Category Archives: Design

Sea Style

Sea Style

Sea style themes have a special place in the decorator’s repertoire. The seaside is ever popular, while boats and shells, and fish and starfish make pretty, stylish design motifs, and there is something tranquil and restful about the thought of far blue horizons. 

Decorative kitchen tiles

Decorative kitchen tiles

Apart from their decorative function, washability and sturdiness are qualities which make kitchen tiles so suited not only to kitchens, but for other useful rooms like larders, utility rooms, mudrooms and laundries. In addition, the coldness of glazed and unglazed ceramic tiles helps keep worktops cool, ideal for bread and pastry making. 

Directors’ Chairs

Directors’ Chairs

Apart from all the great movies made there, Hollywood is also responsible for the fame of one of the truly great chairs of all time, the directors’ chair. A design classic, it is light, portable, and remarkably comfortable. The design goes back to coffer-makers’ chairs of the 15th century and eventually to the Roman curule chair. 

Limed wood furniture

Limed wood furniture

Several methods of decorating wood exploit its natural grain pattern. Limed wood imitates the old custom of painting wooden furniture with diluted limewash left over from painting the walls in farmhouses. Now, instead of using limewash, liming wax (a mixture of beewax and whiting) is worked into the wood and the surface is polished, leaving the residue of white wax in the grain. 

Memory box

Memory box

It is very nice thing to decorate the home with personal items. The objects that mean something to you and your family. Even better is you made it yourself. Creating a personalised memory box is one of the projects that are so fun to make and such a pleasure to look at or give as a present. The memory box can be filled with a nostalgic collection of family mementos: old black-and-white framed photos, vintage toy cars, someone’s favourite dolls, souvenirs from vacations and family trips, a letter for the child to read when they are older, rolled up like a scroll, and other miniature objects.

Interior accessories

Interior accessories

As the architect Mies van der Rohe once said, ‘God is in the details.’ This insight reflects one of the pillars of cheap chic interior style: make the most of accessories. On one hand, they are a home’s personal signature – a visual diary of who you are and what you love. On the other, they are the practical objects that you couldn’t live without.

Making a mosaic basin splashback

Making a mosaic basin splashback

The subject of preventing water from splashing our walls can, quite honestly, be rather dull. Unfortunately we have to be practical about these matters. However it is attention to detail that makes all the difference and this handsome basin splashback, which took such a short time to make, really adds a finishing touch to my newly decorated bathroom. The same technique and style can be applied for the kitchen project, to create a splashback for kitchen sink or cooker. 

Lighting in child’s bedroom

Lighting in child’s bedroom

Lighting in child’s bedroom is something you should not take it for granted. Many people will go to considerable lengths to decorate a child’s bedroom in a ‘playful’ style. Often the decor will follow a specific theme based on a child’s interests, sometimes with the whole room being thought of as a plaything itself. Whether or not you choose to go to these lengths, a child’s bedroom can provide a great opportunities for fun lighting, and remember that the child will probably want to have a say in both the decor and the lighting as he or she grows older.

Clever upcycling ideas

Clever upcycling ideas

With these upcycle project ideas you will discover new ways to reuse fabric remnants, wrapping and wallpaper off-cuts, and other household items. It is surprising what can be done with a little resources, a bit of effort and a good plan. You may be able to restore the old piece of furniture and put it with a pride in your bedroom, create an unique presents for friend or family or refresh your home with small additions you have make yourself. And all that can be so affordable and easy to make. So exciting!

The principles of fashion design

The principles of fashion design

The principles of fashion design are not always taught, discussed in crits or consciously employed, but they exist nonetheless. They are an important part of the aesthetic toolkit and are the means by which designers can subtly adjust the focus and effect of designs. Knowing where to find them and change them helps you to view designs objectively. They are usually the key to why a design does or doesn’t work. Deliberately flouting these principles is as valid as using them with care if it gets the message across.