Useful links

Blogs

Brabantia Life – Full of great content including interviews with Interior Designers and links to other interior focused insightful sites.

Lovely Clusters -  Relaxing, simple and full of beautiful images.

papernsnitch - A bible of handy decor and DIY tips to make over your home

79 Ideas - A dainty and chic site for design tips, illustrations, DIY, ideas and tutorials.

Nest – Beth provides a collection of guest interviews, the latest trends and interior design news.

Apartment therapy- A great tool for the keen interior designer wanting to branch out and explore more design opportunities. This site is a community of bloggers all contributing and discussion tips, ideas and solutions. Great if you need a little advice.

Zaha Hadid – One of the best known contemporary architects shares her thoughts and updates us on her latest projects. A MUST

Room Envy - Calm, sweet and filled with stunning pictures of the latest interior trends

Autograph Interiors – Karen Lane has studied at The National Design Academy and is now a freelance designer. Her blog offers great tips and advice on various areas of interior design.

Country Days – Written by the editor of Country Homes & Interiors

Life.Style.ect – Created by the people who run Livingect this blog brings you unique and cutting edge designs.

decor8 – Fluffy and packed full of trend info, tips and tricks and bright pics.

Kelly Hoppen – The first lady of British Interior Design lets you inside her world of modern chic

Cannelle et Vanille – Award winning delicate food and life blog with stunning photography

Denton Drapes – Penny Bruce studied Curtain making and soft furnishings through the NDA and is now the Director of her thriving drapes and blinds business

The Brides Cafe – A bride to be dream blog exposing beautiful artists, wedding vendors and so much more.#

ADP Interiors – Set up by Interior Designer Andrew Dunning, this blog has articles on design trends, marketing and business advice, as well as design tips. He is also the UK ambassador for the Twitter forum #IntDesignerchat

Courses & Hobbies

The National Design Academy

Specialising in distance learning interior design courses, The National Design academy is a well-kept secret based in Nottingham. Established for over 23 years, they offer courses from diploma to degree level for anyone wanting to improve their skills and employability.  Accredited by Staffordshire University and BIID, the NDA offers great support with tutors available by e-mail and phone to help.

Limperts Design Academy

Another institution which offers a range of interior design courses that you can do at your own pace, at home. They also offer image & fashion styling, landscape & garden design courses, project management and more.

Designers

Orla Kiely – Famous for her colourful and retro tree stem print, she now designs clothing, accessories and stationary on top of her distinctive trademark prints.

Candy & Candy -These two brothers have built an extremely succesful business designing for the rich and famous. They’re  top dogs in the interior design world.

Cath Kidston- renowned for her flower prints and cottage chic furniture

SICIS – Italian firm creating quirky and original furniture and mosaic art. These guys created the Stiletto Shoe Bath! Have a look at their website it’s quite something.

Lazerian – Manchester born designer-maker Liam Hopkins creates objects through playful investigation of materials and processes.

Bouncepad – Created by Tom Ball Hatchet this fun and flexible device allow you to be more interactive in the workplace or at home.

Sarah Turner – Specialises in eco-friendly art and design. Her recycled lamps and lights are a must see!

MLT - Lighting specialists for events, visual merchandising, exhibition stands and more

Stamp Rugs – A collection of cult Royal Mail stamp rugs

The New English- A collection of fine ceramics with a modern and unique twist

Steven Shell – A collection of chic and country style furniture

Zoe Murphy - After graduating from Loughborough University with a 1st in Textile Design, Zoe creates refurbished furniture designs inspired by the seaside of her home town Margate. Her pieces are a hybrid of colour, texture and retro chic.

20age British and Brazilian duo Emma Phelps and Mauricio Varlotta combine their talents to create magnificent brightly coloured furniture from vintage pieces.

Bold Britannia – Award winning interior designer Kimberly Moore shows off her fantastic creative talents with project ranging from exhibition design to residential and commercial.

Magazines

Your Home – offers money saving tips, ideas, affordable decoration and design for the home. A great reference if you have a tight budget.

Period Ideas – If you want to achieve the classic or heritage look period ideas is a great tool for ideas and looks.

Good Homes – Explains the current trends of the season, handy tips, advice and relevent features.

Homes & Antiques - Full of beautiful vintage pieces and features, sported with advice on all kinds of antiques and the latest trends.

25 Beautiful Homes – Looks at period and country design. Features higher – end products and focuses on quality.

Ideal Home - Great tips and feature stories giving advice on the latest trends, products and looks. An all round good tool to use.

Good Housekeeping – Gives tips and advice on home furnishings and design, but also focuses on food, health and home products.

Websites

Peony Rose - Luxury bespoke soft furnishings company set up by a former National Design Academy Student

This ain’t no disco – Funky and stylish office design features

Wallpaper – a great website showing off quirky and original designs. It focuses more on the art side of interiors but has some amazing photography depicting one-off pieces.

Dezeen – bringing you the latest design news.

Frame – Leading trade online and print magazine about interiors and architecture

Plan My Room – a great tool to enable you to plan and design a room

House Beautiful – Give you home decorating tips and ideas. Really simple to use and has great features.

Channel 4 Homes - Packed with information about everything to do with interior design and property. You can keep up to date with the latest trends, tips and advice, video’s, articles and television shows.

House to Home – Perfect for keeping up to date with the latest interiors news, events, blogs and more!

Not on the High Street -You’ll spend many hours and pounds sifting through the collection of exclusive interiors and gifts on this site!

MyDeco -  A fantastic website for novice designers. MyDeco has a program where you can design your own mood boards, floor plans and 3D rooms which you can save and use as portfolio work!

New Designers – This is a fantastic event held in London celebrating the newest designers on the block and showcasing their cutting edge designs.

Tent - Another brilliant event held in London which boast the best forward thinking designers in the country.

Brighton POD  – This site is packed to brim with quirky and original designs from the freshest designers on the block. You can contact designers directly and have a 14 day money back guarantee! WIN WIN!

Green Design Guide – Created by Architect and “Jack of all trades” Mark Robert Johnson, this online paper is a fantastic source for finding articles, videos, features and tweets surrounding green living. If you articles good enough you could be picked up and feature yourself!

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