In Praise of Plywood

Overallt Easy Chair, IKEA Plywood is the interiors material of the moment. Lightweight, stronger than solid wood, and extraordinarily flexible; it’s no surprise the material has been used in some form or another for thousands of years. Like most things, plywood’s popularity in interior design has waxed and waned over the years. It was last…

Why Hygge is (Still) Going Strong in 2019

Photo by Lasse Møller on Unsplash By now, you’re undoubtedly familiar with the term ‘hygge’. It’s the Danish lifestyle concept that has spawned countless books, products and Pinterest boards. I first wrote about hygge in January 2017, back when it was a relatively new concept to those of us who don’t speak fluent Danish. Three years on and…

Dulux Colour of the Year 2020

In early September, Dulux announced their colour of the year for 2020. In complete contrast to 2019’s warm and rich neutral Spiced Honey, 2020’s colour is a cool, soft green hue they’ve named Tranquil Dawn. Image source: Dulux As with every year’s selection, 2020’s colour was chosen by a panel of expert designers, trend forecasters,…

Home Office Essentials: Part 2

If you work from home, you deserve a positive and productive home office. Even if that home office is actually just a corner of the bedroom. Creating a space that looks good, encourages healthy habits and motivates you is no easy feat. So in this two-part blog post I’m sharing just the essentials: the furniture…

Home Office Essentials: Part 1

If you’re one of the 1.54 million people working from home in the UK, you’ll know how important your work space is. A well-designed home office helps aid concentration, motivation and productivity. It can even benefit your health and wellbeing. If you’re new to home working or just looking to update your work space, there…

Sell Your Home Quickly With Design

So you’re thinking about selling your home? I imagine you already know you’ll need to put some work in to get the place ready for viewings. But did you know there are specific design-focused things you can do that may help your home sell quicker? If you’ve got the deep cleaning and decluttering sorted but…

The Best of: Late Summer Accessories

The end of summer always brings about a desire to update my home. Maybe it’s that back to school feeling, or the slight change in weather but I’ve been eyeing up new accessories. I love accessories because they add layers of personality, texture and interest to any room. Even rented properties with neutral walls and…

Three Things You Can Rent for the Home

Image copyright Clair Strong Interior Design Generally speaking buying is cheaper than renting. But there are times when renting makes more sense economically and practically; such as when we need a tool for just one project or a few extra chairs for a party. Whatever the reason, hiring provides an alternative to purchasing that can…

2019 Kitchen Trends We Love

Kitchen design is in a really exciting place at the moment. We’re seeing experimental ideas, new materials, and fresh innovations take shape in kitchens of all shapes and sizes. It’s even better when some of these new ideas become ‘trends’ because they suddenly become much more accessible. Today I’m looking at some of the best…