An online creative hub packed with beautiful interior ideas, innovative DIY ideas and new interior collections, Corrin Creative is a wonderful space to drop by for a daily browse. We speak to the lady who gives her name to the blog, Stacey Corrin, to find out more about behind the scenes.
Q: Tell us a little bit about Corrin Creative:
It’s difficult to pin Corrin Creative into a single category - it’s an amalgamation of ideas, inspiration and my own personal musings. If I really had to describe it, I’d call it a little window into my mind. That is; it’s a space where I explore my passions of minimalism, simple living, great design and the things that bring joy into my life.
Q: What made you decide to begin Corrin Creative?
Believe it or not, Corrin Creative started out as a blog about blogging. For several years, I ran a parenting blog before deciding to share what I’d learned along the way. Over time I realised that I wasn’t happy writing about that subject. Of course people found it useful, but I didn’t love it. So I rebranded and decided to write about what I did love instead.
Q: Have your tastes and styles changed since you began your blog?
Oh yes, definitely! There’s a long-standing joke that my blog never looks the same for more than two weeks at a time. I can’t help it, I love trying out new looks and layouts. My interior tastes are just as changeable. Right now I’m hugely obsessed with minimalism however not too long ago I was all for bright colours, bold patterns and retro furniture.
Q: Where do you look for inspiration for creating blog posts?
I tend to find inspiration in the most unlikely places. Sometimes it might be a post I’ve read or a press release I’ve been sent. Other times ideas come to me when I’m in the bath or working. Pinterest is a great help in this respect, as are other blogs, magazines and even TV commercials. Inspiration is all around us – we just need to tap into it.
Q: Have you ever had any interior design disasters?
I’ll be honest with you, right now my home is its own interior design disaster! However there’s one particular moment I can recall that was incredibly cringe-worthy. When I moved into my first apartment, I decided the kitchen was going to be bright scarlet red and white. Let’s just say it clashed amazingly with the retro vinyl on the floor which was orange and brown.
Q: Can you describe your own home?
Honestly my home is like a jumble sale right now. With three small children (including twins) at home, it’s pretty difficult keeping anything clean and tidy. We’ve been putting off decorating until after potty training. So now is the time where we’ll plan each room.
Our living room is probably the only finished room. We’ve gone with bright mustard yellow retro wallpaper on one wall and have accented the rest of the room with grey, teal and duck egg. It’s going to be so much fun documenting each room’s transformation over on the blog. Essentially our home is very ‘lived-in’ and humble.
Q: Is your interior style mirrored in other areas of your life?
Absolutely, the bold, bright colours and retro style very much appeals to the quirky side of my personality. I’m a true nerd at heart and a magpie when it comes to anything shiny. On the flip side of this, I try to keep my life simple, humble and mindful. I’m not a huge spender and would rather repurpose something than buy something new. It’s the small, simple things that matter most to me.
Q: Can you give us your top five home styling tips?
- Keep things simple. A lot of people confuse a well-designed room with cramming as much stuff as possible into a small space. The opposite is often much better - try being really choosy with what you display and select only the best pieces.
- If you have children, don’t go for a light coloured carpet like cream or beige. It will show up a multitude of sins!
- Don’t be afraid of trying new things. Try a bold wallpaper or a bright colour here and there, it will liven up your space.
- Your default colour scheme doesn’t have to be Magnolia. Sure it’s easy, cheap and readily available, however, from personal experience, it always ends up looking yellow. Try an alternative such as a really light grey, it’s still a neutral colour but won’t have that yellowy tinge.
- Don’t overlook your ceilings. This is usually the last place people look to when designing a room. Elaborate pendant lights can transform even the most minimalist room.
Q: Which of the Houseology looks are you and why?
I’d have to go with Urban. I’m not really a girly girl and love the more masculine shapes and lines of Urban’s modern aesthetic.