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House plants are having a moment….

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If you scroll through Pinterest and Instagram, you’ll see that house plants are having a definite moment. I’ve always been an advocate of them for a number of reasons:

House plants clean the air in our homes. Plants are notoriously adept at absorbing gases and VOCs through pores on the surface of their leaves. The microorganisms that live in the soil of potted plants also play an instrumental role in neutralizing these VOCs and other pollutants.

They add life and interest to a scheme. Over and above accessories such as mirrors, vases etc, house plants bring a natural element that can’t be replicated by anything man made. They also bring another level of texture, which is always beneficial.

Plants can fill “dead spaces”. A dead space in an interior can be a corner or a space on a wall that needs something. For example, I have used large house plants next to pieces of furniture to “fill” a wall. They also add softness against angular lines or hard finishes, hence why they’re perfect for bathrooms.

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Another benefit of being around house plants is that they’re believed to make people more creative and productive, reduce stress and give us overall higher levels of well-being. I think this is because they remind us of the outdoors, when most of us spend a lot of our time indoors.







“Fake” house plants can still give us the same feeling as real ones. Obviously, they don’t have the same health benefits but if you’re a notorious plant killer (yep, me too) or the room doesn’t have much natural light, then fake can be a good way to go. As with most things, you get what you pay for and it’s best to mix them in with other real plants where you can. Just remember which is which when it comes to watering them! I’ve used a mixture of fake and real plants in my bathroom. Being in the middle of the house means it doesn’t get tons of light, so I had to fake it otherwise I’d just feel like a total plant murderer!!

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It’s been a long time….

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It’s been a year since I blogged. I know this because the last time I blogged it was about 100% Design and Decorex and I’ve just been to those shows again! My bad. But do you know, whilst sat here tapping away I feel happy and I’m really regretting not forcing myself to make the time to blog. I think a lot of it had to do with the fact that I felt like I was this teeeny tiny person with the world’s smallest megaphone whispering “Hello, is there anyone out there who’s interested?!” The answer was a quite resounding NOPE I thought, until a client of mine said she’d read my blog and it resonated with her. WHAAAATTTT? Someone got what I was talking about?? Wow.

I just think I need to do short and sweet posts and not worry about the images, cropping them to size etc. Each blog post was taking such a long time that I just couldn’t fit it in with being busy with clients. So, here goes, we’ll see how long it is until my next one 🙂

Anyway, I always visit London for Design Week, this is the week that manufacturers and suppliers from all around the world show their new products and it’s a “must do” on my calendar. This year was great. I gained lots of inspiration for my current clients, and saw lots of lovely things I really want to use in future schemes! My photos don’t do the products any justice at all, however here’s a little round up of some of the things I saw at the shows.

Three Interiors Interior Design Cheshire Printed Leather

My favourite leather manufacturer was showcasing printing directly onto leather as part of the manufacturing process. This means the dye is impregnated into the leather and won’t suffer from peeling or cracking. I liked what they’d done with the printed maps on bar stools and the fact that this could be used in a number of different applications.






Three Interiors Interior Design Cheshire magnetic wall


Possibly a little biased as I have a kitchen project at the forefront of my mind right now, I was particularly impressed by the elevation of the magnetic “strip” to a design feature. manufactured by a Slovenian company, this magnet wall was a great idea. It was really strong, holding shelves with jars on them easily. The herb pots were a cute feature.  I was excited by how this could be utilised not only in a kitchen but settings such as bathrooms and hallways too.





Three Interiors Interior Design Cheshire Quartzforms

The wow factor was certainly in evidence with this kitchen display from Quartzforms. My photo doesn’t do it justice! The bottom portion of the sink moved up and down, the water bottles are stood on a weighing scale and the circular pads are the hob. All of this was operated with the wave of a hand!! Very impressive. Quartzform is a sustainable surface made up from Quartz, resin and colour. It is acid, fire, scratch, stain and knock resistant, making it a perfect choice for kitchens and bathrooms. Have a look at more of their surface here





Three Interiors Interior Design Cheshire Rug design


A rug is one of the best ways to pull a room together and if you have hard floors at home, it’s nice to have a rug to give definition and a bit of texture. The choice in rugs gets better every year and the finish on some was like walking on a plush, soft velvet  – a real treat for the feet!







