Design Insider

The latest news, tips and inspiration from Louise Misell Interiors

Welcome to my design blog, where you'll see posts about anything from my current interiors obsession, the latest fabric and wallpaper collections and 'how to' guides for all things interiors related. I love colour and mixing pattern, but also covet an uncluttered interiors look. I especially love the moment when you see something so beautiful that it makes you take a sharp intake of breath. Happy reading, and if you have any questions, would like to chat about anything interiors related, or share your interiors obsession, please use the contact form to get in touch.

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Wallpaper made of cork?

29 Oct 2019

A photo of the wallpaper made from cork, By Monkey Puzzle Tree
Sustainability and concern for our environment are key in the interiors world right now (as they should be). So when I saw that Monkey Puzzle Tree (a brand I admire for their sense of style and creativity) had produced this wallpaper made of cork, I was blown away. Cork is great for so many reasons - it can be harvested every nine years without harming the tree, is grown without the need for pesticides or fertilisers, has excellent sound and heat insulation properties, and is naturally antimicrobial and antifungal. This wallpaper has an A+ rating for emissions so it creates a healthy environment wherever it is hung. Add to this that the design was produced in collaboration with the talented Drew Millward who lives in my home county of West Yorkshire, and that it's called 'Hit The North', I was bound to fall in love with it. You can buy the wallpaper here.

I'm in Cardiff Life magazine - again!

17 Sep 2019

The front cover of Cardiff Life Magazine issue no.208, Autumn 2019

Now that the summer is officially over and our thoughts turn to cosying up our homes for winter, I'm here to help. If you're in need of some inspiration, you can read all about the interiors trends for Autumn and how to work them into your home in this month's Cardiff Life magazine. Hear what I and other interiors experts have to say on pages 18-22. You can read the digital version of the magazine here.

I've been nominated for an Amara Interiors blog award!

6 Sep 2019

The Amara interiors blog awards voting banner 2019.
Exciting news! My little blog (Design Insider) has been nominated for an Amara Interiors Blog award! I'm so chuffed to be included at all, and not expecting to win, but if you enjoy reading my blog posts then please vote for me. I'm nominated for the Best Interior Designer blog category. Voting is open until the 11th of September and you can vote for me here.

My kitchen project featured on the Artifact Lighting blog!

1 Aug 2019

A view if the contemporary copper kitchen featuring the copper pendant lights from Artifact Lighting.

When I designed the contemporary copper kitchen, I wanted to use some copper elements to add warmth and also to tone in with the pink walls and pale grey units. I found these pendant lights from a company called Artifact Lighting, and they are perfect because they add to the 'warm glow' I wanted to acheive. They also have a vintage look which contrasts nicely with the sleek look of the kitchen units. When the kitchen was finished I sent some pictures to Artifact Lighting, and they liked the kitchen so much they featured it on the blog page of their website.

You can read the blog page here

House of Hackney's first outdoor fabric

26 Jun 2019

A photo of the new House of Hackney Palmeral print for outdoor use.

One of my favourite interiors brands, House of Hackney, who are known for their daring and quirky prints, have just released a new fabric which is suitable for our door use. They took one of their designs, Palmeral, and reimagined it in a fresh colour palette of off white and green. This colour fast and water resistant fabric can be used for anything from outdoor cushions to furnishing yachts (if you are lucky enough to have one!)

My thoughts on the colour Living Coral in Cardiff Life Magazine

31 May 2019

A photo which accompanies the Cardiff Life article about Living Coral
Hear what I and my fellow designers have got to say about Pantone's colour of the year, Living Coral, and how to use it, in this month's Cardiff Life magazine. The article is on pages 84-86, and you can read it here. Do you think you could use it in your home?

