Decorhunter: Wool & Linen Rugs by WAFFLE Design

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Original Customisable Wool & Linen Rugs by WAFFLE Design. For many of us, creating something that simply looks lovely is no longer enough. Yes, of course, that is the starting point but to be home-worthy it has to feel great and last also and, increasingly, we want to understand the impact that we are having […]

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Beautiful Eco Rugs for Your Home & Garden

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Researching rug companies for a recent press feature for Time & Leisure magazine, I came across this amazing rug company Weaver Green. I discovered them online, liked their designs and gave them a call to find out a bit more. It was only half way through the call, chatting with founder, Tasha Green, that I […]

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Festival Feature: Chunky Couture For Your Home

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Melanie Porter’s Chunky Couture For Your Home: The chubby knitted upholstery which hugs the intricate frames on Melanie Porter’s statement cinema chairs captures Melanie’s flair for creating furnishings which are both elegant and snug. This traditional workmanship of Melanie’s hand-crafted, upholstered pieces is fused with a contemporary vibe of boldness and colour. Her designs range from grand […]

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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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Inky Velvet at Strawberry Hill

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Inky Velvet is a new soft furnishings company that have been attracting a lot of attention with a front cover feature in Homes and Gardens last month. Founded by interior designer Stephanie Everard, we got to know them when, DecorCafe Network member, interior designer, Gemma Tuersley moved to the country and started working for Stephanie […]

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A Passion for Fabric.

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Ciara McGaritty set up and runs Waffle Design, and will be taking part in The DecorCafe Home and Garden Festival at Strawberry Hill this week. We met up with her to find out what inspired her and how she set up such a successful home business: D: When did you first start working with fabrics? […]

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Top Ten Tips & Picks to create a more personal home

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One of the most common decorating dilemas we are faced with is how to create a more personal home without it turning into a bit of an eton mess. A top tip is to make the most of the things you already have by, decluttering the things you don’t love (just to be clear, that […]

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A Classic Kitchen Table Story: Lovestruck

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Amy Dhala of Lovestruck Interiors will be showcasing some of this fabulous online home décor business’ eclectic pieces at the upcoming DecorCafe Festival at Strawberry Hill House– we caught up with her at her studio in Wimbledon. How did it all begin? “Ours is a classic ‘Kitchen Table’ story. Luckily for us the kitchen table […]

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Showcasing new, original lighting company Designed by Light

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Sian Baxter of award winning contemporary lighting design consultancy, Sian Baxter Lighting, will be showcasing her latest initiative, original lighting company “Designed By Light”, at The DecorCafe Festival at Strawberry Hill on 10th and 11th March. A wonderful unique setting for this beautiful range. Sian Baxter Lighting Design has been in business for 15 years […]

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Tania Johnson shares the inspiration behind her beautiful bespoke rugs

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On Friday 11th March Tania Johnson Design will be exhibiting at The DecorCafe Home & Garden Festival in Horace Walpole’s Gothic Castle, Strawberry Hill House. I caught up with Tania this week, to find out a bit more about the story behind her beautiful designs: 1. When and how did you start designing rugs? I graduated […]

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Bright New Lighting Design by Anna Jacobs at House, Spirit of Summer

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Did you visit Spirit of Summer and the new “House” event this year? If so, you may have seen artist and designer Anna Jacobs, or perhaps you already know her work? I went along with Louisa Blackmore from Humphrey Munson, as she was coming to talk about blogging at our Creative Home Business Club that evening, […]

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Bespoke Interior Glass Designs by Sue King

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You may have met Sue King when she exhibited at DecorFest last March. Sue is a fused glass designer, creating gorgeous glass bowls, platters and sculptures in an original mid century modern graphic style and bespoke glass panels for interior and garden projects. When she sent me through some images of her new interior projects I […]

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Decorative Painted Armoire for Sale

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Beautiful Decorative Painted Armoire for Sale We met Lisa when she came to one of our painted furniture workshops recently and so we know that this beautiful decorative painted armoire comes from a very good home! She bought the little wardrobe a few years ago and is now re-arranging her furniture and would love to […]

