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Eleanor & Tara, Blonde, ambition and a passion for interiors and all things DIY. Talking you through our style step by step via our blog!

 How to choose a colour scheme 

1 May 2020

A little Hello from me!! I am Tara of InTaraDesign and i’m a qualified Interior Designer who loves colour! Whilst conversing alongside Eleanor from Hibiscus and Hodge we both noticed a common trend with the clients we were working with. A common question from them was frequently popping up ‘’How do I choose a colour scheme?’’ Now this may seem really simple…. ‘’You just pick the colours you like…. Right?’’ ‘’Wrong!’’ There is so much more to think about than simply choosing a colour you like, of course there’s no point choosing a colour you don’t like but when you’re faced with so many different colours that you do like how do you choose a colour scheme? If you just choose all the colours you liked would it just be a mess of colour that doesn’t really work? So as a result I have come up with 3 simple steps or rather techniques that you can use to help you choose your colour scheme.


Technique 1

I suppose the most traditional way to choose colours that go together would be to take things right back to basics and start looking at the colour wheel. You can see that the colour wheel is made from the 3 primary colours red, yellow and blue, these are colours that cannot be made by mixing they occur on their own however can be mixed to form your secondary and tertiary colours. Your secondary colours are a mix of 2 primary colours and your tertiary colours sit either side of those which form shades or variants of those colours. So how do you use this to create your colour scheme? Well you can follow these principles:

Complimentary colours: colours which sit directly opposite on the wheel, many think that they will clash however if used well they will complement each other to great effect.

Analogous colours: a common trick when choosing a colour scheme is to select one main colour then use colours that sit either side of it for accents, this is to stop the main colour of the room from becoming too overwhelming.

Triadic colours: a mix of 3 colours which sit within a triangular formation on the colour wheel.


Technique 2

Now you could also look at your colours from a different perspective, a psychological one, what feelings, emotions or mood do you want to convey from your colour scheme? Traditionally colours have each had their own meanings through their historical influence and what effect they can have on us, now that doesn’t mean you should avoid a particular colour as negative effects can usually be cancelled out by using the positive effects of another colour. For example the traditional thoughts behind pink is that it conveys a feeling of love and restfulness however it can also be associated as sickly sweet, these effects can be balanced out by using greys. Equally if you were to choose greys and blacks generally there is a bad reputation with it absorbing other colours however it can be used to reduce negative impacts of other colours. Purple is a colour that was mainly associated with royalty due to the high cost of the pigments, following on from that many well established companies use this colour for their branding, think Liberty London. Green is a colour that has some real positive impacts as it is associated with nature and often has calming and restorative properties. So when choosing colours have a think about how you would like your home or space to feel and how these relate to particular colour choices.

Technique 3

One of my all-time favourite ways to create colour schemes is by taking inspiration from what’s around us you may have a favourite place that you love going to that makes you feel a certain way when you go there or visit there, or you may have a ton of inspiration images saved to Pinterest but just don’t know how you can transfer those images into your scheme. Well I have good news for you!! You can use all of those images to find your perfect colour scheme. Here I have produced a colour scheme based upon the clients inspiration images that they have saved on Pinterest. The reason I really like to use this technique to choose colours is it may throw up something ‘unconventional’ or even colours you never would have dreamed using together. You can also see if there is a common theme running through the images that you have chosen for example in image one you can see there is a really airy and light feel to the colours and images. With lots of shades of the same colours with blue to complement. Typically relating back to the colour wheel this colour scheme would be following analogous colour scheme as one main colour has been chosen with variant shades.

There are many tools you can use online to help you find your perfect colour scheme but if you're still in need of help then don't fret as we can help you, we offer a free online consultation to any of our new clients as well as a colour consultancy service so get in touch to find out how we can help!!  

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Top of the interior pops; hotels with swoon worthy insta accounts 

20 May 2020

So today I thought I would give you a little throw back to the first ever blog I created a few years ago now for Topology Interiors. I thought this is especially important at the moment  seeing as we cant travel we can swoon over these accounts and show them some support too.  the ladies over at Topology are super awesome and you can read more of their content over at: https://www.topologyinteriors.com/topology-blog 

One thing we love to do in life other than designing is travelling, every time each of us visits a new place we find ourselves getting lost in the architecture and interior design of the places around us. Obviously we can’t be travelling all the time (sadly) so when we’re feeling like I need a little escape we head across to some of these AMAZING insta accounts to gain inspiration from their jaw dropping interiors. Here are our top 10 swoon worthy hotel accounts you need to get following.

1. @townhallhotel, London: https://www.instagram.com/townhallhotel/

This has to be the number one, mainly because we were lucky enough to stay here, the hotel is a converted town hall (could you guess?) located in East London. The hotel has an absolutely stunning interior with everything we love from original features to modern twists such full length glass walls, modern touchers and industrial lighting. You may also recognise some of the shots from many films including Snatch and Vogue.

2. @thenedlondon, London: https://www.instagram.com/thenedlondon/

Sticking with the vintage vibe mixed with modern twists our next swoon worthy account is The Ned London a beautiful hotel with absolutely amazing pastel coloured squares. Here you will find a mix of vintage art deco furniture mixed with William Morris prints and modern industrial finishes with the odd cocktail or two thrown in the mix.

