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Limitless

If only I could win the lottery, then everything would be easy.It is a tempting thought that I am sure has popped into most of our heads at least once and yet one study shows that nearly of 70% of lottery winners eventually end up back where they were before the big win.Our living room has two doors, two sets of windows, a fireplace, a television, two of us that mostly inhabit it and occasional visitors who usually like to sit down. When the season changes or I get bored and decide to move things around it can be immensely frustrating to fit everything in, but in the end so satisfying as well. When I get it right the whole...

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The Proof of the Pudding...............

Now I have loured you here with promises of non-existent puddings, lets move on to what I really wanted to talk about. Obviously we design, make and sell products that appeal to us and we would have in our own home (if we had not sold them all in the shop already).  Occasionally a new design or product will stand out from the rest and it becomes very hard to part with.  There is that moment of hanging on to the parcel for that extra few seconds before handing it over to our customer   Recently both Peter and I have become attached to a couple of new designs.   For me it was a simple grey Aran cushion.  Nothing fancy,...

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Design poetry

  Adlestrop Yes. I remember Adlestrop—The name, because one afternoonOf heat the express-train drew up thereUnwontedly. It was late June. The steam hissed. Someone cleared his throat.No one left and no one cameOn the bare platform. What I sawWas Adlestrop—only the name And willows, willow-herb, and grass,And meadowsweet, and haycocks dry,No whit less still and lonely fairThan the high cloudlets in the sky. And for that minute a blackbird sangClose by, and round him, mistier,Farther and farther, all the birdsOf Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire. Edward ThomasIf like Edward Thomas you've ever sat on a stationary train somewhere in the English countryside, then you'll know the feeling that his words evoke.Adlestrop is one of my favourite poems, the first that showed me...

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Productivity

In these days of been there done that, tick, what's next, I think there is a lot to be said for taking on projects that never actually end. Artists have been doing it for years, Monet painted twenty five paintings of haystacks, Andy Warhol painted a series of 32 Campbells soup cans and our own local Perry Davies with his birdhouses. I do it myself in furniture design. Each table is tackled anew, not as the next item on a production line but as a further exploration of what a table is and how it performs in use and as a result the design, and my appreciation of it continually evolves. Take the furniture in a room for example. The...

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What's your style ?

Style decisionsFrom American Colonial through Industrial, Minimal, Scandinavian Country and all the way To Zen, there is an interior design style for just about every letter of the alphabet. It amazes me how many there are and how many more appear every time a contestant begins a room on the latest design renovation show.So what is your style ? Actually don't answer that because by doing so all you do is limit your options and allow others to think they know, to predict who and what you are and will do. But do they ?At Cauliflower we believe stye is whatever you decide and unless you are preparing a house for sale or perhaps creating a shop then your style...

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