Top design tips for small spaces by Lisa Levis (aka Lisa Stickley)

Lisa Levis, the designer formerly known as Lisa Stickley, has had quite a year. Famous for her girlie designs under her eponymous brand, and the homespun charm she injected into Debenhams with six seasonal collections, she is now no longer working at her own company (which will carry on as “Lisa Stickley” without her), has got married, changed her name, and is starting out again. Still a fountain of knowledge on how to turn the banal into the beautiful, we caught up with her to find out her top tips on what to do with those tiny spaces in your home you might otherwise overlook.


Turn your hall into somewhere you stop and look at, rather than a passage you pass through. Line the walls of your hall with family photos in mismatched frames, at different heights. Get some neutral shelves and fill them with your favourite things, in no particular order, like a random still life. It will look like a cute collection and make the hallway feel really homely.

‘Colour blocking’ isn’t just a fashion trend. I’ve got some cube shelving units and I’ve placed my books and knick knacks in them according to colour. Repetition is the key – it’s a simple idea but it creates a big impact in a small space, and turns things that might not look that great on their own into part of something fantastic.

In the red: Normann Copenhagen swing vases can be colour blocked to perfection



Storage doesn’t have to be boring. Vintage suitcases are really good for hiding dull things like DVDs in. You can pile them on top of each other and they look really cute, without feeling too cluttered.

On the case: These vintage trunks from Liberty are box clever



Hide ugly wires. Mini curtains made out of fun vintage fabrics are perfect for covering up electrical sockets or cleaning products under the sink. Go for something really graphic, or a bit of chintz, to warm up a cold room.

Fashion accessories don’t have to be hidden away. If you spend lots of money on a bag, you want to be able to see it. Hang your handbags on picture hooks for a gallery effect that is surprisingly decorative.

Squared away: Place knick knacks in these wall cubes from Brighton POD.



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Pip McCormac, Guest Editor

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