Ummm HI! It’s been a while. Two and a half years, actually. Things happened, I got busy. I completely dropped off the face of the blog world. I made a few half-arsed Instagram posts for a few months, tried to keep up with my favourite design reads, and then it all tailed off and… nadda.
I’m not going to launch back in with an essay on where I’ve been and what I’ve been doing. One day I might… but for now, if anyone is still reading/interested, here are the headlines. Peppered with a couple of photos from when my house used to be pretty because, you know, design blog.
Two and a half years ago, I started a full-time Diploma in Interior Design at UAL Chelsea. Very full on, especially with two small kids who were really only just both settled into school.
Not long after that, I took on my first commercial design project – a local fitness studio. A couple of months into that, I offered to help them out with graphic design/branding. Then their studio manager dropped out just before the launch, and I ended up taking on some of the admin too. In short, I ended up co-founding a local business. It became, not surprisingly, a massive investment in time and energy. It was amazing, but I was working sixty-hour weeks, very few days off, no hols…
I finished my diploma eighteen months ago, but the studio left no time for design work. So all that got put on the back burner for a while.
Then, last Spring, our landlords served us notice on the property – they were selling and it and booting us out. #dramaz
But! We found a new place, just down the road, which needed almost totally gutting and renovating, but could be a freaking awesome new home for the fitness studio. So… YAY back to design work!
The project kicked off a few months ago, and I’m slap bang in the middle of it right now. It’s only my second commercial project, and the first that has involved major structural work – we had to raise the floor! It’s been a massive learning curve, but it’s going well.
You know when I said I wasn’t going to launch back with an essay? Well, f**k it. I’m on it now. Stay with me!
When I started work on the new studio, I stepped back from running the existing studio. I don’t work stupid hours anymore, I’m back focused on design work again, and it’s gooood.
I’m not coming back all guns blazing, but I am going to give the blog a bit of love. I am also going to start taking on design clients again, both locally in South West London and online, in a couple of months.
Let me know if you’d like updates when I do actually get my arse in gear and relaunch design services again. (Like the rest of the site, my e-Design page is wildly out of date. I’m going to revise prices shortly, but I’m happy to honour past pricing for anyone who contacts me before I update the page).
So, back to the blog. I think, before I stopped posting, I was beginning to get too caught up in trying to keep up with the Blogosphere, and that also definitely played a part in why I stopped writing. I stopped enjoying it so much.
So when I do get back to posting properly, I’m putting the focus back on things I love posting about – interior design and pretty things! I don’t give a c**p if everything’s not monetised, if my SEO isn’t spot on, if I’m not getting as many hits as I could. I miss the creativity and the community. That’s what I want to focus on when I do get back to it. I’ve got projects to share that I never got round to, and we’ve just moved house so I’ll be scheming and sharing my own new spaces too.
And if you are still here, thanks for sticking around, and don’t be a stranger!