It's time for my favourite pumpkin oriented holiday once again! I love Halloween, a celebration of light and autumn colours and a time to show our creativity by carving lovely lanterns. Of course it's also a time for trick or treating (which we might be a bit old for) and scaring each other to death, but personally I like to stick to candied apples and designing the best pumpkin of the year.

Beige is very warm and natural colour. Beige is like grey, it is very hard to go wrong by choosing it. While other neutrals, like black and white, could make bold statements when it comes to interior design, beige is a better choice if you prefer delicate looks. One of the tricks to decorating with beige and making your space still look interesting is to choose different shades of beige to decorate with. 

William Holland are a British manufacturer of mainly copper or brass baths and wash basins. They offer a great range of products but as you can imagine, these incredible free standing baths are better suited for big bathrooms and traditional styles. This is not a style that we often go for (and I have to say quite often these bath tubs wouldn't even fit inside an average London bathroom) but what drew our attention was the fantastic display by William Holland at Decorex.

The display at Decorex was a fantastic full wall of miniature 'bathtubs' - I suppose they could have been read as basins but with the juxtaposition of these doll size replica baths next to a full sized copper bath created the feeling that these were mini baths, the purpose of which was to display the full range of finishes.

This really got us interested and we have been looking into some copper baths and how they could be used in our designs. Although they do look their best freestanding and therefore really should go into a sizeable bathroom, we feel that there is something quite contemporary about copper when used in the right way. I especially love the second image with the modern tile, atmospheric downlights and modern sink on one side... contrasted strongly with the traditional, aged brick wall and copper tub on the right. Definitely one to keep in mind!

The William Holland Website

Read about the process of making a copper bath

Full-height windows are great, but of course they are more applicable for a new-built building. So if you are building your new house, you can consider this trick to get more light into the property. And especially it will work good with a nice view, as there is simply no point to spend all the money to install an enormous window facing your neighbours' house :)

This season's big print trend is tartan and plaid - earlier this year than usual, plaid tends to be a winter trend but this year we are loving it's return in autumn colours. Greens, browns and oranges are dominating the autumn plaid selection, referencing the great English countryside and heritage style.

Bi-folding doors are deemed trendy in today’s world, and many homes have them. They are a great alternative to traditional patio doors, or French doors which come with many restrictions in terms of movement. A bi-folding door comprises of folding sections that fold to one side of the doorway when opened. This means that the space occupied by the door can be fully opened up. Bi folding doors are suited to large door-spaces and offer great flexibility. When used as external doors, they tend to create the feeling of bringing the outdoors in, since they fold away easily and have large glass panels that create a sense of open space, even when the doors are fully closed.
Bi folding doors are available in quite a range of sizes and colours. As such, you can choose bi-folding doors that match with your floor, furniture, or other features of interior decor. When installed in doorways in your home, they maximise the space hence providing you with the option of open-plan living.

Check out some of these great advantages of installing bi-folding doors in your home:

1. Bi-folding doors are great for achieving that contemporary look
Bi-folding doors combine elegance, art and function, bringing a lot of flair to your home. This is because modern decor embraces simplicity, with an outdoorsy airy feel. Installing bi-folding doors helps achieve this effect instantly, without having to spend a fortune. Bi-folding doors also have very low maintenance costs because they are usually made of glass and (Polyvinyl chloride) PVC. This means that most bi-folding doors do not corrode, fade or rot, and are also fire resistant. Occasional cleaning will keep them looking new, and you may never need to paint or repaint them.

2. Improves the ventilation and lighting of your home
There are many homeowners who are faced with the problem of insufficient ventilation in their homes. This is true, especially in summer, when there are times that it seems to get warmer by the day. Moreover, bi-folding doors offer better airflow to the indoors when fully open. They also let in extra light even when fully closed, which enables you to get an unrestricted view of the outdoors, be it your garden, terrace, or pool. Therefore they help to combine interior and exterior aesthetics.

3. Creates the concertina effect
The living room should be a relaxing place, but that can be hard to achieve if it feels dark or congested, or when you feel the room lacks sufficient space. Bi-folding doors have a significant effect on the amount of space available. They are suitable for small rooms in the house in which you wish to make the most of the recreational space available. They offer a wider range of options in the room furniture arrangement as opposed to traditional doors. Bi-folding doors also enable you to have more space available compared to sliding doors.

