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  • Have you heard of everystory? They're a ceramic lovers ecstasy.

    Something I can't live without? Ceramics. Ceramics play a huge part in the ASI identity, Every interior designer has something (or a few things) that are extra special to them. Something they love to source over and above everything. For me, ceramics is one of those. Not only do I love styling them and physically using them, but I love finding the perfect pieces and making a thoughtfully curated collection. I would gladly travel the world on a ceramics quest, just to collect the perfect pieces to put into my clients (and my) homes. I think it's extra special when pieces of decor in your home can tell a story, whether it's how they were made, or how they we're sourced. It makes your home feel that much more special, individual and unique to you. For those of you that don't know, my dad lives in the South of France, but inland amongst the Aubrac and Auvergne mountains. There's a ceramics and pottery place just down the road called Pottery Du Don. It's one of my favourite places to go and I visit every time I'm over there. Each year I come home with something new for my collection. The pieces are so special to me, and bring a piece of my dad, his family, and their home away from home into my everyday and it's the little things like that which makes interior design that much more special. I recently came across everystory, run by sisters Abby & Hannah. I was so impressed. You know when you find something and before you know it, you've got 1000 tabs open. Not only do I love their pieces, but their story resembles that of my own philosophy - inspired by nature, taking inspiration from the beautiful countryside, no two pieces being the same, and each telling their own story. Their website says: "It all began through a desire to create thoughtful pieces for the home, each piece is individually handcrafted into organic forms taking inspiration from nature and the beauty found in the surrounding countryside and afar...every piece truly tells a story." I featured this piece in a recent blog, and the fact that I struggled to pick just one thing told me that I owed it to you to do a complete spotlight feature. So without further ado, I'm sharing my absolute favourite pieces with you below. Would love to know what you think.

  • What's been added to The Shop this month: Lighting

    As many of you know, I'm in the process of renovating my second home and something that's been on my mind a lot lately is lighting. I'm in the middle of doing the electrical lighting plans for our living room which is Phase one of the renovation, and that means I've been having to think a lot about the type of finishes we'll be going with and the actual pieces we'd like to get. So, with that in mind, this months recent additions to the shop are all lighting pieces. I absolutely LOVE shopping for lighting. I recommend investing in lighting where possible, because lighting makes such an impact on setting the tone in your home, and also setting the mood. Interior design isn't just about 'things', it's about creating a narrative and telling a story, and helping you to 'feel'. It's a complete experience, and getting your lighting just right is essential! I want to share the things I'm enjoying in real-time, so these articles might differ from month to month, but I'd love to know what you'd like to see as I can always include more features! Do you prefer to see a mixture of things, or do you want to see more of the specific pieces for those doing a renovation? Or, would you prefer to see new things by type? I.e. lighting, soft furnishings, decor pieces etc? Some of the links used below are affiliate links, but not all. Let me know if there are any pieces you like in particular! I'm sure you can see from the pieces I've selected that I'm particularly into antique bronze finishes. I'm quite particular with this, as I like the colour to emit a really burnished, worn, feel. Don't be afraid to mix metals though! Mixing metals is totally acceptable and I encourage it! Let me know if you'd like some tips on how to mix metals in your home? I imagine the first three pieces to be hung above the kitchen island. Depending on the size of your island, you could use two (of the same) to balance it out. Careful with number 2 though, if you're using multiple of these then make sure your island is big enough to carry the scale. Another alternative for over island/peninsular lighting is number 4. I keep coming back to this one, and there's a similar one from Andrew Martin that I've also been admiring. I'm hoping to eventually build out custom library style cabinetry in my office, and I'd love to incorporate some wall lights into the woodwork for that ultra luxury, heritage feel. These would be perfect to get that vibe. Number 6 and number 7 are great options for rooms with lower ceilings. They perfectly marry traditional finishes with modern lines. I could imagine these as the central light in my office, or a bedroom. What do you think about the pieces I've selected this month? If you're looking for more lighting options, take a look at all the lighting already in The Shop! - Allie

