It’s time for a brand new edition of our fab Design Insights Interview, and this week we are super-excited to welcome interior designer Dijana Kalić-Velkova from Bells & Feathers – a lifestyle blog covering everything from photography, interior design and travel to DIY, style and food. Let’s gain an insight into Dijana’s world:
What inspired you to delve into interior styling/blogging at Bells & Feathers? Interior styling is something I have done naturally for as long as I can remember. The only difference is that now, as a graduate interior designer, I have more knowledge about the field and a more systematic approach to styling. My greatest inspirations were home decor and lifestyle magazines. I would go through them and wander off into a whole new world. It was pure magic. The best thing about interior styling is the possibility to enjoy my two loves – interior design and photography – at the same time. Hopefully, those two loves combined together will turn into a full-time job in the years to come.
How would you describe your interior style? My interior style is eclectic, but always with an artistic touch. There is also a slight tendency to lean towards minimalism. I admire Scandinavian/Nordic and Italian design philosophies the most and that is what I try to implement into my own style.
Where do you seek style inspiration? In nature and travel. When it comes to the online world, I would say Pinterest is an inexhaustible source of all things aesthetically pleasing. I also follow a lot of architecture, design and lifestyle blogs. I relate to the personal feel they add.
Of all the rooms you have styled, which has been your favourite? Styling my own space is probably always going to be my favourite because of the freedom you have when designing for yourself. Since I like to look at interior design as a whole, to single out just one room is a tough question to answer.
Which room in the home do you enjoy styling the most and why? I would have to say the lounge. Although, I do prefer open spaces, so making the living, kitchen and dining area blend together into one big, cosy place is what I enjoy most.
Which colour combinations are your favourite to work with? Oh, there are many… white backdrops with a pop of (almost any) colour, well-balanced monochrome/nude/sandy colour combinations and I also love light grey and soft/pastel pink together.
What are your favourite materials to work with? Natural materials, like wood and stone. It also amazes me how versatile paper is, I’m a big fan of making home décor items out of it.
Which 3 objects do you believe have the ability to completely transform a room? A statement chair, wall art and a floor lamp (or a ceiling pendant).
What advice would you give to our readers looking to refresh their interiors? You don’t have to spend a fortune to have a stylish home. A few carefully chosen details can make all the difference. Think about the 3 objects mentioned in the previous question!
Do you have any upcoming exciting projects? I will be working on some freelance projects, like making concept design for an apartment in Italy. The rest is more related to photography, travel and lifestyle. Some of the projects will surely end up on the blog, so feel free to stop by and check it out!