DESIGN SECRETS
15 May

DESIGN SECRETS

The great thing about being an interior designer is that you have a lot of insider knowledge up your sleeve; lots of tips, tricks and some winning advice that isn’t always obvious to an outsider, yet makes the biggest difference.   Introducing big furniture I know I keep banging on about adding big things but if you have a small room and decorate with small perfectly proportioned furniture, it highlights the fact that the space is tiny. Lets talk fashion for a sec. If you want to elongate the leg you don’t wear ¾ length trousers right, you wear trousers...
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THE CASE FOR EMBRACING MATTE SURFACES
01 May

THE CASE FOR EMBRACING MATTE SURFACES

Anyone who has been to one of the design classes in my pad will know how obsessed I am with matte finishes. Don’t get me wrong, I love a bit of gloss as much as the next girl, but in isolation! For me when large surfaces like walls are given the matte treatment, they appear more organic, relaxed and laid back than their glossy counterparts. Now for the downside - they are not as practical, especially walls painted out in flat emulsion. However, if you want the coolest home on the planet you’ve got to take your practical hat off....
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LIGHT IT UP
24 Apr

LIGHT IT UP

In order to create a great space with a calming ambience, the key is lighting. My pad has lights scattered around everywhere. I can’t bear just overhead lighting. You need to have oodles of lamps and side lights too. People always think I’m crazy to say this, but you really need at least eight light sources in any room – dimmer switches are an absolute must too. It’s all about creating that magical atmosphere of little glowing pools of light dotted around the room. If you’ve used darker colours on your walls and within your furnishings, lots of lighting is...
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