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Original Lava Love by Mathmos

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Lava lamps have never looked as good as Mathmos!  The inventors of the original 1963 lava lamp launched the Neo at the end of 2016.  Designed by British lighting designer Jonathan Coles, the Neo is the only lava lamp in the world that has been completely tested and verified for customers of all ages. We've enjoyed the beauty of the Mathmos Neo lamp for a few weeks in our rooms, mesmerised by the soothing and smooth movement. The Neo is available in bright copper or a polished silver finish with different colour combinations inside the glass bottles such as floating turquoise with violet or yellow dancing with orange - perfect for children's or adult rooms that need that something special to light up their lives. Neo is made from precision cast metal and is low voltage; powered by long lasting halogen capsules for extended use.  Its internal diffuser ensures that the heat and light are directed into the bottle ensuring the best view of  Mathmos ’ unique l

Need an Interior Design Book?

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I 've enjoyed reading celebrity interior designer Darren Palmer 's second book Home Space.   Darren Palmer, enthusiastic interior designer, shares his tips on interior design The letter-pressed title on a textured, bound cover opens to reveal Palmer's thoughts and tips on interior design principles, alongside photographs of colourful interiors with every turn of the page. Palmer's enthusiasm for interiors comes across clearly as he takes us through a wide selection of his projects, showing the ways in which different home owners have tailored various interior design elements.  This includes storage solutions, lighting and making furniture choices for larger and smaller spaces, to reflect people's daily lives.  Practical solutions are openly shared such as how to accentuate zones, editing a room, adding layers, arranging coffee tables, rug sizes and creating focal points. Home Space  talks us through the thought processes of interior design e

Antiques - London to L.A.

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If you’re looking for antiques in London, don’t miss Alfies Antique Market - a large, bustling indoor emporium, housed in an art deco style building in trendy Marylebone - where over 100 antiques dealers display their wares, including furniture, art, vintage clothing, glass, ceramics and jewellery. Alfies, named in Wallpaper magazine as one of the best shopping destinations in London, with fans including Stella McCartney, Jean Paul Gaultier and Keira Knightley, has been trading since 1976. For the first time in its 40 years of trading, this year Alfies will be exhibiting at the Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair at Battersea, at the autumn edition taking place on Tuesday 27 September to Sunday 2 October. Christopher Hall at Alfies  If you’re in town, visit Alfies at 13-25 Church Street, Marylebone, London, NW8 8DT. You’re bound to find something intriguing! Alfies Antiques If you can't make it into London for that special, collectable fi

How to Use and Make Art Affordable, Accessible and Fun

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A rt plays a huge role in making a home feel personal. My clients will often have their own art displayed when I first meet them and what I see hanging on the walls is an interesting, sometimes fascinating, window into their tastes, especially their colour and design preferences.  Irene Jones' quirky acrylic character ‘Celeste Catro' by Hybrid. 17x17cm, £600. Where to Find Art That's Affordable If you're searching for original art, I highly recommend the  Affordable Art Fair  coming up in Bristol from 9 – 11 September and London's Battersea from 20 – 23 October.  The Affordable Art Fair has revolutionised and democratised the art market with its accessible approach, bringing art as low as £50 to its three UK locations: Battersea Park, Hampstead Heath, and Bristol. It’s become a global phenomenon with 15 fairs in 11 cities across several continents. Hundreds of emerging and established artists from across the globe will exhibit their work a

Italian Delights in St Albans

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Have you ever wished you could find a fantastic Italian restaurant that wasn't part of a restaurant chain?  With fresh food and an enthusiastic chef?  Look no further as at Per Tutti in St Albans, Hertfordshire, the food is fresh and delicious, and, of course, the decor is top notch! Just a short stroll down Holywell Hill, before St Albans Cathedral, Per Tutti is one of a kind.  I was lucky enough to be asked to design the restaurant, which used to be an Indian and needed a huge renovation.   The unusual shape of the traditional building set a few challenges, but it also helped to create interesting spaces for creativity... Design by Bright Space Design A wine display blackboard has proved very popular, and a little nook creates a great place for a wine rack... www.brightspacedesign.com Love the panelling installation and the original brick walls which were discovered under many layers of false panels and decorating over many previous years... www.br

Wabi-Sabi - a Perfect Imperfect Beauty

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T here is a melancholic, unpretentious beauty found in imperfection which is transient, impermanent and authentic.  This beauty embraces the effects of time and humanity - this is wabi-sabi - a Japanese concept illustrated in a tactile new book (released on 5 May 2016) -   Perfect Imperfect with text by design author, Karen McCarney, and images by photographer Sharyn Cairns and New York based stylist, Glen Proebstel. Contributors to the book include interior designers, artists, a sculptor, an architect and a photographer who pool their creative fancies and embrace beauty in the offbeat, odd and misshapen; weathered items and nature, irregularity, the unfinished and incomplete, the effects of accident, tranquility, calmness, shadows and womb-like murky colours, contrasts and simplicity with Leonard Koren’s tenet that “Beauty can be coaxed out of ugliness.” Don’t expect much colour when you pick up this book, or pristine interiors shots which embrace expected design prin

It's the Easter bunny...

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If you're looking for a colourful Easter treat , what could be better than this crocheted bunny? NotontheHighSteret.com

Does The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Work?

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As an interior designer , I have seen inside many homes - and it's not always pretty.   Conversely, that's the reason I am called in to  help.  Most people have far too many possessions: clothes, books, ornaments, utensils, records, CDs, toys - "stuff" - and it's often not an easy task asking them to pare it down, or throw things out, so that the interior refurbishment can begin.  Adding more storage only exacerbates the problem - frequently it's not that we need more storage, it's that we just need less stuff. Recently I've had the bright idea to recommend to my clients The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying , an interesting book by tidying guru, Marie Kondo , who wants to organise the world and promises not just a tidy home but a transformation of your life!  Naturally, I've tried out the method myself first, to see if it actually works, and I have had clients who have tried it too.   The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying, Marie Kondo, Ve