Contrary to popular belief, the Greeks do not spend the majority of their time dancing around an island singing to ABBA, though it would be wonderful if we could live in a Mamma Mia dreamland at all times. Not least because of the frills and the lycra and the platforms. The release of the hotly anticipated "Mamma Mia!: Here We Go Again" has got us dreaming of the crystal blue Greek seas, the delicious seafood, and the warm sunny weather. But beyond all that the wonderful thing about Greece is their interior design. We envy how they can seamlessly mix...
The current UK housing market could easily be compared to an angsty teenage romance. One minute it is all systems go, the next things have ground to a halt. Then there’s the period of silence where you don’t see, hear or speak of it for a while. You mostly feel confusion, frustration and some underlying excitement. It is certainly fair to suggest that buying and selling property is a fundamentally dramatic and stress-inducing period. It’s unpredictable and fluctuating, particularly when selling.
You may not have heard, a little thing called the World Cup final happened this past weekend. The relatively quiet affair was won by France in their first victory on the footballing world stage since 1998. But long before the French were being lauded for their football ability, they were notoriously stylish trendsetters in both the fashion and the interior design world. The effortlessness and ease with which the French seem to pull off a seductive cool has been examined the world over. The real catch 22 is navigating how to emulate an effortless style without putting effort into it. Nobody wants to be the try-hard wielding a baguette and a beret. Is it possible that the only way to truly pull off French style is to just be genuinely French? Our overambitious need to prove this theory wrong lead us to curate this list of the five details we think you need to consider when you attempt to mimic French interior design.
Whilst video killed the radio star, it was Netflix and portable, on-demand television that killed the TV set. Today, you can watch your favourite TV shows just about anywhere, leaving physical television sets almost redundant. Whilst the World Cup and Love Island are doing their bit to counteract live TV’s downward spiral, this miraculous summer we appear to be having is counteracting it, pulling more and more people away from their TV sets. With television licensing fees increasing about as fast as your heart rate does when the bill arrives, the average renter simply can’t afford the extra expense. In 2017, licensing fees increased for the first time since 2010, to 47% from 45.5% which may seem small, but numerically brought the cost of catching Call The Midwife to a staggering £147 a year. And so as television fell out of favour, designers and experts began to redesign rooms with an alternate focus. But what does this mean for your home? For decades the TV has ruled the roost and become the fundamental focus of most rooms. Monitors have increased in size so significantly, it was almost not worth taking a trip to the cinema. So what becomes of the gargantuan space left in your living room now your plasma screen has retired?
Just under a month ago you might have heard people wondering the streets of England boldly claiming ‘football’s coming home’ and thought the whole thing to be an overly ambitious joke. It wasn’t uncommon to hear to hear people respond ‘yeah, on the first easyjet flight out of the group stages.’ Given that it’s been a total of 52 years since England lifted the coveted trophy it seemed obvious we would make an early exit. But over the course of that month, something magical seems to have happened. For the first time since 1990 England are through to the semi finals of the World Cup. The big question on everyone's lips seems to be, could it really be coming home?