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Kate Watson-Smyth is known by thousands, perhaps millions, as the woman who is mad about the house. A journalist writing for the masses Kate offers advice that is genuine and down-to-earth. I met Kate in 2014, we were invited to an upholstery workshop run by...

I belong to a circle of Open University creative writers, Louise Wilford is an online friend and mainstay character in the group. When I discovered this piece in her repertoire I thought I’d share. It changes the pace in my Journal, slowing the reader for...

Home renovation television programmes focus on the scene ‘before’ and the big reveal ‘after’ but they pay little regard to decisions made in the planning. Interior design is about making the right choices, a process that is time-consuming. In an edited half hour it’s impossible...

Broadway Market teams with parents and pushchairs seeking a free spot on the pavement to drink a cappuccino. Number seven has a somewhat dour grey painted frontage but the large window is colourfully displayed with fabrics and graffiti style art. Shop owner Barley Massey told...

The holiday season enables us to travel abroad, experience new places, and create memories that will sustain us for the months ahead. I saw my first Cork Oak forest in Andalusia Spain in 1990; the farmer harvested the bark every nine years so the trees remained...

Design is concerned with function and aesthetics, that is to say, how something works or performs and how it looks, to consider design as purely an artistic practice is only half of it. Interior design is fundamentally a process of finding solutions to problems. In...

Did you know… wallpaper has a murderous past? Here are five surprising facts about wallpaper: 1. In 1710 a wallpaper tax entered the statute books. Queen Anne was on the throne then. She was famous for being transported everywhere in a Sedan chair as walking proved...

While researching the history of wallpaper manufacture I learned that Glasgow-born Christopher Dresser (1834 – 1904) was a key figure in the design of wallpaper patterns. Until then I’d associated his name principally with product design; visions of art deco metal teapots and sugar bowls...

As a symbol of romantic love a heart is at the centre of our emotions. We start to draw the shape early in childhood, its warm glow spells love. As we grow older the symbol signals different moods; strength, vitality, devotion. Some say that it was first associated...

Want a career in interior design? Read this.  I’ll tell you a few secrets about designing interiors for a living. It’s April. I’m no fool. But when, as a mature student, I embarked on a post graduate Diploma in Interior Design I was a little naïve....

If you’ve never been to the World of Wedgwood I highly recommend you go! Wedgwood UK, admired for its ‘British-ness’ and its longevity, is a well known and much-loved brand founded on 1 May 1759. I was there in 2016 at the invitation of Amara Living who...

The on trend colour for 2016 is pink announced international colour experts, Pantone. But pink is just the half of it. It's blue as well! Rose Quartz and Blue Serenity Never in the history of ‘Colour of the Year’ has there been a double choice. So 2016...