3. @berberlodge_, Marrakech https://www.instagram.com/berberlodge_/

Casually skipping over to the other side of the world with this one, not only has this insta got interior squares to die for but is giving me major wanderlust from all of the squares that are just oozing in culture. What we love most about this insta is the mix of natural materials and colours within every shot and what makes me want to follow them even more is they really appreciate what you instagrammers have done for them so please give them a friendly follow.

4. @elfennmarrakech, Marrakech https://www.instagram.com/elfennmarrakech/

Sticking with the same side of the world with this one the moment we found this account we fell in love with it and if we could we would transform our own homes into this rhiad, we have already taken great inspiration from the wall of lanterns, and are definitely going to recreate them in the garden ready for summer. We also love the use of colour in all of the rooms, you’d expect them to be cool and calm yet they are far from it from striking mustards to deep greens the rooms scream colour.

5. @babingtonhouse, Somerset, UK https://www.instagram.com/babingtonhouse/

How absolutely amazing is this hotel, it’s set within a beautiful country manor and the squares from this insta 100% reflect the totally awesome and chic interiors, just look at that 4 poster bed (total envy.) What makes this insta even better is that the hotel is so renowned for it’s interiors that they have their own homeware range find their amazing items here, so you really can re-create the beauty of this instahotel back home. https://www.sohohome.com/?utm_source=SohoHouse&utm_campaign=SHBabingtonBanner 

6. @upstreet_, Athens apartments https://www.instagram.com/upstreet_/

Another super amazing place that again we were fortunate to visit this year is the wonderful upstreet_ a series of super cosy apartments full of original features in Athens. The squares of this insta feature major bedroom and kitchen inspo with a mix of lovely super cool colours and show off how to use Ikea furniture to maximum impact.

7. @sohohousebarcelona, Barcelona https://www.instagram.com/sohohousebarcelona/

As this is owned by the same company that own Babington House you’d expect this account to have stunning interiors, however it really out does itself. We have always wanted to make our homes feel more Mediterranean and when we look through this account our creative minds are going crazy, we love the choice of colours and materials throughout.

8. @thepig_hotel, Somerset UK https://www.instagram.com/thepig_hotel/

What made us fall in love with this account was the floor in the restaurant, how can you not love a mix match Moroccan inspired floor? There is just something very right about the décor of this hotel and we’re loving all of the indoor plants which bring everything to life.

9. @design_hotels https://www.instagram.com/design_hotels/

This account features some of the best hotels around with absolutely stunning interiors, this account is an absolute MUST follow account to ensure you’re seeing the top designs within the hospitality industry. All of the hotels featured within this account have beautiful interiors and striking architecture. P.s we love copper and just look at this sink.

10. @hotelcreative https://www.instagram.com/hotelcreative/

Just WOW! This account features a bunch of designers which have come together creative fabulous designs such as their very unique industrial hotel. The above picture even features a bed made solely from concrete. The artwork really stands out in every shot thanks to the clean backgrounds and neon lights. 

 Cabinet Revamp

1 May 2020

Now today's project was so big that I have decided to write it over 2 separate blogs so you can see exactly what is needed for each of the stages. So this part of the blog is all about revamping the cabinet itself.

You will need:

  • an electric sander 
  • paint brush 
  • paint (I used Annie Sloane Paris Grey)
  • micro fibre cloth
  • clear wax 
  • wallpaper (I had none so photocopied some paper I had)
  • PVA glue 
  • panel pins 
  • hammer  
What to do:
  1. The very first thing I did was got out my electric sander to roughen up the surface of the cabinet, I had already taken the door off to revamp the mirror.
  2. Once sanded I added a dash of water to my paint and gave the cabinet 2 coats all over. 
  3. When the paint was completely dry I then waxed it all over to help seal the paint and give a distressed look. 
  4. I then brought the cabinet inside and pulled off the backing. 
  5. I had some really nice paper at home that I didn't want to use on the cabinet so I photocopied it across 3 A3 pieces of paper to cover the inside of the cabinet with (this is much easier to do with the backing off)
  6. I figured out where the join would be to match the pattern and placed the sheets of backing on top and drew and cut around them 
  7. After cutting out the paper I covered the backing with PVA glue stuck down the paper then gave them another coating of PVA and left to dry. 
  8. When the PVA was dry I used panel pins and a hammer to attach the backing back to the cabinet. 

Top of the interior pops; hotels with swoon worthy insta accounts 

20 May 2020

So today I thought I would give you a little throw back to the first ever blog I created a few years ago now for Topology Interiors. I thought this is especially important at the momment  seeing as we cant travel we can swoon over these accounts and show them some support too.  the ladies over at Topology are super awesome and you can read more of their content over at: https://www.topologyinteriors.com/topology-blog 

One thing we love to do in life other than designing is travelling, every time each of us visits a new place we find ourselves getting lost in the architecture and interior design of the places around us. Obviously we can’t be travelling all the time (sadly) so when we’re feeling like I need a little escape we head across to some of these AMAZING insta accounts to gain inspiration from their jaw dropping interiors. Here are our top 10 swoon worthy hotel accounts you need to get following.

