How to prepare your home for Spring

How to prepare your home for springHaven’t seen much sign of it yet, but hopefully Spring will be here before long.  Even if you’re not planning on spring cleaning, there are plenty of other things you can do to help you prepare your home for Spring.

Look at everything with fresh eyes

Walk around your home looking at each room with fresh eyes, thinking about the approaching warmer months.  Does anywhere feel heavy and could benefit from a rearrangement of the furniture or accessories, or even some redecoration?

Plants

Bring in some spring bulbs – whether you were really organised and planted these in the Autumn, or you’re buying them from the supermarket, they will really help your home to feel fresh and green.

Clean windows

If you spring clean nothing else, I would suggest cleaning your windows to let more sunlight in and enable you to see as much green as possible outside!

Air the house

If the windows have been shut for most of the winter, air out the house by opening several windows – and patio doors, if you have them – for as long as you can when we have a sunny day.  If you do this first thing in the morning, while you’re rushing around getting ready to go out, you won’t get cold or let all the paid-for heat out of the house.  Or go for a sunny weekend afternoon when it’s warm enough.

Consider your decorating plans

If you are considering updating your home this year, especially any outside work, now is the time to start planning what is to be done.  Otherwise, before you know it, the tradesmen will be booked up or we will be past the longest day and the light evenings will start to draw in again, limiting the time in which you can work.

Spend some time thinking about your home and how it’s working for you.  Even if there’s nothing glaringly obvious to be updated or changed, life changes and there are always little bits that can be improved to make your life easier.

Reorganise clothing

Clean and put away (if you can) thick winter coats, boots, skiwear, hats, scarves, gloves and anything else that is unlikely to be needed for a few months.  Get rid of anything that is at the end of its life, the kids have grown out of or you are unlikely to use next winter.  Seek out your lighter coats and footwear, if it’s not to hand.

Hope the above helps you prepare your home for Spring – need to get on and do it myself now!

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How to choose good quality vintage items for your home

How to choose vintageBuying vintage items for your home is a good idea for many reasons – originality, quality, value, sustainability, to name but a few.  But how to choose good quality vintage items when you’ve never done it before?

Start in person

Unless you can afford to make mistakes, until you have some experience under your belt, I would recommend viewing an item in the flesh before you commit to purchasing it.  This doesn’t mean that eBay’s out – some sellers are open to viewings before the auction ends – but I suggest you start in person until you get a feel for what you’re buying.

Consider the shape more than the finish

Good bones is everything.  You can refinish and reupholster, but if you don’t like the shape, there’s not much you can do about it.  So ignore finish and look at the underlying shape and construction of the item.

Look in, under, everywhere

Don’t just look at the outside.  Open drawers, look underneath, inside, everywhere.  This will give you a good idea of the construction of the item.  Is it sturdy and well constructed?

Don’t forget renovation costs

Reupholstering an item can be surprisingly expensive (or time-consuming, if you tackle it yourself).  Even just repainting will take you half a day or so.  Light fittings need to be checked by a qualified electrician.  So budget this in when you are considering how much to pay for an item.

Haggle

Unlike for new items, there is no RRP for a vintage or secondhand item.  It’s worth what someone is prepared to pay for it.  See if you can find out the seller’s motivation.  Whether it’s a business or personal sale, they are likely to accept less if they’ve been trying to sell it for a long time.

Visit often

If you are planning on regular purchases, rather than a one-off, it is a good idea to pay regular visits to likely shops/markets, to get to know the sellers and to get an idea of their typical stock, how long it sticks around and what pieces tend to sell for.

Buy what you love

As with art, if you forget about potential profit and buy what you love, you will end up with some great pieces that you will always enjoy.  If they go up in value, that’s an extra benefit.

Where to shop

Once you’ve honed your skills at your local secondhand furniture/vintage/antique shops, markets and fairs, widen your search on the following websites:

Modern Marketplace – if you like mid-century, you’re in for a treat, with plenty of sellers to choose from in this directory

Vinterior – for reasonably priced furniture from carefully selected sellers, you can apply to sell on Vinterior as well as buy.

