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What’s in a Name? The Bartlett’s “Loblolly”

The practice of house naming began hundreds of years ago with the English nobility whose manor houses, castles and estates bore traditional family or place names. Gradually the practice spread to the local gentry and then to the middle classes, tradesmen and merchants. Today the name of a house may be decided by its location or an outstanding feature, have historical significance or derive from sentiment, memories, or simply inspiration. Our homes are a very personal part of our lives; they are where we seek comfort and peace from the worl...

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Kids Rule: Grandsons’ Great Escape, Designed by By Design Ltd.

Ahoy mateys! This nautical-themed bedroom suite - complete with porthole window, rope trim and custom fish area rug - was created by the team at By Design Ltd. for their client's two young grandsons when they come to visit. "Our client wanted...

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Kids Rule: Rory’s Pirate Paradise, Designed by Nicola Lucas

Shiver me timbers! This pirate-themed room for eight-year-old Rory was cleverly designed by his mum, Nicola Lucas. "Rory wanted to move into our spare room about a year ago and wanted us to 'do it up' like a pirate ship," said Lucas. "We comprom...

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Kids Rule: Charlie and the Whales, Designed by eye4design

There is no doubt baby Charlie will have a whale of a time growing up in his sophisticated, but fun, nursery created by Janice Burke from eye4design. "Charlie's parents [Katie and Adam Richards] said that they liked the colours grey and yello...

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Kids Rule: Dylan’s Shark Cave, Designed by eye4design

Swimming with style, this marine-themed room for six-year-old Dylan is a shark-lovers paradise. Choosing various shades of blues to represent the ocean, Janice Burke from eye4design created this highly customised room using mainly recycled palle...

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Kids Rule: Pippa’s Perfect Nursery, Designed by Emily Hopkin

Perfect for a polished little princess-in-training, Pippa's nursery, also by interior designer mum, Emily Hopkin, is proof that kids' rooms don't have to be so, well, childish. "I don't think everything has to be babyish in a child's room," said...