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Farmhouse interior design: Inspiring the senses

Portland farmhouse interior design by Kristin Rowell

Farmhouse Style may be expressed using a traditional or contemporary visual language. It is this flexibility, combined with intense practicality through the use of robust materials, that ensures its continuing popularity as one of the most enduring, and complex interior design styles. Here we look at some very stylish examples of the genre: Farmhouse style […]



Seriously Stylish Storage Solutions

Custom cabinet Tina Roeder - Storage solutions

Inspired Storage A cabinet, a functional necessity, it is always required, but rarely stunning. The convenience is to hide items, bits and bobs and general mess, unfortunately, this ‘put it away’ approach can be used when selecting storage furniture. This can result in storage being the most uninspired piece within an interior. The following examples […]




National Design Academy Graduation – Class of 2016

National Design Academy Graduation 2016

Graduation Day On Friday, 15th of July 2016, National Design Academy (NDA) and our academic partner Staffordshire University, joined to celebrate the Graduation of the Class of 2016. The ceremony was held at Trentham Gardens Staffordshire; the beautiful Italian Gardens by the lake being the perfect setting to celebrate the day. Graduation day is looked forward to […]


Transitional Staircase Design Ideas

transitional staircase design ideas

A staircase is one of the most important transitional elements in architecture which creates a connection between spaces. Up The Apples and Pears There are many exceptional examples of beautifully designed and constructed staircases around the world. They have and always will stand the test of time, with influence and inspiration that will continue to […]



Theme of the Month – Creating A Tropical Garden

Creating a Tropical Garden Inspiration

During the summer of 2015 we saw the introduction of the ‘Tropical’ trend which featured a dazzling array of bold bright colours, palm prints, pineapples and an abundance of tropical flowers and exotic birds. Rio de Janeiro is hosting the 2016 Olympics so the popularity of all things ‘Tropical’ has continued to grow within our […]


Stoneywell and the Orkney Chair: A Perfect Marriage

Furniture Profile The Orkney Chair

When two design disciplines meet perfectly the results can be something spectacular. This is the case with Stoneywell, a property designed by the furniture designer Ernest Gimson in the Arts and Crafts style, and the Orkney chair which encompasses the ethos of the Arts and Crafts movement. Setting the Scene 10 miles outside of Leicester you will […]