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Warming up for Winter

Warming up for Winter

Summer is now officially over, so with Winter coming upon us - at Clara Bee we get ridiculously excited by a beautiful radiator. They are exquisite items, and just photograph so satisfyingly too. So please indulge our column radiator obsession here and at...

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50 Years of Designers Guild

50 Years of Designers Guild

It was an absolute pleasure to visit this exhibition last week at The Fashion and Textile Museum. Beautifully laid out and interesting to see the design trends and techniques developed over the years. Tricia Guild undoubtedly has a unique skill combining pattern,...

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Calm

Calm

Searching for inspiration this week has been difficult. Coronavirus and its effects still rule our lives in so many ways - changes to home, work, travel, school and study lives as well as health concerns for elderly or vulnerable family and friends. Focussing on...

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Banquette Bliss

Banquette Bliss

The demand for banquette seating is growing.  Whether in a kitchen dining space to seat you and your guests, or a useful hidden storage compartment under a window seat, we absolutely love the practicality, craftsmanship and the opportunity to have fun with fabrics and...

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Hoarding signs

Hoarding signs

We are very pleased with our new Clara Bee hoarding signs which are bigger, brighter and bolder, and are now up at ongoing projects in Southfields and Fulham. Thanks to BAF Graphics in Earlsfield https://www.baf.co.uk/ and Wonderland...

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How to create different zones in the garden

How to create different zones in the garden

Very happy to have two Clara Bee beautiful projects featured in this Houzz article: https://www.houzz.co.uk/magazine/how-to-create-different-zones-in-your-garden-stsetivw-vs~121584501 Let's make the most of the summer in the garden, on a balcony or a burst of colour...

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At Home – Bathrooms

At Home – Bathrooms

We have completed some fantastic bathroom projects over the years, and these, with other inspirational ideas are featured on our Bathrooms Pinterest Board https://www.pinterest.co.uk/clarabee1/bathroom/ Bathrooms (and kitchens) are often the main reason for buying or...

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Property Viewing Checklist

Property Viewing Checklist

At Clara Bee we help our clients to see the potential in their properties inside and out, and can do that before, during or after the purchase completes. The press and media report that the property market is surging back to life and booming, with personal viewings...

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Colour Consultancy

Colour Consultancy

Have you wondered about using a Colour Consultant? Colour Consultancy is a service to create a colour solution; a colour palette for your specific home redecoration paint project, whether it is one room, connecting areas, or the use of a complementary scheme...

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Outdoor space and gardens

Outdoor space and gardens

Carrying out a house renovation project? At Clara Bee we always advocate doing the garden at the same time rather than as a separate project for the future, for a number of reasons: Cost economies – contractors are on site already, waste removal costs can be...

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Refurbishing for rental

Refurbishing for rental

Are you thinking of renting out your home?  Do you need a maintenance refresh carried out between tenancies? From a fresh lick of paint to a full top to bottom refurbishment extension to attract a new type of tenant - this is the type of project we love at Clara Bee....

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At Home – Downstairs Loo

At Home – Downstairs Loo

Why is it that we are so set on neutral palettes or subtle shades of grey throughout our homes but we love wild and crazy in the downstairs loo? There is no other room which is visible to visitors where we put subtlety to one side and let our imaginations run riot....

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At Home – Living Room

At Home – Living Room

Spending significantly more work, school, study and leisure time at home has made us critically consider the way various spaces work for the family living there. Whether you call it your reception room, lounge, living room or drawing room – the place where you relax,...

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Home Office – space to work, study, play and relax

Home Office – space to work, study, play and relax

  In this new time dealing with the coronavirus, many of us are adapting to working and studying from home.  Some Clara Bee thoughts on helping you to set up the right space for this: Function – is this solely a work from home space, or the household admin...

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NVN Design & Build Guide 2020

NVN Design & Build Guide 2020

The 2020 NappyValleyNet Design & Build Guide came out just as we went into lockdown, so we have not yet had the chance to sing its praises.    As with previous years it is packed full of home refurbishment ideas, advice and inspiration. Email...

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Clara Bee resumes business

Clara Bee resumes business

As of 1st June 2020 Clara Bee is resuming its full service operations as lockdown eases and we all establish what is the new normal. We have been working throughout the coronavirus pandemic on a reduced scale; completing the essential interior fit out to allow clients...

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Lighting & Art Event Photos

Lighting & Art Event Photos

We were happy to set up and host this event, with really interesting talks, a stunning demonstration of the difference lighting can make, and a sociable and inspiring evening all round, clearly a success judging by this lovely review on NappyValleyNet. "What an...

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Case Study – Battersea House – Update and Modernise

Case Study – Battersea House – Update and Modernise

Ensuring the client experience is positive from start to finish during their home refurbishment project is an essential aspect of Clara Bee’s service ethos, as a recent case study in Battersea demonstrates. This project was to modernise and update the family’s 5...

