Mud rooms the big thing in urban homes.

Where once the mud room also known as dirt room, sand room or just a simple cloak room was in old farmhouses to provide practical transition from outside to inside, today they are becoming a popular addition to new homes in urban areas. They certainly save dirt whatever kind from being traipsed through the home. They are a wonderful place to hang your coats, backpacks, bags, scarves, pet leads, sports equipment and store your shoes in shelves and it removes the burden off other storage areas in the home. Sometimes a laundry is built with large dimensions to accommodate additional mud room features. This works brilliantly and perfect for stepping out of your dirty sports clothes or gardening clothes and putting them straight into the dirty washing. If your budget allows, adding a shower is a functional option particularly if the mud room is part of the laundry, a great place also to shower your dog. If the most practical place for you is to have your mud room features in the entryway, this doesn’t have to be a challenge as long as the cabinetry is innovative and suits your home and lifestyle. Sometimes a hallway can be used and even if it is narrow that is perfectly fine too and again utilise the space sensibly and practically.

Here are some things to ponder. When in the design stage of your new home or renovation give thought to how best utilise the space. Bench seating is paramount to sit on and take off your dirty footwear etc., it needs to be a practical size but of course this is dependent on the space you have available. If possible, a padded seat is a comfortable option with a couple of cushions to lean back on and pretty up the area. Hooks are a necessity so that everyone in your family has a place to hang things up. Storage is essential for items that need to be concealed and preferably one for each member of the family. A mirror is a great way to create the feeling of more space and also check yourself out before rushing out the door. If you do art, crafts or sewing adding a bench in this area is also a great idea and so easy to clean up after you have finished, it beats having to be fussy if you normally do this in some other room of your home that needs to be tidy at all times.



Barn doors are well and truly in vogue!

Lately we have been asked by many clients if we can add a barn door somewhere in their new home that we are designing with our partner company SavvyBuild Solutions.

Despite their name, barn doors can add a contemporary look to your interior and make it easier for you to connect the various spaces in your home. They are space savers by not swinging open and they are wonderful in settings where you want to conceal things but still have quick access to. A very obvious place to have one of these is in a tight area where a standard door is not workable, think beyond the norm and add character. All you need is enough wall space for the door to take up while not in use. There are many different styles and I have chosen two modern images to show how fantastic they can look.

All important laundry room tips

Laundry rooms generally don’t receive enough design attention that they deserve. Your laundry room doesn’t have to be just functional, it can be comfortable, have great working features and be aesthetically appealing as well. Paint your walls interesting colours or add some groovy decals to your tiles to make doing chores much more fun!

We have some tips for you if you are designing a fully functional and fun laundry space:

If you have a large laundry space that you are renovating or you are building new consider having a sensible and traffic smart laundry and mud room combination. You can also add a spare nook which can be filled with a desk and chair to create an office space while you wait for your load to finish.

It is essential to use as much natural light and ventilation as possible with additional practical lighting to give you the best all round result.

Ideally it is more beneficial to have you washing machine and clothes dryer side by side built in to cabinetry. However, placing them on top of each other is a smart space saving solution for small laundry rooms and they can still be completely built in.

Include shelves above or beside the washing machine and dryer to store washing machine detergents, softener and other cleaning products. laundry baskets and hampers should be within easy reach built in to the cabinetry. Pull out narrow drawers are great also with no waste space.
















Consider a custom built cupboard for an ironing board, so that it can easily fold out when you need it, or mount the ironing board directly to the wall or on the back of a door.

A retractable clothesline is a handy addition to dry delicate clothes, a drying rack is also a great addition to hang some clothes if they are still slightly damp or alternatively for hanging freshly pressed shirts.











If you have a pet you can combine your laundry room with a pet shower and an open bed with a comfy cushion concealed under the bench.

Would love to hear back from you with any more tips you have to share!

