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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History of Styles- Herculaneum & Pompeii

The excavations of ancient Italian towns, Herculaneum and Pompeii, had a profound effect on architecture, design and the decorative arts around Europe. After the volcanic eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD, these towns were covered in ash but miraculously perfectly preserved. Pompeii was officially discovered in 1738, where ancient treasures and artefacts such as furniture,…

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Book Edit: Never Too Small – Reimaging Small Space Living

Never Too Small has been one of my preferred resources for design motivation and space saving tips, with their stunning website (seriously check it out!) and their successful YouTube channel, they have now launched a book Never Too Small – Reimaging Small Space Living by Joel Beath and Elizabeth Price. Focused on looking at the future of…

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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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Monthly Recap – March

Happy Monday! March began with one of my favourite days – pancake day! Any excuse to whip out the Nutella is always a hit with me TARAMCAN CAFE One weekend this month I took a drive over towards Balmoral and discovered a new café called Tarmachan. The interior décor is ultra-contemporary and fresh, with it being…

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6 Ways to achieve Soft Minimalism at home

Over the last couple years, I have seen a gorgeous décor style appear more often on my social media feeds – a subtle blend of pared back minimalism with softening cosy warmth, otherwise known as Soft Minimalism. This style takes the best of classic minimalist styling and teams it with wistful palettes, sumptuous fabrics, and…

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How To: build a successful interior design brand!

Tips and motivation on developing a thriving, exceptional interior design brand by some of the industry’s most talented designers! Living Etc recently gathered a number of creatives from the interior industry to share their ideas, experience and advice on forming a lucrative interior design brand. Here are some of the key viewpoints: AUTHENTICTY & ORIGINALITY…

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Hard Materials IV

VENEER There are many benefits to using Veneer within interior design instead of solid wood, including the fact that the design possibilities are endless. Remarkable and noteworthy interiors can be generated with Veneer as it can suit multiple styles (eclectic, modern, traditional, bohemian, country etc). Solid wood can be restrictive hinging on the stability and reaction…

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Mushroom Palette

Our love affair with neutral inspired interiors does not seem to be lessening and over the last 5 years the popularity of mushroom colour palettes within design are increasingly popular. Seen as an alternative to simplistic white yet more characterful than cream, mushroom has the sophistication and warmth to be incorporated into an assortment of…

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History of Styles- Empire

SOCIAL HISTORY A period of time defined by the declared emperor Napoleon and his regime over France. Following the French Revolution there was political conflict and disorder and after the abolishment of the monarchy there was space for new authority – Napoleon Bonaparte seized this opportunity to rise through the ranks. During what was known…

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