An Eclectic Victorian Kitchen in Surrey

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  An Eclectic Victorian Kitchen in Surrey Rosie and Peter waited 19 years before embarking on the refurbishment of their Victorian period kitchen in Surrey. “The kitchen has always been at the heart of our home and we wanted it to stay that way” says Rosie. “We were keen to avoid anything too modern and […]

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Home Tour: Sandy Layton’s Sustainable Home Design

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Home Tour: Sandy Layton’s Sustainable Home Design Ceramicist Sandy Layton and her husband Alex have created an environmental oasis of sustainability in a beautiful corner of South Wimbledon. Downsizing from their family home, they had a clear vision of what they wanted to achieve and collaborated with local specialists and decorcafe experts to bring their ideas to […]

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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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Putney Interior Design Project: Cliveden Before & After

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Putney Interior Design Project: Cliveden Before and After Gill loves an architectural challenge, the conundrum of fitting everything together and making the most of the space, and when she bought Cliveden in Putney, she knew that this was exactly what she was taking on. The advantages of the property were immediately obvious. It is a […]

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Office Under the Eves.

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Surbiton Interior Designer Ann Jackman’s Small Attic Conversion on a Budget When Ann moved into her two bedroomed terraced house in Richmond she needed a home office for her interior design business. The most obvious space available was the attic, which had been used by the previous owners as extra storage. The property was in a conservation […]

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A Garden Makeover – From Plan to Planting

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A Garden Makeover – From Plan to Planting. Putney Garden Landscaping: 27 Holroyd Road This is a garden that began its life at a workshop run by Sarah Speller, who was wonderful at drawing out ideas and encouraging you to develop them. Development, as it turned out, was a long process, but at long last […]

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No Gardening Garden Styling Ideas

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  No Gardening Garden Styling Ideas by Putney Interior Designer, Anne-Marie Taylor Putney Interior Designer Anne-Marie Taylor’s French Lebanese background is evident in her intrinsic sense of style, love of rich colours and desire to create a feeling of warmth throughout her home and garden. With little time for gardening she draws on her interior […]

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A Look Inside this Lovely Victorian Home Restoration

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Victorian Home Restoration. When Laura and her family moved into their mid-Victorian property she knew she had a lot of work on her hands. There was no doubt that the previous owners had loved their home but the original character of the house had been lost and it had become a mish-mash of dark rooms. […]

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Anita’s elegant and spacious Victorian terraced home

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It is difficult to create an elegant home to enjoy as an adult when you have young children, and Anita has four, but with a clear vision of the look she wanted to achieve, careful planning of the layout and attention to detail, this is what she achieved. Victorian properties are beautiful and their period […]

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Starting from scratch. Our new build Habitat House

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I assume many of us have started a design project and then realised that we are lost souls in the pursuit of what we thought was happiness? Interior design nirvana is blighted by builders, suppliers and the overwhelming volume of choice. Two years ago we jumped into this pit for the unwary by signing up […]

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Ann Jackman’s House Boat Interior Design.

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Ann Jackman is an interior designer, living in on this wonderful house boat in Surbiton. She is a member of The DecorCafe Network and has developed an enviable reputation for helping her clients to express themselves in their homes. She always encourages people to do exactly what they want, rather than be dictated by fashion or friends and […]

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How to Change the Look of a Sitting Room Without Changing the Sofas: Before and After

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  How to Change the Look of a Sitting Room Without Changing the Sofas Susannah Acland shares her experience: Changing the look of a room doesn’t mean you have to change everything in it. The owner of this Raynes Park home had recently retired and wanted to take the opportunity to update the look of […]

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Artist Debra Luker’s Original and Inspiring Home

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Artist Debra Luker’s Original and Inspiring Home: On Wednesday, we had the unique opportunity to visit the unexpected and eclectic East Sheen home of artist, Debra Luker. Warm and welcoming, bright and colourful, it was an inspiring and uplifting morning and a treat to see some of Debra’s stunning artwork in-situ. Debra moved into her home […]

