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Why Did Anyone Think Carpeted Bathrooms Were a Good Idea?
Written by NDA tutor Ruth Skrytek We’ve seen a distinct lack of carpet as a floor finish choice in recent years’ trends, not just in bathrooms. There is an overwhelming abundance of hardwood floors featured in popular design magazines, and of course on the home page of Pinterest – but is carpet making a comeback?…
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10 Examples of Contemporary Cultural Design from Index Dubai!
Written by the NDA Dubai team For many around the world, the city of Dubai and the United Arab Emirates instantly conjure up images of towering skyscrapers, ultra-modern malls and futuristic designs. But a closer look shows a design aesthetic that is rooted in tradition a lot more than it appears at first. As the…
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Low Maintenance Gardens
Written by NDA Garden Design tutor Gill Lotter Expectations upon each of us to have the perfect garden to match our picture postcard life and home are as demanding as ever, but how do we rationalise this with our needs? Instead of feeling a sense of overwhelming panic when we step out of the back…
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Dulux Colour of the Year 2020
  It is so exciting to finally reveal to everyone, Dulux’s Colour of the Year 2020. With information exclusively provided by Marianne Shillingford, Creative Director of Dulux and a great friend to the NDA, we’re going to explain not only the ideas behind Tranquil Dawn, but the first of it’s associating palettes. These four palettes…
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Did Kim and Kanye Kill Minimalism?
Written by NDA tutor Ruth Skrytek When you consider minimalism, most will think of the crisp white walls, large amounts of smooth white cabinets coated in plastic resin, and closed storage to pack away any potential clutter in the otherwise perfectly pristine environment.   A typical “minimalist” bedroom   Minimalism in the post-modern sense was…
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