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Bright Designs at Home by Halifax

We are delighted to have partnered up with the nation’s largest mortgage lender to talk all things interior design at their upcoming homebuyer events. Home by Halifax is their innovative new concept branch in the City, with an events space and a talk programme. It’ll be nice for Maria to return to the City, having worked there for years in her previous Equity Markets career!

Don’t expect the usual blah-blah about colour trends, curtains and cushions. Maria’s approach to interior design is much more pragmatic. She will talk about creating meaningful spaces for people; after all, us humans are an indoor species. We spend >90% of our time indoors yet give so little thought to our built environment. Let’s discuss!

First Time Buyer Event: 6pm, Tuesday 5 November 2019

Home Mover Event: 6pm, Thursday 7 November 2019

Free and open to all!

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.

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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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