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Renovation Transformations

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Renovation Transformations

I don't know about you, but as an interiors fan, there are few things I enjoy more than a really juicy "before and after" reveal of a room renovation. The more hideously dated the before picture is the better, in my books. I've rounded up a few of my faves that I've spotted recently(ish) on Insta.  Bathroom Renovation by The Interiors Lady (Helen) BEFORE AFTER "Did you buy some tiles for the bathroom?", "Nah, I just went through the magazines in the recycling instead." Honestly, this is one of the best before pics I have ever seen.   Bedroom Renovation by The Interiors Lady (Helen) BEFORE...

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Brilliant Blogs - Simply START Living

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Brilliant Blogs - Simply START Living

Welcome to our latest "Brilliant Blogs" post. Where we write a blog post about other blogs that we think are brilliant. Meta. This month, we're looking at Simply START Living, a lifestyle blog run by the very lovely Amanda Start, formerly known as The Online Stylist.  We first came across Amanda's blog as she was a customer of ours (is there a better way to discover someone you're likely to have tastes and values in common with?) and have been enjoying her refreshing, honest and thoughtful writing ever since.  A quick glance at the menu headings elucidates the main areas of...

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Ideas for using Concrete in Interior Design

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Ideas for using Concrete in Interior Design

I suppose concrete could be considered a divisive material. I might even go so far as to put it in the "Marmite" category (i.e. you either love it or hate it, for those outside the UK). In my younger days (by which I mean the late 1980s / early 1990s when I was growing up), I remember thinking of concrete as nothing but an eye-sore. A material I associated with unfriendly industrial facades, run-down shopping centres and monolithic multi-storey car parks. This gem was in good old Southend-on-Sea: I don't know whether it's my aesthetic sensibilities that have changed, or...

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Waste Not Want Not: The Material Recycling Revolution

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Waste Not Want Not: The Material Recycling Revolution

Whilst dreaming about my Grand Designs house (more on that here), I've been researching furniture and materials made from waste plastic and other waste materials, and it has been fascinating!    Kitchen in 'Alba' from Smile Plastics. Designed by Indie & Co.   Since 3D printing has become more accessible in recent years, all sorts of awesome projects have been popping up around the globe, using post-industrial or post-consumer waste.     This is the "Print Your City" project by The New Raw, for Coca Cola Greece. Using waste collected from around the city of Thessaloniki, the company created an installation of...

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On Simple Pleasures, or, An Ode to a Bath Mat

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On Simple Pleasures, or, An Ode to a Bath Mat

Yes, that's right, this blog post is entitled, with no hint of irony (ok, maybe a tiny hint of irony), An Ode to a Bath Mat. I'm here today to talk about simple pleasures. Small moments of aesthetic, physical or even intellectual joy that occur in the every day. They are there, but you have to take the time to notice and appreciate them. I suppose I'm talking about mindfulness really, but like so many buzzwords, as soon as they hit the zeitgeist, I always feel like a bit of a tool saying them.  The concept I am talking about...

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