Thursday, July 29, 2010

Western Mail Article - Saturday 31st July 2010

Seek out the best in seaside living

With the holiday season upon us many of us will be heading for the coast, either on holiday or for a sunny day out.

The seaside conjures up bright and breezy colours, sky blue, candyfloss pink, rich golden yellow.

Nature’s canvas can readily translate to an interior scheme, be it a colour scheme of vibrant blues, a sophisticated neutral palette, warm sandy textures or sunset oranges and reds. For an inspiring palette of colours including pebble, blue clay and la Plage check out the matt colours from the Zoffany range (

They have introduced 38 new colours to their collection, bringing their colour range to an impressive 120 choices.

Layer your look with natural fabrics such as the exquisite collection of embroidered linens at Vaughan ( Most of their designs incorporate silk or rayon threads in colours such as sky blue or coral, embroidered into strong textural ivory linen.

Shop around for your accessories, especially when on holiday - it’s an ideal excuse to get to know the area and indulge in some retail therapy. I was on holiday in Pembrokeshire a couple of weeks ago, and I did just that.

A favourite of mine is The Custom House in the market town of Cardigan. This jewel of a shop is nestled quaintly in a lane off the main street. It really is an emporium of carefully selected accessories that will enhance your home with their tasteful beauty.

Their range includes anything from paintings and prints by artists such as John Knapp Fisher through to unusual lamps and furniture and tiny napkin rings that will provide that sophisticated finishing touch to your dining table. Take a look at their website or call 01239 615310 for a catalogue.

Caldey Island is another favourite of mine as the peace and tranquility there frees you of all the stress accumulated in daily life. The colours provide an interior inspiration too, from the dazzling white of the monastery, the verdant brightness of the village green, the sunlight dancing on the sea, to the peaceful shadows in the woodland. A beautiful new book called Caldey (from Welsh publishing house, Graffeg, ), will enable you to keep a piece of this tranquil haven with you at all times.

For those of you who like to shop online for your accessories, is an amazing site dedicated to an enchanting plethora of home accessories inspired by the coast.

I particularly love their collection of hand carved birds and their rustic driftwood mirrors.

To view another innovative collection of seaside inspired products take a look at In order to winkle out exciting pieces for our customers at Chameleon, I visit the world-renowned Maison Objet Exhibition in Paris twice a year. The Bleu Nature stand is one of the best as they always manage to produce something fresh and surprising.

Their cutting edge products will fit in with any design, from country cottage to contemporary. I love their lamp collection, made from carefully selected driftwood pieces set in a clear resin and their products certainly have the power to turn heads.

Natalie Chamberlain is a senior designer at Chameleon Interiors. Tel: 029 2037 1277.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Chameleon Interiors

This years newspaper articles will soon appear on Blogger,I hope you all have a Happy New year and we look forward to your blogs shortly.

Saturday, August 30, 2008


Top Welsh Designers Join International Interiors Galaxy

Renowned designers, Yvonne Jones and Andrew Burch of Chameleon Interiors in Cardiff, have been honoured with one of the interior design world’s ultimate accolades - inclusion in the Andrew Martin Interior Design Review.

They will be featured in the glossy tome alongside internationally-renowned designers such as Kelly Hoppen and Jane Churchill.

The pair will also be entrants in the prestigious Andrew Martin Interior Designer of the Year Awards, which are widely recognised as the ‘Oscars’ of the interior design industry.

Previous members of the judging panel for these awards include Vogue editor, Alexandra Shulman, Sir Tim Rice, Bruce Oldfield, Olga Polizzi, Yasmin Le Bon, Candace Bushnell and Richard.E.Grant.

The 2008 final will be held at the V&A in London in the autumn.

Yvonne and Andrew design for a wide range of clients both in the UK and Europe, creating sumptuous interiors for country houses and cottages, London townhouses, loft apartments and eclectic second homes.

“Andrew Martin’s Interior Design Review is the interior design bible, and we are proud to be featured in it,” says Yvonne. “It is a great showcase for Chameleon Interiors’ work, and the high quality craftsmanship that we carry out in our own workshops.”

Yvonne set up Chameleon Interiors 25 years ago, joining forces with Andrew Burch to create a powerful design partnership.

The company has built up an excellent reputation for individuality and innovation, and its ability to produce outstanding bespoke products for clients who are looking for one-off designs.

“Our clients want us to create homes that are distinctive, and we are happy to push the design boundaries whenever that is required,” explains Andrew. “Yvonne and I frequently go on buying trips to Europe, hunting down exciting furniture and fabrics that can’t be found in the UK.”

“When we go on holiday with our families, whether it’s to France, the Caribbean, Ireland or New York, we gain inspiration from the architecture, the colours, and the cultural influences of all these places,” he adds.

Note to editors:

Chameleon Interiors is based in Cathays Terrace, Cardiff. The showroom features a broad range of distinctive products, fabrics and furnishings.

The company was set up 25 years ago by Yvonne Jones, a Royal College of Art trained designer who is widely respected within the design community.

Yvonne runs Chameleon Interiors with talented designer and co-director, Andrew Burch, along with a team of highly skilled project managers, and a vast network of high calibre craftspeople.

Yvonne, Andrew and their team take on a diverse range of commissions, both large and small, and work on projects in the UK and overseas.

Contact details:

62 Cathays Terrace,
Cardiff, CF24 4HY,
029 20371 277

Press information: Nerys Lloyd-Pierce 02920 343 121/07701 007 128. email:

Monday, February 11, 2008

Andrew Martin directory of designers inclusion

Today we are happy to announce our inclusion into the prestigious Andrew Martin directory of designers, 'The Oscars for the interior design world'.

Andrew Martin interior design awards