Green Trench Coat & ALL BLACK OUTFIT

Green Trench Coat & ALL BLACK OUTFIT

Growing up I never used to wear all black because I thought since I was a dark brunette I couldn’t pull it off (I always thought the blonde …

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Style Guide with ASH & SKY

A wonderful part of our job is seeing gorgeous homes…we recently met Dominique Ashbee Latowsky the owner of ASH & SKY Interiors who has the most incredible style (we have had so many comments about her gorgeous property)

With so many of you looking to find out more about the inspiration for Dominque’s gorgeous home… we took the opportunity to find out more about her inspiration for her design work… and importantly how to recreate her style in your home!

Dominque it is so lovely to meet you – tell us about how you came to be an Interior Designer?

While I was growing up I watched so many black and white Hollywood films, it really influenced my sense of style and passion for Interiors and Fashion. I love the elegance and sophistication of each Era & film that was portrayed. This guided my way into going to University for Fashion Design in California, where I grew up. While at University in California I was very much influenced by the 20’s/30’s/40’s/50’s and all my clothes were vintage, hair style and all. Always with a unique twist of course.
I had many jobs working on TV show sets in the wardrobe and props departments. Once I finished with my degree I travelled the world, which allowed me to experience different textiles, interiors, fashion and really a sense of diverse culture. I then moved to the Middle East where I taught Secondary and University level Art at the American International School. This allowed my love of Art History to be enhanced even more, which also influenced my love of Interiors and Fashion.  My final move was here in the UK, and I knew after all my travels and knowledge I had experienced, my love of Interiors was now my main devotion and priority, so I went back to school and got another Degree in Interior Design….leading the way to eventually starting ASH & SKY.
How would you describe your style?
With all my travels, I’d say this has definitely influenced my eclectic sense of design and style. I love vintage furniture and accessories (ex: my grandmothers cut crystal decanters, Antique hand carved Omani house front door I have used as a coffee table and now a stunning wall hanging, vintage jewellery which I have a soft spot for, & Industrial and Nordic calm ) I like to mix my styles with modern elements.
Can you share with us a one of you top tips!
It is always best to invest in neutral large pieces that can adapt over the years  with your accessories, mood, and season. Style is always changing. It is easier to change a vase, or a pillow than a large sofa.  In the winter I bring out fur cushions, throws, white pompoms hanging from my ceiling. In the summer I will introduce more of a colour palette – say a soft and hot pink with greys for example.  I love candles and this can add a pop of colour too. I will try to add a reflective element into my schemes to add that sight sense of glamour. Even if you have a Bohemian style, add a brushed silver footstool or gold/bronze accents.
Remember to allow your style to be adaptable threw out the year. Choose your favourite colour or the colour that is in vogue at the moment and accessorise.
As you know we had amazing comment about your style.  Can you share with us your design tips for a few of your rooms!
Boys Bedroom
I have 2 children and my son asked me to design a room for him that allowed him to transition into his teens, so again my love of vintage steered me into the Industrial feel (with a extra large star, which reminded me of an old shop sign, this is from It is a room he can add to over time. The paint colour was Myland’s Leadenhall. There are so many shades of grey and this one was perfect for this particular room and light.  The vintage locker style cabinet was influenced by American school lockers I grew up with so I had to put these in his room. Very teenage. They are from a company called KARE. Purchased through Taylor Jane, Reigate. The vintage school desk was purchased on Ebay. I go to lots of vintage fairs, Ardingley, Kempton and car boot sales. I am always sourcing new items to put into my Interiors for myself or clients. I knew I wanted a vintage school desk but couldn’t find one that wasn’t outrageously expensive or the wrong size, then started looking at eBay. The desk was in a state so we sanded in down, restained it and sprayed the legs with automobile paint. It turned out stunning. The iconic stool is from the designer Tolix.
Girls Bedroom
My daughter’s room evolved when she was very young. I wanted a room that would take her into early teens and was adaptable by adding layers and accessories. I got the vintage mirrors one at a  time at car-boot sales, or passing vintage shops while out sourcing other pieces of furniture for clients. I will always scan and find items wherever I go. Painting  the furniture a bold dark colour that compliments the theme is a statement. It can always be repainted years later if you change your style, to be ever adapting. I sourced the fabric from America, designers Anna Maria Horner and Michael Miller. I lined the curtains and wardrobe panels with contrasting fabric the complimented the scheme.
Master Bedroom
We are very lucky to have a dressing room area so we made a feature of the wall and painted in Charleston Grey, Farrow and Ball. The wallpaper that was used was Vivian Westwood’s close up Vintage Lace. The french style bed was from Graham and Green and the cushions were created by ASH & SKY as were most in the house. The beautiful woven throw was from my mother. I love that has has history but still fits into any room as if just bought recently. Timeless. The Venetian mirror was bought through a company similar to, Masion du Monde. The black side table is from Heals,  the lights are vintage from the 1920’s. Marrying vintage, old and new together. For accessories there is vintage lace placed on the table for texture, a Middle Eastern jewellery with multiple little draws, this brings that reflective element into the room, a vintage black Wedgwood vase and a modern black porcelain whale by Abigail Ahern for a twist. (whom I love her approach to colour as a designer)
Open Plan Kitchen
The sofa (from Heals) with the Nordic-Bohemian woven textural cushions are my favourite right now and are very much influencing my ever changing interiors.The walls are painted with Mylands paint, Chambers Gate  (its a very tough paint that is extremely hardwearing and can be painted on a variety of surfaces.) The large Indian mirror was bought at a Antique flea market. The hanging soft pink glass and silver lantern was from my travels in the Middle East  and the cushions are sourced from may different companies, example: Bloomingville, La Redoute, a wonderful independent shop Freyr & Fell and Voyage Maison sequinned cushion for that bit of glamour.
Many of us are so busy… and need someone like you in our life, how can we contact you to design and style our homes or a room! 
I would love to hear from your readers – I offer and Interior Design service, and made to order bespoke cushions, headboards & upholstery. Please contact me via
Instagram: ashandskyinteriors,
Facebook : ASHandSKYinteriors,
and Website.
If you have fallen in love with the gorgeous house, please contact our Reigate & Redhill Team on 01737 888220 to book a viewing.

