As featured on Houzz – kitchen bins and laundry baskets

Jennifer Chong in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, UK on HouzzWell first off can I just wish you all a very Happy New Year! It’s a few days late but this is my first post of 2017 so what you gonna do? It’s been a year since I started blogging and it’s been a lot more fun than I expected leading to loads of opportunities, including writing for Houzz. My articles have generated a lot of interest and I’m pleased to say that many of them now appear in their ‘Most Popular‘ section! It’s so lovely to hear when readers enjoy the features and find them useful, so thank you to everyone that reads, likes, follows and shares. You’re all super stars!

At the end of last year I had two articles published on Houzz that I didn’t get round to featuring here on my own blog so this one is a twofer! The first, 10 Smart Storage Tips for Your Kitchen Bins, covers some neat tips and ideas to tackle your kitchen bin storage. The second is 10 Smart and Stylish Ways to Store Your Laundry Baskets, which looks at a variety of different ways and locations to store your laundry baskets.

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As featured on Houzz – A Beginner’s Guide to Heating a Cold Kitchen on Any Budget

Jennifer Chong in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, UK on HouzzBrrrrr! It’s getting a bit nippy out there! We’re well and truly into the beautifully instagrammable season of Autumn with its golden leaves and dusky skies. However, with the clocks going back this weekend, Christmas displays in the shops and the ever-dropping temperature, I think we can safely say that Winter is coming. I love Autumn and I love Christmas but for me, the cold is unwelcome. I’d rather be a cooked chicken than a frozen one. Still, on the plus side, there’s nothing like getting your cosy on at home when it’s freezing outside.

Getting toasty in your living room or bedroom is easy, but what about the kitchen? With all it’s hard surfaces, cold floors and external walls, the kitchen can be a chilly space in some homes, and who wants that? No one, that’s who. My latest feature on Houzz – A Beginner’s Guide to Heating a Cold Kitchen on Any Budget – explores a range of ways to warm up a chilly cookspace so that you can stay cosy in your kitchen this winter.

Feature image: Rencraft via Houzz

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As featured on Houzz – A Beginner’s Guide to Installing Wall Panelling

Jennifer Chong in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, UK on HouzzOh dear, it’s happened again. Another week, and no blog post. Sorry! If any of you made it down to designjunction last week then you will have seen the reason why I’ve slightly dropped the ball in the blogging department, but hopefully you’ll agree it was worth it.

In the meantime, I thought I’d share my latest Houzz feature which covers everything you need to know about installing your own wall panelling. If you’re looking to add an interesting feature to your home and fancy a DIY challenge, this could be right up your street. Read A Beginner’s Guide to Installing Wall Panelling to make sure you’re fully prepared to handle this like a total pro.

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Light in the home mini-series – a recap!

I’ve been super busy sorting things out for the very exciting SmartHouzz pod for Houzz at designjunction lately and things are just kicking off with the build. This means I’m in full-blown designer/project manager mode and as a result, have had zero time to blog 😦

But fear not, I’ve got something up my sleeve. Do you remember on Friends when, every now and then, there was an episode just made up of clips from old episodes and it was really annoying? Well this is one of those…in blog form. Some of you may remember that a while ago I did a mini-series on Light in the Home. It got a bit much writing about lighting all the time so I interspersed it with posts about other things so it’s all over the place! For those interested in learning a little about lighting design how to use light in the home, I thought it might be helpful to have them all in one place. So here it is…

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The SmartHouzz designed by Feioi for designjunction16

The SmartHouzz at designjunction

For those of you that follow me on social media (and if you don’t, why the hell not?) you may have seen that I have an exciting new project coming up this month in conjunction with Houzz. As one of the headline partners at designjunction, Houzz will be unveiling their SmartHouzz on Granary Square, Kings Cross for the duration of the exhibition that takes place 22-25 September. I was delighted to be asked to collaborate with Houzz on the design and to project manage the work to bring all the ideas to a reality.

