Black Lacquer: So Very Mary McDonald

 Can you think of black lacquer, or any lacquer for that matter, without immediately thinking of design goddess Mary McDonald?  I can't.  But this post is actually made up of images from other designers, only because I've showed you so much Mary McDonald and I wanted to show you other people's work.


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From a new Partner: A Guide to Choosing Doors for your Home

This post is from a new partner, The Sash Window Workshop, who I am happy to welcome!

If you’re considering changing the exterior or interior doors in your home then take a look at our quick guide so you can choose the perfect door.

Wooden Doors

Wooden doors are a popular choice both inside and outside the home. With so much choice available they offer a lot of versatility. Whether you have a modern or a period home you’ll find wooden doors that will perfectly suit your style.

In terms of cost, some wooden doors can be more expensive than UPVC or other man made materials, but they’re also more sustainable and environmentally friendly and a high quality wooden door is a far smarter alternative to cheap UPVC.

You can buy wooden doors off the shelf or have them made bespoke. If you want to keep your costs down choose a basic door and try changing the handle for something more expensive looking.

Wooden doors are good insulators and are also an environmentally friendly choice as the majority of solid wood doors being manufactured today come from sustainable sources. There are several recycling companies who will also take away your old wooden doors and recycle them or recondition and reuse them.

UPVC Doors

UPVC is fairly unfashionable at the moment as it’s received a bad press over the years. UPVC has been accused of looking ugly and cheap and many less expensive doors can be unattractive.

However, technology has come a long way since the first UPVC doors were manufactured and now you can find them in a variety of colours, styles and designs, including wood effects which can look very convincing.
UPVC doors are strong and durable and will easily stand up to daily wear and tear. In addition they are excellent insulators which will help keep the heat in your home.

One of the main drawbacks of UPVC is the environmental impact of the product. UPVC does not degrade which means today landfill is being filled up with old doors and window frames.

However, some recycling companies have recognised a gap in the market and are offering UPVC recycling services which can help put the minds of environmentally conscious shoppers at rest.

Recycled UPVC can be used to make everything from shoe soles to flooring to swimming pool coatings, so consumers who choose to have their UPVC doors recycled can rest assured that their old door won’t end up in landfill.

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Design Crush: Rachael Reider

Rachel Reider is my newest design crush.  She is so versatile and talented.  And check out the orange bathroom walls with the hot pink flowers -- she's brave, too. I really admire that (and envy it a little).  Have you heard of her before?  I swear, sometimes I have my head stuck in the sand, so she may be really famous and I am just now "discovering her."  Either way, I hope you enjoy her work!

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I just used this rug below in a client's house, and it is GORGEOUS (Thomas O'Brien for Safavieh). (There is also a copy of it for a lot less in my sidebar under Recommended Products that is really nice, too)...

My all time favorite manufacturer is back today - Currey and Company on Joss & Main!!
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