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Work in Progress - The modern country renovation

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Published 28 Sep 2020


A photo of the recently completed hallway with bespoke seating under the stairs.

In July of 2019, I was given a referral by some great clients, who said that their friend might need some help with her home. When I went to meet her, she had clearly been thinking about what she needed and was ready to hit the ground running. She wanted to move her kitchen (which was currently in the smallest room on the ground floor) to the largest room, which was being used as the living room. She has a large extended family who spend a lot of time together, and she wanted the dream kitchen to entertain them all in. She had also just moved back from living abroad, and had come home to find that the house didn’t feel homely, and it just wasn’t working for her or her family. In her words at the time:

I decided that I want to make my home somewhere I love - it’s never been the layout I want, or suitable for us as a family, and not really my style - but I didn’t actually know what my style was. Over the years I’d spent thousands buying furniture and furnishings and trying to make it all go, but I just felt stuck and it didn’t feel like a real home.

In that first meeting, we came up with a plan for what we would do with the whole ground floor. In the kitchen, the client’s wish list included a large island, an American style fridge freezer, a large cooking range, and somewhere to seat up to 14 people. So no pressure then.

I thought moving the kitchen was a great idea, but the only way I could see it working in the available space was if we took out the huge stone chimney breast and fireplace, and I could then design some built in ‘banquette’ style seating in its place. Here’s a pic of how it looked on that first visit, so you can see what I mean:

A photo of the kitchen before, when it was the old living room, with the big stone fireplace.

I think the client thought I’d gone a bit crazy when I suggested this! But she quickly got on board and set about having the chimney taken out safely, whilst I got on with the design. I will say that once she decides to do something, she commits to it wholeheartedly, so things moved quickly. When we spoke about styles for the kitchen, she’d been thinking of one with pale grey shaker style units, with white tiles for the splashback. I felt that the grey would be more of what she already had in the house, and that wasn’t working for her, so I pushed her to look at some other options. She had said that she loved blue when we were going through my design questionnaire, but I noticed that she didn’t have any blue in the house, so I decided that adding some navy would make the house look both smart and classic. I’d need to persuade her to go for it though! We went to look at some kitchens together, and fell in love with crisp white units with a navy island (I did suggest a completely navy kitchen, but that was a step too far). I thought that adding some touches of brass would make the kitchen look more modern, and so the colour palette was set for the house - pale grey, white, navy and brass. Here’s the opposite end of the living room, where the main part of the kitchen would be going:

A photo of the opposite end of the old living room, before it became the kitchen.

Below is the proposed new layout, with the chimney breast gone, the large area of built in seating in its place, the kitchen units along two walls, and the large island with bar stools. We were originally going to use the client’s existing round dining table to save costs, but we both realised that it wasn’t going to be big enough to seat her large family, so we switched to a long rectangular table instead.

The floorplan of the proposed new layout for the kitchen.

I then designed the built in seating to have storage underneath, accessed from the top, and with tongue and groove seat backs for a classic country look, but updated it with a soft blue paint colour. When it came to choosing the extractor fan, I just couldn’t find one that I liked (there are a lot of ugly extractor fans out there), so I designed one myself. Luckily for me and the client, her dad is a master carpenter and relished every design challenge we threw at him, so I knew that making the extractor would be fine if I sourced the inner workings. 

The next design challenge was the tile for the splashback. As I mentioned, the client had wanted white tiles, but I felt that white tiles with white units just wouldn’t cut it. I trusted my gut when I found some absolutely stunning navy tiles from Claybrook Studio. Here they are:

The Raku tile from Claybrook Studio.

And here is what they look like in my design visualisation:

A computer generated image of how the new kitchen could look.

And here is the design for the opposite end of the room with the built in seating:

A computer generated image of the other end of the kitchen with the built in seating.

I knew that these tiles were a departure from the brief, but I also knew they were right for the kitchen and the client. I believe it’s a designer’s job to show you things you might not have thought of or seen before, and what’s the worst that could happen? If you don’t like something, it gets changed. When I showed the tiles to the client she said ‘they’re so dark!’ and her face was a picture, but when she looked at the design visuals, she could see the tiles in the context of the whole design, and loved them. 

