottoman which is a fantastic shape, and unique to La Residence Interiors. And also the Burford dining chairs, they make any dining room look stunning.

What projects have you got coming up in the next 6 months, which you can tell us about?

We are currently working on a beautiful New England style property in The Witterings. It is a wonderfully light and spacious property right near the beach.

How many projects have you worked on as a team over the years?

Individually we have developed, styled and built many properties, both in the UK and Europe, but together the property in The Witterings will be our third.

 

 

 

https://www.smokeandmirrorsstyling.com/

 

April 07, 2017 by Sarah Cook

Brand new – Refresh your home with some new Home Accessories from our new collection.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The new season is upon us and so it is the perfect time to add some new accessories to your home. For this collection we’ve been inspired by Hamptons style living, minimalistic colours schemes of whites and blues styled alongside our weathered oak furniture.

 As always you can be assured that these items have been hand-picked just for you.

We hope you’ll love then as much as we do and be inspired to create the unique and stylish home you’ve always dreamed of.

 

 

Our new Coral Bookends are a charming addition to any desk or bookshelf whether displayed alone, or used as a functional set of book ends.

 

Our nickel-plated urn is perfect used as a Champagne cooler due to its stainless steel interior. Its shape allows plenty of space for a bottle and ice to keep drinks at the perfect temperature, perfect for your Mother’s Day lunch.

 

 

Our decorative faux Rosemary is durable and attractive and looks fabulous placed on a dining table as decoration, or displayed on one of our mirrored trays alongside some candles.

 

 

 

Our beautifully rustic rectangle rattan placemats are hand made from water hyacinth and woven together to form a chunky and hard-wearing pattern. This placemats perfectly complement our new plate and napkin set.

 

 

Our double sided coastal style cushion features an unusual design, perfect for introducing some bold colour into your interior scheme. 

 

 

The large Madison lamp has a black rustic antique painted wooden base and a simple light grey shade and is perfect used as a bedside lamp, or on a console table in a hallway displayed with our large rustic mirror.

 

 

Our magnificent faux Coral looks perfect placed on top of coffee table books in a living room, or just as effective used in a bathroom to add some coastal decoration.

 

Shopr our entire collection here:

https://www.laresidenceinteriors.co.uk/collections/new-accessories

March 20, 2017 by Sarah Cook

INTRODUCING OUR NEW WHITE GLOVE DELIVERY SERVICE

We are absolutely delighted to have recently partnered with the UK’s only 7 day nationwide delivery firm to provide you with the very best in White Glove delivery.

We know how busy you are and so it is our aim to provide you with the most convenient delivery service that we possibly can. We know you haven’t got time to sit in and wait for our luxury furniture to be delivered, so this is why we can now offer you:

  • A very easy way to book in your delivery on a day that suits YOU.
  • A delivery time of no more than 7 days (for all in stock items to most mainland UK addresses)
  • A telephone call 30 minutes before our delivery drivers arrive at your home.
  • Full furniture assembly of all our luxury furniture and removal of packaging for your convenience.

 

Here’s what our customers are saying:

EXCELLENT, FAST AND EFFICIENT DELIVERY.THANKYOU.

Maureen, Surrey

FLAWLESS DELIVERY SERVICE, WELL DONE.

Rachel, Oxford

WOW YOUR DELIVERY MEN WERE SO FRIENDLY AND COULDN’T DO MORE TO ASSIST, THANK YOU.

Steve, Bournemouth

We very look forward to introducing you to our new delivery service very soon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

February 18, 2017 by Sarah Cook

We are so proud to introduce our exclusive new collection of videos.

 

We recently had the pleasure of working with a Film Production Company to make some videos for our website.

Our aim is to give you a really good insight into our business and so we felt by making the videos this would be a fantastic start.

We want to share with you our passion for our business and how it all began and so here in our 'About us' video you can hear us talking about how it began all those years ago.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=daUA2HGv0y0&t=84s

 

As we pride ourselves on the excellent quality of our furniture we thought it would be really effective to show our products on film as well as detailed photographs, which are all shot in luxury lifestyle settings in order to give you inspiration when you are creating your dream interiors.

 

 

Here I am talking about my favourite products in the collection, and why we designed them .Here you get to see close up images of the items before making the all time important decision.

 

 

Our Wolsey table is one of our orignal pieces and also in my own home so I could talk all day about this stunning centrepiece.

 

 

Also from our original collection our exquisite Kingsley chair is a real statement piece and will be sure to be a talking point at your future social gatherings.

You can view all our product videos on our website, or our you tube channel.

We are looking forward to introducing more new videos in the coming months, but for now we sincerely hope you enjoy these ones.

