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Website Design in Leeds & Your Website Growth

 

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How you track your website is really important when growing your business.

Just how many visitors do you actually get to your website ?
Do you even know how to check ?

This is the thing : if you don’t know how many visitors you are getting to your website, then how can you track and measure whether or not your website is working for you ?

 

What leads to a person making a transaction with you ?

Firstly the need to KNOW, LIKE and TRUST you.

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Little Black Book: Jonathan Adler

Lane Crawford, Hong Kong
The most chic luxury store in the world. Hong Kong is bananas, and Lane Crawford – especially the flagship store in IFC Mall – is an oasis of glamour in the madness. lanecrawford.com

Jump The Gun, Brighton
I love this shop. It’s the grooviest Mod shop on earth, it’s based in Brighton and I always make a pilgrimage when I’m in England. Its JTG Merino Crew jumper is the best garment around. jumpthegun.co.uk

Babington House, Somerset
Religiously I’m agnostic (leaning towards atheism), but Babington kinda makes me believe in God. Nowhere as perfect could exist without a higher power. It’s heaven on earth. Amen. babingtonhouse.co.uk

Babington’s, Rome
I know it looks as if I only go to places called Babington, but I love this genteel English teashop, which seems frozen in the 1940s. It should feel like a theme park, but it’s cool and you can get a fab scone. So go to Babbers – but prepare for a bracing bill. babingtons.com

Paul Smith, London W11
No one does irreverent British luxury like Paul Smith: his Westbourne House shop is a gem. I opened my store round the corner to have an excuse to pop in. paulsmith.co.uk

Kuhl-Linscomb, Houston
A visionary megaplex of home-furnishing stores. People make pilgrimages to the Rothko Chapel in Houston but I’d say this is a more powerful spiritual experience. kuhl-linscomb.com

Fortnum & Mason, London SW1
Twee and touristy (I know, I know), but it’s still fabulous. I marvel at the majesty of the displays. Fortnum’s makes everything so wantable, and the packaging is inspiring. fortnumandmason.com

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Interiors: A Los Angeles apartment with macabre flourishes

Obsolete, Ray Azoulay’s shop-cum-gallery in the Venice district of Los Angeles, has been described as Gothic and moody.

It’s a look that has lured such customers as Helen Hunt, Diane Keaton and Sheryl Crow. And little wonder, as it is the perfect place to find that special piece to set your Hollywood Hills hacienda apart from the rest. The shop offers an unusual mix of furniture and art, from the early 19th to mid 20th centuries, mostly picked up in Europe. Think a pair of boxy mid-century Danish white leather armchairs, battered trestle tables whisked from French country kitchens or a swirling steel art-nouveau mirror.

Alongside the Florence Knoll sofas, Jean Prouvé desks and Verner Panton lights are stranger objects with a touch of the macabre, including staring canvas-covered mannequins or a painted wooden hand stretching through a wall, which you wouldn’t want to reach out for on a dark night. Azoulay’s “installations” in the shop, where he arranges these objects and furniture with more regard for colour and form than chronology, have provided inspiration for many a Los Angeles interior designer.

Where the shop shows off Azoulay’s dark side, his apartment 10 minutes down the road on Abbot Kinney Boulevard is a lighter and brighter affair, with simple, regular spaces, polished concrete floors and gleaming wooden kitchen and bathroom cabinets.

It is one of seven homes in the AK Live/Work complex, which stretches half a block, and was designed – and is partly owned – by the architect Michael Sant. The building has been cleverly divided so that the apartments are sheltered from the maelstrom of hipsters and surfers in the street below.

A staircase from the street leads up to a glass entrance that opens on to the living-room, kitchen and dining-area, which are connected by a 50ft passage. Azoulay has used this to great effect as a showcase for his collection of photography, including a dreamlike landscape by Robert ParkeHarrison and an Irving Penn image of a tractor printed on aluminium, one of just three issued and a treasured piece.

The walls throughout are an elegant dove grey. Azoulay was lucky enough to get an “education” from Donald Kaufman, a renowned “colourist” who creates bespoke paints, while restoring his Pennsylvania farmhouse some years ago, and applied his new skills by choosing a colour that would create a play of light and shade through the day.


