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Month: January 2016

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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Modern walk in wardrobe

Modern walk in wardrobe

You don’t need the shoe collection of Imelda Marcos to require a bespoke storage solution. Here’s our comprehensive guide to creating your dream closet. Why have one? A walk-in wardrobe is a practical storage option. Think of Sarah Jessica Parker’s closet in Sex and the City. Storing clothes, shoes and accessories in this way allows you to stay organized, keep everything in optimum condition and see belongings at a glance. What’s more, it can be a big selling point for…

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Geometric floor tiling

Geometric floor tiling

Italian designer Alessandro Mendini, creator of the \”Proust\” armchair, is an icon of Postmodernism. He runs Milan studio Atelier Mendini with his brother, Francesco, and together they have produced these geometric ceramic floor tiles for Ceramiche Refin. The \”Filo\” range comes in a choice of four colors, including \”Filo 01\”, pictured right, and \”Filo 03\”, pictured far right. Each design should \”create an electrical optical result, drawing attention to the floor as you walk on it,\” says Mendini.