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Learn About Retrofit For Your Home At Bristol Green Doors

You may have heard that we have a climate emergency on our hands and that we have to abandon our reliance on fossil fuels with a new urgency. For homeowners and interior design fans this means starting right away by consuming less (read my article on the trouble with trends here), using less energy, switching to renewable sources, generating our own power onsite and even rethinking some of the building materials we use. The village of eco-homes in St Werbugh’s is a popular destination for a Sunday afternoon stroll, but no longer is it enough to saunter past momentarily enjoying the quaintness of the wibbly-wobbly wooden window frames. We have to become proactive about retrofitting our homes to become more energy efficient and we have to do it now. Start this weekend! Bristol Green Doors is back and you can learn how to improve your home’s carbon footprint without necessarily making it look like a Hobbit House!

Bristol Green Doors

If you haven’t heard of Bristol Green Doors before it is an open house trail of a dozen homes across the city that have successfully been retrofitted using environmentally friendly, even reclaimed materials, natural fibre insulation, solar power, electric car charging points and more across a range of properties dating from the Victorian period and across the twentieth century. 

Bristol Green Doors

You can meet the homeowners who are on hand to inspire, educate and sharing their experiences to empower you on your retrofit journey. Quiz them about installers they would (or wouldn’t!) recommend, view the work and think about how you can replicate their successes in your own property. 

If you are interested in attending but can’t make it along this weekend fear not, the Bristol Green Doors website is full of useful case studies, crammed with detail and about what was done and metrics charting each property's energy performance. You don’t even have to wait until the weekend to read those, you can start right now! This isn’t just about saving a few quid on your energy bills anymore. This is about contributing to protecting all of our futures.

Moodboard Competition Win
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Last month saw the the interiors trade show season draw to a close after an intense few weeks of exhibitions, open studios, products launches and seminars. There was plenty of inspiration to be found, and I headed to London in my most sensible shoes to traipse around both Decorex and Focus 16 at the Chelsea Design Centre in one day. Taking it all in is exhausting and worthwhile. Although not looking out for trends per se, the pieces that caught my eye were almost all teal or turquoise in hue, with glamorous gilt finishing touches. For their appearance at the 100%  Design event, Bristol wallpaper designers Addicted To Patterns ran a moodboard competition for interior stylists to create a scheme based on a favourite of their paper prints*. I chose Coral, a detailed white on blue pattern with a lovely sense of the hand-illustrated to grace at least one wall in my virtual room design, and fleshed out the scheme with many of the fabulous items that had inspired me at the trade shows.

Combined with artwork by other Bristol based artisans (artist Beth Nicholas who painstakingly manipulates ink to create ethereal landscapes and Hannah Brown Interiors who frames sea fans against Farrow & Ball painted backgrounds) the overall effect is dramatic, with layers of intriguing moody blues and a dose of glamour. It is full of different patterns which might deter many, but my tip for successfully combing patterns of varying scales and styles is to keep them all in approximately the same colour palette. Happy pattern clashing!

For more on Addicted To Patterns visit

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For more on the furniture and lighting used in the moodboard visit

* I’m thrilled to say I won and can’t wait to put the prize of hand screen printed Coral mural up on one of my walls!