End of Winter, and hopefully end of Lockdown soon!

Winter is finally ending, and the UK has received some hopeful news! According to PM Boris Johnson, there will be several stages to come out of lockdown and if all goes well, regain our freedom by 21st June 2021!

Many people have used this news to start planning their summer and their gardens for outdoor gatherings, but there are some people that are skeptical about the 21st of June 2021, and who can blame them? All we can do for now is hope that each stage of coming out of lockdown goes smoothly.

Businesses have taken this news quite well and started preparing for summer events, including festivals and expos. However, we at Alice Molloy Interiors have had our hands full almost non-stop to start planning anything for the summer, but we are extremely excited to have society return to normal!

For those that are not completely in the loop about England’s stages of coming out of lockdown, here’s a quick summary:

Stage 1

  • 8th March 2021: Children returning to school and families/social bubbles can go out for exercise and recreational activities (or with one person from another household)
  • 29th March 2021: outdoor gatherings (including private gardens) of up to six people or two households permitted, and outdoor sports facilities are to reopen

Stage 2

  • 12th April 2021 at the earliest: non-retail, personal care, public buildings, indoor leisure facilities and most outdoor attractions are to reopen

Stage 3

  • 17th May 2021 at the earliest: ease of restrictions on social contact, but no more than thirty people in a single gathering, and most businesses to reopen

Stage 4

  • 21st June 2021 at the earliest: almost all lockdown rules to be lifted (including social contact), however large gatherings will still be monitored and may be a little while until all rules are lifted

Now, what does this mean for most of us? Well, to start off, we can start having small gatherings in our gardens from the 29th of March! Even though we are still quite a while away from regaining full freedom, we can at least jazz up the garden and have a good time with a few close people. So, until the time comes when we can start thinking about going abroad, or attending events throughout the summer, get ready to send out a few invites, clean up the tables and chairs, prepare your snacks and drinks, and finally have a fun reunion!

Need some help with making your garden ready for guests? We are happy to help! Simply send us an enquiry and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

January Blues and Lockdown 3.0. Let’s share some joyful stories to brighten up the start of 2021

January is often know as “January Blues” after all the fun & build up of the Christmas holidays comes to a crashing end! Many people had high hopes for 2021, but instead it looks like to be more of the same as we have been put back into a National Lockdown!

Parents are back at home juggling work and home schooling, no mixing of households or seeing family. Talks of this lasting until early Spring, it is no wonder that we are all feeling a bit down in the dumps! Lets face it, it was ok during summer when we could go sit in a field all afternoon, catching some rays and drinking cider with that one other friend… but I can’t see many people doing that now *Burrr*

So with all this in mind, here at Alice Molloy Interiors, we want to try spread some joy around, to brighten up the start of 2021. You’re probably thinking how… Here is what we are going to do!
We are running a competition, with a prize worth over £100! However not the usual like, share, comment. We want YOU to share any joyful stories, successful or good news that you have had during any of the three lockdowns. You can do this by going to our post on Instagram or leave a comment below (comments will need to go through a review being published). All of the instructions on how to enter will be posted on Instagram and in a comment below. We will then go through the stories/comments/news and pick a winner. The lucky winner will receive:


1) A Candle from Luxdeco

2) A choice of two cushions from our shop (any size & design)

This will be running until 22nd January and the winner will be announced on 29th January on our Instagram so make sure you are following!

We cant wait to start hearing some of the stories & comments!

Love

Alice x

How to Enter:

  1. Tell us a joyful story, success or anything good that has happened to you or someone you know during any of the Lockdowns. Either comment below or on our Instagram post.
  2. Head over to our IG, follow us & like the post.
  3. Tag anyone in the post, who you think has a joyful story to share!

T&C’s

You must still be following us when we come to announce the winner, if we pick a winner and they are not following us, we will choose another.
It will close at 5pm 22nd January and we shall contact the winner via IG or email depending which platform they posted the story on.

Christmas Cancelled…?

Well, well, well… is Christmas Cancelled? I have to be honest, I haven’t been very active on social media recently with all going on and since the latest update from good old Boris (tier4), I wasn’t sure to publish this blog post. But here it is…

Christmas this year will certainly be a lot different, especially for the people who are now in Tier 4. Trying to put a spin on it, we have to try and think of how good we will make next Christmas. Someone said to me today that after the 1918 pandemic (The Spanish flu) … came the roaring 20’s where everyone got dressed up and lived every moment to the fullest! We shall have to do the same & more!

Here at Alice Molloy Interiors, we want to personally thank everyone who has supported us over the last year, with the current times, it is certainly a blessing to have work & I am personally ever grateful to have a growing client base. With that being said, we have now successfully launched our Cushion Range which are all hand-made within the UK, are now available to buy from our shop, some are limited edition, once they are gone, they are gone!

Lastly if any one is thinking of hiring Interior Design services but not too such what exactly we do or how we could help, we have a downloadable PDF available which will explain more, please click here.

Nobody can really “cancel Christmas”, this year is different and not necessarily fun for some, but the true spirit still lies beneath. If you can and are reading this, lets be grateful that we have made it through this crazy year & are here celebrating this Christmas!

Love
Alice

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Another Website Redesign That We Hope You Will Love!

Yes! Another website redesign, but why? Well, over the past couple of months we have received feedback on improvements and we started to have a think about whether the website was worth constantly updating, or should we try something new. The team looked into the number of issues the site had and decided to go for a redesign.

When we came to this decision, the first thing we thought about was whether to retain some of the original design or not. Although we were happy with the design, it didn’t really make our work stand out too well, so we thought “If we are going to redesign the site, let’s go all out and change everything!”, and so we did.

Our main objectives for the site were the following:

  • Simplicity and minimalism
  • Let our work do the talking
  • Improve the overall user experience

Redesign Simplicity and Minimalism

One issue we had with our previous design was how much content we tried to put on a page, especially our home page!

Old design – quite an overwhelming home page!

There was a lot going on within the page, and didn’t really feel like it was helping users understand what we’re trying to deliver: what we do and let our work do the talking.

When we discussed our goals, we realised that we are doing too much and we should simply follow a well-known motto, “Less is More”.

