• Christmas buys from the Ideal Home Boutique

    by  • Friday, December 19, 2014 • 0 Comments

    Soft lighting, cosy, fair isle knit cushions, a snuggly sofa and the fire on…oh and a hot cup of tea in hand! Browse the Worldstores Ideal Home Boutique and you can have all this to warm up your home just in time for Christmas. Here are some of my top picks…

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    1. Metal pendant light, £22.99; 2. Gary Birks Chintz mug, £19.99; 3. Nordic Fair Isle cushions, from £31.99; 4. Dorsten 2-seater sofa, £599; 5. Dimplex Courcheval 2kw white stove, £149.99, all Worldstores.

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    Hot trend: Indoor plant hangers

    by  • Wednesday, December 17, 2014 • 0 Comments

    House plants are hip. I have a succulent in almost every room now but I haven’t had any greenery in my home since I was 16 when I struggled to look after a spider plant. People are decorating with plants more and more and a trend we’ve spotted are these fab indoor plant hangers. They are cropping up all over the high street – a great way to inject a bit of greenery without hogging any surface space. From metallic, woven, metal and ceramic there are lots of styles to choose from…

    Indoor plant hangers

     From the top: Gold plant hanger, from £19, Bloomingville. Knotted rope plant pot hangers, from £15, Knotted Interiors. Riskorn plant hanger, £6, Ikea. Rectangular planter, £15, Rockett St George. 

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    A simple Scandi scheme

    by  • Friday, December 12, 2014 • 0 Comments

    I don’t want a lot for Christmas but sometimes I wish I was Scandinavian and then my home would look like this…

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    Pared-back and sophisticated with a touch of luxe. This beautiful photography is from House Doctor who have done it again with their pretty Moments collection. Flicking through their catalogue wistfully, I love the mix of pale wood, copper, marble and cool greys. This Christmas scheme is casual but that is what Scandi’s do so well – effortless chic. To see more, visit their online catalogue, here or check Bodie and Fou who stock the largest selection of House Doctor product in the UK.

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    Christmas table decorations

    by  • Wednesday, December 10, 2014 • 2 Comments

    Christmas table favour

    These pretty paper stars would make a cute alternative to a Christmas cracker. They can be filled with sweets or other treats and will double-up as place-setting name markers. They’re super easy to make, too. All you need to do is fold a piece of kraft paper in half and draw a star shape in pencil. Using a chalk pen or white marker, draw spots or stripes within the star shape. Cut it out, then sew around the shape 5mm inside the edge, leaving a 4cm-wide gap. Push treats inside the star, then sew the gap closed. For more ideas, check out our Christmas craft vids here.

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    Try a new look this Christmas

    by  • Friday, December 5, 2014 • 0 Comments

    Graphic monochrome christmas

    Looking to shake up your festive decorating!? How about a graphic monochrome look? Team spots, stripes, chevron and stars in black and white for a modern, Christmas feel. This simple Scandi-style scheme works well with natural wood and  a traditional green tree but you can add touches of luxe with metallics and have fun with chalkboard wrap. See below for where to buy…

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    1. Tree toppers, £32, Ferm Living. 2. Stocking, £60, Tori Murphy. 3. Chalkboard wrapping kit, £7, Berry Red. 4. Cardboard leaf wreath, £35, The Original Pop Up Shop. 5. Chalkboard bauble, £1.50, Wilko. Black stripe party cups, £3.25, Quince Living. 

     

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