• Get set for the bank holiday weekend- come rain or shine!!

    by  • Thursday, August 27, 2015 • 0 Comments

    Now I’m no Michael Fish, but even I can tell that the weather recently has been WEIRD. One minute it’s dark, stormy and bucketing it down with rain,  and the next the sun is shining and we’re all getting hot and sweaty on the train journey home. The number of times I’ve either been caught out without a brolly and adopted the drowned rat look this week, is probably equal to the number of times I’ve wrapped myself up in a thick coat and boots and then proceeded to perspire silently all the way to work. And I’m sorry but you just can’t trust all those weather apps out there! Even they seem to contradict themselves by the hour.

    So who knows what weather we’ll be blessed/punished with this bank holiday weekend, so it seems, that just like the Scouts, we must all be prepared for all eventualities. With that in mind, I’ve put together a little shopping round up so that whether you’re planning a picnic in the park or a barbecue in the garden if the sun’s out, or you need a new brolly and ideas to keep busy in the rain, it’s all here for the taking! COME ON THE SUNSHINE!!!!


    You’ll find lots of fabulous summer buys at Poundland, including picnic ware and lanterns. From £1.


    I love the idea of this fabulous outdoor rug from Cuckooland. If your garden or outdoor space lacks comfy grass to sit on, then a popping down a waterproof rug creates an instant area to picnic on. Carry bottles of pop (or prosecco!) in a pretty wicker basket like this one from Achica and transport food and provisions in a perfectly packed hamper. This one is from Design3000.


    Pack up a picnic and head to the woods, park or even just the garden! Sophie Allport has this lovely Pheasant print cool bag, £32 and matching roll up picnic blanket, £35, perfect for a romantic lunch alfresco! Or if the whole family needs catering for, then this Iconic picnic hamper, £55, from Aga Cookshop has plenty of room for provisions.

    1. Floral 4 person wicker picnic hamper, £124, Littlewood. 2. Tweedmill pure wool picnic blanket in rainbow stripe, £98, Amara. 3. Freezable wine cooler in ziggy design, £14.95, Cuckooland. 4. Kate Spade NY Picnic plates, set of 4, £26, Amara.


    1. This mini bbq can easily be carried to a sunny spot, plus it’s ideal for camping. Portable kettle charcoal barbecue, £4.99, Dunelm 2. Tropical tableware, napkins and cutlery will help make you feel sunny inside, even if it isn’t outside! Tropical Fiesta range, from £3.50, Talking Tables. 3. Brighten up drinks and cocktails with these pretty patterned floral straws, £3.75, The Oak Room. 4. This barbecue set includes a two-pronged fork, a spatula, basting brush and tongs to enjoy the perfect party with friends and family. £29.95, Annabel James. 5. Painted the brightest of pinks and shaped like a bucket, this novelty barbecue will still fulfil its function while adding colour and humour to your garden. £65, Out There Interiors.


    I’m so impressed with the range of picnic and party ware available at Sainsbury’s this summer, all their ranges have matching plates, napkins and tablecloths, as well as fun honeycomb decorations. So when you’re stocking up on burgers and buns, be sure to pick up some paper plates and napkins too! 1. Coastal stripe range, from £2. 2. Hanging pineapple decoration, £3 for 3. 3. Fun fruit table cover, £3.50. 4. Fun fruit paper plate, pack of 8, £2.25 all Sainsbury’s.


    So if the heaven’s decide to open, but you’re planning on making the most of the great outdoors anyway, then make sure you can stay as dry as possible with some fun wellies and umbrellas. 1. Floral wellies, from a selection at Hunter. 2. Watermelon umbrella, £15, Paperchase. 3. Butterfly mid height wellies, £32.50, White Stuff. 4. Botanical floral umbrella, £15, Paperchase. 5. Strawberry umbrella, £5, Tiger. 


    The old ‘if you can’t beat them , join them!’ springs to mind sometimes, so rather than getting bank holiday blues because of the persistent down pours, turn that frown upside down, embrace the weather and purchase one of these happy-go-lucky, upbeat prints. 1. Dance in the rain print, £29.95, Iapetus. 2. Diamonds in the rain print, £48, Freya Art & Design.  3. Life’s isn’t about print, £14, Notonthehighstreet.com.


    1. If you can’t be outside BBQ-ing or Picnic-ing this weekend, how about staying in with this aptly named Rainy Day icing set, £65 from Biscuiteers. Mix, Bake, Eat would be my mantra! 2. Or if you’re feeling creative, why not put your feet up and get crafty with this Bright Blooms Embroidery kit, £22, from InSpaces. 3. Or if all else fails, and you’re at your wits end, just pour yourself a drink and relax! With this amazing Bramble Cocktail Case, £185, from Tippleworth, you can be your own barman and mix delicious gin cocktails in a flash. Lets hope for rain then eh!?




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    Dreaming of a coastal get away…

    by  • Tuesday, August 25, 2015 • 0 Comments

    …in another country given this summer’s poor show! Anyway, enough of that, thankfully despite the weather, coastal style never goes out of season and you don’t have to live by the sea to create a little seaside style.

    If you’re looking for ideas to create a British bolt-hole look, a laid-back Ibiza beachy vibe, or a nod to modern nautical, then The Room Edit have put together a whole host of inspirational shots that will have you looking wistfully out the window at an imaginary shoreline (or booking your next holiday!).

    If you want to transform your living space into your ideal seaside get away, there’s a free downloadable Coastal Lookbook available now; with room recipes and stunning daydreamable rooms, that will have you moodboarding and planning your own coastal retreat at home.