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Homeware Designer Lorna Syson

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1. Please tell me a bit about your background and why you do what you do. I design Homewares such as cushions, lampshades, wallpapers and fabric designs nostalgic of time gone by, reinterpreted with a modern edge.The designs uniquely manage to simultaneously spark nostalgia and satisfy contemporary taste. Now our own memories and comforting familiarities […]

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Textile Designer Deryn Relph

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1.     Please tell me a bit about your background and why you do what you do. For as long as I can remember I’ve been creative but took a more academic route after school & college studying Biology & Physiology. Once I had a young family I needed something that I could do […]

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Ciara McGarrity, Waffle Design

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Please tell me a bit about your background and why you do what you do My background is retail display and visual merchandising. I’ve always worked with fabrics; initially inspired by a passionate client who requested theatrical drapes,   I went back to college to learn about traditional methods of curtain making. I took a […]

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Rug Designer Tania Johnson

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Please tell me a bit about your background and why you do what you. I graduated from London’s Royal College of Art with an MA in woven textiles and went on to work as a textile designer for Calvin Klein Home in New York for several years. While there, I designed the brands’ first rug […]

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Clementine and Bloom: decorfest exhibitor

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  Please tell me about your background and what you do: Sophie has a degree in Embroidery. She has worked for Alexander McQueen in London and Paris on the couture collections and in New York working on set design with Anthropologie and Teen Vogue. Sandra has studied printed textiles at University and has run a […]

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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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The decorfest interviews: Ruth Moser

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Following on from my first decorfest post a couple of weeks ago, I am thrilled to be introducing you to another incredibly talented exhibitor, who will be at the Home and Garden Festival next March in South-West London. The event is being hosted by the decorcafe and aims to inspire people to create a more personal home and garden…this is […]

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Best places to buy storage

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Where are the best places to buy storage? It is a constant question at our decorclub events. So this month we made the best places to buy storage our topic. We also looked at creative ways to display items in your home. We’ve had a look around some beautiful shops and thought we would share […]

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Decorfest exhibitor, Claire Henman

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  Claire Henman makes exquisite handmade lampshades using British game bird feathers sourced from local game – keepers. She will be exhibiting at the decorcafe decorfest on 23rd March 2014. 1. Please tell us a little about your background and why you do what you do I have always been creative and enjoyed making, painting […]

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Best Places to Buy Lighting

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Yesterday we had week two of our create your home workshop series, all about layout and lighting and there was much discussion about the best places to buy lighting. Here are a few ideas:- Most designer makers have their own websites these days and then exhibit at selected shows. Emma and I were definitely hooked […]

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ArtHouse Originals: decorfest exhibitor

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As we start gearing up for The Decorcafe Creative Home and Garden Festival on 23rd March 2014, we thought that we would start giving you a delicious taster of the amazing exhibitors who are taking part. ArtHouse Originals is a design house which specialises in creating both original artwork and interior accessories. The ArtHouse Originals […]

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Kate Schuricht at Cockpit Arts Open Studio: Wall Vase

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This is the wall vase that caught my eye when I first saw Kate Schuricht’s work. It appeals to me on every level. I love the mix of materials and textures, the balance of organic and geometric and the harmony of natural and hand-made. So simple and yet so compelling. I have no idea what […]

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Jonathan Perrott: bespoke furniture designer

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  I know that I am not alone in appreciating the qualities of carefully crafted, original work and the talented people that make them – but they can be very tricky to find and are often quite shy – although not necessarily unassuming! And so I am going to do a bit of scouting, introduce […]

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Shopping for Original Products at Kempton Market

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Last week we finally made it, to Kempton Market. I have been meaning to go for ages but had difficulty balancing the early start with the anticipation of the pleasure of what I might find. Fortunately Susanna was suitably motivated after our painted furniture workshop, and prompted us into action. It was a big success. […]

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