My Apartment Has Portholes!
Ok, when I say ‘apartment’, I mean apartment reception area. And when I say ‘portholes’, I mean mirrors. But you know, same thing. Let me give you a little background. I live in an apartment building situated in Belfast city centre. At 279 ft it is Ireland’s tallest building and as such is the closest […]
Statement Chairs – Why YOUR Interior Needs One
A statement chair is a multi-purpose secret weapon of Interior Design and every home should have one. I tell you why.
Designer Spotlight – Artist Patrick Colhoun
When I come across homegrown talent (Designers from Northern Ireland), I like to spread the word and showcase their work on my blog. I believe, as a Designer, that it’s very important to show support to fellow creatives. This time, I’m focusing on the work of Belfast based Artist, Patrick Colhoun.
Designer Spotlight – Abigail Ryan Homewares
As a design geek, I’m always on the outlook for new and inspiring designs to feed my unwavering passion for interior design. I’ve sampled the delights of IKEA (read it here) and BHS (check it out) on my blog and now I’m turning my attention to a design duo that are much closer to home.
The Art of Displaying Your ‘Stuff’
Let’s take a look at how you should be displaying your worldly goods, shall we? By following these tips, you would STILL be able to make random purchases from a Charity shop (while blindfolded) look good.
BHS Is Getting Its Freak On!
I’m thinking that maybe there’s been a huge shake-up in the management structure or something because there’s been some pretty drastic restyling within BHS…and it’s all good!
Brushing Up On Photoshop
Becoming newly acquainted with Photoshop can usually be broken down into 3 separate stages of development. The first stage requires effective utilisation of deep breathing techniques, regular comfort breaks, and determining that your general state of anxiety is the result of Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome. Naturally, all of the above will have occurred before you’ve even determined how to […]
Oops, I Did It Again…
I like words. And consequently, I like letters. So it should come as no surprise that I like incorporating letters into the design of my personal space.
Period Property Photoshop Overhaul
I came across some pretty awesome photographs uploaded by a fellow Designer and when I clapped eyes on them I couldn’t resist doing a little bit of tweaking to exaggerate their vintage and extremely characterful properties.
Vintage Vases: They’re Hot, Hot, Hot!
I’ve been doing a little bit of internet trawling in an attempt to gleam whatever inspiration I can for the current design scheme that I’m putting together. I’m talkin’ decorative accessories, here.
Photoshop is King
There’s no denying it. Photoshop is probably my most favourite acquisition at the minute. I, like a lot of people used to fear the word ‘Photoshop’. I blame Microsoft – we’re so used to the MS interface that when we’re shown something different we’re instantly intimidated by it. And when I heard about the term ‘layers’? What?? You […]
The Secret Life of the Desk
I recently acquired a new desk. This was an important purchase for a few reasons: I was starting to suffer from Repetitive Strain Injury, yes, yes very funny but seriously it ain’t a pleasant feeling. One afternoon, after having spent all day on my laptop (from the comfort of my sofa) the index finger of my […]
Design – It Isn’t Just Aesthetics
I’ve become acutely aware that not everyone shares my keen interest in and enthusiasm for all things interior design related.
Sunsets are Good but What About Moody Ones?
I’m always captivated by an inspirational sunset. Heck, most of us are but what about moody, broody and ever so slightly ‘dark’ ones? The ones that are less whimsical and more visually striking because of their slightly threatening appearance? I was sitting in my apartment (in Belfast city centre) minding my own business (for a change) when I […]
The NDA Unofficial Field Trip – London 2013
My day started at 04:45 on Saturday morning; I dragged my sorry a$$ out of bed repeating to myself that the early start was worth it. Because on Saturday I ventured to London to meet a dozen individuals that I had only ever corresponded with via an online forum. Just to clarify: an online student forum. […]
Technical Drawing or Work of Art?
Unfortunately I’m very aware of the skill, patience and precision that is required to produce accurate technical drawings by hand. Whilst completing my Diploma in Interior Design I was required to learn the ‘art’ of technical drawing and I quickly learned that I wasn’t a fan of technical drawing the ‘old fashioned’ way. It was […]
1 Year Anniversary – It’s Top 5 Time
I took a sharp intake of breath, slapped my face a few times, splashed some cold water on my chops, did a few warm-up stretches and then finally typed my first blog post nearly 1 year ago. 84 posts; 11 pages; 223 comments; 107 followers; 21,885 views and Anita Brown [Design Studio] is still going strong. As I […]