Best Wishes

Sarah

January 20, 2017 by Sarah Cook

Our Edit - All the latest in fashion, interiors, travel and living that have been tried and loved.

 

We recently had the absolute pleasure of meeting Morag Turner, who has collaborated with her sister, Rowan Evans to bring us the new online magazine, Our Edit.

Girls after our own heart we immediately hit it off and found we had all sorts in common to include a love of fashion, interiors and all the stylish things in life.

Our Edit brings you the latest in fashion, interiors, travel and living that have been tried and loved. If it’s not in their homes, their wardrobes or contacts book you won’t read about it in Our Edit.

We caught up with them to find out more.

 

 

Tell us a bit about your new online magazine, Our Edit?

Our Edit is an online lifestyle magazine covering everything from fashion and wellness to interiors and travel, which I co-edit with my sister Rowan Evans. We have always shared a love of all things stylish and with our backgrounds in magazines and digital publishing, producing our own magazine covering the topics we love seemed like the natural next step.

Our Edit is a curated selection of the latest fashion, interiors, travel and wellness that we have tried and love. If it’s not in our homes, our wardrobes or our contacts book, you won’t read about it in Our Edit.

 

What are your plans for the magazine for 2017?

2017 will be a big year for us as we grow our readership. We want to expand the magazine further, covering more areas, including more authored editorial from inspirational women, ensuring we give our readers a rounded picture of what it means to live a stylish life. 

 

What do you get up too when you're not working on the magazine?

 I am a real project person so I always have something on the go. I’ve just finished a big renovation of my house, which has been a labour of love as interior design is a real passion of mine. Living in a building site for six months was not fun but I now have my perfect home so it was worth it. In the Spring I’ll move on to redesigning the garden.

We have three little boys, 8, 6 and 2, so they keep me mega busy. On a Saturday morning you’ll find me by a football or rugby pitch, in my wellies, with my thermos cup. By evening I’ll swap that for a nice restaurant, a LBD and glass of fizz. I love eating out with my husband and our friends and trying new places. My recent favourites are Restaurant Ours in Chelsea and Frenchie in Covent Garden – well worth a visit.

 

What are your best tips on balancing work life with family life?

 Unless there is a specific reason not to, I only work when the boys are a school and nursery. As soon as they are home at 4pm I focus on them. This means cramming a lot into my days to get through all my work and meetings, but the whole point of working for myself was to make sure I had that flexibility.

For years I worked full time on newspapers and glossy magazines and I loved it, but now I need to structure my work around my children and my home life.

I am also the Queen of the spreadsheet! With three children, work and a packed social life, I need to keep track of who is doing what and when.

 

What / Who is your biggest inspiration?

 My sister and my friends. I am surrounded by the most amazing women who are all achieving such wonderful things in their working and personal lives. We encourage and inspire each other as we balance motherhood, careers and everything else we have to fit in.

 

What useful advice would you give to other women looking to start a business?

 Planning is key. Rowan and I spent three months carefully deciding on exactly what we wanted Our Edit to be before we launched. Preparation like that really pays off and it will in any business. It allows you to know how your time is best spent so you can work most efficiently and turn your business from being just an idea to a reality.

I’d also say that there really are no short cuts. If you want to be successful you have to work hard and dedicate yourself to what you are doing. A combination of planning and effort will pay off.

 

You can subscribe to the Our Edit mailing list for a weekly round up direct to your inbox or you can visit the magazine daily for a quick update.

 

 https://ouredit.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

November 28, 2016 by Sarah Cook

Our new Furniture pieces have arrived.

For those of you who follow us on our social media channels you will be well aware that we have just launched some amazing new pieces onto our online store.

Founder, Sarah Cook has said of the new pieces:

‘After many months of planning and preparation, we are over the moon with our new designs we know that the timeless style of these pieces will complement your interiors creating the most exquisite of homes. We are delighted that our collection is exclusive and we continue to be committed to staying at the forefront of design and style.’

So here is a peek at our some of our new pieces as well as our ideas behind the interior styling. 

The Westcott Ottoman

The exquisite Westcott Ottoman features a classic buttoned top and makes for a perfect footstool, or extra seating.  Styled here alongside our popular Heavenly sofa, which is upholstered in our beautiful belgian linen and also available on our website.

 

 

 

We love the Sophie Villepigue vase featued as an elegant focal point on the ottoman.

 

The Osborne Ottoman

Inspired by our popular Petit Royale ottoman this ottoman also features a sturdy solid weathered oak frame and brass studded detail around the edge this piece is also completed with a sumptuous deep buttoned top.

 

The new Andrew Martin Interior Design Review 20th Edition features in this shot. We highly recommend this book for all you interior enthusiasts out there.

