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Mid-Century Modern Living

It is an absolute pleasure to be featured in the ultimate guide to all things Mid-Century Modern by the very gurus of this style, Mini Moderns. Their book, Mid-Century Modern Living by Kyle Books, is a brilliantly informative and entertaining overview featuring image upon image of inspiration. Delighted that a Bright Designs project got a spot too, as I am a big fan of their ‘pattern with a story’ mantra.

Screenshot from Mini Moderns book on Mid-Century design showcasing Bright Designs' work
Mini Moderns with Maria Gratsova and Om Dhumatkar at their book launch event
Cover of Mid-century Modern Living book by Mini Moderns

Top tips on using red to spice up your kitchen

Utopia Kitchens and Bathrooms love to chat to us about all things related to using colour in interiors. Most recently, they asked us to provide ideas on using red when designing a kitchen, ahead of their romance-filled February issue. Read here for our list of top tips, including and most importantly: “a little goes a long way!”

What’s the focal point? Easy ways to bring your Bathroom alive

I was asked to contribute once more to Utopia Kitchen and Bathroom magazine (November print edition), providing expert commentary on creating a focal point in the Bathroom. I find that Bathrooms can often appear flat or lifeless because the dominant colour in them is white, while textural variety and pattern are often missing. With this in mind, I suggest ways to create interest and inject personality into a Bathroom through tiles, basins, taps, lighting and more.

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Feeling playful? Kitchen and Bathroom design ideas

I was asked to contribute a piece for Utopia Kitchen and Bathroom Magazine’s September print edition on colourful and cheerful design inspiration for Kitchens and Bathrooms. If like me, greige leaves you feeling a little bit flat, you can read my practical suggestions on adding colour and interest to your Kitchen and/or Bathroom, so as to turn it into more of a happy and fun space.

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The 3 R’s of Sustainable Interior Design

My latest guest post in Designer Kitchen & Bathroom Magazine discusses sustainable design practices. Talking about Sustainability is certainly increasingly mainstream, but how about actual design practice? In addition to introducing the issue at hand, I offer some practical advice in the form of the environmentally conscious designer’s mantra – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. This is a topic I have written on in the past; even if still very much just scratching the surface. Much more to research in this sphere, the work continues!

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Health benefits of using natural materials in interiors

When writing, I like approaching a topic within a problem-solution framework. If the problem part of the equation is something people can relate to, then chances are they will read on. For my latest post in Designer Kitchen and Bathroom Magazine I was asked to write about natural materials in interiors. There is an obvious link between natural materials and my very favourite interiors topic – Healthy Spaces – which is what I explore here. The problem I present is poor internal air quality (important, seen as we spend some 90% of our time indoors!)

Natural materials can be a solution. I am ever more convinced that there is more to Interior Design than meets the eye. E.g. such as described in my article, the potential benefits to the health of the users of a space from the materials specified by the designer. Not to mention the principles of the fascinating and inspiring Biophilic design movement, which I am also becoming ever more attuned to. Watch this space!

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