Interior Design Before and After

15 Sep 2015

I love looking at before and after pictures. I graze Pinterest, DIY sites and Instagram for inspiration from incredibly creative and talented people- not just Creatives who are upcyling a plethora of unambiguous objects into marvellous creations., but also from Architects and fellow Designers transforming mundane spaces into something incredible.

At Thomas Haycock Interior Design we love a great Before and After shot. It's great to see just an image of the finished spaces, but to see the real transformation from a Before shot gives a real sense of joy and satisfaction whatever the budget.

On the surface, the Before and After shot may look like the space has been given a lick of paint, some gorgeous curtains and cushions to add the all important final touch, but these are just the final touches - the tip of the iceberg! Beneath this tip is an in depth design process that takes you from concept, detailed design, lighting design, technical drawings, building specifications, specialists and building contractors on site to the finished scheme - and the 'After' shot. The results always put smiles on our faces - hope you enjoy these Thomas Haycock creations…...  

Before- Entrance Hall

After - Entrance Hall


Before - Master Bedroom 

After- Master Bedroom


Before- Master Ensuite

After - Master Ensuite


Before - Home Cinema

After - Home Cinema

Before - Dining Room

After - Dining Room





Andie Haycock

Transform you home with Curtains, Carpet and Paint colours

03 Feb 2014

We have recently moved into a new house where we need to change everything to make it into our home. It's an exciting new project and will take time to get it exactly how we want, to express the way we live and work as a family. Although we are going to have to wait a while before we can do any structural alterations, we can start on the simpler things that will make a real difference - things like Curtains, Carpet and Paint colours.

It can be daunting, not knowing where to start, not knowing exactly what you want to achieve in a room, what colours you want, what fabric to choose, what style of carpet……....but fear not, here are some tips to get started on transforming your new home (or even one you have been in for a while)

A light lofty relaxed feel is created in this Designers Guild interior

1) Take a step back. Think of all the places you have been, what makes you happy, is it a smell, a holiday picture, a piece of art, pictures from magazines (not necessarily interiors related). Collate a pile of images and words of all these bits and bobs and look to see if there is an underlying theme - a colour perhaps?

2) Think about the mood and overall feel you are trying to achieve (which you may also glean from the images bits and bobs) - do you want calming and relaxing (blues and greens) stimulating (bright and bold colours) glamorous (metallic greys, darks etc) ? This can also help with fabric choices (e.g. silk is glamorous, Linen is more relaxed etc)

3) Collect samples of fabrics you like, put them with paint colours you like to make sure the scheme will work as a whole - whittle down to a final selection and you should have a comprehensive scheme.

If this still all seems too daunting still - we are of course here to help

One of the services we provide is curtain making. If you are struggling with knowing what fabrics and style of curtain would work in your home, we give expert advice and provide you with fabric samples to look at in the comfort of your home. If you have odd shaped windows, small windows that need to look larger or even windows that look out onto an unsightly view, we use our professional experience and knowledge to design the best window treatment that will be in keeping with the desired style of the room. The fabric samples we supply are carefully selected following in depth discussions with you - we don't overwhelm you with books and books of fabric to make it even more daunting!

This Interior has a warm, relaxed vibe

Thomas Haycock Interior Design

Empty or “Fill Your House for Free”!

14 Aug 2013

When we started working on our Fulham project a few months ago we decided that instead of just filling skips with all the bits that weren’t required any more we would try to dispose of them using other means as well. If you have ever carried out any building work you will know that skips and the permits they require can mount up considerably. It is worth considering that giving away items not only saves on the costs of skips and the environment, but gives you the pleasure of helping others benefiting from “Fill Your House for Free“.

With the cooperation of a like minded building contractor (, we started by listing out all the items that weren’t required, taking photos and measurements and writing up descriptions. eBay was the first port of call. If we could get some money for it then that was worth a try. Honestly though I think you have to be pretty lucky to make much money on selling second hand household items on eBay. It is time consuming and arranging for the collections feels like it takes weeks.

The bath collected in Episode 4 of Fill Your House for Free Items that didn’t sell on eBay we decided to advertise on one of the freecycling websites ( There is something much more satisfying about freecycling. There are of course people that scour the freecycling websites to pick up bargains to then sell on… but there are also plenty of people that can genuinely benefit from a free sofa, table, chair… or even kitchen, bath etc. Best of all their gratitude is clearly visible. The kitchen went pretty quickly. Despite telling the lucky recipient multiple times that they wouldn’t fit the kitchen into their estate car, they turned up and looked surprised when the volume of items confirmed my recommendation that they bring a large van!

The Vanity Unit featured in episode 4 of Fill Your House for Free It was our advert for a bath that caught the eye of Kirstie Allsopp and her producers that were filming “Fill Your House for Free“. With the promise that it would go to someone in need of a bath tub, we were happy to offer it to them. Before we knew it the film crew and Kirstie were on site collecting the bath and an unwanted basin and vanity unit. Andie did a great job of showing Kirstie around and here is a photo that we managed to snap before the crew headed off to their next destination.

