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Plain, Simple, Useful

Here at Concept Interior we have purchased Terence Conran’s Plan, Simple, Useful – the Essence of Conran. With various showrooms in and around London his great advice is perfect for any London Interior designers.

“The Pace of modern lift, with all its jolting distraction, increasingly means that the home must provide a solid, restorative framework for everyday life. First and foremost, that means it must serve the activities that take place within in its walls”.

Plain means materials that speak for themselves, uncluttered form, and an absence that is designed to obscure rather than enhance. Simple implies both ease of operation and a direct connection with the type of elemental pleasures that we go away on holiday to experience – the sun streaming through the windows, for example, the texture of a rug underfoot, or basic peace and quiet. Useful means true practicality, rather than gadgets and appliances whose plethora of functions invents problems to solve. Equally, it is a chair that is the right height and a bed provides the optimum degree of support.

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The Queen of Serene

She’s back on our blog again; we really can’t get enough of Rose Uniacke this number one London interior designer, Rose Uniacke is ” The Queen of Serene”.  This time she’s has had a superb write up in Style magazine with glorious photos of her family home in Pimlico, London.

Rose Uniacke quotes “I hope my style is Warm. I don’t think it’s minimal, I hope it’s more welcoming than that”.  We couldn’t agree more with our fellow Interior designer she has created a great blend using classic pieces without overwhelming the space.

The house has a dramatic staircase made from beautiful Portland stone in the Entrance hall which is based on a Victorian design. It has replaced the mock Tudor stairs that were in the house when bought it in 2007. The painting on the landing is by Californian artist John Baldessari.

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Shortlist for Interior Design Today

Concept Interior and other London Interior Designers have been spoilt already this year with the May Design Series, centered in Clerkenwell in London. This collective shortlist from the Interior Design Today magazine has opened our eyes here at Concept Interior as every design showcases elegance and beauty but does not fall short of functionality.

Space Odyssey, is the name created by Jan Lath for the rather unique space themed rug. Inspired from pictures taken from the Hubble telescope, these high definition carpets are more that miraculous. It took Jan Lath and her small group of weavers over 15 years to create and make these rugs. The impressive gas clouds use up to 60 different colours of thread and the Chinese silk and Tibetan highland wools are all handmade to provide the subtle variations needed to produce this universe and its distinct patterns. Artisan Design company’s such as Front, really do give interior designers in London the opportunity to seek out stunning and individual pieces to give their projects an edge.

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Concept Interior in Interior Design Today

At Concept Interior we are delighted to announce that a picture of our work is featuring in the September edition of Interior Design Today.

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Illuminating Trends…

The days of the hot filament bulb are over and here at Concept we are open to any contenders. As energy prices soar we can no longer environmentally or economically keep our house lit with 40% efficiency bulbs. British designers have taken this challenge on and here are some of our favorites.

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RIBA Stirling Shortlist 2014

The RIBA Stirling Shortlist 2014 has been announced and features the Aquatics centre in London which  is nothing more than architects dream, made into reality. Concept interior love the organic shapes and on a hot day like today would love to take a dip.

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Christian Liaigre’s Luxury Holiday Home…

As we reach the peek of summer everyone at Concept Interior has been very excited to see our favourite designer Christian Liagre’s latest offering – a stunning holiday home in St Barts. With passports at the ready we’d love to visit and take inspiration from this master of design whilst of course sipping cocktails on his private beach!

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Home Win!

We’ve just been reading about how our favourite interior designer Rose Uniacke has been commissioned for a £5 million refurbishment for The Beckham’s family home.

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Victoria and Albert – Prepare to say ‘I do’ …….

Plans are afoot in the Concept Interior offices as Kelly and I plan our weddings. Imagine our excitement when we discovered our favourite museum, the V&A in Kensington, London is currently hosting an exhibition of Wedding dresses.

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Making Colour

The National Gallery in London has a new exhibition. ‘ Making Colour ’ runs from June to September, it is the first exhibition of its kind as it invites you on an artistic and scientific voyage of discovery, so a treat for the mind as well as the eyes!

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Anthropologie store now open in Bath

Guaranteed to be jam packed with yummy home wares and gorgeous clothes, the windows have offered an exciting  sneak peak of what’s to come! Bursting with summer styles and festival vibes we have literally been champing at the bit to step inside… but the wait is now over!

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Paper Porcelain

Paper is made by pressing together moist fibres, typically cellulose pulp that comes from wood, rags or grasses which are then dried into flexible sheets.

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Concept Interior – Why we love working in London

The number of projects we have in London is on the up and we couldn’t be happier!

