Archive for space planning

How to create better storage in your home

Have you ever heard anyone complain that they’ve got too many cupboards? I don’t think so! A lack of the right places to store things is a problem many of us share. Most homes could benefit from more effective storage, whether it’s for household equipment, hobbies or shoes. The trick is to make the most […]

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Easy home update: the transforming power of knobs and handles

I’ve never really known how to refer collectively to knobs and handles. “Knobs and knockers” always makes people giggle. There used to be a shop with that name in Kensington; I was entertained, too, every time I went past Hinge & Bracket in Brighton! Small things, big impact Knobs and handles can quickly update and […]

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Letting the outside in

I have just got back from Hampton Court Flower Show and my head is full of gardens and flowers. It’s reminded me of the influence of nature and that important link between the spaces we inhabit inside and outside our homes. If you have a garden you’ll know the joy of stepping outside and relaxing […]

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How to create the perfect workspace … in your home

If you’re one of the millions of people in Britain who work from home, whether full-time or occasionally like me, you’ll appreciate having a dedicated workspace where you can be productive and creative. But how do you carve out that wonderful workspace for yourself that doesn’t encroach on the rest of your life? At Cathy […]

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Lagom: this year’s coolest design trend for interiors

Lagom, the Swedish word for ‘just the right amount’ is the latest lifestyle concept from Scandinavia. It focuses on simplicity, quality not quantity, and bringing order and organisation to your home. Lagom inspires us to make things less complicated. Cathy Phillips & Co acclaimed in Sweden for lagom-style ideas The Cathy Phillips & Co bespoke […]

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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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Exploring design considerations for children’s bathrooms

BEFORE YOU START If you’re designing your house from scratch, buying it off-plan or even updating your existing home, make the most of this opportunity to plan your child’s bathroom so that is safe, won’t date and is a joy for your fast-growing young one to use. Children can make an awful lot of watery […]

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Interior design – what’s it all about?

The British Institute of Interior Design is the governing body for interior designers. Makes sense, doesn’t it? But, at the moment, anyone can call themselves an interior designer; I showed the qualifying criteria to a friend recently and he said it looked like a NASA application. An exaggeration, but yes. It is hard work, in […]

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