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With the success of my Ceril Campbell, Style Your Life, lifestyle and celebrity style business spanning 30 years, where I created style transformations for A-list stars including Ringo Starr, Darcey Bussell CBE, Zara Phillips and Serena Williams and consulted for style projects to worldwide brands such as Sony, Schwarzkopf, Deloitte and the BBC, I found clients were asking me to add Interior design, Property build transformations and Home-staging to my lifestyle services.  So I did!

The same design criteria apply in creating a stylish lasting first impression that wows.
Whether it’s for the actual client personally, or for their property.
Their home is an extension of their personality.

I like to understand clients’ lifestyle, budget, goals and aspirations.
Their requirements in what they wish to achieve with my expertise and within budget.
I work with proportion and balance, light and shade for a successful end result of best first impressions.

First impressions are all important.

The art of Illusion is also key.
Room interiors and body shape proportions both need clever tricks to enhance and disguise and create balance in designing the overall look and the final dressing.
North or South facing rooms, and our facial skin tones both require specific colour choices to reflect light and enhance.

I also take the following into consideration:

A property’s current value and likely end value before and after build or staging.
A property’s location. It is pointless to overspend on building works if the property value is capped, due to where it is situated.

I can improve a property’s value with a small or big transformation, according to budget and time,
working with an architect and builders on a design and build project
with an instant style makeover or simply a de-clutter.
with home staging, and creative use of furniture, furnishings, artwork and accessories,
I can make a dull space interesting, demonstrate how a large empty space can be divided into living areas, how a tired unloved ex-rental property can be shown to be once again to be a desirable comfortable family home that is attractive to buyers, at a premium price.

Home staging, furnishing and styling an empty property to sell, offers prospective purchasers a glimpse into how they could live in this property.

My transformations are never impersonal or formulaic, but offer warmth and individuality, showing an aspirational lifestyle appealing and targeted specifically to the likely property applicants in each area.

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These are the before and after photos of the ground floor of my client design and build project in Fulham.
From one big unloved open plan space, mostly used as storage rather than for living, the Architect and I created 2 double bedrooms with a master bathroom and cloakroom/shower room
The after photos are not styled or furnished by myself, but simply photos of the not-yet cohesively furnished interiors.

This is the area which was turned into a shower room/cloakroom on the left hand side and the master bedroom on the right hand side in front of the window


The master bedroom area before20140723_115918The beginnings of the passageway off which is the master bedroom on the left hand side and the 2nd bedroom at the far end. The bathrooms will be on the right hand side20141013_111705The far left of the photo is where bedroom 2 will be
20140723_115743The beginnings of the master bedroom and passageway.20141013_111636The ,master bedroom will on the left and bathrooms will be on the right and the 2nd bedroom at the far end of the passage


The nearly finished master bedroom with engineered oak wood floor20141214_125218The master bedroom with the new shutters and radiator with the client’s own furniture, but not yet finished with a proper headboard etc



20140723_115942This is the 2nd bedroom area before the build
and after

20141214_125143client just moved in
2nd bedroom still with boxes20150205_120256

master bathroom after
20150205_120714Guest cloakroom/wetroom with a glass screen that folds flat against the wall to create space needed in front of vanity unit when the shower is not in use


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Here are some before/after views of the ground floor
It was similar to finishing a difficult jigsaw to create and design small spaces that felt roomy.

20140723_120020This is where the cloakroom is planned for20140723_115805
20141111_160117beginnings of the cloakroom/wetroom

20141030_160133The toilet changed position quite a few times to accommodate the client’s Purbeck stone vanity unit worktop
and to become the guest shower room/wet room as well as the main guest cloakroom for the house.
2014-12-23 12.03.34-42This is before the wet room is finished with a glass screen that folds back against the wall to give more space
The angled mirror is not part of the final room design, just temporarily placed there for safety.


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The ground floor of this live/work space was one big open space which the client wished to become 2 bedrooms, master bathroom/shower and guest shower room/cloakroom

Other wishes were storage, neutral colours, classic, functional, with mood lighting that can be dimmed throughout.

This is the master bathroom/shower after build with a free standing roll top bath at one end of the room.




With a generous sized walk in shower at the other end of the room.

