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Upcycling rocks!

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My walks with Mylo are usually a lot more productive for him than me, some of the things he’s managed to find include umpteen tennis/golf balls, plastic bottles, shoes and on one occasion a used carton of cream. This one was particularly memorable because he would not leave it until he’d licked every last rancid drop of cream and was then violently sick later. Delightful!

The walk today yielded something for me, well Cara really as they’ll be going in her room. Yes, that’s right- logs!!

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Good choice for a woodland theme really! I got home and showed Phil the photos I’d taken and asked him if he’d help me bring one back. Once he’d stopped looking at me like I was mad, he agreed. So off we went to get as near as we could park to the felled tree. Once we got there I decided I wanted three (obviously!)

 

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Well, just one would be lonely wouldn’t it?! Poor Phil- they were quite heavy but we were prepared with a little trolley and bungee ropes, so I don’t think it was too bad. It did take us quite a bit longer to get back to the car though….!

I also couldn’t decide there and then exactly what I was going to do with them. I may use them as stools – I’ve got some other tree trunks saved from when we took down our Eucalyptus trees that I could use as table legs for this rather boring circular table top from Ikea that’s been languishing in the back of a wardrobe for a few years now.

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It might be too big in terms of diameter though, so I may use the logs as steps up to a loft bed (I’ve decided to go with this, even though I had my doubts!) It would be a little bit similar to this cute one apart from NOT as pink and the bed will be higher – you get my drift! I’ll show the finished version as soon as poss anyway! It will be an Ikea Hack of a Kura bed I think.

 

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Another idea I saw for the Eucalyptus trunks was this one on the left, not the best image, sorry! I took it at Copenhagen airport. It gives an example, however I’d use different lights and have them intertwining with the trunks more,or hidden to form a glow behind. This other image on the right gives an idea of what I’m thinking…

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Clearly I don’t want the room to just be full of old bits of tree, in case you were wondering! I also don’t want it “themed to the max”, so I need to look at the pieces I like and make sure that in the overall scheme it’s not going to be overkill.

As I’ve mentioned before, we’re going to need to be really creative and upcycle as much as possible as most of our budget is going to be spent on the actual building. Extending and renovating does not come cheap! The other thing to bear in mind with kids rooms is that they need to be flexible to suit them as they grow. Unless you have very deep pockets, you’re not going to want to spend lots of money on things they’re going to grow out of.

Feel free to have a look at my Pinterest boards for some inspiration and let me know about your upcycling successes!

Love Angela xx

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6 things you HAVE to ask an interior designer!

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6 things you have to ask your interior designer

 

 

 

 

 

1. What experience does the interior designer have in your particular project? It’s all very well hiring an interior designer because you like the look of the living room projects they’ve completed, but if your project is a bathroom or kitchen can they deliver? These are much more technical spaces to design and can involve many more trades, so you want a designer who has worked on these type of projects preferably.

2. What is the general aesthetic the interior designer works to? As an interior designer, my job is to bring a client’s ideas to life with input in the form of some of my own ideas, guidance on technical aspects and the knowledge of what will work for them in terms of budget and lifestyle. However I tend to have a particular style. I wouldn’t take on work that required a lot of antiques and heavy window dressings for example. It’s just not my bag as I tend to be commissioned for, and prefer, more contemporary work. A designer with experience and a portfolio of this type of work is obviously going to be much more suitable.

3. How extensive is the interior designer’s portfolio? Would you entrust your home to a designer who has no evidence of a portfolio detailing similar projects to yours? Now I’m not saying that new designers shouldn’t get a break, we were all there once. However, you and the designer need to go into the project with eyes wide open if that’s the case. Like any industry the longer you’ve been in it, chances are the better the result. This just naturally comes from knowledge and experience.

4. Do you like the designer? This might sound petty, and you may ask yourself if it’s really that important. If you’re thinking of a large renovation project for example, you are going to be working very closely with your designer over a fairly long time period. If you don’t like them, it could end up being a painful process! You need to be “on the same page” as your interior designer and trust that they’ll be instrumental in bringing your ideas to life, whilst enjoying the process too. Interior design is exciting and fun if you’re working with the right team.

5. What budgets does the interior designer work to? Be honest, you cringed at this point didn’t you? No one really likes talking money but there is absolutely no point in engaging a designer if you haven’t had an honest conversation about budget. A reputable interior designer will bring it up quite early on in your conversations, because it’s important. An experienced designer knows whether your budget is realistic or not. They know that if you want a kitchen make over with Gaggenau appliances and marble worktops, you’ll struggle on a small budget! So an interior designer has two choices, to steer you towards what you can afford or if you’re set on your dream kitchen, to educate you as to how much that is probably going to cost.

