Interior Design Trends for 2021

I don't normally write about trends. Don't get me wrong, trends are fun, and they can bring unexpected inspiration. And as a designer, it's part of my job to be aware of emerging trends. It's just I don't think people should be led by trends, and I think too many...

The Year We Stayed At Home

2020! The year we stayed at home. The year our doors were closed to guests, and our dining table was used for family mealtimes only. The year we entertained in the garden (when permitted) and our homes had to work harder than ever to fulfil our family, working and...

Behind-the-Brand with Lorraine Hurlstone – COVET

A treasure trove of beautiful interior and lifestyle pieces, COVET is one of my favourite local shops. With a window display guaranteed to provide a feast-for-the-eyes, this is exactly the kind of store in which you can while-away a Saturday afternoon. There's always...

Behind-the-Brand: Nicole & Dylan from Collectiviste

I love it when I find a brand with stunning products as well as an ethos that makes me smile. So I was utterly delighted when I discovered Collectiviste, a naturally inspired lighting company retailing hand-crafted pendants and lamps made by artisan families in South...

Behind-the-Brand: Sarah Ogden from Horseshoe Flowers

The trend for dried flowers shows no signs of slowing. Sustainable and economical, with minimal maintenance required. It's the perfect combination! And with more people looking to brighten up their homes during lockdown, it seems the pandemic was a good time for Sarah...

Autumnal Lockdown

Usually, I love Autumn. The colours. The anticipation of change. The smell of leaves in the air. But this year, if I'm honest, I'm just not feeling it. Perhaps it's the thought of navigating dark nights during a pandemic. Perhaps the reality of a lockdown, second time...

Read All About It: Hastag Authentic by Sara Tasker @orla_and_me

There's nothing better than a good book. And call me old fashioned but, in this digital age, I think there's nothing more comforting than curling up with a cup of tea and an ACTUAL book. I'm especially fond of a good design or interiors book - the ones that look so...

Design For Life: How to find your own style

New Year. New Trends. New You? Or should this be the year to discover your true interior style? The one with a little more substance than trend following. The one you’re happy to grow old with through New Years to come. But designing for life, not just following a...

Building a Nest

Five weeks ago, our bundle of joy, Baby Thomas, came into the world. A whole 7 weeks early. I won’t lie, it has been tough. Probably one of the toughest we’ve been through as a family. A month on NICU, breathing difficulties, infections. The list goes on. But this...

Colour Conversation: Inside Out

. This time last year, I had just returned from a family Christmas in South Africa. I had wandered round vineyards, explored botanical gardens and generally lounged outside and in the pool. It was a truly magical time. Although I always shed a tear or two at the end...

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Welcome to The Inside Story where we share our love of interiors and design, helping you design spaces which tell your story.

Behind the Brand: Hazel Fernandes Designs

Behind the Brand: Hazel Fernandes Designs

Hazel Fernandes' passion for pattern and colour translates directly into her designs. Her brand is beautifully bold, bringing together a kaleidoscopic collection of opulent colours, aquatic and botanical patterns and the flowing forms of Art Nouveau. I’ve met Hazel a...

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Design Edit: Bonfire Party

Design Edit: Bonfire Party

Bonfire Night! The last stop before Christmas. It's cold, it's dark; surely that's excuse enough to light a fire and have a party?! Rustic tones with a touch of metallic shimmer create the perfect backdrop for an autumnal garden gathering with friends. Wrap up warm,...

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Behind the Brand: Poppy Westwell

Behind the Brand: Poppy Westwell

It is just over a year ago since I first met Poppy at Design Week. I instantly fell in love with her luscious fabrics and wallpapers. Bright, bold and colourful, they possess a true elegance. There’s a real integrity and beauty to Poppy’s work which is influenced by...

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Behind the Brand: Ilkley London

Behind the Brand: Ilkley London

I met Kathryn, founder of Ilkley London, earlier this year in London on a Sophie Robinson and Fiona Humberstone colour workshop. As I’m based in Ilkley, my ears pricked up when I heard Kathryn talking about her business, Ilkley London; a little reminder that we live...

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Design Edit: Velvet Armchairs

Design Edit: Velvet Armchairs

I know I'm all about cosy nooks and reading corners at the moment, but it's that time of year where I just want to wrap myself in a blanket and watch the leaves falling outside. Or the torrential rain if you're in Yorkshire. I'm crushing massively on velvet at the...

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Design Edit: Autumnal Throws

Design Edit: Autumnal Throws

Although it seemed like Summer had returned earlier this week, it's well and truly Autumnal here in Yorkshire today. It's that time of year where the nights are drawing in (yes, I know, I sound like my Grandma) and its getting rather chilly. Weekends are now all about...

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Uncovered: 5 Myths about Interior Designers

Uncovered: 5 Myths about Interior Designers

1. You don't need an Interior Designer. All you need is Pinterest.  With Houzz and Pinterest, who needs an Interior Designer? Surely all you need to do is get pinning and, within hours, you can have a clearly curated look ready to create your perfect room? Well, Houzz...

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Design Edit: Indoor Planters

Design Edit: Indoor Planters

I'm on a bit of a mission to bring the outside in. It may have something to do with the long, glorious summer we've had, or that I'm a little obsessed with my garden right now (it under went a revamp in the summer). Or maybe just that botanicals increasingly find...

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Design Edit: Garden Lighting

Design Edit: Garden Lighting

Autumn is definitely in the air, but what a glorious weekend we had in Yorkshire. After such a long, sunny summer I've got rather used to spending time in the garden, so it was nice to be out there again. I'm certainly not ready to close the door on my outdoor space...

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Design Edit: Garden Gathering

Design Edit: Garden Gathering

England may be out of the World Cup and it may well be raining but, my friends, Summer is not over. This weekend sees Wimbledon finals, the World Cup final and, just as importantly, England's match with Belgium for third place (which, to be honest, I find a little...

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