Back from a busy summer, ready to tackle a busy autumn!

Sorry for the lack of blogs over the summer, it’s always a tricky time to fit everything in with holidays and kids on top of work. Especially with staff shortage, which I am sure you can relate to, I had to priorities and something had to give but I am back now with a vengeance.

With autumn descending it’s time to get cracking with all the plans we have for the foreseeable future; one of them being the launch of our new showroom in November! Exiting as it is trying to fit this in with our work schedule took some effort but it has to be done.

One of the reasons we have been so busy is that we dressing a large house for a developer, a beautiful property in the heart of Clifton. Some larger properties can be harder to sell especially when there are big rooms, viewing these properties empty can make the whole space look uninspiring. It is therefore our job to help potential clients imagine how they might use the space when living there, making it easier to sell.

I went to work trying to create a cosy feel so as soon as you enter the property it feels lived in. You know I’m an advocate for darker colours so the first thing on the agenda was painting the hallway in a dark deep burgundy tone. The idea is that you get that instant hit as you walk in which sets the tone for the space and gives you a feel for the property. So many show house are dressed to be safe and cater for every taste, my aim is to go against this and try and push the boundaries by doing things differently.

This brings me nicely back onto the lunch of our showroom; we have been at the premises for 30 months now, started it as a shop which has been a great experience especially on the buying front. However, our business has taken off so well in the last 8 months, with the shop and other projects, that we have decided to change the space to reflect the main activities of our business better. Also as the team grows we need to create a space that feels comfortable working in and getting the creative juices flowing.

As I sat here looking at the surrounding and design at the shop I realize how conservative I was in my original design; a very neutral pallet of colours and no strong patterns to be seen. So this time around I have tried to look at things that I really like rather than trying to cater for all markets, so many bolder colours will be making an appearance and a more eclectic mix of fabrics is a must. All change, not a pale colour in sight!! Hope it all comes together!!

Wait for my next Blog to find out how we are moving things on ready for our launch on the 4th of November!

A few pics to inspire of the interiors that inspire me

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What makes a bathroom!

February 3, 2015

Just can’t seem to warm up this morning, so cold in the shop so sat here with my coat and scarf on!!

Thought I would talk about bathrooms, which I don’t do so often, maybe it’s because I’m working on one and it’s inspired me too.

What makes a normal bathroom! I would say tiling the whole space and making it look a little too clinical. I say throw all that out the window and start by trying to think of it like any other room as you do spend every morning and evening in it and if you are lucky and not short of time like me, you relax in there after a hard days work.

So go moody, dark walls, low lighting to create that relaxing feeling which is a must and on the top of the list.

Here’s some pointers to get you started:

  1. Ditch the all over tiles, just tile what’s required and don’t go crazy with the tile design as it’s something that can easily date
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  2. Treat the rest of the walls like any other room, so adding wallpaper is a great tip or painting the walls and ceiling in a dark hue
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  3. Lighting! Don’t over light with rows of spots, concentrate the lighting to the areas that needs it, this will create dark spots making the space more inviting. Adding wall lights either side of the mirror adds interest and glamour (if you pick the right fitting)
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  4. Mirrors, for me wall to wall mirrors is a bit done and can look a bit clinical. Adding a chunky frame or round mirror can change the look quite dramatically. When I worked on the Finzels Reach bathrooms which had all ready been fitted out, I simply painted a dark colour on the walls and added an interesting mirror. It changed the look in an instant.
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  5. Flooring, a few years ago I always tiled the floors and walls the same, which I used to call the Spa Look. Now I tend to go completely different and at the moment I am a fan of wood as it’s a different texture to the hard tiles and yes, engineered wood can be used in bathrooms but you can also get great vinyl versions these days. Take a look at Amtico’s new range and they are all made in the UKdavid hutton interiors, wood floors in bathrooms
  6. Furniture, adding furniture if possible can be a game changer, a little table with a tray of your treasured items looks great or a stool works just as well. If you are short on space try adding a shelf or two, add a stack of towels and plant or a vase of flowers (faux of course) which adds the personality to the room. Another great idea to get furniture in the a small bathroom and what I’m about to do in mine is add a unit and plonk a sink on it, going for something quirky changes up the vibe rather than opting for the standard vanity unit type.David hutton interiors bathroom

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  7. Add the WOW, for the finale and that all important wow, you can hang a chandelier, ok electrics in a bathroom needs professional advice! but you can opt for a candle chandelier if not possible. One of the things that are forgotten in bathroom is art, adding art will finish the scheme off and stop making it look to much like a bathroom, if you get what I’m saying!! Maybe not but trust me these things work.Davidhuttoninteriorsbathroomwithchandelier

If your bathroom needs a little love at least try 2 of the suggestions above, you’ll be surprised what a difference it can make.

