Home Design

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.

How Tech Is Reigniting The Golden Years For Our Ageing Populations

Andreas Schierenbeck | Posted 24.04.2017 | UK Tech
Andreas Schierenbeck

In 2016, the global population was estimated to be 7.4 billion; a figure that the United Nations believes will increase to 11.2 billion by the year 2100. Today, one in eight of those 7.4 billion people are over the age of 60. This number is expected to increase as our overall quality of life continues to improve and we all live longer - with life expectancy even breaking the 90 barrier as soon as 2030, according to Imperial College London and the World Health Organization.

11 Ultimate Low Cost Interior Decorating Tips For All Types Of Homes

John Lello | Posted 09.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
John Lello

You don't need to be a painter to add unique decoration to your place. You can be crafty in many different ways. Just think outside of the box! For example, you can take a piece of wallpaper that you particularly love and frame it to create an original display for your office, dining room or any other division.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Designing Your Home Like Your Wardrobe

Celia Sawyer | Posted 02.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Celia Sawyer

Time and time again I meet clients who haven't got a clue on how to furnish their homes or make them look aesthetically pleasing to the eye. You don't need a three year course in interior design to get this right, you actually just need to use a bit of knowledge and a lot of common sense.

A Man's Guide In Making The Most Space Out Of His Apartment

Patricia Evans | Posted 16.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Patricia Evans

Aside from getting a good job and getting a girlfriend, keeping an apartment that says you have graduated from frat houses differentiates grown-up men from big boys. After all, young professionals renting condos and apartments need to get their crap together - and we are not only talking about rent money here.

This Kid Is Cramping My Style

Charlotte Peach | Posted 22.05.2016 | UK Parents
Charlotte Peach

As I sit typing amongst an army of plastic fantastic (the majority of which I might add I have actually paid good money for) I realise the extent to which our stylish pad has become a giant toy box of garish monstrosity.

Seven Ways to Make Your Living Room Look Larger

Alissa Ugolini | Posted 11.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Alissa Ugolini

Don't let a small living room be the bane of your home life or the Achilles heel of your future design plans. You can have just as much fun with style and furniture even within the confines of a small space - you just need to spend a little more time in the planning stages, rather than jumping straight in.

Tips to Create the Perfect Dining Room

Alissa Ugolini | Posted 05.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Alissa Ugolini

The dining room is one of those spaces that was once at the height of fashion and a total necessity in a home. Nowadays, unfortunately, it has been downgraded, and is a room that is only considered when there is enough space to play with

Celebrity Style Dressing Rooms - In Your Home!

Alissa Ugolini | Posted 28.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Alissa Ugolini

Whatever your needs or objective may be, whether it is to house a growing collection of clothes or for space saving reasons, in this post, I am going to explore five incredible examples of dressing room ideas.

Decorating your bedroom with all white

Alissa Ugolini | Posted 22.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Alissa Ugolini

For some, the thought of a white on white colour scheme is frightening. With the looming fear of a space looking sterile and banal, perhaps even hospital-like, decorating with only white may be the last idea on your interior design radar.

You've Either Got or You Haven't Got Style

Paul Marshall | Posted 28.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Paul Marshall

Your Home In Their Hands has the strutting, pouting, preening Celia Sawyer as its host. Hostess might be more to the point as on first appearance, she looks as if she might show you to your table in a Las Vegas strip club.

Don't Forget the Toilet Roll Holder

Paul Marshall | Posted 26.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Paul Marshall

Once you're happy, or as happy as you can be, with your choice, you want to be confident that any contract is as tight as the space under your stairs. Heavens above, who was the contractor who said that there was plenty of room for a swimming pool, sauna and gymnasium?

7 Clever Smart Home Inventions on My Radar

Shivvy Jervis | Posted 11.10.2014 | UK Tech
Shivvy Jervis

Google may have cornered the market with its Nest range of thermostats and smoke alarms, and Apple ignited the battle for the Internet of Things a few months ago with the announcement of its "Home" app... Here are some of the most exciting and accessible smart products that I've spotted recently.

My Favourite Looks For: Living Rooms

Nikki Wright | Posted 01.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Nikki Wright

We have just finished decorating our living room, so we are left with a shell to fill with personality, which in my opinion is by far the best bit.

How British Is Your Home?

Patricia Evans | Posted 09.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Patricia Evans

The popularity of the show Downtown Abbey reignited the interest in English home design ideas. A typical British abode feels cozy, warm and snug. Note that even though the emphasis is on personalising your own home and achieving comfort, there are specific aesthetics that are necessary to achieve a British accent on your home.

Side Street Style's Top Picks From Cardiff

Laura Schwormstedt | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Schwormstedt

Last week was very exciting indeed as I was invited to take part in an Inspiration Day at Cardiff HomeSense. A lovely table with all sorts of yummy go...

It's More Than Gorgeous - Top Picks From Manchester

Sian Astley | Posted 09.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sian Astley

I had a great afternoon down at my local HomeSense, choosing my Top Picks and helping shoppers solve their interior design & home buy dilemmas, finding myself rummaging through treasures to find 'on trend' bargains and helping design savvy clients select the perfect partnering items for challenging rooms.

Solving A Reader's Challenge: The Issue With Lighting A Dark Room

Fritha Strickland | Posted 19.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Fritha Strickland

With the only access to direct sunlight through the adjoining kitchen she wanted to know what she could do to brighten up the area without a major overhaul. We talked about the colour palette that would work best and were drawn to bright pinks, golds and turquoises to complement the other features in the room.

Five Steps to a Sexy Yard - the Planning Stage!

Sian Astley | Posted 15.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sian Astley

Any good designer will tell you the trick to a cohesive scheme is finding your fabulous inspiration, wherever that comes from, then planning it into your design, layout, decisions and purchases.