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Book Review: De Gournay Wallpaper and Scandi Rustic Interiors

29th October 2020
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St. Laurent designer Greg Natale photo Anson Smart

Suddenly there are new interiors books coming out every week after years of it being a massively unfashionable subject and it’s becoming hard to keep up. Today I’m going to show you two books from either end of the spectrum – in a vain (probably laughable) attempt to try and keep all of the people…

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15 Interior Design Rules to Live By

27th October 2020
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pop of pink via shoot factory (dundonald)

1 Ask yourself what feelings you need to have in the room you are decorating and see if the colours you have chosen make you feel that way. 2 Make a floorplan to check that everything fits in your room and how you can arrange it within the space you have. And don’t forget to…

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Monday Inspiration: Green and Floral

26th October 2020
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the gym at les deux gares hotel designed by luke edward hall

No I don’t think I’m done with the florals and greens yet. Must be the onset of winter. And the clocks going back. Or the continuation of living indoors. Probably all of it. It’s hardly surprising that green, the colour both of nature and creativity, is drawing us all in this year and I have…

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The Househunter: A Garden Apartment with expansion potential

23rd October 2020
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When we bought our first flat (a two bedroom garden apartment back in 1998 – I won’t tell you what it cost or younger readers will cry) we used to fantasise about buying the flats on the two floors above and creating one huge house. Then the woman on the top floor put hers on…

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How We Live and Work Now

22nd October 2020
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home office designed by @home_at_brookes and built by @createescapeshome office designed by @home_at_brookes and built by @createescapes

The last six months have dramatically altered how we live. Aside from the Government’s advice, neatly summed up by Matt Lucas as Go to work. Don’t go to work, it seems that many of those who can work from home are doing so and a survey in September found that 30 per cent of adults…

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From My Radar to Yours: What’s new in interiors

20th October 2020
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colourful cushions from Osime Home

I have been meaning to start a regular news page for ages. In the absence of time to create a proper newsletter, I thought I would start a monthly round up here which will be mostly press releases and information that you might find useful – you can bookmark these pages – but also interesting…

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The Househunter: Pretty in Pink

16th October 2020
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From the candy pink of stylist Siouxsie Dickens to the pale pink of this week’s Victorian terrace I think we can safely say that pink is gaining ground as the new neutral of choice. Of course, there will always be those who default to a safe grey (and a dark grey will warm and enhance…

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10 of the best vases

15th October 2020
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recycled glass vase from zara

One of the best gifts I ever bought myself was a monthly subscription to a bunch of flowers. There have been times over the last few months when that has felt like a massive indulgence but the cancellation of my gym membership (I’m currently using the free Nike Training Club app although I will say…

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Bathroom Lighting: 10 Ways to get it right

14th October 2020
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davey lighting bathroom mini globe wall light anthracite and brass

As part of my ongoing collaboration with Original BTC and Davey Lighting, today I am writing about bathroom lighting. Gone are the days when a few spotlights in a grid on the ceiling would suffice. Now the bathroom has to be both functional and spa-like. According to a recent survey, nine per cent of us…

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