Wellness | The Influence of Colour at Home

2020/10/26

Mattinson Associates, Architects on the Isle of Wight, explain the influence colour can have on humans within our homes. In one of our recent blogs, we wrote about how wellbeing and sustainability can be used to improve our commercial environments. However, it was also worth exploring how we can improve on our wellness at home – one way being through the influence of colour. So, to help improve your wellbeing, we have carefully crafted our colour recommendations room by room:


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Sustainability | Wellbeing & Sustainability Within A Commercial Environment

2020/10/7

Mattinson Associates, Architects on the Isle of Wight, have written why wellbeing and sustainability are so important in commercial environments. It is estimated that we spend ninety per cent of our time indoors; so, with issues such as Seasonal Affective Disorder and Sick Building Syndrome being caused by the spaces we live and work in, it’s important to understand how we can use sustainable, clever design to improve wellbeing within commercial environments. Check out the information below where it explains how, by improving sustainability within your office/retail/commercial space, it can improve wellbeing for clients, colleagues and collaborators. FSC Certified Timber Known to lower the sympathetic nervous system and contribute to decreasing stress, timber is non-toxic and can be an easier way to improve wellbeing quickly. Being breathable, renewable and non-toxic, it can create a healthier working environment. A study by Holzcluster Steiermark in Austria found that when comparing four classrooms,…(more)


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Lockdown Life | How to Stay Motivated When Working From Home

2020/9/23

Mattinson Associates Architects and Interior Designers based on the Isle of Wight suggest their tips on how to stay motivated when working from home [WFH].  We’ve all been there, unfocused and fatigued trying to push ourselves through the day when really, we’re not getting far. Now many of us are working remotely, the office atmosphere that motivated you through your tasks is harder than ever to replicate especially with family being at home also. Remember, give yourself a break! We are going through such hard times but to help, we’ve put together a few of our tips for staying motivated at home. Give them a try and if you have any suggestions on any, please share! Manage your day:  After your first cup of coffee, have a sit down and schedule your day alongside a list of things that you would like to get done – remember to keep it…(more)


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Our Favourite Sustainable Furniture & Accessories | Sustainable Gardens

2020/8/28

Mattinson Associates, Architects and Interior Designers based on the Isle of Wight, have compiled their favourite sustainable garden furniture and accessories to encourage being more eco friendly.  As we are all trying to become more sustainable at home and with many of us during lockdown working on our gardens, we thought it would be a great time to compile some great sustainable garden accessories for your coastal homes. From savvy plant tech to eco pots, here are our top five sustainable garden essentials!  Connected gardens We’ve written about connected gardens before but its definitely worth revisiting! Connected Garden’s is an app that helps you plant flowers and trees specific to any location. The app comes with a super sensor that needs placing in the proposed flower bed or tree position, then the sensor then connects to the app and alerts you with the best plants for that particular location based on the…(more)


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Lockdown Life | The Future of Remodelling Post Lockdown

2020/8/24

Mattinson Associates Architects and Interior Designers based on the Isle of Wight explore how our homes will change post lockdown. Life is slowly starting to go back to some form of normal, however the majority of the country are still working from home. With sales of homes on the Isle of Wight increasing due to the popular appeal of escaping to the countryside or holidaymakers looking for a more permanent answer to staycationing, our homes are being reimagined more than ever. With this trend in mind, we have predicted how homes might change post lockdown.  The Rise of Separate Rooms:  Open plan living is a concept that many of our clients (and us) love – that dreamy entertaining space where family and friends can congregate and socialise with endless views out to the garden. However, during lockdown, because our homes have become temporary schools and offices, open plan living lacks…(more)


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Heatwave Help | Reducing Overheating in Your Home

2020/8/24

Mattinson Associates, Architects and Interior Designers on the Isle of Wight have compiled some simple, cost effective measures to reduce overheating in your home this summer during a heatwave. After the scorching heatwave earlier this month and then torrential rain, our weather is becoming more extreme and sporadic than ever. Typically in Britain, our homes are built to retain heat, so when we are facing temperatures of up to 40°C, our homes are uncomfortable.  Ventilation Opening up windows can help reduce the heat of your property by preventing the build up of humidity and increasing air movement. Although opening a window when it’s hot sounds obvious, there are ways to be more strategic such as opening windows on both sides of the property to increase a through-draft, opening the windows towards the wind direction and opening a skylight to let the hot air out.  Shading Sun coming through windows will heat…(more)


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Isle of Wight Hidden Gems | Summer 2020

