Textiles IV

Curtain lining is the fabric that attaches to the back of a curtain whilst interlining provides an extra layer of fabric between the front of the curtain and the lining. Using lining and interlining will give you a neater, more structured appearance and a full drapery to your window treatments. Most lining and interlinings also have thermal properties…

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Interview: Behind Canvas

As a new year begins, so does a new blog series! I have aspired to include an ‘interview’ section on my site for a while now, chatting to people, brands, insta personalities and artists I am motivated by or admire.  For my first go it is only right that I interview Stephanie from Behind Canvas.…

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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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Monthly Recap – October

THE SAVOY The month started off with a fantastic treat, a visit to The Savoy in London. I had been gifted a voucher for Champagne Afternoon Tea a couple years ago, prior to lockdown, so we were finally able to make use of it. Despite growing up and living in London for years I had never actually…

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History of Styles- Louis XVI Neoclassical

SOCIAL HISTORY The last king of France afore the French Revolution, Louis XVI tackled disgruntlement and dissatisfaction as well as a vastly growing resentment towards the monarchy. During his reign, Louis XVI was considered to be ill equipped to deal with political and foreign policies, described as uncommunicative and sombre. As the country’s debt was…

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10 Ways to Style a Hallway

Often overlooked, the décor and design of your hallway is crucial as it is the link between spaces within your home, a high activity, functional area and the first impression people have once they arrive. In recent studies it was found that 80% of potential home buyers decide whether the home is right for them…

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Window Treatments III

BLINDS ROLLER A piece of fabric that rolls around a wooden or metal cylinder that is fixed to the top of a window frame. The fabric can then be pulled down as the cylinder turns and this blind then covers the window space. The hanging / pull cord is either attached to the bottom of…

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Small Space Styling: zoning your living room

Decorating smaller apartments or studio flats can feel tricky – it is a careful balance between producing clutter and chaos and maximising the limited floor plan. I’ve decided to produce a new blog series called ‘Small Space Styling’ where I research and share all the top tips from interior stylists and designers. My first entry…

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8 Paint Ideas to Transform Your Home

If you have grown weary of your surroundings at home and want to inject some fresh life into the space, yet do not want to go down the costly and time-consuming road of redecorating – simply sprucing up your paint colours can totally transform your interior. There are countless creative ways to utilise paint that…

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Design a Healthy Home II

In Oliver Heath’s book ‘Design a Healthy Home – 100 ways to transform your space for physical and mental wellbeing’ interior design is linked with nature as a way of increasing our health and happiness. In last week’s blog I covered tips Oliver shares when considering colour, pattern, and texture, as well as the activities…

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How To: create a Spa Sanctuary in your own bathroom

Our homes are increasingly becoming a space for us to take refuge from the stress and chaos of our everyday lives. With the general population having a more vigorous and active lifestyle than ever, it is no surprise that we are seeking new and innovative ways to help reduce anxiety and tension. One of the…

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10 Ways to Style a Guest Bedroom

The guest bedroom can often be a secondary thought when decorating as we do not necessarily use it ourselves. However, it is crucial that we pay as much attention to this room as we would our own bedroom, creating a space in our homes that family and friends can come and feel hassle-free, content, and…

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Break the Decor Rules – 8 interior ideas that go against the ‘norm’

When it comes to interior design, we sometimes get caught up in all the rules! Styling tips, current trends and décor faux paus can dictate how and what we include within our homes. However, I think it is about time we tore up the list of dos and don’ts and focused on what we like, decorating our homes…

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How To: Renovate on a Budget

Designing our homes as a place to relax, share memories and enjoy is all about how we include our own personal touch within the décor. Taking on the task of renovating your space can be thrilling, but also quite daunting. Especially when we must consider the realistic constraints of that dreaded B word – Budget! …

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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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