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As the sun breaks out to warm our hearts with holiday memories, it's a wonderful time of year to freshen your home with happiness and joy.
Just by changing the layout of a room or refreshing the décor will give an instant boost to the energy in a space. This will bring positivity to the room, helping to invigorate and energise you.
I think we all need a bit of a boost after the cold winter months and damp Spring, so today I'll share with you two stories that showcase how to refresh your space.
I'll share with you the makeover of Jack's master bedroom in his London bachelor pad, and Laura's design dilemma for her new home.  I hope both will give you inspiration to create your own amazing, cohesive and balanced space that will help you to relax and feel refreshed.

Wishing you a wonderful week full of sunshine and joy.

Gwendoline x
You know how much I love pink, but sometimes I need to step away from the girl zone to create a masculine design of stylish simplicity.  
Jack had been living in his London 2-bed apartment for a while and felt that it was time to make major changes because the décor he'd inherited was dated and didn't suit his personality.
A few years earlier I'd designed a #gorgeous apartment for his brother so he knew my creativity and liked my style. In particular, he said that he wanted me as his interior designer because he knew that I didn't create the same design over and over again. He wanted a stylish apartment, like his brother, but with touches of Jack's personality.

So, what was Jack's personality? He loved kitsch and retro, with this picture being his favourite.

I loved the modern blue colour in the picture balanced with strong masculine lines. It would be great inspiration for
my design.
Initially, I created a design to open up his lounge, kitchen and dining area. We would knock down partition walls and create an open plan living space. With a new kitchen, décor and fabulous furnishing, it would be an amazing space for Jack to relax, welcome his family and entertain his friends.
We didn't get past the design stage though because, as I was reviewing Jack's apartment, I commented on how the wardrobe in his bedroom was a block as you came in the room and how the space would be improved if it changed position with the bed.
Jack phoned me the next day to say that the lounge, kitchen and dining room would be on hold as he couldn't sleep now that he knew what was wrong with his bedroom and why it always felt cramped. He wanted me to create a new design for his master bedroom that felt spacious and stylish.  

The design focused on changing the layout of the room so that the bed and wardrobe changed position. This simple change optimised storage with fitted wardrobes and created space to get in and out of bed easily.

Special features in the bedroom design included a tall radiator repositioned to heat the room and not just a corner of the bedroom, shelving opposite his bed where Jack could put treasures that comfort him to sleep and inspire him to feel energised every morning, and electric curtains so that Jack can lie in bed and wake up comfortably as the curtains softly open allowing the morning daylight to gently flood the room.

You can see just how much Jack's house cat loved the new, sumptuous, blue velvet curtains:

Cat Curtains
Cat Curtains

The colour scheme and style for Jack's master bedroom was based around the inspirational picture from the lounge, with slightly softer tones of blue creating a relaxing and calming master bedroom. 

With modern grey walls and sumptuous blue velvet curtains, the design was brought together with the Laura Felicity 'Geo' fabric that I had printed in bespoke colours to compliment my design. Adding handmade and bespoke items to an interior design will personalise your space. This is particularly useful in a bedroom where you want to get away from the rest of the world and be in your own exclusive bubble of joy.

Using complimentary colours and style from the lounge design into the bedroom design created a cohesive feeling in the apartment, with flow and consistency. It made the space feel larger and co-ordinated.    

The bedroom isn't quite finished yet as I'm waiting for the bespoke 'Geo' lampshades to arrive, artwork to be reframed and crisp white bedding, but I think the master bedroom is starting to look amazing.

Jack wanted his bedroom to feel warm and cosy with everything away. He wanted it to help him relax and sleep well, whilst also energising him to get out of bed in the morning.

Already the bedroom feels calming, spacious, relaxing and organised.

If you're struggling to sleep and don't feel energised
then just get in touch and
I'll see if your dated décor is making you feel tired and weary.

You deserve a personal sanctuary to
sleep well, think clearly and wake up feeling refreshed

I'm looking forward to sharing the final photos of Jack's bedroom with you and, now that Jack is sleeping soundly, I can continue with the design for the open plan lounge, kitchen and dining area.

