Journal Index

Here is a list of all the journals we have published:

Design

Design Advice and Inspiration

November 27, 2019 in Design Advice & Inspiration

On the white track – our guide to decorating with the ultimate neutral

White paint features in almost every home renovation. It may be the ‘go-to’ neutral, but it is far from basic. Applied well, white can create a chic minimalist dream. Used…
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November 26, 2019 in Design Advice & Inspiration

Australian Design

For the most part, the design world in Australia is small, especially given the size of the country. That’s not to say that it doesn’t have one; it does, it’s…
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October 29, 2019 in Design Advice & Inspiration, Design

Colourful Bathrooms

The colourful bathroom suite is back. It started creeping onto pinterest boards last year, and the big sanitaryware producers are beginning to respond with colourful ranges.  Should you tap into this…
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September 27, 2019 in Design Advice & Inspiration, Design, Knowledge & Tips

Partial Partitions

Open plan living, dining & kitchen spaces continue to be popular – and we love the way that (safely!) removing walls can convert a dark set of small rooms into…
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September 6, 2019 in Design Advice & Inspiration, Design, Knowledge & Tips

Feline Friendly Furnishings – Part II

Following from our blog on the basics of setting up your house for a cat, we now cover how to design spaces which your cat will love. Designing spaces for…
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August 29, 2019 in Design Advice & Inspiration, Design

Enjoy your Outside Space all year round

Exposure to natural daylight, plants and landscape improves our health, happiness and productivity. When the days get shorter and colder, we naturally spend more time indoors – so how do…
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August 23, 2019 in Design Advice & Inspiration, Design, Knowledge & Tips

Essential bedroom design for your teenager

With the new school year around the corner, now is a good time to think about re-designing your teenager’s bedroom. There is a lot to think about, so we suggest considering separate spaces…
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August 9, 2019 in Design Advice & Inspiration, Design, Knowledge & Tips

Feline Friendly Furnishings – Part I

Cats are generally clean, (fairly) low maintenance pets, however some of their more instinctive habits can cause problems in your home or to your new furnishings. Scratching, curtain-climbing and ‘accidents’…
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June 28, 2019 in Design Advice & Inspiration, Design

Bright Ideas from Brighton

Jo lives in Brighton (Hove actually…) – an inspiring space filled with creative people, bright colours, and natural beauty. Three interior design ideas inspired by the seaside city: Maximalism –…
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February 14, 2019 in Design Advice & Inspiration, Design, Home Staging, Knowledge & Tips

Love your home

Whether it is a place to recharge, something glamorous to show off or just ‘home’- there should be many reasons to love your home.  After all, it’s supposed to be where…
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October 19, 2018 in Design Advice & Inspiration, Design, Home Staging, Knowledge & Tips

Embracing the Dark

Working in central London, where every square centimetre of space is precious, has made us experts in making the most of dark spaces. We’ve transformed numerous dark basements and sun-starved rooms…
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August 10, 2018 in Design Advice & Inspiration, Design, Home Staging, Knowledge & Tips

Temporary Decorating

Following her recent move to a seaside rental flat, Jo shares her tips for decorating without putting holes in the wall – useful for Home Staging, student rooms and rental…
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June 8, 2018 in Design Advice & Inspiration, Design, Knowledge & Tips

English Seaside Style

We love spending time on the English coast (St. Mawes in Cornwall, Torquay in Devon, Emsworth in Hampshire and Blakeney in Norfolk are particular favourites).  Here’s how to incorporate the…
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March 29, 2018 in Design Advice & Inspiration, Design, Knowledge & Tips

Vietnamese Style

Following a recent trip through Vietnam, Liz describes the wonderful artwork, culture and colours of this beautiful country, and outlines how to introduce elements of Vietnamese culture into your own…
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February 2, 2018 in Design Advice & Inspiration, Design, Knowledge & Tips

Moroccan Style

Following a recent trip to Morocco, Cat shares her favourite interior features and tips to recreate the fabulous exotic style in your own home... Following my wonderful trip to Oualidia…
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September 30, 2016 in Design Advice & Inspiration, Design

Hygge and Happiness

As the nights draw in and the scarves come back out, here’s some Danish advice on how to make your home cosy and welcoming this winter. Denmark is the happiest…
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March 31, 2015 in Design Advice & Inspiration, Design

Biophilic Design

Absolute Project Management attended Eco Build 2015 in London where we saw a great talk on Biophilic Design by Oliver Heath - Founder of Health Design and Author of Urban…
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December 5, 2014 in Design Advice & Inspiration, Design

A sofa is for life, not just for Christmas!

