This is a major new international study which has been undertaken by the Happiness Research Institute and the home improvement company Kingfisher Plc (who own B&Q). The report looks at the impact of our homes on our overall happiness and wellbeing. A key finding is that the home is significantly more important to our happiness than our income or job. Size, location and home ownership have far less impact on happiness than we think.
The kitchen and master bedroom at Andover Road were in need of a complete update. We gutted both rooms, layed new flooring, re-wired the electrics, re-plastered, re-decorated and fitted all the necessary furniture and fittings to create totally new, transformed spaces.
Since setting up our interior design studio almost 10 years ago, we have worked with over 250 London homeowners at various stages of their projects. Not everyone needs or wants the ongoing help of an interior designer, but we know that many appreciate some professional guidance and advice at certain stages of a refurbishment or redecoration project, which is why we have set up Designer's Table.
Many of us associate IKEA furniture with our first experiences of independent living because of the unrivalled prices on offer. Their low costs are such a dominant aspect of their brand identity that it can sometimes overshadow another important quality to their furniture: good design. Simple, form follows function design.
When it came to redesigning the open-plan reception rooms at Oak Village, we wanted to improve upon the existing layout with new alcove furniture, a bright colour scheme and new doors to the kitchen which enhance the proportions of the room.
We’ve become accustomed to seeing confident use of colour in public spaces (see our previous post) and this seems to be filtering through to our homes as the positive effects of colour become more recognised and sought after. We’ll explain a few points to take note of when deciding on wall colours for your home and look at examples of colour tones that are well suited to our British climate.
We’re often asked to develop a colour scheme for a property, in fact it’s something we do quite a bit of these days. But what exactly is a colour scheme and why is it useful? We look at some interesting uses of colour in a couple of our favourite North London eateries and explain the technicalities of a colour scheme proposal.
It’s a great time to be designing your home, with a huge variety of furniture, lighting and accessories in all types of colours, finishes and patterns at your fingertips. However, we understand that with so much choice, it’s easy to second guess yourself and get trapped in a cycle of indecision.
We wanted to update our website with a new look and improve the way in which people navigate our website so for the past few months, we’ve been designing, tweaking and testing our new interior design website which we hope you like.
We’ve been working on the design of the virtual reality app ‘Reality Decks’ with developer Philip Mackenzie (aka producer & dj Phil Mac). Just released on the 22nd February 2018, Reality Decks lets you ‘DJ, mix and record on virtual vinyl turntables without any physical DJ gear’.
This refurbishment project in Hampstead produced some dramatic before and after photos which we thought we’d share below. Our brief for this Victorian terraced house was to improve the dynamic between the kitchen and the dining space, re-instate period features and update the furniture and colour scheme throughout the ground floor. Read more about this project here.
We’re delighted to share with you that Audrey is being featured in a new book by Alison Branagan entitled ‘The Essential Guide to Business for Artists and Designers’ which is being released on the 9th February 2017.
Decorex is one of the annual design shows which we always make a point to visit because of the huge variety of furniture, fabrics, lighting etc being exhibited. Also, it’s a great opportunity to catch up with existing suppliers and see new products in the flesh!
This was our first time visiting Bert & May’s designers’ supper club hosted in their flagship showroom and barge in East London. On a sunny Thursday evening, Bert & May’s ever expanding product range of hand crafted tiles, engineered woods, bathrooms and kitchens became a social space with a distinct style and ethos.
When building a swimming pool, whether it’s in your home, a hotel, fitness centre, or spa – the look and feel always seems to end up the same. I am beginning to think that it really is a forgotten area of interior design.
When I first speak to a potential new client, they sometimes say – ‘I am having an extension built now, I will call you back when it’s finished and I am ready to think about the interior design.’ My response is always the same: ‘It’s never too soon to start thinking about your project!’