Good design can actually save you money

 

In the same way that many truly stylish women will mix items from high street stores with more expensive designer clothing, I’m a fan of mixing inexpensive finds into your home.

Starting with a sturdy cream linen Chesterfield sofa from The White Company, I’ve come up with a moodboard for a ‘Coastal Chic’ living room that costs less than £2430* for all the elements featured, using well designed pieces from less expensive stores such as H&M, Zara and Ikea.

Coastal Chic moodboard ideas sourced entirely from the high street and costing less than £2500

While I would always advise clients to invest in larger pieces of furniture, buying from the high street stores can be a great way to play with colour or try out patterns without breaking the bank. And it also goes a long way to proving a point which is dear to my heart. And that is that clever design should not be beyond anyone’s reach.

I’m a firm believer that you can actually save money by working with an interior designer – not only can we share our knowledge of clever finds and secret sources but we are trained in how to pull it all together to work in your space.

If this piece has inspired you and the time is right for you to get your home looking as you’ve always known it could – for less than you thought it would – then please get in touch and we can start planning your very own makeover.

* The cost of £2430 covers all the items in the moodboard including the sofa. If you would like a copy of the shopping list, please email me and I’d be happy to share it with you.

Does your front door make a great first impression?

 

22nd March 2016

I’ve been spotting some wonderful front doors lately around my home town of Edinburgh and they always make me wonder about the interiors.

 

Selection of doors in different shades of pink and blue grey

 

Will the promise of a coral door be met with an equally beachy interior? Will an elegant blue grey door have an equally elegant scheme when you enter through it?

One of my clients was surprised that my design suggestions also took into account her front door as it hadn’t formed part of the brief. But what she had asked me to do was consider the design of her home for potential customers of her home based design business. Naturally it had to begin with the door.

So the next time you return home, look at it anew through the eyes of guests or visitors and ask yourself if it might be time to get the paint brush out?

If you’d like help with suggestions for an exterior upgrade, I’d love to help so email me and let me know more.

Dreaming of a house by the sea

Moodboard for house by the sea with blush and navy, weathered wood and brass

 

Sources: 1 via CB2 | 2 via Slettvoll | 3 via CB2 | 4 via Neptune | 5 via Lamps Plus  | 6 via H&M Home | 7 via H&M Home | 8 via Oka | 9 via Neptune | 10 via Jonathan Adler | 11 via West Elm

In my mind’s eye, I can already see my dream house by the sea – covered with weatherboard, a seat outside to watch the sun rise and a pretty garden with hardy plants to withstand the salty breezes.

Inside there would be white-washed wooden floors, simple blinds or billowy drapes on the windows and lots of cosy places to sit. A fireplace is a must with baskets of logs nearby ready to warm up chilly days and evenings, even in summertime.

The palette would be inspired by the coast with lots of navy and white but for a pretty twist, I’d add blush pink and finally touches of brass or gold to give it that little bit of glamour that we all need.

How would your dream home look?…