A log cabin-inspired look won’t suit every interior however, in this new-build in London it looks spot on.
The rustic clap-board wall is a pretty simple job for an enthusiastic DIYer to accomplish in a weekend. All it would take to reproduce is a pallet of reclaimed pine floorboards, hammer & nails, tape measure, spirit level and sharp electric or hand saw. Just look out for hidden electric cables and water pipes when banging in the nails! We love the way the planks continue across the ceiling making you feel enclosed when snuggling up in bed.
The warm wood is picked up in the bed head, bedside tables, armchair and beautiful herringbone parquet flooring. The rustic feel is counterbalanced with industrial type wall, ceiling and table lighting. The huge sliding windows which look out over to mature trees help bring even more of an ‘at one with nature’ feel to the room.
- Beat wall light, black by Tom Dixon
- Buster + Punch Hooked 1.0 nude pendant ceiling light + small lampshade
- Deadstock Catherine table lamp by Castor
- Bed frame
- Fibreglass plant trough
- Natural engineered flooring, oak herringbone
- Striped throw, yellow/grey
Room dividers are flexible items of furniture – they can provide privacy, shade from direct sunlight or simply add decorative interest.
Open plan living is many people’s preferred option these days. Dividers are perfect when it comes to creating zones within a room. You might have a comfy seating area, dining table and small office all within one large open space. Dividers give these zones their own identity without cutting them off from the others.
We’ve chosen three room dividers with a relaxed, natural style for this week’s Price Points.
- Folding raffia weave wicker privacy panels / room divider: £59.99, Amazon
- 179cm x 182cm Vernon 4-panel room divider: £104.99, Wayfair
- Vitro folding screen: £3,050.00, Clippings
Have you put up your tree and hung your decorations yet? What’s your colour scheme? We usually go for traditional red on the ground floor and copper on the top floor. We really like the look & feel of this Christmas fireside; simple rustic with minimalist white tree ornaments and wrapping paper.
The addition of a vintage wooden child’s sled adds a sense of fun. The unusual, half-moon wood-burning stove is the focal point of the room (well, it is when the Christmas tree isn’t there!). All its accessories are close at hand – logs, newspapers, companion set… there’s even a vintage metal fire bucket to add a flash of colour.
- Vintage chalkboard
- John Lewis Croft Collection Stanley rattan large easy-to-fit ceiling light
- Scan 85 Series High Top fire
- Vintage wooden wine box
- Vintage fire bucket
- ALSEDA banana fibre stool
- Vintage wooden sled
- Black fireside companion set
- Personalised wooden storage box
I could spend a lot of time in this sociable, modern vintage sitting room. The space is dotted with two of my favourites – vintage ‘fat lava‘ pottery and original gulvvases. There’s a lot of colour, however it’s used thoughtfully – primarily reds, yellows and oranges – complementing the wood of the floor and furniture.
The original parquet floor is softened by the neutral area rug. I love the double-sided fire – heating two living rooms for the price of one!
- Vintage Bitossi Sahara table lamp designed by Aldo Londi for Raymor
- Vintage Holmegaard amber gulvvases designed by Otto Brauer
- Vintage G Plan Quadrille teak nest of tables
- Vintage West German ‘fat lava’ vases
- Premier Housewares Stockholm armchair
- Premier Housewares Stockholm sofa
- Herringbone oak natural lacquered parquet flooring
- Firebelly FB2 conventional flue double sided gas stove
Being an interior designer sounds glamorous, and while it’s a lot of fun, it also requires hard work and dedication. You not only have to be good at what you do, but you have to know how to work with different types of people.
Home-owners are either picky or they don’t have a clue about what they want. This is when you have to be able to step in and help them find some direction with their thoughts. You’re working within budgets and schedules and have to be fully attentive and detail oriented. See what every interior designer needs to be successful.
An eye for décor
Regardless of your background, you have to be someone who has a knack for interior design. Some of it can be taught, but a lot of it comes from natural talent. There has to be passion and ability present for you to impress your customers. Practice on your own home and see what you come up with. Go shopping and look around online for ideas and challenge yourself to mini decorating tasks. It’ll quickly become clear if it comes naturally to you or if you’re struggling.
As an interior designer, you have to sell your services to the home-owners. They have to fully understand your capabilities, what you’ve done in the past and your vision for their home. One way to do this is to visit each client and go over your presentation together. There’s presentation software online that’s easy to use and will help you get your message across clearly and concisely. This free presentation maker allows you to create professional business presentations without the need for programming or design skills.
Not only do you require the technical skills to decorate homes, but you also need to have a personality. Home-owners not only have to fall in love with your work but with you too. It’s helpful if you’re friendly, enthusiastic and approachable. You need to be able to adopt a wide range of styles and temperaments. You have to portray a positive and upbeat attitude about the project and help them see that you’re excited about your vision.
There’s no doubt that you’re going to have to be a patient person if you get into the interior design industry. Home-owners are going to drag their feet, change their minds and have you redo on a regular basis and you have to be prepared to handle it all as it develops. The good news is that patience is a quality you can work on and improve as time goes on. The more experience you have under your belt, the easier it’ll be to adopt whatever comes your way.
These are a few of the necessary requirements for making it in the industry. Evaluate where you fall on the spectrum and work to improve in the areas where you feel you come up short. This is what every interior designer needs to be successful.
We love this space! This Swoon Worthy boho glam kitchen belongs to Kimberly Duran; Pennsylvania-born, Manchester-based, multi-award-winning lifestyle blogger.
Swoon Worthy is the name of her blog and ‘eclectic boho glam’ is the fitting phrase she uses to describe her style.
Kimberly’s bold use of black, metallics and print is in evidence all around her house however, it’s in her kitchen that we love it the most. Copper, brass & gold against black is a match made in heaven and so, so current. The open, overhead shelves show off her collection of beautiful glass and china to great effect.
If you’ve fallen for Kimberly’s kitchen, you’ll love the rest of her home. Go check out her ‘doing up’ story on her website.
- Bitra hook rail
- Hotpoint PHPN64FAMK 60cm chimney cooker hood – black
- Solid marble serving dish on stand
- Freight brass pepper mill
- DeLonghi – White ‘Brillante’ kettle
- Chef non-stick turner
- Bloomingville golden flat grater
- Monogram mugs
- Gold monogram mugs
- Spotted porcelain mug
- Leopard-print porcelain bowl
- Gold ladle
- Gold whisk
- Gold spatula
- Ruffoni kitchen jars
- Love Leopard wallpaper, peach