Mid-century classics in the living-room, including a 1950s Martin Visser sofa (TIM BEDDOW)

The walls were white when he moved here in June 2007, but the switch to grey was a smart move, as the bright California light streams in from the central terrace and grey mutes the glare.


A Jean Prouvé desk and chair in the office are overlooked by a 1930s sculpture of a man (TIM BEDDOW)

There is little fuss and even less clutter in his home, but those objects that he has chosen are surprising and often funny. On the terrace, guests might be unnerved to sip a cocktail next to an abundance of mannequin heads. In the kitchen a bird’s skull is suspended in a glass case, and a Humpty Dumpty egg is painted with the condescending eyes and twirly moustache of a concierge straight out of Wes Anderson’s Grand Budapest Hotel.


The kitchen contains clues to the owner’s love of the macabre, with a dolphin skull on the worktop (TIM BEDDOW)

The master bedroom is homely, with a beautiful wooden wall salvaged from Alice Tully Hall in New York, and one of a pair of vintage indigo quilts, the other of which is in the guest bedroom. Azoulay eschews homely here, however, in favour of a mechanical taxidermy deer by the sculptor Ron Pippin.


A bedspread of African fabrics and a Tyson Grumm painting bring colour to the bedroom (TIM BEDDOW)

So how did a native New Yorker find himself running a business 2,800 miles away on the Pacific Coast? Born in New Jersey, Azoulay rose through the ranks at the women’s label Liz Claiborne, where he eventually became design director, before ditching the world of fashion and falling in love out West.


The kitchen, with teak cabinets installed by the building’s architect, Michael Sant (TIM BEDDOW)


The bathroom (TIM BEDDOW)

He is gregarious, laid-back and great company, and describes himself as “72 degrees and sunny” – a natural candidate for West Coast living. And so he made the move. After serendipitously spotting a To Let sign in June 2000, he established Obsolete and now travels the world to source stock, before hurrying back for stints behind the till. The one thing customers won’t find there are rugs, which are conspicuously absent in his apartment too. “I hate rugs!” he as good as yells. He and Sheryl Crow both, apparently.

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Design notebook: art deco cutlery

The paint and wallpaper company Little Greene is well known for its extensive, historically accurate colour palette made in association with English Heritage. But it also has some strong ideas on modern style. Colour Highlights is a collection of suggested colour combinations meant to inspire the home decorator where Little Greene’s historical shades are jazzed up with bold and bright accents. The Marigold stripe leading up the Grey Teal staircase shown here is a great example of how to put the idea to work. £35 for 2.5 litres of matt emulsion (littlegreene.com).

Biba Home at House of Fraser continues to build on the glitzy high glamour it developed when it launched last season. Expect a mash-up of Art Deco and Art Nouveau styles, with feather, starburst and fan motifs and high-shine metallics mixed with black and mirrored surfaces. Starburst 24-piece cutlery set, £140 (houseoffraser.com).

Shine a light

Among the gems in Marks & Spencer’s autumn collection is the Tyle range of beaten-metal lights in warm copper, brass and burnished steel finishes. The small version (top) costs £69, the large, £99. (marksandspencer.com).

That’s Neat

There is a real sense of reinvigoration at the Conran Shop that can be seen its revamped website and in some well-considered collaborations with noteworthy designers. One of these is the British designer Magnus Long, whose Neat dining chair (£425) and marble-topped Stix dining table (£2,700) are part of a series of elegant pieces he has created exclusively for the Conran Shop (conranshop.co.uk)

Trend: Painterly textiles

The industry’s love affair with all things ‘artisan’ is cropping up in the painterly finishes or images with a painterly feel on textiles and home furnishings. The Red Lake cushion (on linen, 45?x?30cm, £60) is by Chocolate Creative (chocolatecreative.co.uk) And they’re not the only ones who have been brushing up on the look: see 10 of the best: painterly cushions here

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Interiors: The Parisian home of Joy de Rohan Chabot

Being dyslexic, de Rohan Chabot found solace in drawing from an early age and has never stopped making art. And what a spectrum of disciplines in the decorative and fine arts she embraces: painting, sculpting, casting, metalwork, lacquering and gilding. Her practical streak is in evidence throughout the house: she has covered walls and doors in extravagantly patterned fabric; reupholstered beds and furniture; painted butterflies on the outside walls; and even sculpted the front gate in steel and bronze, surmounted by one of her signature owls. Then there is her furniture – fabulous baroque creations that she sculpts from wax and casts in bronze before adding the final decorative layer of painting, gilding and lacquering.