6. How does the designer charge? Another cringe fest as we’re talking about money again. Aaargh! However there are numerous ways an interior designer can charge, and this will vary from designer to designer. Be upfront about asking the question and expect transparency in the answer you get. Every client and every job is different, but that doesn’t mean that a designer can make it up as they go along! Your designer should have a pricing structure and be happy to provide a detailed written quotation for your particular project before any work commences.

Hope this helps!

Love Angela xx

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Using Pinterest does not a designer make..

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Ever since the advent of the web, it has gotten easier and easier to create “a look” online. You only need to view Pinterest to see hundreds of thousands of boards that public and professionals alike have pulled together.

I’m not going to deny that I use Pinterest, it’s brilliant for collating a number of ideas and it’s really useful for clients too, they can show their ideas all in one place, pretty much unheard of until Pinterest came along.

Now, don’t get me wrong a lot of Pinterest shots are beguiling. Shot by professional photographers, with amazing lighting and “staged” for that particular shoot, they are of course aspirational. I mean they could make a pig pen look amazing! In fact, a lot of interior shots littered throughout Pinterest, Twitter etc. were intended for the pages of magazines where clever graphics people and Photoshop reign supreme!

These pics here, courtesy of Thrifty & Chic help me to make my point. Okay, okay she’s using these images to talk about “how to fake a clean house” (great post by the way) but you can see the difference in lighting and the obvious staging, slightly different positioning etc. she’s done in the after image compared to before. This is (I’m pretty sure) without the use of Photoshop.

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These bright and shiny social media images do put the pressure on your own portfolio! I know when I look at the photos of my work compared to Pinterest images, they look well, a bit crap if I’m honest. Mostly shot by me and making use of natural light where possible, they just don’t have that “almost hurt your eyes brightness” that the social photos do.

However, that’s how you can tell when a designer has used “stock” images to create their look. Buyer beware, these same shiny images seem to be suspiciously popping up on designer’s own websites.

When I created my website, I obviously wanted it to look the best and to showcase my work. After bemoaning the fact that my images didn’t look as good as others out there, a marketing friend of mine suggested I pull my portfolio and use a few stock images through my site. I obviously baulked at this. I reasoned that although my work was now starting to be a little dated (that’s a few years of career break for you) that it was at least MY work and once I started to finish more projects they would supersede the older ones. I’ve also decided that calling in a professional or at least investing in some photographic lighting equipment might be an idea going forward. Everyone (including me) is now used to seeing these beautifully lit, professional images. Anything else is bound to look a bit rubbish in comparison!

So, to make my original point using social media does not a designer make. If you see a website that looks like it’s just fallen off the pages of Pinterest, chances are you might be right! Always call and speak to an interior designer and have a checklist of things to ask. Most reputable designers will be more than happy to speak to you on the phone and come and see you for an initial consultation if you feel the call went well. This is usually free of charge (I’m happy to chat over the phone and never charge for an initial face to face consultation)

I’ve put together a checklist here you might find useful when considering a designer. This isn’t exhaustive by any means, but hopefully it will get you started.

Best of luck

Angela x

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Copenhagen & Design Inspiration….

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As I’ve mentioned, I’ve just returned from a city break with my Mum in the wonderful city of Copenhagen. This was planned to celebrate a milestone birthday for Mum and also provided a whole heap of design inspiration for me. Whilst I love Scandinavian design I’d never been lucky enough to go the Dane’s capital. I can’t recommend it highly enough and I’d love to go again with Phil and Cara.

I always come away from a holiday with tons of pictures and ideas. I’ll be the first to say that not all of them would end up in an interior of mine or a clients, but the feeling they evoke, or their style or finish might.

I also decided to resurrect something that I used to do when studying interior design – a scrap/sketch book for ideas, notes, any design inspiration I might have. Mine will currently be focussed on the ideas for the new house, as obviously that’s at the forefront of my mind right now. I felt I needed to have something on paper- Pinterest and Instagram are great for overall images but I need texture and notes and detail. I got this very “snazzy” little book at my local Sainsbury’s!!

bookLooking forward to filling the pages!

 

 

 

 

 

Anyway, back to Copenghagen. The first things we came across on our walk up to the Little Mermaid was two tall pillars, which link the Amalienborg (Royal Palaces) with the Royal Opera House across the water.