1. @townhallhotel, London: https://www.instagram.com/townhallhotel/

This has to be the number one, mainly because we were lucky enough to stay here, the hotel is a converted town hall (could you guess?) located in East London. The hotel has an absolutely stunning interior with everything we love from original features to modern twists such full length glass walls, modern touchers and industrial lighting. You may also recognise some of the shots from many films including Snatch and Vogue.

2. @thenedlondon, London: https://www.instagram.com/thenedlondon/

Sticking with the vintage vibe mixed with modern twists our next swoon worthy account is The Ned London a beautiful hotel with absolutely amazing pastel coloured squares. Here you will find a mix of vintage art deco furniture mixed with William Morris prints and modern industrial finishes with the odd cocktail or two thrown in the mix.

3. @berberlodge_, Marrakech https://www.instagram.com/berberlodge_/

Casually skipping over to the other side of the world with this one, not only has this insta got interior squares to die for but is giving me major wanderlust from all of the squares that are just oozing in culture. What we love most about this insta is the mix of natural materials and colours within every shot and what makes me want to follow them even more is they really appreciate what you instagrammers have done for them so please give them a friendly follow.

4. @elfennmarrakech, Marrakech https://www.instagram.com/elfennmarrakech/

Sticking with the same side of the world with this one the moment we found this account we fell in love with it and if we could we would transform our own homes into this rhiad, we have already taken great inspiration from the wall of lanterns, and are definitely going to recreate them in the garden ready for summer. We also love the use of colour in all of the rooms, you’d expect them to be cool and calm yet they are far from it from striking mustards to deep greens the rooms scream colour.

5. @babingtonhouse, Somerset, UK https://www.instagram.com/babingtonhouse/

How absolutely amazing is this hotel, it’s set within a beautiful country manor and the squares from this insta 100% reflect the totally awesome and chic interiors, just look at that 4 poster bed (total envy.) What makes this insta even better is that the hotel is so renowned for it’s interiors that they have their own homeware range find their amazing items here, so you really can re-create the beauty of this instahotel back home. https://www.sohohome.com/?utm_source=SohoHouse&utm_campaign=SHBabingtonBanner 

6. @upstreet_, Athens apartments https://www.instagram.com/upstreet_/

Another super amazing place that again we were fortunate to visit this year is the wonderful upstreet_ a series of super cosy apartments full of original features in Athens. The squares of this insta feature major bedroom and kitchen inspo with a mix of lovely super cool colours and show off how to use Ikea furniture to maximum impact.

7. @sohohousebarcelona, Barcelona https://www.instagram.com/sohohousebarcelona/

As this is owned by the same company that own Babington House you’d expect this account to have stunning interiors, however it really out does itself. We have always wanted to make our homes feel more Mediterranean and when we look through this account our creative minds are going crazy, we love the choice of colours and materials throughout.

8. @thepig_hotel, Somerset UK https://www.instagram.com/thepig_hotel/

What made us fall in love with this account was the floor in the restaurant, how can you not love a mix match Moroccan inspired floor? There is just something very right about the décor of this hotel and we’re loving all of the indoor plants which bring everything to life.

9. @design_hotels https://www.instagram.com/design_hotels/

This account features some of the best hotels around with absolutely stunning interiors, this account is an absolute MUST follow account to ensure you’re seeing the top designs within the hospitality industry. All of the hotels featured within this account have beautiful interiors and striking architecture. P.s we love copper and just look at this sink.

10. @hotelcreative https://www.instagram.com/hotelcreative/

Just WOW! This account features a bunch of designers which have come together creative fabulous designs such as their very unique industrial hotel. The above picture even features a bed made solely from concrete. The artwork really stands out in every shot thanks to the clean backgrounds and neon lights. 

 Cabinet Revamp

1 May 2020

Now today's project was so big that I have decided to write it over 2 separate blogs so you can see exactly what is needed for each of the stages. So this part of the blog is all about revamping the cabinet itself.

You will need:

  • an electric sander 
  • paint brush 
  • paint (I used Annie Sloane Paris Grey)
  • micro fibre cloth
  • clear wax 
  • wallpaper (I had none so photocopied some paper I had)
  • PVA glue 
  • panel pins 
  • hammer  
What to do:
  1. The very first thing I did was got out my electric sander to roughen up the surface of the cabinet, I had already taken the door off to revamp the mirror.
  2. Once sanded I added a dash of water to my paint and gave the cabinet 2 coats all over. 
  3. When the paint was completely dry I then waxed it all over to help seal the paint and give a distressed look. 
  4. I then brought the cabinet inside and pulled off the backing. 
  5. I had some really nice paper at home that I didn't want to use on the cabinet so I photocopied it across 3 A3 pieces of paper to cover the inside of the cabinet with (this is much easier to do with the backing off)
  6. I figured out where the join would be to match the pattern and placed the sheets of backing on top and drew and cut around them 
  7. After cutting out the paper I covered the backing with PVA glue stuck down the paper then gave them another coating of PVA and left to dry. 
  8. When the PVA was dry I used panel pins and a hammer to attach the backing back to the cabinet. 

