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PROPERTY & INTERIOR DESIGN

INTERIOR DESIGN TRENDS: 2009-2010 To start of our new Interior Design section, we invited Eliska Sapera (www.eliskadesign.com) to share her expertise with us for sprucing up our interiors. Here she gives us her top tips…

Don’t overfill a room with objects, instead source truly unique pieces that act as the focal point and give a room character. Remember that quality and craftsmanship are paramount: * A bedroom with just an Art Deco inspired dressing table and a bed - the drama is in the dressing table, and the pieces on it, the simplicity in the bed.

“There’s been a definitive shift in the design scene – a very real and emotional response to the current economic environment. It’s a proven fact – as true today as in past periods of crises – that in troubled times our instinct is to cocoon and nest: the home becomes our sanctuary. It is the place to regain our sense of well-being and peace. This, in turn, is having a huge affect on the way our homes are being decorated and designed. Gone are the minimalist and rather stark trends of the boom years and in their place is something much more accessible, warm and timeless. The new look is one that anyone can achieve, they just need to adhere to a few basic rules. Here are my top tips: An uncluttered room is still paramount, but warmth needs to be added to it, with small, personal touches: * Mix bold tapestry and vibrant print cushions. * Use unusually shaped or coloured tableware. * Hand-blown glassware, with a dash of colour, for a unique touch. * Cashmere throws are a perennial for design, but be liberal in their use – they are perfect for draping over sofas and chairs and for snuggling up into.

Don’t be afraid to mix the old with the new for an unusual, yet complementary and timeless look: * Combine a contemporary sofa upholstered in shagreen print leather with a 17th Century portrait. * Combine quirky antique silver with contemporary tableware. * Antique furniture works well with contemporary art or large, modern framed photographs. * Classic shaped furniture, e.g. a console table, covered in an unexpected material such as warm, tactile leather.

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