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Pretty cool industrial look. Love that metal – will say it’s copper as it’s gone green but can’t be sure….

 

 

 

Then the Little Mermaid. Much photographed and apparently quite controversial, I liked the way the light played on the bronze of the statue. Totally touristy but Mum and I decided you couldn’t go to Copenhagen and not see her!

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Not too far away, the Russian church stood out because of the incredibly shiny gold on top! The rest of the church was really dark brick which made these stand out all the more. A pop of metal like this really has the wow factor.

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Carrying on our walk, we were admiring the architecture of the buildings along the harbour front. I like the modern window extension, I’ve been thinking about something similar in shape for our hallway/porch extension in the new house. This one must bring in so much light to the room, and apart from the roof right next door, you’d still get a fab view of the harbour!

 

wooden-beamsWe popped back to the hotel and I got some snaps of the enormous wooden beams in our room. Their texture and the iron bolts is something akin to what I’m thinking for the kitchen- not the colour though. It was a bit ’80’s pine coloured for me!

 

 

tapsBit random this one I know, but I loved the simplicity of these taps and the brass. Definitely want something like this in the kitchen, perhaps without the cracked tiles and painted porcelain sink though 🙂

 

 

 

We were staying close to Nyhavn, one of the prettiest ports I’ve ever seen, and a great place for a drink/food with restaurants and bars lining the street. There was also a couple of ice cream parlours. YUM.

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I really wanted to go to the Design Centre, however it was shut 🙁 What they’re looking to create looks exciting though, so it’s a reason to come back in 2018! Mum and I cheered ourselves up with cake at the Ny Carslberg Glyptotek  and spent a happy couple of hours looking at art, sculptures and admiring the beautiful building.

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Cheeky little Matisse and Rodin

 

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The internal garden courtyard                            Marble sculpture’s not really my thing but that blue is- POW!

One of the things that I really liked was part of the building itself, gorgeous plaster reliefs – some looked almost “free hand” featuring starfish shapes and leaves- even two boys playing, whilst others were geometric in their pattern.

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Contemporary plaster relief can be found at Surfaceform.

Causeway-PANEL-pho  Ace 🙂 and a great bit of wow factor if you’re getting a bit sick of more traditional finishes

 

 

 

 

Well I don’t think this will be the last blog about Copenhagen, I’ve got plenty more snaps to show! Speak soon

Love Angela xx

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Home is where the heart is…

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I stumbled across an article by Alain de Botton the other day.  I can’t decide if I like him or not (I know The Guardian certainly don’t!) but I did like what he was saying in the article.

Alain starts his article by saying that “there are few more powerful things in the world than a need for home. As soon as people have even a little spare money, from the shanty towns of Brazil to accommodation blocks in British universities they look to convert their shelter, that basic unit of protection, into a home, a place that brings comfort to the soul as much as to the body.”

favela-painting-photoshop The painting of favelas in Brazil proves Alain’s theory

A strong statement but when you think about it, so true. There are lots of powerful feelings we have as humans for or against certain spaces, it’s what makes us unique and what makes my job as an interior designer so interesting and rewarding. It seems that he old saying “home is where the heart is” rings true across the world. People are looking to create an embodiment of themselves in the spaces where they live.

Alain goes on to say “There is no necessary connection between the concepts of home and of prettiness. One can feel at home in a place which is very unhomely. But what does unite all our different ideas of home is that vast and vague word, beauty. What we all want is that our homes be beautiful. What is beauty? When we call a chair or a house beautiful, really what we’re saying is we like the way of life it’s suggesting to us. It has an attitude we’re attracted to: if it was magically turned into a person, we’d like who it was.”

House-1-pho glass_house_side-phot Chocolate_Box_cottage,_phot Each different house will be attractive to different people

I think he’s hit the nail on the head there, what a great description of those feelings we get when we see something that “speaks” to us. Of course, that will be different for every one of us but my job as a designer would be a bit boring if we all wanted the same thing!! What I love is to be able to create schemes that answer client’s needs and feelings for their home, to show them how their space can reflect them and the way that they want to live.

