IKEA is brimming with stylish "you got that from IKEA?" pieces. So here's a selection of my favourites.
We're very excited about our current project for a North London business so we thought we'd show you how our decision to install a Mezzanine in kit form has not only increased the square footage of the property but looks brilliant too.
Our client had acquired a shop which was effectively one room, however this room had a double height ceiling so it seemed obvious that we should use it. It transpired that adding another floor was problematic as it required planning permission but the premises needed a fast turnaround. So, after a little research we discovered freestanding mezzanines in Kit form online from Tecrostar.
These extra levels can be constructed away from the walls when secured to the floor and they don't require planning permission*. So we ordered the exact size we needed, it was delivered in smaller components and it took two builders just half a day to put it up. Just imagine a whole new room for a few thousand pounds in under a day - magic!
The barriers and handrail have since been installed and we'll soon be completing the floor, compact bathroom and kitchen, with the lower floor serving as the shop space and the upper floor as the office. We'll update you when it's finished.
The mezzanines come in any RAL colour you fancy, are a lot cheaper than having one built from scratch and in the right setting we think that these kits would work just as well in the home as an office, bedroom or playroom with very little mess, cost and time. Happy days!
*For health and safety reasons a mezzanine will need to be signed off by a Council Building Officer in a commercial space.
Whilst I was looking for plant hangers for my house, I came across some tutorials on how to make your own so I thought I'd give it a shot and it was surprisingly easy.
It turns out that fancy-sounding Macramé is just tying knots - I can do that.
As I didn't have string in the house I used Boodles jersey cord in grey from Hobbycraft which worked brilliantly. After cutting the lengths it took me just 20 minutes to make.
I then found a rounded bottom plant pot (the tutorial suggests a bowl but this worked jut as well) and added a £2 spider plant *smug feeling
Did You Know - As well as being very easy to take care of, the Spider Plant is one of the best air-cleaning plants you can have in your home, which is good news for London homes. Here's a great article on air cleaning houseplants.
I'm sharing the instructions from the lovely Garden Therapy website here as you might like to have a go too. It's a very satisfying and simple way to accessorise your home interiors.
Macamé Plant Hanger instructions
I've noticed that AM PM is back. I used to love the range but then a few years ago it disappeared off the La Redoute UK site. Today I find that it's back and full of super stylish, budget pieces like these. Take a look for yourselves
Having looked at options for glass recently it appeared that clear or frosted were my only options. No, I’m not happy about that, I’ve seen interesting glass and it was being produced decades ago so where do I get it from and what exciting effects can be achieved.
Textured & Tinted Glass
Of course you want to see out of your windows most of the time but what about when you don’t? The trouble with “unusual” glass, I found out is that it’s not suitable for exterior and double-glazed apertures – well that’s what I’ve been told by several door and window companies, but I’ve done five minutes of research to find out that this isn’t true as patterned and coloured glass is available as Toughened or Laminated for safety and security.
So I intend to use it in future projects for doors windows of course but also in wardrobes, kitchen cupboards, sliding doors, room dividers, furniture....
Glass for building
Possibly my love for Miami Vice has made me easily excitable when I see neon or glass bricks and I want to see the latter made fashionable in interior design again. There are some great companies who not only make textures but colours and light up versions too, meaning that they can be used for decorative peepholes, room dividers or entire walls and if it’s good enough for Hermès…
Glass bricks are still affordable and with a little imagination can be used to create a unique architectural detail in your home. Pay a little more however and you can get what Chanel recently used to create the ‘Crystal House’ store in Amsterdam - I bet Hermès are gutted.
Glass offers exciting possibilities as a design element in a wide range of applications as a decorative interior design feature as well as a functional and structural building material so let's get some
Some Useful Websites for "unusual" Glass
One of London's Best Interiors Bloggers (Ideal Home magazine), The Open Plan Interior Design, London produces contemporary interiors for homes and business' and this very useful home interiors blog