Why I had to start this blog
So why am I setting up Skirting Boards and Chandeliers? Why should you care what your home looks like? How can you express your creativity and who you are on your walls?
These questions were the starting point for my new blog and I realised that my journey through two house transformations has given me insight into how I could create a resource to inspire and empower YOU to get going in making your home personal and unique. It will also allow me to share my exciting upcoming journey of new renovations in our home this year. I’ve experimented with a lot of rooms over the years and pondered many dilemmas such as what colour to paint door frames or where to source unique wall sconces or how to install hardwood railway sleepers in our alcoves. I love a bargain so sourcing inexpensive items and learning new techniques is very important to me. Interested? Keep reading...
So why interior design? It may seem like a huge jump from my previous career in dance, but the aesthetic process feels very similar. I’m now choreographing the play of colour, light and texture in rooms rather than designing arms and limbs in space. The attention to detail and analysis in interior design reminds me of rehearsing for a performance with the continual tweaking and perfecting. I’m continually swapping pictures around (easily thanks to picture rails in my thirties home!) or rearranging the shelves in my living room. As a little girl I loved changing the layout of the furniture in my bedroom and choosing new décor when I moved into my new room age ten. So I guess my eye for design was always there, even though at school my focus was on maths and science. My BA degree was a defining moment really as it collided my logical, analytical mind with the more arty, philosophical side of my brain and that's really shaped who I am today.
I'm starting to understand my own interior style. I seem to be drawn to organic colours of nature such as blues, greys and greens and when I am feeling brave I adore painting dark blue and dramatic greys. My home is filled with greys and mint greens which I think beautifully compliments our 1930s property. What I find interesting is WHY we are drawn to certain colours and styles? For me I think my background in theatre has cemented in me a love for the dramatic, decadent and dark rooms and that art should evoke emotion. In choreography my goal was always for the audience to connect personally and emotionally. I believe rooms can dictate how we feel too and they are now my stage and set. My love of the wild Northern Irish landscape where I grew up and its dark brooding skies (of which there are a lot and why Ireland is so beautifully green) I think are why I love greys but as I've travelled the world, I've seen some pretty moody skies and storms. You can't beat that awesome ominous feeling before the storm, the anticipation of something wild and dramatic about to take place and nothing can stop it. These tones bring me peace and calm but for you another colour might bring you relaxation and to rejuvenation in your home. Two of my favourite colours are Downpipe (Farrow and Ball) and Tempest (Fired Earth) as these dark chalky hues encase me and make me feel safe and calm. I'm also pretty sure my visits to the Tate Modern to see the stunning Mark Rothko room have inspired my dark interiors. If you haven't been its a must! Just sit in a dimly lit gallery surrounded by his abstract expressionism and you'll see what I mean!
Blues and greens are represented in my branding too and it's been an interesting process refining my niche and understand why I’m doing this blog. The logo perfectly sums up what I think is the key to successful décor - detail and lighting. Skirting board colour and other details such as hinges, door handles, tidy edges, radiators are things you may not consciously be aware of when you walk in a room but they definitely affect the overall illusion of a scheme. Don’t be overwhelmed though, you don’t need to spend a fortune to achieve these things, you just need careful and clever planning.The second is lighting and just like in the theatre it creates mood, atmosphere and emotion.
So now you know a bit more about me I hope my blog posts will help you find your starting point for to infuse your rooms with your unique personality and with a style you'll love. My goal is that you can start to feel more confident with your creativity (yes we are ALL creative), learn to take risks and create a home that brings soul to your space! I'm excited about my own journey over the next few months with my family as we expand our home. I think we’re going to have so much fun together on the way.
DISCLAIMER: All photography by John Ford unless otherwise stated.