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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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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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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Highland Country

Country style interiors can be achieved within a variety of homes, whether traditional, modern or bohemian – ‘country’ is the epitome of laid back elegance. Surrounded by luscious green fields, hills and forest, our home is in a prime location for cosy rural life and this is reflected within the decor.   Teaming ‘country’ with its…

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Hard Materials I

HARDWOODS Beech Beech wood has an unaffected fresh, pale colour making it a great fit for modern, scandinavian style interiors. A robust, hard wearing wood, and scratch resistant with very good flexibility during construction meaning it is suitable for the building of houses.  Beech wood can fashion a warm, modest and uncomplicated design within an…

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History of Styles -Arts & Crafts

The Arts & Crafts movement primarily derived from a reaction against the mass production of products that had begun during the Industrial Revolution. In Britain, working class labourers had to endure long hours for minimal pay in huge factories, which in turn had an adverse impact on their worth and value, as well as a…

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Botanical Style

The application of nature within our interiors have transformed through the years – from the increased popularity of plant life within 1970s mid-century homes to recent trends of bold palm prints or boho terrariums, there are no limitations or restrictions within botanical style. A varied source for colour and pattern inspiration, floral and plant imagery…

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Mid Century Modern

Although the expression Mid-Century Modern was not devised until 1984 (by author Cara Greenberg) the movement emerged after the end of the second world war. There was a rise in demand for property and housing as soldiers arrived back home in the US, resulting in the expansion of cities and a large growth in the…

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Kitchen Design

CONTEMPORARY Contemporary kitchens are the epitome of a sleek, minimalist environment that is understated as well as attention grabbing. The layout and cabinetry  is simple and uncluttered with clean lines. Every item has a function and purpose, there is no unnecessary decoration. The colour scheme is toned down and often monochromatic. This style of kitchen…

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Eclectic Style

  Defining ‘eclectic’ style can be somewhat of a challenge, as it is a term that is thrown around loosely in defining interiors. What can be said for sure is a home that represents eclecticism is one that is rich in character and humour and as you enter you get a real sense of the…

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