Memphis Style

Founded in 1981 Milan, Italy by Ettore Sottsass, The Memphis Group integrated designers and artists that produced unique and ground-breaking fabric, furniture and ceramics. A style characterised by bold, brash patterns and clashing colour palettes, Memphis seemingly responded to customary design and trends preferring to generate any type of reaction, good or bad. Pushing boundaries…

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Art Deco

After the end of the Industrial Revolution, designers, architects and artists were progressively looking forward into the 20thcentury for ‘something new’. With modern life increasingly more technologically and mechanically focused, the Art Deco movement (also called Style Moderne) launched with the first decorative arts exhibition since WW1: Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes…

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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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Maximalist Style

Maximalism is here to stay – it is official! A style rooted in bright juicy colours, an excess of décor and exhilarating personality, maximalism can take your space from plain jane to fabulously OTT. It is all about provoking a positive emotional reaction and being able to truly express oneself. It can be hard to…

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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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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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Small Space Style

Regardless of the size of your home, it should be a welcoming, charming space that clearly communicates your personality and style. With renters and first-time buyers, there is often a tendency to hold off decorating their (sometimes) marginally smaller spaces than the fantasy homes they dreamed they would move into.

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Cork Palette

With sustainability being a major movement and talking point within design, it is inevitable that we have embraced resources and materials with eco-friendly credentials that are free of chemical components. One of these said materials that I have particularly enjoyed witnessing designers explore is Cork wood. Sustainably harvested from the branches of a cork tree…

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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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