• Discover something beautiful

    by  • Tuesday, September 1, 2015 • 0 Comments

    The style team were set the enviable task by Homesense, of a supermarket-sweep-style dash around one of their stores to create two room sets with £1000 per room. Raring to go with just a vague idea of a country kitchen and cosy living room in mind, we were really relying on what was in store to deliver some star pieces to help us create some trend-led looks. We were pretty chuffed with the final room sets below, Homesense definitely didn’t disappoint; you can imagine the number of trollies we managed to fill with a £2000 budget! (FYI a lot!).

     

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    Holly’s debrief: ‘I wanted to create a cosy living space but with a contemporary twist so was thrilled when I came across this stylish armchair. The thick, shaggy rug and knitted blue pouffe add the warm texture I was after and the industrial style, wooden chest of drawers and side table creates a feeling of loft style living. It was exciting to explore each aisle of the store to put together this cosy scheme for autumn. I felt as if I was unearthing one-off treasures.’

     

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    Michela’s musings: ‘The first thing I spotted was a kitchen console, I thought it was such a key piece and amazing value it sparked the inspiration for the style. As I went round the store I started spotting classic ceramics, enamelware and zinc accessories for a smart country look, but I couldn’t resist adding hints of copper to give it a contemporary spin. I found so many unique and unexpected gems, the variety was amazing, it made it so easy to create this look’.

     

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    Get back-to-school ready in style with our must-have stationery haul!

    by  • Saturday, August 29, 2015 • 0 Comments

    As August draws to a close and the new term looms, one of the best ways to lift my spirits is undoubtedly by planning the annual stationery haul. From pens and pencils to notebooks and pinboards, take a look at my favourite high-street buys to pep up your studies this autumn – all with a sophisticated twist on classic school stationery.The-White-CompanyIf you like your desk to feel pared back and simple, don’t miss the brand new range from The White Company (above). In steely shades of white, grey and charcoal, the understated collection is brought to life with cute mottos. Check out the Sentiment pencils, embossed with messages such as “Live Your Dream” and “Smile Often”, for a a quick pencilcase pick-me-up! Notebooks, from £8 each; Sentiment pencils, £15 for 10; all The White Company.

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    Start the term with some positive vibes thanks to these pretty illustrations from Andsmile (above). Pop them on the fridge as a reminder, slip them into a lunchbox or give one to a friend for an easy way to spread a little sunshine. They’d make gorgeous bookmarks, too! Be Kind postcards, £3.50 for three, Andsmile

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    Alternatively, why not go for a luxe look with this gorgeous gift box from Sarah & Bendrix (above)? Available in either white and gold or black and copper, it’s a super chic way to add the Midas touch to your study. Curious gift box, £6.50, Sarah & Bendrix.

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    Like to keep it chic and sweet? Try these pretty notebooks, planners and more from Rifle Paper Co (above), with dainty illustrations in smart colours for a modern update to a classic palette. The personalised lined paper is a real treat to splash out on, and the charming desktop pads are perfect for organisation fiends. I’m think I’m going to need a bigger desk..! Back-to-school stationery, from $4.50 for a card, Rifle Paper Co.

    Check out the best of the rest on the highstreet with our lust-worthy wish list below:

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    Wishlist credits: 1. ‘You’re Killing It’ screensaver, free, The Lovely Drawer2. Get It Done notepad, $8, Rifle Paper Co3. White pegboard, from £25, Block4. Desk organiser, £75, Beyond Object range, Amara; 5. On The Go notebooks, $15 for two, Garance Doré6. Bow push pins, £20 for 24, Kate Spade7. Geometric pocket notebook, £4.90, Quill London

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    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!!!!

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

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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. 

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    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.

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    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 • 1 Comment

    …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:

     

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    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.

     

     

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    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.

     

     

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    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!

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    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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