A little late I know! However it is still January (just). I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year break and that so far 2014 is being good to you.

It was a very busy end of year here at Chrysalis HQ, with lots of new clients and exciting projects both close to home and abroad. I thoroughly enjoyed working on the designs for a gorgeous villa in Doha, and an interesting apartment in Leipzig. Mood board photos will follow of these projects, so keep an eye out.

Also, furthering our partnership with Niche Magazine we are the cover story for this quarter’s issue! Yes, we’ve done it again, this is our third magazine cover in 12 months! So be on the lookout for it in selected branches of Waitrose, Sainsbury’s, Handpicked Hotels, Leisure Centres and local business. Of course my column is inside along with my Hot Picks of products to see you through winter and banish the January blues in your home.

It is an exciting year ahead for Chrysalis as we will be continuing to push Home Staging services and Home Makeovers as a way of binging in some designer style to your homes without the couture price tag. We will also be seeking and cementing supplier partnerships so we can bring the best quality workmanship to our projects. We are always looking for new craftsmen, interesting products and items which will enhance our designs.

With that I wish you all the best for 2014 whatever it may bring!