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, Elle Decoration and Dezeen.
Posts tagged "interior design"
Boex turns Porthleven bike shop into take-away café

Boex turns Porthleven bike shop into take-away café

Cornish interior design firm Boex worked with ‘Nauti But Ice’ to turn the bike shop next door to their Porthleven ice-cream parlour into ‘Go Nauti,’ a take-away café. The 60-square-metre reclaimed timber-clad space features breakfast bars, shared tables and both high and low seating to accommodate lone diners as well as large groups. “The idea...
Anna Hart Design creates first London outpost for Cornish coffee company

Anna Hart Design creates first London outpost for Cornish coffee company

Penryn-based Anna Hart Design has created the interior for Origin Coffee‘s flagship store – a combined training space for the baristas that use their coffee all over the capital and further afield, and coffee shop for locals. The 60-square-metre coffee shop on Charlotte Street, Shoreditch, and 56-metre basement education space features Origin’s now trademark monochromatic...
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...
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...
interview :: ilse crawford (pt 2)

interview :: ilse crawford (pt 2)

I posted the first part of my interview with British Elle Decoration founding editor, Ilse Crawford almost a year ago. Somewhat belatedly, this is part two, where we talk storytelling, Elle Decoration, and advice for design bloggers… You talk about design being a three dimensional language. How do storytelling and language differ between your work...
explore :: san francisco

explore :: san francisco

Welcome to the third post in the newest confessions of design geek column; explore. Each month I will ask a fellow design blogger or someone otherwise tapped into the design scene to show us around their home city, letting us into some local design secrets on the way. The first post was from the lovely...
creative spaces :: bulldog drummond

creative spaces :: bulldog drummond

Named after a fictional British character created by Herman Cyril McNeile in the 1920s, Bulldog Drummond is a design agency based in the Banker’s Hill district of San Diego. The original Bulldog’s adventures begin with an advertisement in the local newspaper: “Demobilised Officer finding peace incredibly tedious would welcome diversion. Legitimate if possible; but crime of a...
out and about :: hotel droog

out and about :: hotel droog

I recently visited Amsterdam (as part of BlogTour Cologne), and one of the highlights was a visit to the newly opened Hotel Droog. It only opened in September 2012 and we were the first official media tour there. Although to be honest, they had be at the signage in the window! I love the strong...
maggie's :: nottingham

maggie’s :: nottingham

Nicknamed the ‘Jolly Green Giant’ by the Guardian when it opened in November 2011, Maggie’s Nottingham has also been compared to a green lantern and a treehouse. It was designed by architect Piers Gough CBE (the G of CZWG Architects), and the interior was done by Sir Paul Smith. It’s the first time Maggie’s has...
out and about :: montpellier chapter

out and about :: montpellier chapter

When I went to Cheltenham to visit Maggie’s, The Montpellier Chapter Hotel kindly offered me a complimentary night’s stay. It’s a beautifully designed hotel with an interior that name checks everyone from Eames to Adler. But what really caught my attention was the art. Even the reception desk is a sculpture (by Alison Crowther), and sits in...