Top of the interior pops; hotels with swoon worthy insta accounts 

20 May 2020

So today I thought I would give you a little throw back to the first ever blog I created a few years ago now for Topology Interiors. I thought this is especially important at the momment  seeing as we cant travel we can swoon over these accounts and show them some support too.  the ladies over at Topology are super awesome and you can read more of their content over at: https://www.topologyinteriors.com/topology-blog 

One thing we love to do in life other than designing is travelling, every time each of us visits a new place we find ourselves getting lost in the architecture and interior design of the places around us. Obviously we can’t be travelling all the time (sadly) so when we’re feeling like I need a little escape we head across to some of these AMAZING insta accounts to gain inspiration from their jaw dropping interiors. Here are our top 10 swoon worthy hotel accounts you need to get following.

1. @townhallhotel, London: https://www.instagram.com/townhallhotel/

This has to be the number one, mainly because we were lucky enough to stay here, the hotel is a converted town hall (could you guess?) located in East London. The hotel has an absolutely stunning interior with everything we love from original features to modern twists such full length glass walls, modern touchers and industrial lighting. You may also recognise some of the shots from many films including Snatch and Vogue.

2. @thenedlondon, London: https://www.instagram.com/thenedlondon/

Sticking with the vintage vibe mixed with modern twists our next swoon worthy account is The Ned London a beautiful hotel with absolutely amazing pastel coloured squares. Here you will find a mix of vintage art deco furniture mixed with William Morris prints and modern industrial finishes with the odd cocktail or two thrown in the mix.

3. @berberlodge_, Marrakech https://www.instagram.com/berberlodge_/

Casually skipping over to the other side of the world with this one, not only has this insta got interior squares to die for but is giving me major wanderlust from all of the squares that are just oozing in culture. What we love most about this insta is the mix of natural materials and colours within every shot and what makes me want to follow them even more is they really appreciate what you instagrammers have done for them so please give them a friendly follow.

4. @elfennmarrakech, Marrakech https://www.instagram.com/elfennmarrakech/

Sticking with the same side of the world with this one the moment we found this account we fell in love with it and if we could we would transform our own homes into this rhiad, we have already taken great inspiration from the wall of lanterns, and are definitely going to recreate them in the garden ready for summer. We also love the use of colour in all of the rooms, you’d expect them to be cool and calm yet they are far from it from striking mustards to deep greens the rooms scream colour.

5. @babingtonhouse, Somerset, UK https://www.instagram.com/babingtonhouse/

How absolutely amazing is this hotel, it’s set within a beautiful country manor and the squares from this insta 100% reflect the totally awesome and chic interiors, just look at that 4 poster bed (total envy.) What makes this insta even better is that the hotel is so renowned for it’s interiors that they have their own homeware range find their amazing items here, so you really can re-create the beauty of this instahotel back home. https://www.sohohome.com/?utm_source=SohoHouse&utm_campaign=SHBabingtonBanner 

6. @upstreet_, Athens apartments https://www.instagram.com/upstreet_/

Another super amazing place that again we were fortunate to visit this year is the wonderful upstreet_ a series of super cosy apartments full of original features in Athens. The squares of this insta feature major bedroom and kitchen inspo with a mix of lovely super cool colours and show off how to use Ikea furniture to maximum impact.

7. @sohohousebarcelona, Barcelona https://www.instagram.com/sohohousebarcelona/

As this is owned by the same company that own Babington House you’d expect this account to have stunning interiors, however it really out does itself. We have always wanted to make our homes feel more Mediterranean and when we look through this account our creative minds are going crazy, we love the choice of colours and materials throughout.

8. @thepig_hotel, Somerset UK https://www.instagram.com/thepig_hotel/

What made us fall in love with this account was the floor in the restaurant, how can you not love a mix match Moroccan inspired floor? There is just something very right about the décor of this hotel and we’re loving all of the indoor plants which bring everything to life.

9. @design_hotels https://www.instagram.com/design_hotels/

This account features some of the best hotels around with absolutely stunning interiors, this account is an absolute MUST follow account to ensure you’re seeing the top designs within the hospitality industry. All of the hotels featured within this account have beautiful interiors and striking architecture. P.s we love copper and just look at this sink.

10. @hotelcreative https://www.instagram.com/hotelcreative/

Just WOW! This account features a bunch of designers which have come together creative fabulous designs such as their very unique industrial hotel. The above picture even features a bed made solely from concrete. The artwork really stands out in every shot thanks to the clean backgrounds and neon lights. 

 Cabinet Revamp

1 May 2020

Now today's project was so big that I have decided to write it over 2 separate blogs so you can see exactly what is needed for each of the stages. So this part of the blog is all about revamping the cabinet itself.