Decorative Collective – an online portal into vintage and antique dealers, with a great search function to help you narrow down the thousands of listings to the ones relevant to you

Layer – a relative newcomer, with carefully chosen stock, you can apply to sell on Layer as well as buy

Pamono – based in Berlin but used to supplying the British market, there are some good value pieces here, and plenty of stories and information

1stdibs – international portal at the high end of the market

I hope the above tips and potential sources have given you some ideas on how to choose good quality vintage items for your home.

Good luck!

 

 

How to dress windows over radiators

How to dress windows over radiators

How to dress windows over radiators

A frequent dilemma I come across when designing rooms is how to dress windows over radiators. And, if I am involved in the design early enough, should the radiator go under the window at all?

Why is this a dilemma?

You can’t put full length curtains on windows over radiators, unless you don’t plan to close them when the heating is on.  So you have to have a short window treatment.  Short curtains are a no-no in my book, so we’re talking about blinds or shutters.  These could look and feel a bit bare, depending on the look you’re after and the rest of the room.

Radiator positioning

Many new builds and extensions have underfloor heating, which eliminates the problem all together.  But if you have to have radiators, there are two schools of thought when it comes to how to position them.

Theory 1: Under the window is the right place, because the colder air from the window pulls the warm air from the radiator up.  Therefore, the warm air circulates around the room, maintaining a fairly even temperature throughout.

Theory 2: Site them away from the window, as lots of heat will be wasted both through the window and the external wall on which they are hung.

There is no definitive answer. So, if you can, I would site them away from the window and eliminate the window treatment issue.

Solutions for windows over radiators

If you are stuck with a window over a radiator, you will need to choose between blinds and shutters.

Shutters are contemporary, clean lined, and made to fit your window perfectly.  On the other hand, they can feel cold, provide no acoustic cushioning and block out a lot of light, even when they are open.

Roller blinds are very utilitarian, so I would only suggest them as a main window treatment in a kitchen or bathroom, and even then with caution.

Roman blinds, in my view, are the perfect solution.  These are fabric blinds that fold up when they are raised.  If they are the main window treatment, in a modern house, I would position them outside the recess, as in the image above.  For a period house, they should sit on the frames or be slightly recessed. They can look great on the windows, even if you have full length curtains elsewhere in the room, e.g. on external doors, but if you think it looks odd, don’t worry, you have options…

Layer up the window treatments

If it suits your style, a great solution would be to recess a Roman blind and hang some dress curtains (curtains that do not close) either side of the blind.  This works particularly well in rooms with other windows or external doors.  Then everything can have floor length curtains, all windows can have inset Roman blinds, and the Roman blind is the functional window treatment for the window above the radiator.  This would also work with shutters if you prefer the look, although you’ll get better acoustics and insulation from the Roman blind.  Everything looks consistent and classy, and you don’t have to choose between privacy and heat.

How to treat the radiator

To help your radiator blend in, I would either fit a radiator cover, as in the image above, or, for the more aesthetically pleasing radiators, paint it to match the wall.

Hope this helps you deal with your windows over radiators, let me know if you have any decorating dilemmas you’d like me to help answer.

New year, new projects

New Year New Projects - what are you planning?

New Year New Projects – what are you planning?

Happy New Year! Thanks for reading, despite the lack of posts for, um, just the past 3-4 months… Busy work life, child starting school, family birthdays and the lead into to Christmas were not kind to a regular blogging schedule for me. Must do better…

I thought I’d kick this off again with a look at what I’d like to get done before Easter, alongside regular client work, to perhaps inspire some of you to make some similar goals.

