We’ve seen the trend for up-cycling and repurposing furniture develop into a phenomenon that brings the concept of sustainability right into your living room. For many years creative home owners have been producing one-off pieces with style. I remember writing a post about a piece of furniture that had been ‘pimped up’. It was originally a black console table but after remodelling it had furry legs and zebra stripes and neon pink splashes – it was very exciting but probably not the easiest piece to live with.
Now there are some people in High Wycombe who have got the balance right. Read More
Joanna Thornhill is an interiors stylist and writer. Author of ‘Home for Now’, she has rented many properties and experienced the frustration of living in a space you cannot easily change to make your own. When a new house buyer views a property one of the first things they think about is putting their own stamp on it. No matter how small or humble it is a basic human need to want to make the place we call home comfortable and special. Read More
I wonder if kitchens are becoming sterile and characterless? Have we gone a step too far and designed all the love out of them? See my article on Best Home Ideas Australia where I discuss the trend in kitchen design towards a streamlined look with high gloss cabinetry and granite work tops.
I’d love to know what you think: share your family’s experience with kitchen design in the comment box below.
“We received an outstanding number of nominations for this year’s #Decorex100, from esteemed designers to renowned industry bloggers, to well loved luxury design brands. After much thoughtful deliberation by our panel of Decorex experts, we are excited to announce the official #Decorex100 2014 list of the most influential tweeters in the luxury interior design world!”
Yasmin Chopin : @YasminChopin
This has made my day and it’s an honour. It means a lot to me as I’ve been tweeting messages about interior design since 2009 and have met so many lovely people as a result! I enjoy using social media in my business and find Twitter particularly useful for making contacts and researching furniture, furnishings and accessories for my clients so this is not hard work at all, it’s simply a ball. I regularly participate in a weekly international tweetchat, #IntDesignerchat, which helps me keep abreast of international activity in my area of the industry.
With this accolade I am now noted as one of the top 100 design influencers on Twitter by Decorex International, which is utterly amazing. I’m excited to be rubbing shoulders on this list with House & Garden magazine, TV star Sophie Robinson (judge of the BBC2 Great Interior Design Challenge), Vanessa Brady OBE, blogger Bright.Bazaar and design writer Barbara Chandler, to name but a few.
Image: courtesy Decorex International, Haute Deco Luxury Handles.
Sharing interior design ideas and tips for you to use in your own home is the main purpose of this blog and I hope you enjoy browsing through it. Whether your property requires a full scale renovation or a fresh makeover there are many opportunities to impress your personality through your design choices.
A blogging tip I learned is that you should always try to be yourself when you write, to give something of the private ‘you’ so your audience can relate to a real person. I hope I make that connection with you but when I came across this photo diary project recently, #1day12pics, I thought it a nice opportunity to take part, share my day with you and practise my photography skills. Why not join in next month and link up with Michelle and Emma who organise the project? Read More
I had never before been invited to have a nose around a stranger’s house so this was indeed a privilege. My excitement to see inside the property grew as I walked around the block a few times in an effort to find it. Tucked away in a quiet London cul de sac, the building at 13a Hewer Street, Notting Hill, sits back giving little away from the outside. I was informed that in Victorian times this was a dairy but there is nothing obvious to suggest its history. Read More
‘Georgian’ is a term used to describe a particular style of architecture and strictly speaking it relates to the period 1714 – 1837, which immediately preceeded the Victorian era. During this period many developments in science and society took place:-
- Architecture was influenced by travellers who enjoyed the ‘Grand Tour’ to Greece and Italy
- The perception of beauty was in the manufactured landscape, typical of Capabilty Brown
- The follies of human nature were sketched by Hogarth with artisitic sarcasm as visual political commentary
It is hard to pin down exactly what epitomises the style, ‘Georgian’, but we all seem to recognise it and the property pictured below is a superb example. Read More