2020/7/20

Mattinson Associates, Architects and Interior Designers have compiled their favourite hidden gems and secret spots on the Isle of Wight for those visiting this summer.  With worldwide restrictions on travel halting our summer get aways, more of us are looking to holiday in the UK instead this summer.  From the coastal village of Seaview on our wonderful Island to culture capitals like Edinburgh, the UK has so much to offer when it comes to staycationing. Although some places might be a little more expensive than others, holidays within the UK can be cheaper than abroad and there is even the added bonus of being more eco friendly by avoiding flights. So instead of jetting off to Spain or Greece, we’ve put together our hidden gems on the Isle of Wight so next time you’re visiting, or if you’re a local yourself, you can support the Isle of Wight tourism, retail…(more)


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New Remote Interior Design Services | From Paint Consultancy to Spatial Arrangements

2020/3/31

Following the governments advice, most of us will now be spending more and more time within our homes. Although it is unknown as to how long this will go on for, it seems we will be here for some time. During these unsettling moments in life, it is important that not only we adapt to change, but our houses do so too. Our homes can have a huge impact on not just our physical health, i.e having poor ventilation that can increase asthmatic attacks, but also our mental health – as we know now more than ever.  So, let us help you! Whether you need to chose a paint and can’t quite figure out if it’s Farrow & Ball Babouche or Little Green Lemon Mivvi you need, or if your children are using the dining room as playground and that box room upstairs filled with bits and bobs could do…(more)


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Garden Cabins | Our Top Five

2020/3/27

Mattinson Associates, Architects & Interior Designers Isle of Wight, have curated their top five Garden Cabins that can be used as offices, playrooms or even gyms. Slide through to see our favourites. Our homes are shifting from places of sanctuary to temporary offices, schools and gyms. In the upcoming weeks, we’ll be sharing our #toptips to dealing with the overwhelming situation around us – whether it’s exercises to reduce your anxiety or technology to make working from home that little bit easier. So, to start, we have been looking into contemporary and architecturally inspirational garden cabins to use as an office space this spring. If you would like any further information or think it might be something you’re in need of, contact us to see how we can help. https://www.mattinsonassociates.com/contact/ #mattinsonassociates


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New Project on Site | January 2020

2020/1/13

Over the past few months, Mattinson Associates Architects and Interior Designers based on the Isle of Wight have been preparing for one of our exciting projects to begin on site. The project involves the reinvention of a Listed Farmhouse Estate originally built in 1736. Whilst to restoring the Manor House internally, landscaping works and a new kitchen extension have also been designed. We’re looking forward to seeing the demolition progress in the next few weeks and will release pictures of the progress.  “Mattinson Associates provided a stunning modern design for our pool house, carefully tailored to sit well within the context of adjacent listed buildings surrounding our courtyard. Importantly they have experience and sound judgement in the planning process, and they dealt with material selection, the building tender, contract and supervision. We would be happy to recommend Mattinson Associates. They are engaged in the main house refurbishment for us and…(more)


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Current Projects on Site | July 2019

2019/7/31

Mattinson Associates, Architects and Interior Designers based on the Isle of Wight now have a total of five jobs on site across the Isle of Wight and in London as well as one job that is about to go to site soon, Seaview Cottage. Take a look through the images and keep an eye out in the next few weeks further updates on our exciting projects: #mattinsonassociates To look at our existing portfolio, follow this link: https://www.mattinsonassociates.com/portfolio/


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Island Life Magazine August Issue | Mattinson Associates

2019/7/30

Mattinson Associates, Architects and Interior Designers based on the Isle of Wight will soon release their second feature column in Island Life Magazine! Several months ago, Mattinson Associates were enrolled to shine a light on alternative topics within the property industry. With conversations on how to get your garden ready for the summer, to how to keep your neighbours on side during the planning process; this months issue discusses understanding the importance of our built environment on the Isle of Wight. In seaside towns like Sandown and Ventnor, the situation has now reached a crisis point. Dilapidated buildings are being left beyond repair sparking concerns not only for locals but potential investors and tourists also. Have a read through our article this month to see how you can help and please do send us feedback on what you would like to hear. To see more Island Life, follow this link https://isleofwight.net/magazines/ and…(more)


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Chamber of Commerce Business Expo | Helping the Built Environment Bloom

2019/7/20

Mattinson Associates, Architects and Interior Designers recently took part in the Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce Expo where they focused on being more sustainable and improving the built environment. In recent years, there seems to be an increased moral understanding of what you should be doing to protect the environment. But of course there is still more that we can all do. Whether it’s reducing the amount of plastic we use in our office or creating a master plan development of sustainable housing, at Mattinson Associates, we are constantly striving to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet theirs. Marketing events are no different to this. So, this year at the Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce Business Expo, our promotional material included pouches of meadow seeds in recyclable paper in the hope to encourage the public to plant mini meadows…(more)


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