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Linda Barker shows us how to pimp out old furniture at the Ideal Home Show

Forget white, cream, cappuccino and definitely magnolia – maximalism is the way forward! Colours, patterns, crafting and home styling are what all the celebs and of course interior designer, Linda Barker are doing.

Grab some vintage scarves, cheap PVA glue, an old  lamp and get styling! Watch how Linda transforms her lifeless lamp which she saved from a charity shop, into an up-to-date quirky home accessory at this years Ideal Home Show.

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Re-vamp tired furniture with Linda Barker’s chic styling tips

The theme of this years Ideal Home Show is eco-friendly and sustainable designs. In keeping with this theme, household name and interior designer Linda Barker shared her styling tips with the public in her how-to seminar at the show.

Linda’s advice was to abolish minimalism, embrace wallpaper and start crafting at home. Up-cycling is the hottest new trend, so check out how Linda transforms a drab white table into an eco-chic work of art.

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Ideal Home Show 2011 picture gallery

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Young Interior Designer sets business flying

Emma Shaw graduated from Nottingham Trent University in 2001 with a degree in Industrial Management. Even though she had a keen interest in soft furnishings from a young age, she didn’t expect to follow this path because of her chosen educational route. But when Emma bought her first house, she decided to make all her own furnishings and this reignited the interior design bug she’d always had.

Wanting to develop her skills and flex her creative fingertips,  Emma enrolled on a soft furnishings Diploma course and has never looked back since. She’s now the proud owner of a soft furnishings business which is thriving and experiencing high demand. She’s recently taken on her first employee and launched a brand new website www.ecclesbourneinteriors.com Emma is an example to many young people wanting to challenge themselves and proof that positive things can come thick and fast if you work hard. Enjoy her interview… Continue reading

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Design of the Day – 3D Butterfly Wall Art by Hip and Clavicle

I came across these beautiful and dainty 3D butterflies in today’s newsletter from Decor8. I just fell in love – what a perfect way to make a room sparkle. Designed by Hip & Clavicle, they come in a variety of colours, shapes and sizes so your spoiled for choice!  They have wall friendly adhesive on the back of each butterfly so you could scatter them in a childs bedroom, hall or the living room or even a wedding –  they are totally versatile. They are available to buy on Etsy.com for roughly £21, and you will find tips and advice of how to create the perfect butterfly collage.

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Want to save money? Start up-cycling

Interior Designer Karen lane loves restoring old and unused furniture, she often looks for second-hand goods to “up-cycle”. With times of austerity upon us, “up-cycling” is becoming the hottest new way of re-decorating without the huge price tag.

Karen gives us some examples of pieces she’s restored and how she went about doing it! So if you fancy re-vamping a room or particular piece of furniture check out Karens tips below and let us know how you got on – send us pictures or a video! Or, if you’d like Karen to sprinkle some of her design magic on your old furniture, you can contact her through her website Autograph Interior Designs.

Mood board created by Kellie Hill
Words and pictures by Karen lane

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Last chance to WIN Ideal Home Show tickets!

You have until midnight on 2nd March 2011 to enter our competition and be in the a chance of WINNING a pair of tickets to the biggest home show event of the year – The Ideal Home show!

All you need to do is tell us:

How long the Ideal Home Show has been running for?


Email your answer, name, email and address to competition@nda.ac.uk

We’ll be announcing the winners on 3rd March 2011 GOOD LUCK!


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Patriotic Pieces for Your Home

Images from: notonthehighstreet.com
Moodboard: thedesignhub

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Design of the day

A Royal occasion

Image source: notonthehighstreet.com

Celebrate your national pride and get in the mood for the most exciting Royal wedding for decades with a pair of stupendous “Pip and Pen” vintage dining chairs by Melanie Porter. Individually knitted and felted, the covers give a sweater look and seem extremely comfy! It takes up to five weeks to knit the covers and restore the chairs back to their natural beauty, and a perfect way to inject character into your home.  You can grab a pair from www.notonthehighstreet.com for £1500.

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Best home buys for Spring/Summer 2011

Get right on trend with this years spring/summers best buys picked by Linda Barker.

The Brass Frette Stool

By Lambok

Linda would use a pair of these as side tables alongside a sofa or as bedside tables. But you can also use them as extra seating for your dinner party’s. Continue reading

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