All posts filed under: Interior Design Collective

Homebuilding & Renovating Magazine

Homebuilding & Renovating – Do you need an interior designer?

So, do you? It’s a good question isn’t it? And one i’ve discussed a kabillion times on here before. But I wanted to show you a recent article from Homebuilding & Renovating magazine’s June edition where myself and the “work-wife”, Fiona Duke (from Fiona Duke Interiors) are asked this very question. View this post on Instagram Although we're saying goodbye to that lovely (if brief) weather, we're saying hello to the latest issue of Homebuilding & Renovating! ⁣ We take a look at how you can design a kitchen on a budget, create the perfect wetroom, and drought-proof your garden. ⁣ Find design inspiration with our guide to freestanding vs built-in baths and our gorgeous architectural moodboard for your dream staircase. Plus, we discuss if it is worth hiring an interior designer for your project as well as taking a tour of our readers' beautiful homes — this month includes a stunning oak-frame single storey home, a contemporary self-build in Cambridgeshire and a family home transformed by a barn conversion and extension in Yorkshire! ⁣ …

Interior Design Collective - Design Surgery Workshop

IDC Design Surgery #designupnorth

It’s just a quickie today peeps! I’ve been writing up another (third on the bounce) final reveal post, for the Copper Bedroom (like busses they are), but i’ve had to interrupt that public service broadcast with some very exciting news: The very first IDC Design Surgery has now been confirmed!! We’re sooo excited. And true to my word, I have fought hard to host the very first of these IDC workshops up north, here in my beloved Yorkshire. These consultation style workshops are the first of their kind, as the content is planned around you and your own home projects. You tell us what you want to learn and we deliver. And when I say we, I mean me and my partner in crime and other half of the IDC dream team, Fiona Duke. There are only 10 places per workshop, we capped it at 10 as we want to be able to talk to each and every one of you and work through your home design dilemmas, so you leave feeling armed to deal …

Interior Design Collective Workshops

The IDC Design Surgery

They’re coming, they’re coming!! And i’m so excited, can you tell?? I’ve been doing this dance down my hallway in my purple lycra and white sneaks. Interior design workshops are something i’ve been planning for AGES. Like, a LONG time. And now, finally with the support of the Interior Design Collective, they’re actually gonna happen. I can’t flipping wait! Yee-ha! I know there are lots of Interiors-y workshops out there at the moment already, but we’re tapping into a bit of the market I don’t think’s been catered for right now. A lot of you are just about to undertake large house projects, period renovations, bathroom/kitchen refurbs, and more than ever, people are trying to do most of the work themselves, to save money. Makes sense! But wouldn’t you like a bit of advice? Advice on where to start? Which bits to do first. How to nail a layout. Where to put the radiators. What lighting does a room need for example. If that sounds like you, read on… The IDC Design Surgery is a four …

Can you put a price on creativity?

In short, no. No you can’t. But as creative people, we have to, in order to make a living. An artist charges £500 for a painting perhaps, which sounds a lot doesn’t it? But then when you find out it took them a week to create it and cost them £70 in materials (canvas, brushes, paints….) £430 for 40 hours work doesn’t quite sound as good does it? That’s £10.75 p/hr by the way. For someone that’s maybe got a BA in fine art. And 40 hours is always 60 hours, because any creative person starts work as soon as they get out of bed and doesn’t switch off until the lights are out. Even then, the brain continues to whirr and race with ideas. I have been known to solve design dilemmas in my dreams. So even when i’m asleep, i’m working. That’s kind of annoying. But what happens when you work in a service industry and the service you provide isn’t tangible? When the service you provide is a long and lengthy process …

The Interior Design Collective – Launches Today

I’m not going to lie. I can’t concentrate on anything today, it’s ALL about the Interior Design Collective’s official website launch. Everything else, like actual work (and self-care) has to take a back seat. View this post on Instagram Today's the day! It's really happening…. the Interior Design Collective is officially launching today and our website is now well and truly 'LIVE' (link in bio). Over the last few months Fiona Duke from @fionadukeinteriors and Karen Knox from @makingspacesnet, have been developing the IDC concept and brand aiming to spread the word on accessible, unique and creative interior design and we now have an actual 'community!' – a community of 13 AMAZING designers from all over the UK. So what are you waiting for?? Head on over…… Have a good old look around….. We're ready for you and you're all welcome. Can't wait to hear what you think 😊 . . . . #interiors #interiordesign #interiordesigner #interiordesigninspiration #interiordesigners #interiordesigninspo #interiorstyling #interiorstylist #interiorstylists #interiorstyle #interiorandhome #design #eclecticdecor #interiordesigncollective #eclecticinteriors #website #launch #brand #launchday #creatives #realhomes #mastermind …

Interior Design Collective

Interior Design Collective

I know. It’s been a week since I last posted. And i’m sorry. I think it’s fair to say my head has been well and truly buzzing this week with the amount going on at Making Spaces HQ. Not only have I got a new chunky project on the go (more on that soon), i’ve also launched the Interior Design Collective with the very lovely, and ridiculously talented, Fiona Duke from Fiona Duke Interiors. Say hi to Fiona everyone **waves** So here’s what’s been going on in the background for the last few months…. Fiona and I have been chatting about developing a network of specially selected, freelance Interior Design Creatives. Because, something like this is very much needed right now, and i’ll tell you for why. Interiors is the new fashion for the 30-50 something crowd. Staying in is the new going out. Our homes and surroundings are what we’re spending more of our disposable income these days. And with social media platforms like Instagram, people are sharing their surroundings left right and centre and …