First, the house. Or should I say bungalow. Which is a bit of a problem, as we’d rather not live in a bungalow, if we can swing it somehow. Bedrooms on the same floor as the living space has been very convenient with young children, but as they grow up we’d rather not have to creep around so much in the evenings.  Perhaps even have people round without disturbing the children. So, the plan is to investigate if it’s at all viable to make our place into a house, by building up, building under, or – eek – knocking it down and starting again. Or if the best thing to do is to leave it alone and consider moving in the future.

In the meantime, we want to spruce up the front a bit, it’s pretty shabby to say the least. Good from a ‘likelihood of being burgled’ point of view if someone is casing out our street. Not so good from a neighbourly relations point of view…

Business-wise, I’d like to fit in more blogging, somehow, and write about topics you want to read about. My most popular posts tend to be ‘how to…’ or portfolio stories. The next portfolio piece shouldn’t be too long away… in the meantime, what would you like advice on? Ask away and I will answer what I can. Leave a comment or contact me through the website if you want to keep it anonymous.

I’m also keen to upgrade the website. Not feeling very proud of that at the moment.

So it looks like the plan here by Easter is to improve first impressions – both at home and online. How about you? And what would you like me to write about?

Project story – Colourful family home in New Malden

Sitting room in New Malden

Sitting room in New Malden

This beautiful period house in New Malden required complete refurbishment when it was bought by my clients, a young family.  They also elected to extend into the garden, which allowed for a large kitchen / diner / family room at the back of the house.

The brief was to create a colourful family home, which had to be practical as well as stylish.

The client has a keen eye for style and sourced some great finds, many from eBay.  In addition, much of the furniture was coming from their previous home.  My job was to provide guidance on colours, walls, floors, layout and window treatments, and pulling it all together.

Thank you to Anna Stathaki for the great photography.

The entrance hall is calm, but the patterned tiles on the floor add interest, with the colours echoed in the stair runner with its dark border.

Calm entrance hall with patterned tiles and stair runner with border

The formal sitting room at the front of the house (also see main picture in this post) is also calm and collected, with splashes of blue and green to bring out the colours in the vintage rug, passed down from parents.

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Moving through to the back of the house, the bright extension offers plenty of space for family life.

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The family room retains the original fireplace, adding in contemporary furniture in clean lines to contrast.

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Upstairs now, the master bedroom is a restful space, despite the pops of colour.

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The guest bedroom on the top floor.

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Check out my portfolio and my Houzz profile for additional images, including the children’s bedrooms.

All in all, this home is a great example of how to create a colourful family home, against a backdrop of pale neutrals.  If the family ever get bored of the colour, they could just change or recover the furniture to something more neutral and it would look completely different.  No need to redecorate.

I hope you enjoyed this peek into the story behind a project in my portfolio.  Do get in touch if you’d like me to help you too.

Photography credits throughout: Anna Stathaki

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Wabi-sabi and sustainable interior design

Wabi-sabi… (No, not the green horseradishy stuff that comes with your sushi…) Wabi-sabi is a Japanese concept that loosely translates as ‘finding beauty in imperfection’.

wabi-sabi

I was reminded of it last week, when I attended a talk as part of Focus 16 at Design Centre Chelsea Harbour, as part of the London Design Festival.

The talk was given by Simon Dodsworth, Senior Tutor at KLC School of Design.  The subject was Everyday Sustainability, and given my interest in this area, I went along to hear what he had to say.

Imperfect beauty

As part of the talk, he touched on the Japanese attitude to objects, where beauty is found in the imperfect and flaws are celebrated.

This concept is the afore-mentioned wabi-sabi, and I was delighted to be reminded of it: I studied Japanese for my undergraduate degree, and my year attending university in Japan sparked my interest in both aesthetics generally and our relationship with the environment.

The value of flaws

In essence, wabi-sabi does not value the new and perfectly formed.  It values items that have been used, that have developed a patina, that have a story.  A vase that is broken is put back together with the cracks highlighted in gold, as this will highlight the imperfection and make it more beautiful.  The handmade, flaws and all, is valued more than the identical factory-made replicas.  Transience is valued – blossom and Autumnal leaves, for example, are made even more beautiful by their brevity.