Looking forward to sharing a healthier year with you in 2018

Enjoy the sunshine
Lots of Love x


Gwendoline x
BIID Interior Designer
Radio, Conference & Event Speaker
Tel: 07841 519802
At my spring Secret Design Party, Laura came with the interior design dilemma of 'how do you create a cohesive flow in your home'.
It's an important question to consider if you're extending or you've just moved into a new home and want to make it feel homely, if you're planning on selling your property and need to attract buyers, or if you want to make your current home feel more spacious.
The key to a cohesive space is to firstly understand the space that you have and then recognise the needs of the people within that space. (If you're selling your home then you also need to consider the needs of your potential buyers.)

Whether it's your first home or you've been rattling in your property for many years, it's important to constantly review your space to make sure everything is complimenting each other, particularly if you've been gifted different pieces of furniture from those well meaning relatives. Over time, an interior can become diluted as we add more things into the space, so it's advisable to take stock once a year to make sure your home is how you want it to be. This will stop your space from feeling cluttered and dated, keeping a balanced space that's suited to you and your lifestyle.

To achieve cohesiveness, a great way to begin is with a clearly defined style. Choose one piece of furniture, a favourite picture or a stylish wallpaper as your inspiration.
Laura designs and creates the most beautiful handmade wallpaper and fabric, as you can see from the 'Geo' print in Jack's master bedroom, and it's a great starting point when planning a cohesive design for her new home.

Here's one of my other favourites from Laura's wallpaper designs, it's called 'Dotty Bird' and it's adorable:

Wallpaper will add texture, colour and style to your home. It also elevates a room with extra interest and appeal. Laura can use the style and colour scheme of her wallpaper to create a beautiful room.

Taking the base colour from her wallpaper she can create a monochromatic colour scheme, using shades that are slightly darker and lighter than her base teal colour. She would
co-ordinate this colour scheme using accessories such as cushions and bedding. This will create a co-ordinated master bedroom that looks absolutely #gorgeous.
If Laura wants to create a home, rather than just a room, that's co-ordinated then she could blend the colour scheme and the style from the master bedroom through to the rest of her new home. A blended colour scheme is where you take 3 colours and use them throughout your home in different proportions. For example, Laura's colour scheme is based around the soft blue-green teal colour. In her bedroom she could use the soft teal with a clotted cream colour that's romantic and relaxing, but in her lounge she could increase the proportion of blue, through her accessories, for added drama and depth to her room design. Keeping the same colour palette throughout your home but using different percentages of the colours in each room will create a cohesive space with individual interest in every room.

Like Laura, when you're creating a cohesive look and feel in your home, focus on a consistent style with a blended colour scheme. This will make your home flow and feel balanced which creates a calming and relaxing space. 
Good luck and if you need my help or guidance then I'm always here to help.
If you'd like to attend my interior design master class, where I can teach you how to create your own stylish and healthy space that's cohesive with a beautiful flow and energy, then click on this link to find out more or sign up to my


enter the promotional code 'SECRET' when you register
 and receive a £50 discount

Looking forward to sharing a healthier year with you in 2018 and hopefully I'll be welcoming you as a guest at
my interior design master class, the Secret Design Party

Lots of Love x


Gwendoline x
BIID Interior Designer
Radio, Conference & Event Speaker
Tel: 07841 519802
5 - 13 MAY 2018 (LONDON)
For a third year running, I've been invited to speak at Grand Designs Live.

If you'd like to visit the show as my guest then I have a couple of free entry tickets to give away. The first person to phone me (07841 519802) will get the free tickets and we can hook up for a cheeky glass of wine on the day.




This year I'll be  speaking in the Design & Build Forum on 8th & 10th May (12:30) on the latest trends in interior design, and on Saturday 12th May (15:30) on how to style your home to attract buyers.

I'll also be available on these days for consultations as  Ask An Expert for interior design. If you want to book a free consultation to see me at Grand Designs then I recommend that you do it today as it's already booking up and there are only a couple of times slots available.  

Looking forward to seeing your smiling face in the audience.

Lots of Love x



Gwendoline x
BIID Interior Designer
Radio, Conference & Event Speaker
Tel: 07841 519802
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