As featured on Houzz – 14 Essential Things to Consider When Painting a Room

Jennifer Chong in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, UK on HouzzThings looking a bit tired? Kids drawn on the walls? Realised you actually hate magnolia? There are plenty of reasons to redecorate (not that you even need a reason) but the most important thing is that you want to make sure it looks freakin’ awesome when it’s done. It’s not the most difficult thing to fix if you’re not happy with the result but wouldn’t it be nice to get it right first time?

Choosing a paint colour can be anything from exciting and fun to overwhelming and downright stressful, not to mention there’s actually loads of other stuff to think about besides wall colour. So put the paint brush down and read my guide to 14 Essential Things to Consider When Painting a Room as featured on Houzz.

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As featured on Houzz – A Complete Guide to Managing a Tiling Project

Jennifer Chong in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, UK on HouzzTiling is one of those key elements in interior design that can make or break your room and unlike other features, it’s a difficult one to change once it has been done. This means you’ll want to make sure it’s done right first time as trying to make alterations after the fact can be both expensive and time consuming. Apologies if this sounds a lot like scaremongering. I think we’ve had quite enough of that lately.

Don’t let my words of warning put you off. Being aware of the pitfalls are just the first step and planning for problems means you’re in the right mindset. As always, I’m here to help and this time in the form of another article on Houzz. A Complete Guide to Managing a Tiling Project covers the basic guidelines to help you plan a tiling job. From walls to floors, kitchens to bathrooms, these concepts apply to most tiling projects and can help you guide you through all the things you need to think about. Success – here we come!

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As featured on Houzz – A Complete Guide to Project Managing Your Kitchen Renovation

Jennifer Chong in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, UK on HouzzWhether you’re planning on renovating your kitchen, in the middle of a project or been there and done that, you’ll know that there’s a hell of a lot to think about when it comes to kitchens. Who knew? I did, that’s who. Before you come round to slap the smug look off my face, just take a look at this article I’ve written for Houzz on how to do it.

A Complete Guide to Project Managing Your Kitchen Renovation does what it says on the tin. Follow this guide and plan it all to perfection before taking the plunge. I never said it would be easy but it’s certainly not impossible.

Featured image credit: Kitchen by 102 Interiors Ltd, photography by Helen Jermyn

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

So anyway, you’ve found the perfect tile for your project so you just hand it over to your builder and let him get on with it right? Wrong! Here’s your checklist: Continue reading “A guide to tiling like a pro”