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What a winning night with House Beautiful

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We were thrilled to accompany our client from Jotul UK Ltd to the House Beautiful Awards 2017 last week at the stunning Institution of Engineering and Technology in Savoy Place, London. We were even more thrilled when they were awarded the Gold Award for Best Heating category with the innovative Scan 66-5 wood burning stove.

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Hosted by David Domoney, Mark Ryan Marketing Manager at Jotul UK stepped onto the stage to accept the award from category presenter and TV Builder Tommy Walsh.
A sparkling and VIP filled evening with some of the best homes and interiors products being recognised by House Beautiful judges and awarded for innovation, creativity and eco values.

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The evening was made doubly special for us when our conservatory, orangery and bespoke glass structure client Apropos was also recognised by winning a Silver Award for the Best Home Improvement category.

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The event is always one which we look forward to in the dizzy full packed awards calendar and our huge congratulations go out to all involved with organising the event and of course our wonderful clients.

Julie R

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Why Japanese Style Interiors are on Trend

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We see it on the catwalks, we see it in the shops and now we see it in interiors too! There has been a massive trend this year for Japanese style interiors and it’s easy to see why It seems like a natural progression from the surge in Scandinavian style interiors we saw a consistent move towards.  Scandinavian style is characterised by clean lines, minimalist interiors and paired back elegance. Japanese style encompasses many of these things, but with what I see as an added ‘oomph!’

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Whilst beautifully styled and minimalist in a lot of ways, we see new textures and dramatic design elements introduced. This is underpinned by funcionality in all things. Both dramatic contrasts and simple contrasts can be used within this style, often with wood finishes. It focuses on simplistic design, but with a purpose. It’s where elegance meets minimalism!

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It’s laid back and stylish interiors at it’s best. It’s no nonsense and functional. It’s super stylish and uber cool – and we love it! I think this is a trend we may see for some time yet!

Natasha M-J

Industrial Chic by Woodstock Furniture

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Inspired by cool, urban apartments and repurposed warehouses, the trend for industrial style interiors continues with clients embracing the ‘back to basics’ theme. While classic, shaker style kitchens will always remain a firm favourite, industrial design embraces exposed architectural features, mixed materials, and upcycling of past utilitarian treasures. Woodstock Furniture, experts in designing bespoke kitchens and furniture for every room of your home, have embraced this style with many of its stunning projects.

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Andrew Hall, MD of Woodstock comments: “Streamlining cabinetry and creating uncluttered work expanses is the key to designing an Industrial style kitchen. Full height cabinets to maximise every space and combining the grain of natural woods and tactile materials like metal, concrete and stone returns our focus to what really is the essence of this style –  form and function.”

“Industrial doesn’t need to be cold and clinical, simply embrace all the property’s elements and enhance them. Taking architectural inspiration from existing features or simply visualising how to expand on the space available is our forte,” Andrew adds.

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Natural materials mixed with rich accent colours such as brushed copper and burnished gold, creates a striking and perfect inviting balance.

Embrace the pared back elegance, almost unapologetic attitude that portrays an effortless sense of space. Woodstock Furniture are always thrilled to interpret the elemental and fundamental, ensuring every kitchen they design is as unique as the owners themselves and homes they live in.

Outdoor Living at its Finest

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Apropos, designers of bespoke glass and aluminium structures, are thrilled to be extending its services with the launch of its new website, Apropos Outdoor Living.

If there is one thing that’s certain, about living in Britain today, it’s that we can never be truly certain of the weather that’s heading our way. While you won’t be able to stop us talking about it, come rain or shine, a soggy set of garden furniture does tend to put us off making the most of our outdoor areas. With our not-so-great British weather stopping us from venturing into the garden most of the year, Apropos aim to provide a practical and beautiful solution with its Apropos Outdoor Living range. A glass and thermally broken aluminium veranda will transform your garden into a versatile space, an extension of your home that can be enjoyed regardless of the weather.

Apropos Outdoor Living carries with it the outstanding reputation of Apropos Conservatories. Having worked with glass and aluminium, or rather, Architecture in Glass, for decades, this brand are experts in their field.

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Apropos’ cutting edge outdoor range has everything you need to embrace outdoor living in style. Its verandas, glazed garden rooms and canopies, all incorporate innovative features such as the invisible fixings which optimise function without sacrificing on for,. It’s these fixtures that ensure rainwater drains freely out of site, ensuring that your frameworks remain rust free and low maintenance and your design stays sleek and fresh.  Its garden rooms are created with impressively slim sight lines providing almost entirely uninterrupted views of your outdoor space. Clever features are also found in the sliding doors; double rollers and cleats deliver reliable and smooth operation, allowing you to open up your glazed garden room with jus the push or pull of a single panel.

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Whatever outdoor living space you choose from Apropos, you can be confident that it’s high quality range delivers serious style alongside peerless performance, ensuring you can be up close and personal with everyone’s favourite topic of conversation, without suffering the usual consequences.

The new Apropos Outdoor Living website is not yet live, but stay tuned for the launch date!

Beth D

Why we love the ‘2 Lovely Gays’ and why you will too!

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2LG is an Interior Design Studio, based in South East London. It was founded by Jordan Cluroe and Russell Whitehead, who are the creative masterminds behind the brand. They themselves say that they “have one eye on the past and the other on the future.” They know what’s worked well and what will work well. They are tuned in to all the latest trends and have created a few themselves!

