Tails from the cutting room

The latest interiors musings, juicy gossip and occasional work-related news from the Laurie Mac Interiors team.

Sales Admin Role Ballymena

Laurie Mac Interiors looking a dynamic sales administrator on a Full time basis, (Monday-Thursday, 08:30-5:30pm, Friday 8:30-4 pm. In this varied role, you will be at the heart of our retail operation, often the first point of contact for our customers. 
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Curtain and Roman Blind Maker Role Ballymena

Laurie Mac Interiors is looking for an experienced Curtain and Roman Blinds Maker to join our busy production team at our Ballymena-based facility.

The successful candidate will work with some of the finest designer fabrics to create beautiful interior pieces for discerning customers across Northern Ireland.

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Top Tips for Decorating a Rental Home

Putting your own personal stamp on a rented home can be quite tedious or awkward depending on what your agreement or landlord allows...
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How to Style your home with Pastels

The month of March has hit us with a bang and the bright mornings and nights are starting to emerge.. Which means one thing… Spring is near! And I don’t know about you but there’s only really one colour palette that screams Spring to me – Pastels! When I think of pastels, not only do I think of the neighbourhood in Edward Scissorhands (pictured below) & Cadbury’s mini eggs (yum!) I think of gorgeous powder blues, minty greens, lucious lilacs and blush pinks. This soothing colour palette goes well with both neutrals and bold colours and never goes out of style. Here’s how I would introduce pastels into my home. So whether you would like to simply add a pop of pastel to you home accessories or completely transform your home with them, keep reading!


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1. Wallpaper

I know what you’re thinking, “wallpaper – really?” But there are honestly some beautiful pastel wall papers out there along with paint if you prefer more of a plain look. Adding a pastel feature wall to your room can create a stunning focal point and disguise ugly or bare walls. This would look amazing as a feature wall for your bedrom to go against in your bedroom or even in the hall way styled with some large floor plants and a side table.

2. Kitchen appliances and utensils

If you would rather keep neutral wall surroundings (or are maybe not allowed to alter them) another way to bring a pop of pastel colour is through your kitchen appliances, utensils and accessories! As you can see below, the mint green fridge contrasts beautifully against the black and white tiles and kitchen. You could mix and match different pastel tones with maybe a baby pink kettle and dusky blue toaster – you decide! You can even go a step further by adding a pastel coloured bin, mugs, crockery, bar stools etc – just depending on your vibe! Dougan’s Furniture have an excellent selection of SMEG appliances in pastel shades.

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3. Soft furnishings

Similar to what I mentioned before when I was talking about kitchen appliances, if you would like to add some pastel tones to your living area – without having to commit to painting your walls – just change your cushions, rugs & throws! Pastels contrast so well against dark charcoal greys and neutral tones so ths is a solution for changing up your colour scheme with little to no effort and it is also budget friendly!


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Black & White

Black & White – Just right!

At Laurie Mac Interiors we love colour, I mean really really love it. But sometimes my clients ask for a more monochrome style and I love the opportunity to bring some black and white drama to their spaces.

Zebra Optional

You don’t have to have a room that belongs in the Victoria & Albert Museum, even the smallest space can be given an elegant and sophisticated edge with the use of black & white accessories, trims or light fixtures help sharpen the scheme.


Cool doesn’t have to be cold. Soften hard contrasting black & white with grey tones.

Choosing a black & white scheme can help create a calming, ordered space, Your quiet safe haven from the busy world outside.

Craving some colour too? Trust me, that’s OK, a pop of vibrancy can add depth and instantly transforms your space into a funky retro scheme.

If you’d like some advice on bringing your monotone dream to life, call in to our studio, I’d love to help in any way I can.


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