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The beauty of concrete - how to bring concrete into your interior design

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The beauty of concrete - how to bring concrete into your interior design

Concrete is a surprisingly beautiful material, if it’s used correctly. In this guide we explode the myths about concrete and show you how you can bring it into your home and interior design... Concrete used to have a bad reputation, mainly because of all the unpopular ‘brutalist’ tower blocks and multi-storey car parks built in the 1960s. But if you’ve been following design trends in recent years you’ll know that concrete really can be beautiful - for interiors, accessories, even furniture. As a material it also has some very practical qualities. The key to using concrete in the home is...

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How to choose a dining table - the complete guide

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How to choose a dining table - the complete guide

Dining tables aren’t just for dinner time these days - they’re often the centre of the home and family life. Here’s Raft’s guide to form, function, and choosing the right dining table for you... Many homes once had a dining room, often kept ‘for best’, with the dining table in pride of place, highly polished and well protected. With the shift to open plan living, however, today’s dining – and eating, generally - is likely to take place alongside other focal points or activities. Today’s dining table has to be versatile. A bit like a repertory actor has to switch...

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Five simple, subtle ways to style your home for Christmas

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Five simple, subtle ways to style your home for Christmas

It’s Christmas - but that doesn’t mean you have to cover every surface in tinsel. Here are our tips for making your home both festive and stylish... For many, Christmas decoration is a straightforward business: hang fairy lights on everything you can, then drape tinsel on everything else. Not that there’s anything wrong with that - it is Christmas, after all. But for those of us who find that flashing bulbs and neon reindeer bring on a headache, festive decor is a bit trickier. How can you keep your home stylish and relaxing, without seeming too much of a Scrooge?...

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Antiform - fashion design with a brilliant twist

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Antiform - fashion design with a brilliant twist

At Raft we believe in doing the right thing. And doing it yourself if necessary. We look out for people with the same ethic and, when we get a few moments, we ask them to share a few thoughts with us. Antiform is a designer fashion label with a twist – they make all their own clothes using reclaimed materials sourced in the UK. We met founder and fashion genius Lizzie Harrison... By Terry Stiastny As I speak to Lizzie Harrison, there’s the rattle of a sewing machine in the background. Lizzie is working in her Bristol warehouse base alongside...

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Wabi-sabi: How to bring the beauty of imperfection into your home

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Wabi-sabi: How to bring the beauty of imperfection into your home

The Japanese concept of wabi-sabi is becoming ever more popular as an approach to interior and garden design. But what is it - and how can you bring ‘beautiful imperfection’ into your home? Search the term #wabisabi on Instagram or Pinterest and you’ll find an extraordinary variety of images. It might be an old lock and key in an ancient door, or a close-up of a crackle glaze on a ceramic vase. It might be a child’s dress displayed against a whitewashed brick wall, or a hand-carved wooden bowl, its deep fissure secured by a single (but mindfully placed) brass...

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