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…

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…

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…

The Best Places to Buy Sustainable Home Textiles

I’ve covered sustainability in a few different ways on this blog. We’ve looked at sustainable design in general, and I’ve highlighted some of my favourite sustainable interior brands. But today I want to focus on a really specific topic: textiles. Sustainable textiles are growing in popularity because they are so environmentally friendly. There are many…

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…

Four Alternatives to the Gallery Wall Trend

Image source I really like a well thought-out gallery wall. They add boundless character and interest to a space and they can be frequently edited to keep it fresh. However, I understand that for some people creating and maintaining a gallery wall feels like too much work. And for others, this trend has just become…