Nicola Holden Designs – Contemporary Interior Designer, London.

I know, I know, it is a VERY long time since my last blog post. Let’s just say that 2017 was not my best year ever, and leave it at that. Because 2018 is here, and even though we’re fast approaching half way through this year, it is proving to be a good year – especially now that the UK seems to have finally shaken off winter, and the days are warming.

I had such fun yesterday visiting the Affordable Art Fair in Hampstead. I was there with clients, but I always come away from art exhibitions feeling so inspired by all of the creativity I see at these shows! I dream of turning my home into an art gallery, and surrounding myself with beautiful pieces! Sadly, my budget doesn’t quite stretch to that currently!! So instead I satisfy myself with looking…

So without further ado, here are my fifteen favourite pieces from the day:

Did you visit the show? What was your favourite piece?

“Colour is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.”
Claude Monet



Africa plays a large part in my identity, and I am very proud of my Zimbabwean heritage and upbringing.

I have recently been nominated for a Zimbabwe Achievers Award in the Female Entrepreneur category for my work. Sadly I didn’t win, but it is still such an honour to have been nominated! Outside of my business I am a volunteer trustee for Makomborero, a UK registered charity that is making a significant difference in Zimbabwe’s children’s lives.

So you can imagine how sad I have been recently to hear of the increase in xenophobic attacks on my fellow Zimbabweans in South Africa.

Design Indaba is a great source of design inspiration from South Africa, and they recently launched a campaign to #makechange. They called for local illustrators to design posters speaking out against the xenophobic attacks that were taking place. Here is a selection of the posters that struck a chord with me.

Sindiso NyoniSindiso Nyoni

Christoph NiemannChristoph Niemann

Wynadd BothaWynadd Botha

Rikus FerreiraRikus Ferreira

Chaz Maviyane-DaviesChaz Maviyane-Davies

Please share this post and help to rid our world of these sorts of attacks.

“Racism is a blight on the human conscience. The idea that any people can be inferior to another, to the point where those who consider themselves superior define and treat the rest as sub-human, denies the humanity even of those who elevate themselves to the status of gods.”
Nelson Mandela

Image credits from respective companies.

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