So while Sophie has a well earned holiday in Morocco she has left this post in my capable hands (I hope) I’m Luisa, Sophie’s Interiors Editor. First off, a huge thank you to DFS for their continued support and sponsorship of the Great Indoors, we are all very excited that it’s back for the third series. There is an action-packed series coming up, only this time the dynamic duo have had a little refresh and invited some special guests to give their interior insights, including beauty expert and TV personality Trinny Woodall and rock ’n’ roll designer Pearl Lowe.
Sophie and her co-host Kate Watson-Smyth cover some hot topics throughout the series – maximalism vs minimalism, does your childhood home shape your adult tastes and trend reports from Clerkenwell Design Week. You can listen to the podcast on any platform, and you can find the links to all of those here, and remember please do rate and review as it really does help to reach all those essential listeners.
So, let’s kick off with today’s episode! First up, giving your home a summer re-fresh, real vs faux flowers and plants, a big discussion surrounding art in the home and of course the odd design crime!
This time of year it’s all about creating a lighter, brighter and more optimistic feel at home and adorning the house with plants and flowers can do that perfectly. Now is the time to load up with fresh flowers as Spring offers an abundance of affordable blooms.
According to colour psychology, green is the colour of wellbeing, so introducing some greenery can instantly uplift a scheme and create a connection with nature and that can quite simply be a pot plant! Find out more about colour psychology and the seasons here.
Continuing with the greenery theme, there has undoubtedly been a trend in interiors of late for botanical and floral prints which shows no sign of waning. Equally, the living wall has become increasingly popular both outdoors and indoors but can be quite high maintenance. A great alternative is a herb garden, whether a simple collection on a tray or hanging on the kitchen wall, you get creative with your herbs to create an impactful display. Kate loved what Sommer Payne of HouseCurious has done in her kitchen – cleverly had a trough cut out of the kitchen worktop so the herb pots are sunken and hidden – genius!
This subject is a bit of a minefield and there really is no real wrong or right answer. However, both Sophie and Kate agreed that a common mistake is to hang artwork too high without considering what else is in the room. Kate mentioned the theory of getting the middle of the picture at eye level which Sophie quickly dismissed as it’s just not practical when designing a room. There are many factors to take into consideration: if hanging above a sofa, it should be lower, if above a bed it depends on the height of the headboard, how high the ceiling is, don’t have too much distance between your art and your furniture, the list goes on….
This episode’s victim is the over-the-top cooker hood. Sophie’s argument was that they are too large and expensive and should not be the focus of your kitchen design. Who can argue with that?
While designing her mum’s open-plan annexe Sophie wanted the space to flow and feel light and airy and not obstructed by a big hefty lump of stainless steel. So she went with a standard extractor fan- as you would find in a bathroom, that fits into the wall and draws the air out of the room.
If you are able to put the fan next to hob then you need one that does 15L a minute. If you can’t place it near the hob then a 30L per minute will do the job.
Image at the top: Sophie’s dog Lucy being part of the Podcast recording!
Post written and compiled by Luisa Ferdenzi.