Summer Giving & Visits.

Summer Giving It all starts with ‘what do we give The Teacher?’  The joy of the present is as much for your child when they give the present as it is for the teacher receiving the gift. A small appreciation of a year’s work. Perhaps your child is leaving school. You may need lots…

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Why Employ An Interior Designer?

  Interior Designer = Buying Time With so much choice out there, employing an interior designer is like visiting a one-stop shop that can present and showcase to you all your choices.  The alternative is to spend endless amounts of time researching products, ploughing through different brands and prices.   Interior Designer = Plan…

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LEARN: Accent Colours

Accent Colours For Your Interior Your interiors will never fail with these simple schemes focusing on accent colours. Select an easy base palette of earthy tones or similar colours like whites and beige’s. In the image below, we have started with the wooden flooring and added a soft sofa fabric to create a calm…

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HELP: How Big should Your Coffee Table Be?

Your coffee table is often the centerpiece of your room. Before making your decision, there are many things to take into consideration. A great start in making this all important decision, would be to identify how you and your family and friends are most likely to use the coffee table. This will help a great deal…

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NEW: The Martini Chair

Introducing our new Martini Chair     Available in 11 different colourways, including rich velvets. A modern take on a retro style. Inspired by the classic designs of the 1950’s, the Martini Chair has been re-imagined with contemporary lines and new fabrics to become a modern, timeless design. This Design is available in multiple…

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GUIDE: HOW TO LAY A PERFECT TABLE

Table Setting Creatively packaging your table can have compelling results. A formal table setting doesn’t need untold amounts of pieces to look elegant. Keeping it simple and clean will ensure guests feel comfortable and is much less overwhelming. The basics for your table setting: Forks on the left and Knives on the right. First…

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GUIDE: Transparent Blinds – Privacy From The Street Without Losing Light

Windows should be the centerpiece of your room. However, bare windows can leave you feeling exposed and your Haven should be one of comfort. So how does one retain privacy without sacrificing natural lighting? Fortunately, we have an affordable solution in our Transparent Roller Blinds. Our Blinds are so reasonably priced, you can replace…

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SPOTLIGHT: Perspex Furniture

Perspex Furniture works almost everywhere. Whether your home is contemporary or traditional, perspex furniture works as a wonderful counterbalance to solid furniture. What is this material? Perspex and acrylic are essentially the same thing. It is a poly(methyl methacrylate) with a melting point of 160 degrees and a boiling point of 200 degrees C…

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SPOTLIGHT: Bathrooms

It’s all about the bathroom this week. Across the pond, they say the powder room. We say the cloakroom, the loo, the little boy/girls room. Whatever you call it. There are some essentials you need and it’s so simple to make it practical and pretty. We have some beautiful hand made collections of bathroom…

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SPOTLIGHT: Spring/Summer 2017 Dash & Albert

Dash & Albert Spring is such an exciting time of the year. The design industry is bustling with life and with that comes Dash & Albert’s Spring/Summer Collection. *All images on our Blog are courtesy of Dash & Albert* The Annie Selke company, renowned for it’s durable products. Cater to real-life situations and have…

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OCCASSION: EASTER

  Easter has to be one of our favourite Holidays at Kensington Design, being filled with chocolate and adorable Virginia Casa Pasticceria pieces (as seen above). Easter, a Christian holiday, celebrates the resurrection of Jesus after he was crucified. Many followers of this religion take part in Lent, 40 days of prayer, penance and…

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DESIGN: Organic Shapes – Virginia Casa Organica Selection

If you like perfectly straight lines – look away now! There are no straight lines in nature. Our beautiful hand made Organica bowls with their free flowing shapes have a mesmerising beauty to them. Hand made and hand glazed each plate is slightly different. Mix up the colours to make a really interesting table…

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Design : The First Day of Spring 2017

  Today is officially the first day of Spring. Nature is springing back to life. With the arrival of spring harboring fresh flowers and blue skies it’s time to embrace colour and remove that winter feeling from your haven. It’s time to move away from the grey and start to embrace the fun colours…

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FACT: VEGETABLE, FRUIT OR FLOWER?

The Artichoke is technically a flower bud that has not yet bloomed. If you didn’t grow up eating them, they are almost intimidating. It is a great starter for a dinner party as you all have to get involved as it is such an odd thing to eat. Ancient Greeks and Romans considered Artichokes…

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How To: Seat more people at your dining table

The Dining Room Dilemma We have a family of 4, but want to be able to seat 12 for a dinner party. Is there a solution? Where does one store the additional chairs? Distribute your chairs around the home for different needs and looks. A spare chair could be the perfect addition to a…

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Kensington Design – How many Cushions do i need on my Sofa?

Where to start? Cushions are small but effective details with the ability to completely transform a space. There are no strict guidelines to follow as it is more of an art than science, one will have to rely on their eye and take the time to experiment. Play around with arrangements and what you…

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Valentines Day at Kensington Design

  Valentines Day Each Year, on February 14th we show our affection for one another by buying gifts and enjoying romantic activities. But why? The origins of Valentine’s are very difficult to trace. It is said the roots of Valentines Day lie in the ancient Roman festival of Lupercalia. This was an event dedicated…

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Do Ho Suh – A New Exhibition at the Victoria Miro

Do Ho Suh – Passage/s With beautiful quality, Do Ho Suh creates amazing installations based on interior spaces, exploring the idea of a home and how one constructs a memory of a space. This is portrayed in his fabric structures as their low opacity resembles something close to a memory,  influenced by his peripatetic…

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Cole & Son – New Collection – January 2016 – Ardmore

The Ardmore Collection An exciting new range of wallpaper have been released by Cole & Son exploring the Ardmore Ceramic Art celebrating African traditions and culture. The many designs focus on the magnificent diversity of wildlife and exotic flora, infused with extravagant colourings and pattern. See designs below: Savuti The Savuti is one of…

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How do I make my bed look Interior Designed.

A serene bedroom Your bedroom is one the most important rooms in your home. A bedroom should be serene and tailored to your preferences, constantly reminding you that, You Are Priority. It is important that you feel content and happy in your room in order to sleep well, and we all know the health benefits of…

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What is the perfect dinner party gift?

Dinner Party Gift? A Dinner party means a lovely night and a lot of hard work from the host/hostess, this hospitality should be recognized with a gift. When contemplating a gift, expense shouldn’t matter. Consider the nature of the occasion, whether you have visited before, or just putting effort into a small but sweet…

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Guide on the most durable fabric to use

A fabric can completely rejuvenate a sofa or transform a window, however the huge range of choices can be quite overwhelming. This guide hopes to help you understand differences in fabrics and help find a fabric choice you are satisfied with. Fabric can be divided into 3 clear categories: Natural fibre Natural and Synthetic…

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Return of Cirque du Soleil

“Amaluna will send your spirit soaring and bring your heart to places it’s never been before” Due to overwhelming demand Cirque du Soleil has returned to the Royal Albert Hall. Cirque Du Soleil focuses it’s shows on narratives from which a theme can erupt into colourful costumes, sets and stories. Amaluna, focuses on a…

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The Pantone Colour of the Year – Greenery

Greenery “A refreshing and revitalizing shade, Greenery is symbolic of new beginnings” Pantone, the Colour Institute have released their long awaited Colour of the year! ‘Greenery’ is a fresh and poignant yellow-green shade bursting with life. With 2016 being quite the roller-coaster, Pantone’s colour of the year hopes to provide us with the ‘reassurance…

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