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On the radar…. Edward Bulmer’s paint collection with a conscience

The brilliant furniture-making company Benchmark held one of its relatively regular workshops last month at its wondrous premises in the heart of the Berkshire countryside. Promoted by the British Institute of Interior Design (BIID) it is a great opportunity to meet up with fellow interior … Continue reading

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Pastels, woodland animals and Art Deco: a heady mix of new trends for 2016!

Ahead of London Design Week 2016 in March, a trip to the Chelsea Design Centre was in order to get an insight into what is currently trending in the world of Interior Design. With several projects on the go demanding … Continue reading

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Nina Campbell in Winchester!

I had the pleasure of stopping over in the historic town of Winchester last week and managed to find a rather nice pub-hotel-restaurant for my stay called The Old Vine. When I tell you why I booked it you will roll your eyes … Continue reading

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The Art of the neutral

As someone who loves art, photography, sculpture, ceramics and virtually all other forms of original expression I am pleased, but at the same time always disappointed, when big companies (like John Lewis, Laura Ashley) try and mass produce art and … Continue reading

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What! No Duck Feet?

Thursday saw the first of 2 days of the Porta Romana sale which is held annually in a marquee on the outskirts of Farnham. Typically, this event draws a strong crowd of local (and not so local) interior designers and stylists. … Continue reading

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What’s new in the world of design? We went to Decorex and Focus….

A fixture on any designer’s calendar is London Design Week. The third week of September is ringfenced for exhibitors and visitors from across the industry all clambering to see the latest collections and inventions. So, where to begin? Well, no blog … Continue reading

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A day of luxury with House and Garden

I am always up for finding out more about the luxuries in life – whether it is a new scented candle range, the latest handbag or a new spa. So when I was asked to go along to a day … Continue reading

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The Chelsea Flower Show: design inspiration inside and out

A recent visit to the Chelsea Flower Show confirmed it’s place in my calendar of design inspiration. On the face of it, it is a grandiose version of the more provincially competitive whose-grown-the-biggest dahlia/ courgette/ tulip affair but, no, my visit in … Continue reading

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The ACHICA magazine arrives

I was intrigued when the new Achica magazine shot through my post box one cloudy Tuesday morning. I have been watching the rise of Achica, not only through mutterings from our clients, but also in my ever vigilant web watch. … 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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