Three Interiors Interior Design Cheshire Sofa

This was by far the most popular sofa at the shows (as you can tell, I literally couldn’t get a shot without someone in it!!) and is on my own personal wish list. I did not expect Hubby to agree to a mustard yellow velvet sofa, but he has and I will hold him to that 🙂 By an Italian manufacturer, and featuring a retro vibe but a futuristic design with its hexagonal shape; it comes in a number of different fabrics but the velvet wins hands down. It was really comfy too!!



‘Til next time xx


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100% Design

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I can’t actually believe that 100% Design was over 2 weeks ago now, this year is going waaaaay too fast for me. Apart from an absolute debacle with Virgin Trains which saw me missing my train to London and then almost prevented from getting the last one back (ticket issues, nothing to do with me being naughty!!), the day was enjoyable. I especially enjoyed my upgrade to the first class coach on the train home anyway, given to me because the customer service from Virgin was sooooo rubbish.

Anyway, enough of my train rant! Back to what was happening at 100% Design. Well, the new venue is a hit with me. Kensington Olympia is bright and light and just feels so much better than Earls Court did. I did like Earls Court’s proximity to the train station, Olympia is a bit of a pain when you need to get back to Euston but the venue wins hands down. It really suits the 100% Design exhibition and the kind of products that are on show.

So, in no particular order (and I’ve definitely left things out – you’d get bored) here’s a selection of my faves from the show.

North Limited

One of the emerging brands and I see this company going far. They’re a design collective of Icelandic designers. I LOVE these side tables and their general aesthetic. Scandi, simple, clean.

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This furniture brand launched their first collection at 100% Design which was designed for them by the company Bureau de change . The craftsmanship is extraordinary, keeping alive a Greek tradition of rope weaving in their chairs, footstools and screens, with their tables featuring marble slabs atop American walnut. Each piece is created by hand and the quality shows. The dining chairs and tables  are designed to “slot” together, a pleasing little design quirk that makes this collection all the more lust worthy.

It’s suuuuper expensive but I still want something from the collection, even if it’s just a footstool!! J
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There were some gorgeous tiles at 100% Design, really large format porcelain ones that looked like concrete, marble etc. were awesome. But I fell in LOVE with most of the tiles from Mambo Unlimited. A Portugese company with these amazing tiles:

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It was great to meet Kirath Ghundoo, a surface pattern designer. Her graphic, colourful patterns are really “of the moment” and I’d love to collaborate with her at some point in the future. She also does some ready to shop wallpapers, so you can have a bit of Kirath’s style in your home without having to commission a bespoke piece.

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One of the finishes that was a hit at 100% Design was Lustrolite, a high gloss acrylic panel that looks like back coated glass but can be cut with normal power tools and is half the weight. The range of colours was a bit limited but you can custom colour, although the minimum order is 200 sheets! Lustrolite can be used in a few applications such as bath surrounds, shower walls, kitchen splashbacks and it’s easy to clean/hygienic properties make it great for use in these areas.

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Joined + Jointed were a company that had a great stand at 100% Design. A collective of furniture designers who work together to create original and contemporary pieces. I especially liked the desk/dressing table by Lucy Kurrein and the chair by Sean Yoo/Paul Smith.









Well that’s all for now folks, speak soon

Angela xx


Childrens rooms that WORK

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Your child’s space requirements will change as they grow. A question I get asked a lot is “How do you “future proof” your childrens rooms?” Keep in mind a few simple requirements:

Storage. Properly planned storage can keep the chaos at bay, but it needs to work hard. Homework, craft projects, art, reading, gaming or watching TV might all need to be catered for in your childrens room. Collect all the materials together and work out what size storage space will be required. Then think about catering for at least an extra 20-30% of “stuff” and you’ve future proofed. Be creative – for example kitchen fittings can work really well for kid’s storage. Don’t be afraid to upcycle old pieces of furniture either, then you won’t be too upset when the inevitable happens. I remember in particular a chemistry set my sister and I had…!