The final pieces of the design jigsaw were the marble worktop and the flooring. The client knew she wanted marble, so off we went to the amazing Cardiff Marble to choose a slab. This is such an exciting thing to do - to wander around looking at all these beautiful, unique slabs of stone to choose one which will finish off the kitchen perfectly (even though it wasn’t for my kitchen, I was still ridiculously excited - my job is the best sometimes). Just look at this beauty!

A photo of the marble slab we chose for the kitchen worktops.

Between us, we decided that flooring laid in a ‘herringbone’ pattern would be the right mix of modern and country style, and that having the same flooring laid throughout the ground floor would add to the sense of flow through the house. We chose a luxury vinyl tile which looks like wood, as it’s waterproof, warm underfoot and won’t mark easily with the dogs and kids in the house.

Here are some pictures of the work being done:

A photo of the chimney breast being taken out. A photo of the chimney breast being taken out. A photo of the chimney breast area now that it has been taken out.

One, two, three and the chimney is gone! (it wasn't that easy in real life)

A photo of the extractor fan being built.

the extractor hood I designed being built

A photo of the extractor fan finished but not painted.

The extractor hood finished but not painted

A photo of the LED lighting under the shelving above the tiles.

The LED lighting we installed under the shelving, to highlight the navy tiles

A photo of the built in seating being built.

Here's the built in seating going in, and you can see where the handles for the lift up storage are in the seating

Here are a couple of pics of the finished kitchen:

A photo of the finished kitchen with the built in seating.
A photo of the finished kitchen with the navy tiles in place.

The next room to tackle was the hallway. We already had the colour scheme from the kitchen, but the space needed more storage and some seating. Here’s what it looked like before we started work:

A photo of the hallway before we started work.
A photo of the hallway before we started work.

I designed some built in seating with storage underneath to make the most of the unused space under the stairs. When I was designing the seating area, I realised that if the seating was the full depth of the staircase, it would be too deep to sit on, and would be like climbing up onto a big mattress. So I had a think and decided to add a wine rack behind the seating, with a false wall in between to separate them. A bonus wine rack is always a good idea in my book! I also used the false wall to hide the cabling for a lovely brass light here, as it can often be dark in that area under the stairs in the evenings.

It was at this point that I decided that the trims - the skirting boards, architraves and doors should be painted black. Again, the client thought that I’d gone mad - but she had said that she wasn’t happy with the internal doors and wanted to change them. I thought they looked too traditionally country cottage/rustic in style, and the whole space would benefit from a more classic look. So I chose some new doors from Howdens, and showed my client pictures of very classy looking entrance halls with black doors. After she’d calmed down, she got on board and we went for it, and painted the window frames black too - it's actually an off black from Little Greene called Lamp Black.

I originally chose a beautiful William Morris wallpaper from the Pure collection (called Pure Acorn in Charcoal/Gilver) for the hallway, but the client was worried it might be too dark. Here’s the original design with that wallpaper in it:

A visual of how the hallway could look.

I thought the William Morris wallpaper was another perfect mix of country and modern styling, and you know that I love a dark interior, but as I said, if the client really doesn’t like something, we change it. I did another search, and opted for a Zoffany wallpaper instead, called Ashlar Tile, in a pale blue/silver. 

As before, the client’s dad did all the building work, so he got on with building the seating etc to my design, and changing the doors and handles. Here are some pics of the work in progress:

A photo of the under stairs seating being built. A photo of the wine rack being built. A photo of the built in seating nearly finished.

Here’s the finished hallway - I’m pretty pleased with it:

A photo of the finished hallway.

On to the next room - the downstairs loo. Now these rooms are usually small, and you don’t spend a lot of time in them, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t give them some attention. Here’s the loo before:

The sink in the loo before we started. A photo of the light shade before we started work. A photo of the false wall hiding the pipework.

