Friday 20 December 2013

Wishing you all a VERY Merry Christmas and a Happy 2014, from all at Crawley Studios.

Wednesday 18 December 2013


We've been getting creative with our festive decoration at the studio this has been VERY hard not to eat the items required before attaching them to our tree!!

Thursday 12 December 2013


Right folks, sorry for not posting anything for so long, we've been snowed under with new clients, hooray!  Just a quick note to show you some progress at our site in Notting Hill!  It does feel a bit like 'Homes Under the Hammer' with this one!  There is some serious renovation and updating to do, but for now it's just a case of getting rid of everything rotten and unusable, then make good the shell for all our lovely design work!  Keep your eyes peeled for more updates and other projects, coming soon to a blog near you!

Thursday 17 October 2013


We've reached October so it must be time for a harvest and just look what a crop we've had!  We thought we'd put it to good use and stock up for the winter by making chutneys and sauce.  Here's a quick whistle-stop tour of our chutney making escapades!

Tuesday 24 September 2013


Wow, look at what the team at Gravetye Manor were awarded at last nights annual AA awards!  

As well as winning AA hotel of the year for England, Gravetye Manor was also awarded 4 red star status.  Red star properties are those that are singled out by AA inspectors as being the best in category.

Crawley Studios worked with Jeremy and Elizabeth Hosking who took over the hotel in 2010.  We worked with the them during this renovation to keep the original spirit of the house and garden.  We were responsible for project managing the major refurbishment of the house and garden, updating the infrastructure of the building.  There have been new facilities put in place internally to meet the demands of the guests. 

Well done to all the team at the hotel, we love the fact that with in this beautiful setting the hotel puts service first, it's very easy to forget what it's like to be looked after by such attentive staff.  Looks like our hard work there is paying off!

Monday 23 September 2013


This weekend we visited both the 100% Design and Decorex trade shows.  The themes that really stood out was that of reclaiming, reusing and recycling.  This as I'm sure you are aware is not a new trend but it is one that is getting stronger and stronger in a culture concerned with landfill and environmental waste.  

What we were observing from these designers though was not just a slosh of paint on a Victorian beside cabinet, but something a little more considered that takes the 'upcycling' trend one step further.  'Found' items. We of course have seen found items used in Art for years by artists such as Mark Dion and Joseph Cornell, but it seems to be a reflection on current society that these salvaged, reclaimed items are now being used to create unique, one off functional pieces.

...I wonder if we can find a client who would allow us to rennovate thier home using fully reclaimed & upcycled materials and furniture?!  Any takers?!

It was clear that even the other designers that weren't jumping on the upcycling band wagon were still inspired by by designs of a bygone era such as Ian Sanderson and Steuart Padwick.

 Kit Kemp's statement headboard alongside a shell encrusted bedside table.

Kit Kemp's fun and colourful wicker lampshades.

 Kit Kemp's boat chandelier.

Even the coffee shop decor used upcycled furniture at the Decorex trade show!

 Ian Sanerson's "Rustica" print textiles and wallpaper using vintage seed packets.

 William Yeowards wonderful new range of furniture.

 William Yeoward's collection in silvered oak.

 Upcycled cabinet using wood from various sources and finished with a high lacquer.

  Upcycled cabinet using wood from various sources and finished with a high lacquer.
 Upcycled chest created using wood from an old boat.

 Coffee table made using found pebbles and stones.

 Stewart Padwick has created these natty side tables using old cabinet doors.

 Steward Padwick's industrial influenced furniture.

Not only did this stand use lovely reclaimed timber to create their kitchen setting, they also seem to be revolutionizing the way people grow their indoor plants.  This is Bulbo, they use coloured LED light technology to promote photosynthetic efficiency.  The aim of all of this is to invent new ways to farm indoors as our climate for thought!

Thursday 12 September 2013


Well here we are at last, we are officially launching our sparkling new website.  Here you'll find information and examples of many of our completed projects from the world of Interior Design, Restoration, Painting and Murals.  Should you need services in any of these area or know someone else that might then please get in touch through the contact page on the website,

Happy browsing!