Decorum turns one!

It’s Decorum’s first birthday today! We can’t believe we’ve been running for 12 months already. It’s true, time flies when you’re working hard…

In order to celebrate our first birthday, we had a lovely team night out last week – singing karaoke at a ridiculously early hour. Note to self: turning up at Lucky Voice only to hear the lady at reception say to her colleague ‘the day’s first group is here’ is quite embarrassing. Especially when it’s still light outside, and you’re stone cold sober. But anyway, a few bottles of prosecco later, we were all happily getting into the swing of it…

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As well as our team night out, we celebrated our birthday with a relaunch of our website. The yellow is gone! We hope you like the new look – we’re really pleased with it, as it shows how we’ve evolved and grown since we first launched, and reflects the luxury lifestyle focus of our business. We are very lucky to work with such fabulous clients, with such brilliant images that really bring the feel of our work to life.

To celebrate our birthday, we thought it would be nice to share with you the most interesting facts about Decorum! Some of which may be slightly embarrassing…

• Decorum was founded by Charlotte Duckworth and Justyna Sowa who met while working for Decorex International.

• Despite not knowing each other that well (they sat nowhere near each other in their old jobs), Charlotte and Justyna agreed to set up a company together at the Southbank’s Nandos.

• From day 1, Decorum was fully self-funded.

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• As well as being a social media guru, Justyna is a talented illustrator, and has held an exhibition of her work in the past.

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• Meanwhile, as well as being a journalist, Charlotte Duckworth has written a novel.

• We moved into a ‘new’ office in January this year – The Old Church!

• After 8 busy months, we became a team of four!

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• When Charlotte Duckworth and Charlotte Morgan are left alone in the office, the conversation always turns to cats (Charlotte M’s puss Charlie above).

• 99% of the conversation in the office is about food, fitness, cats and ‘critiquing’ blogs.

• Julia and Charlotte Duckworth sing along incessantly to the radio.

• The Decorum team is an eclectic mix of vegan, dairy-free, veg-free and gluten-intolerant.

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• Julia is a bit obsessed with post-its – she has 13 on the go at the moment.

• We’ve worked with 53 design companies since launching (no wonder we needed a bigger team!)

Thanks so much to everyone who’s supported us in our first year! Let’s hope next year is as exciting as the last…

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mary - Well done guys

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dailyd - Thanks Mary!

Take It or Leave It: The Tropical Foliage Trend

Ever since our client Harlequin London noted it as a trend from Maison et Objet in January, we’ve been noticing tropical foliage everywhere. Spring usually means florals, florals, florals, but palm trees, banana leaves and even pineapples are cropping up all over the place in interiors this year, lending a SoCal-Morrocan-Bahamas-y vibe to people’s homes.

Like with many interiors trends, it started somewhere in fashion last summer and has made its way into homes too by way of wallpaper, curtains and even tableware. We can’t decide whether we love it or hate it – we kind of love it in the bathroom, but we may have to move somewhere warmer to pull it off completely…

Here are some of our favourite spots from the world wide web – what do you think of the trend?

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If you fancy your own tropical bathroom, this Cole & Son wallpaper comes in loads of different colour combinations.

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Soft furnishings are a nice way to have a little bit of the trend in your home (and easily changeable) – we love these banana leaf cushions on Etsy and this palm print rug

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Palm frond porcelain tableware, Sieger by Fuerstenberg

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If you’d rather have the real deal you can always put actual palm leaves somewhere…

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And if the green isn’t really your colour for clothing, try this monochrome style from See by Chloe or some pink palms from Mother of Pearl.

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Or just make like House of Hackney and go for all-palm-everything.

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Samantha - I love the POP palm tree print, it creates a wonderful exotic touch to the home. How can you not love our Escape to Paradise Palm Tree cushions all the way from Australia? Palm Tree Power!

Easter Is Coming…

With Easter just a week away, we have only one thing on our mind – chocolate. Dark chocolate, milk chocolate, white chocolate with marshmallows and toffee and all other kind of embellishments… you get the picture. Chocolate, basically, is what we’re most looking forward to, despite there also being the promise of days off work, eggs for breakfast (the chicken or the egg kind, not the kind I’ve just banged on about) and probably a day of really good TV.

In light of this, we spent some time researching the kind of Easter gifts we’d most like to find on our pillow come Sunday 20th. Here is what we found…

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This beautiful collection, from Prestat, is a chocolate lovers’ dream. A velvety milk chocolate Easter egg filled with the finest truffles, a chocolate chicken, colourful foil… We’ll take four.

Daily Decorum Easter 2014 This luxurious selection from La Maison du Chocolat is described as being ‘a gourmet assortment, perfect for sharing.’ We’re not so sure about the sharing part, but it does look tasty.

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This ‘medley of eggs’ looks absolutely delicious –  just count the layers. Six eggs in one. And it’s from (drum roll please) Tesco!

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And if you really want to push the boat out? We’re also open to receiving hampers. This one from Harrods, in particular, would be great.

Address on our new website, if you fancied sending us a treat… Happy Easter!

Decorum Explores: Atlantic Rise

Following on from our foray into the property porn world of location homes last week, we’ve decided to torment ourselves further by taking a look around Atlantic Rise, a new development on the north coast of Cornwall, in Bude.

Now, being London-based, anything with a sea view is bound to get us all cooing and gazing off into the middle distance dreaming of long walks along the beach, cute white puppy in tow…

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But this is a development with a difference. Specifically – it’s a development for retirees. Yes, the ones who lucked out already in the property stakes by purchasing their first homes when affordability wasn’t some obscure concept, and when you knew your bank manager by name. They are now allowed to retire somewhere equally fab. Jealous, much?

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Atlantic Rise is described as ‘a development of 29 one and two bedroom apartments in a spectacular location on the coast at Bude. Life here brings you the best of both worlds – the privacy of your own home, together with the opportunity to spend time with neighbours who share similar interests.’

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Um! Supping wine and reading books on a balcony overlooking the sea is one of OUR interests too, are you sure we can’t move in?!

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From an interiors point of view, the common theme is light, bright spaces with simple details that sit in harmony with the development’s coastal location. We particularly like the use of bleached wood cladding throughout. Swanky fixtures and fittings give the whole thing the feel of a really luxe holiday apartment.

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We know you shouldn’t wish your life away, but when we look at the shoeboxes in London we can just about afford, we can’t help but think those baby boomers… they’re the ones living the dream.

 

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