A Guide to the Planning Process by Sophie Bates

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A Guide to the Planning Process by Sophie Bates When looking to extend or build a new home, gaining planning permission is a necessary but sometimes tricky requirement.  Having worked as a residential architect for twenty years, here are my recommendations to making the process as smooth and successful as possible. Work with a good […]

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Sharing our Sources: Magical Lighting Effects – Designed by Light

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Magical Lighting Effects: Designed by Light If you came to The DecorCafe Home & Garden Festival at Strawberry Hill House last year you may have seen the lighting range created by new contemporary lighting company, Designed by Light.  Founded by Putney based lighting designer Sian Baxter, Designed by Light have a small team of lighting […]

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Nicky Haslam Paints The Town Green

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Interior Designer of The Year, Nicky Haslam, Paints The Town Green – launching his first colour collection. By Debbie Blott for Time & Leisure Magazine. I was more than just a little excited when I stepped through the doorway of The Paint The Town Green showroom in Allfarthing Lane. The opportunity to interview interior design […]

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First Impressions Count. Make More of Your Hallway

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First Impressions Count. Make More of Your Hallway. Storage: The problem with hallways is that they tend to become the dumping ground for coats and shoes, dog leads, boxes and packaging ready to go out to recycling or charity collections, but it is such a shame because first impressions count. So, before you start to […]

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Sharing our Sources: Chandeliers

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I have always wanted a chandelier for my home, and the moment is nearly right, and so I thought I would take the opportunity to multi-task and explore the best sources and put it all together in a useful list of the best places to buy chandeliers. But before I do, I just want to […]

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What size of rug should I choose?

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What size of rug should I choose? You would think picking a rug would be easy wouldn’t you? But if I had a pound for every time we are asked this question… what size of rug should I choose? It is a question that comes up most often when talking about a sitting room. Should […]

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Wimbledon Lighting Designer, Virginie Dunne’s Latest Home Project

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Lighting Home Tour by Debbie Blott with Virginie Dune, written for Time & Lesiure Magazine Lighting is the unsung hero of interior design, often only thought about when the builder asks where you want to put the wiring, it can totally transform the look and feel of your home, elevating the ordinary to the stunning. […]

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Designing your Home Office? 10 Things to Consider.

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10 Things to Consider when Designing your Home Office. Claire Burrage of Clara Bee shares her checklist: Function. Is this a dedicated home office, a household admin centre, maybe somewhere children can play on a computer or do homework? Is it somewhere to keep the games console to manage screen time? Maybe it’s just a peaceful […]

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Jacks’ Room Redesign plus Nikkis’10 Top Tips for Kids Rooms

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Pic: Before redesign 1. A child’s bedroom is one of the hardest working rooms in a house, used for sleep, play, toy storage, artwork display, play dates and later, homework. How they use it will change from peaceful nursery for baby to play room, to a more personal space for your teen. Designing an adaptable […]

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New Eco Paint Company: Paint The Town Green

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Fine Eco Paint. Paint The Town Green A new brand of paint has been launched, right on our doorstep in Wandsworth and so we went along to find out more. What is different about Paint The Town Green? Well the first thing is that it was created by Phil Robinson, who is himself a painter and […]

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Beauty of Bespoke

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Beauty of Bespoke (Time and Leisure Magazine, July 2016) Beautiful bespoke furniture is the haute couture of interior design, tailor-made to suit your style and fit the features of your home, it will cost more than the High Street equivalent, but is it a worthwhile investment? Yes says interior designer Caroline Browne and may not […]

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Bespoke Window Film. Blossom and Brush

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Blossom and Brush How do you achieve privacy at a window that faces onto a street or a bathroom window that looks out onto the garden without losing all the light? Shutters are a great solution but are not always within budget and voiles create a certain look that aren’t everyone’s cup of tea. Window stickers […]

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Helpful Tips & Sources from our DecorClub with Ann Jackman

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Helpful Interior Design Tips and Sources Taken from our April DecorClub morning with Ann Jackman Interior designer Ann Jackman, based in Surbiton, ran our inspiring decorclub morning last week aimed at helping people to progress their home project. It was a fantastic morning during which Ann shared some of her recent projects with us, gave […]

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4 Ways to Dress Your Windows

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Victoria Hill, based in Hampton, designs beautiful soft furnishings for your home. You can meet Victoria at The DecorCafe Festival on Friday 11th March. In the meantime she shares her experience here: 1. Dressing Windows for Privacy With the the rate of conversion of houses into flats, extensions and loft conversions galore, many of us […]

