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Property owners 'hungry for Great British design'

Many UK homeowners are keen to incorporate a sense of 'Britishness' into any interior design projects they are embarking on at present, a sector expert has revealed.

TV presenter and antiques expert Katherine Higgins argued that the successful summer of sport - with the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games following Bradley Wiggins' historic win in the Tour de France - has roused a strong sense of patriotism among many people across the UK.

As a result, this connection with the national identity is spurring Brits to invest in items that showcase their appreciation for the many great British designers and producers that are out there.

Homeowners are therefore now often on the lookout for older pieces of furniture that can be incorporated into their decor to add a sense of connection to the past, while at the same time being stylish and contemporary.               

She commented: "We're very sort of vintage and retro in our outlook I think. But at the same time we want to combine that recycling of old furniture ... with buying into a really nice, cutting-edge piece of modern design."

Ms Higgins added that most British designers offer a sense of endurance and this is something that is proving poignant to many people in the present financial climate.

Interior designer Mary Leslie last week claimed that ensuring a high quality standard remains one of the most important aspects of any interior design project for UK homeowners.

She said that wood burning stoves continue to be a popular choice for those looking to add a sense of nostalgia to their property, while they can also be an excellent method for heating small spaces effectively.

Ms Leslie concluded: "A quality finish, in keeping with the style of the house and the proportions of the room, should be a good addition to a space. The wrong style, size and fuel will not." 

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