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Joyful Joules to Brighten Your Winter Days

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Bright and colourful is the way to go if you want to add some warmth to the wintery, grey December days. Lifestyle brand, Joules , fit the bill with their stores full of joyful colours on clothing and gifts including toiletries, kitchen and home accessories. To feel inspired to ramble stylishly on exhilarating country walks, catch up with the Out and About, Joules Journal which reflects their outdoor-loving ethos, including the Best British Winter Walks and 6 Ways to Wear an Oversized Scarf - I love the knotted cape and the low knot. Founder Tom Joules, whose favourite place to be is on the Norfolk coast, began selling his outdoor goods at events over 25 years ago. Today, Joules' products are designed in-house in partnership with a UK designer. Joules don't yet have a dedicated home store - their high street outlets and online shop provide a varied selection. This warm-coloured Moss Stitch Striped Throw will enliven your room and keep you snug... Adding colour and

The A-Z of Interior Design - Z is for...

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Z zzz! A restful night's sleep is vital for our health and well being.  With that in mind, I couldn't resist showing you the second most expensive bed in the world.  It actually floats in the air!  To stop it drifting away (as appealing as it sounds, this is not that practical) strong wires are attached to "anchor" the floating bed to the walls.  The floating is achieved with magnets which weigh 680 kg. And the price? You can float into the land of nod for a cool million pounds (UK sterling).   Designer, Janjaap Ruijssenaars took seven years to create the world's first floating bed. And so I skip to the eighth most expensive bed in the world (below)… the Monarch Vi-Spring Bed , which comes in at just over £32,000. This bed's focus is on comfort and boasts more than 3000 springs - a princess would find it hard to feel a pea under this super cushioned, high quality mattress, stitched and finished in Devon, with hand crafted fabrics. Vi-Spring want

The A-Z of Interior Design - Y is for...

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Y in and Y ang are all about the synergy of opposing forces and the qualities of change and energy that exist in us and in our environment.  The ancient Chinese practices of acupuncture, martial arts, acupressure, Chinese herbal medicine and Feng Shui seek to maintain and balance these forces and energy (ch'i).  For example, black, winter, or night represents yin and white, day or summer represents yang. www.etsy.com Overall, the home is a yin environment - a place where we seek to relax, retreat, recover and restore our strength or energy.  By introducing soft lighting and carpets, music, plants and restful colours, luxurious, tactile fabrics and comforting art we are adding yin qualities.  In contrast, at work we add brighter lights, starker colours such as white, more practical accessories and furniture, harder surfaces, and images which are more focused on productivity - the yang qualities. www.gallerieb.com Balancing yin and yang within the home can influence th

The A-Z of Interior Design - X is for...

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E x ercise! This Couch Potato's Sofa Workout made me laugh.  Ten simple exercises - using your sofa - for a full body workout... Image courtesy of: sofa sofa.co.uk If you can't see the image large enough go directly to the Sofa Sofa website .

The A-Z of Interior Design - W is for...

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The W ow Factor! We are nearing the end of our A-Z of Interior Design, which I hope you are all enjoying! One of my three rules as an interior designer is to always create a wow factor in each room.    This can be a splendid p iece of art, a spectacular sculpture, a  quirky or eye-catching item of  furniture, a pop of colour, textural effects , a wall design which shouts for attention,  e.g.   hand painted art or a beautiful wallpaper, a quirky use of scale or basically anything which will demand attention and be attractive to the senses.   This beautiful flooring creates a wow factor in this simply styled room... Floor tiles TYPE-32 SLIMTECH by LEA CERAMICHE | Diego Grandi Colombo Ceramiche A teepee is certain to wow young children … home adore A subtle recess with inset spot lighting adds a layer of interest to this space… frederickielemoes.be A jib door… with its secret connotations adds mystery and drama… buzzfeed Wow can mean unusual or

