Recently I gave away an opportunity for you to win a short course at the Chelsea College of Art when they came to town. I was lucky enough to also attend the How to Decorate Your Villa or Apartment course and found it invaluable.
Basically, I have a few interior design issues. I am good with clothes but with interiors, I constantly get my themes mixed up and have to rip everything out and start again. So I thought this course would save me so much time and money in the end and it did. We learnt that even though we think interior design is a free form art it’s actually very calculated and requires a lot of planning. The below are just some broad strokes of what I learnt.
1) Always begin with your floor plan.
2) Measure your spaces and the opening width of your doors.
3) Create a mood board which has your colour palette.
4) Sketch the space and fit in your furniture.
5) Then go and shop for your furniture and accessories.
The mood board I created was easy. I had long been eyeing the rooms of bloggers and fashionistas globally with pink, black, gold and white rooms:
Here is how I did my room (trust me it’s miles better than it was before), the class tutor, Debbie, was amazing! By simply looking at the orientation of my room, she made some easy suggestions on how I could move everything around and also make the most of the light in the space. I basically turned the entire room onto itself. Just a note that I did not print the huge portrait if myself in the room, it was a gift from Dove!
Now as I rent an apartment here in Dubai, I can’t make huge changes to the space but with the work on accessorising and colour, I think it came out quite well. It makes me very excited to own my own home soon and decorate it myself for keeps!
There are quite a few DIY items here that have already been blogged and some which are coming soon:
DIY Make Over Storage Shelves
DIY Mr and Mrs Cushions
I added fringing to the lamp shade, the black and white storage boxes are also DIY and the pink cushion with potato stamped white triangles is also DIY.
Thankyou so much to the Chelsea College of Design for an amazingly enlightening 3 day short course. For more information and how you can get registered for their courses, click here.