Sustainability in furniture design

7 May 2019

A photo of the new Componibili Bio.
Sustainability is something that is becoming more and more important in interior design - not just where we buy items from and how far they've travelled to get to us, but also the materials that they are made from. Kartell, one of Italy's best known design brands, have just released the world's first piece of furniture made from a bioplastic called Bio-On. It's a fully sustainable version of one of their best selling items - the Componibili modular unit, and it comes in four delicious pastel shades. They may be 100% sustainable, but they are also super cute and bang on trend with this seasons colours. You can buy them here

The latest trend in shutters

24 Feb 2019

A photo of California Shutters new range in ash wood.

Forget painted shutters - the new style direction for window shutters is bare wood. These full height shutters made from sustainably sourced ash are the newest product from California Shutters, and are set to be big this year.

My new favourite tile!

7 Feb 2019

A picture of the Lampas Marint pattern tile from Topps Tiles

I was searching for some tiles for a client's splashback recently and came across these beauties from Topps Tiles. There's long been a trend for patterned tiles, with lots of geometric shapes and bold colours going on, but I've begun to see more and more tiles with a pattern in the surface of the tile itself. These ones are a lovely example, and the deep blue colour is just stunning. To get a closer look at them, follow the link below.

Lampas Pattern Marine tile

Pantone announce their colour of the year 2019

11 Dec 2018

a shot of a coral reef with the description Color of the Year 2019

Leading colour experts Pantone have annouced the shade which they think will be the colour of the year for next year - Coral pink. It might look very bright and scary, but it's actually quite easy to use. I wouldn't suggest painting a whole room in it, as that might be a bit overwhelming, but I would use it in small doses, such as on cushions or in artwork, to liven up a shceme. Pantone say that the colour is meant to 'embrace us with warmth and nourishment and provide comfort and bouyancy in our continually shifting envirnoment', which basically means it's a happy, uplifting colour, and might just cheer us all up!

My work featured on Homify

8 Oct 2018

a view of the dressed bed, pink walls and blackout lined curtainsMy work has been featured in an article on Homify - one of the leading online ideas platforms for all things interiors. My project is in an article on how to avoid common mistakes when designing a bedroom. The article mentions how important it is to block out light for a good nights sleep - something I addressed by adding blackout lining to the curtains and adding an extra layer of window dressing with the wooden Venetian blinds. To see the article, please use the link below.

Homfy article - Are you guilty of these 8 bedroom design mistakes?

A photo of the Olympia in London, where Decorex is held.

Decorex - the catwalk of the interiors world

15 Oct 2019

Decorex is the biggest trade fair for the interiors world, held every year in London. I went along to find new suppliers and see the trends and new products we'll all be wanting in our homes next year.

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A computer generated visual of how the main reception area could look.

Work in Progress - The Law Centre

6 Sep 2019

I was recently asked to help this charity to improve the public areas of their building. They wanted to make them feel more welcoming and also to help the people using the centre to feel valued. I was really pleased to be able to come up with a design for them. Read on to see the plans and hear all about the design choices I made.

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A photo of the finished lamp in the hallway.

Colourful lamp update

18 Jun 2019

A short blog post about how I added some more colour to my hallway by painting a lamp base in an orange-red shade, using chalk paint.

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A wide shot of the kitchen area of the room, with the green wall and colourful blind fabric.

Work in Progress - The colour pop open plan kitchen/diner

8 May 2019

This project isn't quite finished, but I'm really happy with progress so far, so thought I'd share it with you, along with a little bit about my design process.

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A photo of my living room bay windows with the new blinds, pole and curtains.

How I dressed my own bay windows

4 Apr 2019

When we moved into our house I had to find window dressings for two large bay windows which both worked practically and were affordable - not an easy task. Here's what I came up with, and how much it cost.

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A shot of the Cardiff judges

BBC One's The Best House in Town - my house on the telly!

11 Mar 2019

Some people called me brave, some people said it would be great publicity, but I just thought it would be fun. Here's what happened when I let five local property gurus snoop around my house.

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A wide shot of a pink bedroom with a traditional bay window

The challenge of dressing a bay window

28 Jan 2019

Bay windows are beautiful, grand features but they can be difficult when it comes to choosing curtains or blinds. In this post, I show you the options and discuss the pros and cons of each one.