 

Our favourite tipple, Silent Pool Gin is displayed on an antique silver tray in order to add a splash of colour.

The Grosvenor Footstool

The fabulous Grosvenor Footstool is a beautifully handcrafted piece of furniture. Made with meticulous care this exceptionally stunning footstool looks perfect as a pair in a sitting room, or also used in a bedroom at the end of bed as a feature.

 

 

 

 

Brompton Side Table

The Brompton side table is a great alternative to the classic rectangle side table and its hand turned solid tiered base will be sure to add refined elegance to any room.

 

In this shot we wanted to keep the styling really simple and minimal so as to show off the detail on the table and the stud detail on the sofa, so used are our new Tree Print cushions and our signature candles alongside a huge display of cream roses and eucalyptus.

 

You can shop all our new items as well as our entire range at:

www.laresidenceinteriors.co.uk

September 24, 2016 by Clean Themes

Paris - our favourite European city to visit

 

We love all things French and Paris has to be our all time favourite European city to visit. Being so accessible to the UK by car, plane or train this destination is at the top of our travel list every time.

We honeymooned here and have visited many times since on both business and pleasure, and so here are our tried and tested hotels, bars and restaurants to visit whilst in this beautiful city.

Hotels:

Hotel Ares

This attractive and privately run hotel is in an exceptional location and is just a short walk from the Eiffel Tower and the Champ de Mars!

Room rates from 126 euros per night.

http://ares-paris-hotel.com/

Facade of Hotel Ares

Reception of Hotel Ares

Lobby at the Hotel Ares

 

Hôtel des Academies et des Arts

Situated on the left bank this 20 room hotel is the perfect location in which to base yourself for a weekend in the city.

Room rates from 150 euros per night

https://www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/hotel-des-academies-et-des-arts

 

Cosy reception at Hôtel des Academies et des Arts

Lobby at Hôtel des Academies et des Arts

 

Hotel West End 

This 49 room boutique hotel is located right in the centre of the golden triangle of Paris. Within close proximity of the well known Avenue George V, perfect for those who like a spot of shopping in the famous designer boutiques.

Room rates from 199 euros per nght.

http://www.hotel-west-end.com/

Five of the rooms have stunning views of the Eiffell Tower.

Contemporary decor in the lobby of The Hotel West End.

Beautiful interiors in the bedrooms of The Hotel West End.

 

Places to eat and drink

Hotel Costes

This hotel, bar and restaurant is a must have place to visit when in Paris. Also famous for it soundtracks this hotel is located just near Place de le Concorde and is the very chic-ist of places to visit.

Once entering you are greeted with the most wonderful smell of their signature candles burning and great music playing. The bar is very relaxed and informal and the perfect place in which to enjoy a bottle of Cote De Provence, whilst people watching. The restaurant is located in a large courtyard and booking is recommended.

 https://hotelcostes.com/

Restaurant at Hotel Costes.

 The chic-ist of bars at Hotel Costes.

 

La Coupole

A visit to La Coupole, Paris's most well known brasserie is highly recommended.  We love the seafood platter  Since the 1920's this place has been an iconic Parisian restaurant and is well worth a visit.

Situated in the Montparnasse area this brasserie has the most wonderful atmosphere and is filled with Parisian locals and tourists alike.

http://www.lacoupole-paris.com/en/

 

 

The iconic 1920's decor at La Coupole.

 

The Buddha Bar

This restaurant / bar / lounge is located on on the Faubourg St Honoré, also close to the Place de la Concorde.

Famed also for its soundtracks the restaurant is an ultra chic place to visit. It is very dark as you enter and the restaurant serves Asian fusion cuisine and THE best brunch with live music and a DJ and is the perfect place for couples and families alike.

http://www.buddhabar.com/en/restaurant-bar-buddha-bar-paris-20

 

Hotel George V

This hotel is just worth walking past, situated also in the golden triangle the flower arrangements in the lobby are a must see if anything. Very prestigious and part of the Four Seasons Hotel Group, the George V in Paris is renound for its pure charm and elegance. 

La Galerie lounge at this hotel is a beautiful place to enjoy a light lunch, cocktails or dinner, which can be enjoyed in the courtyard. Whilst listening to their resident pianist you can observe and admire the 19th century paintings and antique restored furniture.

 http://www.fourseasons.com/paris/

 The lobby at the George V.

 

La Galerie Paris Lounge

 

We do hope you do enjoy our personal recomendations and we would love to hear about your experiences too whilst in Paris.

 

August 12, 2016 by Sarah Cook

OUR 5 FAVOURITE INSTAGRAMMERS.

 

We are huge fans of using all social media channels, but our favourite one has to be Instagram. If you’re not already please do follow us as we would love you to be part of our exciting journey too.

