How To Decorate Your Home For Autumn? Devon Interior Designer

Simple, Effective Ideas 

It gets to that time of year where the seasons have changed and you feel like changing/updating your home decor.  Gone are the days of having a glass of wine outside and the summery accents.  It is time to think about giving your interior a lift!

Helping to lift your mood too!  Nothing beats after a long day lying on your sofa with a comfortable throw and soft cushion.

Looking at the uplifting accents around the room that make you feel warm inside!

Christmas arrives we get decorating and start organising all of the decorations we have been collecting over the years!  Like a whole project in itself!  Lights and decorations come out and it is serious stuff!  Carefully placing your eye-catching pieces around the home and the tree, well, that is whole other level!  Little own, the table and the table settings that transform your table!

The same can be achieved when the weather turns autumnal!  You can buy accessories you can bring out at this time of year and start playing about with the scheme in your home. From rugs, sofas, curtains, bedding, and accessories!  You can add as much or as little as you would like!

If you see something that catches your eye during the year start a collection!  A blanket box with some cushions on top is a great storage area for items like these!  It doesn’t have to be “Oh no, seriously?  We have to get them out of the loft!”


On trend:

Emerald green with blush pinks looks gorgeous at this time of year for a lift.

Emerald & Blush Pinks 

Earthy & Uplifting Tones 

Fern, olive, eggshell, burnt orange, rustic red, and midnight blue for a deep moody feel.  You can look at different colours to see what accents would be good to use.  If you don’t feel sure what to go for try patterns and textures in a similar tone.  Try using a tone deeper, richer than the existing colour scheme in place.  These will still stand out!


Easy Ways To Introduce These Colours 

Think pattern, texture, and form.  Use layers of colour using rugs, cushions, and throws. Luxury, soft throws that can be draped over the sofa or armchair ready to cosy up with when it starts to feel colder outside!  They add character to your sofa or chair too or can be used in a block colour as an accent.

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Harris Tweed Cushion


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Jasmine Silk Throw – In Nude

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Luxury Reversible Pure Throw

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Herringbone Cashmere Throw

Rugs & Accessories

You can add a small rug or go large if you have the space to store and switch them over.  Use a plain deep blue, teal or a modern pattern rug for a more contemporary feel but uplifting in these cooler months.

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Graduated Teal Rug


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Monochrome Scheme

Layer a soft white scheme using darker shades of grey continuing with dark slate for a look that stands out.  Try using cushions and rugs with prints to add visual interest.  Quirky displays of artwork and greenery for example eucalyptus in a vase looks really effective.


Think, ceramic vases, copper, and two-tone will add a tactile and visually interesting feel to your home.  This is a really inexpensive way of giving your interior a splash of colour or adding shine to a dull day!  You can be as subtle as you feel or as bold or go home!  Mix and match will give your scheme a great feel!

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Two Tone Vase

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Geo Vases

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Copper Vase

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Kiata Vase – Orange & Grey

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Textured Ceramic Blue Cobble Vase

Have fun and enjoy adding different cushions, throws, rugs, vases, candles, pieces of art, and playing about with them where you feel they look right!  Remember if it feels right and you are happy then you are on the right track!  Enjoy your home and the new season!

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How To Make My Room Feel Bigger?

How to make my room feel larger?

This is a common question I get from my clients’.  I often see on selling sites “Bargain Coffee Table & Dresser” – Brand new and asking usually about 80% of original price because the furniture is too big for the room!  Problem is that it is still classed as second hand!

This is where you always need to measure!  I have fallen short of this before too!  Many years ago whilst doing up my own home!  – A piece of furniture online can look so much smaller until you click on the specs and see that that cute armchair is actually huge!!!  When I measure up for clients’, I will use objects on the floor from cups to coasters to show how big a piece of furniture will be?  It can often surprise you either way. This is why it is so important to do such a simple thing.  Even worse is when you’re out and the showroom is huge and the furniture looks small in proportion!  This is when you need pen and paper and make sure you have those measurements down for when you return home!

Buying large items to make your room look big is the worst thing you could do! Let alone the cost of having to sell after at second hand price!  

Making your room look larger?