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A photo of paint charts and a tester pot of paint

New Year, New Home Goals?

3 Jan 2019

The new year is a time when we often think about improving our homes - here's my step by step guide for planning those changes, to make sure your projects run smoothly.

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a picture of some Autumn leaves covering the ground

My round up of the colour trends for 2019

19 Oct 2018

A look at the predicted colour trends for interiors next year, how those colours are supposed to make us feel, and how we'll be using them in our homes.

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a photo of several paint tester pots

How to use a tester pot to get the colour you want

12 Aug 2018

Have you ever wondered why the paint on your walls doesn't look like the paint colour on the paint chart? Read more to find out how to make sure you get the colour you wanted.

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some of the fabrics in the Morris Pure North collection

Morris Pure North fabrics and wallpapers collection

29 Aug 2018

My pick of the latest fabric and wallpaper collections, with an explanation of the inspiration behind the collections, and their potential uses in today's homes.

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a room decorated in the 'Pleat' paint colour from The Little Green Paint Company

My current colour crush

18 Jul 2018

I'm a lover of colour, and here's a blog post about my current favourite colour, which is 'Pleat' from The Little Greene Paint Company.

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the finished cupbaord with blue paint, teal wallpaper on the doors, and new handles

A weekend Ikea cupboard makeover

14 Dec 2018

I finally got around to this project - making my Ikea cupboard look more glamorous by painting it with Annie Sloan chalk paint, adding wallpaper to the front and changing the handles.

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A picture of the front cover of the 'House Preparation Checklist'

Checklist for Moginie James

22 Jun 2018

Whilst I was working as a Home Design Stylist for John Lewis, I was asked by the estate agent Moginie James to write a checklist for people selling their homes. It's my guide to making your home look it's best and for presenting it well to prospective buyers.

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Another view of the minimal living/dining space. These colourful chairs are the stars here as they are upholstered - so are comfy -  and the colour and texture really add  interest. Just what the clients wanted! The dining table was a great find too as we needed a table that extends to over three metres in a Mid Century style to fit all their relatives around. I think it's going to be earning it's keep over Christmas... The little area I like to call 'sit and look at the garden corner' of this living/kitchen/dining space. The large windows and doors let in so much light and give a real sense of connection to this couple's garden that I thought it was really important to have a chair just for sitting and contemplating, which can also be moved around for extra seating. Although, now that they have a young baby they might not have too much time for sitting down! A close up of the fab coloured glass lighting we chose (from Heals) in my remote living /dining room project in London. These lights were actually the starting point for the design as we all loved them and settled on them quickly. They set the tone for the rest of which has a Mid Century vibe.  I love the simplicity of this style of furniture, and it's worked really well in this room that the couple wanted to keep open and light, but with some colour (of course!) A pic of the living space I designed remotely in London, and went to take some photos of when I was visiting Decorex. The clients wanted some colour but to keep the space light and bright, so we went for off white walls (never brilliant white!) and added colour in the furniture. It's a very simple design (which is what they wanted) but the personal gallery wall and warm colours make it home. Here's a last pic of the Victorian terrace knocked through room. This piece of original art was central to the design as the couple love collecting art and this is a favourite. It was hidden away in the back room, but now really pops against the contrasting pink wall.  I love this piece - it reminds me of those '70s prints of the blue girl and I could look at it for hours. And here is the other part of the 'knocked through room'. The clients were struggling with a use and identity for this room, as happens so often with this middle reception room in a Victorian terrace. It would have been a formal dining room but now we eat in the kitchen we're not sure what to do with it. I suggested some cocktail chairs and a console table and to use the shelves as a bar area, and now they have a place to relax with drinks. The clients say that 'People feel transported into a luxury members club or hotel which is exactly the lux feel we wanted from the design whilst allowing us to use the space in a way that works for everyday'.