Good Mooooooorning and Happy Monday (or hello and happy whatever day it is when you are reading this. Here, as ever to start the week are my favourite rooms that I have found and want to share with you as you might find them as inspiring as I have.
Having just finished the redecoration of the shower room and found myself adding a surprising last minute paint colour, I was struck, when going back through my saved Instagram to find versions of it cropping up again and again. So today, in advance of showing you the finished room (next week) I thought I would show you these rooms.
I have always love the idea of a vintage, dark wooden non-fitted kitchen. My cupboards are painted dark chocolate brown which may be as close as I will get but explains why I fell hard for the Huntsmore design above.
And it’s no great revelation that dark wood is a big friend of a soft pale blue. Now, like grey, pale blue can be hard to get right. Remember that the warm light of a south-facing room will warm a cool blue while the cooler blue light of a north-facing room will make a cool colour cold. There is no substitute for tester pots. And don’t forget to look some of the greys. Parma Grey can look like a soft blue and I have just used Little Greene Aquamarine Mid in my shower room (which I will show you in next week) and while in some lights it’s a greeny blue it can also look blue-green in others.
Designer Melanie Lissack, who recently shared five quick, easy and budget-friendly renovation ideas on her brilliant blog, has used the same trick by adding a chair in a deeper shade of the wall colour to bring the scheme alive.
Now – blog news. Last week I left the house for work. The second time in a month and this time travelling on the tube for only the second time in a year. It was the day after my second vaccine and while I had no ill effects to speak of, I did feel tired.
My stock response to stress is to take on more work. To shore up the encroaching feeling (and constant self-employment background buzz) of panic that the work will end and you will not have done enough of it. I have two very exciting, and big, projects on the go at the moment – one of which you will hear about in about six months and one next year) and of course I have set up Design Storey Shop as well. So, in order to be able to devote myself to all that is going on (let’s not forget the podcast and Instagram which has been the neglected middle child in all of this) and to reclaim my Sunday afternoons and feel that I am doing a good job, something has to give.
That something is a blog post a week. I have been hugely thankful for your support over the last year and I am particularly loving our Friday Film Club (keep that coming – perhaps we should all decamp to Hollywood soon and set up our own screenwriters’ guild) but in order to find interesting and relevant content for you on a regular basis I need more time to find it. A bit of time to sit and stare into space or to absorb what I am seeing in print and digital media and to let it swirl gently around the corridors of my brain for a moment.
In many ways this is a hard decision to make – the blog has more visitors than ever at the moment and I’m thrilled at its success. But this also feels like the right time to step back a little. The world is opening up again and having spent so much time at home reading about home I expect that some of you might have less time than in recent months.
So, from now on I will be posting three times a week; Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Roughly. Any sponsored posts will remain on a Wednesday (and clearly marked as such) but if there is no sponsored post there will be an organic (as it were) post. So those three are set in stone. For the time being I will keep househunter on a Friday but the Monday and Wednesday posts will vary according to what feels relevant and interesting. As planning would have it there are sponsored posts for the rest of this month – but one is my shower room reveal so don’t feel hard done by – and this means I would otherwise have had to write five posts a week which is a lot. So it will be three for now with the bi-monthly Thursday podcast post In short, instead of four posts a week and sometimes five it will be three posts a week and sometimes four.
As ever, I try to keep my sponsored posts relevant to brands I love and/or have worked with for a long time and, of course I focus on trying to make content that is useful and relevant and not just a paid ad for you to skip past and that will not change. I consider very carefully who I partner with and turn down many, many approaches preferring to foster long term partnerships over a period of several months or even years.
The blog will be 10 years old next year and will have three books bearing its name – that’s a lot of content either for free or for less than £20 for you. And I will still be dropping into your inboxes three times a week at 7am.
So on that note I’m off to prepare Wednesday’s post and to go to two meetings about these upcoming projects. I will tell you more as soon as I can. I think you will like them… And in the meantime if there are any subjects, design dilemmas or queries you would like me to answer then drop them in the comments box below.
And here’s a sneak peak of the shower room for you, seeing as it’s a similar colour to today’s inspiration images.