Blog

With everything that’s happening at the moment, I’ve been thinking about how important it is for us to feel connected with each other. Acts of kindness and sharing are more important than ever, as is letting others know that we appreciate them. So, this month I wanted to share some really lovely feedback I’ve had from clients who have used my online design service.
...

Read more
A birds eye photo of some Denby crockery arranged on a rust red tablecloth.

Conscious living has been informing our purchases in recent years, and while you may have made dietary and fashion choices that match up with this, what about your home interiors? Here, Hayley Baddiley from Denby explains how you can create a more conscious kitchen in 2020.
...

Read more
A close up photo of a bare light bulb in a light fixture.

Now that we’ve made it through the shortest day of the year and the days are getting longer, I find myself yearning for the light of Spring. Things just seem easier when we are surrounded by light, so brightening up the dark days of winter is still very much on our minds. We depend on artificial light at this time of year, and the type of light we see can really affect our mood.
...

Read more
A photo of the Victorian Double Reception room with a thank you message over the top.

I hope that you’ve managed to survive Christmas, and the many stresses it can bring. I hope that you even managed to enjoy it too. I spent time relaxing with my family and had some time to think about some things. It’s nearly the new year, and a new decade is also about to begin.
...

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

So what is Decorex? It's a trade fair for those in the interior design industry to get together and see what the upcoming trends are and for suppliers to showcase their new products. It’s a riot of colour, shape and texture, and is a great way for a designer like me to see a huge amount of products and get inspiration all in one place.
...

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

I was recently contacted by a local law centre who provide free and impartial legal advice to vulnerable members of our society. They asked if I could help them with some design ideas for their building, as in their words 'they had just painted it white when they moved in 8 years ago and done nothing to it since' so it was looking a bit tired.
...

Read more
A photo of the finished lamp in the hallway.

Colourful lamp update

18 Jun 2019

If you’ve been reading my blog posts, you probably know that I’m a fan of Annie Sloan chalk paint, and I love using it to update and refresh tired bits of furniture. I recently painted and wallpapered an old Ikea cupboard in my hallway (which you can read about here) which I was really pleased with.
...

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

This project is still ongoing, but I wanted to show you how it’s coming along so that you can see the changes we’ve made already and learn a little about my design process along the way. The clients contacted me at the end of December when they were nearing the end of their building work.
...

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

Following on from my last blog post about the challenges of dressing a bay window, (which you can read here) I wanted to show you how I decided to dress my own bay windows, why I chose to do it that way, and how much it cost me.
...

Read more
A shot of the Cardiff judges

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.
...

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

Like a lot of people in Britain, I live in a property with bay windows. The bay window was a Victorian idea, as it allowed more light into the home, afforded a better view of the street outside, and also made the room appear larger and grander (something the Victorians were all about).
...

Read more
A photo of paint charts and a tester pot of paint

With the Christmas and New Year celebrations just behind us, our attentions often turn to home improvements at this time of year. There might be something that you’ve been meaning to do for a while now, but have only just found the time to discuss it with your partner. Or, you might feel refreshed from your Christmas break (aren’t we all?)
...

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

Whilst everyone is madly trying to get themselves and their homes ready for Christmas, I decided to finally get around to a little project I’ve had on the back burner for a while now. I bought this cupboard when we moved in to our house over 13 years ago. We needed some extra storage in the hallway, and there was a handy space next to the front door which was perfect.
...

Read more
a picture of some Autumn leaves covering the ground

Now that we’re really in to October, and can officially say that it’s Autumn, I thought I’d write a little post about the colour trends for the coming year. Autumn is my favourite season (and not just because it happens to contain my birthday).
...

Read more
some of the fabrics in the Morris Pure North collection

I love William Morris, the designer, artist, poet and philosopher, and somehow I don’t think I’m alone! I grew up thinking that Morris’s wallpapers and fabrics were the best way to bring a bit of history in to your home, and that as soon as I owned a period property I would use his gorgeous patterns all over the house.
...

Read more
a photo of several paint tester pots

Are you drowning in paint charts and finding it hard to choose the perfect colour for your walls? A tester pot is the answer! Why bother to use a tester pot when you have spent time collecting all those lovely paint charts? Most paint charts are printed versions of the colours which can never show you what they really look like.
...

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

Green paint colours are everywhere right now, from lush, bright greens which are a great choice for the summer, to deep, dark, moody greens which add drama to a living space. But which one is the best choice for you? The answer depends upon the kind of feel you want your space to have - would you like it to feel warm and welcoming, with a timeless quality?
...

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

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.
...

Read more

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

Thank you,

Louise

Move over boring taps - colour is the new black

13 Mar 2020

A photo of the new coloured taps from the Dowsing & Reynolds Miami colour pop collection.
Colour has been taking over our kitchens and bathrooms for a while now (yay!), and has slowly been creeping into sanitaryware and fittings. These perfectly coloured mint green and pastel pink taps from the new Miami Colour Pop Collection from amazing homeware brand Dowsing & Reynolds are spot on and would look gorgeous in any kitchen or bathroom to add a shot of colour without overwhelming with sugary sweetness. You can learn more about this new collection here.

Who knew a door stop could look this good?

19 Feb 2020

a photo  of the new doorstop from Buster and Punch, with their logo and branding.

Door stops are one of those little annoying things that we all need, but are not the prettiest to look at. Now London based Buster & Punch have turned their attention to the problem and transformed the humble door stop into something cool and covetable. They might cost more than your average one from a DIY store, but as you're going to see it every day, why not look at something beautiful?

You can shop the range here.

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.

californiashutters.co.uk

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?