While de Rohan Chabot has built up a considerable reputation in France over the years – she holds an annual exhibition at Galerie Matignon off the Champs-Elysées and the fashion designer Valentino is said to be a collector of her work – her whimsical furniture, tableware and clocks are little known on this side of the Channel. This may change with an exhibition in London at the beginning of next year. Simply titled ‘Joy’, it will be held at the Brompton Cross branch of the clothing store Joseph, which has teamed up with Sophie Tremlett’s design company VIP Corner to create a series of three-month artist-designer shows.

Whether in Paris or the countryside, de Rohan Chabot is always busy. She is as passionate now about her art as when she was a young girl drawing portraits of her dolls. The biggest compliment anyone has ever paid her is that she creates an entire universe in her work. ‘I think this mix of painting, sculpting and patina is unique to me. I like working across many disciplines because I love working with new techniques. Once I know how to make something, I get bored because then I am only using the hands – and not the brain.’

A selection of de Rohan Chabot’s work is sold through Belgrave Place (belgraveplace.com)

The Salon

PHOTO: Frédéric Vasseur

The L-shaped salon (main picture and above) connects the drawing room to an adjacent smaller sitting room. Joy de Rohan Chabot covered the walls in fabric herself, with ribbon braid concealing the tacks. The fabric is based on an 18th-century print. She recently refreshed the room simply by taking this down, washing it and rehanging it. The carpet is by Madeleine Castaing. The furniture, objects and paintings are a mix of inherited family pieces and the many auction buys in which de Rohan Chabot’s husband, Jean, likes to indulge. The button-back sofa and chairs were bought from the French decorator Hubert de Vinols.

The table in the doorway is an antique – the first piece of furniture that she and Jean bought together, and an inspiration for her future work. Over the fireplace in the sitting room is a portrait of de Rohan Chabot as a young woman, while to the left of this is a portrait of one of her illustrious ancestors, the Duc de Choiseul, who was one of Marie Antoinette’s most trusted ministers.

Above is another view of the salon, with a console table by de Rohan Chabot that has proved to be one of her most popular designs. Each one is unique, with varied configurations of branches, birds, butterflies and so on. On the wall is a portrait by Hyacinthe Rigaud. On each side of this are examples of the green ceramic leaves from the 19th century that de Rohan Chabot likes to collect.

The Studio

PHOTO: Frédéric Vasseur

De Rohan Chabot converted the basement garage into the spacious studio, where mature trees and other plants thrive under glass. Shown here is one of her gold-painted bronze chairs, Grande Fleur Pensée, and various works in progress.

The Dining Room

PHOTO: Frédéric Vasseur

The de Rohan Chabots extended the house into a small courtyard next to the kitchen in order to add this charming dining room. The glass panels in the floor allow light into her studio below. Above is a terrace garden that is reached via the guest bedroom. The dining table was designed by de Rohan Chabot. The portrait is of her half-Scottish maternal grandmother, May Balfour, who designed jewellery for Chanel among others.

The Master Bedroom

PHOTO: Frédéric Vasseur

The master bedroom adjoins the L-shaped salon, designed by de Rohan Chabot as if it were a hotel suite. When parties are held, she simply tucks the bed out of sight in a cupboard. Above the bed is a photograph of Château de Haroué, where she held an exhibition earlier this year. The trompe l’oeil ‘cushioned’ bedhead was painted by de Rohan Chabot, who also covered the walls in this butterfly-print fabric from Marché St-Pierre in Paris.

The Bathroom

PHOTO: Frédéric Vasseur

An antique double basin takes centre-stage in the master bathroom, which is decorated with several of the handsome Venetian mirrors that de Rohan Chabot collects. She bought a job lot of faux tiger-skin rugs from China, using some here and taking some to the country chateau.

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On a roll: the best wallpapers for sale

Fancy something a little more urban? Surface View’s Cracked Concrete wall mural is suitably gritty (£50 per sq m; surfaceview.co.uk), while B?&?Q’s Brick wallpaper has a vinyl finish, so makes a practical choice for a kitchen or bathroom (£20 per roll; diy.com).