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Green is the colour

Our friends at Chew Valley Trees spent all day yesterday in the sun filming with the BBC for Gardeners World. They are due to exhibit at the upcoming RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show which runs from the 8th until the 13th of July.

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Q&A with Parisian Design Studio – Atelier Zina de Plagny

ATELIER ZINA DE PLAGNY is a design studio working with and for fashion and decoration companies.

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Christian Liaigre

Christian Liaigre is my absolute favourite designer, I love the man!

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Looking for an interior designer in Knightsbridge?

Look no further!

For the last two days Claire has been knocking about in Knightsbridge.

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We love new designers!

Here at Concept Interior finding out about new, good people and great products is so exciting!

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Designers Festival of Dreams!

Yesterday the Concept Interior team managed to catch the end of the fifth edition of Clerkenwell Design Week.

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DISCOVER DECOREX; A WORLD OF LUXURY DESIGN

The Concept Interior Team’s diary is filling up! Decorex International is being held over four days in September and it’s an event we cannot afford to miss.

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Come Dine With Me!

When a Come Dine With Me! flyer landed on the Concept Interior doorstep this morning I was so excited! Not being one to shy away from a competition… especially one that involves food – I promptly signed up to the Bristol/Bath leg of the show.

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I can always rely on Surface view to serve me up a visual feast each morning, coming into the office to find today’s newsletter featuring Trunk Archive, I was not disappointed.

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Today Claire returned for another whirlwind couple of days sourcing in London. Somehow she managed to fit in a quick look around the V&A where she sampled some works by Simon Carroll.

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So much to see!

With less than a week to go before Clerkenwell Design Week kicks off, excitement is building in the Concept Interior office!

For today’s blog I thought I’d put some of those exhibiting under the microscope.

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I’ve been getting to grips with Twitter this week and was excited to find a tweet from reclaimed tile company, Bert and May.

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Weekend trip to the big smoke

The Concept Interior Monday Morning Meeting was today overshadowed by Claire’s excitement and haste to report back on her jaunt to the Collect Exhibition, held this weekend at the Saatchi Gallery in London.

She said her eyes have been opened!

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Collect 2014: The International Art Fair for Contemporary Objects

This weekend Saatchi Gallery plays host to the one of the most inspiring and innovative exhibitions to hit London.

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Chelsea Flower Power!

Work is underway in London as the green fingered and horticulturalally gifted prepare for one of the biggest events of the summer.

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Bath In Fashion Week

If you’re a budding blogger or a fledgling fashionista, this week Bath is the place to be.

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A little bit of rough

Today the Concept team are brain storming for a new project in London and we just love the rustic look!

Filled with character and charm these rustic dining tables are the epitome of laid back luxury.

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Date in the diary

Clerkenwell is an edgy part of London’s east end where many of the design showrooms, architects and design professionals hang their hats.

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Battersea Bound

Three times a year Battersea Evolution opens its doors to retail buyers, interior designers and private customers seeking the unique and the unusual. Concept Interiors have had a very busy start to the year and I am really looking forward to catching up with all our favorite suppliers and dealers at the Spring Decorative Antiques Fair.

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May Design Series 2014

The May Design Series is set to become the UK’s definitive international furnishings fair.

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Calling all budding Designers!

Due to a couple of new project commissions we are looking for a Junior Designer / CAD Technician to join our growing, vibrant and busy practice to assist the Design Team with our busy workload.

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New London commission!

Concept Interior is thrilled to announce our latest commission in Putney, London!

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Finger on the pulse

Concept Interior let design director Claire Collins  out and about this week to source antiques, vintage pieces and new contemporary designs for our current projects.

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The perfect finishing touch

When we start to specify fabrics for our new projects one of the first stops for Concept Interior is the de Le Cuona showroom on Walton Street, London.

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Liz Cox what a Brit….

Claire Collins of Concept Interior bumped into an old friend in Bath today…… none other than Liz Cox bag designer, whilst preparing for a wonderful evening at the Brit awards in London Liz filled us in on her special night and being the official goodie bag supplier for the Brit Awards.

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How long is a piece of string?

Concept Interior is always looking for new, stylish and clever storage for both our Residential and Commercial Interior Design projects and this time we may have struck gold!

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Light on a dark day

We designers at Concept Interior have been specifying Porta Romana’s beautiful silk shades on many of our past projects but we were blown away last week when we visited the showroom at Chelsea Harbour, London!

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Inspiration at every turn ….

It’s been a busy week at Concept Interior as we all headed to Chelsea Design Centre, London to seek inspiration for our latest projects.