Scale back and first and foremost, I always go on about this but De clutter!  Get rid of everything that has no sentimental value or purpose.  Strip the room back to bare if possible.  Even if you do one room at a time by removing the furniture into another room whilst you do your prep work.  Sign up for my free monthly newsletter on tips on how to decorate the right way and in the right order! Saving you time and money whilst getting your room to look like you have had the Decorater’s in! – Simply visit: – Fill in the quick form and you will receive decorating tips, style tips, advice on designing different rooms, binge or good buy!  Monthly freebies that you will make you love your home forever more! 

Is your room a very light room?  Or is it dark and has little light throughout the day?  Often we tend to think if we paint rooms very light/white the light will bounce off the walls and your room will look larger!  Not necessarily the case!  Colours that are rich and warm will work well in making a room look larger!

Rich colours can actually make your room look larger, warm, creamy yellow can bounce back light.  Rich deep colours can make a smaller room into a room that really says “I’m here!”  In some cases painting the ceiling the same colour can work really well as can painting the ceiling a deeper colour to the walls. 

Using paint to dress your ceilings

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Deep blues, burgendies, yellows, rich greys, oranges, salmon pink greens etc.  Don’t be put off by greens by thinking ‘Bright bold green’. Think warm greens, sage, duck egg blue that can sometimes be more blue or green. 

When going for neutral colours that are warm and rich think; Calico, beiges, titanium grey, french grey, almond, rice, victorian white, cotton white.

Warm and rich colours 

Warm, inviting neautral tones

 Keeping the furniture & soft furnishings a similar colour to the walls! 

Keeping some of the furniture the same colour or curtains can help a room feel larger believe it or not!  The radiator cover in the picture below is a perfect example of this!  You could do the same for lamp shades etc!  Accessories the list is endless but will have the desired outcome!  Another idea is to use nests of tables so they can be brought out if necessary but put back together under one table!  Great for small rooms!


When you can’t make room on the floor – Go up!  Think floating shelves – Built in shelves!

Make your way upwards in your room if it is very small and use shelves, corner shelves, built in shelving!  You can build upwards!  Making the use of the space you have utilising your walls!  Remember that if you are using your shelves for decorative accessories then go for ones in similar colours to the walls!  This will create an optical illusion. 



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How To Get Your Home Ready For Christmas? Christmas Decorations?

Panic!  Where has the year gone again?

How are we going to fit the in-laws in comfortably or your brother or Great Aunty Jean who checks every area for dust?  Don’t worry, there are plenty of ideas and top tips to help you cope with this Xmas phobia!  The feeling of dread looming at the lack of time left and the preparations ahead! 

Firstly and it’s the obvious one!  De-clutter!  Go through all of the rooms, children’s rooms if you have them and go through the drawers and remove clothing that doesn’t fit anymore or pyjama’s that look like ankle bashers!  Be brutal and have a good clear out! Get rid of the lotions etc that you still haven’t used from Great Aunt Jean’s visit last year! 

Simple changes to a room where guests will be sleeping?  Simply paint, update furniture that isn’t overly expensive.  A new rug can change a room significantly and update bedside lamps too!  New pendant light? 

By doing this you have made a quick update or simply in the picture on the right you have decluttered and added white chairs instead of cream.  Stained the table so it looks light and airy.  These are really reasonable ways of updating what you have already and utilizing it!

Clean bathrooms and make sure you have easy wipes to hand as there will be high traffic and you’ll find you need to keep on top of the cleanliness!


Storage Ideas

For the items you need to keep and want to out of the way and not look at?  Use trunks or blanket boxes.  The blanket boxes can have a few scatter cushions on them to make them a feature. 


You can use these in all of your rooms from your bedrooms to lounge and office!  They help store items you need but don’t really wish to display. From paperwork to toys!  The list is endless as to what you can use them for.  A coffee table is a great way to use one!  It does two jobs!  You can have your drinks on there and a couple of books or magazines whilst hiding all of that clutter. 

