Ingenious ways to store your bike

Hands up – who owns a bike? I’m one of many cyclists in Cambridge, and I pootle around the city when the weather’s decent. Mine’s not a particularly fancy bike but I adore the big wicker basket on the front which I can fill with bunches of flowers and baguette sticks as I cycle around waving at people. Ok, it’s not quite like that but you get the idea. With Tour de France approaching in just a couple of weeks, it’s got me thinking about the rest of us. Whether you’re a leisurely, fair weather cyclist like me, or a hardcore racing cyclist, or an off-roading mountain biker, or a commuting cyclist, or you just own a bike but never actually use it (you know who you are), we all have one common problem – where to store your bike?

Basically, you have three options – on the wall, up high or outside. Check out these ingenious storage solutions for your wheels.

Feature image: via Dwell

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A how (not) to guide to DIY alcove shelves

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Let me just make something very clear from the start. This is no tutorial. This is not a “How To” guide. If anything, this is a “How Not To” guide. DIY or any kind of hard labour is not my strong point and I’m the first to admit that. I’m organised, I’m creative, I get s**t done, but I do this by developing design ideas then efficiently coordinating others to do it. In my profession as an interior design project manager, I rely on the skills of others to make things look beautiful and bring my ideas to reality rather than subject my clients to the work of my own fair hands. When it comes to getting my hands dirty or any kind of physical effort, you probably don’t want me on your team. However, what I do have in spades is a can-do positive attitude! So think of this more as a demonstration that if I can do it, anyone can do it.

Bespoke joinery can be a wonderful thing and I love using it in my projects. It gives a distinctive feel to a space and can work wonders creating stunning features and smart storage solutions. However, I know that the budget doesn’t always stretch to custom made options and so this post is about how to achieve a unique look without calling in the pros.

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Feioi’s falling for…mirrors

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It’s nearly the end of the month, and that means payday! Introducing my Feioi Finds series to give you some ideas for your shopping wishlist this month. It could be a big splurge, a little gift to yourself, or an irresistible bargain that’s just too good to pass up. Go on…treat yo self. You deserve it!

Each month I’ll be featuring inspirational pieces that I’ve been falling for and I’m looking at both designer and high street brands so you can get the look whatever your budget. Each month I’ll focus on one topic, item or look. If you’re searching for something specific, get in touch in the comments section and suggest something for the next Feioi Finds.

Mirror, mirror on the wall…

This month I urge you to indulge your inner narcissist with these gorgeous mirrors. Mirrors make wonderful decorative features and focal points as well as reflecting light and enhancing space. More importantly, they’re essential for checking your hair is still on point or perfecting your selfie game.

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All the small things

Think of the big picture. That’s what people always say, isn’t it? Of course the big picture, and being able to visualise it, is very important when it comes to interior design project management but what about the little things? Little things can get pushed aside while considering the big picture, delayed until a later date or forgotten about completely. However, it’s the little things that turn “nice” interior design into OMG A-MAZ-ING interior design. And who doesn’t want that?

I’m not going to list eeeeeevery tiiiiiiny little detail you might want to consider. It varies so much from room to room, house to house, project to project. I’d be here forever and you’ll be bored. Instead, here are a few ideas to get you started. The rest is up to you…

Featured image: Bloomingville Gold Finish Soap Dispenser, part of the Golden range of bathroom accessories from Quince Living.

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Inside out

I may be tempting fate by saying this out loud but it would appear that summer has arrived in the UK – yippee! Who knows how long it’ll last but with reports stating that 2016 is set to be the hottest year since records began, it’s looking promising. As a country famous for its temperamental weather, many of us are very good at bringing the outside in. Lush house plants, fragrant herb pots and beautiful vases adorned with flowers decorate our homes so that we can still enjoy a little nature on those indoor rainy days.

However, with the sunshine and warm weather out in force, we need to think about taking the inside outside for a change! Here are a few of my favourite ways to bring your living space outdoors.

Featured image: Outdoor entertaining by Nkuku

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

Jennifer Chong in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, UK on HouzzMy latest article for Houzz has dropped and it’s a goodie (if I do say so myself). Everyone loves a bit of upholstery and the options for bespoke and customised pieces is increasing all the time. Not to mention the recent surge of upcycling, with reupholstery being the ideal way to revive old furniture.

However, the idea of taking on such a project can be a little confusing when you look into it. There’s much more to think about than simply which fabric to choose. A Beginner’s Guide to Managing an Upholstery Project covers my hints and tips to stay on the ball as well as the common pitfalls to avoid.

Feature image: UBER Interiors via Houzz

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A touch of black

Interior design loves a black accent. Think of it like your favourite pair of black boots or a little black jacket. It goes with everything, brings out the brightness in colours and makes an outfit pop. Case in point:

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Black is a colour that many are afraid to use in interiors. Common concerns are that it’ll be dark, heavy, harsh. All myths my dear friends! A little (or a lot of) black can elevate your interior design and enhance a look like you never imagined. No matter what your style, a little splash of the darkest hue is exactly what you need to complete the look. Not convinced? Hear me out…

Featured image: Aver white extending dining table and Eames style dining chairs from Danetti
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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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