To bring a cosy look to a room without shelling out on metres of fabric, Deborah Bowness’s Paper Swags wallpaper is a modern take on an old French technique (£99 per roll; deborahbowness.com).


Deborah Bowness’s Paper Swags wallpaper adds a touch of French luxury to a bedroom

Love decorative wall tiles but can’t afford them? Louise Body’s Paper Tiles range is the way forward (£22 per metre; louisebody.com). There are lots of faux bookshelf wallpapers out there to help you fool guests into thinking you’re well read. Mr Perswall’s Library print is a series of beautifully colour-coded tomes (£30 per sq m; mrperswall.co.uk), or B?&?Q does a chic, neutral bookshelf print for just £13 a roll (diy.com).


B&Q’s book-inspired wallpaper

Subvert the traditional

If you like the idea of something a little bit trad, but don’t want to be boring, try Timorous Beasties’ Glasgow Toile. From a distance, the paper is a charming traditional 1800s Toile de Jouy; closer inspection reveals scenes from contemporary Glasgow, complete with prostitutes (£210 per roll; timorousbeasties.com).


More than meets the eye: Timorous Beasties’ Glasgow Toile

Slightly less edgy, Turner Pocock Cazalet’s Cricket and Tennis papers look from afar like smart stripes or small-patterned papers, but the stripes are miniature cricket bats and the pattern little tennis racquets (£60 plus VAT per roll; turnerpocockcazalet.co.uk).

Doing it for the kids

Want to get your child practising word recognition early on? Paper their bedroom with one of Identity Papers’ Word Search prints – chic and minimalist, they can also be personalised so your offspring can find their favourite words (from £40 per sq m; identitypapershop.com). Save yourself the effort of scrubbing scribbles off the paintwork, and let your children run free with Funwall’s Colour In wallpaper (from £15 for a border; funwall.co.uk), or a wall of Magnetic Blackboard wallpaper by Sisters Guild (from £32.50; sistersguild.co.uk). This also allows you to hang drawings with magnets.


Endless enjoyment: Funwall’s Colour In

For pure decoration, Beware the Moon produces a charming animal paper, featuring 52 beautifully drawn creatures from around the world (£55 per roll; beware-the-moon.com), or for a bold statement go for an enormous cityscape of New York, Hong Kong or Paris from Rebel Walls (£33 per sq m; rebelwalls.co.uk). Looking to show off their knowledge at play dates? Then put up a roll of Osborne & Little’s Penguin Library Wallpaper. It features a collage of front covers of iconic paperbacks from the famous publishing house (£65 per roll; theliterarygiftcompany.com).

Maps, maps, maps

A map on the wall is a great way to tell a story. New company LoveMapsOn produces self-adhesive wallpaper that can be repositioned anywhere. Choose from its range of standard map prints, or go bespoke with an address or area of your choice (from £120; lovemapson.com). For a slightly more erudite vibe, install Surface View’s British Empire Shipping Lanes mural, or highlight your most-travelled paths on its World Air Routes design (£60 per sq m; surfaceview.co.uk).


A wallpaper from LoveMapsOn maps can add a personal touch

Fun and frolics

Still a bit scared of wallpaper? Start with the downstairs loo – traditionally the place to go a little wild with the décor. Graham & Brown’s Loo Loo print is an obvious choice: beautifully rendered water closets in a pretty blue and white print (£22 per roll; grahambrown.com/uk). Or try one of Dupenny’s witty wallpapers – Call Girls will make a talking point (the telephone numbers don’t actually work – £65; dupenny.com). Should you want to look at family photos during a visit to the lavatory, lose the dust-gathering frames and order a bespoke paper from Life on a Wall. The company creates one-off collages using digital or traditional photos (£90 per sq m; lifeonawall.co.uk). To give your guests something to do while enthroned, install Sharon Jane’s Eye Test wallpaper and watch them come out blinking (£100 per roll; sharonjane.co.uk).

What next for the wall? “It’s all about texture rather than pattern – silks and seagrasses are a lovely way to get feeling on a wall,” adds Nicole Salvesen, interior designer and founder of Salvesen Graham. Enthusiastic DIYers take note, however: sticking fabric all over the place might be a job for the professionals.