 Love Angela xx

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Nosy neighbour…

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I was walking the dog last night and as I was nearing home, (hunched over as the rain was starting to get horizontal!!) I got to musing about our neighbours. Phil has accused me of being much like Michael Paine – nosy neighbour. (If you’re too young to get the reference, this blog might not be for you 🙂

 

Michael Caine

The reason I am completely mystified/curious/alright, just flippin’ nosy is because our neighbours have their curtains closed ALL THE TIME. Yup, not just when it’s cold and dark and rainy – but constantly. That’s weird isn’t it? I would like to point out that we live in a fairly well to do area. These neighbours seem to be normal and have jobs they get up and go to, so I think that rules them out having some sort of Breaking Bad thing going on over there. So WHY do they not open their curtains? In the hope that they read this blog (let’s hope it’s after we move) I thought I’d be super helpful and give them a lovely list of a few window treatments they might consider. Any of these  could be used to end their neighbours (okaaayy – just me) pondering as to what actually goes on in their house. 🙂 1. Voile As you can see from the image above, the gorgeous Mr Paine is standing in front of a net curtain. Now, as an interior designer I’m obviously not going to advocate these particular niceties, however I am going to talk about voile as a window treatment. Voile is fab. You can use it as curtains, blinds and in flat panels. It can be really sheer or have texture or pattern to it and you can use it in a traditional or modern way. Here’s some images of it used in a few contemporary settings:

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The best thing about it is you can see out, but people can’t see in. UNLESS you have your lights on and it’s dark- be aware people!! I’ve used voile panels a lot for clients too. Annoyingly I haven’t got images of them, however they are simply flat panels of voile fabric that are weighted through the bottom, so they hang in the window much the same as a roller blind does (bottom left image). These can be mounted on thin battens, really useful if you simply haven’t got the space for a roller or are layering other things on top- such as a Roman blind. Here’s what the “weights” look like, it’s a thin fabric covered lead weight which help the panels lie flat, and should also be used in curtains so they retain their shape and don’t flap around at the slightest hint of a breeze!

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2. Venetian blinds

Venetians come in lots of different finishes and colours and can also be made to fit awkward shaped windows or skylights. Chunky painted ones can make a more cost effective solution than shutters. They’re a good window treatment in humid rooms e.g bathrooms if you go for a metal option with an aluminium head rail. I think one of the best suppliers in the UK is Luxaflex . Venetians can be fully open to let maximum light into a room, or tilted to block or direct light up or down. As you can see in the images below, they can have a range of nifty solutions such as pulling the blind up from the bottom or having the ability to treat both halves of the blind separately, as in the image on the top left. luxaflex_venetian-blinds-varioflex-ps venetian-blinds-topdown-ps

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3. Shutters

Shutters are beautiful, and work in much the same way as a Venetian, however they’re more of a permanent fixture at the window. Unlike Venetians that can be pulled up to clear the window, shutters have to be folded to the side, not as useful if space is tight. You can’t argue with how beautiful this window treatment look in the right setting though. They’re also great if you want to just cover the bottom half of your windows. A little like Venetians, layering on top of these doesn’t really work well,  so if you want the cosiness of curtains, it’s best to think of something else to give you privacy. If you’re definite on shutters then you can introduce texture and warmth in other areas like your sofas, cushions, wall coverings etc. bay-window-shutters-ps    full-height-shutterps

4. Silhouette/Facette Blinds by Luxaflex

I LOVE these window treatments – Silhouettes have an ingenious construction of fabric vanes like a Venetian suspended between two voile layers that allows you the control over how much light passes through your room, with the privacy of a voile at the same time. Facettes operate slightly differently, an endless chain allows you to slide transparent and opaque woven sections past each other to open, partially open or fully close the shade. I’ve used these a lot- look at the bathroom in the New Beginnings project as an example. They look fantastic in a variety of settings, check out their website or get in touch with me for more details.

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There are a multitude of other window treatments out there, if you use an interior designer they will guide you in what will be the best for you and your home. I hope I’ve provided a little bit of inspiration for you! Love Angela xx

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N.B. New child safety laws have come in to place which mean that buyers and users of blinds should be aware of the hazards that can be posed by unrestrained cords, braids, loop chains and wires, which may be hazardous to young children. The following  guidelines should always be considered.

  • Young children can be strangled by loops in pull cords, chains, tapes and inner cords that operate the product. They can also wrap cords around their necks.
  • To avoid strangulation and entanglement, keep cords out of reach of young children.
  • Move beds, cots and furniture away from window covering cords.
  • Do not tie cords together. Make sure cords do not twist and create a loop.
  • Install and use the safety devices according to the installation instructions on these devices to reduce possibility of such an accident.

Use a reputable dealer or designer who keeps up to date on these type of regulations and you will therefore ensure you comply.

The trickiest client award goes to..