The new site is now focused on keeping things simple. No more using up all of the white space, and not to fit too much in to a section on a given page.

New design – less clutter throughout

Let Our Work Do The Talking

Although wanting simplicity and minimalism is all well and good, execution can be challenging. Usually when showing off a portfolio, imagery is enough for users to understand the message it is trying to deliver.

So back to the drawing board we went. We had a look at our gallery and realised that they send a clear message, so maybe we don’t need to do much to help them become more noticeable. Our previous design did allow for images to be a focus point, but there were areas that they were being cut off, or were clashing with other images, not allowing them to show off in all its glory.

Old design – home page projects were cramped
old design – portfolio top image only showing part of the room

Now we feel like we have done better and can showcase our work, without projects clashing with each other and not being cut off.

New design – home page now displays our projects without being cut off, and a new spotlight area!
New design – Clearer images without being cut off!

Improve The Overall User Experience

Two hurdles cleared, now for the big one! Making sure users can navigate around the site and clearly defined areas. One thing we noticed with the previous design was that the top of almost every page looked a bit of a mess and didn’t really explain well the page a user was on. We initially thought about giving pages as much colour as we thought, but to keep in line with our redesign goals, we decided to take a step back and provide a more simple intro section.

Old design – intro section with an image, breadcrumb and headings underneath

We are very proud of what we were able to accomplish with this, as we were really focused on keeping everything consistent for the site and for our users.

New design – Consistent introduction section

WE have also made refinements and additions throughout the site. Hopefully our users can find their way around with ease.

Conclusion

We had a lot to say for a website redesign! But we are proud of what we have done, and wanted to talk about it with our readers. We want to thank our users for providing feedback on our site and helped us with rebuilding it, we couldn’t do it without you!

Stay tuned, as we have more news to share with you! You can keep up to date on our website, Facebook, and Instagram.

Speak to you soon.

Alice

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Why you should consider furniture layout before electrical

Have you ever walked into a room and wondered why there are two plug sockets on an empty wall? Or why there is a cable trailing across the room leading to a table lamp? We sure have… too many times to count!

When you’re doing a full house renovation or extension, most people think about the furniture last once the rest of the space is designed. Which is when, you realise you actually needed a socket here, or a light there.

This is where, if you work backwards it can be very beneficial in your design process. So you have your shell designed of the empty space, if you find the optimal layout (a layout that works so well in the room/s that you wont need to change it). You can then see exactly where that table lamp will go, you may even see that you need floor boxes, if you want a side table next to a formal sofa with a table lamp on. This can also help with the full lighting plan, to ensure there are no spooky dark spots in your home!

Example draft electrical plan – Alice Molloy Interiors.

The image above is a draft electrical plan for a current project, most people will just see loads of lines and no idea what is going on, but it will help you plan. It could also stop any unexpected extra work for the builders/electricians. So one of our top tips, is always work backwards!

Sorry its been a while since our last post! Hopefully won’t leave it so long, and a Christmas blog will be on the cards…

Speak Soon

Alice

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Newsletter and our latest projects – September 2020

TL;DR: We have added a Newsletter feature to the website, and have a few potential upcoming projects and current projects underway!

It has been a very busy week here at Alice Molloy Interiors, and we’d like to share with our readers what has been going on!

  1. Full house extension & renovation, drawing by Alexander Gemini. Construction underway.
  2. Loft conversion in Takeley.
  3. Full house extension & renovation. Construction underway (close up)
  4. Full house extension & renovation. Construction underway (whole house view).
  5. Potential new client, FF&E project (look at that ceiling!).
  6. Snagging underway at our Chelsea project. Then time to photograph!!
  7. Full house fit out, ready for Christmas move in!
  8. Room by Room service, renovating media room in this photo.

In other news, we have decided to start our own Newsletter! There are numerous channels to keep readers in the loop and some readers may have a favourite method, such as Facebook or Instagram. We thought about what we are currently providing to our viewers, and we have come to the decision that adding a newsletter channel will be beneficial, as it is a common form of providing a digest of events happening at a company.

Some people may see this as another item to clutter their inbox, so let’s break down what we will provide in our newsletters:

  • Projects we are working on
  • Any business updates at Alice Molloy Interiors
  • New products and promotions on our website
  • Guest bloggers wanting to share some posts on our website

All we require from our subscribers is their email address, and we will not be sending your details to any other outside business except our mailing platform. We also have no plans to send you emails for any other purpose than the reasons previously listed. Should we decide to make any changes, you will be given plenty of notice of the changes, with the option to opt-out.

There will be plenty more updates coming, and we promise to keep you in the loop.

If you’re interested in using our services, send us an enquiry!

Speak to you soon, and hope you have a great weekend!

New website and what we have been up to!

We are back! Lockdown is now lifting and things are getting back to the very much new ‘normal’. Here at Alice Molloy Interiors, things have taken off with a bang, so we thought, we would run through some of the updates & what we have been up to while in lockdown.

If you read our blog post back in May “Impact of Lockdown for myself & the Business” you will remember that it was rollercoaster of emotions, however mainly panic. We launched our online-services, where we collaborated with a Fine Art company to bring inspirational colour schemes, throughout the main lockdown, and will continue to run.

Moving forward 3 months, we have a new website with all the familiar areas such as our project lifecycle, our Developments and Private Clients projects, as well as the latest news, but with a refreshed design. One of our new additions to the site is the online shop. This will feature one off pieces we believe our clients will love. You can also download our online brochure & find out more about our services and what we can provide for you.

As well as having a refreshed website, we have been busy with a few projects. We have completed three flats, one for our Airbnb client down in Margate, and the other we have installed & completed two girls bedrooms in Buckhurst Hill. The best update is that we have signed three new jobs within the last month, along with our Chigwell project build starting at the beginning of September. With the Watford build still continuing and our Chelsea project should be getting photographed soon.

We certainly have a lot going-on and can’t wait to show you. So here are a few snaps of the recently completed projects.

The Developments and Private Clients pages will be updated over the next week with the full images and info on the completed & up-coming projects!

Enjoy the new website & speak with you soon!

Simple Biophilic Design

Simple Biophilic Design

Being stuck within the same four walls isn’t good for anyone! Given the recent times, I thought carrying on from my last blog post.

