1920s Interior Design Turned On Its Head

On a recent visit to a heritage property, I was struck by the simplicity of the kitchen and utility area – it was a very small inner terrace house, which is unusual as most heritage houses are grand mansion types.   This one is unique for being the only one in England with the interior designed almost entirely by Charles Rennie Mackintosh.    Reflecting the 1920s fashion at that time, the kitchen was nothing elaborate but it did have some spectacularly innovative ideas far ahead of it’s time.  Electric Kettles, Electric Coffee maker etc. these things weren’t even properly invented and available in the UK at that time.

The bathroom was another notable feature – with modern hot water supply that wouldn’t go amiss today in our quest for future proofing our homes!  That is what we have really modern and forward thinking designers and constructors for of course!

Never Overlook The Nitty Gritty In House Planning

When you think about the designs for a new property, it is so tempting to sit down and list all the things you have missed in all  your previous properties.  These probably start with actual buiding features such as the orientation of the house.   When I was planning to move from a previous property, before I even looked at any plans, I had a fixed ist of ‘must have’ items in my mind.  It had to have a south facing garden;  it had to have room for a vegetable plot in the garden; it had to have nice large double radiators and small windows and not be draughty at all !

The resultant purchase bore no resemblance to this list – my garden is north facing, the house is very cold all the time – oreientation and distinct lack of large double radiators.!  Get the essential nitty-gritty sorted early before buying on or off plan!

The Steps to a Perfect Paint Job

If you are considering painting your walls, follow these steps to ensure a perfect finish!

Step 1: Get your tools and supplies ready so you do not need to rush out to buy more in the middle of the job!  You will need paint, brushes or rollers, dust sheets, masking tape and a duster.

Step 2: Move the movable items from the room and cover up anything which cannot be removed.  Paint can drip downwards, so anything underneath the area you are painting should be moved or covered so it doesn’t get painted!  Make sure you have around 6ft of space between your painting area and your belongings.

Step 3: Prepare the walls properly!  Take the time to fill in and sand off any holes, dents or cracks.  This will leave a smooth surface for you to paint onto.

Step 4: Take off any doorknobs, handles, hinges, electrical outlets, switch covers or smoke detectors you don’t want to paint over.  It is always better to remove them rather than mask them, however this is ok if you cannot take them off.

Step 5: Masking tape the areas you don’t want paint to get on.  You can use masking tape to set a straight line against the ceiling, down corners and around the bottom of the wall.

Step 6: Prime the walls if needed.  If you are painting over a dark colour, it might be neccessary to prime the walls with white paint.  This will make it easier to cover the darker paint.

Update Your Kitchen on a Shoestring: How to Make Your Kitchen Look New Again!

It can be extremely expensive to get a new kitchen, so there are a whole range of things you can do to make your kitchen look as if it has had a major makeover, without breaking the bank.

Walls & Floors

Paint the walls in the kitchen using a good quality kitchen and bathroom paint – this is able to cope with steam and heat better than ordinary paint, so will last longer (and look newer for longer too!).  If you want a calm feeling, choose light shades of blues, greys or greens.  Brighter colours like yellow will make the room feel warmer!  You could add new flooring to update old, dated tiles.  Installing a lino is a good way to update the floor without spending a fortune.


Instead of completely replacing the cabinets, try simply changing the doors!  If this is still too much, you could even just replace the handles with a new style, or paint the doors a different colour.  There are paints available which are specially designed for cabinets.  If you have glass doors to your cabiniets, why not paint the inside of the cupboards?

Routes into Architecture: Becoming an Architect

An architect designs and oversees the construction of buildings, homes and other structures used for shelter.  Highly educated, professional architects are licensed and highly responsible in their jobs.  Here are some ways to get into architecture as a career.

First things first, get to know the profession!  It involves much more than just being able to draw…architects are involved in every stage of the construction process and need to have a range of skills including:

  • Creativity – coming up with original ideas and good designs is important!
  • Scientifically minded – there is a lot of understanding of how the different parts of a building work together to create a safe space.  Science and maths are crucial skills to have.
  • Communcation – architects must be able to share their ideas and vision with their clients, able to give effective presentations and describe their ideas clearly and conscisely.

Education is a vital part of becoming an architect – there are degree courses in architecture which would be essential, as well as masters programs

Decorating Your Bedroom Effectively

If you are fed up with coming home to a boring or bland bedroom, you can set about decorating that space without spending too much money.  Here are some ideas to get you started.

Plan out in advance how much money and time you want to spend on your room.  If you have lots of money spare to splash on it, then go ahead and decorate to your fancy!  However, we won’t always be in this position!  Think about ways you can save a little cash while making over your room: instead of buying new furniture for example, you could repaint or varnish your existing set.

Choose a theme you want to use in your room.  This will help you to choose colours as well as the style of furnishings and decorations you want.  Get some ideas from Pinterest or visit some furniture stores for inspiration!

Before you start redecorating, ensure you give your room a thorough clean and empty out as much of your stuff as possible.  This will allow you to have a blank slate to work with, rather than climbing over stuff and painting around things.

Using Accessories in Your Interior Design Schemes

Accessories are objects which complement your decor and design, adding to the beauty of your room.  They should represent your personality and tastes and could include things like pillows, cushions, throws, artwork and collectibles.

The most important aspect of selecting accessories is to choose things which really represent your personality.  Have a look through your belongings and collections of keepsakes for those lovely things to display.

Think about the style of room also when choosing accessories.  If you have a lovely Victorian heirloom, it might not fit in well within a contemporary, minimalist setting!  The accessories should support and complement the environment, not work against it.

Have a play with the display options for your accessories – you can use them anywhere really, but displaying smaller items in bowls, shadow boxes, trays etc are interesting features alone!

When displaying your items, have a go at grouping them differently.  It can look really nice to display an odd number of vases together, or perhaps a collection of different sized candles on a plate.  Have a play around with the display options to see what looks best.