• Coastal style

    by  • Friday, November 21, 2014 • 0 Comments

    seasalt homewareI’ve got their best selling Sea Folly Jacket and now I want their super soft bed linen. Hailing from the West Country, I’ve always been a fan of Cornish clothing brand, Seasalt. Last summer they launched their bed linen collection and are slowly expanding their homeware to include towels, cushions, notebooks and more. There is also an exclusive collection from the renowned Leach Pottery of St Ives. Each print is designed in house and they have a lovely, hand crafted quality. They are also launching some super exciting things for SS15 so stay tuned and I’ll update you in the new year.

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    Micro trend: Space travel

    by  • Wednesday, November 19, 2014 • 0 Comments

    A trend we’ve spotted this season plays with all things outer space (nicely timed with Philae’s touchdown!) Habitat have designed their entire Christmas decorations around planets, moon and stars. Lollipop Designs have brought out a gorgeous star and moon platter and who doesn’t love a Double Merrick print? Their Le Soliel et Planetes screen print is a real gem – it would look dazzling in a metallic frame…

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    1.Party platter, £48, Lollipop Designs. 2. Cosmic Mars mug, £7.50, Paperchase. 3. Green/copper planet bauble, £6, Habitat. 4. Le Soleil et planetes print, £60, Double Merrick. 5. Starburst gold glitter bauble, £3, Habitat.

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    Weekend project

    by  • Friday, November 14, 2014 • 0 Comments

    Upcycle, fruit crate, apple crate, fruit crate side table, simple makeHooray for the humble fruit crate. This versatile box has so many uses and is ideal for a simple upcycle job. To transform one into a side table go for a sturdy box, turn it upside down and attach four castors to the bottom so it can be moved around. Decorate the inside with old book pages, sheet music or scraps of wallpaper. It’s that simple. Try vintagecrates.co.uk for a good selection (also known as Bushel Boxes) or try your local car boot or vintage shop.

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    Play with paint

    by  • Wednesday, November 12, 2014 • 1 Comment

    A quick sneak peek brought to you today from Laura Ashley. A completely new concept for them, they have taken three of their best-selling designs - Aviary Garden, Salcombe and Bella Butterfly to create these fab patterned paint rollers. It works in the same way as a standard paint roller but the embossed pattern creates a pretty stencil effect…

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    At £30 this is an economic wallpaper alternative. Ok, it may require a little practice, especially if you’re planning on doing a full wall. Alternatively, you could create a simple border around a window or door frame, use on fabric or customise a piece of furniture. Look out for this in the New Year!

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    Shop the look

    by  • Friday, November 7, 2014 • 2 Comments

    Have you spotted our Ideal Home Boutique yet? Our style experts have teamed up with Worldstores and curated a collection of furniture, accessories and homeware especially for you. Launching this month are three new distinctive looks: Woodland, Claret and Croft

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    If you love the looks in our magazine and you’re looking to refresh a tired corner of your home, add a cute detail or invest in a heritage design (note the gorgeous prismatic pendant below) then click on the images to buy. Happy shopping!


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    1. Fisher Prismatic pendant light, £104.99; 2. Wooden Stag clock, £41.99; 3. Molton solid oak kitchen stool, £107.99; 4. Owl cushion, £19.99, all Ideal Home Boutique. 

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