Christmas Tips

December 19, 2014

My last post this year so I thought a few Christmas decorating tips might be handy, most of you have probably put up your decorations but here’s a few things you may want to consider or take on for next year.

For me making your home Christmassy isn’t about putting up every decoration you possess.

I know this can be a tricky task to make your decorations look classy and effortless, but hopefully a few key pointers it will steer you in the right direction.

Keep it simple! And with this in mind narrowing your choice of colour scheme down to a minimum of 3 colours or tones.

If you want to follow trends the look for 2014 has got to be GOLD!! Really bright shiny gold teamed with an off white or taupe which will tame the gold and stop it from looking too tacky.

One of my favourite things to do is get bare branches, if you get one big one plant it in a pot and hang tree decorations off the branches, some smaller ones make great table pieces or wall decorations. Although you now see this styled a lot in magazines, my aunty did this years ago and still does it now so it’s a timeless thing to do and always looks great. And still something you can do now to add to your table or a console in the hallway is a perfect place.

I’m also a fan of faux plants and flowers, you can get some great green faux greenery, eucalyptus is one of them, I drape this across the middle of the table with glass tea light holders dotted within, simple but it creates a very effective centre piece. This can also be done with real foilage, most Florist will have greenery this time of year, especially my favourite florist in Portishead www.facebook.com/pages/Sarah-Tynan-Flowers/430437143715912 

I also like to drape faux greenery down the banister. Teamed with berries as they are one of my favourite things to use at Christmas but you can also include tree decorations within the garland, just don’t overdo it and remember keep it classy.

Another thing which looks great is clear vases and lots of different sized ones, you can pick up cheap vases everywhere these days, fill them with branches, berries and greenery and the odd smaller one looks great with just baubles in -keeps the Christmas look without having to pin decorations on everything.

Now to finish the look off I collect small vases, glass candle holders even jars can work, buy lots of carnations, spray with hair spray and sprinkle glitter on them (I get my kids to do this) and just put a couple of buds in the small vases and dot them all over the house, teamed with tea lights and candles this will finish off the look, they last for ages so a week before Christmas will be the perfect timing for this.

The very last thing I do is, is add more lamps, floor lamps, table lamps, a dimmer lighting scheme at Christmas looks so much more welcoming, even placed in the kitchen if possible makes a much more cosy feel, and little sheep skin rugs draped over chairs and on sofas creates the warming cabin feel – perfect for a chic Christmas at home.

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Have a great time at Christmas guys!

Quick fixes

November 19, 2014

Morning all, it’s been a while. It’s all very hectic here at DHI headquarters, what with the approach to Christmas and 4 projects to complete. it’s a bit stressful.

If you have run out of time to do any major refurbishments before Christmas I thought I would share some quick fixes.

I know I have said this time and time again but paint is one of the most transforming things you can do to a room. Because I bang on about this all the time my friends are finally starting to take note, especially my friends that live in the cotswolds as they have gone the whole hog and painted their lounge out in almost the darkest hue you can , but it’s one of my favourites which is F&B Railings. It’s totally transformed the room and it looks amazing. But my friend Caroline still text me on the morning with second thoughts and saying are you sure it will work!! I said “Go for it, if you hate it you can always paint it over” simply’s!! Now it’s done they love it and said thanks for the push!! And it doesn’t make the room look smaller, thats a myth!!

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The next great thing to do is add lamps and lots of them. This creates not only a focal point but adds a soft light which creates intrigue and depth and instantly changes the look of an interior, you can go glam or mix it up to create an eclectic look.

