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ABC in the Bathroom (Anything But Chrome)

If you’re currently planning a bathroom refit and looking to break with convention and not go down the easy route of chrome brassware… you’ll soon experience what I refer to as The ABC Nightmare. Anything But Chrome. Black and Brass are currently the choix du jour and has been for a while but the market is taking some time to catch up. As you already know our loft bathroom was graced with a black tap, bottle trap and waste from Olif. The Minimo Matt Black Tap is still available on their website, which they’ve recently revamped, so definitely worth a look. They also do gold, copper, bronze and anthracite taps… basically, Anything. But. Chrome. So sourcing a black tap for our loft shower room wasn’t too bad… but could I for the life of me find a shower or a shower screen with black fittings (that wasn’t a million ££’s)? No. No I couldn’t. But guess what? They’re finally trickling down onto the market, so I thought i’d save you a month’s painful search and pop ’em all here for …

The Red Room Project Interior Design

The Red Room – Pre-reveal – Pt 2

Because sometimes things take a little longer than planned… here’s Pt 2 of the pre-reveal. I wasn’t planning a Pt 2, but I also wasn’t planning for one of the light fittings to be broken, for the curtains to be such a pain (why are curtains always such a pain?) or for the electrician to be quite as elusive (why are electricians always elusive?) View this post on Instagram Oh my god, Monday, you've done me in! Five hours of admin followed by a four hour styling session. We are soooo nearly ready for the final reveal of this project. Curtains arriving this week, few more frames to sort and a ceiling light refitted after a small disaster. Then a bit more faffing obviously. I absolutely love the Alfred wallpaper by @anaglyptauk. It adds so much depth and texture to the room. What could have been a really stark contrast of black and red… is softened by the ornate pattern in the wallpaper. See how the light hits it in different ways? Really beautiful. More …

Abigail Ahern X Wayfair

Abigail Ahern x Wayfair

Pretty exciting news today peeps, i’m super chuffed to play a small part in the launch of Abigail Ahern’s very own curation for Wayfair. **does little dance** Ms Ahern has personally selected a small selection of gems from Wayfair so you can create her iconic look at home. Image – Abigail Ahern x Wayfair Designer Abigail Ahern has been hailed as one of the most trend-setting names in interiors – a style disruptor with a fearless approach to home design. In her collaboration with Wayfair, Abigail’s signature moody palette is given an earthy twist, with slick urban furniture meeting raw and rustic elements, eclectic accents and statement lighting, for a look that’s packed full of character yet surprisingly affordable. I’ve worked with Wayfair a couple of times already, which included curating my own selection in January 2016. They offer a mammoth selection of affordable homeware, all with free shipping, so perfect for an impulse purchase. Just some of the items that made it into the Abigail Ahern x Wayfair Collaboration As part of the launch, …

Little Greene Lamp Black

The Red Room – The Pre-Reveal

Just got back from a visit to The Red Room project. Big smiles here 😀 I dreamt about it last night as i’ve been itching to get there all week. I spoke to the homeowner after all the major work had been completed last week; new stove, mantel piece, door blocked up and plastered, walls wallpapered and then painted. So we’re onto the final straight peeps. The fun stuff! View this post on Instagram It'ssssss project visit time!! Dreamt about it all last night… Because I'm a weirdo. . . . . #workingmum #interiordesigner #interiordesign #interiordesigncollective #eclecticinteriors #homedecor #makingspaces #designupnorth #design #interiordesigner #livingroom #apartmenttherapy #mystylishspace #vintage #howivintage #atmine #houseofhackney #williammorris #pattern #upholstery #velvet #chesterfield A post shared by Karen Knox – Making Spaces (@makingspacesnet) on Sep 22, 2017 at 12:50am PDT This is what it looked like on my last visit, which you can read all about here. So many of you loved that distressed plastered wall, but alas there was a door to board up and skim over, so it wasn’t meant to be. …

We have carpet!

