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...

Some of you will be aware that I was a contestant on BBC 2's Great Interior Design Challenge in January this year, appearing on the show has opened many doors, not least having our home featured in July's Issue of 25 Beautiful Homes. The morning after the show aired I received a call from the charming Heather Dixon of Feature Services, Heather works alongside husband Dave, together they run Feature Services, one of the country’s leading contributors of home-related features to the UK’s most popular home and interior magazines.  Heather enquired...

[caption id="attachment_5684" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Artist Sandrine Chambery[/caption] I first discovered artist Sandrine Chambery on Instagram back in May of this year and am thrilled to share my discovery with you. I've always been drawn to images of birds, I invested in some hand painted silk wallpaper for our bedroom years ago and since then I've bought all manner of avian inspired items, ornaments and faux taxidermy amongst them, favourites being the faux bird collection on offer at Rockett St George, which I also used in the DIY birdcage lamp I...

Last year my daughter asked if she could have her room updated as her birthday present, we always struggle to know what to buy so this was perfect.  Having seen me produce them for every home decoration project Sadie soon set about creating her perfect mood board.  She spent ages trawling through piles of Living etc, sourcing samples and creating a board on Pinterest, a day or so later her board was complete.  The look she was hoping for was New York Loft, think brick walls, shades of grey, wooden...

Following my experience competing on this year’s BBC2 amateur interior designer series, The Great Interior Design Challenge, I was approached to design a new interiors scheme for local boutique salon Hair by Kirby Blythe, based in Messingham. The owner’s brief was to create a fresh and feminine scheme to increase light and introduce a spa feel where customers would feel welcomed and relaxed.  Light grey, rose gold and white tones were used throughout to complement the existing flooring and vintage chesterfield sofas.  Rose gold chandeliers above each station and a huge...

  I've been designing the festive windows and in store styling of Queen Bee, a local hair spa/beauticians for a couple of years now.  I have a lovely relationship with the salon owner and was thrilled when she asked me to help her with the re-design of two of her treatment rooms as well as a client lounge area. The existing scheme was mainly beige, cream and grey with dark wood and chrome fittings.  The treatment rooms are mainly used for massage, facials etc and as such I wanted clients to feel...