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(Photo curtesy of Cubex Finzels Reach development)

Change the layout, for me pushing sofa’s up against the wall is a big no no. Try pulling it into the room, mine at home is in the middle of the room and creates two different areas. Even if you have a small room pulling it away from the wall even a bit will help, maybe just enough to get a shelf or console behind, lean up a couple of picture add a lamp and bang you changed the look in a jiffy!!

Accessorising!! probably one of the hardest things to get right but adding vases, plants, flowers (which can be faux by the way) can change a scheme and stop it from being boring, also its a great way to add a splash of colour and interest. If your a women it’s like adding jewellery to an outfit, it makes it!

In every scheme I add cushions, this is where you can be a bit more risky with colour, pattern and texture, go for it and don’t try and go too matchy, mix it up.

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Art, I know I here you say ‘Pricey’ but it doesn’t have to be, what I do for the show homes is order lots of posters from poster websites, there are quite a few, allposters is one of my favourites. Some posters I get for £4!! Then I buy simple black frames and frame them myself, if you not confident to do this you can go to a local framers either to frame the whole picture or they will also just cut the mounts which saves a few coins. Picture of my hallway, it totally transforms it in an instant, the trick is filling the whole space and you need some big pictures which anchors the rest, too many small ones would look bitty and way too much.

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There you go that should be enough to keep you busy for a few weeks!

Happy decorating

 

Ps. If you want to see these quick fixes take a visit to Finzels Reach development as I have done all the show apartments on the site and all I talk about has been used somewhere along the line

Room make over

June 13, 2014

Nothing like an early morning spin class to start the day!! And after a pretty hard week I am glad it’s Friday!!

So, I thought I would talk about making over a room today! easy…..no! for some maybe… for others… maybe not! Firstly you don’t have to have oodles of money to make over a room; determination and grit yes but money no!! For me the most transforming thing is PAINT!  It’s relatively cheap and you don’t need to be an expert to use it!!  It’s just being brave enough to push the boundaries and opt for something more daring and not opting for the safe option.  I say go dark as it’s such a game changer and I’m banging on about it on my blog all the time! Crossing over to the dark side has so many benefits, it creates intrigue and totally changes the look of a room in an instant, it also creates a great backdrop to art, it makes it ping and one of the key tips is adding lots of art, don’t be afraid to cover the wall, with a few big pieces or a mish mash of sizes.  I love big frames with small pictures but a large mount around the picture, a great way to break up a dark wall, this creates contrast which is so important in an interior.  So if your thinking “I have no art” that’s going to cost me a bomb to create this look, I often buy art from poster websites, they’re cheap as and they have some very cool vintage style posters large and small, then frame them in simple frames with large mounts!

 

Now the other element to making over a room is TEXTURE, you can never have enough texture, lots of different types of fabrics is good, soft velvets and textured linens work well and when I say texture this also means wall treatment, there are so many great wallpapers out there, like the one I used in the bedroom scheme below which is a printed grass paper effect, adding the texture creates the much needed warmth to a room and a focal point which takes it to another dimension.

As you can see from the before and after pictures below, except for the new furniture the main change in the rooms are the walls, adding the texture like the large padded headboard or if the budget doesn’t allow for that then just going darker.

Happy decorating, once you go to the dark side there’s no going back!!

Here are some before and after shots, and please note guys, the first picture is the before!! but you know that right!!!!

 

 

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Pictures courtesy of Cubex, Finzels Reach

Have a great weekend all, not a great Saturday for me as I will be sat in the passport office waiting for a new passport, but on the plus side Portugal next week for a business trip, Yay!!

Sprucing things up!

April 16, 2014

A spin class first thing always sets you up for the day!! That’s what I’m telling myself anyway!! In need of a coffee hit, off to my regular coffee shop after posting this.

