An inspiring blog that shares a passion for interiors, travel and London life – Yes please!
We meet Lotte, the talented writer behind ‘Yes Please‘ blog who also happens to be the online homes, interiors and gardening writer for Good Housekeeping magazine.
Here, Lotte tells us why the key is in the preparation when it comes to a design scheme and why eclectic, patterned tiles are making a comeback…
What is your blog in a nutshell?
My blog is a place where I share my favourite recipes and home, interiors and gardening ideas, as well as the occasional weekend away. I’m by no means a chef but I love discovering super easy recipes that only take a handful of easy to find ingredients and just a few minutes to make, and I hope that the easy recipes inspire more people to cook and to try something new! I’m pretty obsessed with anything homes & gardens related – my day job is as the homes, interiors & gardening writer for Good Housekeeping magazine (online), and so I come across a lot of inspiration every day, although my blog is about the styles I love most, and about how to create a lovely and welcoming space on a budget!
I’m lucky to have been on some absolutely magical trips, and so if there are any trips that have really stood out or I discover someplace amazing, then I’ll blog about them.
What is your top design tip?
To be patient – when I started doing up our home I had so many ideas and I just couldn’t wait to have the house finished. I impulsively made snap decisions because I was impatient to get the house finished, so I picked colours without trying them first, chose furniture without shopping around much, and even impulse bought a lot of pictures, paintings, scatter cushions, vases, rugs and picture frames. In the end, we’ve moved a lot of things around and changed things a lot, and most of the things I bought on impulse don’t work the way I had imagined them to so they’ve just ended up in a box in the attic!
My advice would be to take time to think about absolutely everything, and to be (relatively) strict with yourself. Will that bright pink cushion really work with the soft palette in the bedroom? Will a blue rug work in a room that’s already painted blue and has blue everything? What I found to be the most helpful tool was to use power point to play around with what a room or space would look like. I took pictures on my phone of a space, be it inside or the garden, then uploaded it onto my computer and into MS Power Point, and dragged other images and objects over the top. Originally I had panned to buy a few industrial chic furniture items and copper accessories, along with some country style things we already had, but putting them all in one image made it clear that it would have clashed and looked cluttered and messy!
It also taught me that it’s best to stick to just one style for a room – be it industrial, country, modern or a particular colour scheme. Pick one style, and stick to it!
What do you think is the next big interiors trend and why?
I think tiles have had a big resurgence, with more people choosing to incorporating fun and colourful tiles in more unusual areas of their home, and using tiles in more unusual patterns – such as creating a herringbone floor in bathrooms and hallways, using tiles instead of wood.
I also think the trend for natural materials is here to stay. There’s been a huge trend for marble accents (lately more green marble and black marble) and other natural stone accessories such as agate, as well as more natural materials such as driftwood, rattan and jute.
At the same time I think people are more interested to incorporate more quirky things in their homes, that are inspired by exotic places. I think the tropical leaf print and pineapple accessories trend is finally over and has been replaced by more subtle accessories, such as resin coral (faux coral), or Moroccan, Indian and Eastern inspired patterns and accessories – be it a marble inlay or mosaic dresser, statement lamps, carved wooden furniture or even ethnic patterned tiles.
A perfect Sunday is….
A walk through Richmond park (where I live) and a long boozy lunch in Richmond with friends, then maybe some potting and planting in the garden, and cooking a big Sunday dinner for friends and family.
If you could have one piece of furniture from our website, what would it be and why? Where would it be placed?
I love these bright and colourful wooden wall panels, they’re very cheerful and just gorgeous! They don’t match my current home but are right up my Mum’s street and would look perfect in our Amsterdam home either in the kitchen, by the garden entrance of the house or on a big pair of doors.
These are also absolutely fabulous, but would look a little out of place in my humble garden:
Funnily enough I have this exact table at home, I recently upcycled it and painted it white:
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