Who am I

“Who are you?” you may ask. Why would I hire you instead of other interior designers? I don’t know you!

So here you go guys. I am an open book (with a glass of red by my side) tonight.

  • I am greyish/blueish paint on my kitchen walls. 

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    Dulux Blue reflection

  • I am paint. All kinds of.
  • I am red skirting board
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    Red skirting board

     

  • I am a scaffold board shelf

 

 

  • I am a hand painted geometric wall
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    Quirky

     

  • I am  black and white socks on Duke of York’s cinema in Brighton
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    Duke of York cinema Brighton

  • I am a potato sack fabric
  • I am a timber branch hook for shoes
  • I am a cloud on your bedroom ceilings
  • I am a hand painted lampshade
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    Hand painted

  • I am unusual
  • I am what you don’t expect
  • I am in Brighton
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    Sky Cloud mural in a great room

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    Potato sack fabric

 

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Interior design vs. trends

Almost the same way as trends in apparel fashion, Interior design is getting waves of ‘trendy’ colours, themes and materials too. And I do not agree with it.

Wearing apparel that fits and – most importantly – suits you is critical. More than going after something that won’t even be fashionable in few weeks or months. Interiors are exactly the same. I agree that interior design magazines, books, TV shows, blogs are good source of ideas, but following trends is not what we should do.

Who can decide what colour scheme is trendy anyway???

Your home should be taken as YOUR clothes: they should fit YOU and suit YOU and not the other way round. What I am saying that if you love bold colours you should go for it even if pastels is hip right now. If you like nautical theme – do it. If you crave for kitsch poster on your wall – hang it. If you feel good about some detail/accessory/picture, but the magazine is saying it is out of fashion – stick with what your gut is telling.

You know why? Because I am a firm believer that there’s always a solution. I might hate yellow walls, but there is a way to make it work. The same approach goes with furniture, curtains, lamps, vases, etc.

Here goes the moral of my rant – interior is as successful as it is yours. And by ‘yours’ I mean your personality, your taste, your lifestyle, your vision. Not someone else’s home in the trendy magazine.

Oh and if you stuck with something – keep-calm-and-hire-an-interior-designer-52

Project: kitchen

This is a small (both – the space and the project itself), but very fun and enjoyable kitchen update.

When we moved into our new home, it was very much ‘unloved’ and lacked character. The kitchen was all white, with wooden imitation vinyl worktop and same type of floor. The whole flat was well…plain (at least for my eyes and taste). And then we moved in…

Being a huge fan of colour I knew that it is inevitable for this white kitchen to say goodbye to its ‘whiteness’.

Paint was the best solution for us: relatively cheap, quick way to update any room. I think that kitchen is one of the best rooms to play with different shades and tones.

So I did play a bit. In the end decided to change the walls colour instead of the cupboards doors. But it was fun to see how it would look like.

 

I can’t remember why, but I had to choose the main colour for walls pretty quickly. Sometimes the gut feeling tells you the right thing (sometimes not). Well, this time I think I was right, because I still very much in love with my choice. The inspiration for it was the house in my neighbourhood – every time I pass this building I say to myself or to anyone around – I love this colour. I promise to post a pic of that house one day.

So I was told to drive to the shop and buy paints, because the man of the house was ready to do the magic (painting magic). To be honest I could spend hours in the paint shop (or diy shop). For some reason I feel that I need all kinds of test pots and catalogues. My obsession of greyish/greenish/blueish colour won and I came back with the beautiful shade of Dulux Blue Reflection.

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So here it is – greyish blue with hints of bright red. I wish there would be more space for sitting in our little kitchen so we could spend more time here. The blue reflection was and still is the perfect colour for these walls. Perfect combination. Happy me!

There was not much storage so we used quite a few hooks to hang our pots and pans.  Several shelves – I love the one in the middle of the window. Planning to hang few pots of herbs under it.

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Very useful for kids drawings, groceries lists, doodles and everyday notes.

Can you see the quote?

“Stop living your life accidentally, start living on purpose!”.

Now share me the pic of your kitchen, please

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3 favourite places for inspiration

Whenever I’m stuck and need new, fresh ideas for a project I have few favourites where I am heading straight away. No disappointment!

  • Houzz UK – extremely visual site both for professionals and design enthusiasts. They keep the content vibrant and energetic, posts exciting stories and cool diy projects. You can expect to see budget ideas and multi million worth interior design. Getting an online advice from pro or finding architect/designer for a complete redo of your home – it’s easy at Houzz. How I find it? I was heavily pregnant and waiting for the keys to our first home. Browsing and searching for spaces solutions, paint ideas, colour schemes (you what I mean) and then I hit Houzz. I cannot recommend any other site more – so 11 out 10 points to this one. Here’s the link to my recent collection of interesting ceilings that I found on Houzz.

  • Pinterest – well this one you know for sure. It’s a great mix of..well..EVERYTHING. Even when I am not looking for ideas – I keep finding them on Pinterest. Someone said that Pinterest is the best time killer. Oh well. I love going through my old boards and seeing what I pinned there ages ago. Sometimes it is complete embarrassment, sometimes it is still relevant.

 

  • Magazines. Since I’ve became a mother I have piles of magazines in my coffee table. Under the bed. On the shelf. Near the bin. Behind the sofa. Some of them not even opened, fresh as daisies. Mostly they are fashion magazines, few – home, garden, design themed. How do I use them? I cut them into pieces. Cut out the colours, textures, pieces of clothing, faces…whatever speaks to me at that moment. Sometimes I find nothing, sometimes I ‘kill’ the whole magazine. Put them in the paper bag and usually forget for awhile. Then when inspiration hits me – I do quick experiments/exercises and try to put them together. Very instinctively. Very quickly. On a piece of white paper. I called them collages, but you can call it a mood board. Here’s one of the old pieces I recently found:

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    Quirky/modern mood board

 

Now tell me – where do you find the inspiration?