confessions of a design geek is an award-winning blog established in 2010 by Katie Treggiden to discover, champion and inspire new designers. It has been named as a top design blog by Dwell US, Elle Decor Italia and The Sunday Times. Katie also writes for the Guardian, Dezeen, Design Milk, the Telegraph and Ideal Home.
Posts tagged "colour"
out and about :: chelsea flower show

out and about :: chelsea flower show

At the end of May, I went to my very first Chelsea Flower Show. The New Craftsmen had been invited to curate the Artisan Sheds and surrounding area and invited me to come along and take a look. I dragged along dear friend and interior designer Daisy Riordan and we had an absolute ball. The...
pinterest :: grey

pinterest :: grey

Grey is my favourite colour. It is the colour of concrete, and brutalism, and nerdy things to love. It can be a safe colour, but it can also be rich, warm and exciting. My current top tip is combining it with wood or tiny touches of warm metallics like gold and copper – that really...
pinterest :: white

pinterest :: white

I find white incredibly calming. Given that I’m surrounded by colour and pattern all day, it’s perhaps no surprise that my bedroom is, and always has been, all white. But even all-white schemes need a little something – lots of different textures and perhaps even a tiny hint of grey or black – to stop...
pinterest :: black

pinterest :: black

So, we’re out of proper colours and onto “the absence of light.” This is actually a board that Pinterest asked me to create for Halloween last year, and one of the triggers for the idea of arranging boards by colour. I have a couple of rooms in my house painted really dark grey, but I’m...
pinterest :: pink

pinterest :: pink

I’m not sure how I feel about pink. I have a (perhaps slightly annoying!) habit of asking the designers I interview what their favourite colour is. When I asked Ilse Crawford, she replied, “When I grew up there were girls who liked pink and I wasn’t one of them,” which pretty much sums up how...
pinterest :: blue

pinterest :: blue

Blue is one of my favourite colours and this Pinterest board has been going much longer than I’ve been organising my boards by colour. I love the sea, I love the sky, I love deep blue ink – I think blue just conjures up so many lovely memories and emotions. My guest bedroom is decorated...
feature :: colour

feature :: colour

I was recently invited to join the judging panel for the 2015 Dulux Let’s Colour awards and to nominate two new rising stars I thought were worthy of recognition in the newly created “Young Designer” category. I nominated Zoe Tynan-Campbell’s Hasbeens, and Meggan Johnson’s Dots Project. (Winners are announced on 27.04.15 so watch this space.)...
interview :: ptolemy mann

interview :: ptolemy mann

Textile designer and colour artist Ptolemy Mann joined forces with Johnson Tiles to create the rainbow of tiles that welcomed visitors to the Farmiloe Buidling during Clerkenwell Design Week last week. I caught up with her to find out more about her love of colour… What’s the most important thing to know about you? Colour....
interview :: stefan scholten

interview :: stefan scholten

The seemingly contrary combination of neons and pastels has taken the design world by storm and is now commonplace, but it was breathtakingly innovative the first time I saw Scholten & Baijings do it at Stockholm Design Week a few years ago. Having conquered colour, they’ve now set their sights on texture, in a series...
out and about :: morag myerscough

out and about :: morag myerscough

I went to an event at the RCA called Talking Interiors with Morag Myerscough last week. It was really inspiring. I love Morag’s bold use of colour and her hands on approach – she often hand paints entire interiors with just a small team. I love that she’s kept her studio small. I love her...
creative spaces :: rebecca hoyes

creative spaces :: rebecca hoyes

I wrote a post back in March 2013 in about Habitat‘s return to form, and Senior Design Rebecca Hoyes is one of the reasons why. She works one day a week teaching textile design at Central Saint Martins, and splits the rest of her time between the Habitat head office and her Shoreditch studio. It’s...
photos of numbers :: 81, 3 & 55

photos of numbers :: 81, 3 & 55

It’s very hard to take a day off when you love what you do. It was my birthday this weekend, so I was supposed to be switching off for the weekend, but who could walk past these beauties without snapping them?! Number 81 was above a doorway on Southwalk Street. Number 3, as one keen...