interior design

Considered Interior Design

“I’d like to share, build a community, do something with like minded designers, makers and people who want to help more in Thoughtful Design.”

Over the past year or so, I’ve been exploring ways I can deliver a more sustainable business in a number of ways. To consider what I do and the impact it has.

At home, as a family, we are dedicated to do what we can to minimise our footprint. On a good day, we are about 80-90% plastic free. We try and reduce our waste as much as we can. We’ve changed what we buy: thinking more about what and why we buy something. Focusing on less is best; quality, long term not quick or throwaway fixes. Looking at products that are recycled or embody a sustainable ethos, supporting circularity; doing what we can to be more environmentally and socially thoughtful in all that we do.

Taking this ethos/ approach into my work, I want to share more about my journey on how I try to do this in my business, day to day...

Who I partner with, what I recommend, specify, how I design. Each day I develop, learn, grow and each day I refine my considered approach to design.

The more we are aware and see/ learn new ways, the more we can each do. There’s no one answer and it won’t happen over night, but we need to start somewhere.

UN reports have highlighted how our household is one of the key contributors to our impact on the environment. Just like with fashion and food, what we place into our homes, how we refurbish or maintain them, has a huge impact on resources, emissions and societies around the world. There’s an array of products and ideas out there for making a house a home but looking through the fads, trends, and perceived must haves, there’s a need, an opportunity to design homes that are responsibly made, that will last.

I’d like to share, build a community, do something with like minded designers, makers and people who want to help more in this area. Highlight collaborations and conversations to aim and deliver thoughtful responsible design.

Ideally this is not just to benefit a few. I’d like to share and make it accessible for all to consider how and what they do for their home. There’s so much chat about the fashion and food industries but the construction and home design industry also needs to do more.

I keep procrastinating about how or what to share/ say. But I just have to make a start. So here I am, sharing my aspirations.

This last week I’ve been scouring the London Design Festival for more ideas and innovations: the media are sharing ideas, designers are talking, prototypes are being developed.

Things are definitely starting and that’s exciting …

Cobham press feature..

Feeling a little bashful, yet rather excited to share press coverage of the Cobham project in the October EKBB Magazine.

I introduced Sola Kitchens to my client for their new classic contemporary style kitchen. Working with the overall design scheme for the home, I helped my client chose the product, materials, colour and finishing touches, and consulted on the layout to make it the best use of space, but ultimately a sociable kitchen, for everyone to enjoy. 

My client loves to entertain and cook, and is enjoying her new kitchen and her new open plan living space. 

In an open plan space, the role and layout of the kitchen is so important. You need to consider how each part of the open plan connects with the next, and how you would like to entertain and live in the space. This then guides where the key focal/practical points of kitchen such as the hob, Fridge/Freezer are located. And storage is so important. For clutter free, it's about considering clever hide away and accessibility together. 

A good kitchen design should be intuitive, and easy to use, and not prohibit or frustrate you. I always ask my clients to role play any proposed kitchen layout, to stress test that it works for them. 

EKBB October Issue