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West London Kitchens: Design Tips for entertaining

The kitchen is the hub of the house and the perfect place for guests to mingle. Here are West London Kitchens fabulous tips for designing your entertaining space.

Decorcafe Collaboration: Fiona Kelly Photography Photoshoot with Bear & Beau

Fiona Kelly shares her collaborative photoshoot with Corinne Caddy-Townshend of Bear & Beau.

The Decorcafe Christmas Interview with May Simpkin, May Simpkin Nutrition

We have been speaking with May Simpkin, founder of May Simpkin Nutrition about how the build up to Christmas is for a nutritionist. 

A Look Inside a Home from Home, created on a Miniature Scale

Lorraine Sakharet was asked to create a living space that contained a kitchen area, living area, office and entertainment zone in just one small room, in this Battersea Pied-a-Terre.

The Decorcafe Christmas Interview with Helen Edwards, The Velvet Daisy

This week Helen Edwards from The Velvet Daisy gave us an insight into how she likes to spend Christmas Eve in London and juggling all aspects of her floral business over the busy run up to Christmas…

How To Have A More Sustainable Christmas

We have collated some of our best tips for how to have a more sustainable Christmas, to help you create a sensational festive day, with minimal effort and maximum impact.

Discover “Colour”: Morgan-Davies Art & Lafontaine Contemporary Arts, 4Walls Art Exhibition

“Colour” is the latest collaborative 4Walls art exhibition, featuring four artists, Christian Furr, Eva Chloe Vazaka, Giuseppe d’Innella and Henrie Haldane, celebrating the power and impact of colour. 

The Story Behind The Christmas Robin

When this red-chested visitor starts to appear in both nature and our home decor, it is often taken as a sign that winter is here and Christmas is on its way! But have you ever wondered why the robin is such a popular motif around the festive period?

A Biophilic Design House, Brighton Mews

Tucked away in a leafy mews in central Brighton, this house was the perfect canvas for Biophilic design.

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Tips and Tricks for Luxury Lighting from the Goring

Victoria Jerram takes us through her top lighting tips and tricks from the Goring Hotel for recreating luxury hotel style lighting in your own home.

Creating the Perfect Outdoor Kitchen

There is something about cooking outside that feels wonderfully estranged from everyday life. Garden expert, Shelley Hugh-Jones, shares her tips for creating the perfect outdoor kitchen:

Chermoula Chicken and Jewelled Rice Recipe

Chermoula Chicken and Jewelled Rice As we leap into autumn, this tasty dish is ready to keep you toasty, bringing together the warmth of spices with a mouthwatering Moroccan flavour. This recipe for Chermoula Chicken and Jewelled Rice has been deliciously brought to us by Decorcafe Expert Annabel Lawrence from Green Fig. Green Fig is […]

Creating a Classic Kitchen and Wine Room with Contemporary Twist

Transformation of a Victorian property to include the creation of a classic kitchen and wine room, with a contemporary twist.

7 Tips on how to turn your passion into a business

Rebecca J Mills shares her experience of turning her passion for interior design and fashion into the business and lifestyle brand that she has today.

The Business of Being Creative

It is not always easy to balance creativity and the day to day process of making enough to live on. How can this be acgieved?

Creating the CURVE Bench: A Bench for all Seasons

Nina Moeller explains how she set about creating the CURVE Bench, which would become an iconic piece that could withstand all seasons.

Garden Inspiration: Fabulous Features

Garden features that add interest, individuality and impact.

Tuna tartare with fennel, radish and pink grapefruit salad in a spicy citrus ginger dressing

Tuna tartare with fennel, radish and pink grapefruit salad in a spicy citrus ginger dressing.

This is such a nice, fresh and light salad, perfect for a summer lunch on a hot day.

