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…

80s Interior Trends Making a Comeback

The 1980s isn’t exactly revered in the design world. Shoulder pads, coiffed hair, overdone makeup, outrageous interiors and clashing colour schemes all seem to be staples of this decade. So when I spotted an article titled ’80s Home Décor Trends That We’re Absolutely Living For, I shuddered slightly. And then I cautiously clicked on the…

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…

A Short Guide to Memphis Design

Carlton Room Divider, Designed by Ettore Sottsass Memphis design is making a comeback and we’re all about to become well-acquainted with its divisive style. Here’s a quick introduction to this pioneering movement. What, Where, Who? Ashoka Lamp, Designed by Ettore Sottsass In 1980, Italian designer Ettore Sottsass founded the Memphis Group collective, named after the…

Retro Geometrics: The Bath Magazine

This month’s article for The Bath Magazine was all about retro geometric prints. Today I’m sharing a condensed version of that article. To read the full thing, pick up a copy of The Bath Magazine or find it online here. Celebrating bold shapes, sharp lines and block colours, geometric prints and patterns have been used…

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…

Urban Farming from IKEA and Tom Dixon

Above: IKEA Krydda/Vaxer systems IKEA has teamed up with British designer Tom Dixon on a truly exciting project. Tom Dixon has designed for IKEA before, creating a unique collection of ‘hackable’ furniture. Now the duo is working together to encourage city-dwellers to grow food in their own homes. The project will include a range of…

2019 Interior Trends: The Bath Magazine

Image source Every year we see a slew of new trends hit the interior design scene. From the return of Art Deco, to the enduring charm of hygge, I walked The Bath Magazine through the trends set to take hold in 2019. Here’s a condensed version of that article… Art Deco Aspects of Art Deco…

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…