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
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
I have been thinking of replacing our bathroom for a few years, perhaps over thinking it much like many people. Many factors can be at play…budget, hassle & whither you would get your money back when you sell your house. All are extremely relevant. I personally think our house would definitely benefit from a refurb, but mainly because we currently do not have a bath, … Continue reading Bathroom Refit- use space well
It’s nearly spring time, that time of year that we decide to dust off the cobwebs, get fit, loose weight and start again. So I thought I’d chat about decluttering my home, which in-turn declutters my life & mind! Which is harder than it seems….When you have grown attached to your belongings, no matter how little you look at them, it’s not easy! And … Continue reading Declutter your home & mind