Archive for interior design – Page 3

Six design tips for better bathrooms

A Cathy Phillips & Co-designed bathroom in west London was recently featured on Houzz, the leading interior design website, which led me to wonder… Do we invest enough time and thought into the design of our bathrooms? On Houzz, we showed how our interior designers refreshed a standard bathroom with bright accessories. However, there are […]

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How bespoke interior design can improve more than just our homes …

Many homes in London, whether spacious Victorian properties or compact apartments, are not being used to their full advantage. Often we buy a place (or rent it long term), move in and expect the space to immediately work for us. However, many properties could benefit from a rethink, to fit the lifestyles of their modern […]

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Ten Sources of Colour Inspiration for Interior Design

I’m often asked where I get my colour inspiration from, a difficult question to answer in one sentence but an interesting one, because there are so many answers. I’ve written elsewhere about the importance of abstract mood boards in creative interior design (if you’re interested, read my blog How to Create a Harmonious Interior ), […]

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How to create a harmonious interior

I have a very precise, but charming, client who calls the creative side of what I do “harmonising”.  Interesting word.  Look at an interior that’s been designed by a professional and what is the overall impression – yes, it is one of harmony.  Whether it’s one room where all the colours and textures just seem […]

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The role of visual digital media in interior design

Not so long ago, I jokingly mentioned to a friend that my Pinterest habit was my excuse for not immediately filling in my tax return……she liked this, and tweeted it to the twitterati who responded in droves…seems Pinterest is the new crack cocaine….. ….but, joking aside, some of these visual media sites can be very […]

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Decluttering your home – pro tips for getting it done

The Cathy Phillips tried and tested decluttering method How often do you promise yourself you’ll have a good old clear out? And how many excuses do you find not to declutter? We all collect stuff over the years, but sometimes it becomes overwhelming. You can’t find anything, despite the fact that clothes and magazines are […]

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Top 10 places to find lovely design books

1. RIBA Bookshop, Portland Place W1 You could spend a whole day here. Books on architecture, books on design. Magazines. Cafe. Beautiful building. www.ribabookshops.com 2. V & A Shop, Cromwell Rd SW7 Not the largest selection, but well edited. There are lots of gorgeous gifty things here too, great cards and, oh, you could lose […]

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10 undiscovered gems for your home – uncovered

It’s all very well trawling the high street for lovely things for your home, but how much more fab would it be to have a few one-off, or unusual pieces that you come direct from the maker?  Here’s some ideas: 1. A Self Desk Gloriously retro, shiny and bright, will cheer up any study or […]

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Why should I hire an interior designer?

Well, what a question. But I bet it’s one that’s often asked, perhaps just to oneself, and given the lack of satisfactory answers maybe some people (maybe even you), are put off and never get beyond flicking though Elle Deco and dreaming? It you were wondering, some of the following might help: Space Planning A […]

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Top 10 places to find stuff for your home

THAT YOU MIGHT NOT HAVE THOUGHT OF….. Building sites Gone are the days when you could find a Victorian fireplace and a Ming vase in a skip. But builders can be a friendly lot. Next time you walk past a house that’s being done up, chat up the foreman and you might find you are […]

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