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Exploring the New Forest this Summer

I recently discovered a haven of tranquillity whilst touring the Hampshire countryside. Set in the heart of the New Forest, Careys Manor Hotel and Spa boasts three superb restaurants, excellent facilities and a fantastic level of service from staff. The elegant country house hotel and spa offers a friendly and tranquil environment, whilst being conveniently placed within an hour and a half from London and the M3 corridor only a

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Hotel Shopping for 2015…. Grand Hotel Tremezzo on Lake Como is a must!

It finally feels like Spring/Summer is on its way which I love, so I am researching hotels in which to stay. When it comes to hotels I adore those that tell a story and offer luxury through and through. From the style to the service, there aren’t many hotels that capture my full attention but Grand Hotel Tremezzo does just that. It is a beautiful luxury resort dating back to

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Top tips for starting an interior design project

Embarking on any interior design project can have its difficulties and listed below are some important pointers to help if you are about to begin a project or looking at interior design as a career. As an interior designer you need to be able to deal with a lot of different personalities; your clients may be a couple who disagree about everything in their home, you could be dealing with

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Attention to Detail

Creating a home with attention to detail is something I pride myself on. Whether it is a project purely to furnish, or creating from the ground upwards, it is always very important to ensure comfort, peace of mind and quality of living. A recent project of mine has some amazing attention to detail; from the fittings and fixtures to the soft furnishings of the house, my team and I ensured

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Creating a Mood Board

Mood boards are really important as they are the inspiration of your room. They act as the central foundations for you to refer to prior and during a project.   To create the perfect mood board, one that portrays exactly what you are trying to achieve and as something that is functional and helps you visualise your interior design concept. A simple way to start is to go out and buy

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Choosing Your Accent Colour

Accent colours form an important part of my interior design schemes. I often advise the simplest way to create a harmonious scheme is by staying neutral but livening up the neutral or monochrome tones with a bright, strong accent colour. By juxtaposing against the neutral canvas you will create a star-piece in a room, especially if its one specific item of furniture created in your chosen accent colour. Below: A

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The Importance of Great Lighting

A key element in interior design is lighting. It is one of the most important factors not to skimp on as it is essential to creating ambience and depth in a room. Great lighting can be used in many ways, and should be layered to suit your needs. If you have features in your room you wish to stand out and display, or areas you wish to highlight, position recessed

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Celia Sawyer talks Grand Design Live and much more with Kevin McCloud

Hello everyone! I was very excited to interview television presenter, writer and designer Kevin McCloud, especially as he has had such a varied career! We talked design, his housing project Hab Housing and of course Grand Designs Live! Grand Designs Live is now in its 10th year, what do you think makes it so successful and keeps it returning year on year? I’m excited about the exhibition, particularly in the amount

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Behind the scenes of an interior design project

The build-up to project installations is always a very busy but exciting time. I always plan everything down to the last mm, so that when the big day arrives everything runs as smoothly as possible. As I mentioned last time, I’ve been working on a residence in London and the installation is now well under way!! This is where the fun starts; all the bespoke furniture which has been planned

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