Hiring an Interior Designer; 10 key questions to ask a designer and yourself.

Attempting something for the first time can be daunting and hiring an Interior Designer is no exception. Knowing if your visions will align, if they are qualified professionals, how long a project takes to complete and most importantly; what is billable - are all are common questions to ask yourself. This weeks journal entry provides inspiration for the types of questions to not only ask your designer but yourself - before hiring.

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Considered choices rather than expensive mistakes; Why you should appoint an Interior Designer

Interior design is a profession, not a hobby. When hiring an interior architect or designer you are embarking on a valuable journey, utilising skilled practitioners who spend dedicated time developing designs and are able to draw upon years of knowledge - with refined technical capabilities and the experience to execute ideas into a reality. This weeks journal entry explores why an aversion to asking for advice leads to expensive mistakes.

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Rachel Usher Follows - Our top 10 interior Instagram accounts to follow

Instagram. It’s an outlet for creativity, filled with inspiration or perhaps even escapism with the power to influence our decisions - designers included. Here’s our top 10 interior instagram accounts to follow for a daily dose of dream worthy design.



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#IBA18; Amara's annual Interior Blog Awards are back - and we're nominated!

Now in its fifth year, Amaras Interior Blog Awards continue to celebrate respected bloggers from across the Industry. This year, we’re proud say that our interior designer journal has been nominated - but we need your help...



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Triennial Bruges; Architectural artworks

Ever since Triennial Bruges inaugural 2015 debut, contemporary architects and artists from across the globe have been invited to the city, commissioned to create experience based constructions which encourage a thought-provoking social atmosphere. This year, with the overarching theme of ‘Liquid society’, Triennial contemplates our rapidly changing world; as established ways of life are under pressure, what does the future hold?

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Sustainable Paint; Where creativity and responsibility unite

You will already be aware of the transforming effects a simple coat of paint can provide to a space. The toxic components used to create many well-known paint products however are generally not acknowledged, causing damaging environmental effects to our planet.  In 2018 ignorance is no longer bliss and so this weeks journal entry explores the importance and benefits of luxury eco-paint; a product that remains creative whilst honouring our environmental responsibility.

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Bespoke design; The power of personalisation

The value within bespoke design is often underestimated. It’s a process commonly associated with kitchens or bathrooms only, a limited view in our opinion which dismisses the true power of personalisation. This weeks journal entry explores how bespoke design can be utilised to create an interactive, personalised art form in any space.

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An indoor jungle that thrives

Keeping plants alive, we know, can be tricky. Whilst greeny offers substantial visual appeal it’s important to remember that plants, like us, are a living being with life sources needed to survive.

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The power of plants; why all people, should be plant-people

Indoor botanicals offer us more than a picturesque aesthetic. We explore why embracing plant-pot-parenthood is not only good for a space’s design but also the body and soul.

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The Simple Life; soothe your senses

In a volatile world our quest for contentment can, at times, feel out of reach. Embracing an ethos of simplicity by acknowledging our needs over our wants, can in many ways counteract this struggle to find peace, soothing the senses for everlasting satisfaction…

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Milan moments; Our highlights from the world’s most influential design week

Each year the eyes of the design world firmly fix on Milans prestigious Salone del Mobile, the busiest design week on the interiors calendar. This year, we headed over to Milans creative districts ourselves, in search of the latest inspiration from the exhibition itself as well pop-ups, installations and more.

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The Coal Office; a holistic experience

Against an industrial backdrop, Tom’s Dixons new HQ, The Coal Office, leads the way as a multi-disciplinary space for innovation in design.

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Light; the power of life and illusion

Light. It’s a natural life source that we simply can’t live without. Even a house made of glass cannot guarantee sunny weather, which is why this weeks journal explores the importance of carefully considered lighting and its power of illusion...

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Successful scents; why you should trust your feelings, not obey the rules

We often underestimate the unique abilities of scent, overlooking their undeniable link to our emotions, feelings and memories. We explore the importance of trusting your feelings, rather than obeying the rules around aromas.

 

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A conscious focus on tactile interiors

Simply looking at something often isn’t enough. Aesthetics are important but our curious nature often directs the most important of all our senses, touch...

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Curating colour for a home that will nourish your soul

Intelligent design harnesses the power of colour, forming a balance between visual-aspirations and nourishment of the soul; for a purposeful, passionate and peaceful life...

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An emotionally considered home

A successful interior scheme enhances the way you experience a space whilst reflecting your individuality. We explore the importance of design that’s emotionally considered.

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