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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Turn your bathroom into a cosy haven of loveliness

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.

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Under achieving

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”

Open plan living

Amazonias Wildwood Tiles from Walls & Floors Ltd

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…

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The art of making an entrance

Light and airy hallway - from Farrow & Ball

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.

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