Interiors: Heart-centred design

#whatkatydidUK, Amy Kirkwood, beach house designLeigh-on-Sea’s Amy Kirkwood is one half of Beech House Property Renovation (www.beechhousedesign.co.uk.) She reveals why it’s important to get to know your home, how to speedily update your living space and reveals what inspires her…

Q How did you get into interior design and property renovation?
A I am first and foremost an artist and designer, with a passion for colour and pattern. But, I have always carried a flame for beautiful interiors, and more so after travelling extensively and owning my own properties that I have renovated as well. It seemed only natural, when the time was right, to revisit my love for interior design and fuse it, now, with my studio practice and our family property renovation business. I also make bespoke lampshades and create abstract paintings for interiors.

Q What’s the biggest project you’ve ever taken on?
A I have project managed a new build home, with Dave building it, where I worked with the client to design and style the interior. We are currently planning, designing and project managing the total overhaul of a Thirties’ bungalow on the coast of Essex into a two-storey beach house. Continue reading

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Today I’m loving… clocks to spring forward with

It’s Easter Sunday AND Daylight Saving Time starts today too…

Butterfly Clock Red, Red Candy

Butterfly Clock Red, £135, Red Candy

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Today I’m loving… a bit of Orla Kiely

Blimey, Orla Kiely – that Irish contemporary designer known for her unique retro prints and designs – is a busy bird isn’t she?

Her instantly recognisable designs seem to get everywhere!

Her latest release is for specialist online retailer Binopolis – who have added two new stylish bins designed by Orla Kiely to its collection of high quality, functional and look-good freestanding bins.

Retro 30L bin by Orla Kiely, £135, Binopolis

Retro 30L bin by Orla Kiely, £125, Binopolis

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