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Artful cushioning!

Cushions (good cushions) used to be the preserve of the interior designer and those clients who used interior designers. Now, cushions are available everywhere and commemorate everything: think Jubilee Union Jack and Keep Calm cushions. Interestingly, so-called designer cushions are now available in some of the bigger … Continue reading

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Sliding doors

Quite often, particularly when designing for small spaces, doors (and door swings) can take up too much space. Pocket doors are a good option – but unless they are of good quality – they can suffer from runner/ track issues and finger … Continue reading

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Are you using the Design Club at Chelsea Harbour?

Isabel and I visited Chelsea Harbour Design Centre on Monday. A beautiful sunny Monday morning, until we got stuck in traffic on the Kings Road, but this is envitable – London equals traffic! Anyway we arrived and first stop was the … Continue reading

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Are you a Retailer or a Designer?

In light of the ever increasing threat of internet fabric sales, can interior designers remain competitive on the High St and still provide fabric sales alongside their interior design services? When we started Isabel Ballardie Interiors, obtaining accounts with the … Continue reading

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Designer extras on show in Guildford

I couldn’t resist taking a snap of these unusual additions to a Mini Cooper when out shopping in Guildford, Surrey this week. I am not sure if the designer ‘eye’-  or should I say ‘headlight’ – lashes are a unique gift … Continue reading

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Oranges and Blues anyone?

We all troopped up to town for London Design week last week and as usual were very impressed with the effort and spend on the event by The Design Centre. The centre looked fully adorned with potted trees and would … Continue reading

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Jubilee at Home!

Isabel is getting into the spirit of Her Majesty’s Jubilee year with an addition to her son’s bedroom. Upholstered with her own fair hand, materials sourced from Freelance Fabrics in Farnham, Surrey. Isabel had a section of 15mm mdf cut … Continue reading

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Bicester Shopping Village – what recession?

A girlfriend and I travelled all the way from sunny Surrey on Saturday to see her son play rugby with a little detour to Bicester shopping village www.biscestervillage.com en route. Well, a girl can still look glamorous from the touch line! … Continue reading

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Appointing an Interior Designer

If you have a project in mind, are building a new house, or renovating your own home an interior designer may be an expense you do not feel you can justify. How difficult is it to get around to choosing paint … Continue reading

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