Have you ever hired an interior designer?

Posted on February 10, 2015 Comments

Hello again! Sorry I wasn’t able to make this post a bit sooner – we have been incredibly, although I’m aware that isn’t really a valid excuse.

As I said the other week, this post is about interior design, specifically the experience we had working with a Glasgow interior designer that did an incredibly good job, one which we are forever grateful for.

To those of you that are aware of where we live in the UK, I’m sure you must be a bit bemused by the fact that we ended up hiring a designer from Glasgow. What was the reason behind this I hear you ask. Well first off, we have some family friends that live in Glasgow.

When we went to visit them last year, they’d recently redesigned and redecorated the interior of their home, and let me tell you, the work they had done was incredible. It had literally transformed their home. Naturally we were interested in exactly who had helped them out with their interior designing and enquired.

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They told us about the chap that lived across town, and gave us one of his business cards they had lying around. As you can guess, the reason why we were so interested was because we knew that in the following year we were aiming to decorate our home too.

Despite the brilliant job, we were immediately saddened by the realisation that this chap lives and works in Glasgow, and the chances of him coming all the way down south for a job would be slim. But our friends quickly re-assured us. It turns out that he is happy to do jobs all over the country, and has travelled larger distances before for smaller jobs.

This was great news, and as soon as we got home from our trip to Glasgow we gave him a call and told him about our plans for the coming year. 6 months later he was down south inspecting our home and drawing up plans. I think he arranged to stay in a hotel during this period. Its now 3 months since that date, and our new room is complete. We couldn’t be happier as he has done just as good a job as he did in Scotland.

I guess the moral of this story is that you shouldn’t limit yourselves to hiring only local interior designers or ones that live within a reasonable distance. Broaden your horizons a little bit, and don’t be afraid to at least get in touch with some that live a bit further away.

Guess who’s back

Posted on January 29, 2015 Comments

Hey guys,

The human experimente will soon be returning to you. Have you missed us? Let me take a guess. I do admit we have been too absent lately. That’s all going to change however with what we have coming up for you soon. We’ve got another great post about interior design coming your way and I’m really excited about it. So keep your ear close to the ground and come back as soon as its up.

Sorting out your lighting on a budget

Posted on October 8, 2014 Comments

Feast your eyes on the first full length post from all of us at the human experimente. As I mentioned before, the point of this blog is to give you some options and more insight into how to decorate and design the interior of your home without spending a fortune. In this post, I’ll be discussing lighting.

People often overlook it when it comes to interior design, but lighting might just possibly be the most important factor. Poor lighting can make any room look drab no matter how good or expensive the furniture within it is. Secondly, a beautiful light fitting can completely transform a room and tie every together nicely.

People are entitled to argue with me, but in my honest opinion there is no better light than the chandelier. They are quite brilliant, and I always seem to subconsciously affiliate them with grandness and royalty. Now, the problem is that they naturally tend to be expensive, and in many cases, incredibly expensive. But fear not, that doesn’t mean we can have one for ourselves – there is a way around this conundrum. What I’m going to show you today is that you can actually make your own chandelier.

You have to understand that it won’t be made of crystal or glass, (unlike the chandelier found in this review) but they still can be made, and in some cases even with items you can find lying around the house. It would most likely take quite a long time to discuss all the different types you can create at home, so instead I will quickly discuss two that you can easily make in half a day.

The first is made from white plastic spoons. Yes, that’s right, you heard me correctly. All you need is large cylindrical water bottle, potentially even one that is as large as ten litres. You then want to gather roughly a hundred white plastic spoons. Next, you cut off their heads and throw away the stems. The next part is up to you. The aim is to glue the heads of the spoons onto the bottle, but what pattern you go for is up to you. You then slide the head of the bottle through a light fitting and attach the two. Voila, there you have it, a beautiful homemade chandelier. You can find some other interesting ideas when it comes to light fittings here.

Another one you can make, is slightly easier and quicker and still looks just as interesting. All you need is a dozen wooden coat hangers and a saw to cut these directly in half. You want to remove the hook on each of these, then glue the end of each of these all around the base of the light fitting. This is another great look and won’t cost you a dime!

Please remember, despite the prettiness of many lights, it’s important to remember that many are not particularly energy efficient. Please take a look at this lightbulb guide for more information on conserving light energy.

So get out there and begin experimenting with your chandeliers! I’m looking forward to hearing and seeing the results.

Human Experimente Home and Living blog begins

Posted on September 17, 2014 Comments

Here at the Human Experimente our focus is home, living, and decor. We want to give you all the tools and ideas you need to transform your home from something boring and anodyne to a personal palace. Despite popular consensus and what others might tell you, transforming your home doesn’t have to be costly or incredibly time-consuming either. The important thing is to have a vision, at our aim is to help you create your vision for your home, by discussing various things you can do to spruce your house up.