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New products and services, interesting shops, ideas for your garden, our pick from design fairs, and other things we like...

Seven Fantastic Dressing Tables

Dressing tables and dressing rooms are becoming ever more popular in homes and luxury developments. Here are some fantastic options to complete your dressing area. Fiona McDonald is the doyenne of 1950s and 1960s Italian design and also launched Fiona...

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Choosing carpet with Alternative Flooring

The Alternative Guide to the ‘Pleasures and Practicalities’ of choosing carpet. If you want to make a statement, consider your floor the fifth wall.  Get the flooring right and everything else will fall into place. Add instant character by designing...

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How to maximise your business at trade shows

Polly Williams, the Designers’ Advisor, is the founder of Camberyard, a multi-award-winning interior design business development consultancy. Here, Polly shares her expertise on how to maximise your time at trade shows – and why it’s so worthwhile to attend. 1...

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Focus/18: The House Directory Highlights

Focus/18 at Design Centre Chelsea Harbour. Trade preview: 16-18 September. All welcome: 19-21 September. A not-to-be-missed destination for design enthusiasts with an exciting programme of daily talks, seminars and demonstrations. We’ve cherry-picked some of the best events. Register here in...

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Choosing and installing a fireplace or stove

A fireplace and a stove or gas fire adds a warm and welcoming focal point to an interior, but where should you start? Paul Chesney, Managing Director of Chesneys, one of the UK’s leading suppliers of luxury fireplaces and stoves,...

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Modern Day Mosaic – the use of mosaic in contemporary interiors

An exploration of mosaic and its contemporary uses, with work by Pierre Mesguich.  From its ancient origins and seemingly endless possibilities in both design and materials, mosaic holds a special place in the heart of designers; offering opportunity to bring...

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Taking the pain out of paint choices – a simple guide to choosing paints

Home owners and designers can agonise endlessly over the unlimited paint options available for interiors. Paint colours set the tone and personality of our spaces making a huge impact for better or worse. Here is an easy to follow guide...

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New showroom for designer heating brand Bisque

Now in its 39th year of trading, Bisque – the UK’s first designer radiator brand – has relocated its flagship showroom from its original base in Kilburn to a new space in the Business Design Centre, Islington. From statement-making pieces...

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Indoor/Outdoor Fabrics for Spring from Thibaut

Thibaut has recently launched the Solstice Collection, a refreshing range of indoor/outdoor fabrics in association with Sunbrella®. Image: Bahia Woven Ideal for family rooms, kitchens, playrooms, patios or gardens, the collection is easy to clean, hard-wearing and fade and shrink...

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The history of Colefax and Fowler

The 1930s – Sibyl Colefax Lady Colefax began decorating in 1930. She was well-connected and also ahead of her time: her circle of friends and acquaintances provided her with clients and she became a very successful businesswoman. Sibyl’s talent for...

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Retrouvius for Perfumer H

Maria Speake and Retrouvius Design have created a multifunctional store, consultation and laboratory space for British perfumer Lyn Harris’ shop Perfumer H in Marylebone. The compact storefront space needed to fulfil multiple functions: a shop, offering a small range of...

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Atkey & Company – new Contemporary Doors

Atkey and Company are makers of authentically designed period doors and joinery with a catalogue spanning 300 years of design. This winter saw the launch of their new Contemporary range of period doors and joinery mouldings. In this new creative...

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Stainless Steel by GEC Anderson

Since 1962 GEC Anderson have been designing and manufacturing made to measure sinks, worktops, cabinets, shelving and modular furniture in stainless steel for both domestic and commercial applications. They are able to seamlessly integrate sinks, bowls, basins and electrical points...

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Manuel Canovas 2018

Inspired by the work of French artist Jean Lurçat, and the sophisticated style of interior designer Madeleine Castaing, the Manuel Canovas 2018 Collection features rich jewel shades, eye-catching prints and luxurious velvets in a beautiful range of colours. In contrast,...

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RU Fabric by Rose Uniacke

Rose Uniacke has launched RU Fabric, a capsule collection of essential fabrics designed to meet most interior design requirements. The first phase of this collection was launched in July 2017 and comprises a stunning range of linens, wools and cotton...

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