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Wood Flooring Explained

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Wood Flooring Explained Wood flooring is a popular and attractive decor choice for many homes – classic enough for use in older properties, yet timeless enough to fit in nicely in a contemporary scheme. However, a lot of people find it hard to navigate the many types and features available. There are a few key […]

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Colourful Kelly at LUX* Belle Mare Hotel, Mauritius

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Colourful Kelly at LUX* Belle Mere Hotel in Mauritius by Putney Interior Designer & Coach, Anne-Marie Taylor I’ve just come back from hotel heaven! It’s called LUX* Belle Mare and it’s in Mauritius (and no, I don’t own shares there, so it’s a totally genuine blog post with no hidden agenda!) This hotel is one of […]

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Trips to the Flower Market: Tulips

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Trips to the Flower Market: Tulips I felt the 5am starts at New Covent Garden market should be a shared experience, shared with you in the sense of reading about my adventures whilst in the comfort of your own home…awake…warm…eating breakfast with beautiful hands…   So lets share TULIPS:   The market is absolutely ablaze with a […]

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What is a Green Deal Assessment?

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If you want to make your home more energy efficient, the best place to start is to assess how efficient it is currently, and an easy, independent way to approach this is by having a Green Deal Assessment. It is also the starting point for applying for financial aid to help with future improvements. My […]

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Home Technology Made Simple: Getting wired for sound, lights and…

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Home Technology Made Simple. Getting wired for sound, lights and…. A workshop with Inspired Dwellings at the Crestron showroom However much of a technophobe you might consider yourself, it was not hard to be seduced by the sleek glamour and technical wizardry demonstrated by Inspired Dwellings at the Crestron Showroon.  Panels glide seamlessly aside to […]

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Ten great ideas for Bedroom Storage: notes from our Create Your Home evening with Nikki Rees

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Ten Great Ideas for Bedroom Storage Following her interior design degree from Kingston University, Nikki Rees spent many years in retail design, including a period of time designing the store and merchandising layouts for Gap, and developed a love of creating interior designs that flow well and make the most of every inch of storage space. Here […]

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Style Trend: East meets West. Fusion Interior Design

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  The word Fusion is a wonderful word isn’t it? It’s become quite fashionable and trendy and is even perhaps slightly overused, but it is a true reflection of and perfectly encapsulates the international society in which we now live, no matter where we are in the world. One great example which we have all […]

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Style Trend: Industrial Luxe

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SoHo Hotel Chicago: Bedroom There is a new trend developing, perfect for loft spaces, open plan and grand designs. Coined as Industrial Luxe, it takes its’ cue from the unfinished materials, and factory salvage we have become familiar with in leading edge restaurants and designer shops and embellishes it with a softer touch. If you […]

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How to Get Your Home Ready for Sale

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How To Get Your Home Ready For Sale Are you getting your home ready for sale? Last night I went along to the sofa.com home staging event in their gorgeous showroom, close to the Chelsea Design Centre. It was all about getting your home ready to sell. I am not planning to sell my home […]

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How to Create a Home You Love

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French Furniture Design from a collection by Out There Interiors Start at the end. The best approach is to start at the end! You wouldn’t set off on a journey without knowing where you are going and an image of the place you would like to visit. It is the same with your home. Start […]

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How to create a sustainably stylish home

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Polly Amos and Laura Polglase founded eco renovate five years ago to offer homeowners impartial advice on blending sustainability and energy efficiency into a refurbishment. On an unusually hot and sunny day last week, the decorcafe decorclub had the chance to visit Polly’s cool and stylish home and benefit from her and Laura’s advice on […]

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How to create a Luxury Bathroom

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Luxury bathroom design ideas and tips – first featured in Time & Leisure Magazine. Padding into the bathroom on a chilly Autumnal morning and feeling the warmth of under-floor heating on the soles of your feet, followed by an invigorating power shower that has you lingering longer than you know you should, is an everyday […]

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Ask the Expert: Shelving Question

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Shelving Question Following on from the Create Your Home evening we had on Tuesday, Kate had a question about some Ikea shelves that she had built in her house some time ago. As this is a question that is of general interest we thought that we would share it here. Kate: “Hi here is my old […]

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How do I find a new home for my old sofa?