The loo itself was on a false wall to hide the plumbing, which makes sense, but then the loo and cistern were placed in front of it, making the room even smaller. The sink was too large for the space, and I didn’t think it was in the best place for using it easily. The lighting was a little bit dismal too, with a grey shade which cast an unnatural light around the room. So another design plan was needed.

I thought we could be a bit braver here because it’s not a room that would be seen all the time. I decided to echo the tongue and groove panelling from the kitchen into this room, but to paint it in a dark blue to tie it in with the hallway. I also chose a funky blue tile for the floor which the client loved immediately (phew). I wanted to have a counter top basin on a shelf to save space, and whilst I was discussing this with the client she suggested a ‘living edge’ piece of wood, which would really be a fantastic take on the rustic look. We managed to find a seller online with lots of wood pieces sawn in this style, and so we measured and sent off the measurements to have it cut to size. 

I designed the tongue and groove panelling to hide the cistern for the new loo, so that we could have a ‘back to the wall’ loo to save even more space. The hammered copper sink and foxed mirror tiles I chose add more visual interest to this room, with the brass tap and waste picking up on the brass items in the other rooms. Finally, I chose a new graphite radiator and some new lighting, in the form of a light with a hanging plant to soften everything. Here’s the design of the loo:

A visual of the design for the downstairs loo.

And here’s that beautiful piece of wood in place:

A photo of work in progress with the wood shelf in place.

Here’s the finished room:

A photo of the finished sink area in the downstairs loo.

The last two rooms on the ground floor are the new study/snug (which was the old kitchen) and the living room. These rooms aren’t quite finished yet, so will have to be in another blog post later on. For now I can show you the before pics, and the designs for them, with the bespoke desk, shelving and window seating in the study, and a different style of dark blue panelling in the living room (are you spotting a theme here?)

Here's the snug as it was - the old kitchen (much smaller than the new one)

A photo of the snug when it was the old kitchen.

Here's the design for the snug with the built in desk, shelving and window seats

A visual of the design for the snug.

Here's what is now the living room, which was the old dining room (are you keeping up?)

A photo of the living room before, which was the dining room.

And here's the design for the living room

A visual for the design of the living room.

You might have noticed that it’s been a long time between designing these rooms and actually getting pictures of them finished, and you’d be right. A little thing called lockdown interrupted things for a while, but I did manage to get the photos in the end. The project will be on my website soon, so you’ll be able to see more of it there. Next, I’m designing a new bedroom for the client’s son, so watch this space for an update (I think it might involve more blue…)

Welcome to my design blog, where you'll see posts about anything from the projects we are working on, 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.

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We won!

28 Apr 2022

The Cardiff Life Awards 2022 winners badge
This month, we were pleased as punch to receive the Best Homes & Interiors award from the prestigious Cardiff Life Awards. Cardiff Life Magazine are well-known champions of our city, and the annual awards celebrate the best of Cardiff talent, so we are over the moon to be named 2022 winners!

Morris & Co. X Ben Pentreath

28 Mar 2022

A room styled with items for the new collection of fabrics and wallpapers.
The designs of William Morris have made a comeback over recent years, and now they have been given a striking makeover by interior designer Ben Pentreath. The Queen Square Collection has reimagined some of Morris's most famous fabrics and wallpapers in rich tones and vibrant colourways. You can see the collection here.

Matchy Matchy

28 Feb 2022

A photo of Woodchip & Magnolia's wallpaper matching the fabric on the sofa.
One of my favourite design houses, Woodchip & Magnolia, have gone all out for the all over pattern trend and produced wallpapers and fabrics in the same prints, which I love. You can see the whole stunning collection here.

New fabric collection from Prestigious Textiles

28 Jan 2022

A photo of fabrics and cushions from the new collection from Prestigious Textiles.
A new collection of sumptuous fabrics has just been released from Prestigious Textiles, called Monsoon. The collection includes tactile velvets, animal motifs, embroideries and beautiful sheers, so it's versatile enough to use anywhere in your home. If you'd like to know more about these fabrics, please get in touch.