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Technology/electrics. It’s hard to get away from the need for technology – TV’s, tablets and PC’s, games consoles etc. If you plan this into your childrens room early you can ensure that you don’t have cables and wires exposed or trailing and that you have enough sockets in the room to cope with future needs. Look to wall mount a TV or try to hide it in a cupboard with the other technology, then it’s not a distraction when it’s homework time.

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Kids like to be creative and display their artwork, so provide space for them to do so – a simple line with cute pegs looks great or why not create a magnetic wall with specialist paint or plasterboard? High shelving for other things you want to display keeps things safe for all ages. I love this idea of framing the creative stuff your kids do. It’s from The Caterpillar Years  and it’s in my fave colour yellow! 🙂

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Click  here to go to Heather’s blog where she shows you how to make them for your childrens room.

Harder surfaces like wood, cork or vinyl withstand spills and can be cleaned easily. If you’ve already got carpet down, think about covering the main play/traffic area with a rug, to lessen the wear and tear.

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A dedicated space for quiet homework or reading A desk and a comfortable chair is a must for homework and study, or projects. Make sure everything required is within reaching distance, peg boards and rails with tubs attached are ideal for this.

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Avoid themes. Your little treasure might love the idea of a themed room (for example, Frozen springs to mind!) but will they love it in a few years’ time? Will you?! You can introduce fun with patterns and colour rather than themes that will date. Get your child involved in a few choices for the room, children love to feel ownership of their space and they’re not afraid of the use of colour.

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Photo courtesy of Poppytalk 

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post on childrens rooms that work, catch you later.

Angela xx


Interior design style – what’s yours?

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If an interior designer tells you that they can/will do any type of scheme and they’re not at all influenced by their own personal style then they’re telling porkies.

I’m sure they don’t mean to fib but if they don’t have an interior design style they tend to work to or they’re doing work they’re not going to feature in their portfolio then they’re just doing it for the money. And that’s no good for you, the client.

Am I influenced by my own personal style? Hell yeah! There are all sorts of interiors that I look at and think Yuuuuucccckkkk, but another person might look at them and think Yuuuuummmmm!! I don’t want to work on schemes that are a million miles away from my interior design style because I believe design is a collaborative process. I can’t collaborate with a client who’s on a completely different wavelength to me, and they’d be much better off finding a designer who shares their vision.

I haven’t and don’t want to work on a blingy/glitzy/crystal studded mansion. I don’t do antiques or really traditional interiors. I don’t do complicated drapes and trimmings on curtains. I’m not a huge fan of large expanses of shiny surfaces. I could go on…!

I work with clients who have realistic budgets and expectations and an appreciation of good design and how it will enhance their lifestyle. I am obviously guided by what my clients want and need, I’d never tell my clients what they should have but we’ll both share a general vision/idea of style so that we get the best out of working with each other.

So I’ve compiled a little image gallery of what I do/don’t do. With tongue firmly in cheek, here we go!

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Pimp my playhouse!

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The reason I’ve been off line for a while is Mr B and I have been slaving away in the garden. I seriously wanted to come back to work as I was desperate for a sit down! The main thing we needed to do with our time off was move the pond. I do love it where it is as it’s right next to the sunken part of the garden but it’s also right next to the lawn on the other side. It’s just not safe with a 3 year old and her little friends who love running about the place.

We did dig out the new pond and it’s now full, but apparently you need to wait before you can move plants and fish, it has to be done in stages for the water to stabilise. I did not know that. The new pond is on the top terrace on the side of the stream. I worry it will be too shady but we’ll see…

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The major thing that took up a LOT of our time was a playhouse/slide/swing combo we devised for Cara. Now, I blame our friends for this as they’d bought their daughter a perfectly lovely compact slide with a covered platform and a ladder which was great. However it then went out of stock and the nearest replacement to it was an extra £90. Given our financial status at present – i.e. really not supposed to be spending anything as saving for extension etc, etc I decided we’d do it ourselves. (This is also known as showing Phil a design and fluttering my eyelashes at him) It didn’t work but he was excited enough about the idea of “pimping” a playhouse that he got on board.

So first things first, we needed to make sure we had enough room. I decided we’d get rid of an uninspiring bush and move a Hydrangea, which I hope won’t die on us. This meant we could place the structure right to the back of the garden/top tier of the terrace on the stream side.










