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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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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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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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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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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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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A guide to tiling like a pro

Tiling…yawn. Hardly the most interesting subject but there’s a lot more to tiling that needs to be considered beyond the tile itself. Now this is not a post about choosing the right tile for your kitchen/bathroom/floor/whatever. Maybe I’ll do that another day. Apparently I have a lot to say about tiling which, by the way, makes me a very interesting person when I’m banging on about it. No, this is a post about what comes next and all the things to think about when tiling a room or area.

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How to manage an interiors project

Home renovations should be an enjoyable, rewarding experience but anyone who’s been through it knows that it rarely comes without at least a little stress. You might have the design all sorted but the project management is a whole other ball game. Many people choose to manage their project themselves to save money but this can cost more overall if there are too many setbacks, not to mention the time spent on organising everything and potential headaches when things aren’t going to plan. Here are some key points to follow to help you run your project like a pro! Continue reading “How to manage an interiors project”