These couple of posers are my boys. My boys, who due to me and my partner making the right decisions at the right time, have the ‘privilege’ of a safe and secure roof over their heads. They wake up in the morning and know that they will be back in their same bed, in the same bedroom that night to sleep. Privilege, I have the privilege, of being able to provide a roof over my child’s head, they have the privilege of having a roof over their heads, in my mind, in the 21st Century, a child in the UK, a child anywhere in the World should not feel privileged to have a roof over their head, this should be a human right… in my mind.
Each and every day in the UK 150 families face homelessness. That is a minimum of 150 young children every day not knowing where they are going to be living, eating, sleeping. 150 children everyday will be let down by a system clearly not working. A system in crisis, a system heading for disaster. We can go to the pub order a drink and muse about the housing crisis happening around us, we can blame politicians, greedy landlords and exploitative estate agents but it’s us that has the power to fix it.
I came up with a plan, I worked out the money needed, thought about shelving said idea because, come on, who makes £1,000,000 on Crowd Funder? I then looked up, I looked at my boy’s faces and I knew I couldn’t just shelve it, this society we live in needs a little changing, it needs its heart warming up, its needs to be a bit kinder and it needs to see a human as a human as an equal. This is what I want to leave as a legacy for my boys.
My crowdfunder.co.uk project launches tomorrow morning at 8am. Please consider donating and sharing and don’t forget you don’t donate and receive nothing back in return, there are some great rewards on my crowd funder page!
I’ve taken the decision, for better or worse to talk about me and If you follow any of my social media accounts you will know that as well as a successful interior designer, indeed sole visionary of this business I call Popsicle, I am a Mama, a working from home (80% of the time) Mama. This is a bloody hard position to be in, but a necessary position these days – with nursery bills so high yet still a need for two incomes in most family households, working from home is absolutely necessary.
Back to it being bloody hard though a day in the life of a working from home Mama goes something like this; You get up, get everyone else fed, clothed and cleaned ready for the day. You pick up your work stuff and put it on the dining room table. You then look at yourself and realise, quite frankly, you’re a mess! You drag on some clothes concoction and hope it meets the rest of the playschool parent drop off standard, you get the children in the car for said playschool drop off. On route home you collect the days food, get side tracked by the youngest child demanding something or other… probably a banana! You stop get yourself a coffee and them that banana. You then realise if you don’t hot-foot it home soon you’re going to miss the banana loving little angels naptime and therefore your one hours uninterrupted worktime. So they’re down, they’re snoozing its your time and you… you look at the dishes, you look at the washing pile, you look and you do and you don’t work! You read that right, you don’t work! Then the youngest gets up and they want lunch and entertaining and Mr Tumble, then its time to get the eldest from playschool and they want a snack and entertaining and to play that game on your phone. Then its dinner time for the kids, bathtime for the kids and, thankfully, bedtime for the kids. You sit down and your partner gets home, they vent to you about their hard day, they want dinner, conversation and a box set. Then you realise everyone else is in bed, the kids are snoring, your partners relaxing in bed i.e. faffing about on Facebook and you’re still not working… you are absolutely wiped out, exhausted, you have given everything physically and now to expect anything mentally is just well… crazy, but you do it, you finally move your work stuff back on to the dining table, stay up way too late vowing to use your time better tomorrow and feeling guilty about the washing that still needs to be hung and not giving the children enough attention!
I told you it was bloody hard… but so worth it and I am so thankful to do it, to do what I love working from home whilst my family snooze (80% of the time)!
February is upon us and the property market is thankfully picking up, queue sighs of relief from estate agents everywhere, so to make sure your home is one of the first of 2017 to get snapped up and you are one of the lucky movers, what colour should your home be? Yes you did read that right – what colour should your home be? When purchasing a home all factors pale in comparison to the ‘feeling’ a potential buyer first gets when they walk through the doors and there is no better way to create good feeling in a home then using the right colours.
Contrary to developers and landlords continued belief magnolia and cream are no longer the neutrals to use. Grey is still very much in favour with everyone and with so many tones available you will be able to find one that suits your home. Brown is ‘allegedly’ the big neutral of 2017, and is set to replace the oh so popular grey, because of the sense of warmth and comfort it produces. To give a sense of harmony through your home use the same neutral colour through out, remember though you are still able to choose different shades. Accent your rooms using varying colours on walls, wall art and accessories.
