In our Design Insights interview this week we managed to grab a latte and chat to none other than Stacey Sheppard, one of the UK’s top interior design bloggers. Stacey has contributed to leading design and interiors publications and websites including Designer Kitchen & Bathroom Magazine, World Interiors News, Heart Home Magazine and Freshome.com. We last caught up with her two years ago and life has certainly changed!
Here she talks about design obsessions, must-have copper accents, how to make a style statement in your home and 2015’s interiors trends. Prepare to be inspired!
Firstly, congratulations on motherhood! Has your love for interiors now taken an interest in children’s interiors and products as well?
It definitely has. I didn’t think it would because I was never really that interested in children’s interiors before I had a baby. But once Matylda arrived I became increasingly curious about the market for design-led interiors items for children. I’ve been on a mission to find great designs for kids’ rooms for a few months now and I’m considering starting a new column on my blog to present my findings to my readers.
Since we last interviewed you back in 2012 a lot has changed at The Design Sheppard, how has your interiors blog developed?
Since I started my blog back in 2009 I’ve always focused on the very high-end of the interiors market. I really appreciate great quality, considered design and rightly so this doesn’t come cheap. So a lot of the products I have featured on my blog have always tended to be reserved for those people lucky enough to have the budget to afford them.
However, since my husband and I bought our own place last October I have been writing a lot more about affordable design that the everyday Joe can afford. It has been refreshing being able to feature products that I can actually aspire to own instead of knowing that they will be forever out of my reach.
You’ve created an online shop, congratulations! What inspired this move?
One of the things that I have always loved about writing a blog is having the ability to support independent retailers and designers by shining a light on the great work that they do and helping my readers to discover the wealth of talent that is out there. So I guess the idea of having an online shop is just a natural extension of that. It gives me a chance to support them even further by promoting their products to my readers who will hopefully appreciate the curated collection of fantastic designs. It’s a continually evolving process, so keep an eye out regularly for new additions.
What project have you yet to try but would love to take on?
I’ve always wanted to write a book and I hope that one day I will achieve that goal. It won’t be anytime soon though as being a great mum is my main priority right now. Although I do have a fabulous idea for a children’s book so you never know.
Which room in your home is your favourite and why?
At the moment I would have to say my living room as it’s the one room that really does feel like we’ve put our stamp on it. It’s quite small, but cosy and we’ve painted it a really deep regency shade of green which I find very calming and harmonious. It has an industrial kind of feel about it due to the furniture and accessories we’ve chosen.
What interiors trends do you see appearing in 2015?
I think we will see a continuation of the jungle trend that has raised its head this year. This trend is all about giant palm leaves, exotic flowers and tropical birds and features rich and vibrant greens, and bright tropical hues such as oranges, yellows, pinks and reds. Patterns are big and bold and really do make a statement in the home. I’m hoping that the pineapple micro trend won’t make it into 2015 though, I’ve never really understood that trend.
What’s your current colour palette obsession?
That’s an easy one. I have fallen totally and utterly in love with dark inky blues especially indigo. I know that it was Dulux’s Colour of the Year in 2013 and it is proving extremely popular this year and will probably continue to make its mark well into 2015 but I have had a weakness for navy blue for as long as I can remember. I find it extremely calming and stabilizing and it is the one colour that really resonates with me. But I am also smitten with all the copper accents that we are seeing in interiors at the moment. I don’t normally have a great deal of love for metallics but the warmth of copper has really grown on me.
Do you have any upcoming exciting projects?
We moved into our flat last October and it really needed a lot of work to get it the way we would like it. But then Matylda arrived in December so we didn’t really have much of an opportunity to start decorating. However, now that things have calmed down a little and we’re a bit more used to being parents we’re making a start and it’s all very exciting. We’ve just started decorating the hallway and the master bedroom is next. It is such a great feeling knowing that our house is finally becoming our home as we inject our personality into it.
And finally, which product do you think has been Brabantia’s most iconic over the past 90 years?
For me it’s got to be the famous Touch Bins. For a long time I didn’t know that Brabantia made anything else.
Thanks so much to Stacey from The Design Sheppard for this fab design insights.