Monthly Archives:October 2014

Urban design in your home

30 Oct 14
Michelle Gaffaney
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Graffiti isn’t just about tagging and scribbles on the bike shed anymore – the best street art is colourful, inspiring and embodies the spirit of its geographical location. You can commission a brilliant, unique piece that will transform a humdrum space.

From the streets to the home

Big cities like Bristol and Leeds have real street art scenes – whole districts where graffiti is arguably an art form rather than a nuisance. We’d never recommend painting anywhere illegal, but it must be said that the form has come on in leaps and bounds in recent years. Using bricks and mortar as a canvas gives a whole new sense of scale and the impact can be astonishing.

Commissioning urban design in your home

If you’re worried that this will involve trying to approach an artist down a back alley, don’t fret – we can help you find an artist to give you just what you’re after. Maybe you have a dull backyard with an ugly breezeblock wall, or a converted warehouse apartment that would benefit from a huge mural. There is no better way to stamp your mark on your home.

How to choose a design

The options are endless – you could create a portrait of a loved one, produce a modern interpretation of a much-loved landscape or go for something more abstract or muted. The look works best when the rest of the space is fairly muted, for example with plain brick or whitewashed walls. Whatever you’re looking for, we’ll be there to help you through each step of the journey, picking the surface, artist, design and accessories to help you pull off the look with aplomb.

Getting started with spraypaint

Curious about how this could work? Check out some examples – Urban Art have a gallery of great spaces; Houzz has some impressive ideas for graffiti interiors; Apartment Therapy shows off some knock-out ideas for daring decor. Just give us a call on 01706 813777 to discuss how it could work in your home or workplace.



Victorian kitchens

14 Oct 14
Michelle Gaffaney
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Clean, warm and full of shining utensils: a modern take on the Victorian kitchen gives you all the pleasure with none of the toil. We can help you build a period kitchen with style, class and comfort.

If you have a Victorian home and want to make the kitchen the heart of the household, we can help you to create the perfect Victorian kitchen.

Heart and Hearth

If you have the space and the budget, you might want to think about having a traditional range: they keep toasty all night long and provide a real focus for the space. However, for many of us a range is simply not practical. Fear not – they come in gas and electric models too! Take a look at the options from Rangemaster to get you started. If a range is not for you, we can help you to choose a different focal point for your kitchen such as a window or particular area.

A Trusty Table

What’s a kitchen without a kitchen table? There is something exquisitely beautiful about a well-worn table that has seen generations of breakfasts and teatimes. We recommend something solid, in light wood such as oak or pine. Whether you want a vintage bashed-about look or something brand new, the table is an investment that will really transform the space. We could even make you one from reclaimed wood if you want a really rustic look. Victorian Pine has some excellent tables to get you thinking.

Shiny and homely

The secret of combining Victorian kitchens with modern convenience is to go for ornamentation that creates atmosphere, while discretely introducing modern gadgets. Hide dishwashers, washing machines and gadgets behind solid wooden cupboards and draw the eye to classic cooking implements like the copper spoons in the picture. Against a white tiled background, copper is light-catching and gorgeous. Pudding basins and jelly moulds, retro tools and vintage posters will all give your kitchen an authentic feel. This Elle article gives a window into the world of weird and wonderful Victorian kitchen utensils.

Call us today to discuss your kitchen needs!

External cladding: Larch and lime

10 Oct 14
Michelle Gaffaney
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Now the straw walls of our eco-classroom at Castle Hill School have had their first coat of lime render, it’s time for the cladding.

We’re using Scottish-grown larch boards – a durable hardwood which will naturally mature over time to an attractive silvery grey.

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A ‘truth window’, created so that users of and visitors to the building can see the material behind the cladding.

Other parts of the building have been simply rendered using traditional lime, a material often used on straw buildings. Lime is a carbon neutral building material, created by burning limestone. When lime is applied to any surface, the carbon dioxide released during the burning process is re-absorbed as the render dries.

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