 This is how the shower area looked during the build



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This is the view of the kitchen area that was originally the study/ seating area
We took out the partition walls and shower room  and moved the galley kitchen from the far end of the room to create a modern minimal kitchen area, with Shaker-style units in keeping with the style of the property

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The original dining area is now a cosy seating area that will have new sofas set around the log burner
(The client has not yet finished unpacking his boxes, paintings and furniture or buying his new pieces)
The walls of the former galley kitchen  are now opened up to create an l-shape area for a desk and a large flat screen TV that can be viewed from anywhere in the room







To achieve this final open plan living space new bannisters have been added where walls have been removed.






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Panoramic view of the property’s 1st floor


This client’s property is a converted industrial workspace that was used as a live/work space for many years.The brief is to turn this building into a comfortable home, utilising the space in the best possible way to create a 2 bedroom- 2 bath house, cost effectively.No rooms have right-angled corners, or are traditional shapes.

20140723_1204201st floor sitting area out on to the roof terrace.
There is a fitted storage unit before the partition wall which hides the desk, work area.



The dining area is at the far end of the room. Either side of the staircase (opposite the structural post) are partition stud walls behind which are a shower room and galley kitchen.


The galley kitchen houses the main boiler and has limited cooking and storage space.












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Reinventing caravans – Interior ideas for transforming your caravan or motorhome

Typically, when we think of caravans we picture weekends away in dingy caravan parks with soggy socks and wet, windy weather conditions. It’s never glamourous, chic or pretty – that’s for sure.

However, if you happen to have a caravan sitting forlornly in the garden, festering and forgotten, there are a few simple things you can do to transform that musty old van into a completely new, appealing space. As house prices continue to rise week on week, and with extensions becoming ever more expensive, caravans provide the perfect way to get some extra needed space in your home on the cheap.

You don’t have to spend a fortune to glam up your van – it can be as simple as adding a few cushions, photo frames and homely accessories to make your new garden palace the envy of your neighbours. Take a look at these tips for renovating your caravan into a fresh and stylish new addition to your home:

Work Station


Whether you work from home or just like to pretend to, having a tranquil escape away from the hustle and bustle of family life is not so much a luxury as a necessity. The easiest way to change your dining space into a homely office is by building a desk on top of the dining chairs. Or if it’s a complete overhaul you fancy, you can rip out the entire dining area, and build in a sleek, curved desk. Plus points: you’ll get views of the great outdoors from the window, and it’ll come with its own office kitchen already installed. Minus points: your wifi might not extend into the garden so you may need to invest in a dongle. Once that’s sorted, all you need to do after that is sit back and look busy. Voila – garden/home office complete. Even Google uses caravans as mini office meeting rooms.

Dining Space

Dining space

This is by far the easiest transformation as everything is already in place, simply awaiting the magic touch of a little interior creativity. Cover your old, scratchy seat cushions with something funky and new (which you can do laboriously by sewing machine, or speedily just by tucking the edges of the fabric underneath), and then make or find some mini curtains to match. If you add some fresh flowers and candles you’ve got the perfect indoor/outdoor dining retreat for dinner parties, or an alternative ‘eating out’ location for two.

Night-time getaway

Night time

There are occasions when we are all desperate to get away but often time, and budget, restricts us. It doesn’t take much, however, to turn your caravan into a snuggly, garden-based getaway. Get some coloured fairy lights to create a soft mood, add some cosy, patterned throws and rugs, and most important of all, keep the fridge well stocked with wine. If you really want that hotel experience, buy things in miniature – soaps, shampoos, even little bottles of alcohol, as this will add an extra touch of luxury for when you need a break. This cubbyhole can also double up as a sleepover spot for teens, or an indoor/outdoor space for entertaining guests; perfect for when you’ve just cleaned the kitchen and don’t want those grubby prints all over your sparkling floors.



This one is a little more extravagant, and for those who are always on the go. Turning a motorhome into a mobile food-van, a roaming library, or even a temporary café is the stuff of daydreams for those who long to be their own boss. You don’t necessarily need the most high tech van, either. The experts at caravan dealership Salop Leisure suggest: “You needn’t invest in a food-specific van. If you simply attach an awning, you can set up vending tables outside and use the inside of the van for refrigeration and storage purposes.” This is a great option for budding bakers and cupcakes lovers wanting to test the waters with self-employment; simply bake at home and sell your wares at car boot sales, festivals and other local events at the weekend.