    A few favourites from The Room Edit’s roll of loveliness:



    Where to buy: Harbour Illustration wallpaper, £12, B&Q;  Morkt lantern £14, Ikea; Cable knit cream throw, £80, House of Fraser; Vintage zinc trunks (set of 3), £125, Nordic House.




    Where to buy: Cotton cushion cover, £7.99, H&M; Driftwood side table, £120, French Connection; Glasses and basket set, £25, John Lewis; Batik vase, £100, LSA International.




    Where to buy: Grashoppa floor lamp, £579, Gubi range, Houseology; Cork stool Model A, £324, Vitra range, Heal’s; Midnight Triangle Kuni cushion, £60, Natasha Lawless range, Clippings.com; Coastal accent mug, £6, John Lewis.

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    A bevy of beautiful baskets

    by  • Sunday, August 23, 2015 • 1 Comment

    Our September issue is packed to the rafters with storage ideas, from clever secret solutions, to big ideas for family living. If your stuff is spilling over into your living space (whose isn’t?!) you need to see it!

    With this in mind I thought I’d share a bevy of beautiful storage baskets, because you can never have too many in my opinion, although with this many, you’d need to find storage for your storage!


    Mint dipped belly basket, £29, Olli Ella


    From the top:

    1. Zig Zag storage bag, £31.59; Nonodinoz range, Smallable; 2. Kenyan pink basket, £23.95, Deorator’s Notebook; 3. Grey woven basket (part of a set of 3), £75, Nordic House; 4. Medium wire basket in petrol with oiled oak lid, £134, Ferm Living range, Amara; 5. Pom Pom belly basket, £35, Olli Ella; 6. Kiondo medium basket, £50, Unique & Unity; 7. Jute storage basket, £12.99, H&M; 8. Katia laundry bag, £16, Etoile Home; 9. Raffia storage basket in blue, £29, Rice range, Cloudberry Living; 10. Bacat basket (set of 2); £155, At No.67

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    Hot off the press: 5 exclusive new designer collaborations from Bemz

    by  • Friday, August 21, 2015 • 0 Comments

    Famed for designing stunning covers for Ikea’s furniture, Swedish brand Bemz has long-been the ultimate way to make homogenous furnishings feel completely unique. To celebrate its 10th anniversary, the brand is launching a limited-edition designer collection, featuring five gorgeous new fabrics. What’s more, each designer will curate their pattern of choice alongside additional fabrics from the existing 250-strong Bemz range. This will be filmed (check out the video at the end of our story!) and launched throughout the year, so keep checking their website for updates!


    First up was Tricia Guild, founder of Designers Guild, who kicked off the campaign in May 2015. Her design Sudara (above), is a digitally printed floral in rich tones, featuring azure and purple hydrangeas interspersed with painterly green leaves.


    Next up is the Fruit Garden print by Camilla Lundsten’s company Littlephant (above), which is available from August 20 2015. Delve into a world of whimsical characters in a modern Scandi print for a bold, stylish update to fabrics and furniture alike.


    For a large-scale statement pattern, check out Jardin Exo’Chic by Christian Lacroix. Created in deep inky tones with a palm leaf print, it’s an exotic addition that adds instant modern drama. Make it pop with bold cushions in primary colours. Pythagoras

    The final contributions feature Pythagoras (above, available from October 15 2015), a digital geometric print in a spectrum of fiery tones from Sven Markelius, whose résumé includes the Swedish pavilion and UN buildings in New York. The fifth and final design will come from Katarina Wiklund, set to be unveiled in November!

    Like what you see? Learn a little more about the collection with this behind-the-scenes film:

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    Need some design inspiration for your home? You’ll find it all at House to Home.

    by  • Wednesday, August 19, 2015 • 0 Comments

    If you’re passionate about interiors, love keeping up with the latest homeware trends, and just can’t get enough of looking around stunning homes and period properties, then I’m hoping you already know all about our Mother site, HousetoHome. However, if you’re not familiar with this hub of all things fabulous, then now is the time to check it out, as it’s not even easier to find inspiration to create a look you’ll love.



    Finding new shutters for your home just got easy peasy! Just click on the image to take you straight to the story!

    7 leading Homes titles come under the umbrella of the HousetoHome site, including us! So as well as hearing all the latest from Ideal Home, you’ll also hear from Country Homes & Interiors, Livingetc, Style at Home, Homes & Gardens, 25 Beautiful Homes and Beautiful Kitchens, plus there’s a dedicated team of Videographers and craft experts providing new content every day!


    You’ll find lots of craft and DIY tips from our craft experts, plus videos with step by step guides.

    New stories, shopping round ups, designer interviews and house tours are added daily by the design and decor experts from each magazine, (including yours truly) so there is always plenty to inspire and excite, and now with a fresh new re-design unveiled this week, its easier and quicker to find and browse all the amazing content to kick start your own home make-over.


    Fancy a tour of this vintage inspired home? Click on the image to see it all!

    If you’re a Pinterest fiend, then you’ll love the Pin it or Bin it videos that Heather from House to Home regularly films- she takes ideas from Pinterest and tries them out herself, but are they worth pinning or just binning! See her latest try-out below.

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    Want to know all the latest trend ideas for decorating in the bedroom? Love the metallic look? Want to know where to buy it all? With new ‘shop the look’ links through-out the site, you are now just clicks away from creating a look you’ll love.


    Get the midas touch in your home with high shine accessories-just click the image to find out how! 

    So now that your coffee/lunch/life breaks will be spent browsing lots of lovely design inspiration, crafting tips and videos, you’ll have all the ideas you need to transform your home and create a stylish living space.

    Find out more at Housetohome.co.uk






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