In the meantime, we’d bought a playhouse off ebay which was 4ft x 4ft and crying out to be pimped!!








We then went and bought quite a lot of timber and screws and Phil started to put the frame together












After assembling the playhouse and a LOT of painting we then had to get it up on top of the frame. It was at this point I tried to highlight that there might be a slight flaw in the making of the structure, but Mr B was having none of it. So yes, we did push the playhouse up the “ramp” onto the frame. I’m still amazed that we managed it with no serious injuries!

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The nights were long, at one point I was painting in the dark. It’s not something I’d recommend. We had a little “topping out” celebration with a few well deserved beers when Mr B put the owl in place 😉










And here’s the finished product in daylight 🙂 and yes, if I could have got a slide in the sage green I would have done!


There’s still loads to do in the garden but now Cara has plenty to keep her occupied whilst we try and get some of the jobs done that we didn’t get round to.

What crazy things have you built in your garden? I’d love to see them!

Love Angela xx

Why industrial style is still so popular

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Utilitarian or Industrial style in interiors was born in the loft apartments carved out of old warehouses in New York in the 1970s. These cavernous spaces made no concession to the comforts of residential living. These were industrial interiors, with steel beams, brick walls, concrete floors, and metal-framed windows. Rather than strip out these elements, the new inhabitants – many of them artists, musicians, writers and designers worked with these features, incorporating them into their new homes. The key elements of utilitarian style are function, edginess and unpretentiousness. Key materials are metal, concrete, wood, iron and brick. Fabrics are natural – cotton, hessian, linen, wool, leather and silk.

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So why is it so popular? Well it just suits so many house styles, it can be kept really strictly utilitarian for your loft apartment in Manchester that ‘twas once a mill, or softened to a more Scandinavian feel in the suburbs with the use of more tactile finishes such as cork or wood and the introduction of more “soft” elements like throws and rugs. The look is also low maintenance – floors are wood, tile, concrete or poured resin so they’re easy to keep clean and therefore family friendly.


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The elements that the trend has brought is the confident use of black- which I’m all in favour of. Black steel window frames are a thing of beauty and black kitchens are now becoming the norm rather than the exception – as long as you’re clever with your other materials it’s a chic not claustrophobic option. Glossy tiles, the use of glazing in upper cupboards or open shelving and lighter woods and surfaces keep the look fresh.

Check out a few of my Pinterest boards where the industrial trend features..

Love Angela xx

Bathroom makeover on a budget?

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Well I hoped to have been totally finished on the bathroom at least a week or so ago, but life kind of took over, I got busy with work and then had people staying so it just wasn’t going to work having the bathroom out of action. However it’s finished now and I’m really pleased with the result. I think to have done this bathroom makeover on a budget of less that £300 is pretty good going.

As you can see I’ve gone completely monochrome – which gives me plenty of scope for styling with different colours at a later date. I’ve gone for a plant to provide a bit of “life” but that could easily be changed out for some bold coloured flowers in a vase, for example. I’ve also styled it with a print we had and that also works well. However, to do a bathroom makeover on a budget you need to ensure you’re covering off enough storage and other essentials before you even think about the styling. It’s just that the styling part’s the most fun usually 🙂


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I did quite a lot of painting in the end and have up-cycled a few things which I’m sure you could do too. Everything else was from the High Street or an internet buy, so you can totally do this in your own home!! I haven’t used any secret “trade only” companies on this bathroom makeover.

In terms of labour, I’m good at decorating but I would not say I was an expert at laying flooring so that probably took me waaay longer than a professional. However, still fairly painless, the tiles you didn’t need to cut went down easily.


I still managed to get all the labour done within 3 days with help from Mr B for putting up shelves and hanging the blind and mirror. So this is feasibly a long weekend project.

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So, a breakdown of the budget:

Flooring 4 x packs of tiles. B&Q I could have got away with 3 packs but I played it safe and laid them so I had to do as little cutting as possible! Total £57.12. Still a total bargain 🙂









Paint I used a variety of paint as I sprayed a few things and painted tiles and the walls and ceiling. So the total for that was £29.59. I did already have matt white for the walls and white satinwood, so you’d have to add these to your budget if you’ve not got any knocking around. Budget approx £33.

