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business interiors – the colour pink. how to use your brand colour in the workplace

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A great way to increase brand recognition is by using your brand colour within your client face areas within your store, boutique or office interiors.

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business interiors – how to use red to create an impact

The Ed Roberts Campus in Berkeley, California is the first structure of its kind in US. A non-profit community centre for the independent living & disabled rights movement. The designer’s brief  was to create an “eye-catching, functional ramp structure … while avoiding an “institutional” appearance”.

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interiors – personalising christmas with colour

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If you’re wondering how you can move away from the traditional Christmas colours of forest green and holly red and inject some of your own personal style this season, here are three very different styles and colour palletes to inspire you.

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weekend decorator – 7 amazing ways to turn your stairs into a design statement

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In the first of my new series ‘weekend decorator’ I’m featuring what is probably the most under utilised surface in your home, one that you can turn into a real design statement.

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outdoor living… 5 elements to create your perfect outdoor space

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If you’re anything like me, with summer upon us I want to be living outdoors.  So why not make the most of the glorious long daylight hours and balmy evenings by creating an outdoor living space.   Even if you have a small patio or terrace, there is still so much you can do.

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colour & design surgery – kitchen colour conundrum

Newsletter - 2011 May - Charlene's kitchen.

This is part of the colour & design surgery series, answering questions from clients and readers.

Question: “My partner and I are in our first home together and have, maybe out of laziness, decided to keep all walls white. You’ll see from our photo of kitchen that the cupboards & appliances are white too. We do love colour and would like to know what we can add to the flat to get some colour without painting the walls?”
– Charlene Hutsebaut

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healthy home – breathing life into your home with plants

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With all this glorious sunny weather there’s no easier way to bring the outdoors in than with plants.  Creating your very own natural wonderland indoors… and they aren’t just beautiful to look at, they are good for our health too.

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5 simple steps to make your own cushion

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Cushions are a simple and effective way to inject colour and personality into your interiors.  They also make a beautiful personalised gift.  If you’re a bower bird like me and have a box full of ribbons, bits of fabric, odd buttons and sparkles, here’s a way you can put them to creative use.

Claire-Louise, renowned West End costumier who runs The ThriftyStitcher has kindly shared her 5 simple steps to making your own cushion.  She’s also giving 10% discount on all her classes (see end of blog for details).

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don’t think you can have a stylish home if you have pets? Here’s how…

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The UK has long been known as a nation of animal lovers with over 21 million cats and dogs! For many it would seem unthinkable to banish them outdoors and not share the home with them.

Just because you have pets doesn’t mean you can’t have a stylish, beautiful home.  Here’s my top 5 tips how to create a stylish home yet still allowing the freedom for your furry friends to be part of the family.

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farrow ball launches new colours for 2011

Farrow & Ball - 2011 new colour range. This opens a new browser window.Last week I had the pleasure of meeting Kazuhito Cooper-Ueki, Manager of Farrow & Ball’s Battersea (London) showroom, where he showed me Farrow & Ball’s ‘New Colours’ for 2011.

Just for you, a *FREE* Sample Paint Pot.  Yes, they’ve included a special offer of a free sample paint pot, but you need to be quick, offer ends 31st March 2011.  How to get yours?  You’ll find all the details at the end of this article.

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valentine’s day – the colour of love

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It’s Valentine’s Day and love is in the air!

Want to surprise your loved one this Valentine’s Day?  Why not decorate your home. A few simple changes is all it takes to create a space that says ‘love’ ‘romance’.

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and the colour for 2011 is… yellow

Colour of the Year for 2011 is Yellow!

Each year ICI ColourFutures™ presents their colour of the year based on one dominant trend.  The trend for 2011 is ‘Appreciation’ and the colour they believe “best sums up the prevailing mood, attitude and fashion of the time” is Yellow!
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