A modernised 18th century cottage in Ireland

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Came across this beautiful home on Livingetc and had to share. I'm not often drawn to minimalist interiors because I find they can look characterless, but there's something about the punches of colour in the soft furnishings and artwork (especially the artwork) that really give this place personality, and I really enjoy what the owners have done with the staircase constructed using salvaged railway sleepers (the fact that they're 'floating' is both terrifying and amazing).

This build is in County Clare, Ireland on a secluded hill with no neighbours. It looks like such a peaceful home, and with nothing around but the odd cow grazing outside your living room window - it's basically the dream.

Read more about this home here.

Photographs © Paul Massey. Originally featured in Livingetc.

Interior design diploma update

Monday, February 11, 2019

Hi! I'm over half way through my diploma now, and I wanted to make a post about the things I've been doing and have learnt so far.

Photo by Hey Beauti Magazine on Unsplash

1. I've learnt how to do technical drawings 📐
At first I hated doing these - I haven't drawn in years and I didn't think I'd have the knack for this, but it's not too bad once you've done it once or twice. First time I didn't use a drawing board so they turned out a little wonky, but then I bought the Popamazing A3 drawing board off Amazon (cheap, does the job fine) and my drawings have looked loads neater. The drawing board is a little cheap feeling and I would love something a bit sturdier and smarter in the future but it works for now.

2. My presentation and concept boards have improved 🖌
Who knew there was an actual knack to putting together a presentation and concept board? I thought you just whacked images together in a visually pleasing way and that was that but, as I've learnt, it does require more work than that. My first one I submitted was kinda terrible, but they've improved a ton since and are more fun to work on now I'm better at them.

Note: You can see everything diploma related (including pictures of my presentation boards) on my Instagram profile as a story highlight.

3. I've finally put together a portfolio... 📒
At the moment I have some of my work printed off, put into plastic wallets and are in a slim black ring binder because I'm not exactly sure how an interior design portfolio should look. I have all my work on my computer too so I will probably start up an online portfolio soon. For now I like having my work in a physical folder that I can carry around with me if needed. Admittedly the printed off work isn't the best quality (I have a standard printer, nothing fancy) but it's not bad, I just wish the lines were crisper and the colours popped more. Maybe I'll get them printed professionally in the future, who knows.

4. ... and a sample book 🎨
Last year I ordered a million and one wallpaper and fabric samples and colour cards. I have them stored in a landscape A3 folder and a lever arch file. Again, no clue what a proper interior designer sample book looks like (or if people even keep their samples in a book) but this works for me at the moment. I know that in the next module or the one after that I will be able to put a lot of my fabric samples to use which I can't wait for. I have so many it's kind of ridiculous.

5. I'm having a lot of fun, but I'm still not sure what's going to happen afterwards..! 🤔
The obvious route would be university, but there's a big part of me that is saying "NO" because of how much I hated it last time. I understand that last time I was doing Creative Writing and not Interior Design, so it would be a massively different experience, but I didn't love the university feel. I didn't like being a student (even though I am one now, lol) and I didn't like the fact that it felt like school. 

I expect it'd be different because I would be, 1) doing a different course studying a subject I love way more, and 2) at a whole new uni. I'm undecided, and I'm on no time limit, so I'm going to wait it out. I could also stay on with the NDA and do a BA (Hons) with them, so that's a possibility, it's just that I'd be studying from home still and not meeting a whole lot of people/going out much/getting that 'hands on' experience.

So that's what's been happening. Lots of drawing, lots of inky hands, quite a bit of collage, cutting and sticking, essay writing, reading, research... genuinely loving it.

Lovely quotes / 21

Friday, February 08, 2019

Photo by Bonnie Kittle on Unsplash

“Sometimes you have to let go of the picture of what you thought life would be like and learn to find joy in the story you are actually living.”
— Rachel Marie Martin, The Brave Art of Motherhood

“Voluptuous stillness everywhere. Winter strikes my heart.”
— Virginia Woolf 

“Fragrance and melancholy. A dead garden in January.”
— Georg Trakl, from Poems, Prose: A Bilingual Edition; Sebastian In Dream

“I hadn’t known that a light could be a feeling and a sound could be a color and a kiss could be both a question and an answer. And that heaven could be the ocean or a person or this moment or something else entirely.”
— Megan Miranda

Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

“Nature is not a place to visit. It is home.”
— Gary Snyder

“You are not free until you have no need to impress anybody.”
— Joyce Meyer

“I’m going to do nothing but sit in the sun, eat hugely, and watch landscapes. That’s the way I travel. Looking, looking, looking and making up phrases to match clouds. It is the passion of my life.”
— Virginia Woolf

“If flowers can grow through blankets of melting snow, there is hope for me.”
— Tyler Knott Gregson, Haiku on Love
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