There’s is no doubt one of my big loves is interior design, but I do also love books.
I thank my parents for that, they have always been avid readers and always actively encouraged my sister and I to read too.
So it’s no surprise that I have a growing collection of interior design books at home.
A couple of weeks back, I posted about our visit to the distillery Archie Rose, read about it here.
It got me thinking about my bar at home. Now we were the lucky recipients of a Parker drinks trolley, all thanks to the brilliant Tony, a passionate mid century furniture restorer. We bought an amazing Parker dining table and chairs from him, see it in my post here, and he was kind enough to chuck in the drinks trolley for free.
When creating your perfect home, it can seem like the list of tasks and jobs to get there, can seem never ending.
At times it can feel like you are never going to reach the finishing line. If you are like me, you can lose focus and get sidetracked trying to wrong on too many spaces at one time.
I know, as I have had those times when I have smashed through a list of chores and jobs at home. Thinking okay, what’s next, let’s just get it done and then I can sit back and relax and enjoy what I have made.
When I was growing up in England, wallpaper was the norm. We had it in every room in our house.
In the bedroom I shared with my sister, we had the popular (at the time anyway) embossed type which you could then paint your choice of colour. Being girls we had it pink, obviously!!!!
In our living room we have the chipped type, so it had little chips of wood embossed into it, again so you could just paint it your choice of colour. My sister and I used to like to pick the bits of wood out.
Have you ever had that feeling when you have bought something for your home, that didn’t come with an ‘Um and Ar” moment beforehand, but did come with a gut feeling that it was just the right thing to buy, regardless of the cost?
You know that time, when you have got it home and you just can’t help but smile at it because it makes you happy to own it???
One of my favourite elements of interior design and styling is using fabrics, whether it be upholstery, soft furnishings or window dressings, fabrics can add a real point of interest in a space.
I have spent many a happy hour or two looking at fabrics and have a box full of samples in my office.
The range of products available is astounding, so many variations in colour, pattern and texture. Fabrics can be really important element in a space. Textured fabrics can add interest in a neutral interior, breaking up a flat use of the same colour. A highly patterned or coloured fabric can make an armchair or sofa a star attraction. Using rich fabrics like silk and velvet can add a feeling of opulence.