Learn the truth about eco friendly paint

Ecos Chalk Flowers

I’m sure that every one of us has woken up in a freshly painted room with ‘decorator’s headache’ at some point in the past. Conventional paints can contain all sorts of nasties, including formaldehyde, ammonium, titanuim dioxide and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Although recent EU regulations have imposed limits on the levels of harmful chemicals… 

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5 questions to ask before you buy a rug

Statement dining room rug The Design Files

One of the biggest changes in my taste over the last few years has been my approach to using colour in my home. My first flat was my haven from the hustle and bustle of London life and its muted palette of greys, neutrals and white helped me wind down when I stepped through the… 

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How to be a master of the Renaissance trend

Fashion to Home Renaissance decorating trend Decorator's Notebook

Ever since I learned of the concept, I’ve been fascinated by trend forecasting. At first I was a little miffed that the design trends I loved to see emerging each season were set out well in advance and therefore more of a self-fulfilling prophecy than a mystical zeitgeist. Now though, I love the guessing game… 

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House Tour: New York apartment with natural elements

New York apartment in muted colours

I love bringing little touches of nature into my home… a dried seedhead here, a pheasant feather there… they help to soften up a minimal room and bring a tiny bit of the outdoors in. This small New York apartment belongs to prop stylist Rebecca Bartoshesky and I really admire her style. She has just… 

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Mini makeover: bedroom nook

3 bedroom makeover close up

Since leaving London in the Summer and moving back to Somerset to launch the shop, I’ve been working at this thrown-together deskspace in the corner of my bedroom. Now, the thing I didn’t realise for a while is that having your desk in your bedroom actually sends you a bit… well… nutty. This ugly corner… 

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Storage idea: pretty-up your clothes rail with beads

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Here’s a simple idea for hanging your clothes more stylishly from Mira Schröder, who lives in a small open-plan apartment in Berlin. {all Marlen Mueller / Freunde von Freunden} Mira has created a clothes rail-come-room divider using strings of wooden beads hanging from the ceiling and hooked plain coat hangers through the ends. I don’t… 

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