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Colour by Nature

Colour by Nature

Farrow & Ball has launched its latest collaboration - with the Natural History Museum named "Colour by Nature".  16 new colours inspired from animal, vegetable and mineral origins.  The colours may have a historical provenance but will be perfect in modern and...

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Trends for 2019

Trends for 2019

Happy New Year!  Looking for some Interior Design ideas for 2019?  Have a look at our Pinterest Board https://www.pinterest.co.uk/clarabee1/trends-for-2019/ I hesitate to use the word "Trend".  With any project we want to create a comfortable elegant and practical...

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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy festive holiday time with your families, loved ones and friends.  From all of us at Clara Bee and our canine associates

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Utility Room

Utility Room

A Utility Room needs to be practical, functional and useful, however there is no reason why it cannot be stylish and pleasing. Bespoke carpentry, lovely rich warm blue colours, good lighting and new sanitary ware make this small room so appealing.

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Dressing room project

Dressing room project

A great project - the brief was to create an organised and modern dressing room for a young woman, with clean contemporary colours and style. Bespoke carpentry work created lots of hanging, shelf, shoe and seat storage under the eaves on each side of the room, and a...

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Halloween Inspiration

Halloween Inspiration

Looking for some stylish and chic ideas for Halloween?  Check out Clara Bee's Halloween Pinterest Board - costumes, cocktails, decorations and cakes https://www.pinterest.co.uk/clarabee1/boards/

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Top 10 Bathroom Design Tips

Top 10 Bathroom Design Tips

Maximise your small space by commissioning bespoke storage, customising storage to your needs will have such a positive impact Storage, storage and more storage to keep the space clean and tidy Don’t be afraid to mix different textures and colours, how about painting...

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Hallway

Hallway

This wonderful panelling adds character and calmness throughout the hallway.  The choice of runner adds a touch of colour which complements the traditional wooden floor and invitingly flows up and connects each additional level. It is a mistake to neglect the hallway...

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Luxury bathroom style

Luxury bathroom style

The focus of this refurbishment project was to convert an under-utilised spare bedroom into a luxurious dressing room and ensuite bathroom to complement the Master Bedroom.   This sort of project is becoming increasingly more popular around London, balancing the...

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A scentsory delight

A scentsory delight

Beautiful vessels and amazing perfumes. These are the best scented candles we have ever come across. After meeting Rachel and Emma from Rachel Vosper candle chandlers and home fragrance experts https://rachelvosper.com/ at Decorex we could not get the scents out of...

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Beautiful, artistic and original wallpapers

Beautiful, artistic and original wallpapers

You actually feel like you could reach out and touch these animals and birds, with Juliet's incredibly detailed and beautiful wallpapers.  The vibrancy of the African plains and the essence of British nature are captured in stunningly detailed drawings on high quality...

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Need Interior Design help?

Need Interior Design help?

Need some Interior Design help? An easy, fun, cost effective way to access professional Interior Design help with your home refurbishment. Claire has developed her Interior Design Consultancy Service which is a set priced package covering: Colour consultancy – a...

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Exciting Wallpapers

Exciting Wallpapers

A wee pop of ultra violet magnificence to accommodate 2018 colour of the year. These wall coverings are vibrant and magnificent, creating great energy. Timorous Beasties - www.timorousbeasties.com !

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Happy Christmas!

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and peaceful New Year with warmest wishes from all of us at Clara Bee Claire, Trevor, Dinah, Matt and Cat

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Waffle Design

Waffle Design

If only you could touch these gorgeous soft waffle cushions and throws through the screen! They are exquisitely tactile, soft and warm.  Definitely on our Christmas list here at Clara Bee and would make wonderful presents to add a luxurious touch to any room. Please...

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Christmas 2017 – Princes Trees

Christmas 2017 – Princes Trees

In all the media frenzy of Black Friday and Cyber Monday we would like to take a calmer moment to mention our friends at Princes Trees again this year. £2 from the sale of every Christmas tree bought goes to the charity they support in Uganda, this year being...

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Making a house a home

Making a house a home

Exactly and just what we hope to achieve, as summed up in our newest testimonial from our lovely client Julie: "My flat certainly feels like a real home now.  I’ve gone from not wanting to spend any time there to not wanting to leave”

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London closes and mews

London closes and mews

Walking around London yesterday we found these wonderful closes and mews streets, giving a glimpse of life just off the main street, calm, beautifully kept with lovely plants and interesting railings and balconies.

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True Meaning of Inspiration

True Meaning of Inspiration

This young man is a true Inspiration.  After suffering a horrible accident with life changing consequences, he is overcoming his physical disabilities and produces the most beautiful and very authentically real paintings, as a mouth artist. Please have a look...

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Exposed Brick Walls

Exposed Brick Walls

This popular and enduring trend continues to work so well to create beautiful interiors. The bricks can be in their raw original state or painted, and there is something quite comforting seeing the solid structure of the property on the inside.  

