Interior Design

It’s Time to Give Your Home A New Nordic Look For A More Stylish Life

Claudia Canavan | Posted 31.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle

We spent a winter reading books on getting more ‘hygge’. And the candle-strewn, Danish-inspired interiors look is everywhere cool right now. But i...

10 Gifts For The Plant Lover Who Can't Keep Plants Alive

Katty Patterson | Posted 05.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Katty Patterson

I've come up with a few solutions as to how to  introduce the illusion of life into a hostile environment like my own.  So whether you use this as a hint list for your nearest and dearest or a guide for your mates, I hope it serves you well.  Kicking things off with the number one gift for a Jungalow Wannabe with Grim Reaper fingers.

The Scandinavian Influence

Aarti Popat | Posted 08.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Aarti Popat

The 'Scandi-look' is what I have requests for from a lot of my clients, they love the style and the feeling it evokes. The pure simplicity of clean lines and pared back elegance makes the space warm and inviting and is usually functional and minimal. The use of muted tones and earthy materials such as wood is a must for Scandinavian inspired homes.

Why Awards Matter

Rosy Greenlees | Posted 08.03.2017 | UK
Rosy Greenlees

Throughout its long history, BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour has covered issues from 'how to hang your husband's suit' in its very first programme to the W...

Inside Scoop: How Do You Develop A Concept?

Aarti Popat | Posted 20.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Aarti Popat

I always have a lot of people asking me how I choose a look and develop the concept for a project, which can be as complicated as using a keyword derived from primary and secondary research or as simple as a 'style' of living.

How To Turn Your Home Into A Kids' Fun Zone

The Huffington Post | Tamsin Kelly | Posted 06.03.2017 | UK Parents

Nothing brings parents more joy than seeing their children playing together, immersed in an imaginary world and entertaining themselves. But the reali...

Great Interior Design Challenge Makes Its Return

Kelly Hoppen | Posted 08.01.2017 | UK Entertainment
Kelly Hoppen

It's so amazing to see how brave the amateur designers have been. Not only are they boldly going on the show to try out their interior passion, but they also have the cameras watching their every move, while they meet the home owners for the first time.

Is 2016 The Year For A Handmade Christmas?

Aarti Popat | Posted 21.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Aarti Popat

I don't know about you but I'm looking forward to getting cosy on the sofa with candles burning and Christmas movies playing all day... But before that there is lots of work to do. It's not that easy to make your own Christmas.

Zaha Hadid & The BRIT Awards: Pop & Ceremony

Carolyn Dailey | Posted 01.12.2016 | UK Entertainment
Carolyn Dailey

I wonder if anyone can fail to have their breath taken away when they lay eyes on the new award statuette for The BRITs designed by the late, great Za...

The Chiara Effect

Victoria Drysdale | Posted 11.11.2016 | UK Tech
Victoria Drysdale

In the day of the fiercely prevalent traditional media vs. new media debate, it is silly and short sighted for businesses, particularly small businesses, to not embrace the often criticised world of digital influencers; their prevalence, influence and success is undeniable.

Hygge Vibes In A Studio Flat: Creating A Cosy Sense Of Space

Paola Bassanese | Posted 11.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Paola Bassanese

Hygge is the Danish word for an intangible feeling of being in the moment, enjoying the moment (be it at home or outdoors, alone or with people), bein...

Four Ways To Spruce Up Your Garden This Year

Mohadesa Najumi | Posted 03.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Mohadesa Najumi

As we're moving into winter, our once colourful gardens are starting to appear a little drab. With a little planning, you can start preparing now to have the most vibrant Gardenthis coming spring. These four helpful tips might seem simple, but the incredible effect they can have on your garden will be simply stunning.

Add 20% To The Value Of Your House Before Christmas

Elspeth Briscoe | Posted 03.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Elspeth Briscoe

It's estimated that you can now add up to 20% to the value of your house by giving it a designer garden. One of the most underused ways to add value to your house is by making the most out of your 'room outside'.

