Dear Designer Interview

Carole King of interior design blog Dear Designer tells us all about her design inspirations and style ideas.


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Carole King began her interior blog, Dear Designer, in 2009 and, since then it has blossomed into a wonderful online space filled with inspiration, design tips and interior ideas collected from all over the world. We chat to Carole about her own design journey…

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Q: Tell us a little bit about Dear Designer:

Dear Designer is the one place I can share anything that is currently inspiring me. It might be a new range of wallpapers, a particularly beautiful hotel interior, an up-and-coming trend or a colour combination that I can't resist. Occasionally I share some of my personal projects too.

Q: What made you decide to begin Dear Designer?

I'd been hooked on reading interiors blogs for a while and, in 2009, thought what a good idea it would be to create a library of my own tastes and aesthetics.

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Q: Have your tastes and styles changed since you began your blog?

They have changed massively. Interior trends don't move as fast as fashion but they do change, and documenting trends on a daily basis naturally influences my own tastes.

Q: Where do you find your design inspiration for creating blog posts?

Sometimes inspiration comes from magazines, press releases or trade shows, but often posts reflect what is going on in my own life. I'm currently renovating a country cottage with my partner and that inspired a lot of modern country posts.

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Q: Have you ever had any interior design disasters?

I've had a few colour disasters, but the good thing about paint is you can quickly paint over it and no one is any the wiser!

Q: Can you describe your own home?

I'm currently living in a modern townhouse, I haven't been here long enough to put my stamp on it but I have a head full of ideas. I'm sticking to a colour palette of grey, black and white with accents of dark green. I have my eye on palm print wallpapers and jungle print cushions.

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Q: Is your interior style mirrored in other areas of your life?

I think it's the other way round really. I love to travel and I'm very drawn to interiors with global influences. I have a few of my own souvenirs dotted around and they are always a talking point with visitors. It makes a home more alluring to have clues of the owner’s interests on display.

Q: Can you give us your top five home styling tips?
  1. Before you start decorating or spending money, always take the time to create a moodboard to make sure everything works together.
  2. Stick to neutral colours for the basics such as rugs, sofas, curtains etc. You can always add colour and pattern with cushions and accessories and they are much easier to change when you tire of them.
  3. Mirrors are great for bouncing light around a room, creating a focal point and are much more affordable than art.
  4. Books are great styling tools. A room looks more lived in with books and you can use them to add height, colour and interest to coffee table displays.
  5. Always add flowers and plants to a room - they bring the space to life.
Q: Which of the Houseology looks are you and why?

Well that would depend on where I'm laying my head. The Houseology Luxe look suits my modern townhouse but if I'm at the country cottage it would be the Chic look. But then again, I'm a little bit Urban too......