Hey i’m Lindsay (or LBH as my friends and colleagues call me!)
My vision is to design, create and inspire people, not only in their homes and spaces but holistically.
Interior Design should be accessible to all. Everyone should have the opportunity to organise and create a new space, a new start, a new beginning for themselves and their family.
I have always had a passion for Interior Design since I was a teenager, painting and collaging my bedroom every few months and buying matching accessories and curtains.
I completed my professional Interior Design Diploma in 2011 and have worked on an Ideal Home magazine shoot preparing and styling for the April 2012 issue. I have worked on friends and family projects since graduating and now opening up to private clients as of October 2020.
I empower my clients, provoke new design ideas, creativity and inspiration. Design.Create.Inspire is more than a lick of paint and matching accessories. It’s about designing, creating and adopting a holistic view of a client’s space and how it ties into their lifestyle, ambitions and wellbeing.
People with big goals, dreams and ambitions also need a clear out, in their homes, relationships, environment, mindset and more. Creating opportunities for clients to clear out and start again and go for what they want is so important to me.
Providing the motivation and empowerment, inspiration and a huge dose of honesty, I live my life fully to inspire you to do the same whilst shattering the perceptions that hold you back.
I am a born organiser! I have loved to organise items since I was a young and get great joy in decluttering and organising a space.
Decluttering a drawer, wardrobe, room or even a house are precursors to a complete and fluid design project. Through decluttering you can make space for new furniture, feel less stressed and make a design look more cohesive through leaving only thoughtfully curated items in the space,
Here are my top 10 tips to declutter and organise your space:
This is by far the biggest area I get asked about – wardrobes and clothes storage space. So naturally this is the longest section and i’ve split it over 5 areas.
The best way to sort out your wardrobe is to empty EVERYTHING (yes, everything) onto your bed so that you can see how big the problem is. The next step would be to select your wardrobe staples, the items that that you love and wear often and put them in a pile to KEEP. Once you have done that place anything that you don’t wear and know you want to get rid of in a REMOVE pile. Finally start looking at anything you have duplicates of, anything that doesn’t fit or when you try it on doesn’t feel great on, items with buttons missing, holes or hems that are down and place anything you no longer want in the REMOVE pile and anything leftover in a MAYBE pile.
Once you have organised into KEEP, REMOVE and MAYBE piles, you need to start going through the piles one at a time. Let’s start with duplicates… if you’re like me and you have 20+ pairs of jeans and 30+ white vest tops/tops then why? do you wear them all? are they all necessary?
1. Jeans/trousers and skirts – Start by having a trying on session and anything you have to think about for too long put in the remove pile. Do you have a similar pair of jeans or trousers? which pair is a better fit, better quality and makes you feel good? Keep that one and one or two other pairs and add the rest to the REMOVE pile.
2.White tops – (this can work for any colour you have excess amounts of). An easy way to get rid of these is to look for stains underneath the arms or suntan lotion marks that you have been unsuccessful at removing and put in the REMOVE pile. Any holes, stitching that has come undone and anything that’s looking a little worse for wear can be reviewed. Now, if you really love it and it brings you joy then make sure you add it to a bag so that it’s ready to fix, or to take it to be dry cleaned. If not add it to the REMOVE pile. You do not need more than 5 of each colour and even that’s probably excessive 😉
3.Socks & underwear – Again pile it all on an empty bed and go through and place any socks with holes in a pile (if you want to fix them – do that) if not they can be used as decorating rags/household cloths etc. if you want reuse rather than dispose of them. Any underwear that is well-worn, has holes in or is discoloured even if it’s comfortable… Let it go! Leaving just the essentials and those that fit well and of course some extra special items too.
4. Dresses and occasion wear – The best way is to try everything on, if you keep flicking past an item or looking at it when getting ready and choosing not to wear it… why? Perhaps it was expensive but not really your style or you don’t like the shape? If it’s never been worn or nearly new you can sell it online Ebay, Vinted, Shpock, Depop to name a few. You can donate items to charity or give them to friend or family member.