A quick overview of Biophilic Design, as I am sure some of you have no idea what it is (like me up until a few months ago). Biophilic Design is a concept used to increased occupant connectivity to the natural environment, through the use of direct natures, indirect nature and the space/place conditions.

Incorporating this type of design into your living space**, has been found to have the following effects:

> Reduce fatigue by 38%

> Reduce depression by 58%

> Reduced anxiety & tension by 18%

> Wellbeing increased by 13%

> Homes could see price increase between 4-5%

> Increased learning rates 20-25% (could be useful if you are still or continuing to home school).

**some studies where done in a workplace environment**

With all of the benefits, why would you not bring some form of the design practice into your home?

You can also start small & work up to big changes, here are 5 ways how you can start small!

1) Buy some plants –

No not faux flowers/plants, pop to a garden centre & buy some air purifying plants. Nurture them & watch them grow. This is a key element, caring for them is part of the process, you get to see them transform and can start to be a very relaxing part of your weekly routine.

2) De-Clutter (Feng Shui)

Can’t stress the importance of this enough, as I have mentioned this several times in other blogs. Having clutter around your home is also keeping clutter in your mind (fuelling the stress, anxiety). Be ruthless if I haven’t used or worn something in 6-8 months it goes!

3) Natural light

The same as when we are outdoors in the sunshine (depending on the weather, of course), it makes us feel so much better! Try to spend as much time as possible in the room with the most natural light, if this isn’t possible or you don’t have much natural light, then create it! I know you are thinking “well then it’s not natural light!”, but it will have a similar effect. Table & floor lamps to create a relaxed mood.

4) Scent

The way our space smells will have an effect on you! If you don’t like candles or strong scents, I would go for a small defuser or an electric defuser (so you can turn it off.) You can choose scents to enhance or even change your mood:

Uplifting: Rosemary – this is the perfect Monday morning pick-me-up. In addition to improving memory retention, rosemary has stimulating properties that fight physical exhaustion, headaches and mental fatigue.

Calming: Jasmine – Like lavender, jasmine it is also used to calm nerves, but this oil is also commonly used as an anti-depressant.

5) Fresh air or Air circulation

Real simple one, open the windows & get the air circulation around your environment. During this hot weather, this is pretty easy. In winter however people would be less inclined. However I would still highly recommend doing so, crack them open slightly, create a flow of air & if it is cold stick on a jump to get cosy (along with some candles!).

These are only scratching the surface of how to implement some Biophilic Design elements to your living environment. There are actually 12 in depth elements to this design movement, which I am still learning.

We can create an environment within our homes, that benefits us enormously and this is just the start!

For more information on ,Biophilic Design – please go and watch my

Speak soon & hope some of you make these small changes!

Alice

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Impact of Lockdown for myself & the business!

Impact of Lockdown for myself & the business!

As the Lockdown of 2020 is becoming the new normal, even with some restrictions starting to lift or plans for them to be lifted. This blog is going to be a quick insight into the roller coster of highs and many lows during this time for a small business owner like me and what has changed.

For those who have read my blogs before (firstly, thank you!), secondly, you will know that I haven’t been running my business for long and will be coming up to two years very soon. Not surprisingly the result of locking down felt like it would have dramatic impact on my business. I was due to do a photoshoot on our Chelsea project the week of lockdown, a install for two girls bedrooms at the end of March, not to mention the several projects we were tendering for which all came to a halt. All of our work had stopped overnight!

It felt like everything I had built up to this point, was going to come crashing down all around me. I considered getting a temp job at Tesco’s or somewhere. However to me, that was giving up on my business & my dream, my mind was saying one thing, while my heart was saying another!

It was time to “Pivot & Adapt” to suit the current times, despite if it would be temporary or a change that will last, it will help in the long run.

To me wellness and wellbeing are huge, during this time I found myself needing it more. The need to get fresh air more, connect to nature, feel grounded, feel the sunlight on my skin, hear the birds tweet in the woods nearby. Then it click, I wanted to try and help/reach everyone who wanted to create more wellness within their homes during this time.

Alice Molloy Interiors also then launched some online services, which has taken our most popular services and made them available to anyone who has  a computer!

We have teamed up with a Fine Art Photography company – Treacle Art to bring inspirational colour schemes.

Within a space of a few weeks, I feel so focused on bringing wellness/joy to people’s homes to help everyone get through this time. This isn’t forever, its a change and I needed to take a step back in order to see what was needed in order to change along with the tide, instead of getting washed away.

To anyone reading this with a small business, don’t give up, take a step back, time to relax and the solutions will come to you. All it takes sometimes is seeing it from a different perspective.

Until next time…

Love,

Alice Molloy

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Blog on the Vlog!

Hey Everyone,

I do hope you are all safe and well, during these times. I am sure the lockdown is starting to take it’s toll on some people by now (like, does anyone know what day it is?). Although the more we stick with staying at home, hopefully the sooner we can get back to “normal“, it’s in inverted commas, as not to sure if it will ever be 100% the way it used to be?

Cov-Normal = our new normal.

Anyway, some of you may have already seen that I have started a

We are all stuck indoors, looking at the same four walls, with not a lot to do. I have already seen loads of people taking the time to spring clean & declutter (including two clients of mine). The number of people visiting A&E with eye related accidents due to DIY has increased, according to the BBC (as of yesterday 12th April).

So the reason for me starting the Vlog is rather simple…

To inspire & help people while stuck indoors, with tips/tricks/hacks from me! This is going to be more of a personal adventure, rather than a business one.

These Vlogs’ will vary dramatically and won’t only be Interior Design related, so if you’re interested, its best you subscribe so you don’t miss a upload. The latest one, is a Arts & Crafts video, using toilet roll inner’s. Seeing that some people stocked up on toilet roll, I am trying to bring a bit of humour into it all. This one can be done with the kids, once you have stocked up on the inners (you will need 10).

In some (most) of video’s I will be including tips, tricks and hacks for your home. I have already done one, which is 12 ways to increase relaxation & calmness into your home. As lets face it, will all need a bit of extra relaxation currently!

If anyone has any Interior Dilemma’s, that they are facing during this lockdown.

