Roberta May Interiors - Blog

 01 August 2017

A Trip To A Fabric Supplier

I'm looking forward to visiting one of my favorite fabric suppliers today - Fabric Barn.

They have some wonderful fabrics of different designs, materials and prices. There's something to suit everyone. The staff are all very helpful with their knowledge and customer service.  

More to follow after my trip......

 It was a great trip - I took a client to check out and determine what it was she wanted. I also had William Morris wallpaper and other samples to match some fabric for another client. I went away to about four possibilities, but the more I look at them, one is standing out from the others.

Now, for myself, well there are lots that take my fancy. The Fabric Barn always seduces me with all the colours, patterns and types of fabric. It's a real 'must visit' place. Be 'wowed' by going there!


29 June 2017

How Do You Get A Hoarder to Clear?

Well, it was a tough time, trying to get my mother to sort out for downsizing when all she wanted to do was keep everything.

Here’s an example of trying to get fifteen umbrellas down to five.

 “Do you really need fifteen umbrellas?”

“Yes, I like them all”

So I line them all up, sorting them into colour.

“Look you have four brown ones, three black ones, one grey, two red, three navy and two multi coloured.”

“I don’t know why I have brown ones, I don’t even like brown. They can go!”

“What about the black?”

“If they are all the same, I guess I only need one.”

“What about the multi coloured ones?”

“I want to keep those, they’re both different.”

And so it went…..

I managed to whittle it down to six.

I did this with a number of items, letting her choose what she wanted to keep, but also putting logic into it by showing her the whole picture. Another example, sorting twenty three pairs of pyjamas using the same format. It was also to build up her confidence that I wasn't trying to throw out everything she owned and also I didn’t want her to think that we were taking away her choice of making her own decisions.

In the beginning it took a while, but afterwards I was told that she would leave it to me as she thought I would know best.

A plan was made for what she would definitely need for the new place, and then it was a case of sorting what she may like to keep that would create a theme for her future home. Anything I wasn’t sure about, she was asked, again keeping her confidence. 



04 September 2016




Wonderful Warming Colours

Ochre, orange and deep red!

An excellent colour combination for any room. Designing a room in these colours creates a  warm and cosy feel for a cold climate or the ochre, orange and red can create a sultry, exotic, Latin American feel for hotter climates.

If you want to make better use of your Rose Hips simply make some rosehip syrup.

Rosehips are a great source of vitamin C. They far exceed what you would get from oranges.

Rosehips are also great for osteoarthritis.

How you can use Rosehips:

Rose Hip Tea                                                      Candied Rose Hips

Rose Hip Juice                                                   Rose Hip Jam

Candied Rose Hips

18 July 2016

Pretty in Pink

While returning from a trip to Beer in Devon, we pulled into a layby and loved the 'Pretty in Pink' bales.

It certainly jazzes up the countryside.

25 July 2016 - UPDATE

                                   I have just been told by a friend that farmers cover them in pink to sell bales for Cancer Charity. One of her friends call them his "big marshmallows"                                                           



13 June 2016

The Chill Out Table cum Magazine Rack

This is such a useful side table cum magazine rack. It's a good colour that will blend in with most colour schemes, it's useful for putting those cups of coffee or glass of wine on when having a browse through a magazine. Keeps everything tidy without being too precise. 

This is now someone's 'must have' as have recently sold it. 


12 June 2016

An Amazing Sunset

This is an amazing sunset. The colours of rich red, orange, grey and black would make the perfect colour combination for an interior design project or printed as a piece of wall art making a design statement.




02 June 2016

Radiator Design

This is a radiator from the past, and Wow! What a whopper. I have to say I have never seen the like. The heat this radiator must generate must be amazing and I wonder at what cost?

This would make the most show stopping design feature, let’s say in an old converted wharf building. This one is show in an 18th Century property.


A Great Day Out

31 May 2016

There’s something about a MONKEY PUZZLE TREE that I really love, though I’m not sure what it is. Maybe it’s something to do with the fact it’s different, stands out from the crowd, looks tropical and manages to survive in the U.K. climate?  It’s one of my ‘must have’ when I get a garden to do it justice.


      This picture of the cone makes me think it’s something you can eat, that will be delicious, that it will ooze a thirst quenching milk and flesh that will give an exotic, refreshing taste Mmm…

Let me know what it makes you think!

Oh! sorry got carried away there, the tree was on a Great Day Out at A La Rhonde on the way to Exmouth.


I love Irish Linen

06 April 2016

There is something about Irish Linen that is fresh. I feel it's something to do with the fact that it is a natural fibre.

These particular towels give a wonderful luxury feeling to any bathroom making you feel special into the bargain.

They have been edged with handmade cotton crochet.

Something I found out recently, is that my Grandfather on my mother’s side worked in the cotton mills in Ireland.