A sofa is for life, not just for Christmas; How to buy furniture that lasts… At this time of year in particular you can be ‘panicked’ into buying furniture to…
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November 5, 2014 in Design Advice & Inspiration, Design, Knowledge & Tips

Reconfigure Your Home – Getting Started

It can be daunting to try to imagine how the layout of your home can be improved.  It’s easy to get stuck, assuming your rooms need to stay the same…
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October 16, 2014 in Design Advice & Inspiration

Using Difficult Spaces Imaginatively

‘Great potential’ is all very well, but sometimes when faced with a blank space or, worse, a space filled with old furniture, pokey doorways and dust, it’s hard to know…
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Flooring and Finishes

October 27, 2017 in Flooring and Finishes, Design, Knowledge & Tips

Wood Flooring, Colour and Texture

Last year we published a series of journals about issues to consider when choosing wood flooring for your home.  This is a great overview (and well worth a read!)  -…
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October 12, 2017 in Flooring and Finishes, Design, Knowledge & Tips

Paint, Pigment and Provenance

Absolute have been learning more about paint…  We were fascinated to discover that how it is (and was historically) manufactured actually influences the colour palette.  Here’s an overview of our…
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June 17, 2016 in Flooring and Finishes, Design, Knowledge & Tips

Wooden Flooring, Part 3 – Maintenance, labour and sustainability considerations

  There is lots of choice when it comes to wooden flooring.  See the following maintenance, labour and sustainability considerations to help you make the best choice... TYPE OF BOARD Solid…
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June 16, 2016 in Flooring and Finishes, Design, Knowledge & Tips

Wooden Flooring, Part 2 – Aesthetic choices

  There is lots of choice when it comes to wooden flooring.  See the following Aesthetic considerations to help you make the best choice for your style, space and budget...…
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June 3, 2016 in Flooring and Finishes, Design, Knowledge & Tips

Wooden Flooring, Part 1 – Things to consider

Often our clients will ask for a wood floor but have few ideas on finish/ type of wood or type of board.  They will likely have a view on appearance-…
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Kitchens

August 14, 2019 in Kitchens, Design, Knowledge & Tips

Ten kitchen design tips when planning your dream kitchen

As well as choosing cabinets you’ll love every time you look at them, there are practical considerations to bear in mind:  Ergonomics Having an ergonomic kitchen is by far the…
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December 15, 2017 in Kitchens, Design, Knowledge & Tips

Choosing your New Kitchen

Your New Kitchen Choosing a new kitchen is an exciting opportunity to create a beautiful, functional and welcoming space in your home.  But there’s so much to think about –…
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August 17, 2016 in Kitchens, Design

New Kitchen, Part 2 – Things to Consider

Welcome to Part 2 of our two-part series on how to go about designing and installing a new kitchen.   Part 1 covers all things budget; how to reduce costs, where…
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August 16, 2016 in Kitchens, Design

New Kitchen, Part 1 – Budget

Welcome to Part 1 of our two-part series on how to go about designing and installing a new kitchen.   Part 1 covers all things budget; how to reduce costs,…
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Lighting

July 12, 2019 in Design, Lighting, Knowledge & Tips

Intelligent Lighting – key Considerations

With significant investment into ‘smart home’ technology by all the big tech giants, Intelligent lighting is a trend that is here to stay – and it is one we’re excited…
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June 14, 2019 in Design, Lighting, Knowledge & Tips

The case for Intelligent Lighting

With significant investment into ‘smart home’ technology by all the big tech giants, Intelligent lighting is a trend that is here to stay - and one I'm excited about. Here's…
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March 15, 2019 in Design, Lighting, Knowledge & Tips

Lighting with Pendants

We love a pendant light – they are a wonderful way to light a space while creating an eye-catching feature, even when not in use. As with all lighting, there…
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March 8, 2019 in Design, Lighting, Knowledge & Tips

