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? Read More
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. Read More
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!) Read More
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. Read More
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?' Read More
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! Read More
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. Read More
Happy Monday to you all. Hope the weekend was a success. I'm talking greenery this morning. I'm a bit obsessed with it and have been for quite a while now. Without it, a room just looks a bit....... dull and incomplete.
In my home I have mainly faux plants as the quality on offer these days is just so wonderful it's just a whole lot easier to go faux! My 'go to' place for the best faux is Abigail Ahern. She has created an unbelievably luxurious range of plants and botanicals. They are seasonal, high quality and beautifully realistic. Read More
Just a little thank you this morning before we kick off, to all you lovely folk who have subscribed to the blog. Much appreciated and I hope you are finding it useful. Lots of pictures today as I know you've said visuals are what you like to see.
If you follow me on Instagram you will have seen a number of projects that I've been working on lately that are quite 'grand' in scale. So today, I just wanted to make a point that it really doesn't matter what size project you're working on - they are still require careful planning, especially when we're talking kitchens or bathrooms.
Let's take this ensuite for example. Not massive in size but let me tell you, it still took quite a bit of careful planning and organisation. Read More
I've been juggling various projects these last few months and some are gradually moving towards to the end stages. This is when I genuinely feel an enormous amount of pleasure. Yes, may sound strange as it's before all the 'finishing touches' go into a room but I honestly love seeing a room as it's nearing completion, when it is in its slightly 'raw and exposed' state. It gives you a chance to really appreciate how the careful planning and attention to detail has really paid off.
A well designed room doesn't just 'happen' - despite what we are lead to believe when seduced by all the beautiful images all over social media. When a room works it's because these finer details have been meticulously considered. The lines of the kitchen unit or valves on a radiator, all combine to make the design complete. Read More
As the finishing touches are being made to one of the projects I'm currently working on I've realised that I've become a bit 'wallpaper obsessed' as of late.
I think it's true to say that people have become much braver lately in introducing bold colours into their home especially when it comes to those deep darker hues. However, I still think a lot of clients still suffer from 'wallpaper worries' and I'm not totally sure why. Read More
PACE - 'The speed at which something happens or develops' (English Oxford Dictionary)
PACE is an essential ingredient for any design project.
Whilst chatting to a fellow interior nut, Karen Knox from Making Spaces,
we were discussing how hard it can be sometimes as an Interior Designer to 'pace' yourself whilst working on a project as sometimes it can truly be all consuming as all the elements of the design come together. It got me thinking of how important the element of pace is to any project and how it can impact and effect the overall success of a design. Read More