Home renovation & extension of new bedroom and ensuite

I just had to post these magical images of this beautiful extension showcasing a master bedroom and ensuite. Take in the peaceful feel this has with the soft pinks and whites with a smattering of gold and luxury. Love the black and white print over that so very much inviting bed. The room has a nice compliment of textures to add that all important stylish feel. Love the metal pendant lights and chair draped with a soft fluffy sheep skin. The bleached timber floor boards and shutters add a spacious feel to room without cluttering.

Renovation dream bedroom

Renovation dream bedroom ? via Home DSGN

Bedroom renovation

Stunning shot of bedroom renovation. ? via Home DSGN

Below are some images of the ensuite. A gorgeous vanity top including the integrated basin, love the slatted timber full length shelf under this for odds and sods. Notice the beautiful pink peonies to add that soft touch with Aesops products to add that simple organic look along with the soft full height sheer curtains to add that glamorous look. Who wouldn’t want to have an ensuite like this? The last image is the “Hollywood” style dressing table which is on the left hand side of the bedroom not visible in the bedroom images. You will notice in the mirror it shows a beautiful grey luxurious chesterfield lounge in the sitting area of the bedroom. Such luxury ✨

Ensuite renovation

Beautiful ensuite renovation ? via Home DSGN

Ensuite renovation

Ensuite renovation ? via Home DSGN

Bedroom renovation

Bedroom renovation ? via Home DSGN

Beautiful new release fabrics for your curtains

I want to share this beautiful new collection of fabrics from Belgium company “Wind Exclusive Design” The diverse tactile properties are simply amazing and so very different to your mainstream fabrics. They are all available through this site and if you would like more information please leave me a message on the contact page.

Image courtesy of Wind Exclusive Design

Fabric names are, starting at top left and clockwise: Brilliance – 5 colourways, Crystal – 9 colourways, Titanium – 5 colourways,  Amber – 4 colourways, Topaz –  5 colourways and the stunning Lux – 5 colourways.

The stunning “Lux” image courtesy of Wind Exclusive Design




Greenery our favourite colour for 2017

2017 will be the year of Pantone’s colour of the year Greenery (15-0343 TCX), “a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore, and renew. “Greenery bursts forth in 2017 to provide us with the hope we collectively yearn for amid a complex social and political landscape. Satisfying our growing desire to rejuvenate, revitalise, and unite, Greenery symbolises the re-connection we seek with nature, one another, and a larger purpose.” says Pantone Colour Institute executive director Leatrice Eisenman.


This year, Pantone is putting forth a message of positivity and rebirth in the wake of a gruelling election, a rise in hate crimes, economic uncertainty and anxiety about the environment. “Our lives are accelerating even faster, tech is more overpowering, and the global climate is more complex, “The big macro driver here was getting back to nature.” a message from Laurie Pressman, vice president of the Pantone Colour Institute.

What strikes me about the the colour Greenery is that it’s an artificial-seeming yellow-green and is the colour of the super-food match green tea and granny smith apples. Taken in sum, I think the colour is an appropriate choice for 2017. There’s a drive—and desire—for freshness, but there’s a tinge of sourness, much like biting into a Granny Smith. “It’s a yellow-based green that gets its warmth and energy from the sun—a hotter green, a reassuring green, a life-affirming colour,” Laurie Pressman says. “This wasn’t meant to be soothing. This was meant to be bold. We’re living in a time where you voice needs to be heard.”

Open spaces in interior and exterior design and floor-to-ceiling windows allow the green outdoors to become part of a room’s backdrop and ambience.  Adding Greenery through living walls, terrariums, botanically-themed wallpaper, paint, accent furniture and decor provides respite and breathing space. A Greenery-painted wall or piece of furniture delivers a pop of colour, with the added benefit of creating the illusion of nature indoors. Bringing the outside in, the shade – like the plant life it represents – can improve self-esteem, reduce anxiety and heighten awareness of one’s surroundings.

Image via Style Curator

Image via Mokum Textiles

Image via Style Curator

Please leave your comment as I would love to hear your thoughts of the colour Greenery.