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Blind I ummed and aahed over this one. Originally I was going to go with black but decided for longevity white would work better. I’m not sure I would have ordered from Wooden Blinds Direct  if I’d have read the reviews first but the blind arrived quickly and is lovely. Apart from totally cheap and nasty looking cleats which were binned, and absolutely no fitting instructions, it was fine! Total inc. delivery £66.96 which is waaay cheaper than even trade price from some suppliers. I’m not sure it’s quite as good quality but we’re trying to do a bathroom makeover on a budget so we’ll see how it fairs.. I always add tapes to the front of Venetians, I think it makes them look “finished”.


Shelves These are a used scaffold board cut to size and painted. The brackets are from Ikea (Ekby Valter). I decided on scaffold boards for a few reasons – they gave me the chunkiness I wanted, they also have good texture and they’re waaaay cheaper than most shelving, even from Ikea. I knew once they were painted they would still retain a matt look, which was also desired. I just used one coat of Satinwood with no primer. You could probably use black emulsion and this would also give a good matt finish. Now, I’ll be honest – these shelves aren’t going to be the type you’d dust! They’re too rough for that, but a vacuum over will be fine or a wet dishcloth. If you use a yellow duster they’ll just be covered in yellow fluff!!








As luck would have it, Mr B reminded me we had a scaffold board in the garage, brilliant. I’d been looking on Ebay though, and you can pick up used boards up for less than £5. The brackets From Ikea were £8 for four.

Storage I never wanted a cupboard in the room. Don’t ask me why because it would have made life a lot easier – but I wanted shelves so that they could be styled differently when I got bored 🙂 So I’ve utilised a bit of space in the doors of the airing cupboard with Bekvam spice racks and Byholma rattan baskets on the shelves- both Ikea. I painted the spice racks and sprayed the rattan- this is the best way to paint as it gets into the little gaps in the rattan better. I also had some other fabric storage boxes which I’m utilising in the airing cupboard too. Total cost for 2 spice racks and 3 baskets £24

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Accessories Now the fun part. I bought a selection of things as I was out and about (having to accessorise the bathroom gave me brilliant excuse to “just pop in” to places)! When I saw the candle holder and glass candles in M&S I knew they’d look great. These were £19.50 and £15.60 respectively.candle-holder     candles









I bought a fern which I hope I won’t kill. It’s a blue star fern and supposed to be ideal for bathrooms and low maintenance so fingers crossed.. I also bought a macramé hanger for the fern. Now, my Mum had these when I was a child so they make me happy as they evoke nice memories. I’m glad they’re back in fashion again! The fern was £15.99 from our local garden centre and the hanger was £13.63 from Etsy.









A round mirror from Ikea (Langesund) It’s white. Mr B thinks I should paint it black but I’ve kind of had enough of painting for now so I’m going to live with it for a while first! That was £19. I also got some new hooks for the back of the door, not very exciting ones but much more usable than the one piddly one that was there before! They were £7.44 for 3 from B&Q, I then painted the door handle black. I’d love a new door but there’s absolutely no point at present as we’ll be changing them throughout the whole house. I also got a toilet roll holder as there wasn’t one previously – this was an Hjalmaren from Ikea at £5.50. It was brown/black so it just needed a little sand down and a coat of black Satinwood.


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Up-cycling I had a few things already that I’m re-using in the bathroom. Cara’s little step stool for one. The paint had bubbled and was coming away in places on the steps  tsk tsk JoJo Maman Bebe! So I gave it a smart new look by sanding the paint down to provide a key and painting the steps black. Two half flooring tiles complete the look. Cara was very pleased with the result!


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The toothbrush holder and soap dish have been sprayed black as they were light grey. The white vases I already had and they don’t need a coat of paint 🙂 Thank goodness. I feel like I’ve painted everything else! I also had the little birds, which I like as they’re so dainty against the chunky shelves.

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So the grand total for everything I paid for came to £282.33  which I think is great considering what’s gone into the room – a total bathroom makeover providing storage, a mirror, flooring and window treatment for under £300- pretty good!

