When local Cotswold Interior Designer, Lauren Gilberthorpe invited me along to her Interior Design Workshop for the day in October I jumped at the chance. Being out and about doing something fun and creative would be, I hoped a very worthy distraction to the particular date, (a sad one for me) as well a chance to pickup new skills and meet people, in beautiful surroundings.
Held at the very picturesque Barn at Upcote, a relatively new Wedding / Events venue near Andoversford, Lauren couldn’t have chosen a more perfect setting. It was a great day to do the Barn justice. Bright and sunny one minute allowing the sun to bounce off the Cotswold Stone, then turning dark and grey, the Cotswold’s moody skies making us feeling cosy and warm inside. The weather was more than a little freaky.
The workshop was a relaxed and informal affair. We started at 10.30am ish and Lauren chatted through the topics and outlined the order of the day while we rifled through our well-stocked goodie bags, bursting with bits from Farrow & Ball, Loaf at Home, The Cotswold Candle Company and more. I felt truly spoilt for a Saturday when I might usually be on my 5th nappy change.
We learnt about planning our design space and to consider how factors such as usage, fixtures, and space all came into play when designing your space. We learnt how to draw to scale and played around with mood boards and how to create those, mood and colour being an essential part of the design process. Here’s what I came up with; a soft palette of pastels with some creative, literary inspiration.
‘Your home should tell the story of who you are, and be a collection of what you love’ – Nate Berkus
And here’s a first draft of my next Living room layout, drawn to scale using the rather nifty scale ruler (picture left) which Lauren very kindly gifted us in those let me repeat .. ‘amazing’ goodie bags!
Local foodie Siobhan Wolton provided food glorious food, beautifully laid out as you’d expect and bursting with local goodness and a little bit of a treat thrown in to take you by surprise here and there (like the chocolate nibbles hiding under the orchard fruits) all delectably displayed and reminiscent of harvest festival, a very up market one at that!
You can find Siobhan on Instagram @siobhan_wolton where she revels in #beautifullysimplefood made with local & seasonal produce.
A lighting talk followed lunch and styling like a pro was the closing piece just before these stunning cocktails and mocktails were served….
A fantastic day out for anyone interested in Interiors or anyone with a daunting Interiors project ahead of them, or just because you’d like a bit of you time.
Lauren’s workshop will make you smile for a few days. Being Creative is good for the soul and makes an otherwise grey day unexpectedly sunny.