How to plan
Saving images of interiors along the way that speaks to me personally means to built up a resource of favourite photos that I can dissect and draw inspiration from at any time. Over the years I have saved things to Pinterest boards and created albums on my phone. Whether it's a lighting detail or a complete interior shot, I like to organise images as I'm going so I can access them easily and when the time comes I feel organised in that aspect.
Learning to save images before you've even picked up a power tool is an important part of the renovation process. If you've already got a collection of images but are struggling to find a commonality between them, it's like playing a game of Guess Who—you need to extract common materials, colours and tones that keep popping up. For example, if you're finding that you keep seeing light oak timber reoccurring, whether it's on the floor, ceiling, or veneer, then you know what's drawing your attention.
Where to start
In terms of what area of the home to begin your renovation process, I believe the kitchen, bathroom and living areas should be considered first. When I am working with a client on a kitchen renovation, I asks them to stay focused on the things in that kitchen that don’t work, because there will be things that will bug you every day. I always suggest turning your attention to the finer details, such as the proximity of the rubbish bin to where you'll be preparing meals, the placement and size of the sink, and the overall flow. A well-designed kitchen is one that functionally works without bringing any attention to anything that's going wrong. On the flip side, don't forget about the parts of your kitchen that are working well. Clients always remember the things that bother them, and they forget to think about all the things that were working in the old kitchen. It's important to assess what areas work and take them with you.
DIY dos and don'ts
When it comes to completing some of the work yourself, everybody can absolutely give it a go to some degree. I encourages anyone to put on some jeans, pick up a paintbrush and paint a wall and I believe it's a meditative and grounding distraction from our busy daily lives. While you don't need a qualification to undertake a renovation, there are areas that are appropriate for DIY and some that are absolutely not. Painting, landscaping, decorating and putting up new art are among the list of tasks that you can tackle on your own.
For when to call in the professionals, do not try any electrical or plumbing work at home—get an expert in. That goes for waterproofing, as well as external digging. You can potentially hit pipes, so get someone in and always call Dial Before You Dig before you do anything. If you were thinking of tearing walls down yourself, think again. Even if they're plasterboard they can still be load-bearing. Other DIY no-no's include bricklaying and tiling, but these are just a few and the list goes on and on.
Georgia's top tip
I believe there are absolutely no right or wrong decisions when it comes to design. You should be making choices based on what makes you feel happy and what you're instinctively drawn to.
My top tip for renovating is really staying true to your own unique aesthetic. I believe that anyone undertaking an overhaul of their home "needs to be brave and make the space theirs. I urge you to be inspired rather than copying, and to create timeless interiors that are bespoke to you.