Lizzi Porter trained as an apprentice to Salvatore Titian, restorer of some of the finest antiques, learning skills including gesso work, gilding, lacquerwork, replacing broken ornament and colour-matching antique painted finishes. Since 1995 she has worked freelance for top interior designers, (including Nicky Haslam) architects, curators, and private clients undertaking all types of interior decorative finishes, including trompe l'oeil, panelling, chinoiserie, bumble bees swarming through a window, a stray leaf on a floor board, marbling a chimney piece. She is prepared to paint anything you may imagine and will undertake commissions worldwide.
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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,...Find Out More
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...Find Out More
GARDEN ORNAMENTS: CLEVER WAYS TO ENHANCE YOUR OUTDOOR SPACE.
Whether you have a small courtyard, a patio or a sprawling country garden here’s TheHouseDirectory.com‘s guide to how garden ornaments create impact in your outdoor space. Planters magically soften hard landscaping. Garden structures – obelisks, rose arches and trellis –...Find Out More
OUTDOOR FURNITURE FOR 2022 AND BEYOND.
Someone once said that having a garden is like having an extra room in your home. We are enjoying a glorious Spring and now more than ever we can appreciate this extra space to dine, relax and cherish nature and...Find Out More
HOW INTERIOR DESIGNERS AND BRANDS ARE ADAPTING TO LIFE UNDER LOCKDOWN
The Designers’ Advisor Polly Williams asked some of the interior designers and brands in her thriving Camberyard Collective how they’re coping during the pandemic. Focusing on three key questions – how it’s affected their work; what, if any, silver linings...Find Out More
HOW WE BUILT THE FRENCH HOUSE
Hand-crafted lighting, earthenware pots, carbon steel pans, raw brass and copper taps and sinks, marble basins: suppliers are artisans or small family-run firms producing timeless designs for The French House. In this post, the founders Mark and Elke share with...Find Out More
Reclaimed Leather in Interiors
Adam Hills and Maria Speake, the creative team behind interior design and architectural salvage practise Retrouvius, have a reputation for transforming ‘one man’s trash into another man’s treasure’, reusing cast-off materials in unexpected ways. Their Harrow Road warehouse is a...Find Out More
10 Tips For Designing A Home Office
Home offices are essential in the age of kitchen table entrepreneurship, freelancing and working from home. Design of a home office shouldn’t be an afterthought; environment has a significant effect on your mood, sense of wellbeing, and productivity. Here are...Find Out More
Family businesses: on working together
We’d like to introduce you to some of the family businesses listed on TheHouseDirectory.com. It’s a tenuous path for family members to work together without conflict and we celebrate companies that have successful inter-generational working relationships. We asked the different...Find Out More
Amy Somerville at Milan Design Week 2019
Amy Somerville are proud to have taken part in the Palazzio Della Meravigle joint exhibition at the historic Museo Bagatti Vasecchi as part of Milan Design Week 2019. The pieces launched at the exhibition were created especially for the ‘Sala...Find Out More
Top tips for building a brand & developing your business
Polly Williams, the multi-award-winning Designers’ Advisor, founded Camberyard, an interior design business development consultancy, in 2015. Inspired by the belief that collaboration is better than competition, she also formed the Camberyard Collective, a select group of like-minded designers, brands and...Find Out More