4. Energy efficient
In the warmer weather, most homes have many electronics such as air-conditioners, fans, or electric coolers running during the day. Bi-folding doors provide greater aeration hence you save on air conditioning costs by simply opening the doors when it gets too hot and close them when it gets cooler. You can also open a part of the door in the evening depending on the season. Moreover, it is worth noting that the materials used to make these doors are thermal insulated. The insulation is better achieved if you choose to have the doors double glazed. Double glazing also offers good sound insulation, meaning your home’s interior stays quiet, and you won’t need to worry about your neighbour when their music is up loud.

5. You can keep an eye on the kids
Children simply love to play outside, and when they play inside, it can become chaotic. This means that they normally have to be constantly supervised. Bi-folding doors will give your children some kind of independence, since you can allow them to play outside and keep a keen eye on them, especially with the doors are open.

6. Easy to install

Bi-folding doors are generally lighter than traditional doors and are easy to install. As a result, a fairly experienced handyman will have an easy time installing the doors, with little professional help. After installation, one should make sure that the doors can open smoothly without friction. Bi-folding doors often have finger-safe gaskets which are particularly important to those worried about the safety of their children. They are also as sturdy as traditional doors and are very durable. From a mechanical point of view, they are very efficient since they are cantilevered off a number of rows and hinges, as opposed to the traditional ones that feature only one. Also, they are made from light, strong materials, which help to reduce friction and wear that could be caused by a heavy door.

These are just a few of the many benefits of installing bi-folding doors. Have you had bi-folding doors installed? What do you think? Have you found any more advantages that could be added to the list? If so, tell us in the comments below.

Images courtesy of ©Vufold

This article was written by Emma-Jane Swaffield. Mum to two and keen home improvement, interior design and DIY enthusiast who still finds time to write the odd article before “The Next Big Project”.
We are doing some research into a new design at the moment and are flirting with the idea of detailing the floor and shower areas in marble. We are considering custom made marble sinks and bath tops. Although quite expensive when used in large quantities, especially large format tiles and custom items such as the sinks, marble bathrooms have a fantastic, luxury feel to them and the rest of the design does not need to be overpowering as the natural beauty of the marble is enough.

LED-strip is an amazing little thing which can create a really interesting lighting effect. The main secret is - always try to hide the strip itself, so that it would look like light is coming from invisible source. It creates this magical and inspirational atmosphere.

We've been looking for good flat-woven rug suppliers recently and came across Sinclair Till at Decorex this year. We loved the flat woven designs from this company, producing amazing designs and a whole range of custom colours and patterns, different finishes to the edges and so on. We loved the hand made feel of the rugs and the coarseness of the natural materials used, such as wool and hemp. Interestingly, we found out afterwards that they have been in partnership with two of our favourite rug companies - Kasthall and Vandra Rug. No wonder we fell in love with their collection of Swedish-inspired, rag-rug style rugs and beautifully detailed flat woven designs!

From their website:

Founded in 1986, Sinclair Till quickly became known for its unique bespoke Linoleum designs; from simple yet elegant borders through to complex inlays. All designs were hand –cut offering a truly artisan floor. Our ‘standard’ patterns were born though anything could be designed – with or without our expert eye. Creating original floors became a passion that is still alive today.

Whilst still creating beautiful Linoleum floors for their clients Sinclair Till took the original flooring idea to a new medium and began painting sisals. Various designs and commissions were undertaken – beautiful large florals, traditional leaves with acorns and bold stripes. Paints could be mixed to match fabrics or wall-coverings so each rug or fitted carpet was tailor made for the space.

The turn of the millennium saw the expansion of Sinclair Till and the building of what is now our Rug Showroom. This architect designed space is wonderfully calming and the use of glass and steel is industrial yet elegant. We also began our long standing partnership with Kasthall, manufacturers of contemporary Swedish Rugs and Odegard Hand-knotted Rugs in wool, silk and hemp.

Offering an unrivalled selection in innovative and interesting floor coverings, the company moved towards custom-made carpets and rugs – launching the Sinclair Till Collection of flatweave designs.
Sinclair Till remains at the forefront of flooring products and more recently we have forged partnerships with Vandra Rag Rugs and have continued our own product development with contemporary Kilims and Tulu Rugs and are constantly seeking out new designs and techniques. We continue to be as excited and inspired by our products as we know you will be.