Keep home & Keep well,

Love
Alice

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Best ways to work from home!

During these hard & crazy times, we have been asked to stay at home when/where possible. Come today, many of the schools are closing, bars & restaurants are struggling to keep open. So if you have been asked to work from home by your employer, what are the best ways to do it?

I have worked from home for the majority of my career as an Interior Designer, when I first started with the company back in London, I did have an office down in Shoreditch, however this was soon replaced with me working from home. To me – I don’t really know any different. Now one thing, I don’t have any children, so I’m not sure how some of your are going to juggle this but I am more than willing to throw in some suggestions!

A while ago, I met & spoke with a Instagram friend of mine who’s profession, is a mindset coach & Work Sanctuary expert. That is literally what we all need right now isn’t it. Her name is Becky Stanton and if you aren’t following her, I would highly recommend you do.

“My top tip is to create a work sanctuary. A space that is 100% aligned with you and your work, free from distraction and designed to make you feel high vibe… The rest is habits & rituals to support this.” – Becky Stanton

Now I am fully aware we may not all have the space to have a “specific” home office to create your perfect sanctuary, or free from distractions. My own home office right now, is full of materials for a job which has been postponed due to the virus, the mess, is driving me insane as I am a neat freak. I keep finding myself re-arranging the mess every day or two, but there isn’t much I can do about that, not at this current time.

Below are some tips on how to try and create, a natural working from home environment, to help keep the distractions down to a minimum and hopefully keep everyone from going a little insane, during these difficult time.

1) Try to remove/minimise the distractions (i.e kids) –

It would be best if you could set a schedule that is going to work for the whole family. For the family to have activities at set times throughout the day, to keep them satisfied. Or tag teaming with your partner, if that is possible. Setting set times, when the children are going to be with you learning or baking (depends if you’re trying to keep the school structure), then times when they have “down time” with a movie for example. This should give you some time to focus your attention on work. Have you ever found, the more busier you are, the more productive you are? This is because you are in the swing! So if you are juggling children, but have to complete tasks for work – it could work in your favour. You learn how to manage your time VERY efficiently.

2) Keep to your normal routine –

As I have mentioned about, structure. This really is the underlying key, get up at your normal time, get the kids up at their normal time and start/finish the day as normal. Get dressed! Do not work in your pj’s! If you usually go to the gym on a Tuesday morning, then try to keep to that, either a home workout (can get the kids to join in too), or go for a walk outside.

3) It is ok not to work the whole 9-5 –

This is very different for a lot of people, and it is different from an office. However when you are at work, you aren’t working every single minute. You go and make a coffee/tea, you talk with your co-workers, you’re on the phone (even if it is work calls). What I am getting at here, is that you don’t have to feel guilty not being at your computer every second of the day. If you have the freedom of flexible working hours, it may be beneficial for you to work later (once the children are in bed for example).

4) Continue to eat healthy & exercise –

It is very easy to become a couch potato while working from home, you can go hours without eating or moving from your desk (this is more aimed at people without children). This goes without saying – this isn’t good! Try to either do some mild exercise from home, support a local personal trainer as plenty of these are now setting up online classes, or get out in the fresh air for at least 30mins each day. If you have phone calls to make, do them on your walk!

This is rather hard to type regarding the situation in the food shops, but try and eat healthy, don’t just grab a few biscuits with your coffee! You need all the vitamins from fruit & veg more than ever right now!

5) Transfer your commute time to intentional rest time –

If you usually have a long commute into work (anything from 30mins +), convert this into rest/you time. It is a very worrying time for everyone at the moment, we all need a little bit of extra loving and self care to get us through this. Take the time to mediate, read a book or story time, arts & crafts (I personally find painting so good for stress relief). This can also create a natural way of knowing the work day is either starting or ending, as your brain recognises the train/drive commute as the same.

6) The “To-Do” List –

This shouldn’t feel like a daunting task in itself, your to-do list for each day should only have three (yes three!) main priority tasks on it. Don’t set yourself up to fail by having a to-do list with ten or more items on, will you seriously get them all done? If you can, because they are small tasks (like each email to send is a new task), then great. Although if you aren’t superwomen, if you have a long list and don’t complete it, you will feel like you have let yourself down. Whereas, setting three, when you complete them you will feel much more empowered & won’t feel guilty about watching that movie with the kids. Roman wasn’t built in a day.

7) Don’t work in your bedroom or living room (if possible) –

Again in these circumstances, these might not be possible for everyone but if you can, try not to work in your bedroom (especially bedroom) or living room. If you work from your bedroom, your brain will start to associate that room with work and you may struggle to relax or even sleep come nighttime. The living room is full of distractions, you might think working from home is a time to binge watch the new season on Netflix, but it isn’t, it might be fine to indulge in this vice once, but it will catch up to you if you’re not careful.

8) Stay off social media apps –

During this time, most of us will want to be knowing the latest update but it will likely be doing us more harm than good. For one, we can end up scrolling endlessly and the time just disappears into a black hole! Another reason being, constantly keeping up to date with the latest, isn’t exactly keeping us positive! I will link a reason to this at the bottom.

Top tip for this – remove them from your browser shortcuts or quick access on your phone!

9) Minimise notifications –

This comes under minimising distractions really, but, turn off all of the notifications that you can on your mobile. Myself for example, I don’t have any turned on, its like an old mobile phone that only *pings* if someone is ringing me or a text. My boyfriend actually hides his in his draw while at work (out of sight, out of mind). This becomes very effective in also staying off social media apps. While you’re working, everything you need should be via the laptop/computer.

10) Pick a definitive finishing time each day –

It can become very easy to say “I just finish this” or “this is almost done”… and then it is 10pm! I used to do it all the time when I started Alice Molloy Interiors, you will end up burning out. You need rest time and it will enable you to wind-down for the evening. What ever you haven’t managed to get done that day, I am sure will be able to wait until the next.

As promised I mentioned in No:8 keeping up-to-date constantly with the news, may not be doing you any good. It isn’t exactly positive vibes currently and is making even the most upbeat people, feel anxious. Now I listen to a PodCast called ”

I do hope these have or may help you over the next few days/weeks. Please do follow my own Instagram.