Lighting with downlights

Downlights: lighting friend or foe? These popular (ubiquitous?) light fittings can be used to work well to provide ambient light in spaces where decorative pendants aren’t practical or don’t fit…
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November 2, 2018 in Design, Home Staging, Lighting, Knowledge & Tips

Beginner’s guide to lighting

Absolute Project Management’s beginner’s guide to lighting Lighting should be one of the first things you (or your designer) consider when renovating or redesigning your home. Lighting can make or…
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Design for the Future

July 12, 2019 in Design, Lighting, Knowledge & Tips

Intelligent Lighting – key Considerations

With significant investment into ‘smart home’ technology by all the big tech giants, Intelligent lighting is a trend that is here to stay – and it is one we’re excited…
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June 14, 2019 in Design, Lighting, Knowledge & Tips

The case for Intelligent Lighting

With significant investment into ‘smart home’ technology by all the big tech giants, Intelligent lighting is a trend that is here to stay - and one I'm excited about. Here's…
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March 15, 2019 in Design, Lighting, Knowledge & Tips

Lighting with Pendants

We love a pendant light – they are a wonderful way to light a space while creating an eye-catching feature, even when not in use. As with all lighting, there…
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March 8, 2019 in Design, Lighting, Knowledge & Tips

Lighting with downlights

Downlights: lighting friend or foe? These popular (ubiquitous?) light fittings can be used to work well to provide ambient light in spaces where decorative pendants aren’t practical or don’t fit…
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November 2, 2018 in Design, Home Staging, Lighting, Knowledge & Tips

Beginner’s guide to lighting

Absolute Project Management’s beginner’s guide to lighting Lighting should be one of the first things you (or your designer) consider when renovating or redesigning your home. Lighting can make or…
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Renovation

Technical Details & Regulations

July 26, 2019 in Technical Details and Regulations

Considerations if you’re planning to move stairs in your home

Re-designing the staircase in your home can unlock a whole world of design potential. The new design must comply with Building Regulations Part K. The requirements are simple - stairs…
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March 29, 2019 in Technical Details and Regulations, Renovation, Knowledge & Tips

Party Wall Awards

If you were hoping this post would be about a fancy event with evening wear, unfortunately the Party Wall Awards are not at all what you were expecting!  However, they…
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February 22, 2019 in Technical Details and Regulations, Renovation, Knowledge & Tips

Pinterest Pipe Dreams vs Regulation Reality

Clients often gather images of the look they want to achieve with their renovation into a virtual scrapbook on Pinterest or Houzz.  These are excellent tools to provide ideas that convey…
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July 13, 2018 in Technical Details and Regulations, Knowledge & Tips

Construction Dangers and how to avoid them!

Following completion of a CITB Health and Safety Awareness course, Liz outlines some of the Construction Industry statistics and common dangers when undertaking work on your property. The Health &…
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May 25, 2018 in Technical Details and Regulations, Renovation, Knowledge & Tips

Secondary Glazing

What is it and why would you use it? In the UK, there are almost 10,000 Conservation Areas, many of which restrict the changes that can be made to the…
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May 11, 2018 in Technical Details and Regulations, Renovation, Knowledge & Tips

Windows – and what we know about them

Sash windows Many of our design and renovation projects are in period houses and, assuming the original windows have been retained, these will be sliding sash systems.  These are two…
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April 13, 2018 in Technical Details and Regulations, Renovation

Health & Safety for home renovation

Jo describes some key Health & Safety considerations to take into account when planning a renovation. Health and Safety in home renovation may not be glamorous, but it is vitally…
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November 17, 2017 in Technical Details and Regulations, Knowledge & Tips

Fire protection considerations when renovating

Following the tragic events at Grenfell Tower, fire safety is firmly at the top of every designer’s list of considerations. This journal entry: reviews fire risks in the contemporary home,…
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April 7, 2016 in Technical Details and Regulations, Knowledge & Tips

Opening Up a Fireplace

Old houses are like onions - they are made up of layers.  When you start to strip back the current fittings, you never know what you will find…  Fireplaces are…
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Managing a Renovation

November 14, 2019 in Managing a Renovation

Relocating Utility Meters

Picture the scene; you’ve designed a lovely new layout which will work perfectly as long as you can move the electricity or gas meter. Your building contractor tells you it…
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October 30, 2019 in Managing a Renovation

Behind the Scenes – Starting on Site

After months of careful planning & design work, starting work on site is an exciting and busy time! Here is a behind-the-scenes look at what happens as a project transitions…
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October 29, 2019 in Managing a Renovation

Dust, Anybody?

