Writers Shed

The Rise of the She-Shed

That post title sounds like the name of a 1950s horror movie. It isn’t – quite the opposite in fact; it’s a homeowner’s dream scenario. Can’t afford to move? No luck with planning permission for an extension? Build a she-shed (it’s the alternative to man cave). Or as they are more diplomatically known; a garden…

Patterned Tile

My Favourite 2017 Kitchen Trends

Kitchen design has come a long way over the past few years; it might even be one of the fastest moving areas of interior design. Here I’ve gathered just a handful of the most exciting kitchen trends taking 2017 by storm. Stone Worktops Image source: DeVOL The latest kitchen design trends favour natural stone like…

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A Guide to Biophilic Design

Not just another passing fad or kitschy buzzword; biophilic design is radically changing the way we interact with our urban spaces. According to respected biologist Edward O. Osborne, humans have an innate attraction to nature; a biological need to connect with the natural world. But our cities and suburbs are often as far-removed from nature…

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Surprising Spring Colour Combinations

It’s that time of year again. The world feels like it’s finally waking up after months of hibernation. The sudden rush of colour is one of the biggest benefits of spring. Not just in nature, but in fashion and interior design too. The colours we most typically associate with spring tend to be pastel hued;…

Clair Strong Interiors

The Best Of: Bookcases

A place for well-thumbed tomes, vinyl collections, art work, plants and objects of interest; is there a more versatile piece of furniture than the humble bookcase? It’s a staple in most homes, and has been since the Roman times when it was considered the height of fashion to have a personal library. In celebration of…

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A Better Night’s Sleep

We all understand the importance of sleep. And yet so many of us struggle to get a solid seven hours. For many people, the problem of poor sleep is quite simple: their bedroom is not the sanctuary of peace and quiet it should be. Here are my tips for creating a healthy, sleep-inducing bedroom without…

Bedroom

How to Maximise Your Storage Space (Part I)

Image source: Cozy Cottage Cute Houses are getting smaller. Research conducted by The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) found that the majority of new build homes are significantly smaller than their older counterparts. What this often means is a squeeze on storage; smaller kitchens, fewer built-in wardrobes and no cupboard under the stairs. Too…

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Three Lifestyle Concepts to Try in 2017

Image source: Imperfect Home by Mark and Sally Bailey The Danish concept of hygge took the world by storm in 2016. Celebrating the cosy, joyful moments of every single day is a lifestyle we could all benefit from. Especially during winter. But it’s not just the perpetually happy Danes who have embraced meaningful ways of…