The transformation of Love Island stars’ house into a fairytale Christmas home by Welsh interior design company

Reality television personality and model Olivia Bowen has been working with a Welsh interiors company to transform her house from luxury home to a winter wonderland.

Originally from Chelmsford in Essex Olivia Buckland came second on TV show Love Island in 2016 with programme partner Alex Bowen.

In 2018 the couple married and featured in TLC channel’s shows ‘Olivia and Alex Said Yes’ and ‘Olivia and Alex: Happily Ever After’.

Olivia, age 26, has also appeared and presented on ITV’s This Morning and the couple have launched their own clothing brand called exempt society.

The couple have also been regularly delighting fans and followers on Instagram by sharing the journey of the transformation of their £1m mansion on the account @thebowenhome.

The couple moved into their new home in February so this will be their first Christmas together at the property.

And the latest addition to their home has been

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Interior designer finds new calling in painting

Early in the morning as the sun rises, Pinky Cruz Peralta would put on her rubber shoes and go for a run in her village in Las Piñas. And it is during this time when she would get inspired seeing the beauty all around her.

“I get exposed to a lot of cloudscapes. Some would be downcast while others would show a full spectrum of colors,” Pinky, an interior designer, said in an interview with GMA News Online.

“I am the first recipient of all that, without knowing I will use them for a show someday,” she added.

That show is titled “On The Edge,” which opened on Saturday, Nov. 28, at Gateway Gallery in Cubao, Quezon City, and will run until Dec. 10. It is Pinky’s first solo art exhibit, something she didn’t imagine she would get to do someday.

On exhibit are Pinky’s watercolor cloudscapes, depicting downcast grey

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Clever home-office design can help keep us sane

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Halsey home-office collection by Quebec-based South Shore Furniture.
Halsey home-office collection by Quebec-based South Shore Furniture. Photo by Courtesy of South Shore /PNG

South Shore’s research found that people are struggling with not having the luxury of a dedicated, managed office. Many feel disorganized in their home workspaces with printers, paper, craft supplies and music all getting jumbled together.

Many people also work with multiple screens, says Basenach, which creates desk space and cable management issues, and they don’t feel they have enough storage solutions.

They also found that many home-workers view traditional office furniture as ugly, cold and too professional looking to suit their home decor.

There is a real demand, says Basenach, for desks and chairs that fit into small spaces like kitchens, living rooms and bedrooms, good storage options to help keep surfaces clear and cables out of sight, and home office furniture that is affordable and appealing, as well as

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Theory Design completes new interior design for remodeled condo in Bay Colony

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Theory Design’s Vice President of Design Ruta Menaghlazi and interior designer Cynde Thompson have completed a new interior design for a remodeled condominium in the Remington high-rise within Bay Colony at Pelican Bay.  The residence was built in 1996.  The original designer created a Tuscan style interior with heavy, ornate furnishings, a color palette that included golds, greens, and russet reds, silks and tapestry fabrics, bullion-fringed pillows, and swag silk valances, draperies, and sheers.  Many areas of the home featured heavily textured wallcoverings with traditional prints that included dark backgrounds and gold accents.  Dramatic lighting fixtures, ornate chandeliers

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Interior design: What’s going up and what’s going down

Working from home in lockdown has no doubt contributed to the increase in popularity of the home office.

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Working from home in lockdown has no doubt contributed to the increase in popularity of the home office.

The kitchen has traditionally been the heart of the home, but could Covid-19 have flipped that to the home office?

The global pandemic appears to have shaped New Zealanders’ interests in interior design and home renovation – with a huge surge in online searches for home offices, as well as increases in hunts for retro style, wall panelling, conservatories and the new-but-old folksy aesthetic known as cottagecore.

Dropping in popularity, according to an analysis by UK company Roofing Megastore, are subway tiles, floral wallpaper, blue kitchens and macrame.

This home shows elements of retro style – an increasingly popular Google search.

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This home shows elements of retro style – an increasingly popular Google search.

Home offices was the clear leader, with a 188% increase in Google searches since the beginning of the year.

