Monthly Recap – November

BARNARD CASTLE This month involved a mini trip down south to Barnard Castle, a town along the bank of the River Tees, in County Durham. A picturesque and charming place with lots of delightful cafes, pubs and shops including some superb destinations like Niche, an interiors business and boutique shop filled with gorgeous unique pieces. I…

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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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Travel Décor: Oku Kos

Having just got back from a holiday to Kos, I have been inspired to start a Travel Décor series on my blog where I can share the stylish interiors of any hotels or locations I visit. It feels so nice to be able to travel freely again after a few years of uncertainty, cancellations, and…

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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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Monthly Recap – August

ARDCLACH BELL TOWER A place I have always seen from afar when driving to the coast and wanted to explore is Ardclach Bell Tower near Nairn. This tiny yellow painted building was built in 1655 and is a hidden gem amongst the trees, overlooking River Findhorn. Sitting below the bell tower is Ardclach Old Parish…

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History of Styles -Regency

SOCIAL HISTORY After his father fell ill Prince George became the country’s acting monarch, distinguished as Prince Regent, and this period of time became known as the Regency era. There were noteworthy changes in society and the economic landscape within Britain as well as a wide divide between the high class and the lower classes…

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Marie Antoinette Style

The impact that the Queen of France had on decorative arts was significant and it ushered in a ‘golden age’ of French art and design during the Neoclassical period. Originally from Austria Marie became Queen at the young age of 19 and was infamous during her time in the monarchy for lavish spending, frivolous extravagance…

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Monthly Recap – April

Happy April & Easter This month did not start out great as I unfortunately caught covid, so spent the first couple weeks in bed. Not only did I miss out on a weekend trip to Edinburgh (gutted),  I fell behind with some of my work and sketching goals (if you remember last month, I also gave…

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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: 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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Hand Drawing Interior Design

Whilst studying online for my interior design diploma at KLC Design School I was taught a rare form of artistry within the design world these days – hand drawing. It seems with an ever-growing collection of computer programmes such as Auto CAD, Sketchup, Vector works and Photoshop, we are losing the expression of ‘handcrafted’ within…

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Zero Waste Shop – Fiona’s Wholefoods & Refills

Zero waste is having a moment, with many of us no longer able to shy away from our personal impact on the environment, we are thoughtfully considering how, where, why and what we consume. Alongside our ever-growing eco consciousness there has been a gradual boost in ‘zero waste’ shops throughout the UK. Lucky for me,…

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Wellness within Interior Design

In Happy Inside: How to Harness the Power of Home for Health and Happiness Michelle Ogundehin explores wellness within interior design, more specifically she implores us to ask ourselves ‘is our home serving us or our social media feed?’ People are increasingly decorating and purchasing items for their homes based solely on influential images and…

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The Fife Arms – Artwork

One of the most exclusive and remarkable aspects of The Fife Arms Hotel is the display of marvellous artwork that adorns its walls. A showcase of contemporary and topical art by the owners Iwan Hauser and Manuela Wirth, otherwise known as Hauser + Wirth. Founded in 1992 the art gallery originally began in Zurich, however,…

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