Boutique Hotel with Laid Back Luxury: Alex Hotel, Perth

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The independent boutique ‘Alex’ hotel in Perth, Australia is everything you would want in a hotel – it strikes the perfect balance of  artsy location, hip design, chilled out atmosphere. Located smack bang in the heart of Perth’s Cultural District, close to Perth’s central business district and next to the diverse neighbourhood of Northbridge which is buzzing with independent retailers, cafes, small bars […]

A boutique hotel with color & soul: Halcyon House

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Today we are taking a virtual vacation to the recently revamped 21 room Halcyon House boutique hotel which is located at Cabarita Beach, on the stunning coastline of Northern New South Wales, Australia. Seriously, if this picture doesn’t having you packing your bags immediately it might be time to call the doc! Whilst the view alone will […]

Top 20 Modern Wallpapers for Kids Rooms

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When it comes to choosing wallpaper for kids rooms there is no shortage of choice, but with so many designs to select from it is hard to know where to start. In our round-up of top 20 modern wallpapers for kids rooms you will find nature-inspired Scandinavian designs featuring trees, mountains and feathers as well as herringbone, star, […]

Patterned Tiles: Interior Design Trend

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Move over plain white and beige floor tiles! Today’s floor tile designs feature exciting and bold patterns and are being used in fresh new ways to create stunning interior design schemes. Whether you opt for the traditional encaustic tiles (that have been a staple in Victorian entryways), Moroccan inspired tiles, modern geometric, or other patterned tiles, the key […]

Shopping: Great.ly gifts for her

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Hello friends. We are very excited to announce Design Lovers new online shop with Great.ly which is packed with modern, hand crafted home decor + gifts designed by small business makers and creators from around the globe. You’ll find art, furniture, home accessories, kids decor and gifts, jewelry, bags, paper goods and more. There are many great products to choose […]

Inflatable architecture – Exxopolis Luminarium

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Imagine a giant inflatable structure with a labyrinth of interconnecting tunnels and domes awash with a kaleidoscope of colors. This is ‘Exxopolis’ – the creation of Nottingham based Architects of Air, which is currently being exhibited at the Brisbane Festival. Image Source above: Lamar Francois via Architects of Air. Exxopolis is an impressive size – approximately 10 metres high and 50 […]

Brass Revival – Modern Interiors

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Not since the height of the 70’s have we seen brass so strongly embraced in interior design. Along with its other warm metallic counterparts (copper and bronze), brass is also enjoying a huge revival. Beaten, folded or polished – designers are celebrating it’s luxurious, yet industrial appeal, making everything from chandeliers, pendant lights, tables, dressers, chairs, bath and kitchen fixtures and […]

London Design Festival 2014: Futuristic & Fab

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A London landmark with more than a dozen flying drones overhead; large rotating reflectors displaying distorted views of the Rafael Gallery – The London Design Festival 2014 is set to enthrall all those that attend. With over 300 events and installations across the city (from 13 – 21 September), this is a celebration of creativity and […]

Our week on Pinterest

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We’ve pinned lots more inspirational images this week from homes and gardens all over the planet.  A favourite is this bold and graphic style living room in a 1920s apartment in Sweden (home page and top) photographed by Jonas Ingerstedt.  Come on over to Pinterest and join us – you can find us here or paste www.pinterest.com/thedesignlovers into your browser.  All images below […]

Dwell – new collection 2014

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I’m working on a design for a bespoke built-in wardrobe with dressing table and hunting for a stylish stool that tucks away neatly underneath.  Drum roll for the Button Stool found on Dwell.co.uk for my search is now over!  With crossed walnut legs and a soft faux leather seat pad (see below – top left) […]

Missoni Home Collection 2014

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Launched at Salone del Mobile in Milan, the new collection for Missoni Home screamed flower power, along with black and white stripey or chevron print and a loose patchwork pattern. A diamond-shaped pouf was among my favourites from the new soft furnishing pieces and the Pretoria outdoor fabric sparked an idea for a new outdoor living scheme I’m working on. At […]

Luxury Hotel Sofitel Munich

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At the heart of a Sofitel hotel, is not only French elegance and good design, but a super comfy bed known as MyBed™, an exclusive design for Sofitel.  Providing you with the best nights sleep on the planet is serious business for Sofitel, with their bespoke bed creation installed into every hotel room.  My first […]

Milan Design Week 2014

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Each year, Milan hosts the largest and one of the most important design shows in the world.  From the huge fairground of Salone del Mobile in Rho – just on the outskirts of Milan, to the design districts in the city centre where furniture showrooms and fashion stores pull in the crowds with parties, pop-up exhibitions and attention […]

Colour palette: add zing to an all white scheme

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A lovely white backdrop, oak wood flooring, and a large expanse of glass overlooking the garden was the starting point for this interior scheme.  Working with a zingy palette of yellow, orange and a touch of blue, this room is punctuated with bright pops of colour, retro patterned prints by Orla Kiely and a nod […]

for design lovers – top 20 gifts for the holiday season

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Do you have a design lover in your life?  You know, the ones who are into form and function, up on all the latest trends and are suckers for bit of good packaging design.   They probably spend hours on Pinterest fixated on great architecture and well styled homes.  These design-obsessed folk can be a […]

Modern Global Eclectic Interiors

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From Mexico to Africa, Peru to Java, London to Philippines, Turkey to San Francisco, this week we are lusting over Modern Global Eclectic interiors. Think colorful, ethnic handcrafted furniture and accessories made around the globe by talented local artisans mixed together with your favorite modern pieces. A superb mix; these interiors have real substance and depth to […]

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