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Colour

Colour

Paint colour choices - there are so many factors to take into consideration; light, size and shape of room, its orientation, the other materials, textures and architectural features present, as well as personal taste and preference.This photo demonstrates how the...

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Morocco – inspired indeed!

Morocco – inspired indeed!

Vibrance in abundance!   The colours leap out at you. What a magical place to visit.  The images shown hopefully translate what has hit us from the second we arrived in this wonderful city, Marrakech.  The colours, textures, patterns and designs are mind blowing.  An...

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The Stones

The Stones

Inspired and motivated today to use The Stones; Nicky Haslam's paint collaboration with Paint The Town Green.  The collection is inspired by gemstones and minerals, not only are they beautiful colours, these paints, like all Paint The Town Green's colours, are...

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World Book Day

World Book Day

The book that constantly inspires me.  The beautiful photos takes me through every emotion and it is such an interesting and important record of the last 100 years.

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Pink

Pink

We are very proud to announce that Matt has had one of his photographs selected for Once Upon a Pink Exhibition  which opens tomorrow at Puderraum in Berlin https://www.facebook.com/events/1640025989630755/ For more of Matt's work please see...

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Christmas Wreaths and Floral Delights

Christmas Wreaths and Floral Delights

It’s that exciting time of year again when thoughts turn to all things tinsel, nutmeg and mulled wine. It’s all about adding those extra final touches that make the festive season truly magical inside your home. Helen Edwards is a wonderful, local, floral designer...

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Tiles – Simplicity in Geometric Shapes

Tiles – Simplicity in Geometric Shapes

Working with geometric tiles recently we have been inspired by these wonderfully creative examples. The first two images (Mutina) below, take a variety of regular shapes and allow them to be laid in such a way as to create ordered chaos. The final two examples take a...

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Client kindness

Client kindness

How lovely and special are these!  A beautiful hand decorated bowl and special personalised coffee cups made for us by one of our wonderful clients.  Thank you, we are very touched.

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It Takes Two

It Takes Two

Claire and Trevor are delighted to be featured in this article on NappyValleyNet.com about couples running local businesses together http://www.nappyvalleynet.com/couples-feature/

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Perfect walk in wardrobes

Perfect walk in wardrobes

Inspiration from Houzz here for walk-in wardrobes, not only are these perfect, they are beautiful as well. You can view them here: http://www.houzz.co.uk/ideabooks/66026520/list/7-rules-to-help-you-design-the-perfect-walk-in-wardrobe w=300 Photo by Closet Factory -...

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Time to Invest in your home!

Time to Invest in your home!

I was enthused to see the article in the Evening Standard on 10 March 2015, encouraging Londoners to consider investing in their homes - I’ve been saying that for years! With a backdrop of low interest rates getting the money for refurbishments is cheap. For those who...

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London Design Week March 2015

London Design Week March 2015

London Design Week March 2015 Spring is sprung which means it is time for London Design Week! This special week sees our city fill up with designers, developers, stylists and groovy people from all over the world, congregating in our fair capital. There are so many...

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Shutters

Shutters

The New England Shutter Company - These Guys Are Brilliant And Their Shutters Are Too! - www.thenewenglandshuttercompany.com When you're really talking business and looking for the very best shutters money can buy, look no further.

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Made.com

Made.com

Made.com is an interesting and innovative company we've been using for sometime now. Their products are very reasonable and well priced. Talking from experience and having a list of satisfied customers that we"ve already directed to the company we thought it was time...

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Thornback & Peel

Forever inspired by the designs by this lovely company. They've come out with this for Valentine"s - I"m tempted, for once, to actually buy a card for my husband - it'll be his first ever Valentine card (from me) in 18 years!! Check out their website:...

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tiles to tempt you….

tiles to tempt you….

I came across these beauties in Reed Harris tile shop, in Fulham. The colours are magnificent and exciting. I'm looking forward to putting them in my own home soon..... totally irresistible!!

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It’s time to get outdoors

It’s time to get outdoors

Enjoy your garden this summer.... We have just completed the most beautiful garden, in SW17. With one exception, RAIN, we have experienced nothing but pure enjoyment start to finish. The garden was transformed quickly from a disastrous eyesore to a delightful space....

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Don’t be scared of wallpaper!

Don’t be scared of wallpaper!

I'm finding there are lots of people out there eager, keen and inquisitive about the whole idea of 'wallpaper'. Great! Don't be scared. Wallpaper nowadays is a very different ball game to what it used to be.

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Inspiration of the week was without doubt…

Inspiration of the week was without doubt…

Chelsea Flower Show, glorious sunshine, stonking heat, smily faces, lifted spirits! Life is good, really good. Colour being forever at the forefront of my mind and thoughts, I felt chuffed seeing the predominate colours of the planting of one of the winning garden's...

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