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Guide to Buying Antiques At Auction

The House Directory investigate how Sworders has become established in the international auction market, the process for investing in antiques and how antiques are a positive force for sustainability....

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Cox London’s New Showcase

How art, the decorative arts and the world of antiques shaped the lighting, furniture and sculptural forms of Cox London. by Cheryl Knorr. I remember visiting your workshop in Tottenham many years ago. The rumour was that antique dealers sought...

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Hand-Crafted Finishes By Simon Orrell

Simon Orrell’s hand-crafted finishes in shagreen, parchment, straw marquetry, selenite, mica and shell...

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The Surface Design Show and Tile of Spain

The Surface Design Show, 8-10 February, 2022, held at the Business Design Centre, welcomed more than 100 exhibiting companies and organisations displaying a wide range of surface materials from around the world, mainly for floors, walls, ceilings and external cladding....

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A SIMPLE PATH TO WELLNESS

Discover The House Directory's 10 tips to pave a a simple path to wellness for ourselves, our families and for the planet......

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CHRISTMAS WITH KATE FORMAN

The House Directory asked Kate Forman to share how she and her family will be celebrating Christmas this year. Read the blog for inspirational Christmas images, gift ideas and a glimpse into the Forman family's holiday celebrations...

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The How-To Guide For Curtains And Blinds

A key to success in interior design is to consider every detail of the ending in the beginning. To design a successful electrical scheme for example, you need to know where furniture will ultimately be positioned. Each room should have...

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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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