* Cottagecore:

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The Fake Plants and Flowers Designers Actually Love


Like many, Brigette Romanek was initially skeptical about using faux plants in her projects. As she explains, artificial greenery used to be made so poorly that they’d cheapen a room. However, her hesitations were put to rest when she used artificial grass in a playroom.

“It felt soft on your feet where in the past, it would have felt like blades,” Romanek says. “These materials are now viable options for a home, in addition to being a great way to save water and on your gardening bill. I’ve even used these for my own [house’s] exterior!”

Her current favorite? SYNLawn’s artificial grass. “It’s so lifelike, you can hardly tell the difference,” she says.

A photograph from Stevie Storck’s book Modern Faux Flower Projects highlights a vibrant bouquet.

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As the author of Modern Faux Flower Projects, interior designer Stevie Storck knows a thing or two

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Pro tip from the Greenbrier’s interior designer: Embrace color and shun beige

Since taking over Dorothy Draper and Company, Varney has designed and refurbished countless hotels, buildings, homes and even a presidential yacht, the USS Sequoia. However, the Greenbrier occupies a special place in his heart; as the hotel’s official curator, the 83-year-old maintains an office there. His hardcover valentine, “Romance & Rhododendrons: My Love Affair with America’s Resort — The Greenbrier,” comes out Dec. 5. We spoke with Varney in his Palm Beach office, before he traveled to Washington for a meeting with the National Council of the White House Historical Association. (He’s an appointed member.) He planned to spend Thanksgiving at the Greenbrier, where gravy is a condiment, not a palette. Here are his insights into design and the fabled hotel, plus how color (optimistic orange? positive purple?) can lift our spirits during these gloomy-gray times.

The power of color: I have spent 54 years trying to open the windows

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Interior designer reveals how she doubled the value of her home

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A mother-of-one has revealed how she more than doubled the price of her home thanks to an extension and an incredible makeover to turn the dated property into a modern family home. 

Angela Bamforth purchased her home in Bramhall, Cheshire, for £275,000, but thanks to the work she put in, just a few years later it was valued at £590,000.

Angela, who lives in the home with her nine-year-old daughter, Cara, and dog Mylo, managed to turn the two-bedroom house into a four-bedroom property complete with a home gym, playroom and walk-in wardrobe. 

‘I planned the renovation by firstly living in the house for a while,’ Angela, who works as an interior designer said. 

‘You then have a really clear idea of how you’re going to use the space, what’s necessary and what are “would like to haves”.

‘I also collected images from

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Castleview attracting Waterford returnees with an interior design allowance

Castleview, Williamstown Road, Waterford City

Asking price: €645,000-€685,000

Agent: DNG Reid & Coppinger (051) 852 233

The pandemic has prompted more house-hunters to turn their backs on big cities and cash in on house sales in Dublin and abroad, so they can buy a larger property in their hometowns and enjoy a better quality of life.

This is also the case in Waterford City, where house prices jumped 11pc in the third quarter, compared to an average price increase of 2.2pc in Dublin, according to the latest report.

On Waterford City’s Williamstown Road, near the eastern suburb of Ballygunner, a new development of large detached houses that’s selling off the plans has already fielded enquiries from Waterford natives planning to return from Dublin, the UK, Australia and the US, according to the selling agent.

Castleview, which consists of 23 contemporary-style four-beds and five-beds, is targeting both locals and returnees

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8 Interior Design Industry Trends To Look Forward To In 2021

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8 Interior Design Industry Trends To Look Forward To In 2021

(Guest Writer: Michael Gorman)

We’ve had a long year in 2020, but thankfully we are getting to the end of it, and we can now start looking towards 2021, knowing it will be better. We had some exciting interior design trends in 2020, but we’re more excited about the trends we expect to see in 2021.

We now see that there’s more emphasis on sustainability with sustainable materials becoming more critical, and there are also essential elements to celebrate uniqueness and individuality.

This article will give you an idea of what your home should look like going into the New Year 2021.

Here’s a breakdown of 8 interior design industry trends for 2021.

1. Rustic Vogue

The appearance of this is more of a crowd pleaser’s. It seems to appeal to

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