When adding colour remember you are selling your home, yes you have to live with it whilst you are selling so don’t choose a colour that you hate or doesn’t feel right but do choose colours that are light, modern and, of course, that will appeal to other people. Green is a versatile colour that promotes harmony and balance, so will automatically put a person at ease – perfect for selling your home. Pantone recently made ‘greenery’ its colour of the year so using this shade of green will show potential buyers you keep your home up to date. Pantone have also, thoughtfully, put up palettes on their website with ‘greenery’ and its various complimentary colours, use these palettes as a guide to help create a good sense of flow through your home.
Having rectified the interior please do not forget the exterior, you do have to get these potential buyers through the front door after all. White has always been a very popular house colour choice it is; crisp, clean, pure and protects against negative thoughts and feelings. So, like the greenery inside, it will make potential buyers feel at ease and positive about the house instantly.
If you would like any further help or information on colour therapy in the home or getting your home market ready please do contact Rachelle at the Popsicle Interiors Studio:
Mob : 07443229644
Email : popsicleinteriors@
Popsicle Interiors is well known for it’s use of colour and vintage inspired pieces in its room designs and we are definitely going to be injecting our ‘Florida Room’ with both of these.
Google 1960’s Florida and your screen will be filled with vibrant, fun pictures rich in colour and life, but showing the relaxed attitude of the time. Researching the architecture, postcards, wallpaper and fashion of the time, the magic three colours we are going to use in our Florida room are tones of green, pink and yellow.
We are going to be infusing our room with fun using accessories; cushions, lighting, art and what every room in a hot climate needs – a fan!
The furniture chosen to compliment the décor is, a nod to our vintage roots but, entirely modern, classic cane furniture with neutral covers.
To bring the room to life we will use plants representative of the Florida greenery, our favourites are cycus palm and cordyline.
You can view the Popsicle Interiors ‘Florida Room’ mood board on our pinterest page.
Now you have fallen in love with our Florida sitting room, lets go shopping!
Wallpaper – Sanderson
Paint – Valspar
Flamingo Fan – http://www.jossandmain.com
Lamp – Homeworks Design Store
Cushions – Brian Walsh Ebay Store
Cane Furniture – Coast
Thank you to Florida Real Estate for the inspiration!
Everyone who reads my Blog, follows me on Twitter, likes me on Facebook or even ACTUALLY knows me in real life, knows I love what I do. I have a garage full of vintage furniture, a sketchbook full of interior drawings, a camera full of inspiring images and a brain full of creative ideas.
This is enough to produce the most desired home and commercial interiors, this is enough to please even the most ‘difficult’ of customers, so when was it decided that actually what was needed was to be a computer ‘whizz’ ! I have not seen one advertisement for an in-house interior designer this year that did not require one or all of these computer programmes to be part of your skills base : Adobe Creative Suite, Rhino or AutoCAD, SketchUp, Computer Rendering (3D Studio Max, Artlantis, V-ray, and/or etc). WHY?
If you can pick up a pencil, if you have paper, you can do this… and you can probably do it better then a computer. Don’t get me wrong, as I stated at the beginning of the post, I love my technology, I love social media, I love learning new things, but I do not get the same satisfaction sitting down with my IPad placing computer generated furniture into positions within a computer generated rooms – Give me pencils, pens and paper and I will be in interior design heaven!
I am not saying you shouldn’t have the skills, that you can’t have the skills or that computers can’t be your preference, but I am saying you shouldn’t HAVE to have them! It is my belief companies are missing out on the opportunity to work with some greats artists in the field of interior design because of the HAVE to attitude on knowledge of certain computer programmes.
It is a fact that pencil on paper fashion drawing is making a huge comeback in 2015 let’s do the same for interior design drawing!
Popsicle Interiors is coming up to its first birthday and as with any anniversary there is a tendency to reassess and reconsider. So of course the question; “Is Popsicle Interiors something that I should continue with”? and the doubt that comes with this question appears in to my mind.
When I think about what I do, when I consider whether I am in the right ‘business’ and whether I am willing to commit time and energy to ‘this’, what comes in to my head is a quote from Letters To A Young Poet by Reilke, which also happened to be used in Sister Act 2; “When you wake up in the morning and you can think of nothing else but writing then you’re a writer”.