Here’s the before and after shots of the bathroom makeover. I hope you think the one on the right is better! And yes, I have cheated slightly as I borrowed a friend’s wide angled lens for the after shot 🙂

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What do you think? I hope my bathroom makeover has inspired you to give yours a bit of a makeover, even if you can’t/don’t want to spend lots of money. With a bit of hard work and quite a lot of painting you can transform a bathroom in a long weekend – I promise!

Love Angela x






The Bathroom of Doom…

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Well, it’s not that bad really I just thought I’d start with a dramatic title!

I did think that the first room to tackle in the new house would be Cara’s room, however that needs a bit more planning as it currently has a mahoosive sofa bed in there which we don’t have any other space for at present. She loves it because she’ll be having us sleeping over in her bedroom when we have guests, however I need to sort out the logistics of moving this somewhere at some point! If anyone would like the loan of a sofa bed for a while, get in touch!

Anyway, the bathroom now has come under scrutiny (well I’ve got to have at least one room I can tinker with!). The suite was relatively new and we’ve agreed that we have to live with it for the foreseeable. We have an en-suite and a downstairs wet room (possibly) to spend money on first.

Let’s have a look at it:

interior designer cheshire bathroom before Firstly, no storage. Unless you count the airing cupboard which once it has some towels in it, is pretty much full. The tiling is yuck. The colours through the grey bathroom tiles are quite nice but it’s so 90’s! And the faux slate effect floor tiles are pretty naff too.

And the roller blind. There are no words.





interior designer cheshire Three Interiors bathroom beforeThe rather misleading huge airing cupboard in the bathroom. It looks like it provides lots of storage, it doesn’t. There’s a huge water tank in the cupboard at the top and below there’s a cylinder. (Ancient heating system that will come out of the bathroom at some point) It just about fits all of our towels in and Cara’s bath toys are hooked up in a net bag in there. One positive- it’s quite good the cupboard is warm because her bath toys dry out properly!






interior designer cheshire Three Interiors bathroom before Opposite the airing cupboard is a very small towel rail, this doesn’t heat the room as it’s not big enough, there’s also no heating underfoot so Cara keeps complaining her feet are cold on the tiled floor (we had heating under our tiles in the last house, so she’s used to the floor being warm!)

Also a solitary door hook – you kinda need more when you’re a family, even if there’s only 3 of you!





interior designer cheshire Three Interiors bathroom before

The bathroom hasn’t been planned in terms of space well at all. This irks me as I definitely can’t change this. Why oh why would you have a curved bath and the curve of a sink meeting to make a bathroom narrower?! Cara likes the curved bit at the end of the bath as it makes a bigger space for playing in. Bless her, unlike me she’s easily pleased 🙂







Oh and the decorating that has been done in the bathroom is quite rubbish so I would have had to do some painting at least anyway. (That’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it!)







Overall, this needs to be a really cost effective make over. We can’t warrant spending money on a bathroom that a) is certainly not hideous and b) will at some point get a substantial make over (just not yet!) So I trawled around B&Q and Ikea with a couple of ideas in mind as to the look I was going for. (See my bathroom Pinterest board here)

If I was doing a more substantial make over I’d plot it out on CAD and probably do a real life mood board, and certainly when I’m working with a client I’d always do that. However as this is a quick makeover – the bathroom can’t be out of service for long,  I’m working it out as I go.

So what does the bathroom need, that I can do on a budget without ripping out the suite?

1. Storage 2. Decorating  3. Adding warmth through texture and light 4. A bit of up to date styling

So a couple of flooring options. This will probably be the most expensive part of the make over and I do NOT want to have to rip up those floor tiles. (a few others had been discounted as they would have made the step into the bathroom way too high)

1. This is the one Mr B prefers:


image3I do like it too, but it’s a bit “safe” for me. The flooring is stick on vinyl! Super cost effective, splash resistant and should be a bit warmer underfoot. The colour has soft and warm grey tones, so does look lovely with the rattan storage boxes from Ikea which have the same tones. This ties in nicely with the overall “background” colours of grey black and white that I want to use in the house too.

