Jeans4Genes Art Bed Head

The Art Bed Head

At Bo & Jangles we have developed a product that takes the bed head to the status of a personal art statement. The result is a sleek, contemporary, finely designed vision reflecting the individuality of the people who dare to be different.

Jeans4Genes Art Bed Head

The art bed head constant is a tactile, smooth finish which looks deceptively simple. The complexity of creating such simplicity in design has been masked within manufacture. The variation of the imagery is as individual as the people who need a medium of self expression in their home. Our clients collaborate with our design team of artists to produce art bed head statements which lock in the sense of the personal intimacy of a product inspired by themselves.

Jeans4Genes Art Bed Head

To commission an art bed head we need to talk to you. We want to find out more about the space you are creating. We want to know the colours you choose, the images you enjoy, the photographs you take for inspiration and from our first conversation you become a member orchestrating your own design team. Before we manufacture you will be sent a design image to approve and then lie down and wait for your art bed head to arrive.

Inspiration has to start somewhere..

When it comes to interiors the world is a playground. The sweet shop is open for business. Rainbow coloured fabrics, paints and wall finishes, furniture in an array of guises, art work and object das are strewn temptingly throughout the internet, shops, magazines, newspapers, television and the coveted friends' homes.

There is no shortage of inspiration in the market place for your home. If only the starting point would leap out and shout 'me first' then surely the rest would follow easily?

So how do you reach the 'me first' point?

If this is a bedroom scheme, then we need look at the space objectively. Start from the practical aspects and work towards the glamour. Ignore what is actually in the room. Just look at the ceiling, the walls, the floor, the windows, the electric points and the radiators. Measure the space and make a plan.

What condition is everything in the room? Is there the tell tale sign of a leak on the ceiling? Are the windows rotting? How many old wall papers are hanging on top of each other? What has happened to the carpet?

For the leak on the ceiling you need a plumber or a roofer. You may have lost a tile or the gutters are blocked or of course a pipe might be leaking.

Wall paper does not work if you hang wall paper on top of old wall paper. So the wall paper needs to go. If the wall paper was hung in the first place to disguise aged plasterwork you will need to engage a plasterer to make the walls good when you have finished your steaming.

And then we have the windows. If the wood is completely rotten then you need to consider replacing the window or patching in new wood. Or perhaps you are lucky and a coat of paint will preserve the window for a few more seasons.

And now we are down to the floor. Can the carpet be cleaned, or do you want to replace the carpet or try a wood, tiled or vinyl floor? We suggest your flooring should have some continuity about the house so look at the floor covering you have in the hall? Do you want to work with that colour and texture?

Is the room to have a change of use or is the bedroom remaining a bedroom? Do you want to add an en suite? Is there space? Is there plumbing nearby? Can you incorporate space from an adjacent room? If so you need to draw a bigger plan showing more rooms so that you can see the bigger picture, literally.

Do you see where this scenario is going? You have not chosen a thing for the bedroom but you may have built up a 'to do' list with prices to match.

Now what is going into the room? Are the wardrobes staying or going? Are they in the right place? Your plan can help you move around cardboard scaled cuts out of the furniture to help you envisage the space.

Is the radiator the pain that won't allow you to place the furnishings properly? Can the radiator be moved, by the plumber of course? Is the door position stopping you using the best use of the space? Can the door be moved, with carpenter in tow, or is this a listed building? In which case don't move anything without masses of permission.

If you did not have a budget at the beginning of this exercise you will definitely be focusing on the budget by now. So set the budget. Setting the budget will bring the word 'compromise' to the fore.

Now you really have a plan. Start writing the list of 'to dos'. What can be done by you and what needs professional help? Radiators and electrics are the on the 'must have' professional help list.

And talking about electrics there is nothing like using lighting to change the whole ethos of the room. Walk around the internet for inspirational lighting effects and find your own 'recommended by a friend' electrician.

