Recently I went on a little trip to Prague. Well actually it wasn’t that recently but I’ve finally got around to getting the photos off of my phone and onto my laptop. So here are some of the photographs that I took whilst away and a few recommendations of food, architecture and of course beer.
Getting the most obvious of Prague landmarks out the way first with a classic night time photograph of Charles Bridge. We found a nice little view point with a bar and blankets, set up camp just before sunset and then waited till I could get a typical shot. It was worth it!
After waiting for the Charles Bridge photograph we were pretty hungry right next door was a very fancy restaurant we decided to go all out on the first meal with a tasting menu and matched wine. The restaurant was called Restaurant Mlýnec and the food was delicious with a little bit of dry ice theatre. If you can deffo worth a visit.
An art deco cafe – worth a visit for the interiors but not the food.
Frank Gehry’s dancing house, also known as Fred & Ginger, is not one of his most well known works – you’ve probably heard of the Guggenheim?But the building is interesting in shape and how it is a contrast with its surrounding more traditional designs. Go see and go in.
Churches in Prague are sooo pretty. We went to a couple I don’t have a recommendation for the churches just wonder around and you’ll find some. Also if you look really closely at that last image the face is Michael Caine so that’s something.
This is an interesting art piece that a lot of people just walk past not seeing. This is called Man Hanging Out… if you google the sculpture you can see it in detail. The guy is actually Sigmund Freud and the sculpture, by David Cerny, is depicted in this way to signify his fear of death. The sculpture apparently gives people a fright and calls into the emergency services aren’t rare!
Obviously there is a lot of ‘To dos’ I’ve missed out of this blog post. But I would deffo recommend a visit to Prague to see all the wonders for yourself. I’ve finished the post with two view point photographs- because the best part of seeing a city is seeing all it’s beauty from afar. The second and last image is my favourite after walking up Petrin Hill there was a break in the trees and this was the view. So Gorgeous.
So go to Prague!
I’ve been quiet because I’ve been busy!
Nearly a year ago I started a new role within a very successful and well known interior design company. Designing hotels all day is a lot of fun but it doesn’t leave much time for much else! Now I’m settled in I promise to get back into regular blog posts… I’d like to think they’ll get better with the experience I’ve gotten from the day job…
Heres some images of what I have been up to!
Learning the process of getting a set of concept images translated to fabrics and materials is something that I’ve really enjoyed so far. It takes time to find the right items but when you do you see a concept come together. The above images shows the process of this selection process to create boards.
The above two boards are examples of the concept boards finished.
Depending on the desired client to the hotel and our clients taste adding a playful element like some ping pong paddles brings a fun and personal touch to the boards.
One thing I’ve learnt is to throw as much at the boards as you can in the beginning and then filter the items down. This board, however, needed a lot of finishes to be seen on it so the editing down wasn’t needed. I like the addition of the door handle – adding finished pieces always helps clients visualise your ideas. Also, I improvised here a little bit with the white napkin folded in the corner. It is meant to represent a little bit of a ceiling sculpture we had designed… it works!
Another key thing that I’ve learnt is to utilise all the different materials available. Bringing in colour from tiles, metals, glass and other items makes a board stand out.
I’ll get on with writing more blog posts and keep posting updates on what I’m doing and learning at work!
Thanks for reading
Instead of throwing away the above troughs that I made for my MA degree show I decided to, with the help of my Granddad and his workshop, turn them into coffee tables!
Having come up with a design the first thing to do was create a higher base for the tiles so that the edge wasn’t too deep. Easily done with Granddad’s tools!
Then we attached the hairpin legs that I bought from Wicked Hairpins. I went for the three rod leg because I thought that the wooden trough with the tiles would be heavy and so the extra support was a safe bet.
The next step was to layout and stick down the tiles to either side of the coffee table. It took ages to find these tiles. I wanted a specific colour and style of pattern similar to that seen on the buildings in Portugal. These ones are from Milagros a Mexican shop that sells a range of handmade tiles and other goods.
The first idea for the table was that it would be the tiles and then a strip of grout… not the best idea as it seems. Having grouted the table (above image) we left it dry and it cracked – so back to the drawing board.
After another indecisive gap I decided on these little mosaic tiles from a local bathroom store. This worked so much better than the grout. So then the table was pretty much done just needed to paint it. In the design the centre section is to be filled with succulents. It has been left empty for now in case it needs to be transported anywhere.
And here’s the final piece!
It had its ups and down but I got there in the end. I also have the materials to make another one which will hopefully wont take as long to make as this one did! Huge thanks to Granddad and his patience with my unexpectedly difficult design.
It is also now available to buy on Etsy!
We’ve just recieved these images from a recent customer of our wallpaper in a newly decorated nursery within their home.
Always nice to see where the wallpaper ends up and the different types of rooms that the versatile design and colours go into.
This design was made in answer to a made up brief for John Lewis. The brief outlined the size of the room and the wants and needs of the clients. Here is the brief in short; warm tones, show off the victorian oak floorboards, to include an office area, spaces to display photographic work, be able to be used by all five family members and a stylish design. Above is the initial mood board of spaces, products and colour combinations
After finding existing images that I thought related to the space and the clients brief I then grouped a collection of colours, patterns and materials for the space and looked at how they could work together.
Having chosen the colour scheme and taken a look at the materials and patterns available within John Lewis the next step was to look at the products in the grey and yellow colours chosen and that will go within the space. The above two boards show the various products that would work and the options for accessories and furniture for the room.