Top Ten Post Lockdown Refurbishment Tips

if you are considering a refurbishment how can you maximise the value of your house in the post-lockdown future? Wimbledon architect Keith Malone of Malone Architecture shares his ten top tips:

Henrie Haldane: Virtual Art Exhibition

Best known for her highly textural canvases, Haldane’s work continually evolves, resulting in an eclectic series of paintings full of depth, passion and emotion. Her paintings are a constant exploration of colour and light.

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Creating For Calm. Meet Marie Murphy

Exciting new designer Marie Murphy, of Marie Murphy Studio, talks about how she became a designer, her creativity and desire to create a range that evokes a sense of calm and escapism.

Chelsea Town House Renovation

The full story of the renovation of a Chelsea Town House with Interior Designer, Nicky Percival

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Interiors Inspo: Lifting The Roof

At home with Wimbledon Interior designer Nikki Rees. Nikki shows us around her new roof extension, with master ensuite and walk-in wardrobe.

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Lockdown Flower Deliveries

The Velvet Daisy flower deliveries in SW London or by Floom in other areas. Choose from seasonal single varieties from peonies to stocks and roses or beautiful mixed Summer bunches.

How To Upcycle With Gold Foil

Ikea Hennes Side Table Hack Using Gold Foil: Leoma Harper of Style The Clutter shows us how she transformed two Ikea bedside tables with a lick of paint and gold foil.

Classic English Garden Design: for Textile Designer Mimi Pickard

Creating shape, colour and lighting in a beautiful English garden.

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|The Accidentally Vegan Challenge: Three Delicious Desserts.

The “Accidentally Vegan Challenge”. Try these three desserts and tell us what you think. Are they just as good, better or not as nice at the full fat, dairy equivalents?

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Top Picks From The London Original Print Fair

Art Consultant Louisa Warfield shares her top picks from The London Original Print Fair.

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Future-Proofing A Beautiful Home In Richmond

A new light filled garden room and lift future-proofs this stunning victorian Richmond property, by Sophie Bates Architects.

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How To Make a Raised Veggie Bed

A straight-forward guide to creating a raised veggie bed and starting your own food production.

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Contemporary White and Walnut Kitchen Project

Beautiful bespoke kitchen design with concrete floor, cantilevered walnut seating area and floating shelves creating a hidden reading space beneath the stairs.

Listen In: How To Care For Natural Stone

Listen In: Becca Cranfield of Athena Stonecare shares her knowledge about caring and restoring natural stone

Interior Inspo: The Smallest Room in The House

The downstairs facilities have many names — loo, toilet, cloakroom, bathroom, powder room — but it’s one place we all visit, whether in our own homes or as a guest in someone else’s.

Email Marketing. The Why, What & How

Do you have a mailing list that you use at least occasionally? If so, are you using it effectively? If not, you could be missing a trick.

Gardening For Current Times

Helpful tips and ideas for tackling your garden with confidence during these current times.

Surface at 45 Park Lane – Art meets contemporary style

Enjoy Art & Cocktails at the latest Surface Pop-Up at 45 Park Lane, Mayfair.

A More Natural Home makes for a Calmer, Healthier Life.

In a behind the scenes tour of designer, Angela Cheung’s most recent development, Lesser Foxhills in West Sussex, we learn about the emerging trend of biophilic design.

Colour To Soothe The Soul

2020 will be remembered as the year we choose colour not just to adorn our bodies and decorate our homes but to soothe our souls and improve our wellbeing.

Inspiring Interiors: Aline Mackenzie-Reid Updates her Grade 2 Listed Home

After a twenty year career travelling the world as an interior designer and stylist on luxury hotels and high end residential properties, it was a change in job for her husband that brought Aline McKenzie-Reid to the South Coast and a very different kind of project.

Behind the Scenes at Designers Guild

Decor notes from the Decorcafe event behind the scenes at the iconic interiors and lifestyle brand, Designers Guild, at their King’s Road flagship store.

A Riot of Colour transforms this Listed London Apartment

Licenced to use colour. Interior designer, Helene Dabrowski’s transformation of this listed London apartment was all about bringing in colour and light.