Mini Library

Mini library

All literary fiends have dreamed of having their own in-house library, but most of us don’t have the space or the money to afford one. Lining the walls of your caravan with funky shelves and bringing those beloved books out of storage is a great way to make use of your caravan, and also to get the family reading. Make sure you don’t load the walls down too much by strategically scattering the shelves and having some stand-alone bookshelves in place.

Do you have any other creative ideas about how to transform your caravan into an additional space for your home? Let us know!

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House of Ilford

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We’ve always believed that there is something special about a traditional silver black and white photograph and it seems that many interior designers and stylists agree.

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The reason that stylists like Ceril love using our images in their designs is that the right image or group of images can help to complement whatever theme they have styled a room around.

The selection above are all quite textured and would look fantastic in any ‘shabby chic’ kitchen or dining room and the great thing about black and white images is that they have a beautiful simplicity to them that means they work well alongside many different themes

Many of the images on our site have a ‘retro’ feel to them and this is complemented by the way that they are printed using traditional photographic chemicals here on our site in leafy Cheshire.

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The traditional darkroom methods also contribute to the longevity of the prints, meaning that mounted and framed under normal conditions they should last for at least 70 years.

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We’re always happy to chat with anybody who is looking to buy an image and to help them find one that they love from our selection.

Bring the best in black and white home with a beautiful traditional silver gelatin image from

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Interior style v catwalk style

Should your home be flowery, just because your dress is?

It’s nearly July and dedicated fashionistas will be turning their attentions to Autumn & Winter’s styles; their Summer wardrobes picked out months ago.  But does it follow that, to be truly in vogue, what’s hot on the High Street should be reflected in your home?

Floral ‘14 – various designers interpret this year’s trend

A hallmark of Spring / Summer ’14 has been the rebirth of flower power; maybe not as brash as in its ‘60s heyday but, nevertheless, livelier than Jerry and Margot’s chaise longue! With floral patterns set to continue through Autumn & Winter, does your home décor need to echo that flowery dress?

Should interior design mimic clothing styles?

Perhaps the main difference between interiors and clothing is the fleeting nature of sartorial style. Before the High Street has a chance to catch up, leading designers have moved on to next season’s looks. We do our best to keep our wardrobes in check, but to extend that through the home would be a major undertaking – both practically and financially.

This bathroom design reflects current pastel and floral trends

Clothes and interiors do share a similar function though. We dress ourselves and our homes as an expression of our personality. We’re unlikely to wear something that feels uncomfortable, just as we might not choose to paint our walls neon yellow – even if it was the season’s colour.

Clothing designers present a collection of styles, from which we select the elements that suit us best. A three quarter length coat might drown a petite frame, but its monochrome colour scheme could be just your cup of tea.

Various uses of monochrome – it’s not all black and white!

Good design always suits its era. ‘40s and ‘50s styles were built around post-war austerity, innocence and traditionalism. Modest wooden furniture and window blinds characterised interiors, while clothes were utilitarian, simple, and chic.

Film stars, Fred MacMurray and Doris Day, demonstrate simple 1940’s elegance

Designers in the ‘60s were pushing boundaries – colours and shapes were brighter and bolder, and the materials used were at the forefront of technology. People were excited about space travel and psychedelics, and metals and plastics were used in futuristic ways. At the same time, the hippy movement took us back to the earth, with flowers and natural materials the order of the day.

1960s style experiments with colour, shape, texture, and materials. Rama CC-BY-SA-2.0-fr (, via Wikimedia Commons

The ‘70s maintained this split personality. Experimentation was taken to overblown proportions, but equally balanced by subtle, Scandinavian minimalism.

The bold patterns worn by these models in the early 70s were at odds with the restrained minimalism of this Scandinavian interior design. Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-L0902-114 / Ulrich Häßler / CC-BY-SA 3.0-de (, via Wikimedia Commons

The number of styles covered over these few decades show how quickly fashion develops from one trend to the next; the constantly changing seasons only helping to spur it on.

Interior design changes at a naturally slower pace. It’s like a go-to outfit that you change-up by varying its accessories. Imagine deciding on an outfit that you had to wear for the foreseeable future. The same kind of thought is involved in designing interiors but, fortunately, we can turn to stylists who are in tune with the zeitgeist!

Trends are a great thing for keeping us on our toes, but it’s what we choose to do with them that truly shows personality – and makes fashion and interiors such an exciting area of work.

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