The APM guide to dust during renovations Dust. If you are planning renovation work, prepare for it to become a part of your life. Here is your need to know;…
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February 1, 2019 in Managing a Renovation, Renovation, Knowledge & Tips

What to do when problems arise during a renovation – Part 2

Firstly, don’t panic!   Almost every renovation, however well planned, suffers a few hiccups.  Some are easily solved; some require time, effort and ingenuity to work around. As project managers, an important…
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January 18, 2019 in Managing a Renovation, Renovation, Knowledge & Tips

Avoiding problems during a renovation

Avoiding problems during a renovation
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January 4, 2019 in Managing a Renovation, Renovation, Knowledge & Tips

Life After Renovation

From idolising island units to squeezing in en suites, guest blogger Tracey Petherick tells us what it’s like living in her renovated property.   Island Life For a long time,…
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December 14, 2018 in Managing a Renovation, Renovation, Knowledge & Tips

Smashing the Snag List

Guest blogger Tracey Petherick returns, post project…   Important disclaimer - Tracey didn’t use a project manager but now wishes she had…  There’s nothing fun about a snagging list. It’s basically…
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November 16, 2018 in Managing a Renovation, Renovation, Knowledge & Tips

Stress-free Renovation

Liz, our Associate Director, has recently had some renovation work done at her home, by our favourite building contractor.  Her top tips for a stress-free build: Plan Ensure: All your…
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March 16, 2018 in Managing a Renovation, Renovation, Knowledge & Tips

How to survive a Renovation – Part 3

In the final instalment of our series on surviving a big build, Tracey Petherick talks people, paint and perseverance. Your project manager will fight your corner so your ideas become…
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March 2, 2018 in Managing a Renovation, Design, Renovation, Knowledge & Tips, Events and News

How to survive a renovation – Part 2

Serial renovator Tracey Petherick continues her three-part series on home-build survival tactics, with good-to-know tips on housekeeping, moving rooms and working to a budget.  Housekeeping ground rules      …
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February 16, 2018 in Managing a Renovation, Renovation, Knowledge & Tips, Events and News

How to survive a renovation- Part 1

With a ground-floor extension, a loft conversion and a full house renovation under her (tool)belt, writer Tracey Petherick has picked up a few tips on how to survive a build.…
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January 19, 2018 in Managing a Renovation, Renovation, Knowledge & Tips

Home Renovation and Pets

Pets and renovation London Around 44% of UK household own a pet, so their needs can be an important part of the design and renovation process.  From design to site…
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September 25, 2017 in Managing a Renovation, Renovation, Knowledge & Tips

How Much Will it Cost… Exactly??

At Absolute, we often receive enquiries about total project costs. A typical query might be ‘we have just bought a 3 bedroom flat in Islington and want to renovate it…
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May 31, 2016 in Managing a Renovation, Knowledge & Tips

Renovating your new home – Key Points

“I’ve found a great house but it needs a lot of work– new electrics, central heating, redecoration – what do I do?” The keys to a successful renovation project: the…
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November 28, 2014 in Managing a Renovation, Renovation, Knowledge & Tips

Build an extension – Getting started

Living in London; the cheapest way to increase the size of your home is by extending – you get more living space and: You don’t have to pay stamp duty…
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Events & News

November 27, 2019 in Events and News

The BIID Student Challenge 2019

We’re delighted to announce that Liz, our Design Director, was invited to mentor Plymouth College of Art at the annual BIID Student Design Challenge. Herman Miller, London hosted 8 universities with teams…
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July 30, 2019 in Events and News, Events and News

Absolute Project Management – Now in Brighton

We are excited to announce that we have started designing and managing renovation projects in Brighton & Hove! Read on to see our latest finished projects & design inspiration from the…
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June 12, 2019 in Events and News, Design

Tom Raffield at Morgan Furniture – Clerkenwell design week

We at Absolute have long been admirers of Tom Raffield Lighting.  The beautiful organic, decorative forms in steamed timber fit extremely well with our Biophilic ideologies and work particularly beautifully…
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June 4, 2019 in Events and News, Knowledge & Tips, Events and News

Clerkenwell Design Week 2019

Clerkenwell Design Week 2019 was bigger and better than ever this year. Here is a round up of our highlights; Sustainability & Natural Materials Sustainability was a theme for the…
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April 18, 2019 in Events and News, Knowledge & Tips, Events and News

What is the BIID and why is it relevant?

Absolute Project Management is now a BIID Registered Practice, this means the business meets the national professional standards for interior design.  While it’s not compulsory for Interior Designers to register,…
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January 31, 2019 in Events and News, Knowledge & Tips

Interiors: What will 2019 Bring?

Our predictions for 2018 were spot on. Read on for our take on the Interior Design Trends for 2019 and beyond. 2018 in review We predicted: Terrazzo flooring: This was…
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October 3, 2018 in Events and News, Knowledge & Tips

Inspiration from 100% Design

The Absolute team were particularly inspired by this year’s selection of innovative and beautifully creative designs shown throughout 100% Design. We’ve now had time to digest and dissect our highlights…
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September 14, 2018 in Design, Events and News

Joinery Design Challenge

  Calling all Londoners - win a joinery design! We will be choosing the most interesting joinery challenge you throw at us and the winner will get 4 hours of…
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September 7, 2018 in Events and News

2018 Highlights so far

As we head into to the Autumn, we’re taking a moment to reflect on some of the highlights of the year so far. Fabulous Finished projects We’ve recently finished some…
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June 22, 2018 in Events and News, Knowledge & Tips

Clerkenwell Design Week

The Absolute team loved the buzzing atmosphere and the range of innovative, creative designs we found at Clerkenwell Design Week 2018.  We’ve now had time to digest and reflect on…
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March 2, 2018 in Managing a Renovation, Design, Renovation, Knowledge & Tips, Events and News

How to survive a renovation – Part 2

Serial renovator Tracey Petherick continues her three-part series on home-build survival tactics, with good-to-know tips on housekeeping, moving rooms and working to a budget.  Housekeeping ground rules      …
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February 16, 2018 in Managing a Renovation, Renovation, Knowledge & Tips, Events and News

How to survive a renovation- Part 1

With a ground-floor extension, a loft conversion and a full house renovation under her (tool)belt, writer Tracey Petherick has picked up a few tips on how to survive a build.…
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December 22, 2017 in Events and News, Knowledge & Tips, Events and News

What will 2018 bring?

2017 has been a year of rich colours, marble and traditional furnishings throughout the interior design world.  This was in part inspired by a desire to return to the past…
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March 25, 2017 in Events and News

3 Key design trends 2017/18

During the fabulous Surface Design Show in Feb 2017, we attended a talk by Phil Pond of Scarlet Opus. They are a trend forecasting agency and presented the 2017 three key…
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March 28, 2016 in Events and News

Don’t Move Improve 2016, Part 4 – House of Trace

33 projects were shortlisted for the Don’t Move Improve award; we recently attended the Winners Breakfast Talk, where the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place contestants presented their work.  Here’s Liz’s…
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March 27, 2016 in Events and News

Don’t Move Improve 2016, Part 3 – The Sanderson (Fox) House

33 projects were shortlisted for the Don’t Move Improve award; we recently attended the Winners Breakfast Talk, where the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place contestants presented their work.  Here’s our…
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March 26, 2016 in Events and News

Don’t Move Improve 2016, Part 2 – Shepherds Bush Extension

33 projects were shortlisted for the Don’t Move Improve award; we recently attended the Winners Breakfast Talk where the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place contestants presented their work.  Here's Cat's ‘Absolute’ favourite……
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March 25, 2016 in Events and News

Don’t Move Improve 2016, Part 1 – Introduction

The Don’t Move Improve competition is in its 6th year and has seen a steady rise in applications, reflecting our experience that more people are choosing to alter their existing…
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December 5, 2014 in Events and News

Renovate Don’t Relocate… Stamp Duty

Today's changes in stamp duty rates mean stamp duty goes up on properties over £937,000.  If you are thinking of moving because you need more or better organised space, there's…
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Interests

September 13, 2019 in Interests, Knowledge & Tips

Styling Film Sets – Top tips

We’ve recently been involved with styling film sets for a series of promotional films showcasing new residential developments. We’ve summarised some our top 5 key considerations.
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May 24, 2019 in Interests, Knowledge & Tips

Getting Started on Pinterest – Part 2

Pinterest is a great tool for organising & communicating your ideas for your renovation. If you are ready to dive in but not sure how to get started, here is…
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May 17, 2019 in Interests, Knowledge & Tips

Getting Started on Pinterest – Part 1

Pinterest is a great tool for organising & communicating your ideas for your renovation. It can also be a great way to get inspiration – used with a little caution!…
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December 12, 2018 in Interests, Knowledge & Tips

Festive Jam Recipe

This year we've made our very own Jam to give out as presents. Here's the recipe: 3kg mixed berries 2kg Jam Sugar Juice of 2 large lemons 12 Sprigs rosemary…
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November 29, 2018 in Interests, Knowledge & Tips

Interior Design Lingo Bingo

Learn the Lingo, with Interior Design Bingo! As with most industries, home renovation uses specialist language to describe parts, processes or details.  Whilst some of these words/ phrases are well…
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July 20, 2018 in Interests, Knowledge & Tips

How to Glamp like an interior designer

Whether you’re having a family camping weekend, a couple’s glamping retreat or going to a festival- here’s our top tips on how to make camping as luxurious and comfortable as…
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April 27, 2018 in Interests

Inside Track on Absolute Project Management

This week we meet Cat Hoad, founder and director of Absolute Project Management. Find out how she got into the interior design business, where she gets her inspiration and how…
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August 28, 2015 in Interests

Grow

Whether you’re renovating, redecorating or home staging a property for sale, plants can make a huge difference to a space: giving it a finished, homely feel; adding colour; and even…
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Buying a House

July 21, 2017 in Buying a House, Buying a House, Knowledge & Tips

Buying a House part 10/10 – Settling In, Parties and Neighbours

Introduce yourselves to the neighbours as soon as possible! They will likely be interested to meet you too and it ensures you step off on the right foot with people…
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July 20, 2017 in Buying a House, Buying a House, Knowledge & Tips

Buying a House part 9/10 – Moving

Even the most organised house move will encounter problems. Do you best to calmly deal with these when they arise – make life as easy as possible for yourself by…
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June 2, 2017 in Buying a House, Buying a House, Knowledge & Tips

Buying a House part 8/10 – Arranging to have work done before you move.

This will almost always have to start after completion (though occasionally the seller will allow work to be carried out after exchange – check the insurance situation carefully in these…
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May 19, 2017 in Buying a House, Buying a House, Knowledge & Tips

Buying a House part 7/10 – Measuring/Planning

Once you know you are going ahead with the sale – arrange to visit the property again to measure.  It would be useful to have a professional do this for…
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May 12, 2017 in Buying a House, Buying a House, Knowledge & Tips

Buying a House part 6/10 – Building Survey

We always advise getting a full report to ensure any issues are flagged before you go through with the purchase.  The cost for this report is non-refundable but it is…
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May 5, 2017 in Buying a House, Buying a House, Knowledge & Tips

Buying a House part 5/10 – Choosing a Solicitor

Choosing a good solicitor is paramount to achieving a quick and stress free exchange.  Our top tips for finding a good solicitor: Ensure your mortgage provider does not require you…
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April 28, 2017 in Buying a House, Buying a House, Knowledge & Tips

Buying a House part 4/10 – Making an Offer

There is lots of debate over making an offer as the protocol varies wildly between different areas, budgets and generations!  The rule of thumb generally seems to be - more…
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April 21, 2017 in Buying a House, Buying a House, Knowledge & Tips

Buying a House part 3/10 – Fees

It is important to consider how much you will need to pay in total, over and above the actual cost of the property, when considering your budget.  There may be…
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April 14, 2017 in Buying a House, Buying a House, Knowledge & Tips

Buying a House part 2/10 – Finding the right property

Finding a property takes time and it may not be clear from the start exactly what you want.  Start by making a list of key features you are looking for…
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April 10, 2017 in Buying a House, Buying a House, Knowledge & Tips

Buying a house part 1/10 – Introduction

At Absolute, we are often involved in the early stages when clients are buying a new home. We’re commonly asked to advise, before clients make an offer, on a property’s…
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