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House Tour: Architect’s renovated 1920’s home

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We were delighted to be invited into the home of DecorCafe expert members, Reinhard Weiss, founder of 3s Arcitects and Designers and his wife Bele, founder of Steins to enjoy a delicious Bavarian tasting and house tour to see how they had transformed their home. This 1920’s semi-detached home has been comprehensively converted and the […]

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An Individual Georgian Town House in Edinburgh

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Last week, Anne-Marie Taylor and I got together to run one of our DecorCafe lunchtime workshops at Sofa.com, all about how to create a more individual home and this was one of the homes we showed. Sadly we cannot claim it as our own, it is a beautiful Georgian Town House in Edinburgh, whose interior has been carefully […]

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How Alex updated her SW London Edwardian Sitting Room

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Alex is gradually redecorating her home and one of the first projects was to change the look of her sitting room, and found the question of what to do with the fireplace the most difficult thing. Fireplaces are a wonderful focal point, adding architectural interest and real character to a room, but they can also cause a […]

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A small study in light and colour!

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A small study in light and colour! When we started our house project in October 2013 I had a very clear idea about how I wanted our home to function differently. This focus came from studying endless Living Etc and House and Garden magazines in my sweet but small and very cluttered cottage in Barnes! […]

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A look inside a beautiful Regency home, with decor by Ann Jackman

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Georgian Interior Design Built in the late 1830’s, Wellington Square consists of elegant Grade II listed terraced homes, surrounding well-kept, communal gardens, right in the heart of Chelsea, making it one of the loveliest places in London to live. It is the fictional location for the home of James Bond, the real location for the […]

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Ilaria’s original interior design – a Moroccan style casita.

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Ilaria’s interior design ideas are so original and super inspiring we wanted to share them with you here. When she came to The DecorCafe Painted Furniture Workshop with Louisa Blackmore to learn how to use chalk paint to stencil furniture and flooring two years ago she was just embarking on creating a beautiful Spanish holiday home […]

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A Small but Perfectly Formed Fulham Townhouse

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On Saturday I popped round to see the house my friend Helen has just put on the market. She is an experienced property developer – with a number of grand projects under her belt. This project was relatively modest, with just 722 sq feet located in a quiet street around the corner from the Hurlingham […]

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A Light, Bright & Airy Kitchen in Barnes

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Earlier this year I was invited to the launch party of the Humphrey Munson showroom in St. Albans. Humphrey Munson is a British kitchen design company that I originally got the inside scoop on from Louisa Blackmore who founded West Egg and with whom I have worked closely over the last few years. This month Louisa joined […]

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Three Historic Putney Properties

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Historic Putney Properties One of the things that I enjoy most about Putney is the eclectic mix of people and properties that rub along so wonderfully together. We are so lucky to have such a broad selection of interesting architecture nearby and I would love to find out more about the stories they could tell. […]

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Gorgeous Garden Room Design Ideas as featured in T&L magazine

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Gorgeous Garden Room Design Ideas Originally written for and featured in Time and Leisure Magazine If you are one of the more than 1.5 million people in the UK working from home, you are likely to be feeling the pressure of trying to create enough space. Not just physical space, but mental space also; it […]

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La Fenice: a beautifully decorated Tuscan home from home

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La Fenice: a Tuscan home from home Many of us have dreamed of owning a villa in Tuscany, but few of us have created one ourselves. In 2002, Claire and Tom Lester purchased the shell of an abandoned Tuscan farmhouse with fine bones but optional extras that included crumbling walls, a tree growing up the […]

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At Home With The 2 Lovely Gays

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2 Lovely Gays At Home with Buckley the Wonder Dog Last month I was asked to interview the 2 Lovely Gays for Time and Leisure Magazine. So on a cold and frosty, December morning Leona Sunderland (their number one fan!) and I headed off to South London to see if their home is as lovely […]

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The Devon Farmhouse Kim designed on our Create Your Home Course

