Friday, 10 February 2017

Adding 'Greenery' To Your Home - Pantone Colour of the Year 2017

The famous authority of colour, Pantone announced that the long awaited colour of the year was 'Greenery' described as a refreshing and revitalising shade that is symbolic of new beginnings.

Greenery bursts forth in 2017 to provide us with the reassurance we yearn for amid a tumultuous social and political environment. Satisfying our growing desire to rejuvenate and revitalize, Greenery symbolizes the reconnection we seek with nature, one another and a larger purpose.” – Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute

I decided to put together a mini board below of different ways you can incorporate Greenery into your home, it was at this point I realised that green isn't exactly huge when it comes to homeware! There's tonnes of blues, whites, golds and greys for example, but where is the green at!? Its quite interesting! This is definitely a colour that can be used subtly in any room for an injection of colour.

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Greenery is a lovely natural colour and works the best in areas with lots of natural light coming in through the windows. You can try and incorporating this colour with the more larger items such as dining chairs, sofas or even side table or rugs. But if that is a bit too much green for you then soft furnishings and small injections are the way to go! Throws, cushions, plants and small decorative accessories are easy and effortless ways to try and spruce up your space with new colours and styles; they are also more convenient to get rid of if you change your mind frequently!

Here are some inspiration images below to give you some ideas!

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Deco Tub Chair // Linley | Side Table // Swoon Editions | Table Lamp // DTS |  Wallpaper // House of Hackney |  Scented Candle // H&M  | Ono Light Green Vase // Designer's Guild  | Herve Couture Roses // Amara  |  Lime & White Wooden Frame // Zara Home  | Orla Kiely Bedding // Amara  | Ombre Cushion // Oliver Bonas.

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

5 Things I've Learnt From My First Year in Business

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I thought that I'd start the new year off with a reflective post about what I've learnt through my business in the past year. It has definitely been difficult to say the least but it has been a brilliant learning curve that I'm excited to continue with. So here, I wanted to share with everyone five big lessons I've learnt from building up my business so far!

1) "Think you know it all? Read a book"
I never came into the interior design industry thinking that I knew everything. I made that mistake with university and was humbled very quickly! I came into the industry being completely open to learning and that is very important. Being open to new experiences and learning definitely opens your mind up to encourage more creativity and ideas. One of my inspirations, Warren Buffet was asked "how do you get smarter?" and he held up a stack of paper and replied “read 500 pages like this every day. That’s how knowledge builds up, like compound interest.” Now, I'm not saying that I read 500 pages about design everyday but one thing that I love doing is research and doing this regularly can really help you in times where you feel demotivated or stumped for ideas. Never think that you know everything, you'll be doing yourself a massive disservice! 

2) Try not to compare so much.
This is something that I had a problem with not just in relation to business but in my personal life as well, I found myself constantly comparing myself to other people and what they were doing and as a result I ended up feeling very unhappy and inadequate even if I didn't have to feel that way. The fact of the matter is that constant comparisons did more harm than good, initially I thought that comparing myself with others in the industry would keep me on my toes and inspire me but it had the opposite affect. Don't try to compare yourself or put yourself on the same level as somebody who has been working ten or so years more than you have in said industry. Your experiences, talents and realities are all different and the sooner that is learnt, the better.

3) Don't expect too much of those closest to you.
This might be a controversial one, as you would expect your friends and family to support you in everything you do right? Well that may be true depending on what you're offering. I provide a service which requires trust and access to people's home and personal space and that is a little bit different to let's say, selling stationary online. When I started my business I feel as though I expected a bit too much from those around me, I expected everyone to be happy for me and to try and support but realistically not too many people care unless it will be a service suited to them, which I understand now. I'm starting my career as an interior designer but most of my friends still live with their parents and most of my family members are content with their homes, so what now? I've learnt to appreciate that my friends and family support how they can, whether that is retweeting images of my projects on Twitter, reading my blog or just saying "well done".

Famous lyrics from one my my favourite hip hop groups ever, Wu Tang Clan. Now I had an idea that running a business would be expensive but damn, running a business is expensive lol. It certainly takes money to make money and everyday I am thinking up new ways to try and pump more into my business and make better financial choices for it. I've made a lot of sacrifices and there are definitely a lot more to come indeed! Also, shout out to all of you accountants out there, because accounting is not fun. At all :-) (no but srsly)

5) Mistakes, failures and rejections are all part of success.
All your life you are told mistakes are a terrible thing and that failing is the most awful thing in the world. I mean you're basically taught that at school, feeling like you're only as good as a grade you got on a paper that your teacher thought up of a few weeks prior. But what I've learnt is that its honestly all part of it. There have been so many times I've traveled up, down and around meeting potential clients for consultations to be told that they are no longer interested or that my style didn't quite match theirs. I've made mistakes and didn't quite make deadlines but I've learnt something from every single one of those experiences, about the reaction I got and how I felt. In basic terms, if you make a mistake, learn from it and try not to repeat it!

I hope this post has provided some value to you and has inspired you some kind of way, a lot of people do want to start something new and its easy to read articles about the success stories but not so much about the rocky road and the learning process. Always feel proud for how far you've come, no matter what! 

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