runners
Louise Swarbrick Design

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 …

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kitchen shelving
Louise Swarbrick Design

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 …

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stained glass
Louise Swarbrick Design

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 …

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Japan
Louise Swarbrick Design

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 …

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wood floor
Louise Swarbrick Design

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 …

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vevet sofa
Louise Swarbrick Design

Velvet the queen of fabrics

This sumptuous fabric has been a long term favourite in traditional homes. Its lustre and glamour can transform the humblest piece of furniture into a eye-catching piece. It can be used in both a modern and historic setting as it comes in such a range of textures and colours. It is difficult to go wrong …

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mustard interior
Louise Swarbrick Design

Mustard

The sharp, stingy taste of mustard on a ham sandwich brings the blandness of the humble offering alive adding a lively piquancy. In the same way a dash of mustard in a design scheme can draw the eye, thus perking up the less intrusive tones around it. It was in fact a favourite colour in …

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fireplace
Louise Swarbrick Design

Weather Forecast

The world of meteorology can be an inspiring place for a designer. Starting with the sun. The bold motif of the bright gold summer symbol can add lustre and warmth to a room. The sunny hues of Lancaster yellow by Farrow and Ball bring to mind the light of an English June day. If you …

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teal interior design
Louise Swarbrick Design

Decorating With Teal

Teal is a strong colour that is never too overwhelming but adds a lot of modernity to any space. It is a sophisticated shade that lifts a room from the dull to the exciting. Unlike blues, this petrol tone will be cosy and suit any room. The paint shade to use on a wall would …

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floral interior Cambridge
Louise Swarbrick Design

Introducing Floral

In spring and summer we like to move to put floral prints in our homes. Depending on the type of print, a floral pattern can add a homely and inviting atmosphere or with a dark modern print you can add drama and moodiness to the space. A small ditzy pattern is associated with the vintage …

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