Using wabi-sabi in our homes

But how does the concept of wabi-sabi relate to sustainable interior design?

In short, the more we value our possessions and homes with a history, marks, scratches, dents and all, the less likely we are to replace things with something brand new and shiny.  If we ascribe value to the experience, the story, we are likely to keep everything for longer.  And thus spend less (time, money, resources) overall.

I would rather help a client to find a sofa that they’ll keep for 20 years, a dining table that they’ll pass down to their children, art that they will love until the end of their days, than set them up with the next big trend that they’ll tire of in a year or two and want to ‘upgrade’ to something new.  I like to use vintage items as well as new.  And I never pressure a client to get rid of something they love.

What do you think about wabi-sabi?  Can you relate?  What do you own that you love, despite its imperfections?

If this has sparked your interest in wabi-sabi and Japanese aesthetics, you may want to check out a short essay recommended by Simon at the talk: “In Praise of Shadows”, by Junichiro Tanazaki.

 

 

 

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Planning your Autumn to have a home you’re proud of by the end of the year

Plan now and get the home you want by Christmas

Plan now and get the home you want by Christmas

Planning your Autumn…  I hesitate to mention the C-word when it’s only September, but in my experience, the more I plan, the easier my life. Over the last week or so, I have been planning what I would like to achieve by the time the schools break up for Christmas – with my elder child starting school our lives are now shaped by school holidays for, ooh, just the next couple of decades – so I thought I would share some ideas with you about how you could start planning now, to have your home and lifestyle the way you want it before the holiday season.

Fix those niggling jobs that you never get round to

Spend some time this week walking around your home and listing out everything that doesn’t work properly, could do with a bit of attention or needs replacing (I’m talking about light bulbs here, rather than windows – although if you fancy taking on a job that big then go for it!).

Why not tackle a few of these as and when you have time over the next couple of months, rather than getting ready to host your mother-in-law in December, an hour before she arrives, and realising that the guest bedding has gone a funny colour, you don’t have the right light bulb for a bedside lamp that stopped working months ago and that the picture precariously propped up on the chest of drawers waiting to be hung is probably going to get knocked over and fall off onto the floor, taking your mother-in-law’s bottle of perfume with it.

Think about areas of your home that could be improved

When you’re wandering around noting down the niggling jobs, think about each room and how it’s working for you at the moment.  And how it will work if you’re having people over later in the year.

Is there anything that could be tackled now, rather than frantically searching online on the 7th of December for a sofabed that a) you like, b) fits the space and c) can be delivered in time for the guests you’re expecting on December 23rd.  Avoid the panic and give yourself the luxury of time to think about it properly, and choose carefully.  But don’t take too long about it – many retailers stop guaranteeing delivery before Christmas earlier than you might expect.

If you don’t have the budget for a new piece of furniture, there are often things you can do to make everything work better for you that cost nothing or very little, such as moving items around your home into new locations, buying items second hand, or painting an old piece of furniture in a new colour.  Tip – if you struggle to analyse your space while you’re standing there looking at it, try taking a photo and look at the photo.  It can be easier to see potential improvements.

Are you hosting over Christmas this year, for the first time?  Take time to think things through early and avoid last minute panics.  Consider everything from where guests will sleep, to what they will eat – and what they will eat it off – and how you will cook it.

What’s on my list

My pre-Christmas goals on the home front include removing a load of junk – and outgrown baby stuff – from the spare room so that overnight guests no longer feel like they’re sleeping in a charity shop.  In addition to that, the main goal involves the living room.

Apart from buying a sofa and hanging curtains and a blind, we have kind of ignored our living room since moving in nearly 3 years ago.  It doesn’t get used much during the day, only in the evening if we have time to sit down and relax (rarely!).  Or if we have friends over once the kids are in bed (rarely!).  But it does get used when we have more than a couple of people over, like at Christmas.  So it would be good to improve it in time for this Christmas (only our third here…).

