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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...

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...

This chalet-style house in a Cambridgeshire village is the dream home for a couple who moved in with their two children. They had decorated the snug which leads off the lounge in a modern palette of greys and yellow but they didn’t quite know how...

It’s no easy task turning a moderately sized three bedroom bungalow in Cambridgeshire into a spacious family home but for this couple who love to entertain but it had to be done. It was not only the size of the rooms but the layout that...