Work life balance-finding the little things that make you happy.
I have to say the last few weeks at work have been probably the most challenging I’ve had in my career. Keeping with up the 21st century as an interior designer- learning to create cgi images- isn’t for the faint hearted or motion sick. We live in such a fast paced environment where ‘time is money’ and life needs to just slot in somehow. I’m … Continue reading Work life balance-finding the little things that make you happy.
Creating unique storage
Creating unique storage ideas can help bring a bit of character to a space. Like this IKEA unit. It was really easy to assemble. I then ordered pin feet from an online manufacture based in England. They lift the unit slightly and give it a contemporary look. One thing I would say is, I needed to add a little bit of support in the center … Continue reading Creating unique storage
Upcycling dining chairs
I enjoy nothing more than taking old pieces of unloved furniture and giving them a new lease of life! And it doesn’t have to be a hard slog or expensive. Classic chair. Copyright Littledesignerlou I bought a set of two chairs from a charity shop close to my home. I thought they had a very classic shape which I could up-cycle very easily, whether it … Continue reading Upcycling dining chairs
Designing for yourself / Bathroom
As a designer, one of the hardest things to do, is to design for yourself. We have fountain of knowledge of styles and finishes, that actually trying to define our own needs is so tricky. So…then I thought I should write myself a brief…perfect! Create an invisible wall between my needs and my wants. I have been toying with the idea of doing up our … Continue reading Designing for yourself / Bathroom
How to antique a mirror! Easy!
I love an antiqued mirror, they are very much in style right now, and buying them from interior shop can cost a fortune….however charity shops are full of unloved mirrors…why not create your own! It’s so much fun, and very easy. Every mirror comes out different, and this is due to the properties of the black paint on the back of the mirror itself. The … Continue reading How to antique a mirror! Easy!
I absolutely love my little ‘Bum stool’ which was made bespoke by ‘Glasgow Wood Recycling’ This will look great sitting outside my front door with my array of potted plants- such as Lavender which help to create a relaxing fragrance to create a sensory experience when you sit in the sunshine. What an amazing find. Not only are they very well made, but are made from recycled … Continue reading Garden Bench
Something I have come across very recently within my own home was the challenge to create a bold feature, in my livingroom area, at a reasonable cost. Painting a wall just wasn’t going to cut it. I’m a designer…I had to get creative. I thought to myself “ where can I make an impact in a big way, without undoing what I have at the … Continue reading Panelled walls
Unique Hanging Baskets
I hate hanging baskets….there I said it! In my opinion they are boring, unimaginative, and largely associated with the older generation. However, I know hanging baskets are all about the beautiful flowers, and bursts of colour. I get it! But why just make it about the flowers? I think anything that you hang outside your home should be an expression of yourself. Take little designer … Continue reading Unique Hanging Baskets
I’m so happy to show you our newly completed kitchen. It’s taken a while to plan, decide and press the button. Be bold, be sensible & make sure you get a realistic outcome. We needed more light into our livingroom & more accessible storage space for our small home. It was also important to inject personality into our space and feel proud of what we … Continue reading Kitchen completed
Hygge & coorie
After a candid conversations with some work colleagues realising that out of us all… I was the only one who knew what ‘coorie’ was….regular term used at home. I realised the modern trendy term of hygge (hopefully not offending Scandinavians) which everyone has been talking about… Is something alot of us embrace in everyday homes across Scotland and the world alike. “to snuggle, nestle.” It … Continue reading Hygge & coorie
Wrapping paper reimagined
OK, I have had a thought in the back of my head for a while about the impact gift wrap can have on the Environment. If you’ve read any of my blogs over the years I often rant about Christmas, and how damaging it can be. Personally I know recyclable paper isn’t that exciting, and any quirky paper is well over budget. So why don’t … Continue reading Wrapping paper reimagined
It’s been a crazy year so far, spending so much time at home you really realise how you use a space, and how you can make the most of it. Cramming in wall cabinets may sound ideal, but you need to look at the bigger picture, what do you really need? Plan out sink, cutlery, pots and pans, cleaning products, fridges and freezers. And once … Continue reading Kitchen design
Hygge is a Danish and Norwegian word for a mood of coziness and comfortable conviviality with feelings of wellness and contentment. As a cultural category with its sets of associated practices hygge has more or less the same meanings in Danish and Norwegian, but the notion is more central in Denmark than in Norway Bringing hygge pronounced hue-gah in the home is actually really easy. … Continue reading Hygge interiors
Painting is a passion
Covid 19 has brought out the best and worse in people during lock down. I personally have tried to focus on wellbeing, and doing things that I love outwith the virtual world. Working on a screen all day for work can be draining. Doing something more hands on has helped to keep my mind creative and inspired. I associated screen time with working now, and … Continue reading Painting is a passion
2020 the year of personal revolution
Wow its been a very strange year. 2020 is a year of reflection, emotion, motivation & creation. Taking a moment to step back from the rat race and the struggle to stand out and be counted. It has almost levelled the playing field, giving us all a chance to take stock of the important things to us all. For me; Wellbeing, family and home-where ever … Continue reading 2020 the year of personal revolution
Man Cave project
So… Here’s my plan. We’ve gained a fair bit of space in the bedroom after we’ve had the water tank removed. So I offered this space to my Husband (lucky him) as additional storage for his photography equipment & anything else we could think of. It’s a small space, however we wanted to plan it out to make the most efficient use of it. ‘What … Continue reading Man Cave project
Bathroom Renovation Project
Creating the right environment / ConceptConsidering what you want your bathrrom (or any space) to be is an important starting point for any design. I had decided that this space was to be my ‘Calm’ space for relaxation & wellness after a busy day at work, where I could close the door & be at peace. Being a lover of the outdoors it seemed … Continue reading Bathroom Renovation Project
Interior Trends 2020
2020 has been a very funny year so far, a bit like something from a disater movie that you would never dream of being caught up in. It has allowed people to think about their homes in different ways, and work out needs over wants. Taking myself as an example- Creating a multi functional livingroom/ diningroom with enough space saving ideas to allow ‘oor wee … Continue reading Interior Trends 2020