Anyone who has ever lived in rented accommodation can relate to the issue of not being able to decorate the place to your own taste. Not too bad if you know you're only going to live there briefly, but if you are planning to stay longer term, then what do you do? I am sharing a few ideas on the blog today.
We have just put our house on the market and that meant decluttering. I cleared out little by little for months, which is quite a nice thing to do believe it or not. The letting go of stuff, the minimising, the emptying out, it is all rather therapeutic. We lived in our house for ten … Continue reading Preparing your house for selling: 7 tips to style your home
Last year I had the pleasure to work with a family in Aberdeenshire who were looking to update the kitchen in their 18th century farmhouse. A lovely old house in beautiful countryside, but when I arrived, I immediately felt claustrophobic. The kitchen was a very dark space, with low ceilings and small windows, which was … Continue reading Transforming a dark farmhouse kitchen with skylights
I regularly post about art, as I believe it brings joy to people's lives and can add real personality to a home. Art is in fact an important ingredient in my designs for clients and I always suggest to people to invest in some artworks if they don't own pieces already, and it really doesn't … Continue reading Review: buying affordable art online with Artfinder
The design of the Mad Men rug is edgy, abstract like a work of art and the colours are a soft, moody black with a sophisticated copper.
Mustard and yellow have been around now for a while but there still is no sign of them going out of fashion any time soon. It's such a timeless, sophisticated combination. The grey is the new 'neutral', while the yellow perks things up a bit. Grey and mustard yellow mix well with black & white, … Continue reading Shop the trend: grey and mustard (and a bit of velvet too)
Do you like the idea of updating your walls, but the idea of wallpaper is a bit daunting? I definitely feel like that sometimes. I have no problem getting the paint brush out and giving a wall a totally different colour in a day, but the idea of pasting on wallpaper always makes me feel a bit nervous. I love the look of wallpaper and would use it in my designs for clients, but it can be quite permanent, and I like a change in my home every now and then. I mean, stripping wallpaper is not a nice and quick job, now is it! Today I am going to show you something totally different to update your walls: stickers. Sophisticated ones.
Do you hang out at Pinterest a lot, pinning images of beautiful, eclectic rooms and wondering if you are ever going to be able to recreate something similar? Where do people find all these perfect vintage pieces of furniture and objects? How do they put it all together?
You want to throw all the toys out of the window you say? Momma, I hear you. I remember the days, before having kids, when my husband and I would look at each other in horror after visiting a bomb site at a friend's house. "I can't believe the state of their house. Honestly, the amount of plastic toys...surely they could tidy up, right? If we ever have a family, I will never have so much junk." *laughs hysterically*
If you have ever visited markets abroad, especially with a strong folklore tradition, you know you're likely to find some gorgeous woven or embroidered textiles. Rugs, blankets, stacks of fabric. I have come back with suitcases full, from the souks in Marrakesh and the markets in Ecuador. You can often get carried away, blinded by the bold colours and beautiful patterns. Once home, you end up wondering what to do with all that fabric. Mine ended up neatly folded away in the wardrobe for years waiting patiently to be put to use. Sounds familiar?