• Competition: Win a pair of tickets to the Etsy Wedding Fair, May 16-17th, 2015

    by  • Tuesday, April 28, 2015 • 0 Comments

    Etsy wedding fair

    Calling all brides-to-be! Etsy UK have very kindly offered Home Shopping Spy a pair of tickets to giveaway for their Spring Wedding Fair next month. If you’re planning a wedding or know someone who is, then read on…

    Held in central London, they will be showcasing some of their top wedding sellers from around the UK. If you’re looking for inspiration or last-minute accessories, there will be a pretty selection of wedding-y stuff that will help make your day look more personal and unique…

    Etsy wedding cake topper

    Planning a wedding can be stressful (and I know that now – I’m 3 months away from my own!) You might feel like there are just too many things to think about, so if you’re looking for help with that long to-do/buy list then this is the place to go.

    From headpieces to stationery and confetti to wedding dresses, you will be able to pick up ready-made pieces as well as order custom-made buys straight from the designers. They are also holding workshops including how to make your own fresh-flower headpiece.


    Whatever your wedding style – be it boho, rustic, country or glam they promise to offer a little something for everyone. To enter, please email homeshoppingspy@timeinc.com by Friday May 8th and tell me a little bit about your wedding and why you want to go. Look forward to hearing from you. Good luck!


    From top: Glitter cake topper, £21, Comeuppance; Letterpress wedding invite, from £5, Wolf and Ink; Wedding table numbers, from £10, The Lovely Drawer.

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    High street edit: rule the waves with splashes of inky blue

    by  • Saturday, April 25, 2015 • 1 Comment

    High summer palettes are so often full of pretty pastels and warm, feminine tones, that it’s somewhat refreshing to discover this season’s latest trend: inky blue. The new Northern Lights range from interiors maven Barker & Stonehouse is awash with the colour; from the intricately patterned Savalen chair to the ikat-inspired Serengeti rug, the brand have cleverly worked this dark shade into its furnishings for a cool, global feel.


    BHS is also on board, with its refreshing Oceanic range. Teamed with bleached wood and simple white crockery, these beach-inspired tones add a welcome burst of colour to a dining table scheme. Team with pale blue tumblers and twine or rattan accessories for an easy breezy picnic set-up.


    Marks & Spencer’s take on the tableware trend has a slightly moodier feel, with darker shades of blue injected with slate grey. Pops of white give the scheme a lift, creating an oriental-inspired dining scheme with plenty of character. We love the range of textures in this look; from glass cloches to ribbed candlesticks and bamboo lanterns, it’s easy to add depth and interest with a few simple accessories.


    Or, for just a gentle nod towards the trend, try this pretty range of Breton vases from Next. Teamed with simple red and white accents, they’re slightly French-inspired with a nautical twist – perfect for dreaming of a summer escape! Try playing with vases of different heights to create a relaxed, laissez-faire display.


    Nashville floor lamp, £139; Serengeti rug, £225; Savalen chair, £1,175; all Barker & Stonehouse. Oceanic tea towels, £5.99 for three, BHS. Kyoto dining set, £49.50 for a 12-piece set, Marks & Spencer. Breton stripe vases, from £22 each, Next 

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    High roller: a fresh new look for walls

    by  • Friday, April 24, 2015 • 0 Comments

    Hi, I’m Stephanie Hendries, an editor at Housetohome and theROOMedit and today Home Shopping Spy’s fabulous editor, Alice has very kindly agreed to let me loose on her blog so I can tell you all about my upcoming decorating project (and hopefully get a bit of advice)….

    I’m about to embark on a big overhaul of my bedroom. At the moment it’s an all-white room flooded with light, with a few hand-me down pieces of furniture. It’s welcoming and relaxed, but it’s a bit too plain for my liking.

    Deliberating over the bedroom’s current lacklustre look, it struck me that statement wallpaper might be the answer. Neutral rooms can be completely transformed with a show-stopping feature wall… With this in mind, I headed over to our shiny new website, theROOMedit to find some inspiration. It wasn’t long before I came across this fabulous bedroom scheme, which uses a pattered roller to create a wallpaper-style effect. Genius.


    You can find patterned paint rollers from a company called The Painted House, who have an online Etsy store where they sell a whole host of pretty designs. If you’re feeling extra creative you can use them to perk up old wooden furniture or even to make wrapping paper!


    1. Tussock patterned paint roller, £20, The Painted House at Etsy, 2. White 1 drawer bedside table, £129, Wayfair, 3. Coco French Bed, £825, Loaf

    So what do you think? Should I embrace the paint roller instead of traditional wallpaper? Let me know your thoughts below…

    Fancy re-creating the look yourself? Head over to theROOMedit – you’ll find ‘get the look’ shopping lists which are perfect if you are about to embark on an entire room renovation….

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    John Lewis AW15 Part II: The best from HOUSE

    by  • Wednesday, April 22, 2015 • 0 Comments

    We promised you a second instalment of what’s to come from John Lewis for AW15. Well, here is another sneak peek! In contrast to their anti-austerity trend we wanted to share with you some key pieces from HOUSE. HOUSE by John Lewis is a capsule collection of useful and stylish products with smart solutions for small spaces. With the pressure of housing costs and demands for cost effective furnishings you’ll find the price points brilliantly affordable and the pieces really imaginative…


    Top of our wish list? Well, we have a bit of a thing here for peg board and they have got two options on offer - white and natural wood - great for a home office, kitchen or hallway.


    Other pieces include this super smart Espen glass cabinet – try using as a room divider, perfect for compact living and don’t miss their divine felt storage boxes and baskets that are so soft you’ll want one in every room for blankets, slippers, newspapers, laundry!?


    1. Espen cabinet, £599; 2. Pegboard, from £35; 3. Ampersand sign, £30; 4. DAB/FM digital radio, £34.95;

    5.Felt storage box,£20

    You’ll also find on-trend pieces such as the ampersand sign light in grey and statement lighting and dinnerware and their own DAB/FM digital radio in a fab watermelon red. Pieces will be in store and online from August.

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    Treat your pooch to a posh new bed!

    by  • Friday, April 17, 2015 • 1 Comment

    If your dog could speak, (and was interested in interior design!), I think they would be barking on about the gorgeous new Cecil dog bed / mini sofas from Sofa.com.


     The Cecil in Pug, from £230, Fenella Smith range, Sofa.com

     As well as choosing from the house brushed-linen cotton colours, (which you can co-ordinate beautifully with your own sofa!), Sofa.com have collaborated with ceramic and textile designer Fenella Smith. So whilst you can treat your lucky pooch to a luxurious bed, you can also indulge by picking from a selection of Fenella’s one-of-a-kind, signature prints, Pug, Dachshund, Labrador and Pheasant.




    Cecil in Loch brushed linen cotton from £150; and Cecil in Dachshund, from £230, Fenella Smith range, Sofa.com


    Knowing that not all dogs are lucky enough to have such a happy home, Sofa.com has partnered with Dogs Trust, so that with every Cecil sold, up to £10 for the brushed cotton linen options and 10% from all the Fenella Smith designs, will be donated to Dogs Trust.

    I went to see these handsome dog beds for myself at the Sofa.com showroom in Chelsea, complete with special guest appearances and dog testing panel from Dogs Trust!



    Belle was right at home, but this little pup was far too comfortable snoozing here. The beds are very roomy, so much so I considered curling up on one of them myself!

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