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Sick of how your flat looks? Move a couple of walls in minutes. No problem.

Renting can be a nightmare if you’re the creative type who wants to make a flat a home but don’t have permission to paint let alone knock a few walls out. It can be very frustrating,  I was once told that if I wanted to put a mirror up I’d have to write to the letting agency and owner for the go ahead.

And as buying a house is near impossible nowadays, renting a small apartment is the only option for many young professionals who have to make do with either a basement dungeon or first floor studio inclusive of kitchen, shower and loo in the bedroom.

This can all change with the brilliant invention from young Interior Designer Henry Parker. Having recently graduated from De Montfort University in Leicester, I met  Henry at this years New Designers event in London. He has cleverly created a flexible apartment which can be changed to suit any person’s lifestyle.

Named the Adaptaflat, this revolutionary apartment consists of various maneuverable walls that are connected to tracks on the ceiling. So in effect, when you get bored of the layout or need to make some space for the family popping over, you can jig a few walls around and Bob’s your uncle!

The living spaces are the same size as an average two bedroom apartment and the walls can be clamped down to avoid any mis-haps. Listen to Henry’s interview with The Design Hub to find out more!

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Design of the Day – Inject some life into a room with these funky 3D cushions

Rebecca Barton’s cushions instantly caught my eye with their bright array of colours and 3D like designs. What’s even more attractive about Rebecca’s pieces is they’re all bespoke and made to order from a small studio in Kent, using fabrics based in England and based on a strong ethical ethos.You can even specify colours, size and delivery time if you wish!

All the cushions are made from quality natural materials such as linen, silk, wool felt and cotton. There are different styles that you can choose from (which would look fab in any room),  from contemporary and floral, to plain and wood grain, you’re spoiled for choice.

As a mum of three I don’t know how she fits in the time to create such wonderful cushions. If you’re as much in love with Rebecca’s designs as I am, you can order from her website www.cushlab.co.uk or through Brighton POD, (which I’m addicted too!)

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Hampton Court Palace looks utterly beautiful in spring

This was my first ever visit to Henry’s Hampton Court Palace and I was taken back by firstly the sheer scale of the place – 7 acres of roof tiling! Then the magnificent architecture and masonry and finally the beauty of the interiors, especially the Great Hall – wow!

We were fortunate enough that the rain held off which meant we could fully enjoy actors playing Henry VIII and his wife Anne Boleyn, addressing visitors in the courtyard and generally causing havoc! I even got the chance to have a quick snap with one of the gate keeper guards who addressed me as “mi lady”!

The Great Hall was simply breathtaking and of course that was its role, to impress and wow guests who arrived at the palace and knew that King Henry meant business! The tapestries on the wall were made from the finest silks and luxury materials which depicted the King as an important religious figure as he’d formed his own church.

Everything was decorated to the extreme from walls painted head to toe, lavish beds and huge great hallways, Henry VIII kitted out his palace in style! Hampton court is designed around the enfilade style which was used to establish people’s social status. The corridors are long and run the length of the building, numerous doors split the corridor to make rooms and the more doors a person gained access to, the more important they were. The aim was to get to the Cabinet at the end of the building.

Below is the great fire the cooking staff used to roast animals. The picture to the right is the ceiling in one of the main halls which has a huge chandelier suspended from the roof. My neck started to ache from staring up for so long, it was fascinating.

The room below was another of my favorite in the palace because of the gold ceiling and the powerful paintings which stretched the whole width of the room. This room I believe was a place of worship and reflection and had a compact secret door in the left corner which was very intriguing! Hampton Court Palace is a must for everyone and this wont be my last visit, I intend to return with a picnic basket in one hand and a fork in the other!

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Design of the Day – Tide Chandelier by Stuart Haygarth

Lancashire born designer and photographer, Stuart Haygarth, produced this magnificent light created from debris washed up on the Kent coast in 2004. The appropriately named “Tide Chandelier“, is compiled of clear and plastic objects measuring almost 5 feet in diameter, only ten were made.

The objects hang on monofilament line held by ‘split shot’ from a 1.5 metre square MDF platform above! This piece is so beautiful and  innovative,  the way each item is organised to depict a moon like sphere instantly captures my imagination and im sure that of everyone who see’s it.

If you love this piece as much as I do you must check out his website and other creations, they’re spectacular.

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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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Ideal Home Show competition winners

Congratulations to the ten winners of the Ideal Home Show 2011 competition. Your tickets are in the pigeon-hole ready to be sent off.

thedesignhub would love to see how much you enjoyed the event so send us a picture of yourselves to pr2@nda.ac.uk so we can  feature you on the blog!

We’d like to thank everyone who took time to enter the competition and hope to see you at the event!


Drawing the first winner

…the suspense is killing me!

Congratulations! Karen Gardham from Brighton – you’re our first winner!

The 9 other lucky  winners are:

Maggie Volland from Peterborough

Alison Avis from East Sussex

Emma Heath from St Albans

Andrea Middleton from Telford

Patricia Owen from Walsall

Denise Soos from Eltham

Sue Scott from Surrey

Carmel Thornton from Wolverhampton

Claire Woods from Norwich

Well done everyone!

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