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My daughter. Sorry Cara I looove you to bits but designing your room is going to mean that you’re the trickiest client ever. Here’s just a few reasons why:

1. You like pink. A lot.

Unfortunately I don’t. Please don’t make me design a sugary pink, butterfly and fairy strewn room.

2. EVERYTHING I show you, you say yes to.

With any other client, this would be quite brilliant. With you, I feel it’s because you’re just probably more interested in watching Paw Patrol and want me to buzz off.

3. You want a loft bed

I’m scared you’ll fall out of it and hurt yourself. I’ll also be labelled that stupid interior designer woman who designed an unsuitable bed for a 3 year old. They are cool though…

4. You want a swing and a slide. In your bedroom.

Seriously? I’m slightly regretting being a bit excited about them myself – but I didn’t think you’d want both. Doh.

5. Your taste and mine differ somewhat.

It probably has something to do with you being three years old and me being…… well, older. If I designed a Frozen/Paw Patrol/Peppa Pig room you’d be quite happy. Sorry, it’s not going to happen but I really hope you think your room is the best thing ever when it’s done. XX

Here’s my Pinterest board of kid’s room ideas. I hope it provides you some inspiration too.

Love Angela xx

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Moving house…

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I’m often asked if my house is amazing – given I’m an interior designer. To anyone unlikely to actually visit my house, I tell a teensy lie and say as convincingly as possible “Yes, it’s fabulous, obviously!” To anyone who has visited my house (especially recently), I just tend to mutter apologies whilst shifting piles of detritus from one spot to another.

Currently most areas of my home look like a small incendiary device has gone off, but I do have an excuse – you see, we’re moving house. They say moving is one of the most stressful things you can do in life. I’d sort of agree- moving house whilst looking to rent yours out, whilst setting up a business, whilst also juggling the care of a 3 year old, a crazy dog and a very old cat is quite stressful, yes. However I can’t complain. I’ve only harangued my poor husband about moving house for oooh the last FIVE YEARS, so any stress is combatted by sheer excitement over having a whole house to design! Let me just write that again, a whole house. You might be able to tell I’m just a bit excited.

I am having slight panics about just where all of our stuff is going to fit though. We currently live in a 4 bed house and we’re moving to a 2 bed house. “Are you mad?!” I hear you cry. Well, yes when I think about it.

The house we’re moving to has the potential to be a 4/5 bedroom however is going to have to go through major extending/renovating and a whole lotta dust to get it to that state. Both me and my husband work from home. My chest tightened slightly as I wrote that. Panic again.

Here’s the house as it is now: A fairly standard suburban house built in the mid 60’s. The exterior will have a huge makeover as we’ll be building over the garage and probably adding a hall extension/porch to the front.

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An old lady had lived here and her family have tidied the house up as cheaply as possible to sell it on. Interior design has not featured highly. There is a new bathroom suite – it’s white and kind of inoffensive, which is a good job as I think we may have to live with it for quite a while. They have however, left the original kitchen. I was discussing with a friend that this is far better than a having a relatively okay kitchen fitted, you therefore don’t feel as guilty/wasteful about ripping it out and starting from scratch.

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I actually like the tiles! I can’t say the same for the rest of the kitchen. It does show you that things were well made back in the day though – this kitchen has gone through around 30 years of use and it’s still serviceable. Just. Like the bathroom though, we’ll have to live with it for a while. Along with the cheap  poop brown carpet:

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and yes, there is also woodchip on the walls and a quite dodgy wooden handrail 🙂

So when people ask me if my house is amazing once we’ve moved into this one, my answer will have to be “well, it’s a work in progress”!

Keep checking back as I blog my inspiration, room designs and more as the weeks progress!

Love Angela xx

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Spring is here and Easter’s soon…

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As quite a lot of people around the world will know – this was Google’s search image today. This was in recognition of the fact that it’s the first day of Spring and a solar eclipse to boot. I’d like to say that I have some pics of the eclipse, however my attempts were futile. Phil, Cara and I were stood in my office peering through two pairs of sunglasses combined and hoping none of us was going to experience long term retina damage. We saw it, though unfortunately the camera didn’t.

I love this time of year. From an interiors point of view it’s the start of the year really, when people decide that they want to make a start on the projects that they’ve talked about over winter, helped by lighter evenings and that promise of better weather just around the corner.  Easter really brings that Spring feeling to life with a feeling of renewal, celebration and light. Colours are pastel and sugary and it’s such a fun time to spend with family and friends. Much the same as Christmas, a lot of clients like to get their projects done in time for family visits so their home is looking it’s best when the mother in law descends!

