Decorating with ironmongery

An often overlooked feature, ironmongery is like the jewellery of interior design. Not in a blingy kind of way, I’m not talking glitter wallpaper and rhinestone sofas. Although if that’s your thing, then good for you! This is more like your favourite watch; a subtle accessory with a functional purpose. From window catches to door furniture, there is a whole multitude of items to consider with a seemingly endless choice from intricate, antique finds to sleek, contemporary styles. This is one of those little things that add an effortless sense of style to a home. It’s almost imperceptible, but the difference it makes is enormous. Here are just a few examples to get those creative juices flowing. Go forth and accessorise!

Feature image: Antique brass ironmongery from Willow & Stone

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Light in the home – switches and circuits

Forbes & Lomax button dimmer controller in stainless steel

And so we come to the final chapter of this lighting series. I know, it’s very sad isn’t it? We’ve covered natural light, hidden lighting, statement lighting, accent lighting, and now for the season finale – switches and circuits. Hmmmm…perhaps a bit of an anti-climax. Nevertheless, this behind-the-scenes cleverness and trickery is just as important as the lighting itself and proper planning will ensure your room is adapted perfectly for your lifestyle. This is how your lighting scheme can reach its full potential.

Feature image: Forbes & Lomax button dimmer controller in stainless steel

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As featured on Houzz – How to Stay on Top of Your Bathroom Renovation

Jennifer Chong in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, UK on Houzz

Last week I proudly announced that my first article for Houzz had been published – A beginner’s guide to managing an interior design project. It seems to have been quite the success so huge thanks to everyone who read it, liked it, shared it, commented on it – love you all!

Since it went so well, the lovely people at Houzz have just published another of my articles – How to Stay on Top of Your Bathroom Renovation. If you’re planning on doing up your bathroom or cloakroom, do nothing until you’ve read this! Bathrooms can be complicated and tricky so getting it right requires serious planning and organisation. Hopefully, with these top tips, you’ll soon be handling it like a pro!

Feature image: Sims Hilditch via Houzz

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Earning your stripes

It was on a particularly exciting day last week when I was putting away some laundry and looked down to see five striped tops staring up from one of my drawers. FIVE! And I’m pretty sure there are more striped garments in other drawers. Oh well, at least I’m consistent.

As an unashamed stripes addict, I decided to share my love of this classically stylish pattern that, in my book, never fails. Stripe up your life in these 10 wonderful ways:

Feature image: Closet Stripe ST 360 wallpaper from Farrow & Ball

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As featured on Houzz – A Beginner’s Guide to Managing an Interior Design Project

Jennifer Chong in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, UK on Houzz

NEWSFLASH! I was recently asked to write some pieces on interior design project management for Houzz, an online platform for home renovation and design. I am very excited to inform you that the first article has been published today – A Beginner’s Guide to Managing an Interior Design Project. It’s is an overview of tips and tricks of the project management process to help you turn your design ideas into design reality with the slickness of a real pro. From detailed specifications to the various pitfalls to avoid, there’s a loads of helpful advice for those choosing to manage their own interiors project.

Feature image: Sigmar via Houzz

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Light in the home – accent lighting

The series continues with our next chapter on accent and task lighting. I’m always going on about lighting levels because they are so important for both design and functionality. Every room will require different levels of lighting depending on how you want to use it. Whether it’s the time of day, activity you’re doing, or the no. of people, being able to adjust the lighting to suit your mood or task is vital for a well designed and practical home. Get it right and you’ll barely notice it because it just works; if it’s wrong, it’s the most annoying thing ever. Accent lighting gives you the flexibility to create different settings and transform your space to work for you.

Feature image: New SS16 lighting range from Loaf

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Light in the home – statement lighting

Lighting is a huge part of interiors, both in form and function. There is a plethora of light fittings available, from budget to extortionate, but I have to say that much of it (dare I say – the majority?) is not actually very nice. In the last chapter, we looked at hidden lighting which demonstrated the impact and effect of just the light itself. Today we consider the more tangible aspect of statement lighting and how light fittings can create a stunning design statement as well as offering a practical purpose.

Feature image: Norm 06 shades, £72.00 from Rume

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We need to talk about the elephant in the room

I was recently asked to design a nursery for a lovely couple expecting their first little one. The brief – ELEPHANTS! It was simple. Specific.

I’m yet to have my own mini me so this was unchartered territory. My research had to be detailed and thorough. As it turns out, the world of nurseries and babies is as vast as it is adorable – filled with tiny furniture, squishy things and mini versions of everything we’d secretly love to have in our own bedrooms. Conveniently, there are also elephants. Elephants bloody everywhere – who knew? And let me tell you – they’re ridiculously cute, so I thought I’d share some of my favourites with you. Thank me later.

Feature image: Family Elephant wall sticker by JustThe Frosting on Etsy

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Light in the home – hidden lighting

Light in the home - hidden lighting

Spring has officially sprung. With Easter efficiently done and dusted before April and the clocks going forward, we’re on our way to lovely long days of (fingers crossed) sunshine. Even with the most gloriously sunny days, our homes all need a helping hand and that’s where the rest of this mini series comes in. Having covered natural light last week, we now look to artificial lighting. As we will see, light in the home is not all about function and practicality. Sure, it’s key to the prevention of bumping into stuff in the dark but it’s also about design – creating shapes, moods and interesting features.

So, onto one of my favourites – hidden lighting. Sometimes it’s all about the light itself and not about the fitting. Hidden lighting can be a bold design statement in its own right or a subtle hint to highlight another design feature. It’s such a simple tool that will seriously up your interiors game. We’re talking next level. Onwards to chapter two…

Featured image from mckimm residential design via Houzz

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Light in the home – natural light

Feioi bathroom renovation

Hello and welcome to the first in a mini-series of blog posts all about using light in your home. If you’re a regular reader then you’ll know I’m always banging on about lighting and how crucial it is in interior design. No matter what your budget or style is, good lighting is absolutely key for your home to reach its full potential.

This series will cover natural light, hidden lighting, statement lighting, accent lights and switching circuits. Each of these elements play an important part in a home and hopefully with these tips and ideas will help you with your own lighting schemes. Read on for chapter 1…

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