Based in SW London Gabi Da Rocha is the founder and owner of Gabi Da Rocha Interiors. With more than 30 years experience, she offers a full interior design service as well as budget-friendly consultations.
BRIGHTEN THE MOOD WITH SOME EASY CHANGES TO YOUR HOME
We are all going through this uncertain time together. The good news is that Spring is officially here, the sun is shining and there will be cheerier times ahead.
As we are all having to spend a lot of time at home it’s never been so important to really be happy with your surroundings, so let’s blow away the cobwebs and get our homes gleaming and in order while we have the time.
Here are a few easy tips to make the best of your home:
Shuffle things around.
Simply moving around a sofa or a chair, a footstool or a coffee table can have a big impact.
Lighten up a bit.
Replace dark, heavy bed linen with lighter, brighter and softer fabrics in pastels and breezier tones and shades. Look at All Bamboo on the Decorcafe online shop and Vivaraise soon to be available via our website – gabidarochainteriors.com
If budget permits, apply the same principle to window dressing and store away your heavy curtains, swapping them for summer alternatives. It is still possible to get samples and order fabrics.
For tighter budgets there are some local places that offer second hand curtains and blinds. Near us, we have Curtain Call in Richmond.
Treat your home to a repaint.
We all know how sunlight can show up every niggling finger mark and greasy smudge. Just by giving areas of heavy traffic, such as the hallway and kitchen, a fresh lick of paint, will not only make a huge difference, but can be immensely satisfying and consequently up-lifting to your mood.
Phil at Paint the Town Green has been very generous sharing some great videos on how to do your own decorating available on IGTV @paint_thetown_green. They are not decorating currently but will very happily help you if you with their tips if you are doing by yourself and you can still order their Eco-friendly range of paint or get a quote for when things get back to normal.
Clear the clutter.
Get rid of things you don’t need from tables, shelves, cabinets and drawers, keeping out just the aesthetic essentials, such as lamps, pictures and candles. Find a place to stow away the remainder which can’t be discarded, such as paperwork, house bills and other miscellaneous items of importance. For savvy, storage solutions, check out Grand Illusions for a wonderful array of storage baskets.
Finish it with flowers.
A modest arrangement of fresh cut flowers will immediately liven up your living space, cheer yourself up with a large vase filled with daffodils, most supermarkets are selling them at £1 per bunch!
For more information and help please do contact Gabi at Gabi da Rocha Interiors