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  We all have stuff that was not inexpensive, has been much loved but now has had it’s day. So what then? It seems such a shame not to do something useful with it when there is life within it still. This is where freecycle.org (www.ukfreecycle.org) comes in. They match people who have things they […]

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How to Create More Personal Fabric Designs

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There is never a dull moment at our decorclub as we always try to pack in as much as possible but November was busier than most! Our November topic was fabric, and so Jess got in touch with all the fabric houses to find out what their views were on fabric trends and we discovered […]

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How to Design Your Kitchen: 10 Top Tips

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Zeb Dare is the founder/owners of West London kitchens and has designed hundreds of kitchens and knows the issues that crop up repeatedly and so we asked her to pass on her top tips. She says “We’re happy to pass on some top tips to the decorcafe audience and won’t apologise in advance for many […]

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How to update pine furniture with spray paint

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We have a strange assortment of furniture that we have collected over the years and I am quite attached to most of it for a variety of reasons. And so I am constantly moving things around, painting and generally tweaking it about! ( I use “I” in the broadest meaning of the word you understand!) […]

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How to colour your home

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Do you want to use more colour in your home but lack a bit of confidence? If so you are not alone. Most people know that colour is the easiest and most affordable way to change the look of their home but lack the confidence to do so. But it doesn’t have to be that […]

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How to fragrance your home

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Positive tastes improve your mood by 23% Positive touch improves your mood by 29% Positive images improve your mood by 46% Positive sounds improve your mood by 65% Positive smells improve your mood by 75% So adding fragrance to your home is very rewarding but with such a variety of different systems and brands available […]

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How to create a lovely white decor scheme

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We had quite a discussion about white paint at one of our workshops recently. You would think that using white paint would be easy wouldn’t you? White paint is white paint isn’t it? Well that is where you are wrong! It would appear that the term “white” on a tin of paint, hides a multitude […]

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How to design your home: 10 quick decorating tips

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10 quick tips to decorate and how to design your home. 1. Whatever your room, style and budget spend time creating a clear picture of what you are trying to achieve before you begin. Then you can go at your own pace, depending on time and money available. Pick just one style and stick with it. […]

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How to paint with patterned paint rollers

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This month our decorclub was all about wall art and paint effects. We covered a lot of topics,but the favourite, without question was The Painted House patterned paint rollers. A really easy way to personalise your home. There are two types of roller – one for walls and one for fabric in eight different designs. We had a […]

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How to Make More of Your Lighting

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This month the decor cafe decorclub really lit up! Here are a few of the tips and ideas we discussed, with a special thank you to lighting designer Virginie Dunn who generously shared her knowledge and Ruth Howard-Jones from Altima – a whizz with LED. Handmade lampshade by Sheila Hartley 1. Change your shades. Soft coloured lampshades let the […]

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How to Create a Stunning Christmas Table

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How to Create a Stunning Christmas Table. These ideas are by Emily Smith from Tempting cake who treated us to a feast of fabulous ideas at our DecorClub as well as giving us her easy step by step guide to doing it ourselves: 1. Choose your design theme. The principles of creating a gorgeous table are very […]

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How to light a sustainable home

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Are you looking for something beyond what the high street has to offer in the lighting department?  Polly and Laura have found some quirky ideas in their search for sustainable light fittings. They will be illustrating these and other smart ways of combining style and sustainability in their seminar Creating a Sustainable Home on Monday […]

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How to create a lovely room for your children

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We had our event at Eddie Catz today and enjoyed a great presentation from Katie Hanna. These are a few of the ideas that we shared: Kids grow so fast it is a good idea to keep the walls simple so that you can change the accessories to suit the stage of your child, without […]

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Easy Christmas Decorating Ideas

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Easy Christmas Decorating Ideas: We have created one easy Christmas decorating idea for every day of advent. But because it can be irritating to have endless emails popping into your mailbox we have put them all in this blog so that you can decide when you have time to read them! We started with ideas […]

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How to Collect and Display Art

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How to Collect and Display Art: Peter Joly is an art collector, based in Philadelphia, USA. He has always been passionate about art but, British born, it wasn’t until he moved to Philadelphia that he started collecting in a serious way. He has gradually amassed a rather stunning collection which not only looks fabulous in […]

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Inexpensive Decorating Ideas: How to create impact for under £100

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Inexpensive Decorating Ideas Creating a home that you love doesn’t have to be expensive. It is all about being a bit creative, thinking outside the box and coming up with new ideas. And if you are struggling to come up with a great idea yourself or just don’t know where to start try asking your […]

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