With this option, I’d see what colours I could get in tile paint and possibly paint out the grey striped border in a complementary shade, or go with white and paint the walls a nice soft grey or blue. Use white shelving for the storage boxes and a white wooden Venetian blind. A few accessories and et voila, job done. I’ll come back to you on the costs, but I’m hoping under £150.

2. This is the one I want to go for, what do you think?

black-and-whiteVinyl tiles again- I know! They look good for the price- £14.28 a box but I think we can splash out. Splash out, bathroom, see what I did there?!

With this option I’d paint out the grey striped bathroom tiles in white and spray the rattan boxes black. White shelves and black Venetian with newly painted white walls. Accessories that somehow feature my favourite colour yellow and I’m done.

This black and white option gives me the Scandi/Industrial type look I’m going for and also the ability to change accessory colours in the future if I get bored.



Sold. I’ll show you the finished bathroom as soon as poss, but I’m away in Colonsay next week visiting family, fingers crossed the weather is kind!

Love Angela xx


















Not really Ideal Home Show

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Well after the exciting but exhausting house move, I thought I’d extend my skiving off work for just one more day and go to the Ideal Home show at Event City for a mooch around and I hoped, some inspiration. Well. You know when you get a bit mad after spending time doing something rubbish because you’ll never get that time back? That’s how I felt after the Ideal Home show.

Now, I knew that it wasn’t exactly going to be leading edge. I feared as with most shows of this nature, the better ones tend to be in London; but I was still bitterly disappointed. Plumbs re-upholstery service? A whole (otherwise bare) stand dedicated to enormous horrible black leather sofas? A beauty section? Really??!! I swear I walked past people sat having their teeth laser whitened in this section. After witnessing this, I gave it a wide berth.

The most disappointing aspect was the Ideal Home Show room sets. Why weren’t local designers asked to be involved? They could have still used items from local stores and products from exhibitors, who I’m sure would have been more than happy to lend items. It was just corporate crap with BHS, Next, Dwell and Debenhams doing room sets that were just basically replicas of their shop windows. The Debenhams stand was quite possibly the most uninspiring thing I have seen in a long time, and whilst the BHS stand was quite nice and vibrant, it was that stuffed with furniture and accessories your eyes gave up.

interior designer cheshire next stand at ideal Home show

Next Home (excuse my iphone wobble!) Boring.


interiordesigner cheshire BHS stand at Ideal Home show

BHS stand. Quite a lot going on here!

interior designer cheshire Dwell stand ideal Home show Manchester

Dwell’s stand. Hello 2010, good to see you again 🙂

interior designer cheshire Debenhams stand at Ideal Home show

The Debenhams stand. I hope they’re a bit embarrassed.

It’s not like me to be so scathing and I suppose the Ideal Home Show were only catering to their audience who were.. well not me I guess! There were a couple of stands that were ok, the Smeg stand was good and I have a soft spot for Karndean, whose stand was good looking and informative. One of the companies I felt quite sorry for were Jamjar Lights. Not because I didn’t like their products- they were great and I’ll certainly be back in touch with them, but the general audience at the Ideal Home show just did not get it.

interior designer cheshire jamjar lights

Jam jar lights

interior designer cheshire

Wire shades from JamJar Lights


I’ll bet that like me, they won’t be wasting their time attending the Ideal Home show again!

Love Angela xx

Garden styles..

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There were lots of amazing gardens and inspiration at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show this year. Worthy Gold Medal winners that were my favourites were A Perfumer’s garden in Grasse by L’Occitane. You can almost smell that wonderful fragrance when you look at it!

I surprised myself when I liked this garden style, it’s a bit more rustic than my usual taste, but it’s just so beautiful, you could imagine yourself sitting there with a nice chilled glass of wine…..









Then I saw a few of the other Gold winners and was impressed with those too- great inspiration and I spotted some rustic elements creeping in to their contemporary garden styles… maybe gardening is becoming a bit more relaxed nowadays, I hope so 🙂

Garden style, RHS Chelsea

Garden style, RHS Chelsea Flower show

This was the Brewin Dolphin garden, featuring towering sculptures and more rustic stone elements and the water feature. Love it.