New reeded glass pendants from Mullan Lighitng

28 Nov 2021

A photo of the Nahla glass reeded pendant
Lighting designers and manufacturers Mullan Lighting have a new range of reeded glass pendant lights available. These Mid Century inspired lights come in three shapes and four finishes, but the Nahla (the one pictured above) is my favourite. You can see the range here.

Little Greene and Bert & May join forces

28 Oct 2021

A photo of some green Bert & May tiles from the new collection, in a bathroom painted green.

Little Greene has announced a collaboration with tile brand Bert & May. The collection sees eight gorgeous Little Greene shades translated onto tiles, giving you even more opportunity to add colour, texture, and a mix of materials to every area of your home. I love this bathroom combination above, with the perfectly matched tiles and paint offset with touches of terracotta, mustard and oak. You can see the full collection here.

Dulux colour of the year - Bright Skies

29 Sep 2021

A promotional photo from Dulux showing the paint colour Bright Skies in a room setting.

So, Dulux have announced their colour of the year for next year, and here it is! Bright Skies is described as the 'breath of fresh air' that we all need after being indoors for so long. What do you think? I'm reserving judgement at the moment. It looks a little cold in the picture, but I don't think the beige sofa and the styling are doing it any favours here. Maybe colour drenched (painted on walls, ceilings, trims and doors) and with some warmer burgundies and terracotta, it could be lovely. You can buy the colour here.

A new home collection from Paloma Faith

28 Aug 2021

A photo of the vintage botanical black wallpaper from Paloma Home.
British singer songwriter Paloma Faith has recently launched her first collection for the home. It includes wallpapers, fabrics, cushions and bedding, and she describes the look as 'faded grandeur and retro maximalism'. The prints are everything I love - dramatic, colourful and fun, and you can see more of the collection here.

It's all about soft yellows

28 Jul 2021

A photo for Little Greene with room inspiration for using Carys yellow paint.
I was watching an Instagram live post from The Little Greene Paint Company last week, and they were discussing a comeback for yellow. Now, as you know, I don't think you have to follow the trends but yellow hasn't been fashionable for a long time, so this sunny, uplifting shade is often overlooked. A warm yellow like Little Green's Carys (above) is perfect for cheering us all up, and you can buy it here.

The cushion that gives back

28 Jun 2021

A photo of the green velvet cushion on a chair.
Introducing the cushion that gives back, from homewares company Oka. They have produced this cushion in partnership with The Trussell Trust who support two thirds of the UK's food banks, and 100% of the proceeds from sales of this lovely green velvet cushion will be donated by Oka to The Trussell Trust. It comes in a range of other colours too, and you can buy the cushion here.

A beautiful new tile collection inspired by the National Trust

28 May 2021

A photo of one of the new tiles in a kitchen roomset with pink walls and black bar stools.
Just launched, Ca Pietra a new tile collection in collaboration with the National Trust. Every tile has been inspired by one of the historic properties, gardens or coastlines looked after by the Trust, and a minimum of £10,000 from sales of the tiles will be given to the National Trust to help them continue their important work. You can see the collection here.

Yummy new switch & socket colours

28 Apr 2021

A photo of two of the new light switches from Dowsing & Reynolds
Did you ever think that your light switches were good enough to eat? I'm guessing the answer is no, until now. You can now buy switches and sockets in these gorgeous colours from the new Dowsing & Reynolds Cafe Culture collection. They come in luscious shades like Cinnamon, Caramel Latte and Whipped Cream, so you can tone, coordinate or contrast with your wall colours and make every part of your interior scheme look delicious. You can buy the gorgeousness from here.

A sustainable fabric choice

29 Mar 2021

A photo of the some of the new Eco range of fabrics.
A beautiful new sustainable fabric range from Clarke and Clarke has just been launched. It's made entirely from recycled materials so you can refresh your home with a clear conscience. You can have a look at the fabric here. Get in touch with me if you'd like to buy any of this fabric.

Sought & Styled - Preloved items given new life

28 Feb 2021

The sought and styled logo on a green background
This month I want to highlight a business run by a very talented lady I met a few years ago (remember when we could meet people?) Not only is she a creative interior designer, she also runs an online shop where she reuses and repurposes anything from soft furnishings to larger furniture items. Everything sold is bespoke and unique, and is effortlessly waste conscious because it's being used again. You can visit her shop here.

