Garden Chic

Summer time, and the living is easy…

Or so it should be, but the garden often gets neglected in the UK until the sun shines, and then there is much scurrying around to find something suitable to carry outside to sit on or eat off. By the time you realise that your outdoor room needs some TLC it’s often too late to enjoy it properly given our fleeting summers. If this is you, plan now for 2014! Continue reading

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Making an entrance… Mediterranean-style

A recent holiday to the French Mediterranean coastal region of Languedoc-Rousillon provided us with plenty of inspiration for some front of house make-overs. Continue reading

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Summer Blues?

Despite the weather, blue sky design is in glorious evidence at the 2013 Chelsea Flower Show this week, and is enough to chase away those early summer blues. Fabulous gardens aside, I loved Hemingway Design’s ‘Shedquarters‘, one of the Artisan Retreats at this year’s show.  Continue reading

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Orchard House Interiors Partners With The English Wardrobe Company

Just a note to keep you updated on developments at Orchard House Interiors.

Last month we featured The English Wardrobe in our blog. We are proud to announce that we have now been appointed as one of their area designers. Continue reading

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Time to Spring Clean and De-Clutter!

According to ancient Chinese philosophy the home is a reflection of the individual, and if it is cluttered or chaotic it indicates that the owner’s own life may be unbalanced… Even if you don’t hold with Feng Shui, it’s important to think objectively about clutter which, let’s face it, afflicts most of us! Continue reading

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A Gem of a Colour…

Last week Pantone, provider of professional colour standards for the design industries, announced PANTONE® 17-5641 Emerald as the Colour of the Year for 2013. For over ten years Pantone has influenced product development in many industries, not least interior design. Watch out for the vibrant, gemstone green popping up in fabrics and furnishings, as well as your favourite paint charts. Continue reading

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New Design Britain Awards 2013

The New Design Britain Awards are one of the most important competitions in the UK for young design talent, giving recognition to students for innovative and ground-breaking work in the interiors industry. Continue reading

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Bright ideas for Christmas and the new year…

Putting up the Christmas lights cheers us all up and transforms our homes in the depths of winter, but all too often interior lighting is overlooked the rest of the year… Continue reading

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Allsorts of fun!

I was delighted to come across these terrific liquorice allsorts for interiors! A fun way to delight any interiors fanatic at Christmas, or kick off 2013 in style… Continue reading

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Winter Warmers

If you love rich colour and detailed design Tate Britain’s current exhibition Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Avant-Garde (until 13th January 2013) is a must. Widely encompassing the fine and decorative arts, the movement still exerts an influence today…

The paintings have inspired a trend for rich tones and textures in interiors fabrics this season. Soft, sumptuous velvets in a range of vibrant colours, and fabrics with lustrous finishes create a look of luxury and opulence, and add a touch of warmth and comfort at this time of year. Continue reading

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