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We have just launched our lovely new website designed and created for us by Catfish Web Design and we are thrilled with it. There are lots of new projects and we have also added an address book section giving you details of just some of the suppliers that we love to work with. We will be adding more to this section as we go along so keep your eye on it! You can access the address book directly by going to www.angelandblumeaddressbook.com – bookmark the page now!

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Cate was recently interviewed by Cambridge Magazine and she was asked for five top tips to creating great interiors. Here are some of her tricks of the trade.

Be bold with your style

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Statement chairs in a contemporary home

This is advice that I give in my classes and that I always try to apply to my design work and what I mean is to know your own personal taste and be confident in it. If your interior style is say neutral, calm, quiet, shabby chic, then don’t be afraid to boldly execute this in your design work. We can sometimes get confused by thinking that there are things we must or must not do in our homes, or that there is good or bad taste in interior design, and when we deviate from our personal style, this is when blandness can set in. Trust your own taste and try to apply it to all elements of your home.

 

Accessories change everything

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Flowers, lamps, books and pictures all help to personalise your space

 

Whether you are undertaking a full renovation project or simply freshening up your home, good accessorising makes a huge difference to the final result. Try to bear your own personal style in mind when selecting your finishing touches as it is easy to make a mistake when the purchase is not expensive, and make sure you think about what accessories you need before you shop. If in doubt, add your accessories slowly and see what looks good and the old saying of ‘only have what you know to be beautiful or useful’ is just as true with accessories as with other areas of the home.

 

 

Don’t forget your lighting

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You can create a beautiful interior space but without good lighting, it will never shine. Plan your lighting with the uses of the space in mind – activities like working, reading, putting on make-up need task lighting whilst artwork, favourite spaces and beautiful pieces of furniture need feature lighting and so on. Having some contrasts with lighting will make your home seem larger and more interesting and using separate switching for different lighting types will enable you to change the feel of your home depending on whether you are entertaining, watching TV, working or even cleaning!          

 

Colour is king

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Warm blue and cream makes a lovely space of this boot room

 

Colour is an interior designer’s best friend. A coat of paint can add character and personalise a space, create light and dark contrasts, highlight features and create a warm or cool, calm or stimulating, comforting or inspiring impression depending on what you want to achieve. Although the paint on our walls makes up a large part of the colour palette of a room, the flooring, fabrics, furnishings and accessories of a room all play their part in creating a look so consider your colour choices as a whole before selecting your paint or wallpaper colours.        

 

 

Think differently

We are bombarded in the media by images of what the modern home should look like, and we can sometimes lose our own imagination. If you go back to basics and think about how you want to use your home and what you want it to look like, you will start to create a picture of how your home can work for you. Only then will you start to select images, products and ideas from outside sources that will work for you. By using this approach you will be able to create a unique home that truly reflects your personality.

 

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A collection of sporting trophies creates a lovely personal feel

 Let us know what you think?

Did you see the article, or do you have some design tips of your own? We’d love to hear from you!

 

 

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Mandarin Stone are well known for their beautiful natural stone products and we are delighted to have a fantastic showroom in Cambridge manned (womaned) by a very helpful and well informed team, but what I hadn’t realised is that they also have the most beautiful selection of decorative tiles.  The designs are delightful and are coupled with the most wonderful colours and textures and I highly recommend a visit to the showroom to see them as beautiful as these pictures are, they are much better in the flesh.

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The delightful Alice Ryan from Cambridge Magazine paid a visit recently for what seemed to me to be a chat and a cup of tea, so I was highly impressed when she said she had enough information for the article she was planning about my home above the Angel and Blume office. The magazine is now out and I have to say that she has got the measure of me – albeit the better side of me – so thank you Alice, it was lovely to meet you!

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Our new classes are starting on 13 May and this series of six talks covers everything you need to interior design your own home. Topics include how to find your own style, planning your layout, colour, lighting and how best to approach your project so that your own designs are implemented properly. Find out more at www.interiordesigntalks.com

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I always get excited about this time of year when sitting outdoors becomes an enjoyable way to spend an afternoon, and wild flowers start to appear in the garden. As garden flowers make for such a nice display, it would seem a shame not to make the most of them. Decorating with flowers can be an effective and inexpensive way to offer an additional burst of life, colour and scent into a room. I have put together a few examples of imaginative ways to display your garden plants and flowers, even if only a single stem!

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The Bowl Shelf, a new component of the innovative String shelving series, is made of plastic with three compartments and is perfect for displaying and growing plants indoors!

The Bowl Shelf, along with other ‘String’ components can be found at www.skandium.com, at £90 per unit.

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This charming Hanging Blume Tube by Rowen & Wren is a great way to make an attractive flower display with a single stem.

Available at www.notonthehighstreet.com, at £14 for a set of two.

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Here is another simple way to display a single flower. Two Vintage Style Mini Bottles by The Flower Studio, from www.notonthehighstreet, £8.99.

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The Woolly Pocket company do a great range of breathable table and wall planters, which are suitable for indoors and available in a variety of colours.

www.woollypocket.co.uk, £15.99 for a table planter.

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Woolly Pocket’s breathable wall planters are particularly fun, and allow you to create indoor living plant walls. I recommend you take a look at their online inspiration gallery, where they showcase many inventive ways to have indoor wall gardens.

www.woollypocket.co.uk, £29.99 for one unit.

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This quirky, unconventional Light bulb Vase by London Garden Trading makes for a striking flower display, from www.notonthehighstreet.com, £12.95.

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These Two Metallic Plant Pots from Rocket St George would be a stylish way to display your garden plants. Available at www.rockettstgeorge.co.uk, £45 for a set of two.

So make the most of this spring, and bring the outside in.

This blog first appeared on the Cambridge Evening News website.

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I recently received a review copy of Ros Byam Shaw’s fabulous new book ‘Decorating with Colour’ (thank you to Lauren and the team in the new Farrow and Ball showroom in Cambridge) and I am still pouring over the pages and admiring the wonderful imagery. As with ‘Living with Colour’ which is its predecessor, this book is packed full of great ideas, understandable explanations on how to use colour and wallpaper, and inspiring uses of the beautiful Farrow and Ball colour palette. I firmly recommend a copy of this book if you are looking to make any decorating decisions at home, or if you just love looking at beautiful homes.

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