You will need:

  • an electric sander 
  • paint brush 
  • paint (I used Annie Sloane Paris Grey)
  • micro fibre cloth
  • clear wax 
  • wallpaper (I had none so photocopied some paper I had)
  • PVA glue 
  • panel pins 
  • hammer  
What to do:
  1. The very first thing I did was got out my electric sander to roughen up the surface of the cabinet, I had already taken the door off to revamp the mirror.
  2. Once sanded I added a dash of water to my paint and gave the cabinet 2 coats all over. 
  3. When the paint was completely dry I then waxed it all over to help seal the paint and give a distressed look. 
  4. I then brought the cabinet inside and pulled off the backing. 
  5. I had some really nice paper at home that I didn't want to use on the cabinet so I photocopied it across 3 A3 pieces of paper to cover the inside of the cabinet with (this is much easier to do with the backing off)
  6. I figured out where the join would be to match the pattern and placed the sheets of backing on top and drew and cut around them 
  7. After cutting out the paper I covered the backing with PVA glue stuck down the paper then gave them another coating of PVA and left to dry. 
  8. When the PVA was dry I used panel pins and a hammer to attach the backing back to the cabinet. 

 Antiqued Mirror 

1 May 2020

The most important part of revamping the bathroom cabinet was antique the mirror, I don't know why but there is something so appealing about a distressed looking mirror rather than a pristine looking one ... call me strange I know!! 

But anyway here goes how to distress a mirror

You will need:

  • paint stripper
  • scraper
  • steel wool 
  • paint brush
  • spray bottle
  • bleach
  • black spray paint 
What to do:
  1. I stared by taking the mirror out of the frame so that I could remove the backing board. 
  2. I then covered the back of the mirror with paint stripper using a brush as directed. 
  3. After waiting 40 minutes I used a scrapper to scrape off the grey backing of the mirror to reveal the mirror itself (go careful to not scrap off the mirror itself, you can hold it uo to the light to check)
  4. After removing the grey baking I added bleach to a spray bottle and sprayed the mirror lightly adding more to the edges and in places that I had damage, I left it a while to see the results.
  5. I added some more bleach where I felt it hadn't distressed enough and also used steel wool to help rub in places that I wanted to be more distressed. 
  6. After leaving the mirror for another half hour I then rinsed off the bleach. 
  7. Finally I sprayed the back of the mirror black before putting it back into the frame.

Lamp Revamp 

23 April 2020

This week I wanted to show you something different. My aunt is a great lover of Portmeirion so when I saw a lamp for her on Facebook (very cheap) I knew I had to buy it, the only problem was it didn't work, the lampshade was stained and it wobbled all over the place. 


My auntie has also been redecorating recently and was creating a blind for her hallway, as she decided this would be the new home for the lamp I asked her if I could have any left over material to create a new lampshade. My OH fixed the wiring for me. 


So heres how to revamp a lamp!!

You will need:

  • an old lamp 
  • scissors
  • fabric or wallpaper of choice
  • double sided tape
  • lampshade sticky back plastic 
  • hot glue gun
  • trim/edging 

What to do:

  1. The very first thing I did was to completely take apart the old lampshade, some pieces of the plastic broke and thats ok you don't need to use them again however do keep one decent one to use as a template. 
  2.  Draw around each panel onto the sticky back plastic then cut out each section. 
  3. Decide what patterns from your fabric that you want on show, I lay down each of my panels first to see that I am happy. 
  4. When you've decided what patterns to use go ahead and stick the plastic to the material.
  5. Carefully cut out your new 2 sided panels. 
  6. Put double sided tape on the frame of your lampshade, one panel at a time. 
  7. Line up the top and bottom of each panel, then press dow the sides. 
  8. Keep going until all panels are stuck down.
  9. To keep things neat I aded a lovely trip to mine. 
  10. With a hot glue gun add a little bit of glue at the start of where you want your trim and keep going till your edges are covered. 
  11.  Re-assemble your shade to your lamp.
  12. Voila!!! You have a new lampshade.

Parker Knoll Chair Paint 

5 April 2020

You can't paint the fabric of a chair!! Oh yes you can!!

I've had this Parker Knoll chair hanging around in the bedroom for ages now, it was another one of my bargains I picked it up along with a taller chair for £10 what a bargain, however it looked like it came from an old peoples home and I wasn't impressed the wood was orange and the fabric was blueghhhh. 

Now I'm no upholsterer and I wasn't about to ruin these chairs but I really wanted to give them a revamp and here's how you can do it too.

You will need:

  • sander 
  • danish/teak oil
  • old pot
  • paint (I used Neptune old rose)
  • fabric softener 
  • a dash of water
  • paint brush 
How to do it:
  1. So I started with taking apart the bits of the chair that I could so they were out of the way (the seat cushion)
  2. Then I sanded the frame of the chair first using a rough grit paper then moving down to a fine grit paper to go over to make sure the wood was smooth.
  3. After sanding completely I rubbed the wood with teak oil to seal the wood, this also holds back any shine and doesn't taint the wood. 
  4. Time to mix.... in an old pot I mixed 1/3 of my tester pot of paint with 2 capfuls of fabric softener and a dash of water the paint remained the same kind of constancy. (I made 2 mixes in total)
  5. Once you have mixed your paint together it's time to paint the fabric you need to be quite rough so that the paint gets right into the fabric I used a mix of circular motions and scrubbed it in from left to right till I was happy with the coverage. 
  6. Let it dry and you're done, you could add wax to seal the deal. 
Let me know if you try it or have any questions!



