Welcome, here I continue to share the renovation of our barn conversion.  I'd intended to start blogging about our renovation sooner but things have been so busy here I'm playing catch up, I hope you enjoy what I share of our renovation journey and find some inspiration along the way. It's now 18 months since we moved into our barn conversion mews, which was previously owned by an elderly lady, we had our hands full, pastel carpets, floral window dressings, dark beams, ancient radiators and poor lighting being some of the...

Welcome, here I continue to share the renovation of our barn conversion.  I'd intended to start blogging about our renovation sooner but things have been so busy here I'm playing catch up, I hope you enjoy what I share of our renovation journey and find some inspiration along the way. Some of you will know that a little over a year ago we moved into our barn conversion mews, which was previously owned by an elderly lady, we had our hands full, pastel carpets, floral window dressings, dark beams, ancient radiators...

I've long been a huge fan of using vintage items in my own home, the reasons are many, older pieces add character as well as interest to a scheme and work well in both traditional and modern surroundings.  Mostly though I love that they give us a connection to the past and that I can almost always recall where I have bought them, often recalling conversations I've had with people I've bought pieces from to learn an item's history.   Some of my vintage treasures used in my home When I launched my online...

I'm thrilled to bring you the scoop on Siobhan Murphy aka @interiorcurve's  new abode, the Art Deco house of dreams, Chatelaine, which she shares with husband Nick and Benji the Ragdoll cat.  The image above of Chatelaine was commissioned by Siobhan by Karina Mansfield. So Siobhan, you and husband Nick moved to Chatelaine from a very modest 1970's semi, what prompted the move?  Was it love at first sight? I have always loved this house, even as a young girl I can remember going past in the car and wondering who lived...

I've long been a fan of a gallery wall, I've had at least one in each of the houses we've owned.  I ear marked the staircase walls of our new home as the perfect place for a floor to ceiling gallery wall .  Our ceilings are very low in comparison to our old house, but the staircase ceiling at 3.6m in height offered the perfect place for me to create my dream gallery wall. Moving to a house with lower ceilings had posed a problem, that of where to hang Phylis...

Why I decided on a mini revamp for our dining room [caption id="attachment_7133" align="alignleft" width="433"] Before the revamp, set for a Christmas meal[/caption] I've always known there are benefits to living in a property for a while before making decisions as to what renovations are needed and what decorating decisions to make.  Some people even advise living through the seasons in a new home to see how differing light and temperatures throughout the year may dictate design decisions.  One year on I've asked myself if I'd waited whether or not I'd have...

I'm thrilled to share another client project here.  I was contacted by the delightful Dorothy and Dave who wanted help to turn a bedroom that had once belonged to their son into a bedroom for their grandchildren Artie and Bea to use when they came to stay.  Aged 1 and almost three at the time, the brief was to create a gender neutral room which was fun and engaging whilst offering a relaxing environment that was also easy for the couple to maintain. After an initial site visit I met with...

Open plan kitchen-2 Welcome, this is the second in a series of posts where I share the renovation of our barn conversion mews room by room.  In March 2018 my family moved from our large 1930s town property to a barn conversion mews situated within church grounds in a quiet Lincolnshire Village.  The property's previous owner was an elderly lady with a penchant for chintz.  Our new home was complete with blousy florals, beige sanitary ware, a cottage kitchen, pastel carpets and retro fit dark beams.  Thankfully as an interior designer...