Posted by Devenia Besant on 19 Jul 2020

It’s always such a pleasure to catch up with Local Interior Designer Alexandria Dauley of Dauley Design, as featured in LivingEtc and House & Garden.

Below she outlines the impact of lockdown with homes now becoming a multi-functional space and sanctuary:

Why the place we call home is so important

During the past 4 months we have seen everyone spend an enormous amount of time at home. Our homes have needed become multi-functional spaces to include work, rest and recreation.

Over this difficult period, we have realised the importance of creating a space that works for us to accommodate all of these activities.

As we start to emerge from this episode many people have recognised that their home is not designed to comfortably sustain prolonged periods in one space and are now addressing those essential home improvements.

Here are a few ideas for you to create a space fit for lockdown.

  • Consider the colours in your home. Choose colours that are calming such as blues, greens and neutrals to create a feeling of relaxation and calm.

  • Invest in practical and plentiful storage. A home can never have too much storage. Organising your home, with a dedicated place for everything will help you maintain a calm and functional space.

  • Fill your home with plants, wonderful for oxygenating a room, bringing the outdoors in and creating a link to nature, plants can lift a space. This is especially important if you don’t have access to an outside area or garden.

  • Try to create a dedicated area for work. We have seen a huge rise in garden offices or garages being converted into offices. If you don’t have the space or means to build a purpose-built office consider converting a spare room, nook under the stairs or adding a floating desk in an unused corner of a room. It will save spreading your work all over the dining table.

  • Lighting is key in any interior but even more so when you are spending long periods of time in one space. Make sure your lighting is adequate for any tasks but ensure you can dim any lights to create a softer ambience and change the mood.


For more information on the Dauley Design services contact Alex on:

Tel: 07932842487


Alex offers a bespoke interior design service which makes interior design accessible for all with an emphasis on design solutions to existing spaces.  Each stage of the process involves the client’s tastes and Alex offers a hands on approach that it is project co-ordinated with a dedicated build team, trade suppliers and skilled craftspeople.

You will also find more stunning images of her amazing work on Facebook and Instagram.

Dee xx

Devenia Besant
Devenia (Dee) Besant is the founder of Epsom and Ewell Families. Runs a busy household as a mummy of 3 and a wife and some would say crazily committed to helping small businesses and the local community.

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