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Snuggle Up On Valentine’s!

Happy Valentines Day everyone, from the teams at Concept Interior London and Bath!

With some of the worst weather we have ever seen every one at Concept Interior is looking forward to snuggling up with our loved ones this weekend and where better to start than in front of a roaring fire.

 

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The Gene Home Project

There’s something extraordinary happening at Chatsworth. In the 20 metre long North Sketch Gallery, columns of DNA are appearing, protruding from the wall. It’s a family portrait, but like none you’ve seen before.

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Tetbury’s hidden treasure

This enticing Tetbury studio and shop is a visual tapestry of vibrant paintings, beautiful floral arrangements, architectural pots and antique furniture.

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Concept is recruiting ….

We are looking for a Business & Administration Manager to join our growing, vibrant and busy practice to help manage our projects and the office in Bath.

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Creating a Warm Glow

The new trend in Interiors which is hitting all our favourite shops in London is the use of Copper and Glass.

Go for the ultimate glow factor with these glossy materials. Together, they create a moody look with infused drama.

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On the look out

Concept Interior is heading into London this week on the look out for beautiful pieces which we can use in our exciting new projects.

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Just Plain English

When looking for kitchen and joinery inspiration one of our first stops is Plain English, creator of serene and meticulously detailed custom kitchens, with a presence in London, Suffolk, and Gloucestershire.

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Va Va Broom

Lee Broom has done what only most product designers dream of…. he has launched his very own standalone store in London. In just 6 years his rock-glam brand is elevating him into the realms of international stardom.

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5 more sleeps to go………

With Christmas almost upon us, it’s always the way………

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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

Wishing you all a wonderful time over the festive period.

We look forward to seeing you all again in 2014.

From us all in the London and Bath offices.

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Bring your surfaces to life in London….

We are sure you will be aware of all the upcoming 2014 shows in London, most exhibit furniture, lighting and fabric but this time, let’s talk surfaces!

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The most delightful retreat just 2 hours from London…..

If you love the country side, wood fires, charming and exquisite relaxing interiors, a weekend at The Dormy House in Worcestershire is a must!

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Lets Play…!

If we could go back in time, we all would probably choose our youth.

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Oulala Paris nous voila!

Design is an international word when it comes to furniture, lighting and space.

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London Calling………….

“What’s new in 2014?”.

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The Rug Company – London

With a new collection by world renowned designer Alexander McQueen, the rug company in London is the place to go for luxury floor coverings.

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7 Wonders ….7 Gods!

7Gods are a British lighting design agency based in London who have been creating innovative work for a variety of clients on a national and international basis since 2000.

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Concept Interior Go All Out For 100% Design!

We are off to explore who’s new in the zoo this year and who’s showcasing that ground breaking creative flair!

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A Manor Born With Personality!

We are proud to announce one of our latest projects.

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Contemporary Designers to Contemporary Artists!!

The team at Concept Interior enjoyed a fabulous afternoon at a superb gallery exhibiting paintings from the Royal Private Collection: Rembrandt and his Contemporaries.

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Thinking outside the wardrobe……

On a couple of our current projects we find ourselves with the age old challenge of limited storage space! Not unusual in the field of interior design, but there is always a solution!

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Concreations!!

Polished concrete gives a unique feel of bespoke individuality unlike other materials more widely used today.

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Not…your common garden variety!

Your garden…..a wonderful space to eat, drink, enjoy the view or just everyday living during the hot weather!

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Concept to Cornwall

Some of our design team are thrilled to be spending a lot more time in the seaside holiday resort of St Ives, Cornwall. Concept Interior design is underway on a vast property overlooking the shores of the Celtic coastline.

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Gone to Pot!

One of the places we love to visit is the home of Contemporary Ceramics, the leading studio ceramics gallery in London’s West End, where an ever changing spectrum of members work is always on display and available for sale.

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Summer Project

Concept Interior is delighted to announce their new project in our home city of Bath.

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FCUK……Gorgeous Shelves!

Concept Interior just love the design of these beautiful shelves. A design company born of a desire to be original, distinctive, accessible and personality!

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It begins with the image….. The only limit is your imagination…. Their website is your playground!

Surface View is really quite simple, yet so clever producing stunning results!

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Dream Bathroom

Following on from “Dream Kitchen – Homes & Gardens May 2013” the story continues with “Dream Bathroom – Homes & Gardens June 2013”. Claire Collins, Founder and Director of Concept Interior combines structured lines and natural finishes to create restrained elegance in the vaulted manor-house space.

