Dreams and Schemes

Have a browse through our scrapbook of new projects and designs, Susie’s personal musings and anecdotes – as well as some 'through the keyhole' journeys into the homes of some of our most stylish customers.
Introducing Helen Tabor Helen's wonderfully ethereal oil paintings of both people and landscapes have made her one of the UK’s most successful contemporary artists. Read More
Favourite Family traditions At Susie Watson Designs our decorating ideas involve all the family. Decorations that have been stored away for a year get pulled out, dusted off and put on show! Everyone contributes in their own way but new ideas are always welcomed. Read More
Emma’s Warwickshire restoration project On a beautifully sunny day September, our design team took a chance to catch up with one of our clients. Read More
Have you got a room that needs a rethink? We’ve all got a room that we know, deep down, needs a little help. Read More
5 top tips for a prize-winning mood-board A mood-board can be a great way to brainstorm, get inspired or share your design ideas with others. Read More
The Foxglove: magic, myths and medicine Late May is usually when the foxglove is at its best. Beautiful to behold, yet deadly in the wrong doses, they have captured the collective imagination for centuries. Read More
Our Crusade for Hand-made We are very passionate about our hand-made products. Yet we are often asked why hand-made matters so much. Read More
Crafternoon ideas: appliqué cushion Looking for ways to fill a crafternoon? Then look no further than applique. Read More
A desk for every occasion... As most of us settle into a spell in the Great Indoors, finding space for a bit of peace and quiet can be a tricky business. Read More
Amelia's Costwold Farmhouse The rooms have been reworked in stages over the years. Like so many redecoration projects, one thing has led to another... Read More
Gardens: into the limelight once again! All across the Country, lawns will be mowed, patios swept and garden furniture dusted off as we make the most of the sunny days ahead. Read More
Bring out your 'inner-designer' At Susie Watson Designs, we want to unleash the 'inner-designer' in you. Decorating can be expensive, so it is worth putting aside the time to discover what inspires you Read More
Mad as a March Hare Throughout this month, on fields transformed from featureless brown to green, it is possible to catch the European Hare taking part in a mad sort of mating ritual. Read More
How we make it: Snowdrops The first glimpse of the humble snowdrop in January is inevitably a big moment in my calendar. Read More
Small but mighty Looking for ways to ward off damp January spirits? Under such cold grey skies, there is nothing more hopeful than the sight of snowdrops. Read More
Out with the new, in with the old… Last week I went to a saleroom to bid on a chest of drawers and I was about to leave when I caught sight of an oil painting. It was a still life by some unknown artist, a fairly standard display of decaying fruit and some flowers against a black background, on sale for £30. Read More
It’s the thought that counts… As Christmas approaches, even the best of us can get palpitations about getting the right present for the right person. To make life easier, we’ve put together our Susie Watson Designs Christmas list. Read More
Christmas is coming Christmas begins early in our house. Scarcely have we removed our pumpkins, gouged and still grinning on the doorstep, than my thoughts turn to the next seasonal celebration: Advent. Read More
Crazy for camels Not all my design ideas are drawn from the English countryside. This camel motif was first inspired by a staircase mural I saw whilst visiting a palace in Rajasthan... Read More
Autumn inspiration If a year was tucked inside a clock, Autumn would be the magic hour. October is an important month for launching new designs... Read More
Damson days: why we love Autumn As daylight dims and the air grows colder, I take consolation in the dazzling shades of Autumn. I want to fill the house with warmth and colour, to ‘rage’ in the words of Dylan Thomas, ‘against the dying of the light’... Read More