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How To Look Professional When Starting Up Your Business

How to look professional when starting up a new business. Decorcafe home business expert, Sylvie Garvey of Computer Fitness, shares her top tips..

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Decorcafe Inspiration: At Home With Leoma Harper

Decorcafe Inspiration: At Home With Leoma Harper An expert member of the The Decorcafe Network, Leoma Harper of Style The Clutter is an interior designer and stylist best known for her home and product styling. We were thrilled to see Leoma’s house as one of our regular home tours and we are delighted to share […]

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4 Key Steps to a Successful Business

Amanda Cullen helps small businesses grow by following 4 key steps to success.

Decorcafe Interview: Ohhfleur! From Interiors to Wallpaper Design with Fleur Ward

Decorcafe Conversation: Ohhfleur! From Interiors to Wallpaper with Fleur Ward

Decorcafe Conversation: Ohhfleur! From Interiors to Wallpaper Design with Fleur Ward Fleur has always been obsessed with interiors and creative ways to make more of her home. When her friends headed off to uni she went straight to work as an interior design assistant to hone her skills, building all aspects of the process. She […]

How To Display Art

How To Display Art In The Home, With Natalie Morgan-Davies

HOW TO DISPLAY ART IN THE HOME We asked Natalie Morgan-Davies, art dealer & owner of MORGAN-DAVIES ART, to share her knowledge about how to display art in the home. I’ve always believed that art is one of the main factors in turning a house into a home. Perfectly displayed artwork can be the finishing […]

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A Garden Designed To Blur The Lines Between Inside And Out

The story of how to create a garden design that works with a contemporary extension and flows from the inside out.

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Architects Home Tour With John & Anna Proctor

Architects Home Tour With John & Anna Proctor John and Anna Proctor’s home began life as a bombsite, quite literally. Part of the post-war development it was built by the local authority in an unassuming street near Clapham Common in about 1958. In-keeping with the rapid build programme of the time it was totally utalitarian […]

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Decorcafe Conversation: It’s never too late! Ceramicist Joanna Ling shares her story.

Decorcafe Conversation. It is Never Too Late! Ceramicist Joanna Ling Shares Her Story   Until recently Joanna Ling was working at a leading auction house. She had been there for more than thirty years and had loved every second. But she had always had a yearning to try her hand at ceramics. Four years ago […]

My Relaxed & Elegant Living Room

My Relaxed & Elegant Living Room By Lisa-Jayne Baker  The hardest design brief of all has to be the one for your own home & when I set about designing our living room my initial vision was for an elegant take on a ‘Cornish Beach house’. I needed a great entertaining space but also a […]

Brighten The Mood With Easy Changes To Your Home

Quick tips to update your home and brighten the mood in these uncertain times.

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Inspired by Dior & Chanel. Monochrome Tiles

It’s thanks to fashion icons Coco Chanel and Christian Dior, who originally introduced the base monochrome bold black and white colour blocking styles into haute couture fashion collections, that our love affair started. Heralded as a ground-breaking new colour combination […]

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Decorcafe Conversation: Deirdre McGettrick shares her Kuldea

Decorcafe Conversation: Deirdre McGettrick shares her Kuldea In 2017 Deirdre Mc Gettrick and partner, Ray Wright bought a new apartment together and, like so many of us, found themselves spending hours searching for furniture. Deirdre took the lead and, determined to find the perfect piece for every room, reviewed all the options available. Sourcing relevant […]

Three Sweet & Savoury Pancake Recipes from Jo Pratt

Sweet & Savoury Pancake Recipes By Jo Pratt Pancake day is March 5th this year and so I thought I would share two of my favourite pancake recipes. The classic recipe is my tried and tested perfect recipe for pancake day or, if you prefer something savoury the recipes for Baked Chilli and Coriander Pancakes […]

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Circus Mural Designed For Paloma Faith

Circus Mural Designed For Paloma Faith by Anna Starling I am an artist and mural designer and have always loved my work. I enjoy working closely with my clients to create unique mural designs for their homes and gardens, but when my second child was born I decided to take a break. I loved every second […]

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Interior Inspiration: Revamping a Rental to Make it Home.

