Yes, it’s true, and I’m very excited. Currently a work in progress – with a lot of love and passion being poured into its pages! – my book is an exploration of style and function, in which I share what I have learned over my life in design, 17 years of which have been spent in professional practice. Influenced by the existing designs, and the people, that have allowed me to see the world in the way that I do, I am carefully crafting my thoughts into a beautiful tome, that I hope will be of use to anyone looking to structure and redesign their own personal space!

Right now, I am still in the planning and research phase, though much of the book has been completed (some parts of the process have come easier than others, as is always the way!) and am getting immense enjoyment from completing this work, which feels in many ways the same as my day to day work, but in other ways so, so different.

But don’t let me keep you with the detail of processes and research, and instead enjoy a short preview of the style of content set to be included therein:


Colour & Space.

The use of colour in a room is a very important aspect in influencing a viewer’s perception of space, as it can make a space appear bigger or smaller, dependent on your desire.

A dark colour in a small bathroom can add depth and mood, for example, while a light colour in the same space can help to create a bright neutral space. There is no right or wrong when it comes to personal taste, but it’s good to understand the principles in order to actualise the design you truly wish to achieve!

A company I love that masters this well is Devon & Devon, a Florence based brand designed to ‘create a complete and coordinated bathroom inspired by the atmospheres of the European tradition and the most refined American design of the first half of the twentieth century.’

This brand truly understands the idea of using colour to define a space, and I’m always fascinated to see what they do next.


Let me know your thoughts on what I’ve shared so far. I can’t wait to complete the book, so I can discuss it further with you all – though I have to admit, I’ll miss the outpouring of creativity onto a page – maybe I’ll be an author in another life!

Maria x




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