OBE Joins New Art Project To Improve NHS Mental Healthcare

Lou Mensah | Posted 02.09.2016 | UK Entertainment
Lou Mensah

We know how lucky we are to have the NHS and it's services, spanning physical and mental health care. Sometimes though, we leave with our bodies healed, and our spirits a little diminished. If you have spent time visiting a loved one in a mental health unit, a situation that curator Niamh White and artist Tim A Shaw found themselves in, you may come away thinking that the environment of these units could do with some care.

Antiques - Orange is the New Brown

Elspeth Briscoe | Posted 30.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Elspeth Briscoe

Lime greens and oranges typical of the 50s, 60s and 70s, especially in german ceramics, now look very comfortable in a highly contemporary kitchen. It's out with the brown; in with the orange.

Hacienda Petac ~ Where Petals Promise Peace and Paradise

Harmeet Kaur Sidhu | Posted 30.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Harmeet Kaur Sidhu

We did not know it at the time, but as we drove through the open gates of Hacienda Petac, we were entering an embrace with Paradise.

The Kitchen Renovation Survival Guide

Vicki Marinker | Posted 16.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Vicki Marinker

Now that I have had the time to appreciate the kitchen in all its glory and cook for two sets of guests, I can pass on some of the things I've learned along the way - through trial and error.

Finding your Zen | Interior and Exterior

Rae Duke | Posted 10.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Rae Duke

The term that best encapsulates the dots I am trying to join up here - spirituality and home design - is well being: that is our 'elephant'. Whether it's the thread count of the Egyptian cotton sheets you're sleeping on, your newfound yoga addiction, or unquenchable prayer/meditation habit that keeps you sane, we're all essentially doing the same thing when it comes to these lifestyle choices.

Feeling Bold? Be Brave and Use Black and White in Your Home Interior

Celia Sawyer | Posted 02.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Celia Sawyer

It is easy to see how this grouping frightens the life out of many novice interior designers, the less adventurous part of you, however it doesn't need to be overpowering and coarse, more of a way of expressing drama with an elegantly powerful appeal.

Behind the Design

Richard Brownlie-Marshall | Posted 23.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Richard Brownlie-Marshall

The new designs see four subjects that might be seen as twee, transformed into a much more contemporary reincarnation - the same vision as five years ago. This time I opened up the brief to both country and city life, choosing two icons from each - a bird, deer, red telephone box and black cab.

How To Solve Common Interior Design Issues Like The Professionals

Anna Tobin | Posted 13.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Anna Tobin

You don't need to employ an interior designer to make your home function and look at its best. Keep these few simple rules in mind and your home will always work well and look beautiful.

Five Ways to Not Become a House Buyerzilla

Gabrielle Blackman | Posted 13.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Gabrielle Blackman

Boring as this may sound, start by writing down your budget and your checklist of genuine needs before the fever of house buying takes over. Stick this list on your fridge door so you have to see it every time you reach for the milk/mineral water/wine. Go back to it when you find yourself wailing "But the wisteria on that cottage is so wonderful!" Was wisteria on your checklist?

Getting the Interiors Right in Your New Home

Oliver Heath | Posted 10.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Oliver Heath

Good considered interior design is all about combing the practical issues with the aesthetic and finding your style - ultimately to create a home that is warm, comfortable, practical and nurturing. So start by getting some of the practical issues out the way...

Why I'm Over the 'Scandi' Look

Celia Sawyer | Posted 29.04.2017 | UK Style
Celia Sawyer

Scandi style is limited to only being great if you want a quick Ikea fix for a student flat or a lower budget rental apartment, but this way of designing in real terms reflects no creativity, comfort or drama at all.

Remembering Zaha Hadid

Kelly Hoppen | Posted 15.04.2017 | UK Entertainment
Kelly Hoppen

Zaha saw the creation of buildings and cities and their synergy in a way that seemed effortless and yet extraordinary in the same way.