Floor Coverings International Cleveland East is pleased to bring you the latest installment in our Blogger Influencer Interview Series. Molly Forbes is a design and mommy blogger and author of popular website Mother’s Always Right. You can follow Molly on Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Pinterest, and BlogLovin’.
Please tell us a little about yourself.
I’m a blogger, vlogger and journalist – but most importantly I’m a mum to two little girls. I live in Victorian cottage in a little village in South Devon in the UK with my kids and husband (who’s a teacher). We were first time buyers when we bought this property three years ago and are currently in the process of turning it into a bright, colourful and welcoming family home.
How would you describe your design style?
Eclectic! I’m a real sucker for mid-century shapes and have a few original 1960s pieces, including a MacIntosh 1960s sideboard which is the showstopper in our living room. But I also love contemporary design and am very partial to a trend. Current obsessions include house plants (especially succulents or cacti), brightly coloured accessories and anything with a pom pom!
What’s your favorite design piece in your home?
The sideboard mentioned above is probably my pride and joy. It’s really special to me because it used to belong to my late grandparents. I have many fond memories of it heaving with food at family parties or being stuffed to bursting with pictures of all the grandkids. Our home is a real mixture of old and new, and it sits in our living room covered in whatever seasonal display I’ve created of the moment, like it was always meant to be there. I love it and can’t imagine ever parting with it!
Do you follow any other blogs for inspiration? If so, which ones?
I follow far too many! I co-edit Roost which is a collaborative interiors blog with a kick-ass team of creative writers who all have their own brilliant interiors blogs. Life With Munchers is a great source for stylish family ideas, Owl and Accordion is packed full of craft inspiration and simple living ideas, Anna International is DIY and upcycle heaven and Capture By Lucy is a haven for colour lovers. I also really love Growing Spaces for creative family living ideas and Bright Bazaar has been a long time favourite for colour inspiration – as has Abigail Ahern.
Can you explain a recent project or post you’ve been working on?
My most recent interiors project was a DIY kitchen makeover. We inherited a really dated kitchen from the previous owners which I always hated. It was dark, with blue laminated cupboards with glass fronts, which made storage a nightmare. There was an interior window covered with faux Tudor fretwork which was fussy and really separated the kitchen from the main living space, making it feel even darker. We stripped the cupboards and took out the glass, replacing it with MDF boards before painting it, then we painted the walls, tiles and removed the interior window, creating an open-plan breakfast bar there instead. The whole project cost less than £350 but has completely transformed the space.