How to (Further) Reduce Plastic Use in Your Home

Image copyright Clair Strong Interior Design Since I first wrote about this topic in March 2018, the plastic-free movement has gained serious traction. There are now more ways than ever to reduce your plastic consumption and it’s becoming increasingly easy to make the switch. Here are some suggestions for reducing plastic use around the home:…

Designing for Children: Part 2

Image copyright Clair Strong Interior Design Last week we looked at how to design for children in the long-term. This week we’ll tackle the must-haves for any functional child-friendly space. Let’s jump straight back in! The Must-Haves Black-out blinds or curtains are essential. They will help you create total darkness at any time, which is…

A Handmade Revolution

The handmade economy in the UK is thriving. A report by the Crafts Council back in 2014 revealed there were over 11,000 craft businesses in the UK employing 43,000 people. The craft contribution to the economy is in the billions; and it is fair to assume these figures have only grown since then. Websites like…

The Importance of Interior Design

Image: Clair Strong Interior Design It’s been four years and more than 250 blog posts, and I haven’t yet written about the importance of interior design. This was a huge oversight on my part, because it is important; more so than many people realise. Interior design is the art and science of creating spaces that are functional, healthy and aesthetically…

How to Find and Define Your Personal Style: Part 2

Image source Read Part 1 here. Today we’re finding and defining our personal style with some practical tips. Let’s get right back to it! Walk Around Your Home Have you ever heard the saying ‘can’t see the woods for the trees’? Sometimes we’re so focused on finding our personal style and creating the perfect home,…

Ahead of the Curve

Image source: Clair Strong Sharp edges and sleek straight lines have had their day. It’s time for something softer to grace our interior spaces. Here’s a snippet from my latest feature in May’s issue of The Bath Magazine. Curves in interior design are no new thing, but after years of straight edges, they’re making a…

Moody Minimalism (it’s not all white)

Image source It seems to me that minimalism’s biggest PR problem is the (still widespread) belief that it lacks colour and warmth. Many people picture empty, clinical, all-white interiors as the face of minimalist design and I can see why that would be unappealing; no one wants a cold and unforgiving home. Fortunately, minimalism is…

2019’s Must-Attend Design Events

With a new year comes the return of inspiring, exciting design events that are a must-attend for enthusiasts and professionals alike. From vintage-focused events to long-running favourites, here I list five you don’t want to miss. Clerkenwell Design Week, 21st to 23rd May Clerkenwell is home to more creative businesses and architects per square mile…