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Interior Design advice from Bradley Viljoen: Bathroom Basics

Have you walked into a bathroom with washbag and towel, desperately looking for a spare surface, or hook upon which to hang discarded clothes? I know I have. I have also banged my head countless times on those glass shelves placed precariously over a washbasin. A bathroom can be one of the trickiest spaces to design. For a room that has an ostensibly simple purpose, the considerations and compromises can be enormous. Our temptation is to rush to style the room but, before doing so, we must first consider the basic requirements that need to be met to achieve a design that is both practical and comfortable. These basics may seem obvious but, from experience, are often overlooked. Toilets must flush well. I don’t think I need to expand on this point but so often they do not, and it is intensely annoying. Towel rails, preferably heated, need to be large enough to accommodate the maximum number of towels likely to be in use. Damp towels hanging over doors or steaming on radiators is never …

Interior Design advice from Bradley Viljoen: Picture Hanging

I find I am often called in by clients to give advice on how best to display pictures they have accumulated over the years. Some paintings have already found a place in the home but others, whether acquired through inheritance, or bought in a short-lived moment of excitement, have been left sleeping in dusty lofts or hidden corners awaiting their moment to shine. When buying pictures my philosophy is always to buy what you love. Placing pictures, however, is a skill, as too is the job of picture hanging. Common mistakes are hanging artwork too high so one must crane one’s neck to see it or having too many similar sized pictures. I am always minded by my client’s own design aesthetic, be it a love of symmetry or asymmetry, formal or relaxed, full or spartan. Whatever your preference, here are my 8 top tips to create an interesting scheme: Mounting – the cheapest and most uninteresting pictures can be made exceptional by a variety of well-chosen frames (think Gesso, distressed, hand-painted, lacquered, or gilt …

102 Interiors Ltd of London Awarded Best Of Houzz 2016

Over 35 Million Monthly Unique Users Nominated Best Home Building, Renovating and Design Professionals in the UK and Around the World. 102 Interiors Ltd of East Dulwich has won “Best Of Customer Service” on Houzz®, the leading platform for home renovation and design. The 4 year old Kitchen Design & Build Company was chosen by the more than 35 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, renovating and design industry professionals. The Best Of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2015. A “Best Of Houzz 2016” badge will appear on winners’ Houzz profiles, as a sign of their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz. Kate Imam from 102 Interiors said “We are truly delighted that the Houzz community voted for us, customer service in the …

Midcentury Modern Furniture Sale

Over 80 top midcentury dealers and contemporary designers come out in force to sell their vintage collectables and modern treasures at this celebrated show in association with Elle Decoration. Featuring classics of British, American and Scandinavian 20th Century design from Eames to Day and stunning, contemporary pieces from hot, new British designers. “The Midcentury Modern Show at Dulwich College is design heaven for me.” Orla Keily “This show could cause design lovers a cardiac arrest.” Grand Designs ‘TOP 50 Interiors shop’ STELLA magazine Admission Entrance £10 (cash or cheque on the door). Children under 14 free.  Advance tickets £9 online only. Entry from 10am.
Paypal receipt is your e-ticket. Please show your receipt at reception. 10am – 4pm at Dulwich College, London, SE21 7LD.  www.modernshows.com