Amy Keast Designs
Interior Designer | Graphic Designer | print & pattern lover

Journal

A space to record my house redesign journey and share my experiences, thoughts on all forms of design, DIY project ideas and much more.


Let the journey begin!

 

Hello lovely people!

Welcome to my journal! I am starting this blog whilst in the process of buying a new house – this will become a space for me to share my journey through my redesign and renovation project. I will be posting my experiences (both the highs and the lows), interior designs, DIY project ideas as well as some helpful tips for creating beautiful living spaces for all your needs.

So, getting back to the new house… the count down to moving day has already begun, when my attention is not on packing I turn to thinking about the design of our new home. Moving to a bigger house means we will need more furniture, rugs, accessories… – great fun for me! (even if my bank account doesn’t agree)

As we are planning to do some extensive re-configuration and hopefully an extension in due course, I don’t want to buy anything that may not work in the newly designed house. One thing I will need early on is some rugs as there are lots of hard floors. With this in mind I headed to my first auction with my eyes on a few possible rugs. The whole experience was great fun – from looking around at all of the different lots and keeping up with the auctioneer to trying to guess what the winning bid might be. On this occasion the lots I was particularly interested in were right at the end, so it was quite a long day. Despite the wait it was a great experience and I came away with a great deal and my favourite rug of all the lots!

My Tekke Turkmen rug

My Tekke Turkmen rug

My new rug is described as a Tekke Turkmen rug – not something I knew much about beforehand. After getting the rug home I started doing some research online to find out a little about the history of it. From everything I learnt so far, I am fairly confident that my rug is an original handmade design by the Tekke tribe from what was once Tukmenistan. I might find out for sure from an expert one day, but for now I am happy whatever its history because I just fell in love with the design and the rich colours.

Love these warm, rich colours

Love these warm, rich colours

The damaged area which needs to be repaired

The damaged area which needs to be repaired

I think I will be going to a lot more auctions in the future. Hopefully coming back with some more great buys, but if not, it is a great way to learn more about a whole variety of items. If you are bidding on a lot purely because you love it exactly as you see it, then it doesn’t matter really if you haven’t done much research before hand. But if you see something you want to bid on for an investment or for selling on – do your research! You don’t want to find you have paid more for something thinking it is by a famous artist / designer, only to discover it is a copy or not in the pristine condition you thought.

Well time is still ticking by and sadly my boxes aren’t packing themselves so I better get back to it!

All photography © Amy Keast.