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.
Victoria's Isle of Wight Refurbishment Tucked away just south of the stunning Newtown River Estuary on the Isle of Wight lies the beautiful Grade II listed Shalfleet Manor. Read More
Footstools: five reasons to put your feet up! Not merely the perfect partner to sofas and chairs, footstools are extremely versatile pieces of furniture. Read More
Making an Entrance! Inspiration for the Hallway Here are a few colourful ideas for re-energising that over-used yet often under-loved of rooms: the hallway... Read More
Going Green! Whether you want to make it a statement colour or more of a gentle whisper, here are our top tips for ‘going green…’ Read More
Art for every day... When we talk about Art at Susie Watson Designs, we talk about it in its broadest sense. Art is about making things that are beautiful. Read More
Mother Love A mother is she who can take the place of all others – but who could take her place? We shouldn't need a reason to show her how much we love her. Read More
new beginnings
New Year, New Beginnings… No doubt we are beginning this new decade with hopes of starting afresh. Yet, it looks as if our homes will remain at the heart of our lives for the foreseeable future... Read More
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 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! 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
Foxgloves: magic, myths and medicine Late May is usually when the foxglove is at its best. Beautiful to behold, foxgloves 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 Cotswold 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… Should we be gravitating toward the things that are fashionable – or does this mean we all end up creating the same things in the same colours, over and over again? 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, than my thoughts turn to the next seasonal celebration: Advent. The shop windows are calling, awaiting their magical makeover. 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