Where should the TV go ?

Where should the TV go ?

The television - 'a telecommunication medium used for transmitting moving images and in two or three dimensions and sound' (wikipedia)

It's a funny old thing the television. So much excitement around it's invention and when it was introduced into our lives. Most 70 year olds love to share their memory of rushing to find someone who had a TV in their street to sit in front of a tiny screen to watch the Queen's coronation in 1952. 

The television has been on quite a journey over the 60 plus years its been in our homes. I remember we didn't actually 'own' a TV for years but rented it from the local TV place AND we had to get up to change channels! As a design it's evolved from a square box screen displaying fuzzy black and white images to a now far more refined wafter thin piece of technology. It's educated us, it's made us laugh, made us cry, we've argued over it and we've had gatherings around it and for most of us, we still choose to have at least one in homes today. 

Personally I'm not a fan of TVs in the bedroom so how to design these into these spaces has never been much of a concern for me BUT I do still like to have a TV in the living room.

Choosing the right design for the space

Choosing the right design for the space

SOOO sorry for such a delay between posts at the moment. Work is hectic which is great but it doesn't leave me much time to chat on the blog. 

Anyway, here I am. Ok so I've just finished a couple of bathrooms. Well, they are pretty much there, apart from mirrors to go up in each room. (one is a bespoke one that is going to be pretty much the entire elevation so this has taken a bit of time to sort but it will be worth it .....fingers crossed and let's hope it gets up the stairs - gulp!)

Totally delighted with how they both look and it got me thinking about how you choose the right design for your space.

Le Labo Fragrance Boutique

Le Labo Fragrance Boutique

Whilst in soho the other day, I stumbled across this most beautiful fragrance boutique - Le Labo - and the aromatic delights and decor lured me inside. You only have to take a read of their company manifesto to want to know more about this refreshing brand. They believe that fine perfumery needs to create a shock. They also firmly believe in the importance of the soulful power of thoughtful hands; hand-picked roses, hand-poured candles and hand-formulated perfumes. Products that are made with passion and care.

Le Labo offers fresh formulations in store. You select your labo scent, and they freshly hand blend you a bottle. How cool !? Not only that, each bottle has it's own personalisation with a custom printed label made of siwa washi paper. You can also have the option of having initials engraved your Travel Tube or Solid Perfume case for the ultimate gift. Look no further for that perfect offering I say, this is the one. How amazing would it be to received something so unique and personal. Of if you can't decide on a perfume fragrance then opt for one of their hand poured vintage candles, diffusers or other little gems.

Lula Green Organic Home - Wellbeing at Home

Lula Green Organic Home - Wellbeing at Home

Wellbeing:  'the state of being comfortable, healthy or happy' 

Many factors can affect our wellbeing and how we live at home is one of them.

Michelle Ogundehin, Editor-in-Chief of Elle Decoration stated recently how she 'fervently believes that our homes have the power to physically affect both our health and happiness. That home should be a place that rejuvenates and restores.'

Designers such as Ilse Crawford have openly linked our homes with our wellbeing, 'the more virtual our lives become, the more we crave the physical. Using natural materials in the home engage our senses and connect us to ourselves, to our feelings and to our homes.'

One of the wonderful things about working in interiors is that as a Designer, you get to create new concepts for client and it is essential that every new design concept really does makes sense for how they live. Human needs and desires must always be at the centre of every new design and any changes they embrace, must go towards enhancing their wellbeing at home. 

So how can we make sure we are happy and healthy in our homes? 

The importance of a 'visual'

The importance of a 'visual'

I've abandoned you haven't I ! I realise my 'blog writing' of late has been pretty slack and my apologises. Work has been manic which is great but sometimes it doesn't allow for this blog snippets that I like to share.

Anyway, here's a little one for today - the importance of a good 'visual'. Nearly all my clients seem to have the same worry about visualising the end design. You can talk through the layout, look at floor plans but sometimes you just want to be able to have a clear vision of what it will actually 'look' like.

Where to find your inspiration?

Where to find your inspiration?

Inspiration | The process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative | English Dictionary

I'm definitely an 'ideas person' and a 'visual' person. Sometimes my head can feel as if it's literally bursting with inspiration and new ideas which is why I always have a notebook next to my bed or desk for these 'creative' moments so I can scribble them all down. (yes, I know I should be writing them on the phone, iPad or whatever but I still find the pen and paper method still works for me.)

Maybe it's because my mind is constantly being mentally stimulated with creative ideas that I find it easy to 'visualise things' - which in Interior Design is a useful skill. I remember watching an interview with the wonderful Kelly Hoppen where she stated that she finds it easy to look at a room and visualise it in a completely different state or layout. She frequently talks about how she can 'design something in her head'. She openly talks about being dyslexic and how this has had to make her view most things visually.  I have to say, I do too. (and hey, lets hope this skill takes me as far as it's taken the talented Ms Hoppen!)

Why things have to get a little 'dirty' .......

Why things have to get a little 'dirty' .......

Over the last few years I've been lucky enough to be involved in some large scale redesigns of various properties. Although each one varies in style, budget and concept, one thing they all have in common is the fact that in those early stages, it often gets worse before it gets better.

As rooms take on new functions, walls are knocked down, bathrooms stripped out etc it all tends to get a little 'dirty'. It's often why people tend to put off redesigning their home as despite knowing existing rooms may be a little out of date or in need of a bit of TLC, the mess and upheaval that renovations entails is sometimes enough to put people off doing it at all.

Sharing your home with a dog

Sharing your home with a dog

Maggie (above) has just been featured in a great article on 'camouflaged dogs in the home' by Victoria Harrison from Houzz.co.uk, see link on image below. She said that 'for many of us, a house is not a home without a canine companion' and I have to agree.

It got me thinking about sharing your home with a dog and raises the question 'can you keep you home interiors looking good when you share your home with a dog?'

In the mood for interiors?

In the mood for interiors?

The other day I suddenly realised I was having a bit of a 'moment' regarding interiors. A bit of a lull. It's never happened to me before. Basically, every house I've ever moved to I've always renovated, like straight away. If the truth be told, one I even started before I'd actually moved in....... yes genuinely. Hadn't even exchanged but the house was empty and I had been allowed 'in' and had already started making changes and about 2 days in, building work began. 

This 'lull' began when I found myself 'missing' my old entrance hall the other day as I was so happy with this part of my old house. It was always a great way to welcome people in. The potential for greatness in my new entrance hall is amazing, but the 20 year old worn blue carpet doesn't fill me with the same passion right now.

When we moved into this new home just over a year ago, financially it really stretched us. Basically the only way we could move was to agree that we would be living in skintsville for quite some time and therefore no money left to be spent on the house. At the time I eagerly agreed but the reality I'm now realising, is actually quite challenging!

Making your designs unique on a budget

Making your designs unique on a budget

The joy in home interiors and home decorating in general, is that you can make your personal space exactly as you want it. Although we are all aware of trends that sometimes guide us, the reality is, and what we should always be telling ourselves, is that we can design our homes to makes 'us' happy - for let's face it - we're the ones that live there. 

I honestly feel that a lot of the stress involved in the decisions for home interiors is because the home owner is worried about what 'others' may think, displaying genuine panic for the big reveal day when folks wander in and whilst admiring announce 'oh you decided to put that over there did you? interesting that you chose not to have pendant lighting there.....' etc etc. 

Genuinely, this is not something I consider when decorating my own home. I will plan a space because I think it works and decorate in a way that pleases us as a family regardless. My focus and consideration isn't what others will think but about making sure the design makes sense for the people living there and make sure they have a unique emotional connection to the room.