Gift Guide : Interior Design Books

Interior Design Books Gift Guide

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If you’re anything like me, books are one of the best presents you can receive at Christmas. I love having a selection of interior design books at my disposal and I’m starting to build up quite a collection. I’m looking forward to creating a lovely way to display them once my youngest daughter manages to stop ripping and eating book pages. So if you know a book lover who is also interested in interior design you might want to consider gifting them one of these great interior design books this Christmas.  Read More…

Nautical Garden Makeover : The Final Reveal

The Design Sheppard Nautical Garden makeover

Here it is guys, the final reveal of our nautical garden makeover and I cannot describe to you how proud I am of what we have created. This post will be quite heavy on images I’m afraid because I wanted you to see the space we now have from every possible angle lol! As you know, I wanted to design a space with a coastal vibe. As we live beside the sea and blue and white is my favourite colour combo, this seemed like a sensible choice. Also, the whole nautical theme is timeless and never dates or goes out of fashion. Although I had made a moodboard of all the products I planned to use in the space, I wasn’t really that sure how it would all come together. You see, I’m not very good at visualising so I really struggle when it comes to pulling a scheme together. But luckily this nautical garden makeover turned out way better than I imagined.

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My Kitchen Makeover : Final Reveal

The Design Sheppard Kitchen Makeover featuring a monochrome and geometric design theme

Welcome to my kitchen makeover final reveal. I cannot tell you how happy I am to publish this post today. It’s been such a long time coming. We started this kitchen makeover a year ago and it is finally finished. I honestly couldn’t be happier. It’s such a relief to have a kitchen that I am proud of, and I no longer need to be embarrassed when guests come round. You can read about our kitchen makeover plans here and you can see the project in progress here. I’d love to show you around so you can see just how far we’ve come. When we moved in, in 2013, the kitchen was dark and drab and really lacked storage space. I won’t go into too much detail about why I hated the kitchen as I’ve covered that in past posts. I’d rather focus on the positive change we have managed to create here. We got rid of the black laminate worktop and replaced it with white laminate from IKEA. This has really helped to brighten the space and bounce light around the room. I chose this worktop as I really liked the wood effect trim. I realised, when looking at my kitchen inspiration board on Pinterest, that I really like kitchens that mix white and wood. The trim on this worktop actually matches the units that we already had. I was considering painting the cabinets but once the worktop was in situ I really liked how it worked with the cabinets so we’ve decided against painting them.   Read More…

My Kitchen Makeover in Progress

The Design Sheppard kitchen makeover 5

I cannot tell you how happy it makes me to write this post. This kitchen makeover has been in progress for a year…aha, you read that right…a year!! Why, you might ask. Well it’s a long story. We started last April by replacing the hob, sink and worktop and we removed all the kitchen tiles. Then we had an issue with the worktop so couldn’t go ahead with tiling. It took forever to sort the worktop issue and then, as always, life got in the way. We’d got used to living with no tiles and time passed. Realising it had been a year gave me the kick up the bum I needed to get going again. So while we were in Poland on holiday over Easter, we had workmen in to crack on and finish the project, all overseen by my amazing dad. I can’t thank him enough. With dad being our project manager for this kitchen makeover, it meant that we didn’t have to live in the chaos while the work was being done and we got to come home to a kitchen that was very nearly finished. I nearly cried when I saw how different it was. It was like a completely different room in someone else’s home. But for the purpose of this post, let’s go back in time to how the kitchen looked when we moved in.  Read More…

IKEA TORHAMN Kitchen Cabinet Door Fronts

TORHAMN Kitchen cabinet door fronts from IKEA

I’m a big fan of IKEA, especially when it comes to kitchens. I’m basing this purely on aesthetics and functionality as I have never had or experienced an IKEA kitchen myself. I just love the way they look and the way they are designed to make the very best use of every available bit of space. Living in the UK, where our homes have the smallest floor space of any European country at just 76m2 for the average new build, space is definitely at a premium. I’m always amazed by the genius space saving designs that I see at IKEA and I’d love to replicate some of them in my own home, especially in my tiny kitchen. Anyway, I’m getting off track here, this isn’t a post about tiny kitchens or space saving designs. It’s a post about how fricking gorgeous the TORHAMN kitchen cabinet door fronts from IKEA are. I’ve had these on file since this time last year so I thought it was about time I shared the gorgeousness with you lovely lot.  Read More…

