All posts tagged: interiors

A Victorian Corker

I had a consultation yesterday. I’m a little giddy. The homeowner and I have very similar tastes, she loves monochrome, art, industrial, hunting furniture from skips and junk yards and mid-century touches. Her home, quite frankly, is amazing already. But she believes there is room for some creativity, some problem solving and bit of oomph. Let me at ’em. I’ll show you around…. (permission already granted if you were wondering). The living room. Currently in F&B Bone and is calm and neutral. But needs a little kick. The floorboards, picture rail, coving, windows, skirting boards… all original and all amazingly beautiful. Needless to say, they will all be staying put. As will the mid century haberdashery drawers with brass drawer pulls. Yum. Full height windows on two aspects, the second of which I forgot to take a bloomin photo of. Which is kind of a bummer as it’s where some joinery magic may just occur. More on that to follow. Just look at that door! With almost 3m high ceilings, this room can take some serious colour. …

My problem with windows

Windows are the bane of my life. They’re always “challenging” when designing a space. So much so, that after being in our current house for three years, i’ve still not sorted blinds or curtains for our living room (I know, it’s bad). But I know i’m not the only one out there that shudders at the thought of curtain and blind shopping. Those vertical blinds were here when we moved in and the curtains, we plonked up from my previous house. The plan was to update it all… and as you may know, i’m impatient and pretty efficient at getting things done. But this window never got ticked off the to-do list. Well it’s time to pull my finger out and give my living room window some love. Here’s my thought process: Vertical blinds? They’re really versatile, but I’m really not a fan. At all. They make any room instantly look like an office or waiting room. And those little string-y things at the bottom always snap and draggle around on the window sill. Roller Blind? Pretty …

I have a confession to make…

…. about wallpaper. If you read my post from last week where I was tearing my hair out over which wallpaper to choose…. then I apologise. The thing is, when you’re in “a relationship”, and live with someone, apparently it’s good etiquette to ask their opinion when buying things or making decisions for your home. Pffft. So, I did. I asked my beloved weeks ago about his thoughts on a particular wallpaper. One that I really really liked and wanted him to like too. But he wasn’t a fan. I showed him another picture of the same wallpaper a few days later. He still didn’t like it. And one more time the following week. Nah, blah, meh…. baaaaah. After my “third time lucky” technique, I concluded that he did NOT like this wallpaper and did NOT want this wallpaper. So the full on wallpaper search proceeded and I ended up with the heavenly seven you guys saw last week. And your help was amazing. Thank you. Anyway, here they are. (Were). Samples started arriving and I was …

Making Spaces in Print – Pt 2

In October last year I wrote a bit of a heart to heart giving you guys some insight into Making Spaces, who I am and how this all began. Near the end of this rather cathartic post, I let it slip I’d had some of my work photographed for a magazine feature. It was all very exciting. It was lovely to have my own home featured in print, but having your work and someone else’s home photographed, all because of you and your mad design ideas… well it felt pretty damn good.   The Blue Room, which you may be familiar with, had its very own photoshoot, AND a four page feature in the Dec/Jan edition of HomeStyle Magazine. And it looks great. Big thanks to Olly Gordon and Abbi Henderson for a great day of fab styling, photography with a smile, champion crumpet eating and Yorkshire tea drinking. I cheekily asked HomeStyle for the PDF’s so I could show you guys. So thanks to them for sending them over and letting me share on Making Spaces. Let’s have a peep. …

Midtown Magic Bedroom – Final Reveal

About three months ago I started redesigning our bedroom from scratch. Everything was going, apart from a chair, a light fitting and a rug. There was nothing wrong with the room, I just never really liked it. Bit boring for me and i’ve been wanting to do something more bold for ages. If you’ve been following the bedroom saga, you might have heard me mention one or two times that we couldn’t find a bed. For ages. Then we did. One from Maisons Du  Monde, a French company. One which we had to wait for nine weeks for it to be made and shipped across the English Channel. During which time we slept on the floor and counted down the nights until we could climb back into a bed, rather than roll onto a mattress. After some faffing with the shipping company who changed the delivery slot three times in two days, the bed and bedside table finally arrived and were delivered to my bedroom by two polite French men. To say I was excited is …

“Retro Gentlemen’s Club with a Dash of Taxidermy”

