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How to Style- The Perfect Beauty Vanity

A beauty vanity is key in any woman’s home and in any interior design project. Whether it’s in your bedroom or dressing room, it’s key to have a lovely organised space to get ready in the mornings and evenings. You may have an extensive beauty collection or maybe just a few key pieces, either way it is important to have your products organised for you to access easily, why not even use your best items to display as accessories in your space. We take a look at some great beauty vanities and how to make the most out of them.

If your dressing room needs a vanity/dressing table then why not go for something simple and minimal. White will work well in any interior space but find a nice simple dressing table that will match the style of your room. A table with drawers will be perfect as it means you can tuck away all your make up so that your table doesn’t look cluttered when you’re not using it. You can then mount or stand a nice large mirror at the back of the table to do your make up in, team this with a smaller free-standing mirror for those close up needs. Then, depending on the size of your table, select some of your favourite items (maybe lipsticks in a stand) and have these on display just to add a bit of décor to your beauty table.

If you don’t have a dressing room or you’re a bit tight for space there are lots of things that you can try. Interior design is all about making the most of the space you’re working with. Why not set up a shelf with some drawers and a series of smaller shelves going up the wall to give you some more storage space. If you pair this with a small stool that can be tucked away under the shelves then you can be sure you won’t be taking up too much unnecessary space. Mount your mirror on the wall so you don’t take up any of the shelf space and store your favourite and most used items closest to you. This way you can have a beautiful vanity and a great space to get ready without taking up loads of space with a bulky vanity and chair to go with it.

On the other hand, if you do have lots of space, then make the most of it. The more makeup you have the more space you will need, so plan for that when choosing a vanity or makeup table. Go for something with more drawer space if you know you have a lot of items to store away. You can even find an unconventional table or desk to use as a vanity, just mount a mirror on the wall behind it and you’ve got exactly what you need. Then, if you want to make your table a statement piece in your space, try decorating with some trinkets or even a vase with flowers. Or even use the products you have to decorate. Maybe you have some products that came in a beautiful box or that have luxury packaging, these will be ideal when decorating a dressing table.

If the girly, neutral style isn’t for you then why not try something different. Try and choose items that will fit best with your space and your personal style. I love seeing quirky pieces in interiors, I think they are what makes interior design so special. Also, you don’t have to have gold everything to create a luxury space. Team together some unconventional pieces and see what you can come up with. Although you can purchase full vanity sets, it doesn’t mean you should. Find items that you like and that match your style and just team them together to make something that you love. As long as you have all the key elements, then you can create something new and unique that is perfect just for you. Interior design is all about experimenting and finding what is right for your own home.

Then you need to think about how you want to store your makeup. Organised makeup storage is key in a vanity table as it is important to know where all your products are, especially if you have a more extensive collection. It is also important to keep things organised for aesthetic reasons as the more organised your vanity is, the better it will look. There are loads of different make up storage solutions online that will help you organise your products either in drawers or to sit on top of your vanity. This will help you to sort your makeup and organise it just how you want it to be. This then can be used to decorate the top of your vanity too, as you can purchase some really beautiful makeup organisers.

If you don’t want to purchase make up organisers, or you just want to try some more unconventional storage options then you can always find things at home to use or purchase other items to store your makeup in. Small plant pots, cups or empty candle holders can be perfect for storing brushes or other makeup items especially if you want to use them for décor on your vanity. You can even try putting them into a tray along with your other favourite items to decorate the top of your vanity. This way you can keep these items in one place and easily move it all out the way if you need more space on your table.

I hope this has given you all some inspiration and ideas on how to create or make the most out of your vanities. Dressing tables can be a great way to show off your favourite products and to help you have a beautiful and organised space where you can get ready.

Until next time!

How to Create the Ideal Playroom

Hi Everyone!

Recently, we were set the challenge by a new client to create a nursery and playroom and it got us thinking. Instead of just making this a beautiful room for them to play and grow in, why don’t we make sure that these soon-to-be parents are able to give their precious little bundle the best learning experience and opportunities.

All babies are born ready, able and eager to learn! However, their development isn’t an automatic process, so it’s up to us grown-ups to help them to start their own journey. It is vital for us all to remember that all children, even siblings, will grow and develop at their own rate and pace. This obviously makes it tricky for us to know where to start.

In the UK, we have non-statutory guidance material called ETFS (Early Years Foundation Stage). This is aimed mostly at those who work with young children and helps them to monitor and asses their progress. So, what a great place for us parents to look for help and inspiration. This material goes into to an amazing amount of detail and not all of it is applicable to what we are currently working on but if you want to check it out you can find it here.