Until next time

Alice Molloy

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How to incorporate Classic Blue into your home. Pantone colour of the year 2020!

Hi Everyone, I know I am a bit late with jumping on the pantone colour of the year bandwagon, but it’s because I wanted to let all the hype die down before I done a blog about it. Now all of the manufacture’s know this is the colour of the year, there are some great pieces out there to buy, which will give you such an on trend talking point in your interiors.

Firstly, I need to say, I am a bit bias to classic blue, in fact, any shade of blue. It is my personal favourite colour and I do try to put it in, anywhere I can. The tones of classic blue have always been known for their calming attributes, when I think of blues, my brain automatically thinks of the sea, ocean, beach, water, rain… literally anything to do with water and I find all of them to be my relaxing/ stress relief key points (if only I lived near the beach!) Which in a way explains why I have blue as my accent colour in my bedroom, where I go to relax, de-stress before a good nights sleep, and then also in my office, where I to keep calm & (try) not to get stressed.

Below I have created two moodboards, one is how to incorporate furniture & decor into your interiors for this key trend. The other, is one of our colour moodboards, taken inspiration from a natural environment setting.

Now if you are on Instagram, as much as I am, you would of already seen the likes of Lydia Millen, who use dark blue in her home. Pictured in the image below from her grid (image is linked). The colour used here was Farrow & Ball – ‘Hague Blue’.

The above image of Stiffkey blue is the colour used in my office, along with ‘Elephants Breath’ to create a nice neutral & relaxed colour platte. That is how to corporate some classic blue elements into your interiors, whether you wish to go all out or only with a few key pieces. If you wish to have more information on any of the items in the moodboard, please do get in touch.

Until next time,

Alice Molloy Interiors

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Not another New Year’s Blog!

A New Year, A New Me, New Goal(s)… etc, etc (Can you tell I don’t particularly believe in all of that?)

The rush and stress of Christmas is over, me for one, I am actually rather relived it is. All of the build up, running around, I felt like I haven’t had a break and rather pleased to get back to work with some formality to it.

For many of us, when it comes to the new year, we tend to set goals. For this month’s blog we are going to look at how to organise the home, which in turn will make you feel great but you will also learn how to do it in a stylish way too!

Personally, I couldn’t think of a better way to start the year with a clutter free, organised stylish space!

Kitchen Hacks
Under sink storage!

Under the kitchen sink, for me is one of the worst cupboards there is. Majority of the time they are such an unusual space, especially with the sink trap in the middle. It makes it hard to store anything neatly.

It is a good idea to sort through it all and categorise any items you have in there. You can buy some small drawers like these from Ikea (storage organisation heaven!)

By using these you can store wash cloths, dishwasher tablets, brillo pads, fibre clothes, wet wipes etc. Pretty much everything that is under your sink. You can also label them up nicely with stickers if you wish!

Of course, the bottles of cleaning products aren’t going to fit in here, so you’ve got two options; depending on how much time you’ve got, you can transfer all the products into reusable bottles and label them up to match. Or you can get a clear tray and store them upright at the side of the drawers. The end result should like something like the below:

Carrier Bag’s

Doesn’t everyone have a stash of these? They’re so easy to gather in the cupboard like no tomorrow. With all of the bags for life we can now get instead, you would of thought that it would have put a stop to it.

Whilst gathering the content for this blog, I came across these food storage bags from Ikea! These are great for putting your fruit/veg in while at the shops and they also look pretty stylish. You could hang these up in the kitchen and no one would bat an eyelid!

Bathroom storage jars

The bathroom is where most people lack storage, it is a tough call as to where to keep the cotton wool balls, the makeup remover pads or the earbuds! Admittedly, these items in their own right aren’t the most sophisticated looking; However, if you put them into mason jars, they become more of a decor item. These jars with cork lids are perfect for the bathroom or kitchen, plus they are easy to stack on top of each other to create a more dramatic look!

Cupboards

This hack can be used in any cupboard, not just for the kitchen plates! Get a letter tray and dismantle it so you have two trays and then place them in the cupboard. Either place them upside down so it acts as a shelf on a shelf, or you might be able to hang some plates off of the top shelf. See the photo below and I am sure you’ll get the idea.

Doing this will create double the amount of storage space within the cupboard.

If you happen to try any of the above, please do let me know! Would love to see how your storage hacks turn out. If any of you want me to do a blog on something specific, drop us an email or via the contact

Speak to you next month!

Alice

Stand out from the crowd this Christmas with handmade decorations!

If any of you are like me, then you like to be different and stand out from the crowd! There are so many different ways to decorate your home over the festive period and my personal favourite is to make your own decorations. No one (well very unlikely) will have the same as you, they are pretty unique. Plus the decorations will certainly be the conversation starters at any party/dinner/drinks throughout the Christmas & New Year. Here are some of my best loved homemade decorations, which if my hand was better, I would totally be having a go at!

There is everything linked below, from dried oranges to creating the traditional paper snowflakes, Enjoy!

As per normal, if anyone has a go at any of the above. Please do let me know, I would love to see your Christmas Creations. (I am really hoping someone will attempt the snowman above!)

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year.

Alice Molloy Interiors

Life or Death – The first 18 months of business!

Hey, I am back – sorry it’s been a while!

With it soon to be 18months that Alice Molloy Interiors has been established, I thought it would be a nice blog post.

*A Christmas blog will be coming in December, I am one of (it seems a very few) people who don’t start Christmas until 1st of December has passed*

Well I have to say, what a whirlwind setting up your own company is. I have, or I guess was, one of these people who always said “no I will never own/run my own company” and was very happy plodding along working within a small development company. I was living & working the dream! Working on developments that were worth millions and working internationally, thinking that I would be with the same company for the majority of my working life, that was until I got made redundant! I tried to work within bigger companies but they weren’t for me and felt like I was one of many hampsters spinning the wheel for the big boss.

I reached out to some investors/developers I knew from my old job and a few weeks later I had a offer to work freelance on a development, and Alice Molloy Interiors was established.