Guest Rooms – Unexpected Guests

They had no intention of staying but somehow its worked out you need to use the guest room or make one up.  Keep calm!  Make sure you have clean sets of spare bedding, duvets and pillows.  If you don’t have a guest room, invest in a blow up bed and pump so you can fit guests in to your home.  Invest in some reasonable duvets and pillows and you can’t go wrong! 


Christmas Decorations 

This is the fun part and if you’ve done the above and decluttered you should follow suit with the decorations!  Sometimes less is more!  You can decorate most of the house using really unusual pieces that add understated wow power! 

Simplistic, gorgeous decorations!  The green pearl cross, Birch light Trees and Star Jute Sack all from: 

I love these trees that come in bright or neautral colours that add a touch of fun!   All available from: 


The beautiful Eucalyptus and winterberry garland and the white silver birch available from: 

These are so stunning and understated.  Once you’ve had a good clear out of all of the rooms take a look at your Xmas decs and look to accessorise with them!  Have some fun with using decorations you may not have used before.  You can still keep your scheme traditional without it being garish.  Go shopping for decorations like you are shopping for accessories for your home and you won’t go too wrong!  

Above all – Enjoy planning!  Do it in stages so you don’t feel overwhelmed get a pad and write down what you want to achieve in each room and set about it in stages. 

Enjoy your Chrismas, guests and your home with new decs!  Plenty of good food and wine!  Have a wonderful time! 


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Why Hire An Interior Designer?

What can an interior designer do for me?


A good interior designer will bring a huge amount to the table from; where you need to start. Colours that work and why, furniture suggestions, spatial planning, soft furnishings, window treatments and accessories to name but a few!  Troublesome rooms, inspiration at a time you feel like throwing that interior magazine away that you thought would save the day!  When you feel overwhelmed with what is available and don’t know where to start little own finish!

Listen to your designer!

A good designer will always listen to you and your thoughts about what you wish to achieve.  At the same time it is really important that you listen to your designer when they explain why something will or won’t work!

I will always do my best to bring out of my client who says “I have no idea what I want but if you show me I will”.

Often most clients do have a good idea of what they like and dislike and by asking specific questions, I am able to get a clear idea from the client which way we need to proceed.

Sometimes a client will say “I know what I want but I can’t put it in to action” or sometimes my clients need confirmation that they are on the right path!

A good interior designer will show you how to put these ideas in to practice if you are looking for concept design only.  Or if you’re looking for a designer to run a full project design.  This is where your designer will get as much information from you as possible, measure all of the rooms that you wish to have designed.  They look at spatial planning, what will work and fit the space.  They will show you different finishes from  flooring to paint and soft furnishings.  They will come up with ideas for those tricky windows!

Interior designers are always trying to save their client’s time and money through not making costly mistakes.  They will set a timetable of work and order so nobody who isn’t meant to be there is on site.  They will make sure that the correct order of work is adhered to.  Liase with all of the contractors and will always either have a great team of tradesman or subcontractors that they work with.  They have a vast base of contacts that can make things happen where not thought possible!

Full Project Design

Your designer will work through all the stages of work with you.  If you are making changes that need to be completed at the beginning, for example any structural work to be done, knocking down walls, making the floors level, chasing electrical wires, changing sockets, adding new ones, switches, plastering etc.  Lighting is crucial to address at the beginning and should never be an after thought.  The layout for the lighting should be completed at the beginning of the design.  Then they will discuss the timeline with you for decorating, flooring, ordering goods, lighting, artwork & accessories.

All of the above take time and planning!  TV shows that give the impression the above work can be being carried out in a few days or a week are not realistic and all of the above takes time and planning. Using a designer to keep track of all of the above is a huge weight off of my client’s minds.  They are kept up to date without the stress of making sure which tradesman should be there and when. Items those are faulty and need to be returned and replaced.  I always allow a contingency budget for any project.  Unforeseen problems are dealt with quickly and this leads to the client enjoying the design process and their experience.

Finishing Touches

Once all of the above is implemented then the furniture items can be put in place, lighting and accessories to finish off the scheme. This is when the whole process comes together and you will see the scheme that you have dreamed of!  Sit back and enjoy your beautiful home!  This is what makes designers happy!  The tangible feeling that their client loves their new scheme/home.


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