Who are you? Eleanor

7 September 2019

Who are you we hear you ask? Well I'm the other half of the DIY duo. My name is Eleanor. I run my own floral design wedding business and also do a bit of floristry teaching on the side.

This is me teaching a lovely group of ladies the art of foam free table centerpieces. I've always had a passion for interior design but didn't fully realise it until I bought my first house. As a child I had this beautiful dolls house where I would spend hours meticulously styling and placing the furniture in each room. Once I was done I would start all over again. As a teenager I would sketch room plans whenever my mum decided to decorate. I was a bit shocked the one time she actually designed her living room based on my drawing and colour choices! Growing up I never knew interior design could be a career and it wasn't until I was commited to my teaching course that I realised I had probably made a mistake with my initial career choices along the way! But you live and learn!! I'm currently renovating my second home, like me my style has developed along the way and I would describe my current interior style as "eclectic minimalism." I love modernising old homes, sourcing vintage finds and placing them alongside high street buys and artisan pieces from local makers. I fully believe storage is key to room design and unutilised spaces in rooms make me very sad. I love being resourceful and creative and I'm definitely one to give all those Pinterest hacks a go to achieve a high end look on a low budget. So if like Tara and I you are a bit of a creative gangster, keep watching and hopefully we will have some fab ideas for you.

Who are you? Tara

7 September 2019

Who are you? I hear you ask. Well I'm Tara just one half of the DIYDuo and thats me giving a talk on colour psychology at our last workshop. Both Eleanor and I have a passion for both interior design, all things creative and DIY so we decided to start this blog to share some of our creations with you.

My passion for design started from a young age, I can remember I would always come up with elaborate designs for my bedroom and used to spend hours drawing floor plans so my parents would know exactly what I wanted and where (sometimes they actually let me do it.)

As soon as I bought my first how it was my baby literally. The only issue was I then had very little money but was determined to make my house the exact way I wanted it so I had to be resourceful. This meant everything I did I had to do myself and design myself, head to @intaradesign on insta to check it out.

I also really love the idea of repurposing old items, not only that but changing them into something completely new, for example my bathroom sink isn’t just any sink, it’s a copper jam saucepan. I also have a ladder as a set of shelves in my dinning room.

So if you’re a bit like me, love design, are on a high budget and what to learn a bit of DIY then please keep reading our blogs to stay up to date with our ventures. You can also find us on instagram @diyduo101

Thanks for reading xoxo

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Eleanor & Tara, Blonde, ambition and a passion for interiors and all things DIY. Talking you through our style step by step via our blog!

Top of the interior pops; hotels with swoon worthy insta accounts 

20 May 2020

So today I thought I would give you a little throw back to the first ever blog I created a few years ago now for Topology Interiors. I thought this is especially important at the momment  seeing as we cant travel we can swoon over these accounts and show them some support too.  the ladies over at Topology are super awesome and you can read more of their content over at: https://www.topologyinteriors.com/topology-blog 

One thing we love to do in life other than designing is travelling, every time each of us visits a new place we find ourselves getting lost in the architecture and interior design of the places around us. Obviously we can’t be travelling all the time (sadly) so when we’re feeling like I need a little escape we head across to some of these AMAZING insta accounts to gain inspiration from their jaw dropping interiors. Here are our top 10 swoon worthy hotel accounts you need to get following.

1. @townhallhotel, London: https://www.instagram.com/townhallhotel/

This has to be the number one, mainly because we were lucky enough to stay here, the hotel is a converted town hall (could you guess?) located in East London. The hotel has an absolutely stunning interior with everything we love from original features to modern twists such full length glass walls, modern touchers and industrial lighting. You may also recognise some of the shots from many films including Snatch and Vogue.

2. @thenedlondon, London: https://www.instagram.com/thenedlondon/

Sticking with the vintage vibe mixed with modern twists our next swoon worthy account is The Ned London a beautiful hotel with absolutely amazing pastel coloured squares. Here you will find a mix of vintage art deco furniture mixed with William Morris prints and modern industrial finishes with the odd cocktail or two thrown in the mix.

3. @berberlodge_, Marrakech https://www.instagram.com/berberlodge_/

Casually skipping over to the other side of the world with this one, not only has this insta got interior squares to die for but is giving me major wanderlust from all of the squares that are just oozing in culture. What we love most about this insta is the mix of natural materials and colours within every shot and what makes me want to follow them even more is they really appreciate what you instagrammers have done for them so please give them a friendly follow.

4. @elfennmarrakech, Marrakech https://www.instagram.com/elfennmarrakech/

Sticking with the same side of the world with this one the moment we found this account we fell in love with it and if we could we would transform our own homes into this rhiad, we have already taken great inspiration from the wall of lanterns, and are definitely going to recreate them in the garden ready for summer. We also love the use of colour in all of the rooms, you’d expect them to be cool and calm yet they are far from it from striking mustards to deep greens the rooms scream colour.