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It is amazing what can be achieved around a kitchen table!  Rather more ambitious than the usual SW London refresh and renovation projects progressed on The DecorCafe Create YOUR Home Course, Kim transformed a once dilapidated 18th century farmhouse and adjoining barn into a stunning contemporary home. Located on the outskirts of the pretty Devonshire […]

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Carl and Wagner’s Grandiose New Malden Home

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We first visited Carl and Wagner’s home last year and discovered how they have taken upcycling to a new level (Read more), and were so enchanted we couldn’t resist going back to find out more about their original style and to visit the Summer House also. Here we share what we discovered on our house tour […]

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Anita Feron Clark’s Stylish Home

  Anita Feron Clark is a personal stylist, (Feron Clark Style) working in London and Surrey. I have had the pleasure of working with her this year to develop a new workshop all about how to find your personal style and reflect it through what you wear and into your home, and so I was fascinated […]

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Home from Home: Margo’s Beautifully Renovated Tuscan Villa

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Le Pratola: Margo’s Beautifully Renovated Tuscan Holiday Villa Le Pratola is a fabulous 5 bedroom Tuscan Villa complete with heated infinity pool and stunning views of the surrounding Italian countryside.  This beautiful holiday home with its original features and relaxed design has come about through a personal life changing journey for its owners, Margo and […]

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Tim and Marina’s Putney Home

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Kitchen and Garden in 2014 Tim and Marina gutted and renovated their Putney home including adding a beautiful new kitchen and new garden space, landscaped by Harrington Porter, making a media/office room in the attic and redecorating the living room, three bedrooms and two bathrooms. We just helped them to choose fabrics and make the curtains! […]

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Kitchen Design Ideas: Sheila Treadaway’s Barnes Home

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  Kitchen Design Ideas It’s always good to catch up with how our DecorClub members are getting on with their current projects, especially when they turn out as well as this new Neptune kitchen extension in the Barnes home of Sheila Treadaway. The house was in good order when Sheila and her husband, Ian, moved […]

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A light, bright and beautiful terraced home, designed by Putney Architect, Alcantara Evans

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On Monday evening our decorclub had the opportunity to visit a beautiful terrace home in Putney, designed by Putney architect, Alcantara Evans. They have just put it on the market with Putney Estate Agents, Warren and we were lucky enough to have the chance to sneak in before it is sold. And you are lucky also, as […]

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Home from Home: Anne-Marie’s Place in Provence

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Holidays are precious. I always like to have a personal recommendation when I am looking for somewhere to go or even nicer to stay at a friend’s place. It has been rather a delight to discover that a number of our decorclub community have second properties and that they are available for rent. As we […]

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Decorclub Visit to a Beautiful Mid-Victorian Home

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Our May Decorclub morning was held in the beautiful Richmond home of The Decorcafe Decorclub Founding Member, Susanna Edwards. As soon as we walked in we were struck by just how light and bright the beautiful kitchen and family room is. Even though it was a cloudy day there was no need to put the […]

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Lady St John of Blesto’s beautiful home, designed to suit her busy lifestyle

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Doctor, successful businesswoman, property developer and Mother of four, Lady St John of Blesto lives an incredibly busy lifestyle and so has created a home that is relatively easy to maintain without compromising comfort or style. She developed a deep understanding of how to make the most of natural beauty through her research and work […]

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From Beirut to Paris. Interior Design Coach Anne-Marie Taylor injects warmth and colour into her London home

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We didn’t have to travel far for our decorclub creative home visit this month as Interior Design Coach, Anne-Marie Taylor lives in SW London, but her gorgeous home is a true reflection of her cultural background and personality, capturing the warmth of the Middle East and the style of France, and so for a couple […]

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Found & Favour: decorfest exhibitor

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In March we hosted our first DecorFest event with 100 exhibitors and 2000 guests, all about creating a more personal home and garden. Exhibitors included Found and Favour – Clara and Clare – who are experts at Vintage styling. They don’t have a website but you can follow them on facebook, pinterest and instagram. Please […]

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At home in Pippa Greenwood’s Hampshire Garden