IKEA Satsumas Plant Stands

IKEA SATSUMAS Plant Stand range in bamboo and white

As you all know I love plants and I would love more of them in my home if I could only keep them alive. But sadly I’m in no way green fingered. But I often swoon over greenery in other people’s homes and the beautiful ways they choose to display their planty friends. This new range from IKEA ticks all the buttons for me. The IKEA SATSUMAS series features three different plant stands made from bamboo with white accents. They are a really great way to show off your greenery indoors and if I had the space I would definitely be purchasing myself these pieces (although I would need to get some artificial plants to put on them). I love the ladder style plant stand as it adds some height to the display but I also like the different levels in the tiered plant stand and the minimal footprint of the rectangular plant stand which has a lower shelf ideal for smaller pots, or to store your gardening books and magazines. Of course, being from IKEA they are also very affordable so I’m also a big fan of the price! What do you guys think of this range? Would it convince you to have more plants in your home? Read More…

Superfront Bathroom Furniture

Superfront Bathroom

I’ve been thinking about renovating my own bathroom since we moved in two years ago. I frequently see wonderful furniture and sanitaryware that makes my lust list but my teeny weeny bathroom simply can’t accommodate. But I have to say I think the new Superfront bathroom furniture is so far my all time favourite. For those of you who are not familiar with Superfront, it is a Swedish company that designs and manufactures fronts, sides and tops that fit Ikea’s most common cabinets. It makes doors for Pax wardrobes, kitchen doors and drawer fronts for Metod and Faktum kitchens, and doors for Bestå sideboards and cabinets. The fronts come with or without patterns in a number of carefully chosen colours. Superfront also supplies accessories such as handles and legs made from materials such as brass, copper, marble, birch and leather which give the finished items a really classy, not to mention expensive look.  Read More…

IKEA Launches Wireless Charging Furniture

IKEA Wireless Charging Lighting Collection

I can’t even begin to tell you all how excited I am about this huge news! IKEA has launched a range of furniture that is designed with integrated wireless charging points in it. Granted this is not the newest technology around, but what makes this announcement so exciting is the fact that the majority of us will actually be able to afford it. I don’t know about you but I absolutely hate cable mess and I dream of the day when wireless electricity is something that is commonplace in our homes. All appliances should just work without the need to be plugged in at all times. It would look so much nicer in our homes if we didn’t have that cluttered mass of cables trailing all over the place and presenting dangerous trip hazards. And phone chargers are some of the most annoying I find because we use them so often. I have mine plugged in beside my bed so that I can recharge my phone overnight. But sometimes the battery runs low before I go to bed and it’s a bit of a hassle to start moving the charger round the house. That’s how things get misplaced, right? But now with this amazing new range from IKEA relocating chargers will be a thing of the past! Read More…

Ilse Crawford’s Collection for IKEA

IKEA & Ilse Crawford Sinnerlig

I have been a big fan of the work of Ilse Crawford ever since I interviewed her back in 2011. It was her humanist approach to interior design and architecture that really inspired me. I love the way that she puts human beings at the centre of her work in order to create spaces that address our basic human needs and that act as platforms for social connections. So when I heard that Studio Ilse has partnered with IKEA, one of my favourite interior brands, I could not have been more excited. The SINNERLIG collection will be launched in all IKEA stores this August, which seems like a lifetime away, but I’m sure the wait will be worth it. After all, the new collection will offer top of the line design at typical IKEA prices. What more could we ask for? It’s a match made in heaven if you ask me.

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