For those of us who take pride in the way their home looks, there are few things worse than a room that is too dark. In addition to detracting from the look of a room, a lack of light can have negative psychological effects on the viewer – a dark room isn’t conducive to a positive and cheery atmosphere.
Do you have a couple of rooms that don’t get a lot of natural light? Maybe you have some interior design plans for your home? Or perhaps you’ve just moved into your house and discovered that some spaces are lacking light? Then here are a few tips to introduce more light into your home. Read more
If you have ever had that feeling of wanting to be a professional interior designer just for a day, you are not alone. Many people appreciate the desire there, and the good news is that you can gain a fairly realistic version of that experience simply by learning as much about interior design as you can. As it happens, there are a number of useful and fascinating principles which the professionals use and are aware of when designing interior space. These principles are sometimes obvious in an unconscious way, and sometimes they are the kind of thing you could never guess. In this post, we are going to take a look at some of the most useful principles of interior design which the professionals use every day. Read more
When we moved home back in September last year, we gained a lot more space than we had previously in our 2 bed flat and we didn’t even have space for a computer table, let alone a complete office. We had planned on making one of our rooms into an office, but the boys’ space became priority and so we still don’t have an office (it became a play room instead!), but we do now have a computer table, which is progress! It is still in a small space, but I am planning on making it nice & cosy for both us to use – me for my blogging, and hubby for his games.
We’re all dreamers though aren’t we, and if we don’t have our ideal space, we are nearly always dreaming about what it would be like. I would love a loft office with a slanted roof to have a VELUX blind, it would feel like a proper little hideaway! This is what I would imagine my office to be like: Read more
Very recently there has been a blog post that has got people bloggers all up in arms – all about whether bloggers have babies just to get freebies. I’m not going to link as we don’t want HIM to get the traffic do we? (Just search on twitter instead).
Anyyyyyway…. It got me to thinking, do bloggers move house just to get freebies?
I mean, I see LOTS of blogs reviewing homewares, some of them very expensive ones at that.
Before they even move(like about 64 times in the last 3 years like that Rachel over at Parenthood Highs and Lows) they must think, “Ooh I need to email this brand, and this brand, AND this one! Tell them I’m moving, give them my new address, and they might send me STUFF!”.
When we moved last year, the first brand I emailed was Wickes, hoping they might send me a paint tray and some brushes, and some paint, and some wallpaper… No such luck.
Next up was ALL of the carpet shops as we needed the whole of the upstairs doing, and the lounge, and maybe the garden too, and as it cost us the price of the van to move all our stuff, we couldn’t afford it. But no such luck.
We had to pay for them ourselves in the end. With real money. Couldn’t even get away with using the kids play money. That we bought with real money.
I’m such a failure at this blogging shizz, it seems. NO freebies when we moved. Zero. Zilch. Can you believe it?!
But then, is anything we review ever completely free? No, I don’t think it is.
This actually is not a freebie.
*Disclaimer This post might contain fibs.
This post might be tongue in cheek, so you know, pinch of salt. 😉
“I work at a 17th century elm table. I sit on a William Morris Arts and Crafts Chair.”Jeanette Winterson, 2015
It would be nice to think we were just a few well-chosen antiques away from writing that first novel, but there’s possibly a bit more to it than that. Which doesn’t stop writers giving plenty of credit to their creative space as a source of inspiration any chance they get. Judging by the number of open studios scattered around the world, artists aren’t shy about opening doors either. And don’t get us started on show-off designers. You can’t turn round these days without falling over a glamorously dishevelled Brooklyn atelier to get all bitter and envious about.
Does where you create matter? Or should you just get on with it and stop making excuses? Probably a bit of both. But it never hurts to have some nice space to call your own. So even if you’re just thinking about doing something genius-y, here are a few ideas to begin with.
Make A Room With A View
Jeanette Winterson lives in the middle of a wood because she, ‘hates being indoors but loves writing’. If you haven’t penned a word yet, it might be a bit early for such a radical move. But opening up a room onto the garden with glazed bi-fold doors is an easy way to let inspiration into your workspace – even if it’s just the kitchen for now. And when the weather’s good, fold back the doors and enjoy fresh air and sunlight too. If that doesn’t bring out the poetry in your soul, nothing will.
Surround Yourself With Ideas
If you don’t have exclusive use of a room, think temporary inspiration. Buy ordinary lining paper, pin it up neatly on a ‘mood board’ perfect wall and let your imagination run riot while you’re creating. And when you’re done – or someone else needs the space – roll up your ideas and stow them for next time. It’s cheap, simple and gets you thinking outside your own head fast. Keep a photo-record of each of your ‘walls’ before you finally bin them for new ones, everything’s art in its own way.
Get A Serious Table
You might not have decided what type of creative direction to go in. But whatever passion you want to follow, a good table is probably essential. And it doesn’t have to be a permanent fixture. Folding tables aren’t the flimsy, wobbling, accidents-waiting-to-happen horrors they used to be. Now they’re big, reliably sturdy and look good too. Some even come with storage. So it’s not a problem to tuck away the tools of your genius or keep a work in progress safely away from prying eyes – until you’re ready for the big reveal, of course.
Find Inner Peace
Some creatives thrive on noise and live for the thrill of an interruption. Others need absolute peace and serenity. If you fall into the latter category and you don’t want to hide in a garden shed or work through the night, room dividing bi-fold doors are a great solution. You can have quiet, enclosed space when you need it without coming over all isolationist diva. And when you want to be back in the thick of things, simply fold the doors neatly away. One word of caution, private space is very attractive so you might find yourself with a fight on your hands to keep your new room ‘exclusive’.
Even the smallest corner can be creative if you think creatively. Basic shelves are easy, inexpensive and compelling to be around if you stack them with care. Books look wonderful and they’re still the first and best source of inspiration whether you’re a master quilter, aspiring writer or trying your hand at watercolours for the first time. Pick up thought provoking bits and pieces on your travels and have them in plain sight, but nicely arranged – especially if you share some of your workspace. And if you’re old school with pens, pencils, paints and paraphernalia, collect good looking boxes at Fleas and markets to keep them tidy and safe.
According to legend, young Pablo Picasso spent his first freezing Madrid winter in a windowless hovel painting by the light of a single candle. So clearly it’s more about the work than the workspace. But if you want to start somewhere it’s as good a place as any. Now go be amazing.