Have you heard of eporta?

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Side note: If you follow my blog and my journey you know how much I love sharing newly discovered things in interiors, and now with the High In Style magazine, in fashion, beauty and much more. Anything that I find creative, well designed and different makes my life much more exciting, and which I want to write about and share.  But there is so much creative noise out there that is so hard to compete with when it comes to content writing and creation. It’s something I always struggled with.

As the magazine is really taking off and is becoming the biggest success of my career so far.. on a bigger scale (when I compare it to my client’s projects – they are equally my big successes, but more on personal level, if you know what I mean) more on that some other time, I want to change the direction of this blog and only come here when I have something truly unique to share. No more trends, tips, how tos, guides, home tours and latest this and that. I’ve come to a place now where I realised that there are so many other great bloggers and designers writing about exactly that. I wanted to fit in and I tried hard to fit in but over the past 6 months I realised that I no longer want to play the SEO game anymore and be part of it.

I want to strip blogging back to what it was before when it was still in its infancy. This non-competitive space where one can express their creative side, not being influenced by what’s currently hot or trendy. And so from now on I’m saying goodbye to the (professional) blogging world and coming here only when I want to and I have something meaningful to say. Something which can be inspiring enough for you to take away and apply in your life. I think that’s when inspiration, and information, becomes effective.

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Okay, enough of this me-speech and now..have you heard of eporta? I only recently discovered it through the magazine. I’m actually interviewing its founder Aneeqa on Friday for our “open up & inspire” section of High In Style. It’s a marketplace for trade (sorry if you’re not but keep reading on) where you can specify, source and buy products for design projects all under one roof. When working on projects I spend around half of my time, maybe more, basically researching the market  to find the best pieces of furniture, lighting, accessories etc so I can bring the vision to reality. eporta makes life so much easier. I still have to find out more about it but at the moment it really solves one of the biggest problems designers face when it comes to design projects.

So if you are an interior designer, established or up-and-coming, go and check it out. And, if you’re a client let you designer know about it. Because it’s a platform for trade, products are sourced at discount prices which you can benefit from as well. Don’t go and buy directly from showrooms; they always have special rates for designers, architects and builders. It doesn’t make any sense to me sourcing products yourself when you can save money, time and hassle / worries with backorders and wrong deliveries. And if you think that this is completely out of your reach, you’ll be pleased to hear that there are tons of products within your budget as well. I quickly browsed through some of the suppliers and because they are up-and-coming or new to the market, they have really great prices for any budget. It’s amazing what you can find if you know where to look!!

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As you can see eporta is really hitting the nerve on unusual pieces, materials and styles from British and European designers. I haven’t even scratched the surfaces yet. Here’s is the link, if you want to check it out.

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New collection from Penelope Hope

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I haven’t been feeling well this week, battling a viral infection and having severe migraines every day so I keep it short. Last week at Pulse I caught up with Nadia, the founder of Penelope Hope, who I featured in our January 2016 issue of High In Style. I absolutely love her textile design. It’s bold but done with taste and sophistication. In particular, I like her Mesmerise collection which features navy stripes, chevrons and abstract prints balanced with white. Very nautical but can be mixed and matched to create various styles and atmosphere.

Here’s a close up of the pattern. (Sorry, not the greatest photo from my iphoto but that’s the only one I have.)

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And this was her stand at Pulse. It was like being in colourful heaven!!

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If you are after bold and colourful cushions, fabrics and lampshades, go and check out Nadia’s website. She also has some great metallic and geometric designs!

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Latest from Copper and Silk

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I wrote about these guys before, I mean Copper & Silk. They are a London based lighting design studio creating absolutely stunning lighting pieces. They are modern, versatile and very chic! Statement lighting that delivers the “wow” factor. Recently my inbox has been filling up with latest collections and so below are my favourites.

  1. KEW CHANDELIER

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2. ASILAH LAMP BASE WITH IKAT LAMPSHADE

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3.  MODERN IKAT COLLECTION

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4. KEW WALL LIGHT

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If you want to find out more information or see their full collection – they have some amazing colourful lampshade, head over to their website.

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