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PROLONG SUMMER With These Easy Design Tips Chase away the winter blues and extend the life of your entertaining space this season with these simple decorating tips. The best part is, you don't have to spend a fortune! Cosy it up with accessories Cosy up your outdoor entertainment area and create a nest by accessorising. Add cushions and swabs to your seating, making sure the covers are detachable and can be easily washed. Throw a few throws around that have different textures, patterns and…

“Throwback to that time we created an indoor courtyard at TDF Open House This beautiful, simple green wall treatment received so many compliments - a…”

TRICKS TO GETTING A SMALL BATHROOM RIGHT. When you have a small space to work with there are key techniques designers use to achieve a more spacious look. Most of the advice out there regarding working with a small bathroom relates to keeping your scheme simplistic. However, more often than not I find these simplistic bathrooms boring and lacking in flair. I'm here to say you can achieve a spacious look without going down the easy simplistic road and compromising on personality...

TRICKS TO GETTING A SMALL BATHROOM RIGHT. When you have a small space to work with there are key techniques designers use to achieve a more spacious look. Most of the advice out there regarding working with a small bathroom relates to keeping your scheme simplistic. However, more often than not I find these simplistic bathrooms boring and lacking in flair. I'm here to say you can achieve a spacious look without going down the easy simplistic road and compromising on personality...

REFRESHING YOUR FIREPLACE When it comes to artwork above your fireplace, go large! Either have it perched on your mantel and leaning against the wall or hung approximately a hand span above your mantel. The key is not...

REFRESHING YOUR FIREPLACE When it comes to artwork above your fireplace, go large! Either have it perched on your mantel and leaning against the wall or hung approximately a hand span above your mantel.

WHY THIS WORKS - DINING ROOM GLAMOUR This room would be incomplete if it weren’t for the layered greenery at varying heights. It’s key when dressing a room to create areas of interest at different heights. Styling tip: if you don’t have...

LaPipe chairs and Saw table from Friends & Founders at the new Artilleriet Studio space in Gothenburg. Photo via Johanna Bradford

HOW TO GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR CANDLES My candle burns a tunnel through the wax rather than evenly burning down, wasting valuable burn time, how do I prevent this? The first time you use your candle, burn the wax until the melted wax fully spreads across the top of the candle, this will... read more

HOW TO GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR CANDLES My candle burns a tunnel through the wax rather than evenly burning down, wasting valuable burn time, how do I prevent this? The first time you use your candle, burn the wax until the melted wax fully spreads across the top of the candle, this will... read more

Let's take a look at how to use rugs in your interior, it's easy once you learn a few basics. Promise!  Before we start, there are two events coming up at Studio Black worth calling home about.  Firstly, next week our designer Fabric and Flowers evening and then in early June, the Lou Brown Design Colour Workshop - both will be loads of fun so see you there! Under the foot of your bed There’s nothing better than hopping out of bed and sinking your feet into a soft, plush rug. Especially…

I definitely a shelf to place all of my well deserved collected plates! How To Decorate A Bedroom - What Do Put In Bedroom - ELLE DECOR

STUDIO BLACK. Our studio is really starting to look (and feel) like the amazing little workplace we had set out to create! We are all about the greenery when it comes to the...

Our studio is really starting to look (and feel) like the amazing little workplace we had set out to create! We are all about the greenery when it comes to the.

Lou Brown Design is a bespoke interior design studio dedicated to seriously good design. Design that is timeless and looks to its surroundings and context for inspiration rather than transient trends. Design that pushes boundaries so that you can live a better life; a life more beautiful, more practical and more enjoyable.

Lou Brown Design is a bespoke interior design studio dedicated to seriously good design. Design that is timeless and looks to its surroundings and context for inspiration rather than transient trends. Design that pushes boundaries so that you can live a better life; a life more beautiful, more practical and more enjoyable.

MAKE YOUR HOUSE YOUR HOME. When starting out on a new project several clients have said to me “Now I don’t want my home to look like a showroom” in the fear that they are going to end up with a contrived, impersonal and impractical interior.  The truth is, I couldn’t agree more. No home should reflect a showroom or even one of your favourite stores. A well-styled home is not about imitating trends or following fixed rules...

MAKE YOUR HOUSE YOUR HOME. When starting out on a new project several clients have said to me “Now I don’t want my home to look like a showroom” in the fear that they are going to end up with a contrived, impersonal and impractical interior. The truth is, I couldn’t agree more. No home should reflect a showroom or even one of your favourite stores. A well-styled home is not about imitating trends or following fixed rules...

STYLISH RENTER. Being a renter myself, I am all too familiar with the feeling of disconnection to your home. The last thing you want to do is put all of your time, money and effort into an interior of a house that’s not even yours, right? Why would I go out and buy furniture and “stuff” for a nest that may relocate to a different tree one day?  I’ve recently come to the realisation that I was looking at it the wrong way...

STYLISH RENTER. Being a renter myself, I am all too familiar with the feeling of disconnection to your home. The last thing you want to do is put all of your time, money and effort into an interior of a house that’s not even yours, right? Why would I go out and buy furniture and “stuff” for a nest that may relocate to a different tree one day? I’ve recently come to the realisation that I was looking at it the wrong way...

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