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My Top Ten Interior Design Tips #10

28th December 2016
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YOUR HOME YOUR STORY This may sound completely obvious but this really is the key to turning every house into a home. It’s also the one thing that many of us don’t do. We have been so conditioned (by estate agents) to neutralising our homes for sale that we often forget those personal details. Now…

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My Top Ten Interior Design Tips #7

21st December 2016
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EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED It’s vitally important to bring some fun into your home. A little bit of wit goes a long way and I’m a firm believer in doing something out of the ordinary that is just for you. I adore this spotty stair runner that I have in my hall. It’s the first thing…

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My Top Ten Interior Design Tips #6

20th December 2016
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GO OVER TO THE DARK SIDE Sometimes painting a small dark room in a coat of white paint will give you just that; a small dark room painted white. If white is to work as a brightener and lightener, it needs natural light to bounce off and create that illuminating effect. If you don’t have…

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My Top Ten Interior Design Tips #5

15th December 2016
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LAYER THOSE LIGHTS I have spoken about lighting in detail in my series on how to get the lighting right but, in short, you need more lighting than you thought. One overhead pendant is not enough. If it’s all you have then it should be on a dimmer. It should probably be on a dimmer anyway. Then…

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My Top Ten Interior Design Tips: #4

14th December 2016
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REMEMBER THE TOUCH POINTS We’re always reading about how supermarkets spend thousands of pounds researching how to arrange their shelves. They want the hard-to-sell stuff at eye level so that you see it first. They will make you bend down for the things they know you want to buy anyway because they know you’re going…

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My Top Ten Interior Design Tips #3

13th December 2016
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LOOK INTO YOUR WARDROBE One of the most common problems I come across is people not knowing what colour paint to choose for their homes. In many ways it’s not surprising; Dulux alone have over 3,000 to choose from and when you add in all the different companies and all the different versions of each…

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My Top Ten Interior Design Tips #2

8th December 2016
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IT’S TME TO GO GREEN This is a recent addition to the top ten, but it’s a fad that has become a trend and is actually, like grey paint, here to stay for the foreseeable future, so it deserves a place in the list. Yes, it’s time to go green and I don’t mean put…

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My Top Ten Interior Design Tips #1

6th December 2016
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SOMETHING NEW SOMETHING OLD SOMETHING BLACK  SOMETHING GOLD This little mantra for my top ten interior design tips came about after I realised that this is, in fact, something I tend to do in every room and I think it works. Something new: there’s always something new, just make sure it isn’t everything. In my…

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My Top Ten Interior Design Tips

2nd December 2016
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Yesterday I gave a talk at the madepresents event in East London. It was great to hang out on their armchairs – I have now sat in most of them –  and I can also tell you that their cushion game is STRONG. Look at these gorgeous ones by Emily Humphrey. I might have to…

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Diversity in Interior Design: One Year On

13th May 2021
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Podcast week and over on the show Sophie and I are discussing that renovation  – the one in Downing Street. Such is the timing of these things that the first time we recorded this conversation it wasn’t even a story and we mentioned it only in passing idly wondering what it might look like a…

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