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Choosing An Interior Designer – Ensure It’s A Good Fit

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Many people find the thought of working with an Interior Designer intimidating as it conjures up lavish and expensive designs and an inner belief that these revered people surely only work with the “rich and the famous”! Well, you couldn’t be more wrong as these weird, whacky and wonderful designers can help you with all sizes of projects ranging from overseeing a complete home renovation to getting the colour scheme right in a particular room.

Caroline Pickering from Style My Home, an Interior Design company based in Tunbridge Wells feels her best work results from a compatible working relationship with her clients and here she looks at things you should consider before choosing an Interior Designer to work with.

Interior Design Tailored To Your Requirements

Like most things, it’s important that you choose an Interior Designer who is the right fit for you, one that you feel comfortable with and who will listen to what you want, working around the practicalities of your lifestyle and of course making suggestions and introducing ideas that you probably hadn’t thought about. It is key that your personalities work well and gel together and you both are singing from the same page. Some people just want a sounding board, others want the designer to do it all for them and others are looking for a more balanced working relationship. Whatever you want, a good Interior Designer will tailor their help and advice to the level that you demand.


Considerations You Should Make

  • Determine your budget
  • Communicate if you are not happy with their choices
  • Discuss what you like and don’t like
  • Be specific about your personal style
  • Know which colours you can live with
  • Know how much your designer will charge
  • View examples of their work

Saving You Time and Money

Using their product knowledge, service and contractor experience, an Interior Designer should be able to guide and educate you though the whole process. A skilled eye and their experience could actually save you a lot of time and money. Choosing the wrong colours or fabrics can be expensive mistakes.

Arrange A Meeting and First Consultation

On a first consultation, take some time to get to know your designer and communicate any personal preferences and quirks you may have. You may have photos or magazine ideas that you feel inspired by. At the end of the meeting, you should have formed a good opinion of whether the two of you can work together to design that masterpiece. Always remember that your designer will want you to be totally delighted with the end result. She will not want you to feel intimidated so be decisive and share your ideas together.


What To Do Next

Caroline Pickering from Style My Home is an experienced and listening Interior Designer who works with her clients to achieve the results that they are looking for. She will carefully consider your lifestyle and preferences and feels an initial consultation is all-important to confirm that there will be a 2 way working relationship. To make the changes to your home that you have always dreamed of, call Caroline on 01892 510070 or email



Home Staging for Selling

Spring will always be known as being the best time to sell your home; the days are sunnier, houses look brighter and gardens are coming into bloom. Not only is it the perfect time to showcase your home, but with a lack of major holidays to contend with, you could also attract a greater number of potential buyers!

At Style My Home, we offer a personal and bespoke Home Staging service, tailored to your needs and style, whether you’re staging for selling or renting, updating for a fresh new look or just looking for some final touches, to ensure that your home is presented at it’s very best. Our Home Staging for Selling service has been a huge success, not only by selling properties faster but also in many cases selling for a greater price, therefore not only covering your costs from staging, but surpassing them! Get in touch if you would like to find out more, and take a look at our top tips below:

1. First impressions are SO important – When it comes to selling your home, firstimpressions are always paramount; most buyers form an opinion of a house within seconds of walking through the door. Make sure that the first things they see are a de-weeded front garden with fresh flowers, trimmed bushes, a swept path and a freshly painted front door with a sparkling clean window

2. Make sure to de-clutter – Clutter makes rooms look disorganised and appear smaller than they really are, which is never good when you’re trying to showcase the best of your property to a potential buyer. Make sure you remove unnecessary coats or shoes from a hallway, as it is the first indoor space your potential buyer will be seeing. Take time to remove as much clutter as possible, or invest in clever and simple storage solutions

3. Clean, clean, clean – Like tidiness, cleanliness should never be underestimated. In high impact spaces, such as the kitchen and bathroom, ensure that all surfaces are cleaned and shiny, and don’t forget the floors, which instantly life the room when sparkling. Add fresh flowers for a natural, appealing scent, and try to maximise on natural light. Faux flowers can also be effective

