Sitting up or lying down?

Traditionally the Scandinavians and Japanese like to do it sat up. Europeans typically like to do it lying down. For me it depends on the location, and the view. I’m talking about bathing of course. What did you think I meant?

The reason I’m talking about this at all is because I recently stumbled across the most beautiful bathroom furniture. And not bathroom furniture in the traditional sense, i.e. vanity units etc. but baths and basins made from wood that are so beautiful they are like pieces of furniture. Continue reading “Sitting up or lying down?”

Buying a sofa?

I like coffee, chocolate and red wine. I have 2 step-children who are now in their 30’s but were once small and mucky. I did have a cat, but now I have 2 dogs. And for all of those reasons I have always bought leather sofas, and avoided anything with deep buttons….. I like leather, especially when its aged and a bit creased, but I’d rather have fabric as its warmer, you don’t stick to it in summer, and the cushions don’t slide off it. But I like to lie on the sofa with my dogs drinking red wine and eating chocolate, and I don’t see the point in buying a fabric sofa and then covering it entirely with throws to keep it clean. So leather it has always been. But since becoming an interior designer I have discovered Aquaclean…

Buying a sofa aquaclean fabric
The ‘Holly’ sofa by The Lounge Co £799

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The Open Plan Kitchen Dining Space

Interior designers rarely get free rein on a project (or an unlimited budget). Or maybe they do in London, but not in Cumbria. If we did I’d have a lot more competition that’s for sure.

Most of my clients fall into 1 of 3 camps. I’ve worked with some that don’t know what they want only what they don’t want. At the opposite end of the scale I’ve worked with clients that know exactly what they want but value a second opinion or a fresh pair of eyes. And with some clients it has been a very collaborative process. Typically these clients have an interest in interior design, and want to get into the details of how things would look or work. As I’m an annoying extrovert that gets their energy from interacting with other people I love working with clients like this because they want to bounce around ideas and look at options together. Not everyone wants to talk about skirting board profiles and tile laying patterns apparently…. Continue reading “The Open Plan Kitchen Dining Space”

Future Proofing in Interior Design – Part III

Interior design is not the cushion scattering, accessorising, walk around IKEA I’m sure some people think it is. There are definite highs and lows. Lows being the early Monday morning site visits, dealing with difficult suppliers when you need to return faulty goods, and tracking down trades that have gone AWOL. Seriously sometimes I feel like the worlds biggest nag when I have to ask for the millionth time that week, “When will you be there? And what time roughly?” But the highs definitely make up for it, and my favourite high has to be when I get to show people before and afters of my projects. So are you ready for part III of this Victorian terrace renovation project? Continue reading “Future Proofing in Interior Design – Part III”

Future Proofing In Interior Design – Part II

Are you ready for some more before and afters? Part I of this house tour was all about the kitchen transformation, (if you missed it you can catch up here). Next up is the bathroom, and like the kitchen some of what we did was future proofing, i.e. getting it ‘old age ready’. But some of it was just about introducing the practical stuff old bathrooms never have, like decent lighting, storage, etc.

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Future Proofing In Interior Design – Part I

People often ask me what happens when I have to decorate a house in a style I don’t like, and how do I manage not to force my own style on people. The simple answer to both is that I actually enjoy working with different styles. And although I sometimes need to include things in my designs that I perhaps wouldn’t put in my own home, I’ve never designed something I didn’t like. Continue reading “Future Proofing In Interior Design – Part I”

Outdoor Living – My Garden Style

I am 100% an outdoor person. Outdoor living, eating, drinking, exercising, relaxing, working (when I can), the whole shebang. The garden was the main reason I bought Holly Cottage in 2010, and because of the state it was in, one of the reasons Mr W didn’t want to buy it…..Since I won that battle my outdoor space has been slowly evolving. Thought it’s fair to say the evolutionary pace has certainly picked up since I started my own interior design business. FYI constantly updating your own home because you see new and beautiful things every day is a hazard of the job I’m prepared to accept…. Continue reading “Outdoor Living – My Garden Style”

Going For Gold in Kitchens & Bathrooms

Don’t worry this isn’t a post about the 80’s TV game show Going For Gold. And apologies if you now can’t get the irritatingly catchy theme tune out of your head. No this post is about why you seriously need to consider gold fittings in your new kitchen or bathroom  Continue reading “Going For Gold in Kitchens & Bathrooms”

How to design a beautiful AND functional bathroom

I’ve been spending a lot of time in the bathroom lately, and I can’t blame my old lady bladder. I’ve got four new bathrooms in progress, have just started designing another, and I’ve got four more in the pipeline. That’s a lotta loo’s. And they all have one thing in common. Size. Or should I say lack of it. Continue reading “How to design a beautiful AND functional bathroom”

Show Home Number Two – Final Reveal

I can’t decide what’s better as an interior designer being given the blank canvas of a show home or new build, or transforming something that has become tired and dated. I suppose if I enjoy them both it doesn’t really matter. Similarly, I’ve loved the freedom I’ve been given to design this latest show home, (the brief was literally here’s the budget, make it look good, quickly). But then you can’t beat the feeling you get when you show a client your designs for their home and they love them, because you’ve managed to capture everything they told you they liked, plus a bunch of things they would never have thought of but love as well.  I guess I’m just saying my job rocks.

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