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10 Things You Need to Know about…. Art Nouveau

21st May 2020
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art nouveau inspired cushion by the curious department

I started this series on different design styles at the beginning of the year and thought it was time to revisit it as, it seems to me, that while everyone has been writing about Art Deco for months, it’s the natural, curving forms of Art Nouveau that fit more with the current zeitgeist. And, in…

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10 Things I Hate About You (My House): The Ugly Tiles

5th May 2020
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geometric painted floor tiles in pink and orange with yellow frame dining chair and round black table. Image by Annie Sloan

One of the things I am often asked about is ugly tiles – particularly in rental homes where it isn’t always possible to replace them. It can also be hard to change tiles on fireplaces without ripping the whole thing out and even if you own a property it’s an upheaval to rip them off…

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10 Things You Need To Know About: Mid-Century Modern

3rd March 2020
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This is a term that has been used (and abused) so much over the last ten years that I thought it might be good to have a look at true mid-century modern design to help you work out what’s real and what’s just pinched a few straight lines and called it mid-century when there’s nothing…

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10 Things You Need to Know about Art Deco

4th February 2020
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A look at all things Art Deco with Kate Watson-Smyth. The Deco Martini wallpaper in teal, gold and black by Divine Savages reflects the style and opulence of the era. #artdeco #

There’s been a lot of talk, now that we are in 2020 about the Roaring Twenties and that disintictive style of decor coming back into fashion. In fact there was a lot of chat last year about how Art Deco was one of the biggest design trends of 2019 and that looks set to continue…

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10 Things You Need To Know About… English Country Style

19th November 2019
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rita konig's english style farmhouse is available for rent

I promised you a more detailed look at this most classic of interior design styles last week so here you go. It’s seen as quintessentially English and yet it was popularised by an American. It’s a maximalist look that’s even better when it’s messy and mismatched. While some will say it’s having a revival others…

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10 Things You Need To Know About…. Bauhaus

15th October 2019
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brno chair by ludwig mies van der rohe in 1930 via knoll

Before you start reading this new series, I know that some of you haven’t received the daily email update that a new post has been published. It didn’t go at all on Monday morning and was sent manually at about 9pm. This morning it went to some people and not others. It’s being investigated and…

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