(Potential) Kitchen Nightmares

(Potential) Kitchen Nightmares

This year I completed the hardest project of my professional career. Was it the one where we designed and built 3 houses from the ground up? Was it the one where the client had a penchant for the bespoke without the budget to back it up? Or was it the redesign of a...
On Reflection

On Reflection

Mirrors are a great weapon in any designer’s arsenal. They are as much about misdirection as they are about reflection, creating space where there is none and spreading light into the gloomiest of corners. Here are a few ideas for you to reflect upon (sorry)...
New Year’s Resolution

New Year’s Resolution

  Firstly, Happy New Year! I hope you have had as relaxing a time as possible over the Christmas “break”.     From the number of enquires I’ve received over the break, it’s clear that lots of you are thinking about embarking on a project in 2017, which...
TV Party

TV Party

So you’ve bought your house, chosen colour palates, furniture and fittings, the kitchen is a work of art and the bathrooms are simply splendid. Your husband* has just bought a 3 billion inch UltraHD TV, complete with sound-bar and sub-woofer. And he’s VERY...
In All The Right Places…

In All The Right Places…

We all like things. Vases, trinkets, objects d’art. But, do we know how to display our things to their best effect? I’ve talked (at length) about the importance of lighting and how it can be employed to great effect when highlighting things, but what if...
The kids are alright…

The kids are alright…

As a designer, it’s really important that I find the space I live in to be beautiful. This used to be a straightforward thing, whereby I’d design and plan a space, source lovely things to sit within the original concept and add more lovely things over...
That’s me in the spot light…

That’s me in the spot light…

Following a blog I posted a few weeks ago on thinking about your lighting plan like a cake (no, really) in order to encourage my wife to read past the first sentence, I’ve had a lot of enquires about using spot lighting. Where it works and where it...
Out of Space

Out of Space

Space. The final frontier. And something we could all do with more of. Here are my top tips to make the most of your home without knocking through to your neighbours and hoping they don’t notice… Stairs A clever bit of under-stair carpentry can provide you...
Remain In Light

Remain In Light

I’d like to start this blog with a question. Does anyone, other than me, find the subject of lighting interesting? I love lighting and what it can do to an interior. Getting it right can elevate a space to something truly amazing, drawing the eye and guiding you...
Oh, make me over…!

Oh, make me over…!

Do you yearn for an “Elle Deco”-styled, perfectly neat and tidy family home? Do you find that having the required actual family seems to prevent that from becoming a reality? Fear not! Here are a few free or inexpensive ways to help guide you in the right...