5. @babingtonhouse, Somerset, UK https://www.instagram.com/babingtonhouse/

How absolutely amazing is this hotel, it’s set within a beautiful country manor and the squares from this insta 100% reflect the totally awesome and chic interiors, just look at that 4 poster bed (total envy.) What makes this insta even better is that the hotel is so renowned for it’s interiors that they have their own homeware range find their amazing items here, so you really can re-create the beauty of this instahotel back home. https://www.sohohome.com/?utm_source=SohoHouse&utm_campaign=SHBabingtonBanner 

6. @upstreet_, Athens apartments https://www.instagram.com/upstreet_/

Another super amazing place that again we were fortunate to visit this year is the wonderful upstreet_ a series of super cosy apartments full of original features in Athens. The squares of this insta feature major bedroom and kitchen inspo with a mix of lovely super cool colours and show off how to use Ikea furniture to maximum impact.

7. @sohohousebarcelona, Barcelona https://www.instagram.com/sohohousebarcelona/

As this is owned by the same company that own Babington House you’d expect this account to have stunning interiors, however it really out does itself. We have always wanted to make our homes feel more Mediterranean and when we look through this account our creative minds are going crazy, we love the choice of colours and materials throughout.

8. @thepig_hotel, Somerset UK https://www.instagram.com/thepig_hotel/

What made us fall in love with this account was the floor in the restaurant, how can you not love a mix match Moroccan inspired floor? There is just something very right about the décor of this hotel and we’re loving all of the indoor plants which bring everything to life.

9. @design_hotels https://www.instagram.com/design_hotels/

This account features some of the best hotels around with absolutely stunning interiors, this account is an absolute MUST follow account to ensure you’re seeing the top designs within the hospitality industry. All of the hotels featured within this account have beautiful interiors and striking architecture. P.s we love copper and just look at this sink.

10. @hotelcreative https://www.instagram.com/hotelcreative/

Just WOW! This account features a bunch of designers which have come together creative fabulous designs such as their very unique industrial hotel. The above picture even features a bed made solely from concrete. The artwork really stands out in every shot thanks to the clean backgrounds and neon lights. 

 Cabinet Revamp

1 May 2020

Now today's project was so big that I have decided to write it over 2 separate blogs so you can see exactly what is needed for each of the stages. So this part of the blog is all about revamping the cabinet itself.

You will need:

  • an electric sander 
  • paint brush 
  • paint (I used Annie Sloane Paris Grey)
  • micro fibre cloth
  • clear wax 
  • wallpaper (I had none so photocopied some paper I had)
  • PVA glue 
  • panel pins 
  • hammer  
What to do:
  1. The very first thing I did was got out my electric sander to roughen up the surface of the cabinet, I had already taken the door off to revamp the mirror.
  2. Once sanded I added a dash of water to my paint and gave the cabinet 2 coats all over. 
  3. When the paint was completely dry I then waxed it all over to help seal the paint and give a distressed look. 
  4. I then brought the cabinet inside and pulled off the backing. 
  5. I had some really nice paper at home that I didn't want to use on the cabinet so I photocopied it across 3 A3 pieces of paper to cover the inside of the cabinet with (this is much easier to do with the backing off)
  6. I figured out where the join would be to match the pattern and placed the sheets of backing on top and drew and cut around them 
  7. After cutting out the paper I covered the backing with PVA glue stuck down the paper then gave them another coating of PVA and left to dry. 
  8. When the PVA was dry I used panel pins and a hammer to attach the backing back to the cabinet. 

 Antiqued Mirror 

1 May 2020

The most important part of revamping the bathroom cabinet was antique the mirror, I don't know why but there is something so appealing about a distressed looking mirror rather than a pristine looking one ... call me strange I know!! 

But anyway here goes how to distress a mirror

You will need:

  • paint stripper
  • scraper
  • steel wool 
  • paint brush
  • spray bottle
  • bleach
  • black spray paint 
What to do:
  1. I stared by taking the mirror out of the frame so that I could remove the backing board. 
  2. I then covered the back of the mirror with paint stripper using a brush as directed. 
  3. After waiting 40 minutes I used a scrapper to scrape off the grey backing of the mirror to reveal the mirror itself (go careful to not scrap off the mirror itself, you can hold it uo to the light to check)
  4. After removing the grey baking I added bleach to a spray bottle and sprayed the mirror lightly adding more to the edges and in places that I had damage, I left it a while to see the results.
  5. I added some more bleach where I felt it hadn't distressed enough and also used steel wool to help rub in places that I wanted to be more distressed. 
  6. After leaving the mirror for another half hour I then rinsed off the bleach. 
  7. Finally I sprayed the back of the mirror black before putting it back into the frame.

Lamp Revamp 

23 April 2020

This week I wanted to show you something different. My aunt is a great lover of Portmeirion so when I saw a lamp for her on Facebook (very cheap) I knew I had to buy it, the only problem was it didn't work, the lampshade was stained and it wobbled all over the place. 


My auntie has also been redecorating recently and was creating a blind for her hallway, as she decided this would be the new home for the lamp I asked her if I could have any left over material to create a new lampshade. My OH fixed the wiring for me. 


