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Five of Our Favourite Quirky Interior Bloggers

There are so many interior design blogs around that it can be quite overwhelming when it comes to looking for inspiration. At Creatively different, we have a soft spot for colour, pattern and eccentricity in design (2 minutes on the website and that’s plain to see!).

We’ve picked out some of our favourite bloggers and interior designers who have a quirky sense of style and a keen eye for colour and pattern. These interior experts are not shy about mixing things up so if eclectic design and bold accessories are your thing, you’ll love these blogs!

 

  1. My Friend’s House

A very interesting blog by journalists Ros and Jill; with over 12 years of experience in the interiors and design industry, these two are true pros. If we’re not convincing enough, their blog and resume including writing and editing credits for The Guardian, The Independent, Elle Online, Grand Designs, Cath Kidston and more, should be!

Browse their blog for the latest trends, artists, design influences and thoughts on social and cultural topics. One of our favourites is Get the Look: Neneh Cherry. That wall mural! Fantastic!

 

 

We were lucky enough to get a comment from Jill and Ros, here’s what they had to say about their blog and work:

We started the blog in 2009 as a place to write about interior design in a more spontaneous and humorous way. We’re inspired by all sorts of things – art, culture, unusual interiors we stumble upon, colour combinations seen on our travels. Advice for people embarking on a project is to not rush it for the sake of getting in done – it’s good to live with your home for a bit and with your ideas, to work out if they are just a passing fancy or more meaningfully, something that will work in the long term. That said, there is a lot to be said for a bit of bravery and going for it – especially when it comes to painting, which you can easily change again.

my friends house

 

2. Heart Handmade

The lovely Claire, owner of Heart Handmade, started the blogging after becoming inspired during an illness. Her love of creating and making lead her to sharing her amazing projects online and her blog grew to be incredibly popular!

It’s Claire’s love of beautiful colours, florals and patterned crafts and accessories that drew us to her. She loves to DIY and is influenced by soft, pretty, vintage styles that are still beautifully quirky and colourful.

Her work has been featured in various magazines and you can check out her blog for simple yet eye catching DIY projects and her favourite home designs. We love this post on an outdoor entertaining area; perfect for those summer nights!

 

heart handmade

 

3. Amber Interiors

Amber Lewis is the driving force behind Amber Interior Design. Based in LA, her style has all of the sophistication you would expect, with beautiful and quirky accessories that manage to bring together and complete her designs.

Having an “inherent knack for mixing bold patterns and combining colours” we were instantly in love with Amber’s blog. Having been featured on the likes of Elle Décor and HGTV Magazine, she is recognised for her unique style and beautiful interiors.

We LOVE this before and after of an entire home. Cushions, cushions sooo many beautiful cushions. And those antlers? Stunning! You can find out more about the antlers here but don’t forget to check out the whole before and after post.

 

Amber interiors

 

4. Bloesem

Okay, I think we need to get some beautiful, colourful, patterned cushions over here at CD headquarters because that’s exactly what catches my eye on every blog I visit!

Bloesem is the blog of Irene Hoofs from Amsterdam. She now lives in Singapore with her family uses the blog to share her design ideas on interiors, handmade and vintage loves and lifestyle. As a graphic designer she has a keen eye for aesthetics and we are LOVING her eye for colour.

Browsing through her inspirations and ideas you’ll notice lots of pastels and soft colours which all work so well together and her love of vintage brings in some quirky accessories and interesting patterns. We particularly liked this post on Pajaki chandelier making, how great are they?!

 

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5. Bright Bazaar

Do we need to explain why we like this blog? Really? With a tagline of “Quintessentially Colourful” it’s pretty easy to understand! Bright Bazaar comes straight from the mind and hard work of Will Taylor, a UK journalist with a passion for colour!

Hooked on interiors since the age of 12, Will documents his amazing finds, incredible style and latest inspirations. You can find all sorts on his blog from home accessories and interiors to lifestyle and entertaining.

Take a look at Will’s old apartment and its incredible design and you’ll see why we love it. A mixture of fun prints and patterns all brought together so seamlessly by an incredible colour scheme.

 

bright bazaar

 

What are you favourite quirky interior designers/bloggers? If we’ve missed out your favourite let us know!

 

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Win £300 to spend on either a Land of Lost Content or Hemingway Design window blind!

Here at Creatively Different we are big fans of Wayne Hemingway’s collection of 20th & 21st century British popular culture and his Hemingway Design images. We are offering ONE lucky winner a £300 voucher to spend on their choice of blind featuring one of Wayne’s collection of images.

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To enter, just LIKE (if you haven’t already) our Facebook page, Creatively Different Designer Blinds, and COMMENT on this post to let us know which of Wayne’s images you would choose as a window blind if you win. You can see the full selections here:

http://www.creativelydifferentblinds.com/ArtandCultureHemingwayDesign/

http://www.creativelydifferentblinds.com/ArtandCultureLandoftheLostContent/

The winner will be chosen at random on Saturday 12th July. Good luck!