This week I thought I would talk about sprucing things up. I’ve been holding off on doing my bathroom because I’m thinking I will replace the whole suite, a free standing bath, vanity unit with marble top!! That’s on the wish list but comes with a high price tag. So after years of deliberating  I recently decided I’m just going to spruce it up and this is what I did:

1) Painted the walls a dark hue, charcoal grey with a hint of blue

2) Box in bath with a new bath panel and creating a ledge around the front and side

3) Re tiled the floor which was one thing that definitely needed doing, dark grey wood tiles

4) Added a large framed picture above the bath, very dramatic, colours almost the same colour of the walls

5) Added 2 ikea lack shelves to house all cosmetics and stacks of towels

6) Replaced the very boring typical bathroom mirror which I’ve had for donkey’s years with a very chunky black frame mirror, (actually it was light grey but I painted it black

7) New Chinese style unit added in a bright green colour

8) Final piece is a small stool and voila, it’s totally transformed without spending wads of cash!

Only got a couple of snaps from my phone so not great pics but I have found some that show you the type if thing I’m talking about and how you can change the look mainly by the colour you apply on the walls!

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A great before and after shot, see what you can do by just changing the walls…. simple!

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Loving the teal blue on the walls, I opted for the dark version like the picture on the left.

Did I mention that now the Bathroom has been spruced up, it’s now the kids favourite room!

Have a great day.

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Out with the old

March 14, 2014

Its the time of year when we all start thinking about updating our interior or some of us do! and I think it’s mainly because we can all see that spring is around the corner. Well it’s extremely foggy in Bristol and can’t see around the corner at all!! but we know it’s hiding out there somewhere!!

For me I want to add colour and freshen my interior up a notch, this could be simply changing your cushions on your sofa to adding some spring blooms, the more the better I say and definitely Faux’s as they can stay there until winter time!!, this is such a good way to add that all important splash of colour, a bit like the pic below, take the flowers away and it’s a bit snoring!

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So if your feeling more daring you can add colour by painting, ok ok I know painting a strong colour on the walls is scary for so many of you but it is the most transforming thing you can do to your interior and if you don’t have the budget to add or change furniture it’s the simplest and most cost effective way and is a game changer trust me. If you don’t like it paint over it, no big deal right!! I don’t do what everyone does and paint the wall and think NO i don’t like it, you have to finish the room. The transformation doesn’t take place until the furniture goes back in place and art and pictures are up! If you are going for a bold or stronger tone, don’t forget that big pictures with white mounts break up the wall perfectly and if you are going for a bold colour please please go for more of an inky murky tone, it creates a much more sophisticated look and mood. Watch this space, we are looking at adding a dark, inky, moody paint collection in the shop. Message me if your interested in receiving info on this.

Here’s a few pics to inspire, if you don’t feel brave enough to paint the whole room why not try painting the back of some shelves in a bolder colour or a recess! I love the silk wallpaper behind the bed in one of the picture, transforms the room and add’s life.

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Absolutely loving the wall colour above, it’s my favourite colour of the moment and although a dark hue it still has an uplifting feeling to it. And this is what I mean about if you go for a bold colour go that little bit murky as it works!

Have a great weekend all!

It’s been a while!! Must try and get back to my normal routine of blogging every week. I have been a tad busy at late! And haven’t had the chance to fit this in to my schedule believe it or not. Been having to get up early to get through the pile of work that needs sorting. Mind you I’m not complaining as I much prefer to be busy and believe it or not your more creative this way as you simply haven’t got the time to ponder!! Love it

So what’s been going on in the world of David hutton interiors, Finzel Reach which is a re launch of a residential and office development in Bristol by Cubex. DHI was commissioned to design 3 show apartments, marketing suit and office reception. It’s been a great job and one where I have used the tips and what I have been going on about in my blogs ove the last year, take a look at some of the pics courtesy of Cubex.

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So let’s get down to business and talk interiors.
I’m going to bang on about it again! DARK WALL COLOURS, it’s definitely a bit of a taboo subject but in my opinion a myth that dark colours make a room look smaller and the Finzel show flats prove this. everyone that saw the old show flat (that was white washed)  all said the new show flat with the dark colours seemed to be much bigger space than before. Take a look a the before and after shots.

No there are a few key points to making a small space seem larger:

1)  Zone areas even if you think the space is too small, it can still be achieved and it might be as simple as painted the areas different colours.