On the list – fitting shelves and cupboards in the alcoves and getting a rug.  It also needs 1-2 armchairs, an ottoman/coffee table and a couple of side tables, some art, a mirror and a few lamps, but I’d be quite happy if we just got the shelves / cupboards up and a rug down – at least we’d have somewhere to put the stacks of books currently residing on the floor under the piano.  Anything else I get around to will be a bonus.

What’s on your list?

 

Eco friendly interior design – going shopping

This post is part of a series of tips on interior design and working with an interior designer.

shopping for sustainable interior designAs we started discussing last week, as a designer I prefer to create designs that are lighter on the environment, eco friendly, sustainable… there are many ways to describe it.  However, I am not a fan of very rustic-looking, eco-style, crafty style.  So, how do I get eco friendly interior design without it looking that way?  There are several things to think about and there is no right answer – it’s a matter of considering everything in balance, focusing on what’s most important to you and thinking about the big picture.  Then you can make an informed decision.

This week we’ll look at eco considerations when shopping for individual items.  Check last week’s post for thoughts on the bigger picture.

Once you’re happy with your overall plans for the space, you can consider three things about each potential item you want in the space – What, How and Where:

What?

What is it made from?  Look out for the following:

  • Sustainably produced materials, particularly for items made from wood and paper
  • Recycled, reclaimed, reused materials remade into your item, could be plastic, ceramics, glass, wood, etc
  • Recycled, reused, reconditioned items themselves, such as antique/vintage/second-hand furniture, fabric, vases etc
  • Non-toxic materials, especially paints, dyes, varnishes and glues
  • Natural pigments
  • Durable materials – will it last?  Is it fit for purpose?

How?

If it’s a new item, how was it made?  Things to consider:

  • Factory-made or individually crafted?
  • Fairly paid adult labour or barely paid child labour?
  • Does the factory / workshop use renewable energy, does it dispose of its waste responsibly?
  • What chemicals has it (or the raw materials) been treated with during its life?
  • Is it made to last (e.g. dovetail joints) or for the short term (e.g. glue)?

Whether new or not, how does it work?

  • How energy efficient is it?  (for electrical items, appliances etc)
  • How efficiently does it use water? (for taps, toilets, appliances etc)
  • How does it help save energy / materials etc, if at all?  E.g. you could line curtains with thermal lining instead of standard, to keep the heat in during winter, and keep it cooler for summer.

Where?

  • Where were the raw materials sourced?
  • Where was it produced?
  • Where is it now?
  • How far away are the above from where it will end up?

In my opinion, tiles made from recycled glass in an energy and water efficient factory may sound great, but they’re not that eco-friendly if they’ve been produced in Australia or the USA and then shipped over to the UK.  Try looking for tiles made from recycled glass sourced locally.

Informed decisions

I’ll be amazed if you find something that ticks all these boxes, particularly if it’s affordable and doesn’t look crafty / rustic – this is just a list of things to consider when making your purchases, so you can make an informed decision.  There is no perfect solution.

As an example, something that I find tricky myself is chipboard & veneers versus solid wood.  Imagine you’ve found a dining table that you like the look of.  It’s available in either chipboard & veneers or solid wood, made in the UK from wood grown sustainably in Europe.

  • Chipboard & veneer is essentially waste wood (good) glued together (bad unless non-toxic glue), with a veneer on top (good as uses less raw materials, bad as less durable).  Light to transport (good).  Probably won’t last so long (bad).
  • Solid wood uses more raw materials (bad) but if it gets scratched you can sand it down and refinish (good).  It’s heavy to transport (bad) but is likely to last a long time (good) and be in better condition if you want to sell it on in the future (good).

So as you can see, eco friendly interior design is a matter of considering all angles and making an informed decision.

Was this useful?  Do you have any eco-dilemmas of your own?  Let me know in the comments!