4. Stay neutral – If you do decide to add a fresh new look to your property, stay neutral with your colour choices; try to avoid bright colours and bold patterns. It allows buyers to envisage the property as their own, with their own furniture and stamp on it, without being bombarded with your own style first

5. Finally fix it – Something broken that’s been playing on your mind for a while, like a broken tile, missing grout or dripping tap? Finally get it fixed before putting your house on the market – it will only send a wrong message to viewers and potential buyers

We understand that updating your home can seem like an unnecessary evil with our modern and very busy lives, but we can offer a detailed consultation and written report, with priorities and clear, practical advice, Alternatively we can arrange clutter busters, painters,carpet fitters, and rent furniture and accessories. We can manage the project from start to finish; ready for your Estate Agents’ photographs

No project is too big or too small! You can find our range of interior design services on our website, but we always tailor them to suit your needs and wishes – just get in contact to seehow we could help: or phone us on 01892 510070 Make sure to check out our Houzz page to see some of our recent home staging projects

Assembly Hall Bar Refurbishment

Having been a visitor to the Assembly Hall over the years, I was very pleased to win the contract to refurbish the bar at Tunbridge Wells Assembly Hall recently. The bar was in desperate need of a facelift and I wanted to address the Art Deco features evident inside this building which were hidden in the existing décor.

The brief was specific and practical, lots of people using this space from the WI meetings drinking tea and coffee in comfortable surroundings, young children buying ice cream and sweets during a matinee, to the several thousand strong audience in the Auditorium demanding speedy alcoholic refreshments during the interval.

I wanted to make the public feel it was a stylish venue to arrive when going out for an evening of entertainment. During the day the council use this space for various events and meetings, so I also felt the staff should feel they were working in pleasant surroundings.

Refurbished art deco bar at the Assembly Hall, Tunbridge Wells

As budget was limited and the main bar is so large we refurbished the existing bar, added a stainless steel wrap to the top and a kick plate and painted the bar dark grey. The coffee bar was rebuilt and fitted with a new Corian worktop.

This was a much more practical space for coffee, ice cream and confectionary sales and with the addition of a new Perk and Pearl coffee machine, I think this bar will be a very popular addition to the space.

The coving and architraves were picked out in contrast paint colours, the original Bakelite bar made more prominent with the addition of new black radiators and black bar stools. I wanted the original windows to become a more definite feature as well as dress them to allow maximum light into the bar. The windows were dressed with deco shaped pelmets. Glass ceiling chandeliers above the bar grouped to give a striking focal point, creating a glamorous atmosphere.

We wanted to reinstate the original marble walls in the Foyer with a feature wall in the bar we used large porcelain ties to one wall, lit with led lights to create a soft lighting feature creating a more intimate seating area with contemporary upholstered seating fitted to the outside walls.
The addition of sofas and small footstools has also allowed flexible seating but created more sociable seating areas near to the coffee bar. With the addition of some bright coloured fabrics, checks and plain blocks in the upholstery we added brightness and interest to the area. The carpet was designed and made for us inspired by original Art Deco textile designs, this was also selected to continue through to the Auditorium and Circle which has really made the space look really special and works very well with the new Auditorium seating.

It was the official opening last week and the feedback was really very positive from staff, press and the public. I hope the public will now feel, when they buy a ticket for a show, that they will have a very positive experience, they will enjoy the bar area and will want to meet their friends pre theatre, as well as feel the Auditorium is a special place to enjoy their theatre experience.

If you have any feedback or questions please do not hesitate to contact me at:

Landscaping for Interiors


Bring the garden inside your living or work space with a moss wall for interiors- a living wall of plants!

Yes, this really is a wall of living plants which are designed to thrive indoors with little or no maintenance required.  The moss and bark is real and treated but the foliage panels and walls are fake! There are some designed for outdoor and some for indoor.