Interior Inspiration: Revamping a Rental to Make it Home. By Deborah Moor & Caroline Nicholls of Slightly Quirky. We were approached by a family who had been renting out their Reigate home for a number of years whilst they lived abroad. The tenants had moved out and the property was looking very tired. They wanted […]

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Climate Proof your Garden

Ideas to Climate Proof your garden by Jo Connolly. Jo brings ideas from her time in Australia to the gardens of the UK.

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A Beautiful Wheelchair-Friendly Bathroom Design

A Beautiful Wheelchair-Friendly Bathroom Design This is the story of how interior designer Fiona Cochran created a beautiful bathroom for an older client who needed to make sure that there was the possibility of wheelchair access in the future… I was asked by a 79 year old client if it would be possible to convert […]

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Look Inside an Inspiring Grade 2 Listed Georgian Home in Richmond

Look Inside an Inspiring Grade 2 Listed Georgian Home in Richmond With Diana Thompson & Ann Jackman Built on the site of a sixteenth century farmhouse, it is formed in two parts. Two-thirds of the house is Georgian, from 1732, and the remainder a Victorian side extension added in 1853. The childhood home of Diana […]

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Interior Trends From Maison et Objet 2019

Interior Trends From Maison et Objet 2019 by Nikki Rees On a chilly Sunday at an unsociable hour I boarded a flight with the most stylish people I have ever seen so early in the morning, all ready to see the latest trends on offer at Maison et Objet in Paris. For me, Maison et […]

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Christmas Decorating Ideas

Christmas Decorating Ideas We have brought together a collection of Christmas decorating ideas from our network to inspire you. Hope you enjoy them – there is nothing quite like a few decorations to make a home feel loved at the festive time of year. Image: Leoma Harper of Style The Clutter Leoma has a branch […]

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Christmas Recipe by Jo Pratt: Brussel, Quinoa & Sweet Potato Cakes

Jo Pratt’s Brussel, Quinoa and Sweet Potato Cakes are totally Vegan and can easily be served with a dairy-free accompaniment. Delicious with a fresh tomato sauce. The option to add eggs, bacon or sticky sausage toppings keeps everyone happy.

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How To Use Pinterest For Business.

How To Use Pinterest for Business. Sophie Bawa of Esme Loves explains why it isn’t all about followers and how pinterest can be much more effective than facebook, instagram and twitter.

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SJ Holden Helps Beat Box Tree Moth

The Box Tree Moth has decimated gardens across SW London, swooping in and destroying box hedges seemingly overnight. SJ Holden has a beautiful garden in Wimbledon and when she heard what was happening to gardens in Putney she determined to fight. This is her story and helpful advice.

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How To Choose A Decorator

By Phil Robinson of Paint The Town Green: Choosing the right deocorator seems such a simple thing to do. Ask a few friends for their recommendations, get quotes and off you go. But it doesn’t always work out quite as well as you would like as friends can have different standards, budgets and expectations. So what else can you do?

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Flooring Trends

Flooring Trends This article first appeared in Time & Leisure Magazine  (Featured Image Maitland & Poate) The biggest trend across all areas of home renovation is the blending of interior and garden design. Opening up the backs of our homes with glass extensions and taking sofas and wicker furniture into the garden we are blurring the lines […]

An Eclectic Victorian Kitchen in Surrey

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 sleek.”

Bedroom Redesign & Bespoke Storage By Emma Green

Bedroom Redesign & Bespoke Storage By Emma Green

A good place to begin any design project is to think about what you want to keep and what you want to throw away, swiftly followed by what you need to hide and what you want to display.

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A Garden Makeover – From Plan to Planting

Putney Garden Landscaping: Anna Wright’s garden makeover in Putney. Before & After pics and from start to finish with help from Sarah Speller & Tom Howard

Questions to consider when planning a garden

Questions to consider when planning a garden

How to Plan Your Garden Design. Questions you should ask for a successful result and a beautiful garden that suits your style, by Designer Amy Hannigan.

