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Design of the Day – The world’s first designer energy saving light bulb

I first came across this design at this years Birmingham Interiors Show, in the Designers Block section and since then it’s popularity has rocketed. It was displayed in George Clarke’s revamped eco-friendly house at last months Ideal Home Show event at London’s Earl Court.

Designed by Sam Wilkinson, this Plumen light bulb is the worlds first designer energy-saving bulb which takes on a snake-like shape and looks amazing set in the dark glass shade. (Above) It lasts 8x longer and uses 80% les energy than incandescent bulbs, saving you on your electric bill as well as looking hot!

The name Plumen came from “plume” which is a birds decorative feather, used to attract attention and this certainly does that! The great news is that the bulb doesn’t cost a fortune and a nightmare to get hold of, in fact you can lay your hand on one of these delights for only £19.95 from B&Q! Hurry before they’re sold out!

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Open your eyes to the world of The New English

I first came across Paul Bishop and his amazing collection of ceramics in January 2011 at the Birmingham Interiors Show. He was exhibiting a wonderful array of strange gothic table wear and quirky ornaments in The Designers Block. I must say I’ve  fallen in love with The New English Ceramic Collection and totally mesmerised by the fine detail of the hand painted pottery. This collection with blow your mind as functional home ware and as art! Continue reading

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Taking the leap of Design – Karen Lane talks interiors

After she couldn’t resist anymore, Karen Lane took the leap of design and is now running a successful interior design business, Autograph Interior Designs. Karen left college without any qualifications, but that didn’t stop her, she was determined to become a great interior designer and started a Diploma course at The National Design Academy in 2007. After flying through the course she progressed onto the Foundation Degree qualification and is now studying a BA Hons in Interior Design. Her story is inspirational and proves that anyone with enough belief can achieve success. Kick your shoes off and enjoy her interview… Continue reading

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Top 10 ways to promote your new business on the cheap!

Here is the whole list of the best ways to kickstart your new business from blogging to competitions and freelance to work experience. Get your note pad out and start scribbling. Continue reading

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Design of the Day

Modern Medieval

Designer Tortie Hoare studied a BA Hons in Furniture design and craftmanship at Bucks New University, Buckinghamshire. She’s making a huge name for herself with her very successful Leatherwork Furniture Collection. The Butterfly Chair is her most popular piece, with crowds of people admiring it at this years Birmingham Interiors Show.

She created the chair through boiling leather (a medieval process) which enabled her to create 3D shapes and it’s also environmentally conscious, rather than using materials like plastic or resin. The leather is beautifully soft and comfortable and the colourful print ads depth and character to this handmade piece. I just can’t take my eyes off it!

In 2010 Tortie won one of the most prestigious prizes for a new designer, the  BDC New Designer of the Year award. She aims to create ergonomic, durable and aesthetically pleasing furniture. You must check out her whole range its astounding.

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Top 10 Cheap PR Tips to kickstart small businesses

TOP TIP #2


Attend every event possible, whether your and exhibitor or visitor. Events like Birmingham Home Show, Decorex, and Ideal Home Show are crammed with industry insiders. It’s networking heaven and the perfect opportunity to sell your business.

When meeting and greeting, start with “Hello my name is ….” then pull out your business card. The idea is that by the time you’ve told them what your business is about, your card is already in their hands. But don’t steal their customers, word will get out and taint your business reputation and thats not good!

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Interiors Birmingham 2011 – A profound look

By Anthony Rayworth: Director of Studies at the National Design Academy and James Pilling: Interior Design Practice Manager, NDA Private Clients.

Held at the NEC, Interiors Birmingham is the largest trade interiors exhibition in Britain. We have been attending the show and monitoring changes to the industry for fourteen consecutive years. During this period we have developed valuable relationships with suppliers as well as observing and forecasting emerging trends within interior design.

As with last year’s exhibition; this year’s event was contained within five halls as opposed to the seven halls of years gone by and there have been contrasting opinions within the industry regarding this reduced size. Continue reading

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Design of the day

Sustainable interiors lead the way

I discovered Sarah Turner at this years Birmingham Interiors Show in The Designers Block and loved her approach to sustainable interior designs. She specialises in eco-friendly art and design and has created a collection of lamps and lights sourced from cast away plastic bottles.

Handmade, the pieces are delicate and beautiful as they hand perfectly from the ceiling. She is expected to exhibit her collection at this years London Fashion Week and the prestigious Ideal Homes Show in March at London’s Earl Court.

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Perk up and look forward to 17 days of interior heaven!

WITH ALL THIS cold weather and prices of pretty much everything sky rocketing, we need something to look forward too and brighten our spirits. So just for you interior design junkies,you can start getting excited as largest consumer home event returns to London’s Earls Court this March. Continue reading

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Birmingham Interiors Show 2011 lowdown

AS THE UK’s largest trading event, this years Birmingham Interiors Show needed to prove itself after last years poor performance echoed the damaging effect the recession had on the interior industry. It had definitely improved with less pine this year however, I couldn’t help but feel the lack of cutting edge content. Continue reading

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