Garden style, Chatsworth

Loved this garden by Chatsworth, who’d teamed up with Laurent Perrier. If you’ve been to Chatsworth you’ll know that this garden is as if the best elements of the Chatsworth gardens were transplanted to Chelsea. No surprise they won a gold medal.

The last one from the Gold winners that I liked was the Telegraph garden. Although I did wonder how long this design would stand up, I feel it’s on the verge of being dated now. The planting was fantastic and the water feature was lovely, however very Mies Van der Rohe Pavillion inspired, so not too much original thinking there? They won a gold medal though, so who am I to judge?!

telegraph garden, garden style telegraph garde, garden style Telegraph garden, garden style

I hope you found some inspiration from Chelsea like I did, happy gardening!

Love Angela xx




Scrummylicious breakfast bars….

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I don’t really like cooking, I love eating though so occasionally I have to endure the cooking bit. What I tend to do is make batches of stuff when I can so that my efforts last for as long as possible.

Although I’ve literally just eaten a bar of chocolate we do try and eat healthily most of the time. Honest!

Anyway, I thought I’d share my breakfast bars recipe with you. What I love about these is:

1. They’re healthy- no fat, no refined sugar, yey!

2. They fill you up – stops you wanting that sugar fix before lunch.

3. They’re versatile, you can take them on your commute or load them up with yoghurt, fruit etc in a bowl at home or the office.

4. They’re VERY easy to make – trust me if I can be arsed to make them they’re not difficult.

5. You can vary your ingredients to your liking – stops you getting bored of the same old breakfast.

6. One cooking session can last one person 2 whole weeks- value for money!

7. You can also freeze them – what’s not to love?

Okay so let’s do this in just a few very easy steps.

Firstly, stick your oven onto 180c and get out a baking tray. Ours is 30 x 20x 3cm deep and will make about 14 bars, taking about an hour to cook. Obviously if your tray is slightly different dimensions, you’ll have to experiment with the cooking times.

little-helper An excited helper is optional, preferably still in their pyjamas





Start off with a big mixing bowl with 500g of porridge oats. This is the last time you’ll need to weigh anything, promise! Into the bowl stick a couple of large handfuls of blueberries or raspberries or some stewed apple, (We used to make them with stewed apple, and although they’re really good, the stewing the apple part was a faff) basically whatever you like that’s yummy – you could use blackberries, cherries, etc. Obviously the more seasonal, the better the flavour. Then into the mix stick in a glug of maple syrup and a glug of agave nectar, or more of just one of them. I reckon a tablespoon of each max is about right, but you can taste the mixture before it’s cooked and if you want it to be a little sweeter, add a bit more.

agave nectar, breakfast barmaple






Stir the liquids through the oats and fruit then add some spice flavour. We tend to use mixed spice as it goes with everything, just cinnamon is also good. Give the bottle a few good shakes – around a teaspoon or two if you were measuring. Then also at this stage you can add a few optional extras. We like to add a good handful of ground almonds and for this batch we added some sunflower seeds and sesame seeds. You can add whatever you want crushed hazelnuts, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, etc. just experiment with flavours you like.

spice seeds etc. breakfast bars  chopped fruit, breakfast bar





Once you’ve done that, chop up a couple of handfuls of dried fruit. We tend to use apricots or prunes, or a mixture of both as above. They help create a bit of stickiness and also add more vitamins and minerals to the mix.

add milk breakfast barsconsistency







Then add milk and stir well, the consistency should end up quite wet but still sticky, so just add a little milk at a time and judge it, you’ll get used to how much after a couple of times of making these. Don’t panic if you think you’ve added too much milk, they’ll just take a bit longer to cook and you might just have to cover them over near the end of the cooking time. Lightly butter your tray and pop the mixture on, compressing it.

licking-bowl Again optional, but you can now let your helper lick out the bowl 🙂





Pop tray in the oven and check on them after about 45mins, be prepared for them to take an hour. When they’re done they look like this. Wait for them to cool in the tray before cutting them up into the breakfast bar slices.

finished breakfast barsconvenient-sized-bars






Eat the breakfast bars however you like, I dollop greek yoghurt and more fruit on mine because I’m greedy. YUM








I hope you enjoy making these- let me know your flavour combinations!

Love Angela xx