Playing The (Tile) Dating Game.

When it comes to tiles and dating, it really is a major issue for many. And it should be. Choosing tiles creates all sorts of reactions. The expectation of what a tile should deliver in terms of design durability set against the desire for something new and exciting, can mean we want the best of both worlds. This blog discusses, although this might not be totally achievable, you can certainly choose tiles with legs built for a marathon rather than a 100 metre dash.

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Size is Everything

When it comes to interiors, size really is everything.  It's also the biggest issue I find my clients struggle with. Taking the digits and visualising the object in the space is hard for many.  But when you break it down and understand the issues at play, it makes the confusion slip away.  This is becoming increasingly important as internet shopping is becoming the norm, even for the major purchases. Help is at hand...

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Meaningful Mementos & Practical Souvenirs

Over the last few years, my tourist experiences has made me question how buying souvenirs can create an unique home when there is so many mass produced, poor quality souvenirs around? How can you bring treasures back into your home that are of a good quality, are meaningful, thoughtful and ethical.  In this blog I share a few experiences, but more importantly offer you some alternative options,  away from the tourist traps.

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Try Popping in this Holiday

When a friend recently commented that "Nobody pops in anymore!" I remembered my bus station style of a family home. Then in my recent TV binge session watching Offspring, I saw it. All the time. All the characters popping in.  But with this pre-arranged approach to mingling and interacting with friends and family being so prevalent in real life, it raised one big question: Are we too orchestrated to offspring?  And if so, is it possible for us to revert back to popping in? It's a great time to give it a go.

 

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Nasty Niffs and Nice Whiffs

Arh. The smell of Christmas is all around. Pine and plastic christmas trees and tinsel. Such a great smell. But what happens when there is a bad smell in your home? Nasty odours might not be actually bad for you, but they're hard to live with. So how do you get rid of them? This blog firstly provides a few natural solutions but then goes to the next level and introduces scent architecture.   

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Forgotten Fifth Sense.

What does your house smell like? Does it have a smell? Is it a good one? Often the forgotten sense when designing, smell is the sense that is most strongly linked to our memory, our mood and emotions.  It therefore has the strongest connection with, and contributes to, home appeal. This blog is the first in a two part series on our often forgotten fifth sense. Here we discuss how some good smells aren't necessarily so.

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Interior Decorators - How Much?

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.

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Home Wasn't Built In A Day

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?

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Saying what you mean.

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. 

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Return, only if you yearn

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?

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Toilets - Location Location Location

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?

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How Much Design is Enough?

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?

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Do We Take Interiors Too Seriously?

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....

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Agonising Decisions Be Gone

I know procrastination makes me very efficient. If you leave, or give, yourself a minimal amount of time to undertake a task, you will get it done. The same can be applied to decision making.  Yes there's a lot of choices out there, but making a decision doesn't need to be hard. You can make quick, yet great, decisions. The problem is the word "Right" that keeps popping up. What is right?

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New Technologies - Moving Towards Smart Homes

Automating the home isn't anything new. It's been going on for decades. With every invention or advancement, we claw some time and ease our living. How much of your time is saved with the appliances? How is it going to be saved in the future.

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