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Fernanda Semler of Botanique

Interiors insider: Fernanda Semler, Botanique

‘The most common decorating mistake is trying hard to make everything match,’ says design entrepreneur Fernanda Semler who opened the luxury hotel Botanique near Sao Paolo in Brazil last Autumn. She tells Annie Deakin about taking design risks, interior trends and what is post-luxury.

London-based Irish designer Orla Kiely

Interiors insider: Orla Kiely

London-based Irish designer Orla Kiely began her career in fashion, but has since become a legend within the interior circle. Her quirky and recognisable prints have featured on various objects from kitchenware and lamps to cars and wallpaper. Her pop-up shops at John Lewis are open until 16 June.

James Lohan of Mr & Mrs Smith

Interiors insider: James Lohan of Mr & Mrs Smith

Since co-founding the travel website Mr & Mrs Smith (with his wife Tam), James Lohan has become a connoisseur in interior design. Last month, the father-of-two launched Smithandfamily.co.uk, a collection of parent-approved hotels for families who want style – and happy children. He talks to Annie Deakin about unusual interiors and common decorating mistakes.

Bee Osborn is an interior designer who lives in London with her three daughters and art dealer husband

Interiors insider: Bee Osborn

Inchbald-trained Bee Osborn is an interior designer who lives in London with her three daughters and art dealer husband. She is currently working on the refurbishment of the iconic Hotel St Barth Isle de France, which is part of the Oetker Collection. Osborn talks to Annie Deakin about lighting, Kit Kemp and design tricks.

Sebastian Conran

Interiors insider: Sebastian Conran

The eldest son of Sir Terence Conran, Sebastian Conran runs his own design studio in Barons Court, London. He has recently launched Universal Expert collection of homewares, available from www.johnlewis.com. He talks to Annie Deakin about his mentors, common design mistakes and his dream project.

Interiors insider: Sophie Gaze of Andara

Sophie Gaze read Structured Textile Design at Leeds University before working for a leading furniture and home accessories store.

Interiors insider: Charlie Marshall of Loaf

Founder of Loaf Charlie Marshall shares top tips on what to look for when buying a bed and his favourite interior shops in London.

Melody Roseveare

Interiors insider: Melody Roseveare

 



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Emily Jenkinson posed the question to five top food writers and cooks

CitizenM's new hotel in Southwark

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Hotels are embracing contemporary art to give their interiors an edge

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Jethro Macey picks his top ten talents from the New Designers ‘One Year On’ exhibition.

Mosaicist Thomas Greenaway

Turning the tables on cheap design

Journalist Melanie Cable-Alexander talks Slow Furniture with Emily Jenkinson

Industrial interiors – how to get the look

You don’t have to live in a warehouse or a converted factory to bring this year’s industrial look into your home, says Emily Jenkinson

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Discover & Deliver: demystifying design

Find and buy design from your favourite hotels, restaurants and TV shows with the help of this new website

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The two needn’t be mutually exclusive

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