Andie Haycock with Kirstie Allsopp as featured in episode 4 of Fill Your House for Free So next time you are thinking about throwing something out, why not think again? Can you make it into something else? There are many incredibly creative ideas demonstrated on the programme. If you can’t sell it or don’t want to then why not help the environment and make someone else’s day by giving it away. One man’s rubbish is another’s treasure after all!


Thomas Haycock Interior Design

A successful interior design is all in the planning

21 Apr 2013

It was just before Christmas that our clients made an offer on a beautiful Victorian terrace in Fulham. It came with planning permission to build a ground floors side extension. At the beginning of March they completed the purchase. Two weeks ago the builders moved onto site. Andie and I have been planning for the arrival of the builders since the beginning of the year. I thought it would be interesting to share with you some of the things that we have planned up until now. I am determined to dispel the myth that Interior Design is only about cushions and curtains. It is so much more. It's all in the planning... and as a university lecturer of mine used to say "There are 6Ps in project management. "Proper Planning Prevents P**S Poor Performance"". It's a mantra that I have regularly referred to over the years.

So what is there to plan before the building work can start?

As I said this particular house already had planning permission. However you need to allow up to 8 weeks for this process. A site survey allows accurate scaled drawings to be made. Drawings of the existing and proposed structure need to be made and an application filed with the local planning authority.

A structural engineer was employed to provide more detailed drawings with structural calculations and details of the structural beams.

A party wall surveyor was required as the proposed works impacted the party wall with the neighbours on both sides of the property. It's impossible to know how negotiations with the party wall neighbours are going to go and while they can't oppose the work they can be awkward and it can end up costing the client more money. However in this circumstance the neighbours couldn't have been nicer and were very pragmatic, which was very refreshing.

Alongside getting all of this sorted there is putting together the design specification. From an interior designer's point of view this is the exciting creative part that drew us into the industry in the first place. It's the chance for us to show our creative flair. To work within an agreed budget to design something that will work for the client. However the proportion of time spent on this is overshadowed by the project management that surrounds it.

Once all the finishes, fittings and furniture have been decided it all needs to be detailed in a specification document. This document has to be clear, methodical and detailed. It should make total sense to its audience. It is supported by plans, sections and elevations that help visualise the design and that effectively provide an instruction manual for the building contractors.

Onto the building contractors... they need all of information above to be able to provide a quote. Even this is a process of iteration. Until their quotes come in you don't really know how much the project will cost (unless of course you have already paid for the services of a quantity surveyor). So of course it the project comes in costing more that the available budget a process of iteration starts... phasing of works, changing the design or finishes etc. This continues until the design, budget and expected cost are all aligned.

Then the work can begin... 

The site looks smart from the front. Our company board still needs to go up!

interior design planning hoarding

The opening to the master ensuite is created. Check out the original lathe and plaster! 

interior design planning new door

The stud wall in the master dressing room goes up. Our client is going to love this space!

interior design planning stud walls erected

The old kitchen and floor is quickly ripped out...

interior design planning kitchen rip out

We'll be back with progress photos as the build comes along. So do come back if you want to see how we're getting on.


Thomas Haycock Interior Design

"Outdoor" Wet Room

02 Mar 2012

When I went to India 5 years ago, my husband and I travelled around and stayed in some spectacular boutique hotels. One of the things that really stuck in my mind was the bathrooms that were outside in among the tropical trees, with uninterrupted views of the sky. When we renovated our house I tried to recreate this feel in our shower room. Originally this was a small bathroom with a tiny bath located up in the eaves. We built a dormer and immediately doubled the volume of the room. I was insistent that there be a skylight so you could shower and look up to the sky. You can see that in this photo (a huge blast of light). A second window provides additional light and ventilation. The first thing you notice when you walk into this bathroom is the flooring. I chose some stunning pebble flooring (supplied on a matting making it easier to lay, but still a bit of a pain to grout!). The pebbles flow through into the shower area, which covers a wet room installation. I love the feel of the pebbles massaging your feet as you walk across them.

Outdoor Wet Room - creating original interiors

The shower head is ceiling hung and pretty large (300mm x 300mm). You get drenched from above as if it were raining. A minimal shower screen prevents splash onto the toilet but still means that you get a good sense of space when you shower. I found the stone bowl at a show I went to. It looks like it is carved out of a huge piece of rock; probably because it is! My carpenter built the console to my design and I stained the oak with a grey varnish to make is slightly darker. An antique mirror is hung above the basin, installed with a heat pad behind to help clear shower mist. You can’t see it, but to the right the wall is covered in a huge photographic wallpaper of a rainforest in Australia. I will show that in another post! 

A bathroom is not all about beauty and there are a couple of functional elements that are cleverly hidden from view in this photo. One is a big cupboard that contains a huge Megaflo system. This provides hot water to the whole house and means that you can turn on any or all taps at the same time without the pressure or heat being impacted. Wonderful! The second is a wonderfully practical cupboard that houses the washing machine and tumble dryer along with spare towels and washing powders etc. It’s fantastic having the washing out of the kitchen; something more people should think about.

I love my shower room and it certainly provides a treat for house guests.


Thomas Haycock Interior Design