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Poplar Hall cottage - Amy Haddow Thabit

When a Period Property Fights Back

If my house and I were married, we’d be in intensive therapy right now. She just doesn’t compromise. I try my hardest to accommodate her needs; to be sympathetic and pay attention to her ‘seasonal requirements’. But just as I think we’re making headway and reaching common ground, she pulls the rug out from under...

Interior decorating Broxbourne

Interior Design Project – Leavista Hallway Makeover

Brief: The client wanted her hallway to have wow factor. She liked the idea of black and white, and wanted to nod to the Edwardian era. The client wanted to keep the the tiled floor, radiator cover and the staircase. I decided to run with the black and white theme but to incorporate warm, natural...

How to choose Curtains

Choosing the Right Curtains for your Space

Selecting curtain fabric to suit a room, colour, style and property is hard but it’s incredibly fun. Curtains add softness and texture to a room. They can add drama or romance, and lift a space to make it really sing. Often, they are what is holding a room back or making the space feel whole...

mottled paint effect walls

Specialist Paint Finishes for a Period Home

Decoding Specialist paint for historical properties When I first moved into our 17th Century cottage I didn’t think much further than Dulux or Farrow and Ball when it came to paint choices. However I live in a historic, Grade II Listed property and the walls in our living room and kitchen are over 400 years...