I know how to do the design part in my sleep but setting up a business or even running a business is a totally different ball game. You have to do everything and be everyone, book keeping, social media, networking, marketing, client relations, along with the design work. It was a constant juggling act. Move forward six months and I had agreed my second full house renovation in Chelsea (still an on-going project.) I did expect growth may be flat for the first nine months or so. I had been getting smaller jobs but not the full house projects I was hoping for. It’s gonna be okay I would keep telling myself. Almost every company has experienced this: Airbnb had to sell cereal in-between, Slack failed as a gaming company first, Tesla sold only 147 cars after 6 years!

Fast forward to 18 months, I have done my first end of year tax return, had five design proposals out to potential new clients within the last week, been shortlisted for Best Bedroom Design 2019 from HSA (Home Staging Association), met and made some amazing new friends/contacts and thinking of setting up a side design business. Of course it hasn’t been all plain sailing and had stressful times as well, I have had to walk away from a job I won and lose the money, I have had to deal with difficult clients and situations which I have never been in before. If you don’t fail or make mistakes then you can’t pick yourself up and try again/learn from them to better yourself.

Finally, I have realised that this is one of the most exciting phases: building the company from scratch. Figuring out what works and what doesn’t. Building things that haven’t existed. Creating interiors that will bring happiness to my clients! I have made it to 18 months and things are only going to get stronger!

Until next time (which will be soon, for the Christmas post),

Alice Molloy Interiors

xxx

Autumn Wreaths – My top picks.

Hi All,

With Autumn, well and truly in full swing now (i’m typing this up, currently wearing fluffy socks, my cosiest jump and with a cup of wild apple & cinnamon tea.

So with that in mind, I thought it would be great to look at the latest trend, which is of course Autumn Wreaths. It has been more traditional to only put wreaths on our front doors at Christmas but you can get and use wreaths all year round and each season has a different meaning behind it. If you want to find out more, click

However, being the creative individual I am… it has me thinking to attempt to make my own Autumn wreath this weekend, keep an eye on my

If you do buy any of the above, or fancy making your own off the back of this blog. Do tag me in the images of your wonderful Autumn Wreaths, would love to see how you get on!

Until next month!

Alice Molloy Interiors

xxx

Designer Vs High street

Many people look for Designer Vs High street options when it comes to fashion, so it’s no real surprise that Interior Design is the same. If you could get your Interiors looking, feeling and smelling great for less then why wouldn’t you? You would of seen that I mentioned smell/scent, this is hugely important in our home for our wellbeing & can change if the space feels cosy & warm, or awakening & energised (You can read the blog on it

Now back to the Designer Vs High street, we have looked at some of the most popular items within the home and found some look-a-like alternatives.

COFFEE TABLES

SIDE TABLES

ARM CHAIRS

LIGHTING

SCENTS!

All of the above are great examples of how you can shop around to find the look you are after (okay, the items may not be identical) but they are a fraction of the cost in most cases! If you are willing to hunt around you can find cheaper alternatives to pretty much anything!

If there is anything you’re particularly interested in finding or would like us to write a blog on please do

Alice Molloy Interiors.

Autumn & Winter Trends in 2019

With summer now in full swing, some people will be begging for the cooler, darker, cosier months to hurry up and get here ASAP. In fact the famous department shop Selfridges have already

In light of the above and the recent heatwave that had us all begging for winter; I decided to write a blog post discussing the colder months. I will discuss some of the top trends for you to stay ahead of the game at home this Autumn/Winter 2019.

Whilst ‘trends’ change and evolve, they do so at different paces – some are popular for years rather than merely a season. Take the Nordic trend, it has been with us for years now and yet continues to surprise and delight.

A favourite which is around right now is tranquil Scandi, the key colours for this is of course Neutrals, from School House White (farrow and ball) and Mittens (Earthborn paints).

Mixed with materials such as wool, sheepskin, wicker, earthenware and ash/bleached wood to create the ultimate tranquil Scandi look. Simply what this trend is all about – understated, but ever-present beauty.

However you can take the above trend one step further into a combined trend which is one of my ultimate favourites. If you take Scandi and combine Boho together, it creates Global Essence. This is inspired from diverse global patterns, paisleys, richer tones and rugged textures mixed with all of the above from the Scandi trend.

The key to this trend mix is all in the detail. You need to be open to pom moms, tassels and macrame detailing. Making natural materials look freely stylish and effortless, with the global artisan celebrating the beauty of craftsmanship.

Digging deep from within the earth, natural pigments brings me onto a brand of paint which has a clay base which dries super matt and a lovely finish. Earthborn paints are what I’d highly recommend, you won’t regret it!

What trends for the colder months do you like?

Mental Health Benefits Through Interiors

With more people becoming more aware of mental health and how it impacts everything; I took the time to meet up with a friend of mine and personal wellness coach, Sian Harvey, to discuss how mental health is much more than your interior.

If you were to jump onto Google now and type in “Best ways to decorate interiors for mental health benefits” the top results would be:
1) Natural light

2) Light and neutral colour palettes

3) De-clutter

4) Organisation and

5) Sleep.

Although these are perfectly good suggestions, in a bid to combat mental health and encourage wellness within your home; one size doesn’t fit all. Everyone is different and the same applies to interiors and mental health.

What about the person who prefers dark colour palettes as it makes them feel cosy and secure? the person who loves clutter as they bounce energy off of it all? or the person who doesn’t like bright natural light? The tips above just won’t work for them.

So instead, to help you find what could work for you in your home, I’m taking it back to basics and exploring our five senses; taste, touch, smell, hearing and vision.

Over the next few weeks I will focus on these primal areas and explore why I believe each of these senses should be brought into the conversation when designing your home environment.

This week the focus is on touch and smell.

As an interior designer, I am naturally fascinated by different textures, but how often do you consciously make decisions based on touch rather than vision? For example, your flooring; what do you like to feel under your feet as you walk around first thing in the morning and last thing at night after a busy day? Is it the cool feeling of tiles, fluffy carpet you can curl your toes into or a smooth rich wooden flooring?

Does it depend on the room? Sian and I both prefer the feel of carpet; choosing comfort over the practicality of a tiled floor. What works for you? Generally speaking, those who prefer comfort over the practicality of a tiled floor, do so as they feel more relaxed when in an environment they are comfortable and cosy in.