Coming soon – specific tips for individual rooms, lighting, tips on how to use colour, choose floorings, wall coverings, paint…

If you have any questions you’d like me to answer in this series, leave a comment or send a message via the website – I’d be delighted to help!

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Eco friendly interior design – the bigger picture

This post is part of a series of tips on interior design and working with an interior designer.

what is sustainable interior designAs you may know, as a designer I prefer to create designs that are lighter on the environment, eco friendly, sustainable… there are many ways to describe it.  However, I am not a fan of very rustic-looking, eco-style, crafty style.  So, how do I get eco friendly interior design without it looking that way?  There are several things to think about and there is no right answer – it’s a matter of considering everything in balance, focusing on what’s most important to you and thinking about the big picture.  Then you can make an informed decision.

This week we’ll look at the bigger picture.  Check back next week for eco considerations for individual items.

Get it right first time

The number one thing you can do to minimise the impact on the environment when you are improving your space is to get it right first time.  If you take the time to plan your project carefully, whether you’re working with a designer or doing it yourself, getting it right means that you won’t be redoing it as soon as you can, to get it how you want it.  It’s much less wasteful to do it right, once.

Buy quality

Cutting too many corners results in poor quality materials and workmanship that won’t stand the test of time, which means you’ll be doing it again sooner than you think (or living with the shabby results).  Save your time and money (and the planet) and buy quality that lasts.

Plan for the future

Think about future plans.  Is your family growing or will the kids be leaving home soon?  Future proof your plans by designing for the future.  Also don’t be too swayed by fashion – put in what you really love and you won’t be dying to change it in a year or two.  Less work, less waste.

Consider the building

Even if your interior design project isn’t part of a larger building project, could you take the opportunity to improve the energy efficiency of your home with insulation, double glazing, low energy lighting, water saving measures and the like?

Dispose of the old responsibly

If what you are replacing can be reused or recycled, this will have a large effect on the overall environmental impact of your plans. If you haven’t got the time or patience to sell things (e.g. on eBay) there are companies who will do it for you, or you could use Freecycle, or take it to charity or the tip (our local one has a reuse area where people leave things for others to take if they want to).  Anything’s better than putting a perfectly usable kitchen, sofa or wardrobe in landfill!

In the end…

You may be thinking, isn’t doing nothing the most eco friendly interior design option?  Sometimes it is, particularly if the plan is to rip out a brand new kitchen just because you don’t like the style.  If this is your situation, how about just changing the doors or worktop, or reusing the carcasses in a new layout, for example?  Or selling the kitchen on to someone else to reuse it, rather than putting it in landfill?

However, you can be better off getting rid of the old, and then putting in something thoughtful that suits the needs of you and your family for the foreseeable future.  This is particularly true for lighting, plumbing and electrical appliances, which have become significantly more efficient over the years.

Of course, any renovation or redecoration will have an impact on the environment.  I prefer to consider this impact and minimise it, whilst still creating a space that the client loves.  If you plan carefully, and dispose of the old responsibly, you too can have a brand new space with less impact on the environment.

Check back next week for my thoughts on purchasing individual items for your eco friendly interior design.

Was this useful?  Let me know in the comments!

Coming soon – specific tips for individual rooms, lighting, tips on how to use colour, choose floorings, wall coverings, paint…

If you have any questions you’d like me to answer in this series, leave a comment or send a message via the website – I’d be delighted to help!

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Free interior design from an independent designer?

how to get free interior designFree interior design… from an independent?  How can that be possible?  I’m sure you all know that you can walk into places like Heals, John Lewis, West Elm etc and have your home designed for free, or nearly free.  But you’ll pay full retail price for everything they recommend, are usually limited to items they stock and you’ll still need to manage the buying, deliveries, tradesmen etc.  What if there was a way to get free interior design, including project co-ordination, from an independent professional?  Step this way…

Did you know that because of the generous trade discounts that I’m entitled to as a professional, you could get your home the way you want it, with me doing all the legwork for you, without paying a penny more?  In projects I have done to date, the total price for the whole project, including my fee, has come to about the same as if the customer had paid full retail price for everything and done it all themselves.  So my clients have essentially got free interior design, sourcing and project co-ordination, and saved a ton of time and stress.

