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Winter Style

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The role of an Interior Designer

Ever wondered how the role of an Interior Designer is defined?…

From taking the client’s brief and developing designs to overseeing a project right through to the installation of furniture, artworks and accessories, the role of the interior designer is multifaceted.  Let’s look at the role in more detail…

A professional Interior Designer is qualified by education, experience, and examination to enhance the function and quality of interior spaces.  For the purpose of improving the quality of life, increasing productivity, and protecting the health, safety, and welfare of the public, the professional Interior Designer combines efficiency, flexibility, creativity and good business skills with an ability to complete projects on time and in budget and will generally perform the following:

– integrate findings with knowledge of interior design
– formulate preliminary design concepts that are appropriate, functional and aesthetic
– develop and present final design recommendations through appropriate presentation media
– prepare working drawings and specifications for non-load-bearing interior construction, materials, finishes, space planning, furnishings, fixtures and equipment
– collaborate with professional  services of other licensed practitioners in technical areas of mechanical, electrical, and load-bearing design as required for regulatory approval
– prepare and administer bids and contract documents as the client’s agent
– review and evaluate design solutions during implementation and upon completion.

If you are considering engaging the services of an Interior Designer for your project, what is certain is they will save you time, stress and costly mistakes.  For help with your project contact Murray Hurst Interiors: 0113 243 6767  Email. info@murrayhurstinteriors.com

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Colour Watch – Coral

Over the next few weeks keep an eye out for our colour watch posts… From inspiring natural imagery to stylish interior spaces.

Imagery such as these are known as ‘concept images’ which convey and idea, mood and atmosphere which is the creative part of the design process. These images are then used to develop possible decorative and practical schemes. Even as an interior designer, it is important to feed your imagination with visual stimulation and reference solutions from concept images to develop ideas.

See our selection of concept image examples and how these can be used to develop finished interior schemes.

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Photo Shoot Chic

You must have noticed by now that the ‘Dilapidated house with peeling paintwork look’ (catchy, I know) is proving to be the most popular back drop for photo shoots from high end fashion through to advertising carpets, some of us are even sporting the look on our nails!  But here at Murray Hurst Interiors we think it’s about time we started bringing this look into our homes instead of leaving it in the magazines. So we have collated a range of products that can help you achieve this look for your self, albeit a slightly more structured version.

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These bold runners are from Alternative flooring and look great against the exposed stairs, who’d have thought it!

Its easy enough to achieve the industrial style look in a converted warehouse apartment but what about those of us that don’t have brick walls to expose and are having to work with internal plasterboard? Well with some of the new wallpapers on the market  we can achieve the look with less of the mess.

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Crackle ‘Peeling plaster’ wallpaper from Andrew Martin comes in four different colourways. Seen here with outdoorsy statues and a shabby, possibly hessian, tapestry style sofa.  If this look is a little too shabby for you then how about teaming it with painted wooden paneling and some oversized curtains to create a more homely feel.

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Be it an artists studio or a studio apartment this paper would look great (yes it is a wallpaper!). This is a really effective way of achieving the industrial look whilst maintaining a sense of warmth. Team up with some stainless steel lamps and some retro filing cabinets and you’re there.

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If it’s a fresher feel you’re after then perhaps you would prefer this White Timber effect paper.

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This effect would also look great in a seaside inspired scheme combined with some pale linen fabrics,  but be sure to bring in plenty of texture too with a big rug.

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ImageSticking with the same style but with a touch more nature as apposed to the industrial look, this wallpaper is a favourite of ours here at Murray Hurst Interiors.  Its vertical embossed finish gives an almost 3D effect and it is available in 6 natural colourways giving the impression of tree bark. Here’s hoping we get the right project for it soon!

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This fabric-backed vinyl ‘distressed’ from Tektura can be stretched to fit any sized wall and looks amazing in this double height apartment. The exposed wooden beams and floor to ceiling windows compliment the winter forest effect just perfectly, truly bringing the outdoors in.

A worn leather sofa or chair can look really great against exposed brick, wood or stone, either in your home or in a dimly lit industrial chic style bar, try a worn Chesterfield.

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Keeping the furniture and artwork all close together and low to the floor keeps the room cosy against the contrast of the high ceilings and windows.

The next two images show dappled wash paint work, instead of having exposed plaster, brick or stone, giving the same effect just keeping it a bit more homely. Image

ImageSo, isn’t it refreshing for a residential Interior Designer the support the ‘not so perfect’ finish?!   This is a style you can really relax with and enjoy, so don’t hold back, it’s time to go ‘photo shoot chic’!

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Completed Project – Living Room (Roundhay, Leeds)

The Brief:  Living Room redesign, space to be used for relaxing and taking time out, yet with a formal feel. Neutral colour scheme with bold patterned accents. Design work to include: space planning, decoration, lighting, new carpet and specification of all furniture, furnishings and equipment.

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Client Testimonial:
“Natalie was charming and professional.  She listened to our ideas, developed and added to them introducing colours and ideas we would never have thought of or were not brave enough to use ourselves. She delivered a fantastic end result without fuss, co-ordinating decorators, electricians and soft furnishers. All within our budget.” Matthew James.

All products seen in the above project available from: www.murrayhurstinteriors.com


Decosource at The Mansion

I thoroughly enjoyed my day at Decosource last week, a new trade only interiors roadshow exhibition held at three venues:  Ragley Hall (Warwickshire), Tatton Park (Cheshire) and The Mansion (Leeds – my birthplace!).  My parents got married at The Mansion 37 years ago and I pretty much grew up on the swings and slides in it’s grounds of Roundhay Park, so the visit had a touch of sentimental value.

Unlike most trade exhibitions I attend throughout the year, this one was unique not only for it’s beautiful setting but for it’s intimate feel with selected high end brands from Chelsea Harbour Design Centre and the top end of Decorex Exhibitors, and unique to me in that it took place right on my doorstep!

Having undergone an incredible refurbishment a couple of years ago, The Mansion now provides a stunning venue with a timeless interior, a collection of impressive chandeliers and beautiful soft furnishings that are right up my street!

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Recently launched and existing product ranges where on display from big name brands including: Robert Allen, Beacon Hill, Christian Fischbacher, Titley & Marr, George Spencer, Chase Erwin, Swaffer, Casal, Johnstons of Elgin, Tres Tintas, Alhambra, Ian Sanderson, Henry Bertrand, Hertex Fabrics, Gisbert Rentmeister, Paul Montgomery, Leitner and Blindfashion.

Here are our favourite striking fabric finds from the show… ten of the best from Robert Allen and Hertex Fabrics.  Each available to sample and purchase from Murray Hurst Interiors www.murrayhurstinteriors.com

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Top Ten Shutter Designs

Having designed another room with plantation shutters and delighted with the result, we thought we would share with you our Top Ten Shutter Designs. Simple, timeless and beautifully stylish, plantation shutters are an ideal window treatment for any home as they can be customised from a choice of finishes and colours to tie in perfectly with your interior.

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