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As featured on Houzz – A Beginner’s Guide to Planning Your Own Bespoke Joinery Project

Jennifer Chong in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, UK on HouzzMy latest feature has been published on Houzz and this month I’ve put together some tips and advice on how to design, plan and project manage your own custom made furniture. A Beginner’s Guide to Planning Your Own Bespoke Joinery Project covers the things to think about and decisions you’ll need to consider when undertaking a joinery project so that you can get exactly what you want with minimal stress. Like the sound of that? Read on…

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As featured on Houzz – 14 Essential Things to Consider When Painting a Room

Jennifer Chong in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, UK on HouzzThings looking a bit tired? Kids drawn on the walls? Realised you actually hate magnolia? There are plenty of reasons to redecorate (not that you even need a reason) but the most important thing is that you want to make sure it looks freakin’ awesome when it’s done. It’s not the most difficult thing to fix if you’re not happy with the result but wouldn’t it be nice to get it right first time?

Choosing a paint colour can be anything from exciting and fun to overwhelming and downright stressful, not to mention there’s actually loads of other stuff to think about besides wall colour. So put the paint brush down and read my guide to 14 Essential Things to Consider When Painting a Room as featured on Houzz.

Feature image: Sigmar via Houzz

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As featured on Houzz – A Complete Guide to Managing a Tiling Project

Jennifer Chong in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, UK on HouzzTiling is one of those key elements in interior design that can make or break your room and unlike other features, it’s a difficult one to change once it has been done. This means you’ll want to make sure it’s done right first time as trying to make alterations after the fact can be both expensive and time consuming. Apologies if this sounds a lot like scaremongering. I think we’ve had quite enough of that lately.

Don’t let my words of warning put you off. Being aware of the pitfalls are just the first step and planning for problems means you’re in the right mindset. As always, I’m here to help and this time in the form of another article on Houzz. A Complete Guide to Managing a Tiling Project covers the basic guidelines to help you plan a tiling job. From walls to floors, kitchens to bathrooms, these concepts apply to most tiling projects and can help you guide you through all the things you need to think about. Success – here we come!

Feature image: Studio Moran via Houzz

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As featured on Houzz – A Complete Guide to Project Managing Your Kitchen Renovation

Jennifer Chong in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, UK on HouzzWhether you’re planning on renovating your kitchen, in the middle of a project or been there and done that, you’ll know that there’s a hell of a lot to think about when it comes to kitchens. Who knew? I did, that’s who. Before you come round to slap the smug look off my face, just take a look at this article I’ve written for Houzz on how to do it.

A Complete Guide to Project Managing Your Kitchen Renovation does what it says on the tin. Follow this guide and plan it all to perfection before taking the plunge. I never said it would be easy but it’s certainly not impossible.

Featured image credit: Kitchen by 102 Interiors Ltd, photography by Helen Jermyn

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House goals: The Kitchen Larder

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Anyone who knows me well will know that I love food. I love eating it, I love cooking it, I love how it looks, I love the aromas, I’m pretty much obsessed with it. For me, cooking and baking is therapeutic, giving me time to focus solely on the task in hand and block out everything else. It helps to clear my mind and provides an experimental outlet for me to create tasty dishes that bring joy to those who eat them (unless something goes very wrong).

My kitchen is bursting at the seams with gadgets and ingredients and the never-ending quest for storage is a perpetual challenge. Every space is filled in the blink of an eye with more “essential” items. For a while, I longed for a dedicated larder cupboard. As I got older, I felt my desire for a walk-in wardrobe shift towards a walk-in larder. The dream has since been upgraded to a Nigella-style walk through pantry. What next? Pretty soon my kitchen will take over the entire house. I feel it’s only a matter of time.

So, fellow foodies, whether you have loads of space or things are a little tight, here’s how to create your own swoon-worthy larder area.

Featured image: Loft Kitchen by Team 7 in walnut by Wharfside

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