  • The October Journal: A New Chapter

    I've always loved writing, and as a child I loved reading and making up my own fairytale stories. A true millennial, I had the luxury of growing up without a smartphone and social media until about age nine or ten. I feel lucky to associate my childhood with waiting in anticipation for world book day to pick up my new Roahl Dahl or Tracey Beaker book, and the smell of fresh pages that were full of adventurous chapters I was yet to have with my favourite fictional characters. As a teenager and in my early twenties when blogging started to be the in thing, that childhood love of reading and writing developed into a love of writing blogs and writing in general, whether that was on paper or digitally. (And yes, I am that person who buys a new diary every January and plans all her goals for the year). When Allie Stephens Interiors was just a thought in my mind just a few years ago, I knew that I wanted it to be a place where I could bring together that love of books and writing that has been a part of me since I was little. I knew that having a digital journal was something I had to do, somewhere that I could write and talk about all things interiors, life, travel, and business that was personal, but also allowed me to connect with people personally, somewhere off of social media that was mine and not at risk of being unplugged without notice. I've been thinking about ways I can achieve this, could I write an editors note perhaps? But that felt a little bit too corporate for me. Recently I've been really enjoying Lydia's monthly journals, and it really emulates that of which I've been hoping to achieve, but in an informal relaxed way. Not only is it the perfect way to bookend each month, and have a moment to check in and out mentally, the name has a really nostalgic connection to why I started The Journal in the first place. So, inspired by Lydia, I'll be sharing the opening and closing of each chapter here on The Journal. I promise they won't be this long each month, and as we're already half way through October so there's just a few things on my list for this month: Finalise our living room design and prepare the drawings Learn and perfect a new winter recipe Get out walking more often, taking in the fresh country air surrounding me Let me know what you've been up to this month so far and what you think about the new chapter. Allie x

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  • The Journal: All Articles

    Have you heard of everystory? They're a ceramic lovers ecstasy. Clark Kent's weakness might be red kryptonite, but mine? Ceramics. Meet everystory, the business that's got me weak at the knees. What's been added to The Shop this month: Lighting As many of you know, I'm in the process of renovating my second home and something that's been on my mind a lot lately is lighting. I'm... Change things up for Autumn/Winter and get inspired by these interior pieces. One of my favourite things to do when the seasons change is to switch up my interiors and my wardrobe. Right now, as you know I'm living... Featured articles: GET STARTED Designing homes which tell your unique story, and are made wholeheartedly for ultimate laid-back living Free DOWNLOAD Is your home lacking character? Are you struggling to know where to begin? My free-guide '12 tips from an interiors designer on how to add character to your home' will help you find ideas to transform your home and be confident in taking your next steps. LET ME HAVE IT Are you ready to work together? If you're interested in working together, please fill in my enquiry form . The more detail you can share with me, the better. If you'd like some more information on my services, or how I can help, please fill in any additional details and I'll aim to get back to you within 48 hours. GET IN TOUCH Thank you Goodbye overwhelm! SERVICES The packages Whether you're lost for time, stuck with moving forwards, or a little bit of both, virtual e-design is your ideal solution. + THE 'VISUALISER' PACKAGE + THE 'WHOLE LOT' PACKAGE + THE 'SOMETHING MORE' OPTION GET IN TOUCH All articles The Journal Whether you're a renovator looking for interior design advice, a friend looking for the perfect gift, or a host looking for beautiful serving pieces, you'll find it all here under all articles. Category: All articles LIFE BUSINESS SHOPPABLE ROOMS INTERIORS MENU Have you heard of everystory? They're a ceramic lovers ecstasy. Clark Kent's weakness might be red kryptonite, but mine? Ceramics. Meet everystory, the business that's got me weak at the knees. What's been added to The Shop this month: Lighting As many of you know, I'm in the process of renovating my second home and something that's been on my mind a lot lately is lighting. I'm... The October Journal: A New Chapter I've always loved writing, and as a child I loved reading and making up my own fairytale stories. A true millennial, I had the luxury of... Change things up for Autumn/Winter and get inspired by these interior pieces. One of my favourite things to do when the seasons change is to switch up my interiors and my wardrobe. Right now, as you know I'm living... Home office inspiration: What's on my private design boards? See what's inspiring me for the new #asihome office renovation ASI home renovation: an interesting start. Chapter one. "..I turn the key in the lock, we both step in to our new home and through the dated 70s glass porch.. little did we know.." Shop this living room - edition one If you're considering re-vamping your living room but not sure where to start, I've got you covered. My first double-page feature in an interior publication. My first publication feature in Essex Living Magazine. Come behind the scenes with me Officially launching 'The Journal', but what exactly is it? The Journal is officially launched! But what actually is it? Telling all on why I decided to become an interior designer. Why did I become an interior designer? I lay it all bare in this story. All articles BACK TO THE JOURNAL INTERIORS LIFE BUSINESS SHOPPABLE ROOMS INTERIORS

