• Trend alert: add a natural touch with wood grain

    by  • Tuesday, November 17, 2015 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    With all the dark colours of winter’s palette, it’s refreshing to find a trend that brings a little life and nature back into our schemes. Wood grain is not only beautiful to look at, but really easy to work in – keep it modern by choosing either a permanent statement, such as a herringbone floor or bold wallpaper, or go for a subtler approach with occasional accessories.
    Topps-TilesSuitable for pretty much any room in the house, these wood-effect tiles from Topps Tiles are actually made from porcelain. Available in either a gloss or polished finish, mix and match different colours for a modern vibe, or stick to just one shade for a more traditional feel. Great for a luxury look that’s hard-wearing and easy to clean!

    Nayara polished chalk tiles, £69.72 per sq m, Topps Tiles

    Ella-DoranThis vibrant wallpaper from Ella Doran (above) is not for the faint-hearted, but brilliantly good fun if you’re feeling bold. The large-scale exposed grain is digitally printed for striking detail, and the paper has a textured finish for an authentic look. Available in pink or blue.

    Wood grain pink wallpaper, £150 per roll, Ella Doran

    West-ElmThese subtly patterned towels from West Elm (above) are a really natural way to add the trend to your scheme. Choose from white or grey, then team with a simple palette and touches of real wood for an organic feel.

    Organic wood grain towels, £4 each, West Elm

    Love the idea of trying out the wood grain trend at home? Here’s where to shop the look:

    1. Etch tealight holder, £50, Tom Dixon range, Houseology2. Mixed texture print cushion, £7, George3. Woodland drum shade, from £35, John Lewis4. Large throw in Woolywood Brown, £200, Donna Wilson5. Humbolt square canister, £80, Pigeon & Poodle range, Amara

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    Sneak peek at exciting collection for Autumn Winter ’15

    by  • Monday, June 22, 2015 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    Perhaps their most radical season yet, it was all about colour, colour and more colour when Habitat showcased their new collections for Autumn Winter last week.



    80’s Revival: the playful collection is bright and bold, with assembled geometric shapes and furniture in simple forms. The rugs in this collection are real show stoppers.

    I was lucky enough to go to the preview of next season’s collection and I assure you, Habitat fans new and old will not be disappointed. Plus as this month marks the opening of the their 50th Mini Habitat store, its worth getting re-acquainted with this iconic retailer.


    I’ve picked a few stand out pieces, but hang on until it launches this Septemeber, you’ll be spoilt for choice!




    The pieces range from the must-have-now! monochrome oven to tableware, to the new statement pieces such as the Hawkins armchair for a modern meets classic armchair that mixes chrome, velvet and wool.


    As always the beautiful selection of ceramics made in Portugal are top of the wish list, with textural surfaces gorgeous hand finished glazes.




    Ps. I know its ridiculously early to be mentioned in the ‘C’ word in June, but do keep an eye out for Habitat’s fabulous Christmas decorations, featuring a riot of colour and shapes!


    Details: 1. Hawkins green wool and grey velvet armchair, £995; 2. Felix multi-coloured patterned cushion, £45.00, 3. Elliot oven to table dish from £12; 4. Volcano tall orange and red reactive glaze vase, £30; 5. Niven set of 3 side tables £125.00.

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    Make the everyday beautiful with our Simple Solutions video series

    by  • Tuesday, June 16, 2015 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    I’ve had fun making a new Simple Solutions video series and I can’t wait to share with you the premier! Including simple makes, hacks and easy DIY projects to try at home, the first series is on dip dying – from wooden spoons, baskets to napkins. Sit back and watch…

    If you like this idea but also love the props I used in the video then here is a little shopping round-up of some of the items that made it into the final edit

    Dip dye napkins

    1. Bumerang trouser clamp, £0.69, Ikea; 2. White linen napkin, £7.50, Linen Works; 3. Linen cross over apron in charcoal, £59, Toast. 4. Grey tool box, £39.50, Rose & Grey; 5. Pasta plate, £29.50 Toast. 6. Duralex Picardie glass, £5 for 6, Heals; Bistro cutlery, £37.50, Toast.

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