Check out the Easter decorating board I created for a little bit of inspiration and enjoy eating all that chocolate!

With love

Angela xx

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The top 5 reasons to use an interior designer

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So, why use an interior designer?

1. Time

There’s nothing more precious than time nowadays. We all lead 24/7 lives and often wish for just a few more hours in the day. Designing and managing an interiors project requires quite a bit of this precious commodity, along with experience, contacts and creativity. Using an interior designer gives you the time to focus on your already busy life.

2. Tradesmen (or women!)

Ever been let down by a builder? Has your plasterer been less than satisfactory? An interior designer has an experienced team that they use regularly, they may even work directly for him/her. Having a designer manage all of the different trades on a project frees up your time and energy and ensures a good finish.

3. Budget

Believe it or not, an interior designer will save you money. They will give you sound advice that will keep you from making costly mistakes and they will provide you with a scheme that will work for you for many years to come. Most importantly, an interior designer will work to the budget that you set out (as long as it’s realistic!) so you know that you can afford the project.

4. Sourcing

An interior designer has access to literally hundreds of suppliers and thousands of products and will know what the best choices are for your project and your budget. They will know why one product is better than another and where you should spend more or less to get the look or functionality you need. Then, as if by magic these products will appear in your home making your room look amazing!

5. Expertise

Interior designers have the aesthetic, practical and technical expertise to provide you with spaces that are attractive, comfortable and functional. If you don’t have this, it can be hard to focus your ideas and resources. You may be struggling with where to even start! A designer will listen to your needs and respond to them by solving any problems helping you avoid costly mistakes and most importantly, provide you with a space designed specifically for your lifestyle needs.

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The London Housing Shortage..

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I read this article  recently about the London housing shortage where people are having to share rooms in the capital. This shocked me and also a bit selfishly, made me really quite glad to live “oop North”!

Having to potentially share a bedroom with a complete stranger because you can’t otherwise afford to live where you work is hardly ideal. Weirdly, the first thing that sprang to my mind (this may say a lot about how my mind works) was an episode of Dragon’s Den when a couple were trying to get funding for bed sheets with a line down the middle. I can’t actually believe they’re a thing, as I seem to remember them getting short shrift in the den. However, given the London housing crisis they could see an upsurge in sales quite soon!!

It also made me wonder- are some houses in London going to turn into pod like accommodation, like the capsule hotels, to squeeze as many people in as possible?

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Maybe rooms set up with bunk beds won’t be too unrealistic?!!

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You can still make a room look nice at least!

Call me cynical but I can’t see London landlords going to this extent for their tenants, which is a shame – you could almost put up with sharing a bedroom with complete strangers if the room at least looked great. Alas, I fear this is what some tenants might be faced with -for their sake I hope I’m wrong!!

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Ooooooh I love that design!!!!

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The amazing Jim at Designers Up North sent me my logo (it was ahead of time and totally unexpected) and it’s ace. I want to describe what it’s like to work with someone who just gets it, it’s such a great experience. I gave Jim a brief that outlined logos I liked (and why), ones I didn’t (and why) and he produced a number of concepts, some of which were good, some he just wasn’t “feeling”. Then he had that moment where you know that a design is “the one” and had to share it with me.

I totally understand his thinking. I get that you arrive at the design that’s right and you just do the whole air grasp thing and a big Yeeesss!!

I’m also a true believer in outsourcing if your skills don’t match the job in hand. I’m an interior designer. I learnt my craft completely separately to fine art, graphic design or fashion. I therefore believe that Jim’s skills will produce results that will be over and above anything that I could ever produce in a much shorter time frame. I’d assume that Jim would feel the same when it came to designing interiors!

I think the essence of a good designer is that even when you get that “Yeeesss!!!” moment you leave an element that the client can change/amend. We’ve discussed a slight colour change and I’ll get back to him tomorrow –  but the shape and feel of the design is just spot on. I’d visualised something like it in my subconscious, I knew it would have curves and fluidity and it’s all about the 3 but he’s brought it to life and given it form.

I hope my clients have this experience working with me, I know I have the Yeeesss!!! moments and you go into your client meeting with enthusiasm and excitement about how the finished room is going to look, and it’s just total job satisfaction when the feedback is totally positive. However, it’s the clients who will live with your design so you have to be open to small amendments that make the client truly part of that design process and give them the ownership of the look and form of the space. If you’ve delivered on your brief, as Jim did, then you know you’re essentially on the same page as your clients and the design process becomes a creative partnership.

Love Angela x

Three Interiors