The joy of upcycling!

The joy of upcycling!

I’ve always enjoyed upcycling and recycling furniture. It’s not just about the money that you can save – but the satisfaction you get from creating something bespoke and unique to you! As an interior designer this really strikes a chord with me. Whenever I work with a client on a project I want to give them something different – a talking point or something they haven’t seen before! This is where an interior designer can really add value – either sourcing hard to find and unusual items or helping to achieve a unique look. For example, upholstering a chair in different fabrics front and back. Here’s an example of a chair that was languishing in an upstairs playroom, which now has pride of place in the living room – see more of this scheme in the portfolio section of this website. Upcycling doesn’t necessarily mean you do the work yourself – here a professional upholsterer was used!                     Of course, a good ‘up-cycler’ will also have an eye for re-purposing furniture – changing the function of a piece of furniture to better suit it’s new owner. Use a trunk as a coffee table and storage, a hat box to store ribbons, or a china cabinet to store your shoes. The best things about up-cycling this piece of furniture? The joy of seeing my shoes every morning when I wake. For very little effort I have a totally bespoke piece of furniture; and more importantly this was FREE!  By saving money, I can now spend the cash on something else, like the...
Grand Designs Live 2015

Grand Designs Live 2015

My top picks from Grand Designs Live 2015 show at ExCel London. These first two images are from Jam Jar Lights. Handmade and custom made lights that will add an industrial / warehouse vibe to any space. I also loved the wooden lighting from Macmaster – so beautifully crafted and a feature with or without the lights on!       My recent move to Kent has got me inspired by all things coastal! It’s great to reflect a sense of the location you’re in without it becoming clichéd. The rope on these lights from Culinary Concepts has a nautical feel. There is no getting away from the sea in this amazing unique furniture from Tristan Cockerill.   Wall art was another area that caught my eye at this years Grand Designs. Art is always a great way to express your personality – never miss an opportunity to use the vertical space in any room you are decorating! I liked the Comic Art Pieces for their fun and splash of colour. Life In Squares is a great way of displaying some of the digital photography that we all have, on so many devices (!), these days. Don’t let it sit on your phone or computer – share the happy memories! Lastly, I was blown away by the work of the talented Alex from Lucas Antics. If you need some wild wallpaper or even the exterior of your house painted – she is your girl!     The trek from Kent to ExCel London was definitely worth it for some interior design...
Stick ‘em up!! Using stickers in your interior.

Stick ‘em up!! Using stickers in your interior.

If you want to change the interior design scheme for a room in your house but don’t want the commitment, or time and money investment, of paint or wallpaper then using decorative stickers could be the answer. The applications are endless. Decorative stickers are good for renters, short term solutions such as a baby’s room, or other rooms where you know the function, look or purpose will change. They can be used to add interest or focal point to a kitchen, dining room, living room or bedroom. Stickers are also good for those who are nervous about wallpaper – a first step from a plain painted wall if you are not feeling brave enough for the permanence of wallpaper. You can get some really quirky, interesting designs that can add a little bit extra to your design – making your interior design scheme bespoke and giving it some wow factor. You can use them in unusual places too – such as on the risers of stairs (try numbers / phrases or even playful creatures), on furniture or round the edge of a mirror. Try Not On The High Street http://www.notonthehighstreet.com/ or Brume http://www.brume.co.uk/c/3/decorative-wall-stickers for some interesting...
Ten Storage Solutions

Ten Storage Solutions

Lack of storage is a common complaint for many home owners. We all want our homes to work like clockwork – to be practical as well as beautiful and to be easy to keep clean and tidy. Clever storage ideas will make your life easier and could save you time and money. How often have you bought a replacement for a lost item only to find the original days or weeks later? And of course, you can’t put a price on the lost hours spent searching for elusive items!   Make sure you have enough built in or free standing storage to house your possessions – such as kitchen cupboards, wardrobes, & shelving units. If the storage available to house your possessions falls short – consider a clear out, recycling or selling items you no longer need or use. Use storage boxes in every room of your house to make it easier to keep on top of clutter or have a quick tidy up should guests drop by unannounced. Most houses have a “junk drawer” but it’s much more efficient to corral like items and label to make sure everyone knows where to return things. Be sure to include “hidden” rather than just open storage. Whilst open storage is great for treasured pieces like art, photographs, or well-loved books, general storage should be hidden for less visual clutter. Storage doesn’t have to be boring – include it in your decorative scheme – either as a punch of colour & pattern or to add texture – try wicker, felt, knit or metal. Wicker baskets are a cheap and easy solution...