• Vinyl coated papers – tough and washable they are best in rooms where there is a lot of condensation. A pattern is printed on top of a thin layer of vinyl that is backed by paper.
  • Vinyl papers – even tougher than vinyl coated paper and impervious to water. When thinking about future home design ideas remember this type of paper can be really tricky to remove.
  • Textured vinyl – this has an embossed pattern and is good in high traffic areas or where the walls aren’t even.
  • Woodchip paper – very difficult to remove when no longer wanted
  • Washable paper – a patterned paper that is treated with a plastic coating making it easy to wipe down and clean.

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Part two – Helpful Tips for Selecting Curtains and Sofa Fabrics

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· Get swatches: A large number of home furnishing stores provide their customers with swatches that they can take home to test. You should get swatches of the fabrics you like so that you can see what they actually look like in your home with the lighting and décor. You may have to pay a deposit for the swatches but it really is worth it as it can prevent you from making a mistake and buying the wrong fabric.

· Get a picture: In today’s market, you will find quite a few home furnishing and décor stores that provide computerized images that give you a peek into what your sofa or drapes will look like once it is actually finished. This will help you immensely as you will actually be able to see whether the fabric, color, pattern, etc. you have chosen looks as good at home as it does in the store.

You do not need an interior designer to give you a beautiful home. With a few fabulous home design ideas, you can create a beautiful home that is perfectly suited to your taste and personality. All you need is a few simple tips to help you get started and the rest will come naturally if you already know exactly how you want your home to look and feel!


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Helpful Tips for Selecting Curtains and Sofa Fabrics – First part

When you are looking for home design ideas, one of the things that need careful consideration is the selection of curtains and fabrics for sofas. Apart from decorative items for the different rooms in your home, your upholstery is what completes the design and look that you have picked. When you choose the right curtains and fabric for your sofa, you can turn your home into a beautiful place that looks elegant, warm and of course, welcoming!

Cottage_SofaTips for Curtain and Sofa Fabric Selection

For many of us, choosing the right curtains and sofa fabric for our homes can be a daunting task. There are so many points that need to be kept in mind due to the sheer variety of choices available in today’s market. The quality, color, pattern and finish of the fabric are all important factors that need to be considered while selecting curtains and sofa fabric.


Here are a few tips from me – Jamie Squillare to help you choose the perfect curtains and sofa fabric for your home:

Sofa couture· Go neutral: When it comes to home design ideas, you can never go wrong with neutral colors as well as patterns. They never go out of style and you can make them work with any decorative pieces that you have in your home. Another benefit of choosing a neutral theme is that it will never get boring as you can always change your accessories to match it.
·pink curtain Make sure patterns are lined up correctly: If you are choosing to go with patterns especially for your sofa, it is always best to opt for one that is lined up correctly throughout the entire piece. The pattern should not be broken up when it covers your sofa and it should look like it is covered with one large piece of fabric when looked at from a distance.


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Health and Safety When Designing and Building a Set – part 2

In part 1 we have started with information about production responsibilities and scenery safety. We’ve discussed safety measures about designing and building a stage set concerning areas like fire, suspended scenery, scaffolding, falling from heights and manual handling. Here I will share the rest of them.

Other areas that should be covered by the risk assessment:

ELECTRICAL INSTALLATIONS – any electrical work should be completed by a competent electrician. It’s vital to get professional advice early on in the set design process.

GAS/ LPG – any gas appliances should be fit for purpose, well maintained and correctly ventilated. A competent person should be responsible for installing any gas or LPG appliances, fixtures and fittings..

WATER – any water tanks or containers should be fit for purpose and checked for any leaks prior to use. Water sources should be contaminant and bacteria free with water treatment a necessity if the water is retained for any period of time.

MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT – the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 apply to all machinery and equipment used on the set. It should be fit for purpose, correctly maintained and regularly serviced. Any dangerous or moving parts should be adequately guarded, with information on their operation available to all users.