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Their website is fascinating and home to a host of their projects and products which you can spend hours perusing. One of my absolute favourites has to be the ‘Silica Lighting Collection.’ When they couldn’t find the perfect bathroom light they designed one themselves! A series of lights made from hand crafted component parts – Extruded porcelain chains, thrown porcelain cups and fluted glass shards. It really is an incredibly unique and standout collection.

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Another of my favourite pieces (I guarantee it will be one of yours too!) has to be the exquisite hand-knotted rug pictured above. It took the perfectionists a year to perfect this outstanding 150-knot quality from a premium blend of semi-worsted New Zealand wool and pure Chinese silk. It’s delicate luxury at it’s finest and it can be purchased here : https://www.floorstory.co.uk/designers/2-lovely-gays/moire-emerald-by-2lgs

Do let us know which is your favourite piece on there!

Natasha M-J

 

 

 

The newly launched Jøtul I620 – big, bold and beautiful!

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The Jøtul Group’s new flagship is the Jøtul I620 insert wood burning stove. Always the innovator offering the finest quality cast iron stoves with the highest efficiency and aesthesis, Jøtul ensure your stove is not only a practical energy saving heating appliance, but a piece of heating furniture to enhance your home.

This large insert stove is a perfect example of form and function working hand in hand. It features an even wider and greater view of the flames than its little brother which is the bestselling Jøtul  I520. Despite being larger, the stove is designed to burn optimally even at a low setting. Four variants are offered; glass on one side, two or three sides, each offering optimum versatility of placing the stove in any setting.

Easy to install and designed to suit both open fireplaces as well as newly designed masonry surrounds, the I620 has a slim removable decorative frame that provides a seamless border to the surrounding masonry.
Heat Output: 3.9kW min 9.0 kW nominal 12.0kW max. Efficiency: 77%, Finish: Black Paint, Flue Options: Top, Max Log Length: 60cm Heating capacity: 56-170m2 Dimensions:  (762W x 499D mm).  Prices from £2,350.00inc VAT.

Jøtul’s cast iron wood stoves, fireplaces and inserts are hand crafted in Norway. Founded on a proud tradition of artistic and sold craftsmanship with the art of fighting of the cold for more than 160 years.

Natasha M-J

 

Woodstock Furniture appoints Amino PR

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Amino PR are delighted to announce that they are now PR representatives of Woodstock Furniture, specialists in creating bespoke kitchens and living spaces since 1978.

Established almost 40 years ago the business has gained an enviable reputation for exceptional hand-crafted furniture for every room of the home. Its dedication to the personal approach is reflected in the fact that 85% of all projects undertaken are from repeat clients or recommendations of those valued customers. Every Woodstock creation both past and present is carefully treasured and archived ready to be referred to, if and when additional pieces may be called for or new refurbishments commissioned by the same client.

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Customers’ are actively encouraged to be involved with the design process. Woodstocks’ design team tailor’s client’s ideas and desires to reflect individual personalities and homes. They are equally invited to watch their furniture being made in the workshops, located next to its showroom.

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Creating truly bespoke furniture allows Woodstock to offer a wide variety of timbers ranging from classic hardwoods such as Oak, Black Walnut and Ash, but also the more unusual tropical hardwoods like Rosewood, Macassar ebony or Padauk.
Woodstock are award winning English furniture makers, where each project is always undertaken with the aim of exceeding customer’s expectations.

We are thrilled to be representing Woodstock Furniture!

 

Natasha M-J

How trends translate into product

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Last week we had the pleasure of attending an Autumn/Winter trends talk by the Editor of Elle Decoration, Michelle Ogundehin and the head of Design at John Lewis that took place in The Refinery at John Lewis, Oxford Street. We had a wonderful time and it was such an informative evening listening to two very influential industry leaders discuss how trends that start as an idea translate into products in your home.

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One of the key things that she said that really stayed with me was that “true trends have to represent what is going on around us.” We have been through a period of uncertainty politically and economically in recent times and that in reality has been reflected in our choice of interior. We saw a huge shift to the pared – back Scandi style. We saw minimalism, we saw greys, we saw neutrals and we saw hygge – everything had a purpose and we did away with fuss and clutter.

More recently consumer confidence has been growing. Although it is underpinned by caution, there has been a shift toward more confident choices in expressive design. We have seen a move toward colour, texture and richness. Consumers are responding to design and craftsmanship once more and they are not afraid to show it with bold colour choices!

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Natasha M-J

 

To Pin, or not to Pin – that is the question!

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There are millions of people that use Pinterest on a daily basis who are looking for ideas and inspiration. This is why it is such an important place to have a presence on from a business point of view. You have access to a huge potential customer base! You can showcase your products in an unparalleled way. It operates differently to all the other social media platforms available by serving as a hub of creativity where people seek out design inspiration.

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You might be using Pinterest for personal reasons already, but it could be time to create a business account. When creating boards, it’s always recommended to include a minimum of 20 pins and to have at least 10 boards to start off with to drive traffic and interaction on your page.

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If you think your brand would benefit from having access to such a useful tool then please drop us a line. As ever, we would be only too happy to help.

Natasha M-J

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