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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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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My Top 10 Etsy Items

Since launching my Etsy shop I have had so much fun selling a variety of goods, whether I am crafting unique handmade pieces or sourcing vintage finds in my local antique markets, there has always been something new and exciting to share with all of you. Now that I have completed my Interior Design Diploma…

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History of Styles- Queen Anne

SOCIAL HISTORY Although a short period of time in history, during Queen Anne’s reign two monumental events occurred sealing her significance in history. Firstly there was the ‘Acts of Union of 1707’ in which England and Scotland merged, forming the beginning of the United Kingdom. Secondly, there was the end of the War of Spanish…

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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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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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How To: 6 easy ways to style a Happy Home

The conquest to find out what makes your house a happy home can be a tricky one, but luckily for us The Sunday Times recently published a sneak peek into the report ‘The Science of a Happy Home’ with lots of insight and tips into how we can transform our space into a place of…

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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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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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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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Post-Modernism

Defined as an opposition to views and ideals within the modernist movement, Post Modernism welcomed the distinctive, whimsical and eclectic. With an increasingly unsure and sceptical western world, the design movement embodied a cultural move in which exclusive modernism no longer represented the majority. Turmoil and instability after two world wars and an exposure to…

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Antique Shopping

One of my absolute favourite things about moving up to the Scottish highlands is the great mix of antique and vintage finds tucked away in little treasure troves like this place, a stones throw from Inverness, just off the A9. A charming collection of everything from furniture to smaller collectible pieces, it is a step…

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Art Nouveau

The last design movement of the 19th century, Art Nouveau pushed boundaries within art, architecture and interiors, concentrating on nature and the organic origins of form. Originally emerging in Belgium known as “New Art”, this period was in many ways a continuation of the Arts and Crafts movement that preceded it, yet was a dismissal…

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Amsterdam

OUR CHALLENGE Two days in Amsterdam and our challenge: to squeeze in as much sightseeing as we can! This meant waking up super early and our first stop, the Anne Frank House. Top Tip: We had booked our tickets online very last minute, which had meant the only time slot available was at 9am (hence…

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