5. Shoes, bags & accessories – I love shoes and bags and have a serious obsession, but I truly only wear a select few with a couple of items for special occasions. You can sell any unwanted items that are in good condition and if they are not you can take them to a charity shop or like me, wait for the charity bags to come through the door and fill a bag with any unwanted bags, shoes and accessories. It helps knowing that a charity is benefitting from the items.
Make sure you check the zips, clasps and leather/material and if its fraying, broken or looking worn, decide whether you love it enough to pay to refurbish it or whether it needs to go. If you have friends or relatives who love your clothes/shoes and are the same size, you can always pass things on and know that they are going to a good home.
Once you have gone through the maybes and decided whether you are going to fix them, keep them, donate them or sell them you should be left with two piles your KEEP and your REMOVE piles with a bag of items to be dry cleaned, refurbished or fixed. It’s important to put a time limit on this bag and if they aren’t fixed, cleaned or refurbished in a month then decide whether they ever will be or whether you can let them go. The remove bag can be sorted into charity, recycle or throw away.
You can now put things back in your wardrobe, drawers, cupboards and should have more space to stack and hang them and see what you have more easily. You will see that you wear different things and your clothes aren’t as crumpled when you take them out. Introduce a one in, one out policy whereby if you’re buying something new, you remove something old. Think before you buy and make sure you don’t have something really similar. If so, don’t do it! Invest in quality items rather than a quantity of items and you will have a longer lasting wardrobe.
6. Junk drawers – We all have a kitchen, office, or sideboard junk drawer. The drawer that houses all of the random items that we come across in our day to day: old keys, batteries, matches, pens, receipts and all sorts of random things that we close away never to look at again. I removed my junk drawer from our kitchen and utilised the space as a spice drawer with all of my spices named clearly on the sides so that I could easily see what I needed. The essential items in the old junk draw such as working batteries, matches and clips for food bags to keep things fresh were all organised into small boxes labelled and given their own home in a drawer alongside folded tea towels in a basket. If we don’t create spaces for junk, we are more likely to process the items as we get them and organise, recycle or throw the items that aren’t essential.
7. Office space – There is nothing worse than having an office space that is cluttered and over crowded with furniture, books, paperwork or files and general stuff! A clear desk provides space for a clearer mind and room to focus, be creative and get things done. Scan as much paperwork as possible and shred any unnecessary paperwork. Take pictures of receipts (there are some great apps you can download to keep track of receipts and expenses), choose online statements and document delivery where possible, make sure you have sufficient storage in your office space to house books, files and items that are essential to your work. You can get some really stylish filing cabinets and boxes that can house your important items that you can’t. bear to part with. Once your office is clear you can add a plant, a new desk lamp and some thoughtfully selected office decor to make the most of your space and make you feel good when working.
8. Toys – Toys, toys, toys! You may have a playroom for your children’s toys or a toy box in their bedroom but the likelihood is that they will want to bring their toys into the rooms that you are in. All of the best intentions of them tidying their toys away at the end of the day, fall to you and the thought of traipsing them back into their correct places is probably even too much for you after a long day.
My advice would be to encourage the larger items to have a home out of sight when they have finished with them as a habit, but provide storage that blends into your family space that they can easily access and easily tidy up into at the end of a day. A sideboard with hidden storage space for smaller toy boxes, built in cupboards in alcoves, standalone storage boxes that match your room decor and can be styled with a throw and cushion or an under stair storage cupboard with stackable boxes or drawers labelled with each type of toy (this works best for crafts, pens, pencils, lego and smaller toys. Repair or dispose of anything that is broken and recycle or donate any items that your children have grown out of or no longer play with to make room for the next birthday or Christmas inflow of new toys!
9. Kitchen/Utility – The kitchen is one of my favourite places to organise. I love everything to have a home and love to label EVERYTHING! I have small pullout drawers in my bigger food cupboards to compartmentalise food types and can easily pull them out with a handle to use or refill. They are individually labelled e.g. Nut butter, tins, health foods etc. My pasta, rice and quinoa is decanted into glass pots with cork lids and I have bags for potatoes, onions and garlic. In the fridge I have small drawers that hang onto the shelves providing more storage and these are labelled for items such as blueberries, cherry tomatoes and mushrooms. I then have larger clear pull out boxes for cheese, meat, salad, herbs and dairy.
