Bringing a Victorian house into the 21st century12 comments
Trend inspirations can come and go but if you’re lucky enough to get your hands on a period property, emphasising the original features with a contemporary design really brings a period property into its own.
The great thing about styling a period property is how original features can offset contemporary design by using style modern styles with heritage aspects to both compliment an older property and highlight your personal taste.Tags: Victorian
English Countryside Cottages8 comments
If there’s one thing that the UK does better than anywhere else on the planet, it’s country cottages. Our rolling dales and stark countryside landscapes just wouldn’t be complete without the dotting of these tiny buildings throughout. They’re like seasoning; we have the salt of the white, more modern builds – and the cracked black pepper of older stone architecture.
Just a quick search in Google turns up a plethora of rentable properties in remote locations across the length and breadth of the UK. Many tourists, homegrown...
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Planting Trees For Every Order3 comments
Sustainability is something that I personally care a great deal about. We are, as a species, extremely voracious in our consumption of the world’s spoils but, for the most part, are pretty reluctant to give back.
With global industries turning out millions upon millions of products, from kettles and keychains to chewing gum and chicken feed, we are consuming far more energy and natural resources than the planet can produce. Unless the dinosaurs were themselves running multinationals manufacturing toys for the young’uns, this is something...
London – A Green City5 comments
According to a report released in July this year, London is the greenest capital city in Europe, and compared to others by its size and population density, the third greenest city in the whole of the world!
It may not seem logical on your morning commute, what with the non-stop juggernaut of traffic that sweeps London’s streets, but the actual city contains over 35,000 acres of green public parks, gardens and woodland areas....
Ethically Sourced Timber2 comments
Timber is the most commonly used building material that required the least amount of energy to produce. Requiring very little industrial expense in its cultivation, plantations will often do more to combat pollution and climate change than they will to add to it.
Renewable, recyclable and durable, forestry, and by proxy timber production, does a great deal to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and thus reduce our carbon footprint. One such way it...
Townhouses were historically known to be home to wealthy people living in cities. Most Townhouses were designed and built a few centuries ago and are now becoming very popular with designers and architects who look to jig them up with a redesign, turning them into a more contemporary property.
A prime example of this is a refurbishment of a London townhouse, which was bought by an interior designer and a CEO of a media company. The five story townhouse hadn’t been updated since the early 80s, but it was apparent this was going to change when the two creative...
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Klemens Torggler's 'Evolution Door'9 comments
I like doors. Doors are cool. They help me get into rooms and buildings and stop the cold air and intruders from getting in. But then, that's mostly all they do. Sometimes I look at a door and wonder what it is that we can do with it. How can we innovate the design? How can we make it more interesting? How can a door become the talking point of a room?
Well, I need ask those questions no longer, as the Austrian Designer...
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Carbon Footprint Reduction4 comments
It’s the fashionable thing to do nowadays, with many celebrities jumping on board the crusade to reduce our carbon footprints, and so slow the rapid progression towards global warming. The ironic thing being that many of these A-listers, who have been campaigning for lowering carbon emissions, will do so whilst travelling around the planet on their private jets.
Well that irony hasn’t been lost on us, and at Hugo Carter we are doing...
Green Resources4 comments
Our planet is in crisis. We are polluting our atmosphere at an alarming rate, increasing the global temperature and burning through all of our non-renewable resources. Whilst it's easy to point blame at multinational companies and their large-scale industrial processes that release a great deal of harmful products into our atmosphere, the problem is also a lot closer to home.
We need to realise that we are part of the problem and that there are certain, simple steps that we can take in order to minimise our carbon footprints. But what are the green...
Choosing Bi-Fold Doors To Maximise Space3 comments
Doors are necessary. Without them we wouldn’t be able to get in and out of things very easily, or have things to attach door handles to, and they’re pretty good at keeping the cold out as well. All fantastic points, but often their placement within a property is a matter of logistical necessity as opposed to aesthetic desire. They often become fixtures because they need to be, and hang like drab sheets of A1 paper on the sides of your room; boring, uninspired, ugly, and with a large turning circle that encroaches into the space...
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