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    A refreshing new print collection for spring

    by  • Wednesday, April 13, 2016 • Decorating and interiors, Designer secrets, Latest trends, Lovely websites, Uncategorized • 0 Comments


    If you do already know Etoile Home, then I’m preaching to the converted, but if you don’t then you’re in for a visual treat. With fabrics by the metre for upholstery, table linens and home accessories, it’s a pattern lovers paradise. The unique and original collections range from bold graphic prints, to small scale geometrics and beautiful bird prints.

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    Get shelfie ready

    by  • Monday, January 18, 2016 • Latest trends, Lovely websites, Stylish shopping, Uncategorized • 1 Comment

    I love a beautifully arranged little shelf moment, (sad as that looks in writing!), but I’m definitely not alone here, (the #shelfie confirms this is not only my guilty pleasure). There has definitely been more time spent than I would like to admit, artfully re-arranging a shelf, checking it from the angle you first see it at as you walk in…




    Pocket shelf in copper, £92.65, String range, Nest

    Check out the String inspiration board of shelfies if you want to feel really inadequate about your arranging skills.

    Just to add to this shelf-related stress, it’s not enough to just think about what is perched on top of it; the growing trend for the art of displaying (and instagramming) your wares beautifully; has created a whole new market for alternative shelf options and creative brackets. Here are a few of my favourites:


    Copper…of course!


    1. Copper wire shelf, £15, Urban Outfitters (back in stock February)
    2. Frama D 27 shelf, £95, Chase & Sorensen
    3. Form copper effect brackets, £7.47, B&Q


    Metal works…


    1. Metal shelf hangers in Mint, £30, Ferm Living
    2. Hanging grey shelf and black brackets, £59, Idyll Home 
    3. Green marble shelf with brass brackets, £68, Mia Fleur


    Softly does it…


    1. Concrete and cord hanging shelf, £29.45, Kelly Connor Designs, NotOnTheHighstreet.com
    2. WOW Merio wool shelf brackets, £39, Des Res (shelf available separately)
    3.  Autel (or Altar) shelf, by Mr & Mr, watch this space for suppliers. We spotted Mr & Mr at Design Junction last year, we loved these neon string shelves.


    Luxe leather…


    1. Wood shelf with leather brackets, £42, Rockett St. George
    2. Wooden shelf with leather brackets, small £48, large, £75, Graham & Green


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    Faux fabulous!

    by  • Monday, January 11, 2016 • Latest trends, Lovely websites, Stylish shopping, Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    Artificial flowers can set off the alarm bells for that 90’s phenomena of naff, brightly coloured, dodgy fakes, sitting on a window ledge collecting dust with sun bleached edges, (coupled with an obligatory bowl of pot pourri – also due for a comeback, surely!). Well, no more – the options of faux flowers and plants available are endless and so good you’ll have everyone coming closer to cop a feel!

    Seems we can’t get enough of succulents and cacti, so if you’ve got issues with water logged leaves or unsightly shrivelled plants, these fakes are the ultimate in maintenance-free succulent succulents!



    1. Faux potted Echeveria, £30, Cox & Cox; 2. Green succulent plant, £2.39 each, Dunelm; Faux succulent wall planter, £34.95, The Urban Botanist; 4. Abigail Ahern Sandy faux cactus, £50, Rockett St. George; 5. Faux aubergine succulent, XL, currently on sale, £15 and small, currently on sale, £4.95, both Nordic House.


    No squinting required with these amazing faux florals, go for a beautiful, statement bouquet or single stems to add a dash of year round colour. They aren’t always the cheapest option, but for fool-proof fakes and a never ending bunch of flowers, I think they make for a worthy investment.



    Hydrangea Grand, £519, Olive & the Fox

    Olive & the Fox have a brilliant collection of budget-friendly stems or stunning, top-end arrangements. Ok, it’s a big spend but it works out as less than £10 a week over the space of a year…



    Kew Magnolia bouquet with vase, £62, Neptune


    6. Foxglove stems, £15 (3 for the price of 2), Bloom; 7. Faux Japanese Anemone, £12, and faux Peony flower stem, £13 each, Oka; 8. various flower stems from £2.50, An Angel at my Table; 9. Bottle vases, £21, in bottles: Valerian £9 each; Thistle, £9 each; Queen Ann Lace, £8 each, Olive & the Fox; 10. Pink Astrantia stem, £9 each, Bloom


    Gorgeous green house plants continue to be the ultimate home accessory; it’s amazing how a flash of green can add an element of freshness to any room. There’s no need to worry about these lush greens getting enough light or wilting to a sorry sight if you’re away for the weekend.



    11. Fern plant pot, £12; Trailing ivy posy, £12; hanging plant pot, currently £27, all Rockett St. George; 12. Faux small leaved stem, £10, Oka; 13. Tall faux potted plant, £16.99 and faux Cheese Plant, £39.99, Homesense; 14. Floral silk Eucalyptus spray, £6 each, John Lewis; 15. Olive trees, from £55, Nordic House; Fejka potted Fig plant, £8, Ikea


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