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Why you need an interior designer

Do you think interior design is expensive and only reserved for the elite? Well, things have changed and hiring an Interior Designer is more accessible than ever.
So, prices to hire a designer are more affordable than they’ve ever been, but do you really need an interior designer for your home? Well, by hiring a designer you gain access to not only their expertise but their wide knowledge of retailers, suppliers and service providers.
Plus, their expertise means that you’re going to get the room design right the first time around. No returns because the furniture doesn’t fit, no extra purchases of paints because you decided it was the wrong colour after all and not suddenly realising the furniture you’ve chosen doesn’t complement each other.

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

When it comes to decorating your home for Christmas, I would like to make a few suggestions to you based on my many years of interior design experience.
If you’re someone who likes to follow a theme throughout all your decorating at Christmas, the biggest trend that is emerging this year is rustic, homemade looks. We all seem to be very keen on the idea of arts and crafts this year and Christmas is a wonderful time to proudly hang our homemade decorations around the house. If you’re not much of a crafter yourself, but love the look of homemade items, fear not, this too will be another big trend this year. The glamorous decorations will switch to a more subtle, stripped back, country style this year using mostly natural materials. The trendiest pieces will be made from wood, feathers, pine cones and even dried fruit.

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By The Fireside

You don’t have to be a Boy Scout to make a good fire in your fireplace. You just have to use a tried and trusted method.
Let us assume that you’ve had your chimney inspected and cleaned so that there’s no build-up of flammable creosote to worry about and you have taken the old ashes to your compost pile and your fireplace is now clean and ready to begin.
Firstly, look up your chimney to make sure the damper is open. A ‘throat damper’ is located at the bottom of the chimney and will open with a lever. If you have a ‘top damper,’ which is located at the top of the chimney (obviously), then you will be able to open it by pulling a chain or cable.

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