Hard Materials V

Stainless Steel Stainless Steel is a metal alloy made of steel along with other elements including 10.5% chromium. Other additions added to the steel when it is in the electric furnace before it is moulded into shape,  include carbon, silicon and manganese which help strengthen and toughen the texture of the material. The chromium used…

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Design a Healthy Home I

Interior Design continues to consider and incorporate health and wellbeing into styles, trends, and design philosophies. Wellness becomes more and more prevalent in our requirements and desires when we decorate our homes, and this has been meaningfully recognised by designer Oliver Heath who has written a comprehensive list in his book β€˜Design a Healthy Home…

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Textiles III

TOILE DE JOUY Type of fibre: Made from the natural fibre of cotton or linen. How is it manufactured: Toile de Jouy involves a cotton or linen fibre being spun into a thread which is then woven together. Toile de Jouy is characterised by the repeated patterns and imagery that is imprinted onto this fabric.…

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How To: use Ticking within your home

Ticking is not known as a fabric of choice within contemporary interiors, but instead a staple of traditional country style homes – however Ticking stripes can be one of the most versatile and straightforward fabrics to incorporate into your space. A classic pattern that can be employed in an array of manners including within furniture…

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Textiles II

DAMASK Type of fibre: Can be made from natural or synthetic fibres. Most often made from natural cotton, wool, linen and silk or with a combination of these with various manmade fibres. How is it manufactured: Damask is fashioned by weaving the fabric threads on a computerized jacquard loom (which controls individual yarns and constructs…

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Window Treatments II

DECORATIVE TREATMENTS LAMBREQUIN A valance is a decorative accent piece that covers the curtain rod above a window. A Lambrequin is a valance but is stiff and has the decorative drapery hung over the top and coming down even further on each side of the window. Lambrequins can be placed over windows, doors, shelving or a…

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Textiles I

CHENILLE Type of fibre: Can be made with natural cotton (the more eco friendly option) or with synthetic fibres such as polyester or acrylic resulting in an increased amount of durability. Very similar to velvet, is elastic and durable with notable thermal properties. First known to be manufactured in France in the early 1700s. How…

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