At Style My Home, our London clients really like this new trend in interior design. We predict the trend for moss walls in Kent will ‘blossom’ in the next few months. We are a nation of gardening enthusiasts with a keen interest in all things botanical and nature-inspired for the home. Having a real wall of plants is just one step on from a beautiful botanical wall print!

Moss walls for interior design are guaranteed to stay evergreen and are proving popular in commercial settings where they have a stunning impact in a reception room or waiting area. You can have whole walls of plants or just textured green panels and feature pieces. Even furniture and table tops can be given the ‘green thumb’ treatment. Graffiti walls of moss are a growing trend in the USA also.

The smallest darker area in a reception area could be brought alive with a small natural green panel , contrasted against a flat painted wall. This creates an interesting statement that will be very impressive for a small financial outlay, giving many years of pleasure.

Not to mention the use of this in small courtyards or roof terraces where green can give another dimension to a small outdoor area.

The watering process is an integral feature of the design. Some of the plants chosen are ‘air plants’ which extract the moisture from the air to survive. Others are mosses, nature’s evolutionary success story which seem to survive on fresh air!

No more apologetic pot plants in the corners of reception rooms. Browning leaves and watering are a thing of the past!

This attractive moss wall in a London office is quite a talking point. It even offsets the company’s carbon footprint! 


Moss has been around 350 million years – it is a very simple plant, and also very adaptable. For this reason we have been finding a lot more ways to grow and enjoy the beauty of moss inside the home.

Choosing the Right Spot for your Moss Wall

Areas exposed to the sun throughout the day are not great for your moss wall. Yes, they need some light but not much. Walls without sun will be fine as you can use one or more light bulbs to simulate sunlight.


This indoor garden goes not require natural light, in fact it does not like direct sunlight, does not need watering, fertilising or pruning, and is ready to install on any surface. 


 Photos courtesy of Bright Green

Inspiration for Hallways, Stairs and Landings

Sprucing up your hallway, stairs and landing can be a challenge for many homeowners this spring. Making do with a lick of paint won’t really solve the problem long term will it? You need to address the lack of storage, clear space and get light into your entrance hall. Make that area a lovely welcoming place to walk into after a hard day’s work or opening your door to friends, knowing you are looking good.

As this is literally the heart of the home, where you throw off your soggy raincoat and boots after walking the dog, clever storage and expanding walls could be on your wish list!

When you open your front door, first impressions really do count, so let’s get to work to really let spring into your home.

Practically this is usually the last part of the home to be decorated and because it is a thoroughfare it is often overlooked as a room.

Often, lack of light can be a problem and if that is the case take care in selecting colours. Stay neutral, or at least light, and maybe introduce more glass to the front door or use mirrors or reflective wall coverings to optimise what light there is.

Maybe your hallway is festooned with windows and sunshine plays a chasing pattern across your marble stone floor? Then your interior design issues may be different, and perhaps you need to concentrate on historic original features of your period property.

We have some inspirational solutions to put the colour back into your home and make hallways, stairs and landings places you will want to linger – not just pass through.

Design Week took place recently with the many home furnishing specialists opening their doors to the world of interiors, featuring some wonderful wallpapers just crying out to take up home in your hallways. Magazine editors and interior designers rubbed shoulders to celebrate the newest and freshest palettes and swatches which are hot to trot into your home.

The good news is if you would like to know what’s in and what’s out in the interior design world we bring the ideas and mood boards to your front door.

If it’s stone or solid wood floors you crave, or just a hardwearing carpet to withstand children, dogs and everyday life, we can point you in the right direction.

Unless you live in a bungalow your staircase is one of the most important features of your hallway. The grand staircase is an important statement for a larger or period property. Classic wallpapers can  work well to recreate that period and maximise the feature stairs, but there are some fantastic colouful carpets if your stairs are straight and simple and in need of some attention.

If you have an interiors challenge you would like Style My Home to undertake for you just give us a call. Our little black book of design houses and professional trade people are keen to unveil their expertise to make your home an even more wonderful place to live.

Your entrance hall may become a place in your home you want to linger in and enjoy.