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T&Cs:

  1. This is a free prize draw, with no purchase necessary.
  2. The competition is open worldwide, however courier costs may be incurred if the winner is outside the UK.
  3. The competition will end at 12pm on the 10th July 2014.
  4. The winner will be notified within 7 days of the closing date.
  5. One entry per person. Multiple entries will be disqualified.
  6. The winner will be chosen at random.
  7. There is one prize of a £300 Creatively Different voucher, redeemable against any blind featuring either a Hemingway Design or Land of Lost Content image.
  8. No cash alternative.
  9. The winner will be contacted directly by Creatively Different regarding the choice of image you wish to have on your blind and for size/specification details.
  10. In the event of the value of the blind chosen exceeding the £300.00 prize value, the winner will be responsible for the additional cost.
  11. Anyone affiliated with the competition, employed by, or related to an employee of Creatively Different or Hemingway Design is not eligible to enter.
  12. No correspondence will be entered into regarding the competition.
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A History of Interior Design

Interior design has a rich history which has developed over the years and will continue to grow for years to come. The style choices we make in our home now often include elements of the architecture, patterns, textures, and shapes of the past. Many homeowners even choose to focus on specific periods such as Rococo, Victorian or Art Nouveau when finding décor inspiration.

For each period it is possible to pick out specific features such as the colour choices made, level of detail and even materials used. There are also often stand- out pieces such as furniture or moulding that are typical of that era, for example the stained leaded lamps of the Art Nouveau period or the overstuffed chairs of Victorian style.

Of course, these periods of style are also identified by the people that led them. Artists, architects, potters and many more all influenced the way these design eras were shaped. Many periods also had a distinct set of artistic leaders at the forefront, for example interior decorator, architect and goldsmith Juste-Aurele Meissionier of the Rococo period. Many of these names are still well known, and their styles still incredibly influential today. William Morris with his wallpaper patterns or Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s romantic style are two good examples.

Take a look at the infographic below to explore the history of interior design, along with the features and people who made each period great.

A History of Interior Design

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A History of Interior Design: From 1880 to Present Day

A History of Interior Design: From 1880 to Present Day – An infographic by the team at www.creativelydifferentblinds.com

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Think Creative and Win – Over £1000 in Prize Money to Be Won in the Creatively Different Interior Design Awards

We have some really exciting news from the Creatively Different headquarters: we’ve collaborated with the National Design Academy to launch “Think Creative. Think Creatively Different Interior Design Awards”; a competition open to all aspiring interior designers (students, the newly qualified, and keen amateurs all welcome) who have a creative eye and a love of designs that are that little bit different!

We’re asking budding designers to create a domestic or commercial room set that incorporates any blind from our product range. Entrants choosing to design a domestic room set are asked to design for the kitchen or living room, while the commercial room set should incorporate one of our blinds into either an office reception or a meeting room.

There’s a fantastic prize of £500 available to one designer of the domestic room set, and another prize of the same value will be awarded to the designer of the best commercial room set.

We also have a further prize available to the creator of a new blind design!

We’re always looking for new images and designs to add to our extensive range so we’re asking designers to create an image (or images) of their own.

The design (s) submitted must be capable of being flexible enough to suit all sizes, shapes and styles of windows blinds, and be interpreted in different colour schemes.

The best design will be offered for sale on our site and the winning creator will receive royalties each time a blind with their design is purchased, for the next 3 years!

Want to get involved?

In order to qualify for entering this competition, entrants must have emailed pr@nda.ac.uk with their name before 30th May 2014 to be recorded as an entrant. Applications should be titled ‘Think Creative. Think Creatively Different Design Awards’.

All entries to be submitted to pr@nda.ac.uk by 12pm on 15th September 2014. All entries will be judged by the National Design Academy’s Director of Studies; Anthony Rayworth, Alistair Archer, Managing Director of Creatively Different Blinds and Senior Design Tutor Vicky Arbuthnot. Each submission will be judged on the overall design of the room set as well as the logic behind the design.  Results will be announced on 1st October 2014 and winners invited to a presentation event in Nottingham.

Click here for the competition terms and conditions


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Lights, Camera, Action…Stylish Slapstick on a Printed Blind

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Win a £250 Voucher to Spend On Your Choice of Natasha Bacca Blinds!

Here at Creatively Different we are big fans of Natasha Bacca and her stunning contemporary photography – if you haven’t seen her work before, be sure to check out her website as well as all of her images we have available for printing on our blinds.

To celebrate her fantastic work we are offering one lucky winner a £250 voucher to spend on their choice of blind featuring one of Natasha’s fantastic photos!

To enter all you need to do is head over to Facebook and ‘like’ both Creatively Different Blinds, and Natasha’s Facebook pages, then leave a comment on this post to let us know which of Natasha’s images you would choose as a window blind if you won!

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Terms and conditions:

  1. This is a free prize draw: there is no purchase necessary
  2. The competition is open worldwide, however courier costs may be incurred if the winner is outside the UK
  3. The competition will end at 12pm on the 2nd April 2014
  4. The winner will be notified within 7 days of the closing date
  5. One entry per person. Multiple entries will be disqualified
  6. The winner will be chosen at random
  7. There is one prize of a £250 Creatively Different voucher, redeemable against any blind featuring a Natasha Bacca photo
  8. There are no cash alternatives
  9. The winner will be contacted directly by Creatively Different regarding the choice of Natasha Bacca image they wish to have on their blinds and for size/specification details
  10. In the event of the value of the blind chosen exceeding the £250.00 prize value, the prize winner will be responsible for the additional cost
  11. Anyone affiliated with the competition, employed by, or related to an employee of Creatively Different or Natasha Bacca is not eligible to enter
  12. No correspondence will be entered into regarding the competition
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Who Says Home Decor Has to Be Serious?

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