We're in the Metro

What’s black and white and read all over? Well today it’s full of colour. We’re really pleased with our interview and design write-up in today's Metro. The London paper features a double-page spread of our colourful family home design. 

The piece looks at our design ethic and takes you through the journey from grotty rental to light and airy living space. Speaking about our Avocado Sweets approach, Interiors Editor, Vicky Harrison says: 

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DIY: 10 Upcycling Ideas for an Original Home

Want a truly unique look? Make it yourself! Our Creative Director Evros Agathou unveils some inventive designs to get your creative juices flowing in his latest article for Houzz UK. He says: "Upcycling, repurposing, whatever you want to call it, a bespoke piece is one way to ensure your home is like no other. As a designer, I love the challenge of coming up with something you won’t find on the High Street. If you’re a DIY fan, there’s lots of scope for original ideas. Giving pieces of furniture or household objects a new purpose can have surprising results. Here are some fun examples to get you thinking."

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In the news: our design among 'world's most stylish'

Our restaurant design for Little Saigon in East London has been named among the 'world's most stylish' in the national media. The Vietnamese street-food restaurant's colourful quirky design sits alongside large-scale creations from across the globe in a piece in the Daily Mail. The eighteen featured venues - all opened or redesigned in the past two years - are competing in the Restaurant and Bar category of the Society of British and International Design (SBID) awards.

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Avocado Sweets up for an international award

We're delighted to announce our place on the longlist for Emerging Interior Practice of the Year in the World Interiors News (WIN) Awards 2015. This new award recognises interior design practices worldwide that have been in operation for five years or fewer. A panel of design experts will now create a shortlist with winners announced at an awards ceremony at The Sky Garden, Fenchurch Street, London on 2 December 2015.

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Restaurant design impacts on success

Just out! Our restaurant design for Vietnamese street-food venue Little Saigon is 'proof of the impact an interior can have on the success of a restaurant' - according to leading industry magazine, Hospitality Interiors. In a double-page spread, the magazine highlights the design's recent inclusion on the prestigious SBID international design awards shortlist 'amidst fierce competition from restaurants and bars world-wide’. Replacing a run-down restaurant on Leytonstone high street, Little Saigon serves exciting street-food dishes in a colourful 100-seater space. Despite being a first venture for the owners, the Pham family, it had people queuing at the door on its opening day.

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Five star review for Avocado Sweets

Happy clients make for happy designers. This five star review from Ruth, one of our home design clients, has put a big smile on our faces. Ruth brought us in to revitalise her Stoke Newington apartment and create a home to enjoy. We helped her to make the most of the space, adding character and warmth throughout. Intelligent storage solutions helped to keep the home clear and calm. Here's what she had to say about the process: "We wanted to redecorate our apartment in Stoke Newington, adding colour, print and a retro feel. We also had a serious clutter problem and really needed optimisation of storage solutions to make the most of the apartment.

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Pass it on - vote Little Saigon

Last chance to vote! Please help our design for Little Saigon win a top international design award. Voting closes today at 17.30.

VOTE HERE FOR LITTLE SAIGON

The Vietnamese street food restaurant in Leytonstone, East London has been shortlisted for the Society of British and International Design (SBID) International Design Awards 2015. Up against competition from across the globe, today is the last chance to help put E11 on the international design map.

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Made you smile: how to use humour in design

Humour is a vital part of life, helping us cope with stress and boosting happiness, so why not incorporate some into your home design? A room full of beautifully crafted fixtures and fittings is all very well, but it’s the humorous touches that add personality and lift a design from stylish to memorable. Without humour, our designs become flat and uninteresting. Just as comedians have a variety of tools to make us laugh, humour in design can take many forms. As a general rule, we find humour in the unexpected. In design, this can be achieved by playing with scale, style and surprise in furniture, fixtures, artwork and accessories. If you’re feeling really brave, you could even build it into the house’s structure. As always, be bold and keep it fun, but don’t try too hard – you want your home to be an expression of you and your style, not a comedy show.

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We’re in the finals!

We're delighted to announce that our design for Vietnamese street food restaurant, Little Saigon, has made it to the finals of the SBID International Design Awards 2015. We have just 12 days to secure as many votes as possible. Please help us win by casting your vote today. (Deadline 18 September, 17.30).

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Decorating: How To Get The Right Mix of Vintage and Modern

Do you love a mix of vintage and modern pieces but not sure where to start in your own home? Our Creative Director, Evros Agathou unpicks the anatomy of some successful designs in his latest editorial ideabook on Houzz UK. He says: "I love to use vintage pieces in my designs. There’s a power in objects from the past that someone before our time decided to preserve. With a careful eye, we can help these objects discover new life in our homes. Who knows what stories the factory light could tell? Or who took a rest on that antique chair?

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I spy a celeb: Tess Daly at Poppies

We were excited to spot our award-nominated Poppies restaurant design providing the backdrop for Tess Daly's latest photoshoot. The model-turned-TV presenter looked right at home cosying up to the original 1940's jukebox in a personal profile for the Daily Mail. Talking candidly about her home life and career, Strictly Come Dancing presenter, Tess Daly, is seen posing with the custom-made fish pans, enjoying a coca-cola on the diner-style banquette and relaxing with a cone of chips on the original 1940s wooden outdoor cinema seats.

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Restaurant and Bar Design Awards 2015

Claud W. Dennis design handpicked to enter top international award. Our independent café design for Claud W. Dennis in North London has caught the eye of the prestigious Restaurant and Bar design awards 2015. Now in its seventh year, the awards celebrate food and drink spaces from across the globe. Entries are by invitation only, and judged by a team of industry experts.

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Little Saigon takes East London by storm

Quality Vietnamese street-food with a fun, pared-back interior to match. We were excited to see queues on the day Little Saigon opened its doors in Leytonstone, East London yesterday. A brand new eating concept for the area, the 100-seater restaurant offers traditional Vietnamese street-food packed full of fresh ingredients.

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Exciting home design innovations - our round up

Here at Avocado Sweets we love to innovate in our designs. So we're always excited to come across design innovations simplifying our home life. Design is often as much about problem-solving as it is about aesthetics. Advances in engineering have brought everything from life-saving new technology to pure convenience.

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Best of Houzz 2015 award for Avocado Sweets

The votes are in and Avocado Sweets has just been awarded a 'Best Of Houzz 2015' award for Design & Customer Satisfaction by Houzz, the leading platform for home renovation and design. We were excited to be chosen from among more than 15,000 home building, renovation and design industry professionals. The Best Of Houzz award is given in two categories.  The Design and Customer Satisfaction award is given to work that was the most popular in 2014 among the 25,000 unique monthly visitors. The Customer Satisfaction category is determined by a variety of factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2014.

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Claud W Dennis coffee shop design in the press

Leading industry magazine, Hospitality Interiors, has written a full page article on our coffee shop design for Claud W. Dennis.  Hot on the heels of their exposure in the Sunday Times, the North London coffee shop was singled out for its 'mix of old and new' that 'gives charming personality and a competitive edge'. Our coffee shop design for Claud W. Dennis, completed in Autumn 2014, played on the heritage of the building, and incorporated a number of fantastic vintage items found in the building's loft.  Named after the previous owner, a renowned local property man, the shop design made use of his original stain-glass window and advertising boards.

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