Trained at the KLC School of Interior Design in London, Sophia Kelly ran her own Interior Design practice in London for over 10 years.
Building on the success of her UK business, Sophia has now set up a new design practice in Switzerland, called Sophia Kelly Home Design. Responding to the growing demand for home design services in the international community, Sophia provides a range of tailor-made services, which are perfect for clients who have just moved into a new home or who simply need help reorganizing one that they have lived in for many years!
Sophia Kelly Home Design
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I have been thinking about getting my paintbrushes, acrylics and art box out for months, and preparing a new piece of art for my bare wall.
Whilst I was walking round IKEA, I saw a huge photographic framed art piece reduced to half price and then I got thinking. What if I were to paint over this and create my own original piece of art? At the asking price, I couldn’t leave it behind. The cost of a prepared canvas of this scale, would have been four times the price.
So with a bit of imagination and much excitement, I set off by priming over the art piece with white gesso. It took about 4 coats but then it was ready for whatever medium or material I wanted to add to it.
It’s that time of the year when flowers are blooming, the sun is beaming into your home and you look around and clearly see that you have much freshening up to do.
Here are a few tips to kick-start your spring-cleaning before the busy season of summer begins:
Take time to review all your home items purchased over the years. Decide whether you actually need these items, when was the last time you used them and would you actually miss them. You are then ready to put the clutter into 3 categories or boxes:
- Items that must be thrown away
- Items that can be given away or sold
- Items to be stored or put away
If you are buying a new home on or off plan, planning to make changes to your current home or thinking about moving, it is important to follow a series of planned steps to make sure the project will run smoothly and avoid costly mistakes.
Here are some planning steps for your spaces or rooms, which I covered in my recent workshop, entitled Planning your Home Project:
• Start off by understanding why you are making the changes and what realistic time scale & budget you have.
• Make sure you have architectural plan drawings or prepare your own ones by surveying each space.
• Undertake a space analysis – what are the existing ceilings like, walls, architectural details, fireplace, windows, flooring, natural light, exterior? This will help form a true understanding of the space/room and assist in creating accurate design concepts.
• Consider if you should make changes to your floor plans – forget the conventions of sleeping upstairs and living/eating downstairs – aim for flexible planning.
To help home owners learn some of the basic rules about interior design, I run a series of workshops on different themes that are carefully chosen to give clients the confidence they need to make their own decisions about personal projects within their home.
This month’s workshop kicked off with the Theory of Colour and how we can use this to create interior colour schemes.
Here are some of the key points our attendees took away with them: