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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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ArticlesSusie Agathou
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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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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ArticlesSusie Agathou
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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Texture makes designs spring to life

Think design is all about what you see? Think again. Touch is just as important when it comes to putting together a scheme. But we wonder how many people make conscious decisions about the texture of the materials they use when designing a home? Texture works on a number of levels, from creating comforting, evoking experiences or dampening noise, to giving a room visual depth. In our latest piece for Houzz UK we explore how texture gives each of these spaces the edge. Imagine these schemes with flat surfaces and you’ll see the important, yet often overlooked, effect of texture in design.

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ArticlesSusie Agathou
Lively up yourself

We've recently been struck by the issue of colour, and how it's a daunting prospect for many UK homeowners.  A new survey by Houzz.co.uk revealed white, cream, grey, green and dark blue as the main choices for UK homes.  There's a lot to be said for a calming backdrop, but we shouldn't be afraid to inject a bit of colour and fun into our interiors - and our lives.  Colour is thought to affect mood and emotion, as theorists have been debating for centuries. Recent studies on food even show a correlation between the colour of the plate and how that affects the taste of the food.  So, with colour a powerful force in our lives, we rounded up some examples to inspire confidence in our latest article on Houzz.co.uk.

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ArticlesSusie Agathou