Do kitchen worktops bore you?

27 Jan 2021

A photo of a Blackpop design on a kitchen worktop.
Thanks to a genius idea from kings of pattern Blackpop, you can now have one of their colourful designs on your kitchen worktop. They will put any of their funky fabric or wallpaper designs onto waterproof MDF to make you a unique worktop, or they can even make a design just for you. Chopping will never look the same again! You can buy the worktops from their website here.

A Fresh Take - Cardiff Life feature

18 Dec 2020

The cover of the December 2020 issue of Cardiff Life magazine.
This month's issue of Cardiff Life Magazine is out today, and features an interiors special, because one thing this past year has made us do is take a new look at our homes and how we'd like to live in them. To see what I and other local interiors experts have to say on the subject, including a round up of the trends for 2021, have a flick through the digital mag here.

An enchanting inaugural wallpaper collection from Tom Baker

26 Nov 2020

A tropical teal wallpaper plasters the wall above a wainscoting panelling and a navy fabric covered bench. The wallpaper is adorned with tropical wildlife and atmospheric jungle scenery including parrots and  jaguars.
This opulent and atmospheric wallpaper from Tom Baker immerses you in a world of tropical flora, fauna and exotic animals. With soft cool tones and hints of pink floral detailing, this is the perfect wallpaper to add a relaxing and exciting edge to your home. Find this enchanting collection here.

A new shady collaboration between Matthew Williamson and Pooky

20 Oct 2020

A picture of designer Matthew Williamson, standing next to a blue dresser with a wide array of candles and candlesticks on the top. Behind him in a ornate floral wallpaper with a sunburst mirror
The humble lampshade is often overlooked, but with the new collaboration between Pooky and Matthew Williamson they won't be for much longer! Matthew Williamson has applied his talent to design a new range of Pooky lampshades. Whatever your taste, colour scheme or budget you will find the perfect lampshade for your home in this new collection which is now available. This spectacular new collection can be found here.

Felt covered curtain poles

17 Sep 2020

Walcot House felt cover curtain poles

Now you can add some texture to your window dressing with these Walcot House felt covered poles. The pure wool coverings come with a option for bronze or steel fittings and wide spans up to six metres. The curtain track is cleverly hidden within the wooden curtain pole and there's a choice of nearly 50 colours and textures. You can find out more here.

Please vote for my blog

11 Aug 2020

A picture of the Amara Blog Awards vote for me sticker.
I'm really thrilled to have been nominated for an Amara Interiors Blog Award this year! If you enjoy reading my blog and would like to vote for me, I'm nominated in the Best Interior Designer Blog category, and you can vote for me here.

Upcoming interiors trends from Love Rugs

10 Jul 2020

A photo of the Love Rugs website featuring the article.
Love Rugs, the people who know about all things rugs have just published a feature on the upcoming interiors trends for 2020. They asked six of the UK's top interior designers (including me!) to tell them what the upcoming trends are, and in particular the changes we will be making to their homes. The article can be read here, and if you'd like to have a look at the huge range of rugs they offer, click here.

A new fabric collection from Linwood Fabrics

15 Jun 2020

A photo of the new Kami collection from Linwood fabrics.
I love Linwood fabrics - they have a fab way of mixing colour and pattern into something really special, producing fabrics and wallpapers that make me want to coo. This new collection, available at the end of June, is just as gorgeous. It's called Kami, with the pattern inspired by a 19th Century document. The collection is a range of printed velvets, so perfect for upholstery and accessories like cushions.

An easy way to update your kitchen

16 Apr 2020

A photo of the new birch handles from Superfront.
If you are looking to update your existing Ikea kitchen rather than replace it, Stockholm based company Superfront are here to help. They sell a range of fronts, handles, legs and tops to fit not just the Faktum kitchen range but also the Besta, Metod and Pax ranges - so you can customise anything from your sideboard to your wardrobe. These super cute round handles are part of their new birch collection, and the whole range can be found here

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? 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.

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?