We’re very proud to have Northern mother and daughter duo Soozi and Ella-Maria from the amazing interiors Instagram accounts @soozidanson and @_dansoninthestreet_ to give an insight into their style from their fondest decor memories to top tips for renovating. Team Christy met Soozi and Ella at a No House Rules interiors event after lusting of their home on Instagram for many months. Get yourself a cup of your favourite drink and take five getting to know both ladies.
What is your perfect night in?
The answer to this is unanimous! A large glass of G+T, a takeaway from our local Indian restaurant, PJ’s, dressing gowns and slippers accompanied by a binge watch of the latest TV police drama!
What inspired you to start blogging? Why interiors specifically?
Soozi: My blog, The Patterned Palace, was really a natural progression for me after having built up my following on my Instagram account @soozidanson over the last 18 months or so. I started posting pictures of my interior and received such incredible feedback and encouragement from people who loved my style, that I am now making a career out of it! I’m really enjoying working with brands and sharing my love of pattern and colour with whomever wishes to see it!
How would you describe your style in three words?
Funnily enough despite the 26 year age gap our style is very much the same. Eclectic, pattern-clashing and colorful and we would say this runs in both our interiors and wardrobe style choices!
What would be your ‘top tips’ to someone who is currently renovating?
Soozi: If it’s an option I would highly recommend living in a space before making any drastic design decisions. I don’t think you really know how you will use a space until you have lived in it and this can affect all sorts of things when renovating your home.
What is your favourite room to decorate in the household and why?
Definitely bedrooms! You can go a bit wild in there with patterns, colours and textures and really show the occupants personality!
What makes the perfect bed in your eyes?
Ella: Fresh bedding – you can’t beat it, a chunky cosy throw and of course as many pattern clashing scatter cushions as you can fit on the bed without it looking ridiculous haha!
When purchasing bed linen, what key element do you specifically consider before purchasing?
Soozi: This depends on who I’m buying for. When it comes to my son he is a bed linen connoisseur, it has to be super soft & luxurious with the highest thread count available! For me it’s all about the design. So something eye catching that fits in well with my chosen colour scheme & design. As head housekeeper, I also insist on quality that can stand the test of time!
What is your favourite mummy-daughter activity?
We are particularly partial to an IKEA trip! I mean what could be better than interior design and meatballs all under one roof!
What is your fondest memory of re-decorating your house?
Ella: Definitely when we re-decorated my en-suite bathroom. It was our first proper project together, it was amazing how the wallpaper alone completely transformed the space. Even though the wallpaper is dark & heavily patterned we decided to paste it on all the walls and it has surprisingly made the bathroom look much bigger. We spent two days wallpapering and re-styling the room whilst listening to musicals full blast! It was perfect!
What was the biggest challenge you faced when re-decorating and how did you over-come this?
Soozi: The biggest challenge is probably cost for me. Though my head is constantly brimming with new design ideas, the budget is unfortunately often a little tight. I have managed to get around this by shopping around to get the best deals available when buying wallpaper, soft furnishings, artwork etc, a lot of which I have found from small businesses I’ve discovered on instagram. I also save money by doing a lot of the work myself! I’m now a dab hand at painting and decorating & sometimes feel I may have missed my vocation in life! Haha!
Sometimes having the same décor for a while can become slightly mundane. What small changes would you suggest are good small changes to make that will keep your bedroom and bathroom fresh and contemporary over the course of the year?
Soozi: Changing up simple things such as swapping your towels or cushions is a great way to change the feel of a room. Also having a shuffle around on gallery walls and shelfies is an easy, cost effective way to breath new life into a space. Just moving prints around or adding in plates or new colours can have an instant impact.
What would you say makes a house a home?
Family. Home is wherever your family is and the dogs of course! The sheer joy on the faces of our two cairnoodles, Mini & Elvis, every time we walk in through the front door is such a perfect welcome and you know then ‘Yes,I’m home!’.
What is your favourite colour pairing? Why?
At the moment we are both huge fans of a bit of Monochrome. A bold black & white pattern looks great alongside most other colours & can look really effective in any room.
May we cheekily ask what is your favourite Christy product and why?
Soozi: I love the Christy towels that we have in Ella’s bathroom, they go perfectly with the crazy underwater theme we have going on it there. I’m currently planning a whole new master suite revamp so may have some new favourites from Christy soon!
Ella: I am a massive fan of the Chunky Knit throws – I love anything comfy and cosy but that also looks bang on trend.. I think the dusky pink one would look amazing in my bedroom actually… hint hint Soozi!