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ELLE Decoration (UK) - - Global Design -

Mix vin­tage with be­spoke to cre­ate char­ac­ter. There’s an abun­dance of good vin­tage shops in big cities and, of course, loads on­line. In­vest in qual­ity items that will last for years with­out go­ing out of fash­ion. One of our most im­por­tant prin­ci­ples is to avoid

trends. A good in­te­rior should be time­less, and the best are filled with things that have mean­ing to their owner. Don’t worry about match­ing. A nat­u­ral style will emerge over time, and the space will ex­ude con­fi­dence. Redec­o­ra­tion can hap­pen of­ten. It can be a small re­fresh or a re­fine­ment rather than a rev­o­lu­tion.

Avoid de­signer light­ing in favour of some­thing sim­ple and un­der­stated that cre­ates a sub­tle wash of il­lu­mi­na­tion through­out your home. In our in­te­ri­ors, noth­ing ever be­comes so much of a fo­cal point that it de­tracts from the rest of the space.

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