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The Best Of British Design: why handcrafted homeware is more popular than ever

Derwent House is an exciting new interiors store in Witney for handcrafted furniture, fabrics and homeware. Inspired by the tradition of craftmanship and design talent we have here in Britain, owners Juliette Barrell, Ali Griffiths and Richelle Spooner-Davidson use their...

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How To Combine Pattern, Colour And Print In Interior Design, with Penny Morrison

It takes skill to design a beautiful room combining pattern, colour and print. If you are unsure about how to balance pattern, colour and print in interior design, consider beginning with a simple scheme and adding accessories – from cushions,...

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How To Design A Walk-In Pantry

When I visit my friend’s house in the Scottish Highlands, one of the great pleasures is the kitchen with its views on to the hills, rolling garden and loch beyond. Just behind the kitchen table there’s a pair of doors...

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How To Choose Carpets, Rugs And Floor Coverings

If you are embarking on an interior design project or simply wish to stamp a fresh new look on your home, consider uplifting the interior with new carpets or rugs. Floor coverings are an important element of interior design, contending...

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Decorating With Books

Books Do Furnish A Room is a novel by Anthony Powell. It is the tenth novel of a 12-book series, A Dance to the Music of Time, depicting life in post WWII Britain. The title has become recognised in interior...

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Restoring A Period Property – doors and interior joinery

Whether your property is listed or not, preserving and maintaining period features can enhance your home. Atkey and Company are experts in authentic, period-style joinery based on a specialist historical catalogue of doors and mouldings from prominent periods of British...

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How To Light Art

Whether your art collection is composed of a selection of prints, family photographs, the most sought-after contemporary art or priceless Old Masters, the critical question is, how to light art. Lighting artwork effectively will show it off to its best...

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How To Choose The Perfect Rug.

Choosing the perfect rug presents a challenge, but a beautiful rug can provide the finishing touch to pull together the interior design, adding and enhancing colour, texture and warmth. If the interior is simply and neutrally decorated, a rug can...

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Marketing a home décor business in 2021

Are you considering changes to your plans for marketing a home décor business in 2021? The home décor market is currently booming. An effect of the pandemic is that we are spending more time at home. We are thinking more...

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Tips & Trends in Sustainable Interior and Garden Design

In this era where climate change is one of our greatest threats, members of the design community can play a part in promoting sustainable interior and garden design, to reduce energy consumption, pollution and waste and to focus on the...

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A Creative Approach To Christmas Table Styling

Although the news of vaccines on the horizon has raised hopes for 2021, this Christmas season will undoubtedly be challenging. Time to concentrate on what we are able to do to celebrate the season, whether on our own or with...

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Natural Christmas Decorations – A Creative Holiday Season

The pear tree is symbolic in Christianity of love of mankind, salvation and immortality. In ancient times the wild pear tree also represented prosperity, happiness and health: an emblem of sustenance, abundance and long life. In this scene the branches...

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Christmas Decoration Ideas To Give Your Home A Festive Feel

The spirit of Christmas fills our homes with colour, light and the beauty of nature. Families gather together, sipping mulled wine, inhaling the scent of spiced candles and the aroma of baked goods wafting in from the kitchen. In this...

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Introducing the Artists of DKT Artworks

TheHouseDirectory meets five artists from DKT Artworks to discuss their craft and to gain an insight into some of their projects DKT Artworks was established in 1979 by three arts graduates and today it represents a unique multidisciplinary team of...

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John Cullen’s Essential Guide to Interior Lighting

For over 35 years, John Cullen have been known for planning and executing lighting schemes for residential, superyacht and the hospitality sector worldwide. Sally Storey is the creative director and her name is legendary in the lighting industry. Apart from...

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