Another year over and one about to begin. Not just another year but another decade. And although I didn’t make a song and dance at the time, Dear Designer’s Blog turned 10 years old last month. So before we start to look forward to 2020, it’s time to look back over the last 12 months and reflect on the 10 most popular posts of 2019.
This is the home of influencer Catherine Ashton. I stumbled across her a few weeks ago on Instagram and was immediately transfixed. I’m now stalking her. Fact. Her beautiful home is darkly mysterious, full of stunning art (seriously, sometimes right down to the skirting boards), potted plants, colourful rugs and enough cosy cushions to literally dive into. I want to move in. I want to kick off my shoes, curl up on her sofa, and luxuriate in the warmth. Forever… read more.
I love a kitchen that doesn’t shout ‘I’m new!’ Installing an ultra modern kitchen into a period house can, and often does work with stunning results. But I’m more old-school. I think a kitchen should look as if it is original to the house. As if it’s always been there. And one that doesn’t look out of place when you peek through doorways from other more traditionally furnished rooms. Of course, I’m not completely in a time warp. I still want a kitchen to have modern appliances, the most up to date and time saving gadgets, and be easy to keep clean. I just prefer it when kitchen designers have shown restraint and worked with the house instead of against it… read more.
Image: (affiliate link) Marks and Spencer
Summer is just around the corner and it’s the perfect time to start preparations for bringing the sunshine into the bedroom. It’s my favourite time of year and I love waking up to daylight, sunbeams and the promise of warm sultry days. I even get up earlier! And nothing is nicer than starting the day in a room that is light, bright and bursting with inspiration… read more.
Image: Unique Home Stays.
This barn conversion holiday-let, dates back to the 16th Century (is Grade-II listed) and has been lovingly restored to retain its original features. The owners have used nature as the main point of inspiration for its interior, and they have added heavy textures and muted colours to create a charming and romantic get-away oozing with rusticity. And just to add to its charm it’s in the heart of the Malvern Hills, wrapped in 16 gloriously green acres of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It even has a cute name – Wishbone – and I couldn’t think of a nicer place to unwind for a few days with a loved one… read more.
Image: Garden Trading
Indoor plants are certainly having a moment right now. It seems everywhere you turn there are green fronds trailing across shelves, jungle size plants bursting out of corners, and succulents taking residence on coffee tables. And it’s a trend I’d love to buy into fully. There are two problems though. One, I’m not at all green-fingered. Two, my house is dark, and even if I buy the hardiest of all indoor plants they just don’t seem to thrive… read more.
Instagram is such a rich source of interiors inspiration, and this atmospheric conversion of a Victorian semi had me at first glance. The owner is Nadia (@nadscasa1@nadscasa1) who does not have a background in design or interiors but she has renovated and decorated her home with a fearless mix of everything she loves. There’s just so much to look at! She admits that she doesn’t sit still often so I can just imagine the tweaking and rearranging that goes on, on a daily basis… read more.
Image: Finntage Blog
This is the beautiful home of Sandra, owner and creator of Finntage blog and Instagram account. I’ve been an admirer of her style for some time and was delighted when she agree to be featured here. I particularly love her bold colour choices (hello, gorgeous greens), her collection of impossibly healthy looking plants, and her stunning, oversized pieces of art. But it’s the way she puts them all together that is so captivating… read more.
Image: The Little Greene Company
I often write about dark interiors, all-white interiors (not so much admittedly), and oh-so-green interiors. I can’t help it. It’s where my personal tastes lie. And it’s my job to push you into making choices you might not usually make. But every so often a paint collection comes along that is just so liveable. No other word for it. It caters to people (most people probably) who like colour but don’t want it to challenge them every day. They want a quiet life. They want colour to be in the background, unassertive and calming… read more.
Image: Dear Designer’s Blog
I’ve been hankering after a tall black cabinet with a white interior for quite some time. Somewhere to display all those little knick-knacks that I’ve collected over the years. Holiday souvenirs, favourite books, family memories, and little personal things that tell the history of my life. It had to be black because well, it’s a colour that goes with my personal style. Black also has more substance and weighty presence in a room I find. And it had to have a white interior so that all of my little treasures stood out in sharp relief… read more.
Sharon Hornsby (@hornsby_style) is another Instagrammer that I follow almost obsessively. Her beautiful home crops up daily in my feed and somehow that grid of tiny squares is not quite enough! I want to know more!! I want to know how she started to amass such a stunning collection of art for starters. How she manages to make her light and airy rooms look so cosy at the same time. Where she shops, what inspires her and what she does in her spare time. I’m just so nosy. So I asked her… read more.
What’s reassuring is that these are probably up there with my favourite posts too. So my dear friends, we do like the same things. Eclectic interiors, plants, period details, country charm, and the colour green all seem to be as popular as ever. (I’m also relieved that one of my own projects made the grade too). But what’s glaringly obvious is that you like to see real homes. The homes I plucked from instagram and shared with you are all in the top 10. I’ll endeavour to show more. I promise.