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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How To: create your very own ‘designer bathroom’

With our homes increasingly developing into a space where we unwind, decompress and escape daily stresses, the bathroom in particular has evolved into a habitual haven. You can relax, focus on yourself and dabble in a little ‘self-care’. Creating your very own ‘designer bathroom’ is a fabulous way to inject some luxury and indulgence into…

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