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2). Scale, don’t be afraid to add in large pieces of furniture. The most common mistake I see all the time is small furniture in small rooms, it’s does the opposite! And whatever you do don’t push all the items against the wall, pull the sofa in or try separating the room with a piece of furniture say like a chair, it will add intrigue to the room

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3). Create vignettes, when I say vignettes this is blending so the eye moves along or down, it’s about creating layers so it confuses the eye which thinks there is more space than there really is. So overlapping pictures on a console is a great to achieve this, especially if your have a dark hue on the walls (sorry I couldn’t resist) this will show it off a zillion times more!

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4). Lighting, don’t light the place like a runway! More concentrated lighting is key. Lamps in corners, spot lights diverted on the walls, pendants over a table. This all adds depth and stops the eye from thinking the room is small.

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Above picture is a shot form a coffee shop but it shows you what a concentrated lighting scheme does to the space!

It’s all about trickery guys!! but get a few of the keys pointers correct and you will nail your interiors! trust me

Have a great weekend and speak to you next week!

Happy New Year

January 14, 2014

Happy new year all!

Back to it last week in a big way, it’s my busiest month since being in business so no time to dwell or be depressed about getting back into the swing of things. Makes January so much easier as I really haven’t got time to think!!

So the a new year and 2014 feels like it’s going to be a good one, I don’t make any specific new years resolutions but one for me is definitely pushing myself out of my comfort zone especially when it comes to decorating, why don’t you go that step further you might surprise yourself.  I think it’s the year of being braver with your interior, out with the old, push the bounderies. For me beige is out and dark colours are in. Simply painting one of my rooms out in a dark hue, including the ceiling, totally changes the look. So I say for 2014 at least paint one room dark and see how it changes the feel.

As this is my first blog into the new year I thought I would start off easy and just get you all to start thinking how you can improve your interior. In these winter months your home is such an important thing to get right as we are spending more time indoors, snuggled up watching films, and a cosy interior helps so much more with this, turn the lights down and you never want to leave the space.

Also I’m predicting that colour will play a big part in interiors this year, especially the bold bright types! and they will be adorning our walls very soon, a brave thing to do and definitely pushing you out of your comfort zone, but hay hoe it’s only paint and can be painted over…right!!
Still adding a pop of colour in a chair or lamps could be a good starting point!

Here’s a few pics to inspire

Happy decorating

 

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Sorry for lack of posts recently, it’s been a bit crazy here. Installed a London job last week, dressing and supplying furniture for a 3 million pad in Knightsbridge which was for a developer, how the other half live hey!! So the last week has been hectic to say the least and not only that we have work coming out of our ears so lots to get on with!! Not complaining at all by the way!

Couple of weeks ago I went up to the Autumn Fair in Birmingham, I have to say I wasn’t all that impressed. The main reason I went  was to look at a faux flower supplier, which was good and did manage to find a couple of new companies, ordered some amazing fragrance candles and olive & fig was the winning smell for me. So Paris it is for me next year (one of the biggest trade shows for interiors), all my current suppliers exhibit their so that’s going to be more up our street. And hopefully more inspirational, I can’t believe the tat that is still in demand in this country!!

Today I thought I would talk about general interiors and why I love it. For me having a nice home is the most important thing, I don’t get it when people spend all there money on other things? as the home is where u spend most of your time and I always use this quote “A comfortable house is a great source of happiness. It ranks immediately after health and a good conscience” (Sydney Smith) so many people spend money on cars and gadgets but walk into there home and they have magnolia walls and 20 year old sofa, but the latest high tech tv is pride of place in the middle of the wall!! Huh don’t get it, much prefer to sit in a room that you feel you don’t want to leave and instantly relax,  and have a tiny tv instead! You don’t have to have oodles of money just a bit of imagination and bravery to try things out if from the norm, u can Instantly transform a room with paint and the darker u go the better!!

So here’s a few if my favourites interiors.

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This explains my point exactly, small TV, money spent on art instead which makes for an intriguing interior! Totally love the collection of art and using every bit of space possible!

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Both above pics, are a Hotel in Miami but I love the look which could work in a home perfectly, the lounge makes me want to pop my self down, sip gin and tonics and read a book all day! Mind you the view of the sea helps!!

All images are from Martin Brudnizki Design Studio in London, one of my favourite designers.

Thats it for me today as got to get on with a million and one things to do!

Have a great day!