So, what we did was to take from this document and adapt it to suit the needs of the client and their home environment. We found that designing the playroom to have separate ‘zones’ with age appropriate activities in each was a great place to start. This was the best way to provide these little ones with everything they needed.

The first element of the playroom should include a space for youngsters to read. This zone could house a book stand with a range of exciting and engaging books at a range of different stages to accommodate for your child’s reading level. This space could also be teamed with a comfortable area for them to sit, lay or lounge whilst they enjoy a good read. Make the space exciting and colourful to encourage them to visit that zone often.

Now onto the play zone! The most important thing to start with is a great storage area for all your little ones’ toys. There is nothing worse for us parents than having a messy cluttered play space, so storage is very important. Separate toys into boxes which are clearly labelled to make the process of tidying up that little bit easier. You may also want to include some kind of ‘play station’. This could be a playhouse, toy kitchen or work bench where your little one can have fun and play for hours.

It is also very important to include a small table and chairs in its own little zone. This means you have a great space to be used for snack times, arts and crafts or even just to sit and play. It also offers parents that space to be able to sit down with their children to work or play.

It’s handy to have a separate storage area, stored away from children’s reach where arts and crafts materials can be stored. This helps to keep everything in order and helps make sure you’re fully stocked up on everything you need for your little ones to get creative. Most importantly, it helps prevent little hands getting a hold of things that can cause huge messes when unsupervised.

As we were set the task to create a playroom by our client, we have used this knowledge to our advantage and created a great space perfect for a child that we wanted to share with you. The floor plan shows all the key zones needed for the ideal playroom layout which I have explained and makes the most of the space we were working with. If you want to see the progress of this project, you can follow our social media accounts to see concepts, mood boards and much more over the next few weeks.

Thank you for reading and I hope this blog has made you as excited for this new project as we are!

How To Decorate With Florals

With spring now officially making an appearance, I know I’m not the only one looking forward to seeing the beautiful spring colours and foliage cropping up everywhere. So, why don’t more of us bring the spring inside our homes instead of just admiring it in the outdoors? I know that a lot of people associate florals inside the home with the Granny’s old curtains, but it can be much more than that. Have a look at these beautiful and on trend ways to incorporate florals and bring the spring time into your homes.

The best thing about spring for me is flowers. The beautiful colour combinations are certainly inspiring and that can be translated into our interiors. A great way to inject some floral fun into a space is through the walls. There are so many beautiful wallpapers and wall coverings out there now that there is easily something for everyone. Floral walls don’t have to be boring, go for colour and something beautiful. Try something with branches and birds and butterflies worked into it. And for those of you who don’t think that florals are ‘manly’ enough, try darker colours and damask patterns instead.

Fancy bringing your bathroom alive? Don’t settle for something plain, try out a feature wall in your bathroom. This tile wall is a perfect example of this. Try beautiful colours and patterns or even go for mosaic style patterns for your tiling instead. And if its florals you want, opt for a hexagon tile pattern on your walls or floors and use a range of colours to give the illusion of flowers.

Be bold- go big and bright and colourful. Wall murals are an interesting way to add colour and character to any space without the repetitive patterns that a lot of wallpapers have. Another great thing about them is that they’re individual to you and your space so you won’t be seeing your mural anywhere else. Not only that but they are a great way to bring a room alive and it definitely draws the eye. So if it’s that bold look you’re going for murals are the perfect solution.

Now, if you don’t fancy coating your walls in large, colourful flowers there’s lots of things you can do to brighten up your walls instead. Artwork is always a scintillating way to add interest to a space, try adding florals in this way. Big or small it will be sure to add colour in where you need it. Art doesn’t have to be expensive and if you’re on a budget there’s a few things you can do. Look for artist prints which work out less expensive or look for young up and coming artists who tend to sell small scale works and prints online. Grab yourself a simple frame and let the art do the talking. Or, if you’re feeling really creative give it a go yourself! Dust off that old watercolour palette and pick up a brush and see what you can create.

Now I’m definitely partial to a throw cushion (or twelve) and I think they are a great way to add colour and pattern into our living spaces and bedrooms. The best thing about throws and cushions is that you can change them whenever you want. Maybe you want your bright floral patterns for the spring and summer months but something darker and cosier for the winter time. Cushions make this easy. They can change with the seasons and trends and don’t mean you have to splash out your hard earned money on larger pieces if you know you change your mind too often!

If throws and cushions aren’t your thing or you don’t like battling with hundreds of pillows before getting into bed at night, then work with your sheets instead. If you’re like me you probably have a few different bed sets that you can swap and change depending on how you’re feeling or what time of year it is. Spring/summer is an ideal time to bring this into effect. Look for bright floral bedding that can be changed with seasons and moods. However, if you’re not into bright colours or it clashes with your interior, try smaller floral patterns in muted colours or spring pastels and even try a black or grey floral pattern.

