Design Topics

Tips from the experts, trade secrets, and essential guidance on interior and garden design.

Q&A with Phoebe Clive from Tinsmiths

Selecting the right type of window treatment is even more challenging than finding the right frame for a painting. Phoebe Clive from Tinsmiths shares her know-how ...

Choosing the perfect desk

Increasingly, many of us work from home and spend hours at our desks. Here are some tips for making the smart choice when buying a desk ...

Q&A with Katie Fontana of Plain English

Planning a kitchen presents one of the most daunting design challenges… Katie Fontana, Founder and Creative Director of Plain English & British Standard shares her secrets ...

House security

Charles Hallatt, Chairman of Banham, gives us advice on designing out crime… Q. When planning a house renovation, at what stage should the security company become ...

Q&A with Sarah Watson of Balineum

 We asked Sarah Watson of Balineum for her tips on bathroom design… Why did you decide to design a range of bathroom products? I felt there ...

Ikat wallpapers

Jane Gordon Clark of Ornamenta talks to us about one of the oldest forms of textile decoration, ikat, and how the patterns inspired her new wallpaper ...

Essential guide to garden lighting

All you need to know about outdoor lighting. Sally Storey, Design Director of John Cullen gives us her tips for some magical garden lighting effects… Q. ...

Spring gardening tips

  Diogo Correia, Head of Landscaping at The Chelsea Gardener, gives us his top tips for spring gardening…   As a gardener, is there any better ...

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Choosing fabric for sofas & armchairs

Karin Verzariu of Key Interiors gives us essential guidance on how to choose the right fabric for your sofa and armchairs. 1.    A textured neutral fabric ...

Choosing a dining table

Kate Dyson of The Dining Room Shop in London shares with us the advice she gives to her private customers – and to a lot of ...

The Art of Passementerie

By Wendy Cushing, expert in historical trimmings.   The exquisite skills of passementerie are largely unsung. It’s time to change that, because trimmings are more than ...