Have you heard of the One Room Challenge? I'm a guest participant this time around for October 2018. One Room Challenge (or ORC) is a way to get people with a blog or Instagram account (or both) to get involved in sharing their process of transforming one room. It's a celebration of creativity, inspiration and original ideas. Every Wednesday one of the 20 featured design influencers shares their progress as they transform the space they are working on along with professional tips.
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"Where do I start?" That has to be the question I get asked by so many people who are doing a room makeover.
I'm going through the same thing at the moment with our inherited kitchen. The woman who owned the house before us had put in a new kitchen not that many years ago, and of course it's just not to our taste - it's full on gloss white which, considering this is a Victorian house from 1865, is far too modern. It's time for the room makeover, so let me take you through the process I go through.
Look around your house - and ask yourself honestly "how much of this 'stuff' do I really need?" We've become a society of fast fashion and throw-away goods ... only we don't seem to throw much away. So let's develop that declutter habit. Your inner interior designer will thank you, because all good interior design starts with making sure there is a place everything so that everything can be in its place. Here are my top decluttering tips.
I get asked this all the time. Which paint should I use to upcycle my furniture? And in truth, the answer is that you can use any. Firstly, though, you need to think about what finish you want on your piece and whether you want a sheen, a shiny finish, or a distressed look. Which is going to work best for you?
There was a time, not so long ago, when the trend for interiors was matching - everything matching. Thankfully we've left those times behind and now anything goes. But what if you are on the journey from matching to mixing it up? I had to go this route because Mr B&T is just a little bit scared of colour. He's cool with beige, greys and blue (not blues, but blue!) and white is probably his favourite colour of all. There was no way he was going to switch and adopt a full on colour palette. That's where ...
Are you new to upcycling furniture and don't know where to start? Many furniture painting disasters come from choosing the wrong pieces. I see lots of large pieces up for sale as 'furniture projects' where somebody has started to paint furniture only to discover it's harder than they thought it would be. So how do you find the right kinds of pieces to paint?
We all know that it's the people living in a house that turn it into a home - but a little bit of styling and homemaking also helps too. Here are my top 15 effective tips and tricks on homemaking that have proven to be failsafe for me. You don't have to do them all, but I'd highly recommend you work on numbers 1, 3, 5 and 12 as a start - they make all the difference.