PRESSURE SYSTEMS – any hydraulic or pneumatic systems must be constructed to the latest standards. They should be tested prior to use and regularly maintained and checked for any failures.

SEATING – must meet local licensing requirements, be fit for purpose and regularly inspected and safely maintained.

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Health and Safety When Designing and Building a Set – part 1

The producer, set designer and construction team are responsible for production set and scenery safety. Overall responsibility lies with the producer and it’s their job to ensure that competent people are hired to design and construct the set and scenery. The legal requirements for designing and building a set come under the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 (the Management Regulations). If a set and scenery are not designed, constructed and built correctly they’ll be a hazard to all the people around it and that includes the audience as well as the actors, actresses and production teams. Jamie Squillare would like to share with you how to keep safety when designing and decorating a set.

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It’s important that the set is designed so that it can be put together, built and used safely. This also applies to the taking down and removal of the set and any scenery. A risk assessment should be performed and documented highlighting all the possible risks and detailing the safety measures. This information should be made available to all people on site.

The risk assessment should cover the following areas:

FIRE – because of the nature of the materials used in set design this risk is high. Control measures will depend on the size and scale of the set and range from just the provision of a fire extinguisher to fire alarms and evacuation procedures for large and complex productions.

SUSPENDED SCENERY – if the stage set design or scenery includes items that are flown or suspended the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER) and The Provision of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER) have provisions included in them that will apply. Any risk assessment should include details of how compliance will be achieved.

SCAFFOLDING – should be designed and constructed by competent people. It must be safe and regularly inspected.

FALLING FROM HEIGHTS – working at heights should be avoided if possible. Where this is not possible the correct PPE should be provided and all users adequately trained in its operation.

MANUAL HANDLING – the weight of any scenery should be minimised where possible, handles provided and items marked with a warning.

Continue to part two


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Scenic Design – a Brief Explanation

Creating theatrical, film or television scenery is known as scenic design. Other names it’s known by are stage design, set design or scenography. The people who are involved in designing the backdrop to a film, play or TV show come from a variety of artistic backgrounds, but more recently they are trained professionals who have a degree in theater. They are responsible for the scenery, furniture and props that the audience sees. It’s their job to design the physical surroundings where the action will take place. As a set dresser, I – Jamie Squillare could give a brief explanation about scenic design.

It is important that the set:

  • creates an atmosphere and sets the mood
  • conveys the style and tone of the production
  • gives the audience hints as to the time and place of the action
  • allows the actors to move around and group themselves appropriately

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The set designer works closely with the director and design team, discussing set details, interpretation of the script and aiming to create a unified look and feel for the production. Set design requires a lot of collaboration and exchanging of ideas. A set designer will use a variety of tools to convey their ideas to other members of the production crew. These will include:

  • a rough sketch of the set in the first instance
  • drawn to scale floor plans that show the view from above, detailing the general layout, furniture and prop placement
  • a view of the set from the front that shows windows and platforms
  • a scaled down 3D model showing the finished look of the set.

Once the show opens the set designers job is essentially over. The stage manager and backstage crew take over responsibility and ensure the designers remit is met and carefully followed.

In a theater the creation of the set is undertaken by a master carpenter, master painter and carpenters and electricians. The master carpenter takes the set designers drawings and draws up a schedule for building it as well as ordering the right materials. The grunt work of the construction is done by a group of carpenters and electricians. It is not always necessary to have experience in these fields as you can learn on the job. I small productions it could be the actors who perform these roles when not busy acting. The master painter takes responsibility for painting the scenery under the direction of the set designer.

Stage set design follows a similar pattern for film making and in the TV film industry. The designer will need to read the script several times in order to get a feel for its flavour and feel, then create a list of required scenery, furnishings and props. They’ll need to make note of the time of the action, historical period and any set changes called for.

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Latest trends in bedroom design

I have already shared some of the top trends in bedroom design for 2014 in my Jamie Squillare’s official blog. Here I would like to give you more visual examples. Any comments are appreciated also feel free to share some photos of your bedroom designs. You can also check my Pinterest board about home decoration.

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