And back to the compromise. The budget sets the pace. But think carefully, rotten windows are not glamorous or exciting compared to the new, sleek bed but if the fabric of the building falters no matter what fabric you sit on the new bed, the bed cover will not enhance the room's aged look brought on by the dingy window.

Hopefully, you are now working on a beautifully, manicured, prepped blank canvas of a room. The walls are bare, filled, skimmed if necessary; plumbing is in place, tried and tested; the electrics have been fine tuned and you have got to know the room intimately.

Watch the way the light falls from the window. Are you lacking day light? How big is the space? Is the room large enough to take bold colours and patterns? If not then consider subtle and paint for the walls and consider art or a statement wall paper for a small part of the room but don't force your design. Work with the space.

Light coloured floors make the room larger. Don't get carried away with your magazine cuttings, work with reality.

Think about storage. Scattered belongings, look like bad housekeeping, and ruin your scheme.

Build a file of your chosen, not to be changed items and carry it everywhere. The painted wardrobe will change colour in your mind as soon as you enter the fabric shop. So take and print pictures, add snippets of floor coverings, fabrics, paint colours and wall papers and soon your file will be brimming with inspired choices.

Take a board. Paint the board with your chosen wall colour. Add the wall paper in proportion to the room. Add the blinds or curtain fabric, just a little piece in proportion to the blinds or, and curtains in your room. We must admit to actually hating short curtains. Add the floor covering. Add the cushion colour. Add the bed cover. Add the fabric for the upholstered chair.

Inspiration has flowed from the practical. Small building blocks all the way. No rash decisions. Masses of time spent in inspirational specialist shops. Careful planning and study has resulted in a very successful 'look' achieved in budget and in your own time.

If this is all too painful, call in the experts. And choose your interior designer / architect with care. Make sure they can listen and interpret your ramblings, reign in your more outlandish notions and give you a scheme that inspires you, your pocket and your home.

Organic Interior Design

Some rooms ooze oomph! One step into the space and an aura envelops the senses and suddenly, unexpectedly there is a sense of peace and belonging, tinged with excitement.

Such rooms are accidentally creative works of art beyond a descriptive recipe. They take time and patience to grow organically.

Twenty years ago, the life of the house began. One room grew too high. First finished sight, panic hit as the neck craned for the eyes to scan the apex. Walls stretched meaninglessly with no man sized furniture to bring a sense of human scale. The room loomed cavernous and out of balance.

Even when the room was furnished it did not work.

The change was gradual. The height was harnessed. Off white paint on the fine timbers grew the light, airy calm. The walls changed from terracotta to stone and the air from the open windows and French doors stirred the white French linen wisps of floor grazing curtains to graceful swathes of nothingness.

No colour escaped to foil the wood floor. The riot took place later.

The dining table collected an antique crimson, aged spattered, velvet Polish cloth. French candelabras and English candle sticks moved in spasmodically. Sofas drifted by at different times from different heritages in different hues. Dare we say lemon; pale terracotta; pale green with lemon stripes and then the French element arrived with chic clawed feet and arms and patched antique faded cerise silk. They sit together; strangely.

An old barber's mirror, huge, with the silver at the distressed stage, attached itself to the wall with the help of painted sleepers. A side board, from the dark mahogany age, slid into place in the new French grey. Rocks of glass, abandoned from glass making days, shed prisms in the evening candle light. A Venetian purple hued glass lamp sat astride a rough, round bare wood table with Thai origins, joined by candelabra, hung with the finds of crystal droplets gathered from dust filled boxes. The whole ensemble reflects in a white painted, glass sparkling silver, French beaded framed wall leaning mirror.

A 1920's fuchsia, feather, couture jacket wraps around an old cushion for support and joins the company of cushions raised in house and from far flung places.

An eclectic medley, from St Andrews beach domed shells to glass objects das, snaps sitting smiling, strange tall whitened, open iron work pillars topped with whitened glass wide bowls, an odd struggling green plant with occasional flashes of watered red and wall hung paintings, show the tall, tall room what a myriad of fusing candle lights and a deep, red glass of wine can achieve as the music soars with old, old memories. Fabulous!