Hello and welcome to Blog Envy!
As an interior designer I’m often asked for my opinion when clients (…and friends… and family!) are making changes to their homes, so I’ve decided to dedicate this space to sharing my thoughts, ideas and experiences with you.
I hope you enjoy it.
The most fabulous unicorn accessories you simply must have in your home
Unicorns. They’re everywhere! There is no escaping them – believe me, I’ve tried. They are without a doubt the hottest trend right now and, like it or not, the unicorns are here to stay.
So you know what they say – If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em…!
How to create 'zones' in your open plan home
Personally I’m a big fan of open plan living; it has such a relaxed vibe which I love. This wasn’t always the case though! When we moved into our current house my husband was super keen to knock down the wall that divided our kitchen and dining room. I wasn’t so sure. I quite liked the idea of being able to make dinner, then close the door and hide away the chaos of my cooking in another room! Anyway, after a lot of debating I came round to his way of thinking, and I’m so glad I did. The result is a double-aspect kitchen-diner, filled with light throughout the day; an amazing space for socialising. And the mess in the kitchen? Just get a take-away instead. Problem = Solved.
Open plan living is fantastic, but successfully pulling off a multifunctional living space is no mean feat. Without proper planning, it can appear a little chaotic. Creating zones can add a sense of order and help you make the most of your home. Here are a few tips on how you could do this…
How should I furnish my walls?
I asked my Blog Envy readers what they’d like to see feature in future posts, and it was great to see such a wide range of responses. Every suggestion has been added to my little Envy notebook and will be covered over the next couple of months, so just watch this space!
The theme of this week’s blog is based on an idea put forward by Breanne, a Canadian reader who is looking for some guidance with wall furnishings, where to apply them and how to strike a balance…
10 of the most stunning bird themed wallpapers
When you think of bird wallpapers, the first images to spring to mind might be of the old English shabby chic designs that became really popular a couple of years back.
But things have moved on a little since then.
While the traditional styles remain just as beautiful (and do indeed feature in my hallway at home!) they’ve now been updated with some fabulous and innovative modern twists. That’s why I just couldn’t resist dedicating this space in Blog Envy to sharing my personal top 10 with you…
How to use colour to make an impact
Hi there! I’m really excited to be writing my very first blog post for you, so I’m going to hit the ground running with a topic that I am particularly passionate about: Making an impact with colour.
Now, we all know that colour plays a major part in interior design; in fact it’s often the first thing we feel we must decide on when beginning the process of redecorating. But colour is a tricky customer. It behaves differently depending on how it is applied, the amount and type of light in the room, and its appearance is even affected by the colours that surround it. All these factors mean that a gorgeous shade of green emulsion which really ‘popped’ in that Google pic of a Californian home, can end up looking a little sickly when applied to the shady walls of your downstairs loo! Knowing how and where to apply high impact colours is the key to achieving that dream look.
So if you’re struggling to pick the right colour scheme for your living room, or you can’t decide whether to go for that bold feature wall or keep it neutral, then look no further. I’ve compiled a list of helpful tips to get you on track with your new room…