Interested?  Let me tell you about it.

I tend to offer two different types of service.

Design consultations, where I provide generous advice and expertise, and you manage the project yourself.

And the traditional interior design service, which can include designs, sourcing and/or installation oversight.

However we work together, if you purchase anything through me at trade discount, you will save money, and if you purchase everything we work on together through me, it is very likely that you will end up getting the design for free.  Note that I pass on 100% of all discounts and my fees are entirely transparent and stated up front.

Design Consultations

If you’re fairly confident in what needs to be done but you’re just a bit stuck or short on time, I can help you plan, give you inspiration and ideas, make suggestions, cast a critical eye over your plans, all for a small fee.  Then you’d continue on your own, with renewed enthusiasm, focus and ideas.  We can look at layout, furniture, curtains, blinds, lighting, flooring, walls, whatever you like.

If you are not near North London / Herts, we can do a Skype consultation for a reduced cost.

This is how it all works

Welcome pack

You get a welcome pack to send back to me with lots of information about you and your home, your likes and dislikes, photos of the space(s), plans of the space if you have them, images you like (and dislike), that kind of thing.  This is so that I can prepare well before we meet, and we can make the most of the time we have.

Consultation

Then I’ll come to your home for a few hours (or we’ll Skype/Facetime) and I’ll answer all your questions, suggest solutions, brands that you may like, specific items perhaps, if that’s what you want.  If you’re worried you won’t remember everything, you can have a summary of what we’ve discussed afterwards.

Follow-up

As I’m sure more questions will occur to you after our meeting, you can also have a Skype or telephone follow-up a week or so later.  You will be full of enthusiasm and ideas and ready to get your home the way you want it.

Trade price purchases

You can purchase items through me at trade price after the consultation.  There will be no fee for the first £500 of purchases, and my standard sourcing fee after this.

Hit reply to this email to enquire about my availability and start getting your home the way you want it.

In addition to the consultations, I also offer a full interior design service, if you need more help.  In fact, if you have a consultation and then decide that you want more help, I will offset the cost of the consultation against the cost of the extra work. For example, you might decide that you want someone to manage the work after all, or you want help with extra rooms.  Either way, I’ll make sure you don’t pay twice!

Traditional interior design services

If you’re quite daunted, too busy, or only interested in the end result, you’re going to want more help.  I can do any or all of the following:
– prepare designs
– write specifications for you to get quotes from tradesmen
– source items and materials for you at trade price (place orders, chase, pay on your behalf, receive delivery, deal with damaged or wrong supplies etc)
– manage builders, tradesmen, decorators etc on your behalf.

At one extreme, once we’ve agreed the design, you could hand me your keys and come back a week / a month / 6 months later to a finished home (yes I have done this for someone – they just wanted it DONE!).

Or I could just order you a sofa for trade price plus a sourcing fee.

As mentioned above, these options tend to work out the same as if you’d chosen and organised everything yourself and paid full price.

More details here.

Other things you may not know about Space Interior Design

I am particularly interested in more ecofriendly design (but not if it looks too rustic/crafty), so if you are too, that’s even better!

Based just north of London, I tend to favour work in north London and Hertfordshire, but I’m open to projects further afield too.  And obviously if you want an online consultation you can be anywhere in the world.

Finally, in case you’re wondering, Space Interior Design is a Limited Company, registered for VAT, with Public Indemnity and Public Liability Insurance.  It also has segregated client bank accounts so that the money you give me to buy items on your behalf remains yours until it’s passed over to the supplier – you’re not going to lose your money if anything happens to my company (let’s hope not!).

Book a consultation online here, or call 020 8133 9132 to discuss how I can help you get your home the way you want it.

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