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 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
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
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
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
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
Lets talk zoning! I have to say in the six years I’ve lived in our wee hoose, we have never spent so much time phyically within its walls. We work, we travel, but how much time do we actually spend here!? Well now thanks to COVID 19- loads of time…which is great! I think that this time both my husband and I have spent at … Continue reading Rezoning our home- FORWARD PLANNING
Something that has been haunting me for a few weeks now, is how much we are all missing human interaction – yet we never spoke to our neighbours. We long for face to face contact, and yet sitting on the train everyone has always had their faces firmly in their phone screens- never thinking to look up and smile at the person opposite you. Late … Continue reading PANTONE PREMONITION
Soooo…. I’ve finally finished my bathroom. And honestly if I could spend my whole day in my bath, I absolutely would. I’m so proud of it and the rearranging the sink & radiator was so worth it. Now onto my next challenge! Kitchen/livingroom. Unfortunately the rearranging of my full downstairs space is going to mean making sore sacrifices when it comes to furniture, as I … Continue reading Kitchen planning
Christmas time is a great time of the year to snuggle… Eat loads and open your presents for santa! For the last two years I’ve decided to decorate recycled wrapping paper ( to be recycled again) for my present wrapping. It’s a little bit more effort… But I want to feel like I’m making a small step to saving the planet… Even at Christmas! Here’s … Continue reading Save the planet this Christmas.
Life is so busy, I find myself constantly over stimulated with work, family and trying to make time for friends. Then squeezing in some time for me… Which always comes last. And I know it shouldn’t, but I that’s how my brain works. This week I’ve felt the city somewhat suffocating me. All I want to do is drive away…back the Skye.. Glencoe or Plockton … Continue reading Biophillic design vs Real nature
Hello!! It’s been a while since I’ve posted a new blog. We’ve had a tiring couple of months…Holidays…Work… Life… Our wee bathroom is finally starting to feel well balanced. The colours & finishes are almost right with a few pieces to finish off Skirting painted & secured New ceiling trim Plaster waste pipe boxing Paint waste pipe boxing Prime & paint windowsill Install Tom Raffield … Continue reading My little world
As everyone knows by now…I love to save a bit of cash on my home…& when we were getting in quotes for over £5k there was no way I was going to pay that…our bathroom is less than 3m Sq! ! Jeez Thankfully I have my dad….of whom I get my “whit I’m not paying that!” Attitude from. My dad has taught himself everything..basic plumbing, … Continue reading Interior designer by day…Tiler by Night
I have been reading the ‘Mrs Hinch-hinch yourself happy’ at the moment, and even though I am not very far into it there have been some very amazing points raised about how we treat our homes, and interiors in general. Mrs Hinch talks about ‘creating a home for you, not to impress others’ which I think is so important. As long as you love … Continue reading Wellbeing within Interior Design