So heres how to revamp a lamp!!

You will need:

  • an old lamp 
  • scissors
  • fabric or wallpaper of choice
  • double sided tape
  • lampshade sticky back plastic 
  • hot glue gun
  • trim/edging 

What to do:

  1. The very first thing I did was to completely take apart the old lampshade, some pieces of the plastic broke and thats ok you don't need to use them again however do keep one decent one to use as a template. 
  2.  Draw around each panel onto the sticky back plastic then cut out each section. 
  3. Decide what patterns from your fabric that you want on show, I lay down each of my panels first to see that I am happy. 
  4. When you've decided what patterns to use go ahead and stick the plastic to the material.
  5. Carefully cut out your new 2 sided panels. 
  6. Put double sided tape on the frame of your lampshade, one panel at a time. 
  7. Line up the top and bottom of each panel, then press dow the sides. 
  8. Keep going until all panels are stuck down.
  9. To keep things neat I aded a lovely trip to mine. 
  10. With a hot glue gun add a little bit of glue at the start of where you want your trim and keep going till your edges are covered. 
  11.  Re-assemble your shade to your lamp.
  12. Voila!!! You have a new lampshade.

Parker Knoll Chair Paint 

5 April 2020

You can't paint the fabric of a chair!! Oh yes you can!!

I've had this Parker Knoll chair hanging around in the bedroom for ages now, it was another one of my bargains I picked it up along with a taller chair for £10 what a bargain, however it looked like it came from an old peoples home and I wasn't impressed the wood was orange and the fabric was blueghhhh. 

Now I'm no upholsterer and I wasn't about to ruin these chairs but I really wanted to give them a revamp and here's how you can do it too.

You will need:

  • sander 
  • danish/teak oil
  • old pot
  • paint (I used Neptune old rose)
  • fabric softener 
  • a dash of water
  • paint brush 
How to do it:
  1. So I started with taking apart the bits of the chair that I could so they were out of the way (the seat cushion)
  2. Then I sanded the frame of the chair first using a rough grit paper then moving down to a fine grit paper to go over to make sure the wood was smooth.
  3. After sanding completely I rubbed the wood with teak oil to seal the wood, this also holds back any shine and doesn't taint the wood. 
  4. Time to mix.... in an old pot I mixed 1/3 of my tester pot of paint with 2 capfuls of fabric softener and a dash of water the paint remained the same kind of constancy. (I made 2 mixes in total)
  5. Once you have mixed your paint together it's time to paint the fabric you need to be quite rough so that the paint gets right into the fabric I used a mix of circular motions and scrubbed it in from left to right till I was happy with the coverage. 
  6. Let it dry and you're done, you could add wax to seal the deal. 
Let me know if you try it or have any questions!



Who are you? Eleanor

7 September 2019

Who are you we hear you ask? Well I'm the other half of the DIY duo. My name is Eleanor. I run my own floral design wedding business and also do a bit of floristry teaching on the side.

This is me teaching a lovely group of ladies the art of foam free table centerpieces. I've always had a passion for interior design but didn't fully realise it until I bought my first house. As a child I had this beautiful dolls house where I would spend hours meticulously styling and placing the furniture in each room. Once I was done I would start all over again. As a teenager I would sketch room plans whenever my mum decided to decorate. I was a bit shocked the one time she actually designed her living room based on my drawing and colour choices! Growing up I never knew interior design could be a career and it wasn't until I was commited to my teaching course that I realised I had probably made a mistake with my initial career choices along the way! But you live and learn!! I'm currently renovating my second home, like me my style has developed along the way and I would describe my current interior style as "eclectic minimalism." I love modernising old homes, sourcing vintage finds and placing them alongside high street buys and artisan pieces from local makers. I fully believe storage is key to room design and unutilised spaces in rooms make me very sad. I love being resourceful and creative and I'm definitely one to give all those Pinterest hacks a go to achieve a high end look on a low budget. So if like Tara and I you are a bit of a creative gangster, keep watching and hopefully we will have some fab ideas for you.

Who are you? Tara

7 September 2019

Who are you? I hear you ask. Well I'm Tara just one half of the DIYDuo and thats me giving a talk on colour psychology at our last workshop. Both Eleanor and I have a passion for both interior design, all things creative and DIY so we decided to start this blog to share some of our creations with you.

My passion for design started from a young age, I can remember I would always come up with elaborate designs for my bedroom and used to spend hours drawing floor plans so my parents would know exactly what I wanted and where (sometimes they actually let me do it.)

As soon as I bought my first how it was my baby literally. The only issue was I then had very little money but was determined to make my house the exact way I wanted it so I had to be resourceful. This meant everything I did I had to do myself and design myself, head to @intaradesign on insta to check it out.

I also really love the idea of repurposing old items, not only that but changing them into something completely new, for example my bathroom sink isn’t just any sink, it’s a copper jam saucepan. I also have a ladder as a set of shelves in my dinning room.

So if you’re a bit like me, love design, are on a high budget and what to learn a bit of DIY then please keep reading our blogs to stay up to date with our ventures. You can also find us on instagram @diyduo101

Thanks for reading xoxo

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