We set a certain expectation the minute we open our front door to guests. Do you want them to think “wow I can’t wait to come in and see more” or “hmm, I’m not sure this home is going to wow me”?
I have made a considerable effort in my own home to be in the first category and I try to emulate this in my clients’ homes. Everyone wants a wow factor, there’s no getting away from that. One of the best ways to create this is with a statement stair runner, if you have stairs. Of course a floor runner can be equally effective in a single storey home. It draws the eye into your home and it can be complemented with lots of statement artwork. I’ve also used hats and bags as additional wow factor.
Once they are over the threshold, you need to ensure that all their needs are met. So many homes I enter expect me to remove my shoes yet provide nowhere to sit to take them off except the stairs. Sound familiar? Do you have a place to hang their coat and hat? Somewhere to put their handbag down and a mirror to check their appearance? All of these things help create a welcoming feeling for guests. Start the way you mean to go on, from the moment your guests cross that threshold.
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We are in mid winter here in London. Temperatures plummeted a week or so ago and we barely reach 6 Celsius most days. However I won’t complain as when it’s so cold there is less of the debilitating grey skies and more of blue skies and sunshine which really do elevate the spirits.
Monday 21 January was Blue Monday the most depressing day of the year. What a load of twaddle, isn’t it?! Why would you identify a day as the most depressing? Most of us stuck two fingers up at Blue Monday, smiled and got on with our lives.
January started with a vengeance from a work perspective so I’ve had no time to feel the post Christmas blues. And I have a trip to Sydney to look forward to in a few weeks - family, sun, sand and sea and loads of oysters and Riesling!
Between a lot of client meetings and client work at home, I managed to squeeze in some outings. First up, a day of sourcing for clients started with a visit to the Decorative Fair in Battersea Park with an interiors friend. I enjoy a wander around the stalls as they are all so beautifully styled but everything is eyewateringly expensive!
Do these three dilemmas sound familiar?
1. There are so many paint brands and they all have loads of colour options. Where to start.
2. You see your friend’s home painted in various shades of grey (yes it’s still the popular choice!) and you think it looks nice.
3. You want to freshen up your home and add some colour but don’t know where to start.
This week has been action packed. I’m furiously trying to finish a two-bedroom flat which the owners want to put on the market asap (they are moving out of London and already put in an offer on a house).
Work out how to create the optimum look for your room, no matter which way it faces. Here are my tips for north-, south-, east- and west-facing rooms.
Large Edwardian family home in Tooting, South West London, with a well established bed & breakfast Parklands Bed & Breakfast.
I was contacted by the client to revamp the guest suites and communal areas with new colour schemes and to restyle each room with different accessories. In most instances I was able to recycle all the accessories in the property.
Single professional male; first home he has owned; South West London two bedroom ground floor Victorian apartment; east facing.
The client had no furniture when he moved in except a deck chair! The whole apartment needed to be painted, decorated and filled with furniture and accessories. His brief was for a stylish and comfortable design as his previous abode had been a real bachelor pad! And all on a very small budget.
30 something professional couple; first home they have owned; South West London first floor two bedroom apartment; south facing; adding a loft conversion to give them a master suite.
The clients initially sought my help with paint colours for the whole flat but I ended up providing a full interior design service for many of the rooms.
One of the biggest problems with posting my projects on my website is the fact that the projects are ongoing. My clients are all residential and the projects don't have a start and end date mainly due to budget restrictions or the time it takes to source a particular item(s). I'm happy to roll with it - dip in and out of the project as and when the client needs me but it makes it difficult to share the finished article with you. So I've decided that I'll share my projects with you as a work in progress.
Recently my home was opened up to members of the Decor Cafe for an evening event. The DecorCafe Network, of which I am a member, is a collaborative community of those of us whorun our own businesses in the interiors industry and those who just need inspiration and help to decorate their homes. These home tours bring members together to connect, learn and share ideas.