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Top Ten Tips for creating a beautiful bohemian interior!

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So you might not be living in a commune rattling around a rambling old house in Stoke Newington, dressed in a silk housecoat and working on an extremely important artistic endeavour, but why not embrace a little unconventional living in your life? You’ll be the interior envy of all your friends. Here's our top ten must haves for a truly boho home: 1. Indulge your interior gardener. Think lush tropical palms, hanging creepers, prehistoric plants not to mention pots, oh the pots... 2. Go cushion shopping right this minute. Tribal prints, bird and botanical motifs, velvet, silk, quantity, not quality is your...

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1920s Glamour: Wedding Venue Transformation

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How do you transform a large community centre into a wedding reception for 80 people styled with a 1920s Great Gatsby look? Quite simply with metres and metres of fabric and a feat of suspension engineering! When the couple presented their brief to style the reception the room we saw the challenge ahead. A huge clinical space, 15x15 metres with large ceiling skylights and 4 suspended industrial air vents meant that the 1920s ambience would require some gargantuan skills in transformation. Without some serious imagination the room would have stayed a modern, functional but ugly community hall. Working within budget,...

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Cabinets of Curiosities

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Since the beginning of time we have searched and appropriated items for our basic survival as well as simply just to covet items of natural beauty. I’m sure our primitive ancestors would have collected shells along the beach and marvelled at that which can be hoarded and admired. Collecting goes hand in hand with exhibiting. We’ve all peered into cabinets, piqued by curiosity to discover what lies within. Memories sealed in photos, souvenirs acquired on travels, shells, skeletons, miniature models, religious artefacts, relics, timepieces…the list goes on.   Cabinets of curiosities herald back to the Renaissance when they were created...

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Notes from an interior designer: The secret door

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The joy of surprise in an interior can never be underestimated. Everyone will recognise that reaction of taking in a room when entering a new space, wherever that may be. Some might perform this discreet appraisal more politely than others, but whatever the social etiquette, the joy of seeing something surprising and unexpected reveals the inner child in all of us.         I was delighted to see such an opportunity when producing an interior design scheme for a client’s principal guest bedroom. The period details in the room were enchanting. Considering the wide, low Georgian doorway, the...

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A buyers dilemma!

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I love the way India grabs you as soon as you arrive. The privileged travellers in First Class wait longer for their bags than any other passenger and although my hotel is supposedly very near the airport, my taxi still costs about half what it cost to get into downtown Mumbai (at least an hour journey). The driver smiles as we pull up outside. I could have walked there in five minutes, we drove there in two and I can’t help smiling back. Arriving in Rajasthan, the thermometer is pushing 44 degrees Celsius, not the most enjoyable heat to go...

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