Author Archives: Lorna S

Advantages and Disadvantages of Freestanding Kitchens

The increasing popularity of kitchen islands and butcher blocks have led to a return to freestanding kitchens, perhaps not to the extent of the 1940s when the sink was the only fixed item in a kitchen, but between a desire … Continue reading

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Much Ado about Books: Home Library Inspiration

There was much consternation recently when people believed that Marie Kondo had suggested that people should only keep a maximum of thirty books in their homes. People rebelled against this notion by the ‘Declutter Queen’, jokingly asking if she meant … Continue reading

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7 Stylish Spiral Staircases

A spiral staircase can be a work of beauty. They are ideal if space is tight, or for reaching a mezzanine level, or as a second stairs for reaching the first floor in an extension. Although immensely stylish, a spiral … Continue reading

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How to Decorate Ceilings: the fifth wall in each room

Ceilings are usually very plain. Painted white or off-white, they are the plainest feature of most rooms. However, they can provide an understated wow factor. For rooms where you are lying down and actually looking up at the ceiling, be … Continue reading

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Wallpaper Trends for 2019

I love wallpaper and I’m delighted to see that not only is it still fashionable for 2019 but there is a return to having wallpaper on all four walls, rather than just a statement wall in a room. Yes, wallpaper … Continue reading

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Interior Design Trends 2019

Have you started thinking about the decorating needs of your home for 2019? Before you proceed too far, read our post on the latest design trends so you know what design elements are ‘past it’ and what ones are bang … Continue reading

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Alternative / Additional Christmas Trees

I’ve noticed a growth in the popularity of Christmas trees this year. Many people are putting up two trees: the artificial one they put up every year and a real tree. There’s also been a move towards Christmas trees with … Continue reading

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How to Decorate a Mantelpiece for Christmas

As the fireplace is often the focal part of a room, it’s relatively easy to create a statement with relatively few decorations on the mantelpiece. It can set the scene for your theme for the rest of the house. As … Continue reading

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Broken Plan Living: 3 Ways to Achieve It

Have you heard of ‘broken plan living’? It’s become quite popular in the last two years and is perfect if you want the convenience and space of open plan living yet wish to retain a feeling of traditional separate rooms … Continue reading

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Five Favourite Flamboyant Sofas

  If you would like a new sofa by Christmas, you need to go shopping very soon as the lead time can be between six to ten weeks. A new sofa can transform a room, the right sofa will last … Continue reading

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