These next two boards show the chosen furniture for the room. Starting to group them together and layer the materials and patterns on top of each other.
Having chosen the furniture the next step was putting them together within the context of the room. Creating these visuals with the use of Autocad and Photoshop. The above image and below three show the views of the different walls and placement of the furniture in relation to the space. These visuals also show the suggested arrangement of the photo frames on the walls.
The final below board shows some very simple 3d visuals of the room and an Autocad plan of the room. The time frame for this project was very short, if I had more time to work on this project these final visuals would be more detailed and engaging rather than the blocky simple images they currently are.
We really enjoyed working on this project and hope you like what we designed!
Having completed MA Interior and Spatial Design (see the work in this blog post) and some work experience with big design firms we feel like we’ve learnt some stuff.
Bethvictoria.com are now taking on some interior design projects as well as the wallpaper and wall coverings. We’ve got a couple on the go but are always happy to talk to anyone about any projects from tiny to huge that we may be able to help with!
Heres a little recap of what we offer:
Two variations available in two different colours, part of the 2014 originals collection.
Find them on our Etsy page: Outline and Full bird
A hand painted service currently available in the Berkshire and London area. Contact email@example.com for any enquiries of this service.
Prints and art
Photographic prints. As well as Interior and Spatial design we also studied Photography and have a small collection of our images available as prints on our website and Etsy.
We also have a small limited edition amount of crayon art. Available in three different sizes and can be found on our Etsy site too.
Interior and Spatial Design
We’re at the very early stages of the two interiors projects we have on at the moment. So heres a sample of our Masters work and a design for a seating area done as part of work experience.
Hopefully this space will get filled up with a variety of spatial, residential and hospitality interior design in the not too distant future! Again contact firstname.lastname@example.org for any more information.
Watch out for blog posts on the projects progress in the not too distant future!
With a baby coming to the family we wanted to throw a cute and fun baby shower and heres how we did it!
All images in mood-board found on Pinterest.
With the ideas above collected from Pinterest we set about making the surprise party. Everything we chose was simple easy and games that could be played whilst everyone got to talk and nibble at the afternoon tea that we also put on.
A little birthday cake that we made for the day. Half chocolate and half vanilla sponge on the inside with a Stork flying over clouds on top.
So that Dad-to-be was involved we put together a all things useful nappy changing tool kit and got guests to write a inspirational/funny note to go in the box.
The sandwiches and scones set up on the table. Minimal balloons and bunting to decorate the space.
The gift table! Using IKEA boxes to make more space and more of a feature of the gifts that were given.
When the guests had drawn/written on their bibs they were hung up to create more bunting and an extra personal touch.
Not sure tasting the nasty nappies contents was a good choice but Mum-to-be went for that tactic.
Finally the party favours! The little man arrived yesterday (13 days late!) and we have popped the corn in celebration… and some Prosecco.
Everyone had a lot of fun and Mum-to-be was spoiled perfectly.
We were asked to help decorate a fun and beautiful, but not too expensive, engagement party recently. After trawling through thousands of Pinterest images we came up with this selection of ideas, giving a rustic country theme to the event.
With a typically dull rainy British day we had to tweak a few of these ideas, and ditch some last minute, but overall we thought we did a good job. The guests certainly seemed to have fun!
Flowers – For this event we wanted white, bright and fun flowers so small arrangements of baby’s breath and big daisy like flowers in lace detailed jars was the way to go. We made around 12 of these and scattered them around the main rooms of the party.
Photo Wall – With the simple use of string and tiny pegs we created this photo and engagement card wall. Bringing a ton of memories to the event and adding a splash of colour.
Desert Table – Again adding a splash of colour our deserts table was a popular part of the event. The cute ‘Tying the Knot’ napkins were an especially cute touch.
Vodka Station! – We had a range of different flavoured vodka (Still in the freezer when this was taken) which needed to be included in the party. So instead of a ‘Pimp your prosecco’ we made a vodka shot station. It went down a little too well for some people!
With not only a wedding but baby on the way too we had to include the little man in the party some how. So we had a “Date of birth betting” (Written in Polish and English) and a baby name suggestions pot. At the end of the night the names were read out with the favourites picked out from the many suggestions.
And of course we included a hung Photo Booth with props for a little record making fun.
The happy family!
We enjoyed making the decorations and putting it all together with the bride to be and overall the event was a success!
Congratulations Ben and Kasia! x
After having multiple compliments and enquiries of where to get a piece of art that we’ve made for our home- we decided to make a few to sell. This is something that we saw on Pinterest and decided to make for ourselves! Obviously it turned out well and so now we’ve got an initial batch to sell on Etsy and at christmas and craft fairs!
There are currently two options for this design -the above normal selection of crayon colours and a slightly brighter set (Below). This brighter set we think is perfect for the teen or childs room or play area!
Find it on Etsy Here
There’s also three sizes on offer: 18×24″, 18×22″ and 18×14″
With a new degree under our belt (MA Interior and Spatial Design) we thought a new look for our website was a good idea. With the help of Web Management Plus we decided a clean and more mobile friendly layout was better. Plus we’ve added some new features.
As before we have all the details and examples of the wall coverings services that are available from Bethvictoria.com.
We also have a range of photographs that are available as prints (framed and unframed). Some of these featured on the old website but we’ve added some more of our favourites too.
The main new feature of this website is the new “Spatial design” tab. Currently this contains the camera obscura project that was the outcome of the MA ISD course at Chelsea college of art.
We hope you like our new look!