If flowers are your thing and you’re loving the floral/spring trends then combine this with your furniture choices. Upholstered chairs can be used in any interior in any colour, style and fabric. Little floral (or printed) chairs like this one are a terrific way to add a bit of character to an otherwise plain space. It can also make a large statement with a small piece of furniture. And if there isn’t anything out there on the market that you like, why not take an existing piece and have it reupholstered. That way you take a piece you know you like and choose exactly what fabric and print goes onto it.

If you aren’t into bold prints and bright colours then opt for something a little subtler. Try cushions with smaller florals or paler colours and team them with plain pastel coloured throws and other cushions for a more muted spring time look. Take the florals to the windows also. Long drapes or curtains with elegant floral patterns are a great way to inject a touch of spring time into your space. So even if it doesn’t look like spring out the window, it certainly will inside!

Now for possibly the greatest and most simple way to add a touch of spring to your interiors. Bring spring indoors with beautiful flowers and plants. Best of all, fresh cut flowers are only temporary so you won’t have time to stop liking how they look in your space. In addition to this, you can also explore a range of colours, shapes, heights and best of all fragrances with all the different options you have to choose from. I love having fresh flowers in my home, I feel it gives an added fresh and homely feel in any room. And if you’re too busy to be buying fresh flowers every week, you can even go for faux flowers either sculpted in a vase or in a vase of your choice to add a bit of colour.

Hopefully now you’re all as excited for the spring and summer months on their way as I am. And I hope I’ve inspired you to be adventurous with florals in your own interior spaces.

Until next time!

Interior Design Rules- Part 1

In recent months, we have been seeing more and more people looking for interior design help and advice. We have been trawling the internet on platforms such as Twitter and Houzz to find the things that people struggle with when it comes to their interiors. So, we have now devised a list of interior design rules to live by in case you wanted to give it a go without the help of an interior designer.

Balance

Balance is the delivery of the visual weight of design elements, for example colours, volumes, lines, textures and is grouped into these three categories:

Symmetry– where both sides, divided by a line or point, have identical visual weight. The result is often formal, absolute, conventional, ordered, prestigious and powerful. Symmetry looks great especially in a bedroom or living space, if you want your space to look clean and organised then using symmetry is a great way to achieve this look. When it comes to the bedroom symmetry is easy; match up your cushions and throws, choose matching bedside tables and lamps to tie it all together.

A-symmetry– where different objects achieve equal eye attraction or equal visual weight. The result is often informal, different, unceremonious, open, uninhibited and inviting. Achieve this by using contrasting furniture, accessories and sizes. Try using completely different striking arm chairs around your living space or having a range of different lighting around a room. This will create a less balanced look but will add interest to your interior spaces.

Radial – where all visual elements are focused around a central point and spread outwards. A great way to try this out is in the living room. Try selecting an interesting centre piece like a coffee table, perhaps in a contrasting colour, and focus the layout of the room around that piece.

Pattern

Pattern is produced when similar parts including lines, shapes, forms, textures, tones or colours are used repeatedly, creating a logical, coherent and visual structure. This term in Interior Design is often used in relation to floor and wall finishes, for example wall coverings or carpet design; or soft furnishings for example window dressings. Adding pattern is a great way to add character and interest to any space. You can be adventurous and go for bold wallcoverings, patterned tiling or patterned rugs. If not why not try incorporating pattern into your interiors with soft furnishings, lampshades or accessories.

Contrast

Contrast is the occurrence of opposing elements such as complementary colours, rough and smooth textures, small and large sizes; and horizontal and vertical directions. Contrast is the variety, difference or alteration between elements which effectively creates emphasis in design. A great place to start when adding contrast into your interiors is with colour, don’t be afraid to mix it up and use a range of different colours which contrast each other nicely. Size is also an easy way to add contrasting element to any space, use a range of small and large pieces of furniture or accessories as this will add depth and interest.

Dominance

Dominance is the centre of interest or focal point. It is the area that first attracts attention. There is a hierarchy or importance between various elements within a design. Successful relationships between elements can create interest and counteract confusion and monotony. Adding a focal point can really bring interest into a space. Why not try a striking piece of artwork or a wall mural as these are both great ways to draw the eye and create an essential point of interest.

We hope that these design rules have given you some inspiration for your homes and solved any design dilemmas you may have. Stay tuned for Part 2 coming in a few weeks time. If you have any interior design related questions or problems, please leave them in the comments below and we will be sure to answer them in one of our blogs soon.

Thanks again for reading!