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Feeling the love for Gingerbread Houses!

Perhaps it’s because we love houses,  perhaps it’s because we love Christmas..

All the team are unanimous that we love Gingerbread Houses.   We know you loved our Pinterest board last year – so we have made it even bigger and better! – Gingerbread Houses 2017!

New ‘styles’ that we have added include gorgeous Gingerbread House inspired cakes

Clever ways to store all your goodies ready to go onto your Gingerbread House … perfect if you have little one’s looking to help!

We know you can’t beat a traditional style Gingerbread house and love one packed with sweets!

We hope you love all these ideas…which Gingerbread house to you like best? 

We can’t take the credit for any of the photography! All images from Pinterest.

If you’re thinking of moving, the team would love to help. Just give them a call on 0330 223 1000, or fill in the valuation form.

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The Ultimate Christmas Wish List for Boys’

We’ve been chatting about those “hard to buy for” men in our lives and in the interest of not buying any more socks(!), here are some ideas for inspiration…

(1) Crumbs Brewing

We love this local brewery. With the combination of local bakery cast offs and beer – what is not to like? We’ve sampled their Amber Lager and having successfully crowd funded to create two further blends, we’re excited about what’s next for Crumbs! For now though, a 3 back of Amber for £10 is a great stocking filler price for the man in your life. To see where you can buy locally, see their website, and you can also buy direct with free delivery if you’re local to Reigate.

