Choosing my kitchen sink and tap with Olif

If you’ve been following my renovation you’ll know that it’s taken a while to get to this point but I’m excited to share my kitchen tap and sink from Olif that is one of the favourite things in my kitchen. Get some ideas of some more creative yet affordable ideas for your kitchen and see our journey from original idea to finished sink. Hope you love it as much as I do!

Donna's Design Crushes: Grind

Sometimes places I visit really knock the socks off me in terms of the design. And I feel it my duty to try and deconstruct the reasons why it constitutes good design as well as why it resonates with me on a personal level. After all I think these things go hand in hand when it comes to interior design and restaurants and bars are such great places for inspiration. I’m kicking off with a cool local place that oozes style and colour!

Colour Story: Lilac

Purple is probably not your go-to colour for your next interiors project but I’m here to try and convince you that the soft and subtle shade of lilac is a really versatile colour and works quite well as a neutral. I’m giving plenty of examples for each room from kitchens, to dressing rooms to bedrooms and lounges and as with all my Colour Story blogs there is a little bit of science as well as my own associations thrown in there too. Enjoy!

Why I'm still blogging after two years?

Yes two years on I am still blogging as Skirting Boards & Chandeliers which has also evolved into a thriving business so I thought it a good idea to take stock and reflect on my favourite moments of the last 12 months and where I’m heading in the next few months. I’m also sharing 10 things I’ve learnt that might help someone starting their own business and blog that I wish I’d know at the beginning. Enjoy and let me know what you’d like to write about next too!

Colour story: Embracing neon in our homes!

It might seem like a crazy idea having neon in your home whether on the walls or in the accessories but I say why not! It’s definitely not everyone’s cup of tea but if you have a read you’ll see why it’s a crucial part of my unique decorating style. I’ve included one of the best ways you can find your own style and why that’s so important to create the room of your dreams. Oh and there are some neon room images which some of you are going to LOVE!

How I chose my Kitchen Cabinets: Planning colour & Style with Naked Doors

Picking the kitchen cabinets is definitely one of the most important decisions you make when designing a new kitchen and I’m here to talk you through how I arrived at quite a creative yet affordable way of doing it. Naked Doors are a great place to start for upcycling your Ikea cabinets or if you’re renovating a brand new kitchen like us. Read how I got on…

What’s all this fuss about tidying up? And who is Marie Kondo?

It’s the show that everyone is talking about and I keep seeing things popping up on Facebook ranging from adoring fans to raging comments. So I’m here to give my thoughts and own experience of her signature KonMari Method as well as discuss some of the shortfalls. At the end of the day decluttering has a positive affect on our minds so it’s worth seeing what you can implement for yourself. I don’t think you’ll look back once you start…

My home plans for 2019 (and why it's okay to take your time)...

Here are my 2019 plans for my home. Wallpaper is making a strong presence and I am optimistic that I can complete these rooms by the end of the year. I’m also discussing why some projects seem to take forever to complete. And that’s when you have a concept and a vision for the space and yet things seem to get in the way. However, if we can get to the bottom of why we’re procrastinating then it can be possible to start to make some progress and even enjoy the slow burn of things coming together in you home!

Dear Santa… An interiors lover’s gift guide 2019

Sometimes Christmas shopping can take its toll and be stressful. But if you have a colour-loving interiors geek to buy for then look no further. Here are the things that I would genuinely love to receive from Santa and wanted to share them with you to inspire you as well as support these amazing small businesses.

Why I'm Reading Love Colour by Anna Starmer

A book for all colour lovers out there and a great tool to help you be a little more courageous with colour in your home. I’ve reviewed this brilliantly colourful book on the blog and am happy to report that it resonates with all my thoughts about approached to room design and the important role that colour plays in creating the right mood for your rooms. Get a sneak peek inside the book here!

Journey Home: Charlie’s Victorian Haven

We all love a nosy inside someone’s home and I am back with my ‘Journey Home’ series with a gorgeous local home. Charlie’s life oozes creativity and I love that she challenges my views on good design and concepts such as using white on the walls and starting a room scheme from an unconventional place. I learnt so much through understanding her creative process and I love her use of colour. Hope you enjoy a peek inside Charlie’s Victorian haven!

Colour Story: Yellow

Yellow is such a fun and happy colour but can it really enhance our well-being? And if so can I paint the walls or are there other options? All your questions answered here. Yellow is a great colour so discover some shades and ideas you may not of thought of yet. Yellow room inspiration just for you!