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Interior design FAQs

Posted by on Jan 23, 2014 in Inspiration | 0 comments

I’ve just moved to a new house and we inherited a lot of curtains from the previous owner, which look like good quality fabric and are thankfully quite plain. We’d like to keep them in some of the rooms but need them to ‘fit’ existing furniture. What can we do? Beautiful curtains are like the shoes, or handbag, of an outfit. They need to match or contrast to make a statement. The fabric can be remade into new curtains, re-headed and trimmed with fringing or braid and hung from new pole. You could also add a new Roman blind and some...

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NEW YEAR, NEW YOU, NEW ROOM!

Posted by on Jan 4, 2014 in Inspiration | 0 comments

January is the perfect time of the year to brighten your home with a few carefully chosen accessories and face the coming year with renewed enthusiasm. Once the Christmas decorations come down and the festivities are over, your home can often feel oddly bare. Combined with short, dull winter days, this means your home can often feel a little gloomy. However, I always think January and February are the perfect time of year to ‘ring the changes’ at home. As the days slowly start to get lighter, you also have a new exciting year to look forward...

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Harlequin collections

Posted by on Sep 23, 2013 in Inspiration | 0 comments

The latest collections from the Harlequin Studio comprise a wealth of prints, weaves and wallcoverings, offering amazing versatility when decorating your home.  For the bold and the brave, the fabrics and wallpapers, designed for Harlequin by textile designer Clarrisa Hulse, offer some fabulous colour, print and texture combinations for the modern home interior. The Kallianthi collection features Clarrisa’s interpretations of plants and botanicals across a range of jewel-bright fabrics and wallpapers which will make a bold design statement in...

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Inspired by design at London Design Week

Posted by on Apr 1, 2013 in Inspiration | 0 comments

London Design Week took place in mid March  and is an opportunity for interior designers across the UK to look at the upcoming interior design trends for summer. Here’s how you can make your home on trend over the next few months. For a modern take on ‘pretty’, beautiful fabrics featuring floral designs were combined with strong stripes and metallic touches. Everyone would love fresh flowers in their homes all year round as they bring the hope of spring into a room. But if bouquets of flowers aren’t realistic, then you can bring...

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Spring into 2012 with the latest trends!

Posted by on Jan 5, 2013 in Inspiration | 0 comments

Design trends which will put a ‘spring’ into your home in 2012. There is a definite trend towards a Scandinavian-style this year, reflected in a clean, pared-down look for furniture, wallpapers and muted colours. This combines brilliantly with the retro 60s-feel to furniture design over the last year or so, which means you can update your look very easily without having to throw everything out and start again! Wood furniture, rather than painted, especially natural wood finishes which show off the beauty of the grain, help to bring the...

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Timeless elegance for a modern interior

Posted by on Sep 23, 2012 in Inspiration | 0 comments

For those amongst you who want to achieve casual charm or stylish elegance in your homes, then the Marwood Collections by GP&J Baker are the perfect answer for creating a modern timeless interior, providing an inspiring array of decorative options to suit every design mood. Founded by two brothers, George Percival and James Baker in 1884, GP&J Baker has been producing beautiful prints and weaves for more than 100 years, which appear in homes and residences across the UK, including a few royal ones. The Marwood Collections have been...

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How to make an impact with wallpaper

Posted by on Sep 23, 2012 in Inspiration | 0 comments

Cole & Son have been printing wallpapers for almost 200 years, with skilled craftsmen creating hand-printed wallpapers using traditional techniques. Designs are taken, adapted or inspired by their own archive of original period patterns that have been carefully collected for more than three centuries. Their wallpapers remain faithful to the character of the original reference yet are contemporary in feel and look, bringing a rich, powerful design heritage into the modern home. If you’re looking for something to really make a statement in...

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Why you should use an interior designer

Posted by on Jul 13, 2012 in Inspiration | 0 comments

If you’ve ever made a furnishing faux pas, perhaps buying a fabulous sofa only to find it won’t go through the door, or splashing out on expensive wallpaper which doesn’t fit with your existing interior, then you’ll know why using an interior designer is definitely less of a luxury, and more of a necessity, to achieve soft furnishing success. An interior designer’s job is to help you obtain the beautiful living space you’ve always wanted within your budget and on time. They know how to interpret your aspirations, hopes and wishes, source the...

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Bringing the inside outside

Posted by on May 2, 2012 in Inspiration | 0 comments

Any good estate agent will now tell you that your garden is now viewed by potential buyers as another room in your house. Gone are the days of folding chairs and plastic pools, today’s modern gardens feature sofas and chairs, bars and dedicated outdoor dining tables and areas. A huge trend is to create several ‘living areas’ or rooms in your garden, each one distinct in its purpose and design. More and more people are zoning their gardens and asking interior designers to blend traditional landscaping with furniture and decorations, until...

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