Can you believe it was this time last year that we started our loft conversion? How quickly have the last 12 months gone? We finished the staircase earlier this year and finally got the build signed off in June. Phew! But the one thing we still hadn’t managed to sort (afford) was the carpet. You can see in the image above where the old box room wall and door were as our old, battered carpets were a kind reminder of the house’s former layout. Luckily for me, Flooring Megastore were happy to work with me to re-carpet our stairs and open plan landing. Whoop! They stock an enormous range of flooring (carpets, vinyl, laminate, engineered and solid wood) including just what I was looking for. Associated Weavers Lochay –  Fossil I opted for Associated Weavers’ Natural Wool Collection in a warm stone shade. I wanted something with grey undertones for more of a Scandi vibe. Especially as the space it was being fitted was all white and birch, birch and white. It’s 50/50 wool and polyester, so, super hardwearing …

What’s caught my eye at H&M Home this week

I’ve been researching some final styling pieces for a couple of projects this week. H&M Home is somewhere I often pop to for bargainous goodies, and as ever it didn’t disappoint. Credit – Katie Lee for MADE The Block-patterned cushion covers from H&M were used in the Drawing Room Project (which was featured on Apartment Therapy this week. Yay!) I also bagged their linen pom pom cushion covers in the winter sale for our loft bedroom. Pom poms! The downside to researching products for clients is that you want about 80% of everything you come across. It’s like sitting next to a cake all day and not eating any of it. Where’s the fun in that?! So what I like to do sometimes is show you guys what I really like, in the hope that one of you will take the plunge. Shopping vicariously through you. I’m such a feeder. Yep. That’s me. Here’s what’s turned my eye this week at H&M Home. I shall accept no responsibility for any impulse purchases made after reading this post. Let us …

My Top 10 Brass & Gold Pendant Lights (for under £250)

Ceiling pendant lights are one of the items I spent the most time searching for. The choice our there are the moment is completely immense. However, it’s still not easy to find affordable, statement lighting. And when I say statement, I mean, something that’s big enough to take hold of that space above your head. Gild Hall Hotel – NY For a 2.4m high ceiling, you want something at least 35cm diameter, preferably 40cm. For a 2.6m ish ceiling go up to around 50cm. Any higher you’re going to be looking at around 60cm +. The grand/er the better really, especially if you have a ceiling rose. Fitting a crap, piddly light into a beautiful, period ceiling rose is just rude. In my opinion of course. But these big statement lights can be so darn expensive. And a lot of my clients (like me) don’t have that kind of money, so finding something for less than £250 can be a real arse. So I thought i’d show you my top 10 finds over the past couple …

The Elusive Round Mirror

They’re not easy to find you know, round mirrors. Well they are. But BIG, round ones are not. I’ve been working remotely with a lovely client down in London for a year now. We’ve been making small but quite significant changes to their living room and hallway. Project – During (photo by client) After some fancy bespoke joinery by the man of the house, a new dining table, dining chairs, cow hide, Robin Day sofa from eBay and a lick of paint… these guys needed a large round mirror for the chimney breast. If I had my way, i’d most likely have left the chimney breast bare for some negative space between the two alcoves, but the room is very dark and the window is directly opposite the chimney breast. A mirror was much needed to help bounce the limited light around. The mirror had to be round to echo the new Tulip dining table and soften all those vertical lines from the alcoves and shelving. And because I didn’t really want to see the …

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Meet Cecil (and Obie)

I’ve had a few new deliveries over the past few months courtesy of MADE, the last being a bit of a biggie, so thought i’d share some piccies with you, because i’m nice like that. “Meet Cecil. A sophisticated armchair in a stylish mid-century shape designed for a contemporary home.” Cecil caught my eye a couple of months ago. It’s such an iconic shape, with those tufted buttons and visible solid oak frame. Not to mention the plush velvet hues and soft leathers on offer. I literally had no room for this chair anywhere at home, but I needed some of that grass green velvet in my life. You might remember me writing about Pantone’s colour of the year; Greenery a few months ago. Isn’t Cecil a dreamboat?! Now, green isn’t a colour I would have necessarily chosen for this room, given that it’s teal (not blue as the pictures might suggest), but the green doesn’t half pop off those walls. I rather like it. Our bedroom already had a few MADE pieces in there including …

My six picks from La Redoute

I’ve not done a round up post for a while, so I thought i’d pop a cheeky one together conclude this week’s blog offerings. This time it’s pieces from La Redoute (you know how I love that place). Up first is the Orbiana Table. Orbiana Table Desk With it’s tapered, mid-century line, the Orbiana sits up to eight people. But it also has a little extra up its sleeve. The Orbiana table desk. An ingenious large dining room table with contemporary lines for up to 8 guests. Its fold-down leaves provide 2 workspaces. Simply fold back one or two of the leaves held in place by antique brass hinges and you’ve got a work space you can tidy away in about 30 seconds. Worth looking at if you’re on the hunt for a living/dining/work space solution. £899 Next up are cushion covers. Busby Cushion Cover Admittedly, they’re not going to change the world, but they come in cool colours and have Pom Poms on, something i’m a bit obsessed with at the moment. In fact, I made …