Monthly Archives:May 2014

A cool idea for a spare bedroom

28 May 14
Michelle Gaffaney
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The next time a guest comes to stay with you, knock their socks off with a beautiful, quirky guest room.

Throw out the pink chintz and bring in the modern with striking colours and a much more modern look.

It’s time to talk storage

The secret to a successful guest room is not filling it with too much stuff – easier said than done, but it’s possible! If you’re struggling to squeeze in enough storage in your home, talk to us – we love spotting those overlooked corners that could be used for storage and building custom-made units to suit individual needs. It’s nothing short of life-changing for you, and incredibly satisfying for us! Over on there are loads of stylish ideas for fitting more storage into your guest room – take a look! 

Make it a visit to remember

Once your guest room is cleared of clutter, we can start to craft your guest room’s new look. Would a bed on a raised platform with a sofa underneath work for you? Climbing a ladder to get into bed will give your guests an unforgettable sense of adventure, and they’ll love having their own private sofa for chilling out. Maybe you’ve got a growing nephew or grandchild who would love to have a more grown-up place to sleep when they visit. We can help you make the spare room a place your guests will want to return to again and again.

Tricks of the Trade

When you’ve been in the business for as long as we have, you learn a thing or two about making even the tiniest box room look gorgeous. This blog from One Kind Design gives away a few design secrets: open-bottomed furniture, reflective surfaces, splashes of bright colour. We can help you with custom-made fittings, colour schemes and choosing the crucial finishing touches like mirrors and rugs. There’s no reason your box room shouldn’t be beautiful!

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Straw bale delivery!

23 May 14
Michelle Gaffaney
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With work beginning on-site at Castle Hill School shortly, last week we received a delivery of 420 straw bales from a farm in Bedfordshire.

The straw bales, measuring just over a meter in length, will be the building blocks of the new classroom.

Fortunately it was a lovely sunny day for the delivery. Whilst a finished straw bale building is of course completely weatherproof, at this stage, rain and straw don’t mix well!

Our favourite interior design websites, blogs and books

15 May 14
Michelle Gaffaney
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When you’re looking for interior design inspiration for your home, it can be hard to know where to start.

You might have clear ideas about how you want your space to look and feel…or perhaps you feel you don’t have a clue where to start! Either way, a great way to get started is by taking inspiration from interior design websites, blogs and books.

Here are a few of our favourites…

Interior design websites and blogs

Room Envy

A contemporary British interior design blog

Home and Garden Magazine

If you enjoy the wide range of ideas presented in the monthly Home and Garden magazine, you’ll love their blog, which is updated regularly

Design Sponge

The cult American blog with design inspiration for every element of your home (and life!)

A Beautiful Mess

A quirky blog full of DIY and craft project ideas for your home

Emma’s Design Blog

Light and modern Scandanavian interior design style


A fresh, light and colourful British interior style blog

…and our favourite interior design books

Treat your coffee table to one of these stylish books, and leaf through each time you need a little inspiration!

Dream Homes: 100 Inspirational Ideas

By Andreas von Einsiedel and Johanna Thornycroft

The ultimate inspirational sourcebook of contemporary interiors of all styles from around the world


By Elizabeth Wilhide

Exploring the possibilities and practicalities of transforming and improving your home, with plenty of gorgeous photographs and projects to inspire you.

The Way We Live

By Stafford Cliff and Gilles de Chabaneix

A huge and beautiful coffee table book and a work of art in it’s own right. You’ll want to spend days lost in these pages, which are filled with interior photographs from around the world.

Looking for an interior designer? Greenstone Design offer interior design services to suit different budgets and needs. Find out more here, or contact us today.

We’ve joined AECB

01 May 14
Michelle Gaffaney
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Greenstone Design are proud to be members of the Association for Environment Conscious Building

AECB brings together builders, architects, designers, manufacturers, housing associations and local authorities with the common aim of promoting sustainable building through setting standards and providing advice, information and best practice case studies.

AECB’s work includes promoting the use of materials which are healthy and safe, guidance on ecological homebuilding, responding to new building legislation and developments in construction and building a strong network of practitioners who want to put sustainability at the forefront of their design and build work.

Find out more about AECB at, or follow on Twitter @AECBnet