Interior Styling: Top Tips part 2

Interior Styling: Top Tips part 2

Honey Interior Design recently worked with the Dulux Design Service & Potton Homes. I was asked to speak at a workshop to provide self-builders with some key areas for consideration on the internal styling of their new homes. Here are the second set of 3 tips to helping achieve the interior you want – and some lovely pictures of the Potton Show homes at St Neots. Although I presented to Self-builders – these tips can apply to the refurbishment of your existing home too! 4. Existing Vs New. Your home should be a reflection of those that live within. Consideration should always be given to how much you bring with you from  your existing home to your new home. If you are simply refurbishing an existing space – how much should you keep? I personally believe your home should tell a story of who you are – your history and life. This doesn’t mean keeping everything and having a cluttered interior – but a newly decorated space should not be devoid of character and identity. 5. Style & colour. Keep a scrapbook – physically or on-line. This will give you a real sense of what you like / don’t like. Even if you are considering using an interior designer to help you design and style your home – any back ground work that you have done to help identify your style will be of great help to any professional – and give them a great springboard to pull together an interior scheme you’ll love. Inspiration pictures don’t have to be of interiors – it could be an item of clothing, piece of art, or...
Interior Styling: Top Tips part 1

Interior Styling: Top Tips part 1

Honey Interior Design recently worked with the Dulux Design Service & Potton Homes. I was asked to speak at a workshop to provide self-builders with some key areas for consideration on the internal styling of their new homes. If you have ever been involved in a self-build you will know that it is no small task – there are a multitude of decisions to be made – and it can be overwhelming. The internet is both a blessing and a curse – with so much information and choice available it can be difficult to focus and make decisions. Here are 3 tips to helping achieve the interior you want – and some lovely pictures of the Potton Show homes at St Neots. Although I presented to Self-builders – these tips can apply to the refurbishment of your existing home too! 1. Budget – a lot of your money will go into the foundations & frame of the building (literally) but try and set aside a budget for furniture, soft furnishings and window dressings – the bits that will bring your building to life and give you the home that looks and feels the way you want it to. 2. Materials / Environment – consider the style of your building and to what extent you want the interior to be sympathetic – you can of course add a contemporary twist! Bear in mind that what works in a cosy cottage may not be so easy to pull of in a regency style home or contemporary new build. What materials do you plan to use and in what combination – are these in keeping with...
Decorex International 2015

Decorex International 2015

  Decorex International takes place 20th to 23rd September at Syon Park – at the start of the London Design Festival. Here are my top picks and favourite bits from my visit to the show! It looks like warm metallics are here to stay – be it gold, brass or copper. The colour blue also seemed to be in evidence on many of the Decorex exhibition stands – gorgeous deep, royal blues and navy tones.  Blues work really well with a warm metallic tone so it is no surprise to see these themes running in tandem. Check out the paint work on the Little Greene stand! I love the blue tiles from Drummonds with gold hardware.  Elegant blue chairs from AM Classic and MASSIVE chandelier from iDOGI. There was still hints of the “world traveller” trend with lots of Ikat prints, tribal influences and an earthy rustic feel – lots of colour and texture. A Rum Fellow showcase great examples of Artisan Ikats and artisan textile statement pieces – unfortunately I couldn’t get a good piccie of their stand due to the throng of people around it – check out their website! Luxury was everywhere – after all the theme of the show –  including: lots of wallpapers and fabrics with shimmer; sumptious fabrics with rich colours, metallic influences and velvet texture.  Fabrics from Black edition and Villa Nova, upholstered chair from Haddow Group and wallpapers from Tektura and Sandberg Wallpapers. Tektura have a great new range of wallpapers including a collaboration with Timorous Beasties and Rare Finds – unique wallcoverings and tiles handmade with gold and silver leaf, silk, resin and glass beads. Another top spot at Decorex was furniture with metallic accents. These beautiful...
Coastal style

Coastal style

I’ve already blogged about bringing a Tropical feel to your interior – but what about inspiration from closer to home? The UK has a long coast line and so it makes sense that many of us want to bring coastal style into our homes. Coastal style, sea-side or lake inspired interiors are great fun and easy to achieve. You can really go all out – or just give a gentle nod to the theme. For a deck-chair feel try Juliet Taylor Fabrics – from Ocean Living, Island Style to Beach Hut. The collections are enough to have you booking a weekend at the sea-side – if you know me then my spare room is ready! The deck chair stripe evokes child hood visits to the beach, ice creams and Punch & Judy shows and adds a punch of colour and fun – whilst a more grown up coastal feel can be achieved using striped fabrics with blue, white and sandy neutrals.   Nautical fabric prints are another obvious choice to add to the coastal style. From boats, rope or knot patterns, to all manner of creatures from the deep! Use them on blinds & curtains or on cushions and upholstery.   It’s not just about the fabrics – consider the whole of your room when working on any scheme. For sea-side interiors white washed floorboards, or white wood plank walls work well as do painted furniture, flooring and panelling that has a weathered and distressed look . Choose accessories that use chunky rope – such as lanterns or on lamp bases or even door stops. Sea glass and vases in sea jewel colours can be used to good effect....
Weekend Project: Upcycled bar stools

Weekend Project: Upcycled bar stools

It’s always good to fit in a quick project at the weekend for that feel good sense of achievement! When I should have been painting my walls (still not done) I turned my attention to two dated and rather plain bar stools that were left at our house by the previous owner. They were definitely in need of a make-over and I knew it could be achieved in just a couple of hours (plus drying time). Here was my inspiration picture – apologies as I don’t have the original source for this “after” picture! I love the dip dye effect and the colours are just about right for a coastal feel. I had some small pots of paint left over from previous projects and grabbed what I had in white and blue. The stools were in pretty good condition but I did give them a quick wash and a light sand and then taped them off. I started with the lighter off-white colour, let that dry for an hour and then re-taped for the blue! This can easily be done in a day – and you can get on with other jobs (or sit and have a cup of tea / glass of wine) whilst the paint is drying – perfect in the sunny weather we are having! I used a cardboard stencil and tape to mark off the area for the star and it isn’t as neat as it could be – but it will work for me! I am still contemplating stripes on top of the white topped stool but actually quite like the simplicity as it...