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Feng Shui In The Workplace

Literally translated, Feng Shui means wind and water. It is the ancient Eastern art of placement, of living in harmony with our natural and built environment. Feng Shui aims to enhance sheng chi (positive energy) so our immediate surroundings, both internally and externally, can be as supportive as possible. The principles of Feng Shui can be…

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How To Be Lucky

Are you Lucky or Unlucky? I recently watched a discussion on TV about people being either “lucky” or “unlucky”. I prefer the Chinese approach to luck in which there are three sources of luck that influence and determine our quality of life, and to a large extent, we can influence our luck ourselves. Let me…

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What is a Living Wall & What are the Benefits?

Being a city dweller and a lover of greenery all year round Living Walls really appeal to me! A ‘Living Wall’ also referred to as a ‘Green Wall’ or a ‘Vertical Garden’ is a wall partially or completely covered with greenery. Living walls include a growing medium, such as soil on the face of the…

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Color Threshold Possibilities

I always ask my clients if they have any color preferences when discussing a design brief with them – and take them into account when working on a design concept. Then, when I get down to the final design I open my mind to a myriad of colors, influences and experiences that will eventually determine…

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How to Create the Perfect Parisian Interior – 4 Tips

  The architectural framework for what we consider quintessentially Parisian style is largely due to the work of Baron Georges-Eugène Haussmann. Haussmann lived between the years of 1809 and 1891 and is perhaps best known for the work he did as Prefect of the Seine Department in France. In 1853 he was chosen by Emperor…

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A House Is Not​ a Home

As an old song goes, A house is not a home. And its true. The Ideal House Exhibition just doesn’t have the same ring to it, does it? You only have to visit a show-house to recognize there’s a difference between a house and anactual home. I’m acutely aware of my responsibilities as an interior designer. If…

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Making a Rental Property a Home

With increasing house prices and large deposits needed to purchase a home, long term renting has become the norm, although in many parts of Europe it’s always been more common to rent than to buy. There are upsides; renting gives people the freedom to live where they want, it enables people to check out an…

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Mind the Gap – Marry Workplace Design, Culture and Brand To Win

If you’ve ever travelled on London’s underground system you may have heard that safety message to warn you about the gap between the train and the platform. If branding is just logos and adverts gaps will open up all over the place. I talk a lot about the importance of interior design and brand synergy…

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