Designing for Children: Part 1

Image copyright Clair Strong Interior Design Designing for children can be a lot of fun but there are some unique challenges you don’t see when designing a space for yourself or other adults. Children are constantly growing and changing, and so it is essential you design a space that grows with them. Children also have…

Best of: Headboards

Image source: Clair Strong Interior Design Headboards are wonderfully versatile things. They can be used to update a tired bed frame, add luxury to a guest bedroom, or elicit a sense of grandeur in the master bedroom. They can tie a design scheme together, create a cosy ambience or just serve a useful function. In…

Creating Wow Factor in the Bathroom

Creating wow factor in the bathroom is all about going above and beyond what is expected. But you don’t have to splash out on a luxury suite or expensive extras to craft something spectacular. Even the most budget bathroom suites can be transformed with a little creativity. Today I’m sharing three of my favourite tips…

Bespoke on a Budget

Image: Clair Strong Interior Design The title of this blog post is a little misleading because truly bespoke items are never low budget. Nor should they be; hours and hours of work goes into creating one-off items. They’re made by hand with small tools; materials are bought in small batches, not in bulk; and every…

Five Quick Jobs to Do Around the Home this Weekend

Image source: Clair Strong Interior Design It’s officially spring cleaning season. I like to use this time of year to deep clean, de-clutter and fix any maintenance issues around the home. I also like to tackle some quick wins; jobs that take between five and fifteen minutes, but make a noticeable difference to how my…

Best Of: Four-Poster Beds

Image source: Nick Smith for Clair Strong Interior Design Four-poster beds are commonly associated with Tudor royalty or grand hotels but modern designs have seen them become less stately home, more detached three-bed home. They’re more accessible, affordable (in some cases) and popular than ever. Here’s the evidence… Gjora Bed Frame, IKEA Gjora Bed Frame…

Green is the New Black

Image: Robyn O’Mahony for Kitsch Stitch Eco-friendly living is a focal point of interior design in 2019. From sourcing sustainable materials to embracing upcycling and greenery, sustainability is perhaps more important now than ever before as our relationship with the environment is pulled into sharper focus. This week I explore simple ways you can make…

How to Hide Unsightly Electronics

Image: Clair Strong Interior Design Almost every home has the need for an array of electronic devices. But while helpful and necessary, electronic devices tend to bring with them lots of unwanted clutter. Here I suggest helpful way to clear and camouflage all those cables, cords and the more unsightly of your devices, allowing you…

How to Upcycle Charity Shop Treasures

Image source: Clair Strong Interior Design Your home has the potential to reflect your creativity and there is no better way to do this than by upcycling pre-loved pieces you’ve found in your local charity shop. To get started take a trip to the vintage market, charity shop or car boot sale and pick up…