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Pippa Greenwood is well known for the depth of her gardening knowledge (she ran the plant pathology department at RHS Wisley), her media personality (presenting BBC 2’s Gardener’s World, a panelist on BBC Radio 4’s Gardener’s Question Time) her popular columns and best selling books including ‘New Gardener’ which sold in excess of one and a […]

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A look inside Susanna Edwards’ gorgeous Richmond home

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Well what a fantastic home visit we were treated to by decorclub member, Susanna Edwards. She very kindly invited all those attending the November Create Your Home workshop series to share some of her experiences in creating her stunning  family home in the heart of Richmond. Susanna is an interior and garden designer with a […]

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Home from Home: Sarah Austin’s Cornish Property

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Many of you will have met Sarah Austin at various decorcafe events.  An enterprising mother and Wimbledon resident, Sarah launched The Really Helpful Club (www.reallyhelpfulclub.com) just over a year ago. What you possibly didn’t know is that she has a lovely holiday home in Cornwall that she rents to friends. It is a lovely relaxed and […]

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The Devon farmhouse Kim created on The DecorCafe Create Your Home Course

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The first indication of the size and time-scale of Kim’s home project was when I suggested that she may not want to come to the January “create the home you love” workshop series as the weather had been particularly bad. It only took her one nano second to reply “If it is snowing I will […]

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Putney interior designer Sarah Assael’s elegant Edwardian home

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This month our decorclub visited the home of Putney interior designer Sarah Assael and were inspired by her gorgeous creamy colour palette – a  masterclass in neutral! She showed us how she created a classic yet contemporary style within her elegant Edwardian property: . It is always difficult when you move into a period property […]

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How to decorate a small flat on a budget and make the most of the space

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Interior designer and the decorcafe member, Gemma Tuersley,  called me yesterday with exciting news, she had put their little flat on the market and sold it in a nano-second! And so I asked Gemma to share a few pics of her flat, and how she decorated it. Aesthetically, it is a great reflection of Gemma’s […]

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10 great decorating ideas at home with Fenella Nicholas

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The decorcafe is all about inspiring and helping people to create a more personal home and on Tuesday we enjoyed a master-class when we were invited into the home of interior designer, Fenella Nicholas. Here are ten decorating ideas that we took away with us: 1. We always talk about making the most of what […]

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Anna’s Kitchen refurbishment

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We moved into a lovely Putney house back in 2005 but as it was newly converted and thoroughly refurbished by the developers, we had no need to do any immediate work, so decided to live with what was essentially a blank canvas for a little while before putting our mark on it.  A little while […]

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Great decorating ideas on a budget, for a small home

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It is great to get decorating ideas from magazines and places you visit, but the best ideas are found in real homes, where people are faced with the same everyday practicalities of budget and function. Sam James, founder of Overload Fitness, lives in a lovely, but quite small, terrace house with a husband, two energetic […]

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Barbara Hunt shares her garden ideas and experience

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I first met Barbara when she came along to the garden design course run by Lisa Cox, and we are delighted that since then she has kept coming back to continue learning from our experts and to share her own ideas and experiences – a fine example of the decorcafe collaborative approach! Like many great home-makers […]

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From Chelsea Flower Show

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David Harber. Well what a memorable day I had yesterday at the RHS Chelsea  Flower  Show. It got off to an amazing start with a sumptuous breakfast overlooking the show ground, hosted by the Sentebale charity (set up in by Prince Harry in 2006) which does an incredible job supporting vulnerable and needy children in […]

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Up-cycling becomes an art form in this beautiful home

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Last week I met Carl Wiegandt for the first time, when he kindly invited me into the beautiful home he shares with his partner Wagner. It was a snowy day and I knew that the visit was going to be special as soon as I walked through the door and he offered me a pair […]

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Luke Dickinson at Hardwicke House

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On Thursday morning we enjoyed a talk from extraordinary sculptor Luke Dickinson, at home at Hardwicke House on Ham Common. I love the eclectic mix of these creative networking mornings: the opportunity to learn something new, see inside a very special home, meet a diverse group of interesting people and give a little back via […]

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