Do you love your bathroom? For some it’s a room that is purely practical. Get in. Get out. Others like to take their time to relaaaaaaax while an angry queue forms outside. Either way, who says you can’t inject a little luxury and turn it into a haven of loveliness? I recently enjoyed a wonderful spa weekend at Wyboston Lakes and it gave me some great ideas to up my bathroom game.
Harry Potter knows better than most people how annoying that space is under the stairs. It tricks you into thinking it will be useful storage space, but how do we utilise that space to our best advantage? I know my under stairs cupboard leaves something to be desired, but that’s probably because we treat it like it’s some kind of bottomless black hole. Anything that doesn’t appear to have a home goes under the stairs. It’s now so ridiculous that I couldn’t even tell you half the stuff that’s in there, let alone reach it. I can’t be the only one, so if you’re guilty of the same then read on. Continue reading “Under achieving”
Smashing down all one’s internal walls to create a big open space is a trend that’s been around for a long time now. The gods of the interiors and architectural world are now saying that ‘broken plan is the new open plan’ and I have to say, I’m totally on board with this. However, despite that, I sincerely doubt this is the end of open plan living.
The beauty of the open plan space is that you can maximise the room you have by essentially overlapping what would be separate rooms. This gives the look and feeling of more space and a larger home. One large area also means that everyone can be in the same room doing different things, which encourages sociable living within a home. Yet another bonus is that the lack of walls allows you to optimise the natural light levels.
As with everything in life, it’s not all roses. Despite it’s benefits, open plan living can be tricky to get right. It’s hard to make a large vacuous space feel cosy and homely so it can feel cold and exposed. Plus there’s the risk that your different areas feel disjointed, furniture can look lost and trying to design around so many different factors means everything is compromised.
Ok, that was a really long intro so I’ll move swiftly on…
They say first impressions count for everything so what does yours say about you? Our entrance halls are an often neglected space. We all start with good intentions but before long it becomes a dumping ground for coats, shoes, bags and goodness knows what other paraphernalia deemed essential to keep by the front door. Console tables that were once Instagram-worthy become hidden under keys, shopping lists and all that mail that looks far too boring to open.
It’s all well and good giving interior design advice to homeowners, but as my good friend Lou pointed out, what about all you lovely people living in rental accommodation? You may not technically own the bricks and mortar but it’s still your home and you deserve to make it lovely. So, as has been demanded of me, here are 10 top tips for making your rented place feel like home. Continue reading “10 cheap and cheerful design tips for renters”
Holy moley it’s cold out there! Although I’m not really complaining that much, it’s January so it’s supposed to be cold, unlike the weirdly spring-like Christmas we had. The good thing is, when it’s cold outside we can light a fire or whack up the heating and curl up inside all warm and toasty. So when it’s a bit chilly outside, here are a few little luxuries I love to make my home a cosy haven of loveliness. Continue reading “Winter warmers”