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Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen interview

Lynda Moyo catches up with the flamboyant interior designer

Written by . Published on November 9th 2010.

Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen interview

Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen was recently in Manchester as he joined in Kendals 175th birthday celebrations by giving away goody bags and signing copies of his latest book, ‘Decorating’.

As he launches his new range of mugs, aptly named ‘Mugnificent’, Lynda Moyo asks the Classic FM DJ, former Changing Rooms presenter and interior designer about his inspiration, his home and Lady Gaga...

LM: What’s your favourite room in your house and why?

LLB: My bedroom is one of my favourite rooms as we are constantly changing it. For every range I bring out we decorate one room in our house with it so we can really get a feel for how it is going to look in someone else’s home, so its constantly changing which is great.

LM: What are your decorating tips for people who share your love of decorating but are on a very tight budget?

LLB: Express your personality in your decorating; don’t try to create a show home. Painting and decorating with wallpaper are some of the best ways to transform your home and it’s not expensive. Choose carpets and furniture that are neutral so you don’t need to keep changing them with every different design or colour scheme you bring into your house. Invest in lampshades; they are a great way of changing the look and feel of a room without spending too much money.

LM: People who are renting are more restricted when it comes to decorating. What can they do to make changes that aren’t permanent?

LLB: Cushions can really make a difference in any room with the different designs and fabrics they come in. You can create a piece of art with your furniture and rugs are also a nice way to make a room look like it has had a transformation without doing anything to permanent. Basically turn the volume up on patterns and colour.

LM: You’ve seen a lot of homes. Which famous person’s house would you most like to look around?

LLB: I would like to spend more time at my own house actually. I’m always away or moving around and I would rather spend more time in my home with my family.

LM: Where did you get your inspiration from for the new range?

LLB: I get inspiration everywhere I go; the flower that appears on the box of the mugnificent range was taken from my last holiday when I was sat around the pool and it was covered in these flowers, so I decided to sketch it and it appeared on the box. In fact I designed the entire box for the Mugnificent range.

LM: What are your biggest interior design faux pas?

LLB: Fashion items always go in and out of trend and so sometimes I have done things that were bang on at the time and then when you reflect on them they don’t seem so fashionable.

LM: And what’s your biggest achievement so far?

LLB: When we launched the wallpaper collection in Russia I was amazed to see it all over St Petersburg which was something I felt incredibly proud of. I’ve also appeared in the Billion Whizz cartoon strip which also made me proud.

LM: Fashion has become very wacky over the last few years due to the likes of Lady Gaga having such a huge impact on the scene. Do you think this change is also reflected in interior design?

LLB: Absolutely, interior designs are heavily influenced by trends around us, it’s very similar to fashions in that sense and sometimes trends in interiors go round in circles like fashion does.

LM: Kendals (House of Fraser, Manchester) actually had the first provincial William Morris concession. Do you think the values of the Arts and Crafts movement are still relevant today?

LLB: Yes William Morris is influential, a national institution and not recognised enough. I hadn’t realised Kendals had the first provincial William Morris - that is fantastic.

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Prof ChucklebuttyNovember 11th 2010.

LOL @ Lol

(see I know the trendy text speak)

Ann Coats and Vol MaxDecember 7th 2010.

Is Kendal's still running its famous eight-day sale as used to be advertised on television and get them renown?

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