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What makes a design classic?

What makes a design classic?

It takes time for something to become iconic. Anyone who believes in the existence of an ‘instant classic’ has inhaled too much PR. But what exactly is a design classic? It’s a question framed by the devil to torment the cautious.   First, you need to distinguish between the classical and the classic, a point of difference that can be lost on the careless. Classical architecture has origins in the Greek and Roman eras. Order, proportion and a limited range…

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How to Decorate Your Home

How to Decorate Your Home

How to decorate your home is a collocation that elicits strong responses at both ends of the emotional spectrum. People either love or hate getting busy with rollers, ladders, paste and paper. Then there’s the subjective mire of what ‘decorative’ means. For some, it connotes flounces and vivacity galore; for others, simplicity, wood and white.   How we choose to pretty, perfect or camouflage our homes is a profoundly personal decision. It could be a tangible expression of something going…

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Bath in bedroom

Bath in bedroom

    Bath in your bedroom is the ultimate luxury. More decadent than an en-suite, a stylish freestanding tub makes the ideal spot to unwind in privacy and comfort. Bathing in the bedroom has grown in popularity since a change in building regulations in 2008 that now means water and electric sockets can be placed in the same room, so long as they are at least three meters apart. Putting a beautiful bathtub beside your bed is both extravagant and practical….

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Black and white bathroom design

Black and white bathroom design

The combination of black and white bathroom design has a classic appeal that can be given a contemporary twist by using simple shapes and dual-toned finishes. Take inspiration from this Dutch bathroom in Breda. A striking black floor and statement bath and sink have been counterbalanced by white walls and storage units. The result is powerful but not overwhelming.

Easy bathroom updates – 3 tips

Easy bathroom updates – 3 tips

Simple tips for revamping what you already have… 1.Give your bath a makeover Turn your tub into the focal point of the room by updating its side panel or cladding. Use reclaimed wood for a rustic vibe or mosaic tiles for something more glamorous. Freestanding baths can be given a quick aesthetic lift with a simple lick of paint. 2.Install window shutters The new generation of shutters are built to withstand bathroom condensation, so you don’t have to worry about…

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Winterize house: six easy ways

Winterize house: six easy ways

From draught exclusion to masonry checks and warm scents, here’s our all-inclusive practical guide to combating the cold. 1. Illuminate your space. Candles are used in Scandinavian countries on an almost daily basis. They\’re placed in front of open fireplaces or on windowsills for instant atmosphere and warmth. The best are made from vegetable oil: these burn more evenly. Lighting makes all the difference when darkness falls early. Try hanging low-level pendant lights above tables, and place up lighters behind…

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Under stairs shelves

Under stairs shelves

This under-stairs cubby hole brilliantly maximizes the potential of a notoriously awkward space. At the bottom and the top of the slope, carefully partitioned shelves create pockets for displaying small items, while the largest section has been turned into a cozy reading spot. If you want to store books, keep in mind the standard size of a paperback.

Fire and stone

Fire and stone

Jamb makes the slickest fireplace surrounds on the block and has just launched three designs in black marble. \”Bolection\” is based on an original chimney piece found in King William Ill\’s dressing room at Hampton Court Palace; \”Compton\” has a simple yet decorative \’finger flute\’ design; and \”Burford\”, pictured, has an intricate guilloche pattern.

Eco design in restaurant

Eco design in restaurant

  Brighton-basedrestaurant Silo\’s ecological philosophy extends from its food to its furniture. Brighton\’s new zero-waste restaurant, Silo, has an interior that\’s as carefully considered as its menu. The venue is the brainchild of Douglas McMaster, who takes a hands-on approach to preparing food: rolling oats, baking bread, making butter and brewing beer. Carcasses of meat are bought in from local farmers, fish comes from Catchbox (a cooperative that supports small-scale fishermen) and food scraps go straight in the compost. \”We\’re…

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Suspended staircase

Suspended staircase

  Suspended steel stairs give this split-level Norwegian apartment a bright, airy feel. After acquiring the loft space above their lop-floor flat, the owners of this Oslo apartment asked Haptic Architects to find a way to unify the two levels without compromising on the amount of natural light. The London design studio\’s smart solution is a striking, slender staircase that is suspended between the upper floor’s joists. As well as connecting the new mezzanine level with the lower storey, it…

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