The A-Z of Interior Design - V is for…

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V itra. The iconic Swiss company has been designing and producing classics since 1950, using the creative minds of designers around the world. Vitra  state their goal is "to create interiors, furniture and accessories that are functional and inspiring".  The company manufacture  Eames  originals, being the sole authorised manufacturer of Eames products for Europe and the Middle East. On Charles Eames Street, Well am Rhein, the VitraHaus, designed by Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron, is a striking building on the Vitra campus.  Five storeys stack one above the other with their charcoal stucco exterior.  Winding, organic, spiral staircases connect the cross-sections offering interesting viewpoints to the interior and exterior. VitraHaus by Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron Inside, the bright interiors contrast and offer far-reaching views.  Light pours in through the high pitched ceilings and the Vitra design classics are displayed in their element

The A-Z of Interior Design - U is for...

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U nique. An overwhelming trend in interior design is that people want their homes to be unique and special to them.  The 21st century has gone through a range of interior design phases, with coveted styles, fads and fashions making way to this need to belong and create a safe haven, away from the rest of the world. It may be 2015, but 1970s avocado-coloured bathroom suites are still being ripped out and replaced with pristine white - the perfect backdrop for adding personal accessories.  Neutrals are still as popular as they were in the early noughties, but today they have become much more interesting, with individuality and character paramount. Walls of photos are hugely popular, with the emphasis on keeping it personal with a touch of creativity... A bespoke space with unique art drawn directly onto the black walls... Art is a brilliant way to keep a space individual… Above: The art of Steven Graber. A child's bedroom is given personal charm with brightl

The A-Z of Interior Design - T is for...

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  T exture can create striking effects and focal points to add a tactile layer to an interior design.   Use texture on walls to give a space depth, style and character.  Contrast varying textures to achieve the maximum effect.  For example, a smooth, shiny surface beside a heavily textured stone wall. Even the ceiling brings interest and texture in this contemporary room, coordinating with the glass, fabrics and wood, brought together with a natural palette. Aupiais House by Site Interior Design Consider the texture all through the design process. Think about how different materials feel as well as how they look. Flooring and carpets offer great opportunities for the designer to add texture and comfort underfoot. Who can resist the touch of plush fabrics and the comfort of wool throws or cushions?

The A-Z of Interior Design - S is for…

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S YMMETRY AND S TYLING As humans, we instinctively feel that symmetry + balance = beauty.  However, interior design needs to be interesting, dynamic and exciting.  A completely symmetrical design can look flat, even dead. To create interest and intrigue include asymmetry (odd numbers and varying heights) within your total room composition and in your styling. Think about focal points - by all means, create balance - but don’t forget to add a “wow” factor. This can be in the form of a heart-stopping piece of art work, a stunning light fixture, or bangs of colour.  Can you see the asymmetrical lines in this interiors display? Photo: trendenser.se A perfectly symmetrical interior with the asymmetry in the art coming through loud and clear...  Photo: Tamara Magel  A completely symmetrical interior with the elements on each side of the room arranged in a "mirror image".  A completely balanced scheme, but does it need some asymmetry to make it more visually

The A-Z of Interior Design - R is for….

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R ules! Interior designers vary in their practices. Although there are design rules in abundance, in interior design, rules are often made to be broken and individuality, spontaneity and uniqueness are vital to avoid everyone’s homes looking like clones of each other.  Here are seven rules which you may or may not choose to follow! Rule 1:  Be creative with lighting Nothing can beat natural light in an interior but consider the lighting requirements throughout the day. Lighting installations can become stunning focal points. Don't rely solely on pendants to light a room as they are both unflattering and ineffective. Create a flexible lighting scheme for maximum impact. Make use of table lamps, floor lamps, and accent lighting.   Read our lighting tips and tricks. Photo: designbuildideas.eu Rule 2: Create a feature wall This rule is rather controversial as some designers may disagree with feature walls, however, they do wonders to grab attention, create focal p