Another sense which is very underestimated within interiors in the home is smells. Scents have started making a huge appearance in hotels and shops recently, but we need to start using them more within our homes. Both Sian and I are huge believers that the right smell/scent can have such an impact on your day. We both have a scent constantly burning through the house and agree that they can change the energy within a space in a few hours, simply by changing the candles and/or oils.

A few examples of scents and the mood it creates:
Lavender and Frankincense is for calming
Lime and Peppermint is an uplifting scent
Orange Zest and Cinnamon will get you through the winter with a smile.

There is so much we could go into with regarding this but on another end of the scale there is the discussion of spaces. We are all brought up within an extroverted space ie a school, workplace etc. These spaces are open and full on every moment your’e there.

Someone who works well within these environments would like open plan living and creating lots of energy. However, an introvert would find open spaces emotionally draining and would prefer smaller spaces, which they can call their own and allowing them to have their own down time.

This is just one example of how the space we are in can impact on how we are feeling. Unfortunately, sometimes it is out of our control… we can’t exactly start burning lavender in the work place can we? and we aren’t advising you do so either! However, you can implement these changes within your own home to help combat the day when you get home and into your own space.

What we are trying to get across here, is that you need to know what you like in a space. Rather than scrolling through Instagram (which is a visual sense) thinking “I like that,” stop and ask yourself why you like it? Is it the lighting? the textures? (touch) or the furniture? (again, a touch sense.) The same applies when you walk into an unusual room, think of why you like it. Which senses are heightened?

In this digital age we are always influenced by something or someone and until you truly know what you like; the influence will always reflect on your interiors… and you! What reflects you as a person? Ultimately that will make the best interior for your mental wellbeing and will allow you to truly relax.

This post is only skimming the surface on the topic of interiors, senses and mental health combined. Why not try the tips mentioned above ie textures (adding a rug if you want comfort) or burning some scents to uplift your mood!

If you would like to find out more in-depth ways of how you can benefit from an interior that is designed for you or if you would like to know yourself better then please do get in touch with

Does styling/staging your home help with a quick sell?

Does styling/staging your home help with a quick sell? In my opinion – yes! It is just like how makeup works, it is an on-the-surface solution for your home.

Staging makes your home look its best; whilst saving you the expense of a full renovation. That said, staging your home can have alternative benefits other than showing it in its best light.

Many people struggle to visualise how a room or a property can be laid out to gain the most from the space and most importantly fail to see how they could live in the space themselves.

Viewing an empty or unoccupied home, can make it feel cold and empty (because it is…) but this can also make it appear smaller in size as you have nothing to scale it to. In my opinion, styling and staging a property can help prospective buyers visualise a room to its full potential.

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Is staging/styling your home worth the effort?
In America, they strongly recommend staging your home whilst it’s on sale. After working for six months in Miami, I learnt this first hand as I saw some of the most amazing homes where each one was staged and sold fast too. Over there everyone does it and it’s the acceptable thing to do. Whereas, here in the UK it is a different story.

Not many people look into staging and styling their properties; however, according to Moneywise & Rightmove “…a staged home will sell for 8% more than a non-staged one. On an average UK property worth £220,094, that’s an extra £17,607.”

Despite these figures proving that it does help to style your home, many people have the attitude of why spend money on a house, we aren’t going to be living in? Well it is as simple as this: A staged home will help a potential buyer see your home as their own, therefore increasing their desire to pay for it.

It doesn’t have to cost a fortune to stage or style your home. The biggest way to make an impact would be to tackle the kitchen or bathrooms. A lick of fresh paint, clean flooring, wall coverings and accessories (inc flowers/plants) may be all that is necessary.

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Also – declutter! I can not stress this enough!!! Even if it means putting your belongings into storage, you need to emphasise the available space whilst making it look homely at the same time – anything but clutter.

There are different ways you could approach this staging and styling if you are selling your home, or thinking of doing so. You can either do it yourself by heading down to your local DIY shop. You could also ask for an opinion, perhaps a friend who’s taste you like. Getting someone else to walk through your home with a different set of eyes will help a lot and make constructive changes. Lastly, you could hire a professional by talking with your estate agent or getting in touch with a local interior designer.

If you have any queries regarding staging or styling, feel free to contact me below to discuss your thoughts.

Alice Molloy Interiors are proud to be a member of the HSA (Home Staging Association), and got through to the finals of their Staging Awards 2019 for the best Bedroom Design!

To Grey or Not To Grey

* Warning some readers may disagree with this blog post*

I am pretty certain this blog will have some readers in disagreement with me but here it goes…

Grey interiors are and have been everywhere recently. With some people saying it is a trend which is here to stay, I’m not to sure. I’ve spoken with a couple of clients within the last week and when they mention they don’t want grey or a whitewash look, I literally want to hug them! Of course I don’t as that wouldn’t be very professional of me.

I’m not against grey’s altogether, grey is a wonderful colour when partnered up with any other colour. It’s a base to build on, just like cream and white. In my opinion (this industry is all opinion, what I might like someone else won’t), whitewashing a whole house in grey, is a cold interior without charm. I am going to show you some samples where you can still use grey paired with colour accents to create a much more warmer/cosy interior for these colder nights in.

The above image to me, is lovely don’t get me wrong however there isn’t any charm, personality or warmth. Again I am sure there will be people who disagree with this but please scroll down and look over some examples to see what I mean.

Adding in even just a few different accent colours, makes such a difference to the room. With the navy cushions, throw and linking it all together with the abstract artwork above the sofa, gives it personality and warmth. You should never underestimate the power of colours/textures and some accessories!

I know grey and pink or rose gold have been a hit for a while. Why not, they are a great combination! Using a darker grey will give the room a warmth and an edge like in the first bedroom image, there is also a really dark grey living room at the bottom of the blog! Adding in gunmetal accessories will give it a slight masculine edge while still having the soft pink bedding. The second image is actually one I’ve used recently on a client moodboard. Grey, pink and navy go amazingly well together! Once again adding in the dark navy will give it a masculine touch, while still having the rose copper decor. I love these hanging pendant lights in this second photo and the artwork!

