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New England Style

With the words “New England”, a host of images comes to mind. A simplicity of design and a wealth of home craftsmanship brings to this look a clean and charming style. Very often it is associated with a coastal theme with the blue and white palette of the ocean a backdrop to interior design. In …

Liberty Design

From the foundation of the firm in 1875, the name of Liberty has been most associated with textiles. Liberty silks woven in India but dyed in Leek, Staffordshire by Thomas Waddle produced the range of colours and dyes we most think of when we think of the Liberty print. These deep yellows, peacock blues and …

Beds

The most obvious item of furniture for the bedroom is the bed. It is important as we spend a third of our lives in bed asleep. The bed has to be comfortable for you but it will be the key piece to set the scene for the design of your bedroom as well. Usually the …

Flights of Fancy

Animal images have long been popular for decorative inspiration. Most notably fabric and wallpaper have taken the image of the bird in many variations to produce lovely colourful options for your room. Whether is a gentle dove or a dramatic peacock there will be something to suit your taste. The whimsical Chimney Swallows by Designers …

Chandeliers

My image of chandeliers was more Beauty and the Beast by Disney and I felt them to be overwhelming and dated. Suddenly a range of much more sculptural overhead lighting has been created and the chandelier become funky and artistic. A good example of this modern industrial hanging pendant / chandelier is from Buster and …

Reflections

A mirror was a very expensive purchase in days gone by. That’s why it’s supposed to be bad luck to break a mirror, since it would take about seven years to save up enough money to buy another. Mirrors are an invaluable way to add glamour light and a decorative touch to any living space …

Kitchen Company

A kitchen is in many ways the most important area in a house. Particularly now when we spend time socialising, eating and spending time as a family both inside and out. An ideal kitchen is only ever that for the person who uses it. The planning of this space needs lots of thought and by …

Marbles

Marbling is an interesting way of decorating items from cakes to wallpaper. It’s an unusual design created in many different colours and to be found in a variety of accessories. Timorous Beasties based in Glasgow uses marbling to great effect both in its fabrics and a wide range of wallpaper. Reminiscent of bookbinding this clever …

Runners

The entrance hallway in a house can be an indicator of how the style of the house flows through the whole space. It’s worthwhile paying attention to the staircase as it is often the first thing people notice after they have come in through the front door into your hallway. The staircase leads towards the …

Miami Splash

Let the glamour, heat and bright lights fill your home with Miami sun. Channelling the image of Bigger Splash by David Hockney, look at the brilliance of colour in this painting to inspire your take on heat and space, moving across America from California where this painting is set to the tropical richness of Miami. …

Aubergine

When is a colour not quite a plum and not quite a brown? When it’s aubergine. This colour can be a dramatic addition to a room giving it a luxurious feel. As a wall colour, it needs to be used sparingly and with a lot of styling. Use gold accessories and white trim against this …

Open Shelving: Kitchen

Don’t let fear of clutter put you off having some open shelving in your kitchen. It can be extremely neat and streamlined without the feel of just putting junk high up where it won’t be seen. They are a good alternative to the run of wall units seen in old style kitchens. I have a …

Negatives: Black and White

How stylish and chic are photographs in black and white. Some of the best images in the Getty collection are of glamorous film stars taken in this medium. The 1930s as a decade embraced the two tones in many of their designs especially in the Art Deco look. Whilst not to everyone’s taste, these schemes …

Sweet Dreams

How much time do you spend asleep? Quite a lot. It is estimated that in our life time we will spend an average of 26 years in bed – about 75,000 hours – so it’s important that the bed you choose is comfortable and lasts. As the bed tends to be the focal point in …

Bathroom Interior Design

In 1883 a man called John Michael Kohler invented the world’s first bathtub. Apparently he took a cast iron horse trough, added four decorative feet to it and covered it in an enamel finish. This invention was really the preserve of the very wealthy and most of the population had no room for washing but …

Pink Paint

In the age of gender neutrality and equal opportunity, spare a thought for the over feminised colour pink. It was always pink for a girl’s bedroom and any grown up room with males likely to be spending time in them would be banned from even suggesting a touch of the pink. This is a totally …

Kitchen Island Hopping

Let’s have a trip around the islands that scatter and adorn many kitchens installed today. The island has replaced the humble kitchen table as a place to socialise and prepare food. It can be used as a central piece in a square shaped kitchen or be a functional break between the cooking space and the …

Concrete

Concrete is a substantial substance and it can be used in a variety of ways in interior design. It can be used as a work surface but it is very heavy and not for the faint hearted. I think one would tire of it quickly and it more of a statement of intent than a …

Embroidery

I believe there is always a place for beautiful, traditional craftsmanship in any interior design project whether that is a modern building or a traditional style house. The ancient art of embroidery and needlepoint is used in many modern fabrics today. Referencing this design feature in a modern setting will bring depth and purchase to …

Kitchen Flooring

The important thing is that a kitchen today needs to be is both practical and sociable. One of the most important and enduring decisions you will have to make is on the flooring. Once this is down its going to be a nightmare to replace and it needs to be both nice to look at …

Home Office

When does the home and the office start and begin? The idea of a home office appears to be a paradox and indeed during 2020 the boundaries of these two spaces have become distinctly blurred and it’s sometimes difficult to maintain the borders. Going forward one imagines the demand and requirement for home working in …

Pineapples

The trend for things tropical has meant the pineapple has become the fashionable motif of last few years. The pineapple in the past has served as a symbol of welcoming hospitality and friendship in the home, particularly in the Southern States of America where often door knobs and weather vanes are shaped like pineapples to …

Stained Glass

Glass only became commonly used to provide windows for houses in the 17th century, although stained glass had been installed in ecclesiastical building prior to this. These stain glass panels were made of small coloured pieces of glass held together in frames of lead. Some of these are most elaborate, especially the rose windows in …

Japan

Thousands of years steeped in tradition have crafted Japanese architecture and interior design aesthetic, resulting in a serene and very unified overarching look. Japanese style evolves around clean and uncluttered living, holding tightly to balance, order, ancient customs and a love for natural beauty. Married to this are the beautiful and rich designs of the …

Nursery Days

A new baby coming is an exciting time. It’s worth thinking early about how you will provide a calm and happy sleeping space for your baby once they are old enough to sleep alone. We are no longer restricted to pink or blue for each or either gender. Any colour is there to choose from …

Glorious Wood

A wooden floor is a delight. It adds texture and variety to a room. The different tones of this most natural product are many and various. You will find a type and colour that will compliment your home without a doubt. Many companies now offer reclaimed wood as an option. The patina of age and …

Antique & Modern

The look that Louise Swarbrick Design is known for regarding interior decor, is that of mixing the modern with the historic. Working in many period houses, we have been able to enhance the architectural features and provide a light airy feel that we associate with today’s every day living. Owning an older property can bring …

Panelling

Panelling is a traditional way of decorating walls. It’s a great feature to add in both modern and period houses. By adding panelling you can bring back the history of a room and then funk it up by using a more contemporary colour as a finishing touch. Intricate dark oak panels in a listed house …

The Circle Line

Circles as a pattern are a very satisfying design that add unity and fun to home decor. In a room which is very box like in dimensions, the introduction of round shapes in the furniture can make a room feel quite different. The lack of edges gives a more organic and complete ambience to combine …

Winter White

Winter has come and now is the time to assess the merits of a cool winter interior. White is an amazingly versatile colour, believe it or not. The number of white paint colours on the market is legion. Farrow and Ball are the market leaders in shading up and down white neutrals. A clean, pale …

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