This week on our blog we are revealing our top 5 Favourite Instagrammers to follow:

So here goes...

 

1 Smith Hotels

Our favourite past time is travelling and we absolutely love Smith Hotels. Their luxury travel destinations always inspire us as to where we can travel too next.

 

 

 

 

 

2 Sophie Paterson Interiors

Sophie Paterson Interiors is located in London and Surrey and is one of the UK’s most successful interior design studios. We adore Sophie’s work and love following her for updates on her latest luxury home designs and a behind the scenes look at what she gets up too in between.

 

 

 

 

3 Deluxe Home Diary

Instablogger, Jane has beautiful taste in interiors and she showcases stunning photos of her London home, which is always full to the brim with fresh flowers. These always cheer us up on gloomy days. We love following her to see what she gets up too, whether she is travelling around Ibiza or Paris, or lunching at our favourite Chelsea eatery ,The Ivy Chelsea Garden.

 

 

 

 

4 Twenty Fashion

Located in the historic market town of Petworth this small luxury designer boutique is a must have visit if you are in the area. The boutique showcases ‘of the moment’ premium brands with new collections arriving weekly. We love the looks they put together, which are very stylish and aspirational.

 

 

 

 

  1. Sheerluxe

This essential online lifestyle magazine is the must go place for all things, fashion, beauty and lifestyle. We love following Sheerluxe for a daily dose of inspiration, whether it be a great recipe, place to visit, or style advice.

 

 

 

 

July 06, 2016 by Sarah Cook

Our New Showroom Launch

 

We are thrilled to have just officially launched our new bigger and better Showroom last weekend.  The 1000sq of space is full to the brim with our own exclusive luxury furniture collection and a selection of unique hand picked home accessories.

Customers were greeted by our ascetically pleasing room settings, which helps to inspire them to re-create the luxury interiors in their own homes. We celebrated in style with glasses of prosecco, whilst nibbling on macaroons and meeting and greeting customers old and new.

 

Prosecco and Macaroons ready.

 

Our Black Belmont table in all it's glory.

 

 

Just one of our exclusive tables, which can be viewed in our Showroom.

 

Our popular Petit Royale Ottoman.

 

We are also excited to have launched our first ever signature candle, Lemongrass and Verbena, which is the perfect blend of melon, lime, rose and jasmine and is a fresh fragrant and uplifting scent. These come in two sizes and are £12.50 for the large and £6.50 for the small. These will shortly be available to order through our website and can also be purchased in our Showroom.

 

Our new Signature candles on display.

 

All our luxury dining chairs can be viewed in the Showroom.

 

Our new Showroom is open every Saturday from 10am -4pm and we are open via pre-arranged appointment from Monday – Friday.

If you were not able to make it to our launch we do hope that you will stop by for a visit soon.

Follow us on our social media channels for further news and updates.

 

June 04, 2016 by Sarah Cook

The Surrey Digital Awards 2016

 

We were over the moon to have been recently nominated as a finalist for two awards for the Surrey Digital Awards 2016. Now in its second year these awards reward innovation and progressive thinking by businesses, individuals, events, charities or educational establishments. 

We were finalists for two awards covering two  categories, which were Website: Lifestyle and Culture and Website: Small Business. This is the first award we had been nominated for, for our business and we weren’t sure what to expect, but the anticipation of winning a possible award caused great excitement for us. Therefore we were very happy when the day finally arrived.

The evening commenced with a champagne reception, which was full of lots of other excited business owners chatting and networking amongst each other. We were then ushered to the main event room where the awards ceremony was to take place.

 

The evening continued with live music from an acoustic trio, while dinner was served and we chatted to fellow nominees about our businesses and experiences. The evening’s entertainment was rounded up by a presentation by Mclaren’s Head of Digital and Social Media, which was very interesting. The awards ceremony soon followed and there were 16 awards to be presented to the businesses which had reached the finals.

Early into the evening the first category which we’d been nominated for was announced and to our absolute shock and surprise we were the winners of the Gold Award for Website: Lifestyle and Culture. We were quickly ushered onto the stage to receive our award and then interviewed in the winner’s enclosure. This was a great start to the evening. It was so fantastic to see so many businesses large and small being recognised for all their hard work and achievements. We met some lovely fellow business owners and it was great to be able to network with like-minded people, who all run such diverse businesses. It was great to see all the awards presented and how happy everyone was with their recognition.

We have placed our award on our mantel piece to be admired and it will soon make its way to our Showroom for us to show off to all our customers.

Here we are the proud owners of our Award.

Photos courtesy of the Surrey Mirror.

March 16, 2016 by Sarah Cook