Some Flooring Ideas.

The choices that are available when you come to select flooring for a project are huge and varied which can lead to some amazing finishes. The use of different materials, both new and reclaimed, mean that so many things are possible today making flooring more exciting than ever.

I can remember using rubber flooring from Dalsouple many years ago and being so excited at the possibility of picking any colour I wanted. Now there are so many options when it comes to paint, cork, concrete, leather, wood, rubber, carpet etc that the choice can seem overwhelming. By doing a quick bit of research about flooring I quickly came up with some ideas that might be useful to you. For example, you can see how far the humble carpet has come through sites like Dash and Albert .

Today its possible to have stunning flooring that considers the environment and budget. Remember to check out your local reclamation yard too and although we may not all live close to Lassco’s you might find some hidden gems in your local yard!

As usual you can find more ideas on my Pinterest page.

 

My Love of Coffee Shops.

My love of coffee shops has been going a long time now! My perfect weekend usually involves drinking coffee with my family in surroundings that are well designed. For quite sometime, my ideal design job has been to work on a coffee shop interior and hopefully this will happen sometime soon. Creating an environment that is warm and welcoming but also full of personality and style seems to be the key. It also seems the perfect opportunity to work with some recycled materials and up-cycle existing pieces. We have our favourite spots to go to locally and it always has to be a combination of great coffee, cake and an inspiring interior. We always look for places where every member of the family feels happy to visit and is warmly welcomed through the door. If you are ever in the Dorset area then let me know and I can let you know where we like to go as there are some amazing local places like South Coast Roast and Coast to check out. Here are a few interiors that I think look stunning and perhaps give you some idea of how my own fictional coffee shop might look.You can also check out my coffee shop pins.

 

Mood Boards.


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I love mood boards! So much time can be spent on flat CAD plans but when you present a good mood board, the whole plan comes alive. Whether it be just one image or a selection of carefully selected images, the impact should be the same. I have worked in teams where the importance of a good mood board is paramount and I have been given loads of time to find the best images to get a certain design across. But I have also worked in teams where no real importance has been attached to a mood board and the difference in the final scheme is huge. When a good mood board is secured, the final details and dressing seem to fall into to place so much easier.

I think I like using mood boards so much because it involves images and texture. Sometimes just one image can say everything you want to say and other times the whole board can be covered with many many small images. It is also very important to look at how the board is presented, whether it is 2D or 3D and what text you use. All these decisions just add to the impact of the final presentation.

Here is a selection of some of my favourite mood boards that I hope provide you with some ideas and inspiration but also show how important they are in a project.

 

Genius of Ken Adam.

Whenever I am watching a film or something on television I am always drawn to who the sets are designed and styled. This can be quite an annoying distraction when I should be concentrating on the storyline etc but it did make me do some research years ago into who designed certain Bond sets and found its often the work of the same designer. The name that kept coming up was Mr Ken Adam and it opened my eyes to some truly stunning production design. I quickly realised that some of my most favourite sets had been designed by him. Not only did he produce amazing film sets, he also create wonderful visuals of how he wanted sets to look.

Here are just a few sample images of the work of Ken Adam……

There are a few more nice visuals to see here too involving other production designers and stylists……Production Design

Up-Cycle/Recycle/Re-use/Reclaim.


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While doing some research for work, I have found that I am more and more drawn to ways of re-using existing materials where possible. There is the obvious benefits of trying to reduce waste and keep costs down but there is also another side to consider.

By injecting objects, furniture and finishes with a history into a space, an extra layer is added. The mix of  brand new alongside something up-cycled or recycled can create something really great with much more personality and conscience. Whether it’s a reclaimed floor, vintage wood, industrial lighting or a clever use of an old material, I  have found loads of ideas that I want to use and hope that you find interesting. Here are a few of the images I have saved and that give me inspiration for future spaces.

Old hotel just about to be pulled down.

I had the opportunity to grab 10 mins in this amazing old hotel that is not far from where I live. It was a bit naughty to go inside the but the temptation to grab a look was too great. I wish I had loads more time in there to take more pics but it was not to be. If there is any way that I can get back in then I will take way more pics. The views and the character of the building were amazing. Each room was full of surprises and in a state of decay which I found very interesting if not a bit dangerous! From what I can make out, the old hotel just about to be pulled down only stood for a couple more days.

Hope you like my pictures of the old hotel just about to be pulled down!

More of my own pictures can be viewed here.

 

2002 BMW will always be my dream car

This is for me the perfect motor! I have no interest in performance, just looks!