Do come in. (And please take off your shoes… new rugs.) A reminder of before: As the project breaks for Christmas, I wanted to show you where we’re at since starting work on it in mid-October. This time next month, we should have completed this room. We are so nearly there. I convinced my clients to bring the piano from the hallway into the living room. Originally a bespoke designed study area was planned for this corner, but i’m so pleased the piano made it into the living room instead. It fits perfectly and looks stunning, but more importantly it brings someone’s great love of playing piano into the heart of the home. The morning after the piano was positioned here, I had this message from my client: “Played the piano tonight for the first time in months, probably over a year. It’s totally absorbing, like meditation. Thank you.” Best feeling ever! Good design, I believe, can change the way we live. Enhance our living and working spaces, make us feel better. These are the things I …

Sherwood Forest is coming together nicely…

I love seeing how a design project develops. A before and after is great, but how about the middle bit? The real life stuff? Like mess, design changes and sometimes even mistakes. As ever, lots to do still. Joinery, sofa, floorboards and skirting boards painted, but we’ve started getting things back in the room to make it feel more like a family home over Christmas. Then we’re right back on it in the new year. Before and after of the fireplace: It took some work to get the fireplace looking like this. You can see it being ripped out here. Warts and all. Everything went, apart from the original concrete fire insert. I wanted to give the impression of a fireplace without actually having one, so I created a fire surround with a special mix of paint (eg. I wanged a load of different paints together to try and produce a darker version of Valspar’s Sherwood Forest). I chose a gloss finish to  add a textural contrast. The concrete fire was painted in Valspar’s Storybook Sundown. …

The Right Side of the Bed

Remember my bedroom? The Midtown Magic project? I wanted to show you how it’s coming along. We’re still sleeping on the floor I still have a box for a bedside table We are literally counting down the days until our bedroom furniture arrives. Forget the advent calendar. It’s all about a bed this December. We do however have my Ogilvy bedside light from made.com fitted and my art has finally arrived from Society 6. So happy to finally have something on my side of the bed. Let’s have a nosey. I was planning on a black and brass mini pendant light from Nook London, but unfortunately there was a delay with production, so I had to continue my search and luckily found the Ogilvy Wall Light from made.com which was a) perfect design wise and b) on a 2-3 day delivery timescale. Boom. “Task lamps always look really cool and industrial in living spaces. So we’ve taken that style for the Ogilvy Collection. A sleek, practical addition to our Deco Luxe look.” It’s a great …

Sherwood Forest Gets Dressed (a bit)

  I’m annoyed. Annoyed with the weather. The light, to be precise. The light over the past week has officially been rubbish. 1/10. Must try harder. And this, dear readers is why I haven’t posted a blog for a week. A WHOLE WEEK. Unheard of. I do apologise. Sorry peeps. But I’ve soldiered on, taking snaps here and there as the project has developed and here are some i’ve managed to cobble together over the past week. Let me show you what’s new… All of the room has been painted now in Valspar’s Sherwood Forest, except for the skirting boards. Above are the phrenology and skull knobs from Orchard Lane Interiors, now gracing the doors of the cupboard doors either side of the fire. (**rubbish lighting photo) In the right hand fireplace recess we have a collection of gawkworthy items, most of which were already at hand. Stylist’s dream! Anything new has links below. Specimen drawers Phrenology head Lots of bizarre and lovely glassware collected from around the world, including a bottle with a snake in. A cloche …

Home Office in a Day

I was recently set a challenge. Could I update a currently unused third bedroom from a room of storage chaos to a sleek and super cost effective home office? In one day. 8 hours. Let’s have a look-see…. Well yeah, of course I can. They don’t call me Karen “make-over in a day” Knox for nothing you know. Bah! Firstly, this rather large and unnecesary sofa needed to get the hell outta there. The room is about 2x3m so this took up more than a third of much needed space. A “free sofa to anyone that could collect” Gumtree ad worked a treat, giving me a near empty room and someone else a much needed free sofa. Perfik. The CD towers, old cushions and a spare light shade were getting sent to the charity shop but everything else in that room needed a place to live. I had a budget of £150 to spend on the entire room. Eek. I needed to purchase: A desk Filing drawers Drawers for the existing Ikea Kallax unit A chair …