Plates and bowls are stacked on plate trivets with sides to make more space in the cupboard and I have step shelving within larger cupboards to provide extra levels for plates and larger bowls can be stored underneath. Mugs are stored in one cupboard section together, with glasses in another, a separate cupboard for tea and coffee and accessories above the kettle and coffee machine. I also utilise deep drawers for my special coffee cups and espresso cups and saucers. This drawer is directly under the coffee machine so it’s easy to access when making a coffee.
If you are lucky enough to have a utility room, or separate utility area/pantry. I would stick to the same methodology as the kitchen cupboards, if you have open shelves label glass jars for washing liquid, rinse aid, fabric conditioner, dishwasher tablets etc. If you use the same types of jar and labelling this can look really effective on open shelving. I would also recommend a high shelf to house vases and pegs, first aid kit, additional toilet rolls etc. Things that you don’t. need daily but that can be accessed via a step if needed. I have a wrought iron basket with a cloth lining to house the iron, hot water bottles, clothes steamer and things like that out of site on the top of our dryer. I then have a basket with towels neatly folded in it next to the bathroom but above our fridge (It obviously depends on your house layout and whether items make sense in certain areas or not.
10. Christmas decorations – Christmas is one of my favourite times of the year and because of that I have collected many a decoration over the years. I have different themes for different rooms, years and trees. I store our decorations in the loft in boxes clearly labelled by theme or type of Christmas decoration. They are all kept in the same area of the loft. It means that when it comes to Christmas I just need to decide on the theme of the year and take those boxes down. I make sure wreaths are wrapped inside brown paper and the tree goes back in it’s box. Lights are wound back up and labelled together inside one bigger box so that they are easy to find. It takes a little longer when putting them away at the end of the season but it makes things so much easier the year after.
I store away seasonal candles, tea towels, glasses, mugs and home wear in boxes too and label them so I know I can grab them as the Christmas season arrives.
I hope you have enjoyed this Declutter & organise blog post! I could write forever about organisation and decluttering but wanted to give you a top 10 areas for organisation to get you started. Let me know what you think and if there are any other topics you would like me to cover.
Ok… it’s official, we are going into Lockdown 2.0 tomorrow morning (Thursday 5th November 2020, 0:01am).
Those of you who have worked from home since March 2020 (Lockdown 1.0) or before will know what it’s like! The days consisting of back to back Zoom calls, balancing a laptop on your lap or an iPad/iPhone in the most appropriate position so that your colleagues/client’s aren’t seeing your ceiling, laundry or worse. You may have even had the joys of sharing work space with your flatmates, other halves or children.
I have 5 top tips to survive working from home this time around:
Re-work existing spaces in your home as ‘office’ areas (e.g. the dining room, hallway, garage, summerhouse, spare room) you can clear out a space and make it workable in no time.
Make sure you have appropriate functional lighting in your work space. Making sure you work in a space with lots of natural lightwill not only save on your electricity bill, but will also boost your mood. It’s scientifically proven that exposure to natural light in an office space increases your productivity, health and overall wellbeing.
It’s so important that you have appropriate equipment and technology in order to undertake your job at home. This can include but is not limited to: a comfortable, supportive computer chair, a desk/workstation, laptop/PC computer, mobile phone and any other job specific items. Your employer has a duty to ensure you have access to the equipment required to work safely from home.
Add green plants, they are known to: reduce toxins in the air, help to reduce stress and anxiety, enhance creativity, increase wellbeing, productivity and cognition.
Accessories, yes accessories! Now you have the basics set, it’s time to style your working space. You can add a design led laptop stand – functional but stylish, mobile phone/iPad holder, table lamp – think style not function, artwork to provide a point of interest for your video call viewers but not to distract from the meeting, candles to add a relaxing scent, a blanket for those snuggly winter days in a cold space and last but not least a stylish pen pot or technology gadget equivalent!
If you are eligible for a working from home budget, make use of it! Make sure your space is safe, comfortable, clear and gives you the most effective working space to bring your best self to work (even if it is at the other side of a video call).
If you need help styling your space and don’t know where to start to declutter and rework a space. Book an initial call with me and we can talk about a virtual style and inspire session!