Rental Style

Knowing how to communicate your personality via your décor and making your space feel ‘truly’ yours can be a challenge at the best of times – but particularly if you are living in a rented home. However, it is possible to decorate your interior without knocking down walls and losing your deposit, as explored by…

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Minimalism

Minimalism emerged during the modernist movement, with a reaction against overindulgence and the exclusivity of the art and design world, instead focusing on the notion of ‘less is more’. Architect Miles Van Der Rohe was one of the initial innovators of this design aesthetic with refined skyscrapers, the use of ‘new’ high quality materials (concrete,…

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Ultimate Gray & Illuminating – Colour of the Year 2021

For 2021’s highly anticipated colour of the year Pantone have surprised us with not one but two shades, Ultimate Gray and Illuminating. It is only the second time Pantone have selected two colours, the first being in 2016 with Serenity and Rose Quartz (or otherwise known as Millennial Pink) and after a tumultuous 2020, a…

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Hard Materials III

Laminate Laminate involves synthetic plastic sheeting layered onto of paper or wood, with the resolve of copying real solid wood or more expensive, luxury materials (tiling, concrete, marble etc). Laminate is very easy to install and maintain without the need for professionals, a straightforward choice to ‘do it yourself’ when decorating. Rather than using nails or…

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Raw & Rustic Style

The use of raw wood and rustic earthy tones within interior design is a dedicated staple when it comes to calming contemporary style. In the latest photography book by Swedish stylist Hans Blomquist ‘Inspired by Nature: Creating a Personal & Natural Interior’ he explores the pure and organic, producing some stunningly evocative and beautiful imagery.…

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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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The Coorie Home

One of my favourite things about moving to the Scottish Highlands over a year ago has been the discovery of all things ‘Coorie’ – a Scottish term that traditional means to be snug or to cuddle but has transformed into a wider notion of highland relaxation and sentimental cosiness. Think of it as our version…

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How To: 6 easy ways to style a Happy Home

The conquest to find out what makes your house a happy home can be a tricky one, but luckily for us The Sunday Times recently published a sneak peek into the report ‘The Science of a Happy Home’ with lots of insight and tips into how we can transform our space into a place of…

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Window Treatments I

CURTAIN HEADINGS PENCIL PLEAT A standard heading for most curtains and valance that are suspended from tracks and poles above a window frame. A heading tape with 3 hooks positions is sewn at the top of the drapes with 3 rows of string threaded through. This forms a neat row of single ‘pencil pleats’ and…

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How To: tame the mess and tidy your home

There is nothing more satisfying than feeling like you have a methodically tidy home, but it does not have to be a ‘spring clean’ task – it is doable to get on top of your mess at any point in the year by employing clever storage, wardrobe space and shelf ideas. Here I list 4…

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