Our Favourite Sustainable Furniture & Accessories | Sustainable Gardens

2020/8/28

Mattinson Associates, Architects and Interior Designers based on the Isle of Wight, have compiled their favourite sustainable garden furniture and accessories to encourage being more eco friendly.  As we are all trying to become more sustainable at home and with many of us during lockdown working on our gardens, we thought it would be a great time to compile some great sustainable garden accessories for your coastal homes. From savvy plant tech to eco pots, here are our top five sustainable garden essentials!  Connected gardens We’ve written about connected gardens before but its definitely worth revisiting! Connected Garden’s is an app that helps you plant flowers and trees specific to any location. The app comes with a super sensor that needs placing in the proposed flower bed or tree position, then the sensor then connects to the app and alerts you with the best plants for that particular location based on the…(more)


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Authro: Thomas Dawson

Heatwave Help | Reducing Overheating in Your Home

2020/8/24

Mattinson Associates, Architects and Interior Designers on the Isle of Wight have compiled some simple, cost effective measures to reduce overheating in your home this summer during a heatwave. After the scorching heatwave earlier this month and then torrential rain, our weather is becoming more extreme and sporadic than ever. Typically in Britain, our homes are built to retain heat, so when we are facing temperatures of up to 40°C, our homes are uncomfortable.  Ventilation Opening up windows can help reduce the heat of your property by preventing the build up of humidity and increasing air movement. Although opening a window when it’s hot sounds obvious, there are ways to be more strategic such as opening windows on both sides of the property to increase a through-draft, opening the windows towards the wind direction and opening a skylight to let the hot air out.  Shading Sun coming through windows will heat…(more)


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Isle of Wight Hidden Gems | Summer 2020

2020/7/20

Mattinson Associates, Architects and Interior Designers have compiled their favourite hidden gems and secret spots on the Isle of Wight for those visiting this summer.  With worldwide restrictions on travel halting our summer get aways, more of us are looking to holiday in the UK instead this summer.  From the coastal village of Seaview on our wonderful Island to culture capitals like Edinburgh, the UK has so much to offer when it comes to staycationing. Although some places might be a little more expensive than others, holidays within the UK can be cheaper than abroad and there is even the added bonus of being more eco friendly by avoiding flights. So instead of jetting off to Spain or Greece, we’ve put together our hidden gems on the Isle of Wight so next time you’re visiting, or if you’re a local yourself, you can support the Isle of Wight tourism, retail…(more)


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Chamber of Commerce Business Expo | Helping the Built Environment Bloom

2019/7/20

Mattinson Associates, Architects and Interior Designers recently took part in the Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce Expo where they focused on being more sustainable and improving the built environment. In recent years, there seems to be an increased moral understanding of what you should be doing to protect the environment. But of course there is still more that we can all do. Whether it’s reducing the amount of plastic we use in our office or creating a master plan development of sustainable housing, at Mattinson Associates, we are constantly striving to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet theirs. Marketing events are no different to this. So, this year at the Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce Business Expo, our promotional material included pouches of meadow seeds in recyclable paper in the hope to encourage the public to plant mini meadows…(more)


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The Young Designers Awards 2019 | The Results

2019/6/14

A big thank you to all the children that entered this years Young Designers Award. The judges were overwhelmed by the imagination and creativity displayed in the designs – with ideas ranging from a Viking boat to a no gravity zone space experience. It was a difficult task to choose winners out of so many fantastic entries, but after much deliberation they reached agreement. The winning entries this year in each age category are as follows: 5-6 year old category First Place Award: Sophie Khurt – Age 5 – Fiveways – Rainbow Party Train Second Place Award: Matthew Hughes – Age 5 – Fiveways – Train United 7 year old category First Place Award: George Pim – Age 7 – Fiveways – Owlient Express Second Place Award: Emma Ross – Age 7 – Ryde Junior – A Nap Carriage Third Place Award: George Oglander – Age 7 – Ryde Junior…(more)


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Authro: Thomas Dawson