  • The Journal: Allie Stephens Interiors

    VIEW ALL ARTICLES collections PRE-DESIGNED Struggling to know where to begin with your interior plans? Browse and shop the pre-designed collections and get access to my free designs, complete with a shopping list which will help you to achieve the signature ASI aesthetic. Journal The Interiors Have you heard of everystory? They're a ceramic lovers ecstasy. Clark Kent's weakness might be red kryptonite, but mine? Ceramics. Meet everystory, the business that's got me weak at the knees. Lifestyle What's been added to The Shop this month: Lighting As many of you know, I'm in the process of renovating my second home and something that's been on my mind a lot lately is lighting. I'm... Lifestyle The October Journal: A New Chapter I've always loved writing, and as a child I loved reading and making up my own fairytale stories. A true millennial, I had the luxury of... Interiors Change things up for Autumn/Winter and get inspired by these interior pieces. One of my favourite things to do when the seasons change is to switch up my interiors and my wardrobe. Right now, as you know I'm living... Lifestyle Autumn/Winter must haves for countryside living (or weekend-ing!) Updating my country capsule wardrobe for autumn. Here's a look at some pieces I've got open in tabs. Lifestyle Podcasts changed my life, so i'm introducing a new Journal series. Let's roll back to 2021, it's the second year of COVID and we're all so over it. My mental health was over it. I considered myself to be... FEATURED / THE AUTUMN EDIT Change things up for Autumn and get inspired by these interior pieces In this journal article i'm sharing a selection of some of the pieces i'm coveting for Autumn 2022. Treat yourself, or maybe you'll find a beautiful gift idea. READ THE ARTICLE PR EV FEATURED / SHOP NEW PIECES What's been added to The Shop this month Every month I add a selection of pieces to the shop that I've been admiring. I use some affiliate links where I can. READ THE ARTICLE PR EV FEATURED / WELCOMING OCTOBER The October Journal October brings snuggly evenings, Netflix fireplace, lots of birthdays and of course, Haloween. It's also bringing in a new start for ASI. READ THE ARTICLE PR EV NE XT SHOP ME A little bit of everything Allie Stephens Interiors, The Journal holds pre-designed collections for home owners on a budget, insights into projects, updates on the #asihome renovation, conversation around female entrepreneurship and business, and my favourite picks in The Shop . THE LATEST SHOP ME SHOP ME SHOP HOME DECOR NE XT PR EV VISIT THE SHOP JOIN THE E-DESIGN WAITING LIST Free DOWNLOAD Is your home lacking character? Are you struggling to know where to begin? My free-guide '12 tips from an interiors designer on how to add character to your home' will help you find ideas to transform your home and be confident in taking your next steps. LET ME HAVE IT SHOP UPCOMING WEEKEND IN THE COUNTRY? GET INSPIRED IN THE SHOP TAKE ME TO THE SHOP A design staple? art Affordable SHOP SHOP MUST HAVES The goal? Designing a forever home where you can relax as your days unwind and your life unfolds START YOUR PROJECT The Journal INTERIORS LIFE ALL THE SHOP BUSINESS

  • Allie Stephens Interiors: Essex and Suffolk Interior Design Studio

    Where your days unwind and your life unfolds Situated on the border of Suffolk and Essex's Constable Country, Allie Stephens Interiors provides virtual e-designs which are relaxed in style. Taking inspiration from the quintessentially English countryside, my designs will perfectly marry both your needs and goals, with the ASI aesthetic. " It's the thoughtful, intricate moments in a design which make your home truly timeless and a reflection of your best self. For me, it's all about the details , like a perfectly placed artwork which frames a cosy reading nook." ABOUT Services My virtual e-design packages are a hands-off, affordable approach to interior design. It's ideal for providing personalised guidance if you'd like to run your own project, but need a helping hand. ​ In-person, full-service support can be discussed for those homes which require a little more one-on-one, feet on the ground, kinda' help. DESIGN SERVICES At the very heart of my design process is you. Key to my values are communication and transparency. Designing your new home should be fun! So whilst I handle the details, you can relax and enjoy the process! ASI's designs are made to be enjoyed for years to come, so getting to know both you and your vision is essential in being able to design a home which will reflect your personality and lifestyle, and stand the test of time. FULL DESIGN PROCESS The Design Process + Shop my faves Shop my favourite interior pieces from accessories, to lighting and all the special details that make your home truly timeless. The Journal A little bit of everything Allie Stephens Interiors, The Journal holds my pre-designed shoppable rooms, behind the scenes, updates on the #asihome renovation, and my favourite picks in The Shop. + INTERIORS + LIFE + #ASIHOME RENOVATION + ALL ARTICLES + VISIT THE SHOP Thoughtful interiors for laid back English living Designing homes which tell your unique story, and are made wholeheartedly for ultimate laid-back living LET'S TRANSFORM YOUR HOME IN THE PRESS MY FIRST DOUBLE -PAGE FEATURE IN A PUBLICATION The September 2022 issue is here, and ASI's first ever magazine feature is officially out on shelves and secured firmly in the digital world. Did I really just say that? I need to take a minute to compose myself. I'll meet you BTS. BEHIND THE SCENES Free DOWNLOAD Is your home lacking character? Are you struggling to know where to begin? My free-guide '12 tips from an interiors designer on how to add character to your home' will help you find ideas to transform your home and be confident in taking your next steps. LET ME HAVE IT Are you ready to work together? If you're interested in working together, please fill in my enquiry form . The more detail you can share with me, the better. If you'd like some more information on my services, or how I can help, please fill in any additional details and I'll aim to get back to you within 48 hours. GET IN TOUCH Thank you

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