Good hanging

For perfectly papered walls, don’t forget the following:

If it’s your first attempt at papering, try using a lining paper first. Not only will it give you the perfect surface to hang your wallpaper on, but it will give you good practice – and make the wallpaper proper last longer.

Make sure each wallpaper roll has the same batch number, to ensure consistent colour and pattern.

“Paste the wall” paper is great for beginners: it’s quicker to hang and you don’t need a pasting table. It’s also easy to peel off if you change your mind.

Measure twice, cut once.

If in doubt, call in a favour.

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My space: Gavin Turk

I like to hide away in my store cupboard in Hackney Wick, east London. It’s a tiny little office which is full of bits and pieces. I have a team of people to help me, so they make things in the adjoining studio during the week. That’s much more minimalist.

I cycle here from my home in Hackney at the other side of Victoria Park at about half past nine and spend the first part of the day reading emails before I get going. We tend to have electronic music on in the studio, but it will depend on my mood.

I’ve been here for 12 years. When I moved in, the area was derelict. There are quite a lot of artists around now, but I’m worried they will be priced out.

I must clear these shelves out. But I’m not very good at throwing things away – I don’t like waste. The trouble is, when I have space, I fill it. I might have to start doing car boot fairs.

I bought this at a market because it reminded me of Duchamp’s Fountain. Boot fairs sell all kinds of things. I’m quite nervous about production: things should get used rather than thrown away

Blue Door

I am selling this work in the auction for Macmillan as I lost my dad to cancer a couple of years ago. This image is a photograph from a neon sculpture I made. Neon means doorways to me as it’s often used for signs inviting you in. The door is going to the future, the unknown, the other side. The image suggests the way from life to death

Shoe anvil

I inherited this steel shoe anvil from my father, who was a jeweller. He would use it to fix things around the house. It is about 250 years old and was given to him by his grandfather, an engineer. It’s inspiring to look at – and still useful

Moog theremin

I bought this on the internet six years ago. It came in parts and I had to solder it together. I take it out for gigs, but the instrument often doesn’t survive the journey and I have to fix it at the venue. It works on energy and is temperamental. It makes a crying sound like a violin

Gavin Turk is donating an artwork to the Macmillan De’Longhi Arts Programme, an exhibition and auction at the Darren Baker Gallery in London (Oct 21-27)

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Shopping: the best bread bins

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12 beautiful blue accents for your home

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Style File: the best wet weather gear for men

Under the creative direction of Alasdhair Willis, this season the British welly company Hunter has branched out into a fully fledged fashion label, Hunter Original. Wet weather is clearly the brand’s comfort zone, so expect lots of rubber and water-repellent fabrications.The collection – which features plenty of black with neon highlights – includes novelties such as rubberised Chelsea boots as well as neoprene duffel coats and shorts. Shown here is the Original clear poncho in graphite (£140) and the Original Technical Leg boot (£195). See the collection at the first Hunter Original store, which opens at 83 Regent Street, London W1 (hunterboots.com).

Click here to check out the 10 best lightweight wind- and rain-proof jackets

Holmes and dry: London Undercover

When it comes to quality umbrellas with a modern aesthetic, few can compare with London Undercover. The one shown here is printed with tiny Sherlock Holmes silhouettes on its interior. It costs £145 (londonundercover.co.uk).

Collaboration: Mackintosh x Band of Outsiders

The hip Californian label Band of Outsiders has worked with Mackintosh on a capsule collection of coats in three styles. The Trench jacket (pictured, £1,090) and Anorak (£850) feature vibrant colour blocking details; Mackintosh’s classic Dunkeld jacket (£1,090) has been reinvented in a faded-print style regularly used by Band of Outsiders (mackintosh.com).

Le Chameaux: wellies for Windsors

Each pair of Le Chameaux rubber boots is handmade by one maître bottier from start to finish, which goes some way to explaining the price tag. This French brand has been around since 1827 and is having something of a revival, no doubt thanks in part to its wellies gracing the feet of Princes William and Harry. Chasseur leather-lined boot, £340, from Mr Porter (mrporter.com).

Three of the best: waterproof rucksacks

Lightning in claret, £249, Michaud (michauxclub.com), Jan the Daypack, £165, Millican (homeofmillican.com), Bob in waxed canvas, £160, Sandqvist (sandqvist.net)

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