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Image Interiors January February 2016

Great write up in the current issue of Image Interiors 2016.....6 top tips to lift your Home in 2016..read it here first

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Gloomy outdoors-Brighter looking indoors

Summer is flying by and looking out the window this morning despite a promising start its looking a little grey!

We have been really busy all Summer with lots of interesting projects including-a ‘fold away’ home office with new colour scheme and loose furniture and window treatments, a living room re design with new colour scheme, lighting, carpets, bespoke walnut credenza unit with matching lacquered and walnut alcove units. Also the makeover of a conservatory area with hexagonal built in seating/storage solution. A traditional bedroom re design with wardrobes, carpet, new colour scheme, lighting and bespoke inset moulded lacquered wardrobes.

All went well and have some snaps of the works in progress.

Lots of new project are getting underway in next few weeks, with large extension/renovations projects covering every room in the house-so watch this space!

So do get in touch if you have any rooms that have gone a bit ‘tired’ or are simply not working for your Family’s changing needs and I can take a look.

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It's Got Legs

A great description of a recently completed kitchen as described in July/August Image Interiors....

Above is a masterclass by interior designer Jane Higgins in how to fit a new kitchen into a period townhouse refurb. For this contemporary rear extension, the owner wanted a bespoke ‘’unfitted-style’’ kitchen so Jane designed an oak counter, floating shelves and lacquered base units on individual legs for a lighter look. Love! 087 662 2356, janehigginshomedesign.com
— Image Interiors, July/August 2015

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NEW PROJECT –Home office and TV Room

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NEW PROJECT –Home office and TV Room

This home office in a busy family home had outgrown its space with inadequate filing and a lack of usable workspace. The room itself was quite cold and required re insulating plus the removal of an unused fireplace with hearth and a tiled floor which was very cold underfoot, which we undertook as phase one of the project

Once this was done we redesigned the office space along one long ‘L’ shaped  wall to create two independent works stations with plenty of counter space, a radiator cabinet and storage with pull out drawers for hanging files and a printer. A combination of opening shelving and concealed storage gave ample space to display books and personal photos graphs. Recessed low voltage down lighters improved the task lighting for working and gives great ambient light in the evening.

Home office and TV Room-BEFORE

Along the opposite wall we installed open shelving for the new flat screen TV and a more contemporary electric fire. Segments of curved shelves break up the lengths of square shelving, tucked in behind one of which we included tall storage for coats and shoes New carpet, blinds, pendant light and loose furniture completed the space to create a warm and cosy office and TV space for the whole family.

Home office and TV Room-AFTER


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Island Life-a completed contemporary kitchen and the stages of a new kitchen installation

Leafing back through a 2011 Beautiful Kitchens magazine I came across a beautiful kitchen I designed over five years ago. The kitchen has white lacquered and sweet gum tree book matched veneer units, a white ‘Getacore’ worktop, Miele appliances and a Quooker boiling water tap. This kitchen epitomises good design and functionality and is still fresh and contemporary looking today.

This kitchen was installed as part of a house refurbishment and extension which is the least painful way to install a new kitchen as the Family were not living in the house while the work was going on. When a kitchen is being replaced in a home where the family is in situ it can be a more complicated project. Obviously the first stage is to remove the existing kitchen so immediately the most important room in the house is gone, causing immediate disruption.

The time to install a new kitchen varies depending on whether it is a German imported kitchen or a bespoke handmade in frame kitchen (which is generally hand painted on site after installation)  and it can take anything from 3 to 5 working days, not including any works required to do plumbing, electrical or plastering work in advance.

If opting for stone counters these have to be measured when the base units are in and the new stone can take 7 to 10 working days to install from date of survey and in this case it is often best to install temporary worktops so the hob and sink can be functioning in the interim. Though these do have to be disconnected again when the stone is being installed and re connected after the stone goes in.

So in reality to install a new kitchen can be the guts of two to three weeks from start to finish. Replacing your kitchen is the most stressful job one can undertake in the home, so do be aware of the stages involved but rest assured once the kitchen is completed it can make the single biggest difference to one’s home!


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Refurbish or replace?

Sometimes smaller kitchens projects come along with a tight budget but a real need for updating-in these cases when the layout is functioning fine the best way to refresh the space is to retain the existing carcase (of course assuming they’re still in good condition and not splitting and expanding like Weetabix!). What I’ve done in the two projects below is discard the existing doors on the wall and base units, plinth, worktops, sink and taps and have new longer doors made and sprayed to a specific Ral or NSc colour. When these new doors are fitted with a contemporary integrated steel handle, brand new sink, tap and fresh worktop the difference can be superb. Adding light to the underside of the wall units where there was none before creates task lighting for food preparation and a warm ambient light in the evenings. New tiles and glass backsplash can add the final finish. So when considering a new look kitchen do remember sometimes you can refurbish instead of replacing-as they say reduce, reuse, recycle!

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