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The Writing is on the Wall……

There’s no denying it, chalkboards are everywhere in interior design these days.

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Don’t you just love these……?

We have used Marnie Moyle’s’ beautiful creations in a number of our projects. Each year she adds new products to her collection, which are not only simply classical in design but also grow and change throughout the years because of the inherent qualities of the material used – Green Oak.

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Through The Looking Glass….

Someone we have come to admire not only for her incredible work, but more importantly the fact that a lot of her inspiration is channelled through her love of plants and gardens.

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Stylish Workplaces

The digital age has dramatically changed the relationship between our home and working lives. But while styles may change, the fundamental  requirements of workspace design remain the same.

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RHS Chelsea flower show 2013

Here at concept we have been keeping up with the beautiful gardens and flowers at the Chelsea flower show.

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Roll out that red carpet…?

After having just had the pleasure in visiting the Interiors LDN exhibition, and before heading home I took a wander to some of my favourite haunts and was more than impressed with the one of the starring window displays in Harrods.

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Opus Wall Light

Take a look at our favourite exhibition stand at INTERIORS LDN

Cox London’s stand was dynamic and elegant our favourite product was the new Opus wall light.

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Date for the diary

After 3 extremely successful years, Clerkenwell Design Week has established itself as the UK’s leading independent design festival and one of the most acclaimed trade events on the international design calendar.

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Stepping out for Summer

RHS Chelsea Flower Show starts next week and here at Concept Interior we have been getting green fingered as we work alongside a Bath based garden designer to develop a beautiful new garden for one of our local projects.

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Who’s Watching Who these days?

So finally the face behind Concept Interior. A mindful insight into the life and career behind the inspiration that has made Concept Interior into what it stands for today.

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Among the Ruins

Take a look at this great building after centuries of neglect and being gutted by a fire, Astley Castle in Warwickshire now offers comfortable living in a modern structure sympathetically inserted inside the medieval Tudor shell.

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“Moody Blues”

Blue is the new black!

As you’ll see from our website homepage and Concept Interior re-brand of 2013 we are fanatical about the colour blue. It’s a great statement colour the appeals to the human eye and is bang on trend for this spring/summer.

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‘Mouvements de Femmes by Norman Parkinson, Curated by Roland Mouret’

Here at Concept interior we take a lot of our inspiration from the 1930’s with its undeniable elegance and great style. We are also very lucky to be based in the historic city of Bath where we are exposed to many great museums, exhibition’s and shows.

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USM Glass Haller Display

These systems are a great way to display Art, the modular system is timeless and is a great tailor- made solution that can be expanded or reconfigured at any time bringing individual versatility and creativity to any space.

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Great Crates….Great Rooms!

We just love these fabulous crates, something so simple and yet so beautiful, effective and above all practical.

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Take a look….

We are currently gathering inspiration for a local Stable conversion.

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Easy Elegance by H&G Living Beautifully

We are so pleased of the accolade from House & Garden, the best in International Design & Decoration that they just love our kitchen design  http://hglivingbeautifully.

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The Transformation Begins

Take a look at the before shots of one of our current projects.

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Traditional meets Modern……

Having just engaged in a new project, Concept Interior are refurbishing 3 rooms in a beautiful country pile in Wiltshire. We are incorporating an eclectic mix where the traditional palette meets the modern. Designers Guild and de Le Cuona fabrics are being used to exquisitely dress the rooms and the mood board gives you some of the ideas we are throwing around!!

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Back to the 1920′s!

A beautiful alternative to that old chest of drawers…..

Discovered in Alfie’s market, Church Street, London this fabulous 1920′s glass cabinet makes a complete shift from the mundane chest of drawers to a beautiful antique timeless piece of furniture and is just perfect for any bedroom, or if you are lucky enough…. a dressing room!

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Designer Claire Collins uses bespoke fittings and an elegant palette to breathe new life into a neglected Oxfordshire manor house.

Homes & Gardens – May 2013

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Not Just Interior Designers

A fabulous article about Concept Interior in Bath’s leading lifestyle magazine – Bath Life – March 2013 Edition – Easter Chic!

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Proud to be Award Winners!!!!

Would like to thank the team at Clothier Jones for announcing us Winners, a fine accolade of which we are very proud and honoured.

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Our Latest Commission……

Concept Interior are heading back to Cheltenham, recently commissioned on a very exciting project in the beautiful Spa town, working with a family on their new extension to a stunning Georgian town house.

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New Website

We have a new website…

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Andrew McConnell Staircase

This staircase concept by Canadian architect Andrew McConnell is based on a whale’s backbone.

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