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Month: February 2016

Top design tips

Top design tips

Maria Speake runs salvage company and design practice Retrouvius with partner Adam Hills. They skilfully blend reclaimed pieces into modern settings. Here are the top tips from this decorator: Do have plants in your home – not stiff flowers in vases, but living plants. Do try outrageous decor in your ground-floor loo. Lose your inhibitions and go for something really bold and fun. Do remember that small rooms can be wonderful, so opening up a space isn\’t always the best solution….

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Mirror makeover 

Mirror makeover 

Do you have a plain, unused mirror that needs makeover? Turn it into a decorative wall piece by hanging it from one of these elegant waxed-cotton and wood harnesses. They come in two sizes and require minimal effort to install: just one small hook drilled into the wall.

Red bedroom in muted tones

Red bedroom in muted tones

Think a red boudoir is a decorating cliché? Think again! Recreate the sanctuary-like feel of this bedroom by layering muted tones such as dusty lilac, raspberry and coral – and add dashes of eggplant for extra sophistication. Take inspiration from the palette pictured below.    

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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