How To Add Light To A Victorian Villa

Having worked as a residential architect for 20 years and starting Sophie Bates Architects in 2010 it was definitely about time we extended and refurbished our own home. By removing the chimneybreast and building in open kitchen shelving up to the ceiling with a hatch to visually connect the kitchen to the front room, light flows into the centre of the house.

Glazed Roasted Beetroot with Goat’s Curd & Caramelised Nuts

Glazed Roasted Beetroot with Goat’s Curd & Caramelised Nuts

I think we’ve all made the mistake of trying to make over-complicated dishes for a dinner party, only to spend much of the night with your head in the oven while your guests have a whale of a time, and wonder where you’ve got to, so this menu follows my three golden rules of cooking for friends.

Battersea Power Station Development with Gill Hynes

Battersea Power Station Development with Gill Hynes

The Battersea Power Station development is, in reality, the creation of a new town. It spans 42 acres and is one of the largest regeneration projects in Europe. It will have almost the same amount of retail space as Westfield, and one of the largest ever single office spaces in the city of London has recently been let to Apple – half a million square feet within the iconic Battersea Power Station building at the heart of the development.

Shakshuka Recipe by Jane Michell of Jane Plan

Jane is the Founder of Jane Plan, nutritionist and published author, constantly on the hunt for delicious and nutritious recipes to make the most of our health and wellbeing. This simple recipe, from Jane’s recipe bank, is an easy way to create a wholesome meal, for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

How To Create a Planting Plan

How To Create a Planting Plan

How to Create a Planting Plan. Learning how to create a planting plan is fundamental to creating a lovely garden. Sarah Speller shares her experience.

Flowers for Caroline Corbett's Wedding

Flowers for Caroline Corbett’s Wedding

Starting 2018 on a high with some pics from a fabulous DecorCafe collaboration. Interior designer Caroline Corbett (nee Browne) held her wedding at the beautiful Lensbury Club Twickenham this summer and chose Helen Edwards of The Velvet Daisy to do the flowers.

Can strong colours and patterned tiles work in a small bathroom?

Can strong colours and patterned tiles work in a small bathroom?

It is a popular misconception that pale colours and plain tiles are always the best option for small bathrooms. Tucked away in the loft, this bathroom was cramped, dark and depressing before Slightly Quirky got involved and transformed it into this striking and spacious design.

Contemporary Interior Design by Caroline Browne

Contemporary Interior Design by Caroline Browne

The objective for this Esher home project was to increase the size of the kitchen and living areas by building a double height extension, strengthening the connection between the the house and garden and the woods beyond. Caroline Browne, worked closely with the family to create a highly personalised interior design which takes into account every […]

Top Ten Tips to Make the Most of Your iPhone

Top Ten Tips to Make the Most of Your iPhone

Did you know that your phone has more processing power than the computers used to land Apollo 11 on the moon? Sylvie Garvey of Computer Fitness shares her top tips to unleash the power of the iPhone you hold in your hands:

A Guide to the Planning Process by Sophie Bates

A Guide to the Planning Process

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.

Why Move When You Can Transform?

Why Move When You Can Transform?

Interior designer Anne-Marie Taylor and husband David, had been in their Putney property for about eight years and, self-confessed change junkies, felt it was time to move on. Looking around they realised that the cost of moving would be so great that they would hardly have any budget left to decorate their new home. Instead […]

Recipes for an 18th Century Tea at Strawberry Hill House

Recipes for an 18th Century Tea at Strawberry Hill House

In celebration of the opening of the opening of The Woodland Walk, one of the final phases of the garden restoration at Strawberry Hill House, local caterer, Fruits of the Fridge, baked a delicious 18th Century Tea for Alan Titmarsh, Britain’s best-loved gardener, and other distinguished guests, to accompany a fine blend of tea supplied by Fortnum and Mason.

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