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5 Interior Designers Reveal Updates They Will Be Introducing to Their Own Homes This Year

I am very excited about this post today. I have asked five interior designers whose work I find very inspirational to share with me their plans for their own homes – what changes and updates they are going to be making and what trends they will be introducing this year. These ladies represent such a variety of styles but there are definitely a few ideas in common on what’s going to be big in 2019. One of the major positive points for me is that “anything goes”! But read on for more inspiring thoughts and images of their work that is definitely a feast for the eyes.

Katie Monkhouse

Katie founded her design studio north of San Francisco in Marin County two years ago. In September of 2018 she moved with her family to the UK and is working on getting up and running in Harrogate. Her designs are focused on creating gorgeous family-friendly interiors that actually enhance the way you live in your space.

“This year I am really looking to be thoughtful and mindful of what comes into my home. I like to take a ‘fewer, better’ approach to my home (and my client’s homes!). Instead of giving in to impulse purchase and trends, I like to have a plan for my home and really think about if the item I am coveting fits into the design.

I have a love for antiques and that is always something I allow myself to indulge in. I live around the corner from a great antique shop and I stop in there every week looking for objects and unique items I can use for styling.

Other than that I have a ‘wish list’ comprised of items that are more of an investment – for example, an Akari floor lamp (this one is a little, well a lot, out of reach), a Chesterfield for our sitting room, and a fab antique rug for our living room, and lots of art. I try to convince myself that if I don’t give in to the small purchases that don’t make as much of an impact, I will be able to justify the bigger ones when I find them.

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Akari lamps

And if I wasn’t living in a rental at the moment I would be painting my daughters room Dead Salmon by Farrow & Ball, my bedroom would be wallpapered with Marthe Armitage paper, and I would treat my son’s room to some gorgeous new curtains made of Zak & Fox fabric.”

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Caz Oliver

Owner of beetle & WILDE – killer interiors & homewares with bite. Sustainable vintage with a natural history edge.

“First up is the dining room. It’s directly off the kitchen, which is black and white so any design needs to work with that. Warm tones will be big this year and I’ve been fancying a mural of some kind behind the black banquette seating for ages. So deep chocolate brown, mustard & burnt orange with some black and white too. Kind of an Art Deco meets Memphis design. A round Tulip dining table and oversized vintage ceiling light will set it off nicely!!

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I think sustainability is set to take centre stage in 2019, and it’s been really important for us since we started beetle & WILDE 6 years ago. So for all our projects we’ll be sourcing vintage products where we can, upcycling & shopping the house!!”


Julia Alexander

North London based Julia, is a regular speaker at events such as Grand Designs and Ideal Home Show. Julia offers a whole host of services, in and around London. These range from design consultations and sourcing (eg lighting, furniture, accessories) to managing design projects and bringing in trades people. She also specialises in Home Staging – doing up properties for sale or rental on a minimal budget, to attract the right target market and make maximum returns for both the residential market and property developers. Julia is passionate about training and runs styling workshops via Alex and Bro.

“Our home is in need of a full renovation. Everything needs doing – electrics, heating, flooring, kitchen, bathrooms. Designer’s homes are always the last to be done! I am enjoying the planning though.

What I am excited about in the design world for 2019 is that we’re at a point where ‘anything goes’ if it’s well-executed. Your home is about what YOU love. Evident from all the different style tribes on Instagram! Mixing unexpected colours, bringing in pieces from different eras – it can all work.

Additionally I love that vintage and upcycling is gaining more momentum, it really can suit any décor style and you can always add in something vintage, even if it’s just a print. We have collected lots of vintage and antique pieces – some we inherited and some we’ve bought,  I’m looking forward to building a scheme around them in our own home.

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Styling for Rockett St George


Cat Dal

Founder of Cat Dal Interiors based in Primrose Hill, London. Cat Dal Interiors specialises in luxury interior design with a Scandinavian ethos.

“I have used a lot of natural textures in the home, as this always adds depth and warmth to an interior – texture is key and can really change the way a space feels. I have applied a lot of this to my lighting also. Natural woven textures such as linen, bamboo, and seagrass add interest and offer the room a relaxed, bohemian feel, and we’re seeing this type of lighting more and more in the home.

I have always loved a fusion of traditional with modern in the home, so in my own I have lots of layered tones and textures, and vintage pieces alongside contemporary furniture.”


Elena Romanova

Elena runs a residential interior design practice based in SW London / Surrey. Her projects range from a one-room makeover to a complete house refurbishment. I recently had a chat with Elena about her practice, her style and what inspires her. You can read the interview here

“After months of delay and procrastination I have finally made it my New Year resolution to tackle the guest bedroom. It used to be a nursery but the kids moved to a different room ages ago and it became an overlooked room with confused identity.

One of my suppliers had some powder blush cotton velvet end of roll piece and ironically, it was the exact amount I needed for the guest bedroom window! So It was meant to be. Having considered all sorts of bold schemes, I have in the end settled on the idea of taking that gorgeous muted peachy-pink all over the room blending the curtains in with the walls.

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Setting Plaster, Farrow and Ball

This colour is normally reserved for little girls’ rooms.  However, its appeal has become much wider recently and I’ve found myself really drawn to well-executed rooms in that palette.  I am not someone who would do it in my living room but a guest bedroom seems like a perfect place for it! Plus it will provide a nice rest from the intensity of colours in other rooms  (there are some moody greys and greens around).

There is something so serene and ethereal about the softer and more muted shades of pink. A little bit of grey, black and blue will keep the scheme from appearing too sweet and make it feel very contemporary.”

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