Ruthie Matthews, Design Soda Interiors blog

Hi, thanks for visiting, please make yourself comfy here. We are pretty much all about the aesthetics round here.  Some years ago, in 2013, we were a reasonably cool couple with a new flat in a part of London that was about to become super trendy. The flat was very tired, but our enthusiasm wasn’t, I started the blog to chart our journey creating a beautiful space on a tight budget. We are now the owners of both a little person, a cat, and a house in a less trendy part of London. Life is a bit different these days but I’m still pretty focused in the style stakes so Design Soda charts our continuing journey making an interesting family home that doesn’t compromise on style but is also not expensive.  

Our home is dotted with natural history and flea market finds, but is not a museum piece, it’s very much a lived-in family home. This is a blog for people who like trends and good design but are averse to tearsheet looks. I believe in taking inspiration from everything and am open to all design that doesn’t look too serious or contrived. If you like nice things but also don’t have a huge budget (my taste can be high end, but my budget is definitely high street) you’ve come to the right place! Design Soda is just at home coveting cutting edge design as it is browsing the aisles of homewares in supermarkets.

I post regularly on interiors, design, d.i.y, make-overs, styling and sometimes pictures of the things that capture my imagination around my home city of London. As I am not entirely 2-D you can also expect to find the odd lifestyle piece that grabs my attention but for the main part we are all about Design, Design, Design around here. Oh and colour! Which is why I also co-hosted the popular Instagram hashtag #colourmyhome in 2017.


If you’d like hire me or collaborate, please contact me here. In the past year I have been delighted to collaborate with a number of carefully selected brands that I love including: Farrow & Ball, MADE, John Lewis, West Elm, Skandium, Homesense, Miller Harris, The White Company, Villeroy & Boch and DFS among others. I have had shoots in my home for soon to be launched products, made video advertorial for websites, provided copy for other media, judged a design competition, styled for a brands brochure and shot photos for a brands website.  I provide an e-styling service for clients with small scale renovation projects.


Thanks for visiting. Hope to see you again soon.



3 thoughts on “About

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  2. Claire Goudsmit

    Hi there,
    I’m liking your bathroom very much! Can you tell me what the pressure is like from the shower? Did you have to buy a thermostatic valve to sit behind the taps or is the pressure straight from the mains? I’m just entering into the world of showers so excuse me if this is also not entirely sensical!
    Cheers, Claire


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