(2) Cantina

Cantina is a secret supper club in Brighton and comes highly recommended by our Marketing Director, Nici Jordan.  A fantastic gift for a foodie or party person! Book in to one of the January secret supper clubs meetings! Cantina has been reviewed local and all featured in Grazia, BBC Olive and Stylist magazine as one of the best supper clubs in the UK.  She has a cosy dining space, formerly known as her sitting room and has space for up to 18 guests, diners are seated on a long sharing table…it’s BYO Booze and chatter!


(3) Cullenders Club

Cullenders Deli are adding another offering to their deli kitchen with the launch of The Cullenders Club. A gift subscription available via their website which enables the customer to sign up to a monthly, bi monthly or just a one off gift box full of carefully selected deli treats or a Gin box with craft gins and goodies to match. We think the options sound fantastic; you can choose from a gin or deli box – I mean, what is not to love about that! They’re launching the gin box with some amazing Gutsy Monkey gin as featured in our recent gift guide for girls, but of course being a drink, it’s UNISEX and it also comes with rosemary tonic and a pack of gorgeous olives from Olives et align. The deli box comes with wine, (launching with a lovely sounding Italian white), a couple of bottles of beer from brilliant Crumbs Brewery and a pack of the Brindisa cocktail snack mix, some sumptous cheeses straight from the Cullenders cheese counter. As if that wasn’t enough to satisfy even the sternest lover of all things Cullenders,  there is a pack of Kernow Chocolates from Cornwall. What a great way to pass a cosy winter’s evening! Watch this space for competition news that if you love Cullenders, you’re going to want to be a part of! Follow the Move Rvolution Facebook page for more details….

(4) Brands Hatch Driving Experience

What to buy the petrol head in your life? How about the chance to get behind the wheel of an F4? Offering 185 bhp and a paddle gear box, it’s only available at Brands Hatch so a bit of an exclusive too! Following tuition in the BMW M4, they can their racing driver dreams around the track. They get to take away a print-out showing their progress and lap times to keep forever, along with a certificate. You can watch a video of the car here, and buy the voucher here.

(5) Chocolate – Monty Bojangles

Yes we know we talked about these in the girls guide but heck, we don’t want the boys to be left out! A fab stocking filler, the only decision to make is which flavour? You can’t go wrong with the Winter Wanderland truffle assortment with 6 flavours: Choccy Scoffy, Milky Mischief, Scrumple Nutty, Orange Angelical, Pistachio Marooned and Popcorn Carousel. YUM! Available online or from their Reigate truffle bar.

(6) Hunter Gather Cook

For a fantastic experience, what about a Gift Voucher to go foraging for food with Hunter Gather Cook near Lewes? A seasonal day experience begins with a steaming cuppa and an introduction to HUNTERGATHERCOOK, the off grid treehouse HQ and a few basics about foraging. Followed by butchery field camp, a foraging walk, returning to make lunch with what you find, and ending with wild cocktails, it’s perfect for someone who loves cooking and the outdoors, but who might already own enough *things*. You can buy online here.

(7) Cabin Pressure Gin – Small Batch Cabin Distilled Gin

Cabin Pressure Spirits are a husband and wife team based in Horsham, West Sussex. Thinking there must be a way to produce a more flavoursome gin, David set about experimenting in the garden shed. A year later, it turned out he was right! His experimenting sounds fascinating, sure to interest anyone mildly interested in science, but super into their gin! Just the words “nano-still” had us hooked! Find out where to buy here. 


(8) Cookery course

A cooking course with Rosemary Shrager is like the foraging course above, a perfect gift for a foodie who already has all the kit! The School is housed within The Corn Exchange, a beautiful three-storey regency building in Royal Tunbridge Wells. We love the sound of the course called Absolutely Foolproof British Dishes which is over a weekend so good for a larger budget, or for an essential part of cooking, how about Knife Skills which is run over half a day. We think foodies would love any of the courses and you can check them out here. 

We hope you love our present ideas! We love supporting local independent businesses throughout Surrey, Sussex and Kent.  If you are thinking of moving or letting your home we would love to chat with you  please call 0330 223 1000.




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