When I wake up in the morning I think of Popsicle Interiors, I think about what I have achieved so far with the brand and what the business is going to evolve in to. I live and breathe interiors and style; I am constantly researching designers and products from the mid-century, looking for companies who salvage, upcycle, recycle, looking for people who share the same ideologies as me.
Then I know that I am an interior designer… just not an average one!
There are alternatives to buying new, to throwing away the old, to waste within the world of interiors. There is an ever increasing amount of designers who use ecologically friendly materials and manufacturing to produce items, there are companies who mass produces ecologically friendly paint and wallpaper, there are salvage yards, second hand shops, vintage fairs where you can find the key pieces to place within a clients’ home/office/commercial space.
Designers are looked up to as leaders; we should be responsible for what we promote to those who ‘follow’ us. The only future we have is a sustainable one so be mindful of this… always.
Popsicle Interiors is evolving past its first anniversary into something I am very proud of, so to my supporters, from the bottom of my heart,
Rachelle at Popsicle Interiors
It is our first vintage fair on Sunday (as a seller, we have of course been to many of the things spending money!) and we are having a meeting about how to make Popsicle Interiors a success on the day at Lou Lous Vintage Fair. The mind mapping here in the Popsicle Interiors office soon found the answer… the way to someone’s heart is through their stomach!
So to entice the crowds in to our stall we have on our possibility list of offerings for the day : The classic McVities Digestive, Custard Creams, Bourbons, Jammy Dodgers, Fig Rolls and last but no means least The Wagon Wheel. We also have a sweet list (yes we do take these things seriously!) : Aniseed Balls and Twists, BonBons, Catherine Wheels, Chewing Nuts, DipDap, Rhubarb and Custards, Pear Drops, Jelly Beans and Sherbet Fountains. In regards to the Sherbet Fountains though, all we have been able to find in the shops recently are the plastic wrapped ones and what we really want are the kind made of paper that dissolve and go soggy before you get to eat all the sherbet; the plastics one just too clean and not enough fun!
Please do join us on Sunday 2nd November at the Corn Exchange in Brighton and there may be some sweets left for you, there may not be of course, but there will definitely have some fine vintage furniture for you anyway!
The Worthing Eco Open Houses trail has become quite the popular event and the 2014 trail was a biggy!
I’ts inspiring to see what normal people have put in to their normal homes to make them eco-efficient. A prime example on thus years trail for me of normal eco-efficient was the home of Rosa and Molly on Langbury Lane. Mother and daughter have made low cost improvements to their home to bring about huge changes to their energy costs and carbon imprint. Here at Popsicle interiors our favourite of their improvement is the addition of two chickens to their home!
The one building I was absolutely super duper no words to describe it excited to see was the building on Lancing’s Beach Green. This building has been an unfinished eyesore (just being honest!) in the community since 2007 when the original owners took on the huge project to transform a pub, arcade and bungalow in to a restaurant.
In 2011 the Hole family bought the building and changed the plan for the building. The family have a commercial history in solar panels so for them the natural way forward with the building was to make it an eco building, the architect behind this green vision and exciting development is Bill Dunster from ZEDfactory. What the building is to become has also changed from the original restaurant plan, instead the building will now house 3 apartments on the first floor and on the ground floor will be a cafe and a water sports centre.
As a Lancing resident there is but one word to describe the plans for this eyesore…. Great!
We are all very excited here at the Popsicle Interiors HQ getting prepared for our Ideal Home Show trip tomorrow.
Unfortunately we have missed George Clarke giving his talks from Restoration Man and Amazing Spaces but we are looking forward to seeing the Princes Houses; Full scale eco-efficient houses being showcased as part of the Princes Foundation, for which George Clarke is ambassador.
We hope to bring you news from the show tomorrow, unless the excitement completely takes over us then we will update when we get back in to the office!
If you want to book tickets for tomorrow then we found this discount code MSEMAG worked giving us 2for1 tickets on the door.
Aaron Whiteside is a Blackpool home-owner completely dedicated to his style choices.
Have a look at the photos and video of his 1930’s home makeover feature on Yahoo today (12/03/14).