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‘James Cook: The Voyages’ is on at the British Library, London, until 28 August 2018. Pay a small fee and take a couple of hours walking through the life and times of one of the most famous explorers in history. The exhibition charts three voyages...

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...

Farmers struggle to bale hay in clouds of yellow dust kicked up by a warm wind from the continent. It is July, a record-breaking month, dry and blisteringly hot. I sit in an airy barn at the Wysing Arts Centre in the heart of rural...

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...

Rachel Lichtenstein writes with clarity and depth about her subject. Well researched and impeccably structured Estuary; out from London to the sea imparts a myriad of facts about the people and landscapes of the Thames estuary. It starts and finishes with accounts of a boat...

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...

Layla Curtis gained her BA(Hons) in Painting at Edinburgh College of Art then moved to the Chelsea College of Art in London to complete a Masters in Fine Art Sculpture (1999-2000). I met Layla in June 2018 at Kings College London where she talked about a...

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....

It was such fun helping Natalia get the look she wanted. I was initially invited for a two-hour consultancy session which took place before she moved in; we talked about decor, storage, window dressings, furniture layout, wardrobe design, accessories and an art wall. It’s amazing how...