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Come on, admit it. You're uncomfortable talking about the 'B' word. I used to be. So let me help you loose your inhibitions and embrace your next 'B' conversation. It's essential that you do.
In a recent conversation with a fellow school mum who'd had a great design experience, I learn't how she, like many others, didn't actually understand what service a interior decorator could provide. Conversely, people generally get very nervous about recruiting professionals to give them advice, especially when it is subjective based like design. This blogs touches on what the process should be like, why recruiting an interior decorator is something not just for the rich and famous and why you should do it. There's even an outline of costs. Transparency at its finest.
The end of our renovation was a point in time when the builder stopped letting himself in and returned the keys. Since then word 'reveal' has been bantered around frequently. Where has this reveal phenomenon come from? What constitutes a reveal? Does anyone notice if you don't do one? We fling our doors open to Sustainable Home Day. But will those who attend receive a reveal or a progress report?
Laundry. Yes that old chesnut. On tackling my bugbears with my own laundry, I started to question the role of the laundry space. Could it do more? And if it can, how much are we prepared to change our routines and our homes to accommodate this. And there's a mention of a chicken in there. Hence the picture. Confused? Read on...
Words come and go. But they also move along. A recent discussion with a client made me realise how interiors are full of them. We have our own set of acronyms and jargon, our own set of 'verbs' and 'nouns' and word associations. But as acronyms become words and words become names it gets very confusing, and it effects how we communicate. When communicating about what you want or need in a space, it's really essential to say what you mean.
Have you ever seen something you've absolutely loved? Then walk away. I've been applying the 'yearn' principle for many years, and it seems others do too. What is interesting though, is that I struggle to remember what some of these items were months later. What felt like a case of life and death purchase, has now completely slipped me by. I've learnt I'm part of a No to FOMO movement. Who knew? Are you?
Before the turn of the 20th century many didn't have a bathroom. Many didn't even have an indoor toilet. Since then the modern bathroom has evolved from being an innovation for the elite into a universal domestic fixture. What's interesting is how the location of the toilet has evolved. What was once all alone down the garden has moved and multiplied. The key question is, where will they go next?
Whilst designing my own brand new kitchen I stumbled up on a design quandry. When to stop. This kitchen isn't my first ever kitchen. I've moved into rentals and owned two other homes, all having ready to use kitchens. Ones that I hadn't designed or planned. Yet I don't remember anything bad about these kitchens. It made me question just how much detail do you really need to consider when you're designing from scratch. What is, or when is it, enough?
Over the last few weeks I've grown to realise how much everyday household items and spaces play a huge role in creating memories. As we alter and update our interior so regularly do we risk loosing the opportunity to create memories?
After a recent trip to the roller rink, I've been wondering if adults are too serious too often. Do interiors fall into the 'serious' category and should they? Why are we so afraid to stand out and have a bit of a laugh by giving something different a go? As I have pondered seriousness in relation to interiors and our homes, I realised that I could be potentially thinking, and now writing, myself out of work! Gulp. Read on....