An amazing outdoor room oozing with character

Who wouldn’t want an outdoor living area complete with built in kitchen complete with pizza oven like this! The Spanish style floor tiles add an element of mystery to compliment the exposed brickwork and timber. Love the suspended open fire disappearing into the gorgeous timber slatted ceiling. There are fine timber wooden open back screens at the end of the room to give privacy and to block off the sun when necessary. If you are thinking of extending and adding an outside room this is easily achieved. Contact me to organise a meeting to discuss the many options.

                                                      All ? are courtesy of Home DSGN

Check out this gorgeous tropical ensuite

Can you imagine if you live in a tropical or sub tropical location how wonderful an ensuite like this would be. It has an Asian resort feel to it screaming with character.

With it’s beautiful timber wall panelling, concrete look resin double vanity basin trough sitting atop an almost mid century look vanity unit, timber framed glass bi fold doors and that amazing outdoor rain shower in a timber ceiling with a natural stone wall how stunning is it?

Image courtesy of Home DSGN

Image courtesy of Home DSGN

Stunning loft design kitchen and ensuite

Don’t you wish that you could buy an old loft style apartment and renovate it and end up with a finished look like this. Absolutely stunning with a neutral colour kitchen palette. Love the original face brick feature, such a warm feel.

Galley style kitchen – image courtesy of HomeDSGN

The ensuite has a totally Scandi style sauna included wow! Stunning combination of timber with modern tiles. Love the sloping wall with that high ceiling to make the space appear even larger.

Enclosed sauna room – image courtesy of Home DSGN

Important points that every bedroom needs

Your bedroom is your personal haven, and often your place to escape so don’t forget to make it special! A few simple refinements will leave you with an absolutely heavenly bedroom. ✨

Elegant style bedroom


Dramatic style bedroom


If you have a hard floor make sure your first step of the day is on to something comforting, consider laying a small rug on both sides by the bed.

Have the right amount of throw pillows. the bed should look impressive and inviting when made …….yet not enough that stripping the bed down to get into it requires 5 minutes of discarding. Depending on the size of your bed 4-6 is an ideal number.

Have a place to sit other than on your bed, great for putting on your shoes, reading or having a chat with your partner. An upholstered stool at the end of a bed often works if your room is not large enough to have a separate chair.

Vary your lighting. Instead of flooding your room with 1 large bright central light add individual lamps or candles to give the bedroom an intimate and cosy atmosphere. If possible add dimmers to your lights to make the ambience softer.

Minimalist style bedroom – Image courtesy of HomeDSGN


Scandinavian style bedroom


Keep in mind that bedrooms are about sleeping. You certainly don’t need a television as this will stimulate your brain and keep your mind churning over before you can enter the land of nod.  The upside for this is you have more room for furniture and accessories and after all a television doesn’t really suit a bedroom’s ambience.

Your bedroom should be a place that makes you smile so add special pieces that you have acquired over the years that you can’t work out where to put them. If they are in a prominent place when you wake up their true personal meaning will be on show.

Your bedside table/s should be large enough to place your special items on top and most beneficial if it has a drawer or door under where you can place your daily bits and bobs there. The things that you need to place on your bedside are to be your personal style. An example is a lamp, a great book, a plant or flower or that special ornament that means much to you.

Look for that perfect mattress for you. After all if you are not getting enough sleep you will not be able to appreciate a truly beautiful room! You want a mattress that keeps  woodwork in you cool and gives great lumbar support and without saying looks good too.

Rather than being reminded of specific people in photographs when you are trying to fall asleep add elegant and calming photographs in your bedroom to induce peaceful vibes.

Create intimacy and add a dramatic touch to your bedroom but balance is the key factor. For instance if you were to add atmosphere by painting the walls a dark colour you would need to  have lighter highlights.  For example if you painted your walls dark grey have your ceiling and woodwork white to add clean lines.  Add a large elaborate light fitting and an interesting shaped headboard or a more simple straight lines bedhead with a statement piece over it and voila you will have a stunning statement bedroom.  Keep in mind that too many dark features will make the room look like a bordello.

Please contact me via my contact page for my assistance in designing and decorating a room or a complete fit out.