With these examples of how you can add more colour, mood, warmth, personality into a room while still having grey interiors. Why would you choose to have a whitewash grey interior?

I will leave you all with some more inspirational images on how to create the perfect grey interior below.

Alice Molloy Interiors

xxx

Best “go-to” high street shops for homeware & decor?

Some of you might of known that I was planning to start a blog, well here it is. I have finally taken the plunge and written my first ever blog. I have decided to look at some of the high street shops that have now started a home section. Funnily enough these shops are also on my go-to list for fashion to, both surely go hand in hand. There are more than just two shops, so I will be spreading these types of post’s out a little bit.

One of my favorites at the moment is Zara home. Zara is now doing everything from pieces of furniture, through to decor items and soft furnishings. Below are a few of the favorite items, keeping in with the trends right now.

This side table is a perfect example of the raw edit. Taking the raw material of teak, showing its amazing natural texture and patterns which seep through when cut. A piece of furniture like this, will not only make an impact and add character, it will also add a homely welcoming feel to any interior. Pair it with the vase & photo frame below, adding some colour and more texture! Top it with some faux flowers and succulents (I will do a post about them too) and you’ll have the picturesque set up.

There are so many other items that I want to share with you, before I make this too long. I need to share at least one of the amazing cushions they are selling currently. These are so rich & vibrant will make any room luxurious (they are totally different from the above, but would work in the same room.)

The next high street shop I want to quickly mention is H&M Home. Now anyone that follows my instagram page (

As you can see even down to the wall panelling and paint, it is a shade of pale blue/grey. At the of the day, I would love to be snuggling into this bed set. Finish the room with gold accents, for a complete luxury feel.

Everyone knows currently leopard print is everywhere right now and interior decor is no exception. Zara Home & H&M Home both are selling animal print decor (for anyone who is after some, it isn’t for everyone!)

Now H&M Home, have so much more to offer. I would recommend a trip online as I’m not sure what shops stock homeware. Likewise the same for Zara, I haven’t seen a local one to me (Essex) that socks homeware. Both of these are very different styles and budgets for depending on what you need. Keep an eye out for the next blog and if you have any suggestions on what you would like me to discuss please leave a comment or email me.

Have a wonderful day!

Top 10 Christmas Tree’s (plus a competition!)

Now it is officially December, I thought it would be best to do a Christmas themed blog.

No: 1 Farm House white – Now this one is one of my favourites out of the top 10, hence why it is number one! Its farm house, rustic feels more traditional yet having a modern twist. Keeping the colour palette similar to a lot of the others in this list. White but with the mixture of the pine cones & bronze adds a more warmth. Not to mention if you were to scent the pine cones with Cinnamon & Christmas Tree Cybilla then the tree would smell so divine!

No: 2 Snowflake – This one is a mix between the Frosty Silver and the Ice Gold. The majority of the main colour here is the snowy white. It has more of the tree showing and only slight hints of gold, however the main decoration its white tinsel which represents snow, or at least that is how I am seeing it. I am considering doing something like this for my own tree, but I am torn with a few of them in here. Not sure if this is too much?

No: 3 Scandi Chic – Scandinavian design has also been big in the interior design scene recently and with this tree, it is clear to see why. Using minimal decorations and all the same colour scheme, it keeps it simple and clean. No fuss and it’s easy on the eye. Who wouldn’t like to chill out next to this tree by the fire?

No: 4 Autumnal Woodland – I do love this one and it was hard not to have this in the top 3, however again with the pine cones it is a stronger contender. I love all of the bronze, orange and warm colours here. It looks like an actual woodland from a fairytale. One decoration I wouldn’t possibly put on the tree would be the owls, they are sweet but in my opinion also a tad creepy.

No: 5 Ice Gold – Keeping with the cool theme is this ice gold tree! (see what I did with the name!) Bringing in gold, warms this tree theme up slightly and gives it a much more luxurious feel. Like the tree’s above this is a more modern way to dress your tree, to be honest the tree looks like a million pound, with every visible bit of it covered! I love it, although I dread to think how long decorating a tree like this would take.

No: 6 Radiant Colour – This is the most out of the box tree I came across and the artistic part of me loved it. The way all of the colours gradients into the other is rather satisfying. So if you can’t choose on one colour in your house then why not go for all of them?!

No: 7 Navy Nutcracker – As mentioned anyone who follows my Instagram will know I love any shade of blue and that goes for navy to! So finding this tree was a dream! Although it didn’t make my top 3, it is in the top 10 (although not to sure why so far down!) The gold and navy are such rich colours, complimenting each other so well. If I was going to re-create this tree, I mostly likely wouldn’t add in the odd splashes of red with the Nutcrackers and keep it to just the two colours (maybe adding more navy!)

No: 8 Traditional Candy Cane – This one doesn’t really need any introduction, here is one of the more traditional tree’s. With red & gold decorations, toped with a splash of white. In my opinion you can’t beat a traditional tree with red & gold, it just screams Christmas.

No: 9 Frosty Silver – I do like this frosty look with a hint of blue! It looks classy & sophisticated, while being cool (meaning in the temp) it gives you the feeling of walking through a winter wonderland. Who wouldn’t want to do that?

No: 10 Blush Me Pink – Seeing as grey & pink have been such a hit this year, I had to put a blush pink tree in my top 10. Personally this is to girly for my tree, however if I didn’t like it, it wouldn’t of made it in here. There is something about the soft blush pink and the copper tones that makes this tree stunning, I just can’t put my finger on what it is!

Thats the end of my top 10 Christmas tree’s for 2018, it is cleat to see from this that I don’t tend to go for the normal traditional Christmas tree decorations! If anyone takes inspiration from the above and want to show me the finished results please do send them to me! In fact, I am going to do a competition for the best Christmas tree sent into me*! There will be a winner announced the first week of January, on my blog, my Facebook and my Instagram! The prize will be a Home Sense voucher… think of all the goodies you could get in the sale!
I’m looking forward to seeing everyones tree’s!

* Terms & Conditions: 1) Please tag me in your Christmas tree photos on Instagram (@alice_molly_interiors) 2) Follow me on Instagram

**Competition now closed**

Merry Christmas from,
Alice Molloy Interiors