Internal Glass Walls – Separation with Style

Lately I have found myself pondering the practicality of internal glass walls and am unsure if they are a passing trend or have been around forever and I’ve only just started noticing them? I find myself attracted to interiors that include them but, are they a good idea, or just more glass to clean? I can see some definite advantages aside from the fact that they look amazing…….

Imagine the extra light these glass walls allow through to small or dark rooms and the increased sense of visual space. Not to mention their ability to let natural light into an interior room or hallway that doesn’t have windows. I’m thinking glass walls are also a pretty clever solution for enabling adjoining rooms to be closed off for noise and heating reasons, whilst still extending the view……..

Framed in timber or steel, these dividing glass walls become an instant statement feature and bring a unique and slightly industrial feel to a space.  I just discovered an article from Elle Decoration, explaining this type of steel-framed glazing was made popular in the Art Deco houses, so definitely not new, but making a resurgence perhaps?

Internal glass walls allow natural light into hallways and dark rooms.

Curtains can provide privacy for a bedroom glass wall where necessary

A kitchen be seperate and open plan at the same time

Glass walls give a tantalising glimpse into the next room

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In my humble opinion, the best interiors are those that encourage you to wander through, curious to see what is not immediately visible. These dividing walls do a perfect job of giving a tantalising glimpse into the next room, welcoming you in and urging you onward.

The individual panels bring geometric pattern to a space, the steel frames introduce strength and the glass a smooth, light reflecting surface. All these small details are what help to bring a space to life, adding depth, interest and contrast.

I have seriously talked myself into it! Cleaning glass is not fun but the architectural detail, the glimpse into the next space and an abundance of natural light make these internal glass walls a brilliant idea. I am already imagining which walls I can knock down and replace………

What do you think, clever feature or impractical fad?

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The Distinctive Style of Katty Schiebeck

I have just stumbled upon an apartment in Sant Gervasi, Barcelona, that is giving me a severe case of designer envy.  Designed by Katty Schiebeck, an inspirational self-taught interior designer and blogger at Somewhere I Would Like to Live who describes her style as simplicity and minimalism melded with classical.

Katty Schiebeck apartment in Sant Gervasi, Barcelona.

Katty Schiebeck apartment in Sant Gervasi, Barcelona.

I absolutely adore raw looking natural finishes accented with metal and black, and the pattern tile provides just the perfect amount of spice to this unique yet practical kitchen. Love, love, love the clever combination of open shelving mixed with closed cupboards, the stone counter tops and the inclusion of both the sink and cooktop in the island bench. And while open living is all the rage, I cherish the idea of a cosy, enclosed kitchen with the stunning edition of internal glass windows allowing both natural light and a view from either inside or out!

Katty Schiebeck apartment in Sant Gervasi, Barcelona.

Katty Schiebeck apartment in Sant Gervasi, Barcelona.

Katty Schiebeck apartment in Sant Gervasi, Barcelona.

The soft, neutral palette is soothing and sophisticated, comfortable and contemporary. The apartment is a brilliant blend of casual yet refined and in my humble opinion has the perfect balance of individuality and style.

Katty Schiebeck apartment in Sant Gervasi, Barcelona.

Katty Schiebeck apartment in Sant Gervasi, Barcelona.

Katty Schiebeck strives to create a vibe that is welcoming and austere at the same time which reinforces my theory that the best spaces introduce as much contrast as possible. Smooth, rough, glossy, matte, hard and soft, contrasting textures create magical rooms. Visual tension is the secret to a perfect space…..

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Outside Spaces to Inspire

My warm weather is fading. The mornings are chilli now until the sun warms things up about lunchtime. Daylight savings ends tomorrow so it will be darker an hour earlier in the evenings. Autumn is a beautiful season with its changing colours and still days. Less light and warmth make me sad, but the change of seasons is inevitable, so, I am making the most of my indoor/outdoor spaces and soaking up the sunshine while I can. Eating breaky, lunch and working outside with my computer on my lap.

Feeling inspired to create as many cosy outside spaces as possible to take advantage of the best light and the warmest spots during the day. Dreaming of………

Outside Spaces to Inspire

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I have been searching for inspiration to improve a problem spot that is a very neglected courtyard outside the french doors of my bedroom. A tall rendered fence protects the outdoor space from the street which faces south and gets minimal direct sun. Shade loving plants seemed the obvious solution but the walls radiate too much heat in the summertime. All I really wish for is a large tree in the centre and some greenery around the edge. If anyone has some advice for my eternally black thumb I would love to hear it in the comments below……

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How to Confidently Create a Space you Love

Did you master your mood board? Honestly it is my very favourite part of the design process, I often get carried away and spend hours refining and editing mine, which is time well spent eliminating options that do not fit your vision, creating boundaries and reducing choices. Limiting your options makes for much easier decisions and brings you a step closer to confidently creating a space you love!

So you have collected your inspiration, decided how you want your room to feel and designed a mood board. Its time to start styling your space but with something in mind; Layering. Understanding how to add layers of interest to your room means learning some more design principles.

The first is Balance, this has to do with symmetry. Symmetrical arrangements are soothing and easy on the eye because line and height are balanced. Keep in mind strict symmetry is very formal. Asymmetry feels less orderly and more restless due to variations in line and height that cause the eye to shift around a room rather than rest. This option is far more casual but can end up looking messy without a little care. Your decision regarding the feel of your room should help you decide this one.

Perfectly symmetrical furniture arrangement

Perfectly symmetrical furniture arrangement.

Asymmetry in the bedroom

Asymmetry in the bedroom.

Next is Contrast and not just in regards to colour. Contrast between light and shadow, soft and hard, glossy and matte, textured and smooth. I could go on but I’m sure you get the idea. Pull inspiration from your moodboard and mimic the textures, colours and patterns that you have included. Contrast provides interest and without it your room will look one dimensional and bland.

Layer contrasting colours, textures and finishes.

Layer contrasting colours, textures and finishes.

Lastly we have Focal Point or statement pieces. These are things that have an impact, draw your eye and attract your attention. Every room needs at least one and depending on your preference up to three or four. Focal points have the job of providing a starting point for the observer and guiding the eye deliberately around the room. More about statement pieces here.

Use art, furniture or object to create unique focal points.

Use art, furniture or object to create unique focal points.

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Master balance, contrast and statement pieces and your are well on your way to creating your own designer space. Play around, have fun, add, then edit and rearrange. There are lots more design principles, tips and tricks but these will get you started, prevent the overwhelm and put you on the right track to move forward with confidence.  Learn more about layering here.

Spending the time and effort on designing your room and creating a vibe before you start decorating means that you will save yourself both money, wasted on costly mistakes, and the heartache caused by confusion, frustration and overwhelm. The whole experience will be exciting and enjoyable and you will have a plan to confidently create a space you love coming home to…..

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