At Floor Coverings International of Calgary, we love bringing you creative insight and perspectives from bloggers who are kind enough to share their wisdom and how they got started. Today we have an interview with Alex, designer, DIYer, and longtime blogger at The Interior DIYer.
Please tell us a little about yourself.
I live with my husband Robert and our two fur babies, Juniper and Toshi, in our rented apartment in Dublin city. I’m passionate about all things design and love nothing more than getting my hands on a project or space and transforming it into somewhere with character. I’m also really passionate about reusing and upgrading pieces that other people would otherwise ignore. I love scouting charity shops and markets in my spare time for unique and unusual pieces to work on, and I’m not ashamed to take a glance in a skip as I pass by. Nothing is safe!
Why did you decide to start a blog? What do you enjoy about blogging?
I started my blog just over five years ago as a place for me to write about design related things I was passionate in one place vs. bombarding my Facebook feed with lengthy paragraphs, photos and articles. Five years on and my blog is still something I love updating, planning and creating for daily, which amazes me.
What I enjoy about blogging would be two things actually. First, setting deadlines for myself and meeting them. Whether it’s a project or publishing a post, I’m always thinking ahead to what I needs to be done; upcoming events, what time to best photograph, what part of a project should be done first, even down to coming up with a catchy title. What I also enjoy about blogging are the people I’ve met thanks to it, and thanks to the internet in general. I’ve made friendships with people from around the world that I’ve never met (and some I subsequently have thanks to blogging). It never ceases to amaze me how authentic online communities are. And as mushy as it sounds, it’s a strong, encouraging, reassuring and comforting community.
How would you describe your design style?
I’m actually not too sure how I’d describe my style … I’ve never tried to define it before to be honest! I guess I’d describe my style as ‘gothic glam’? I’ve always gravitated towards dark, romantic, cosy and bitter-sweet stories and designs so I guess that would be the easiest way to define it. Gothic glam – a little bit of glitz with a lot of dark.
Where do you find most of your inspiration?
I find a lot of inspiration from both the unusual and the mundane, but more often than not I find it while I’m out and about; never when I’m at home. I find I get great inspiration and get my best ideas when I’m on my bicycle or on route by foot. When I have a long path ahead of me with time to think, I get my best ideas when my mind wanders.
Tell us about a recent project you’re proud of.
A recent project I’m very proud of is a brochure I’m designing for work. Working with Photoshop and the likes is my kind of styling – tweaking a layout one pixel at a time, choosing the right photos, creating a bespoke design and coming up with something that will grab people’s attention. I like different aspects of design, not just the interiors kind.