• Get shelfie ready

    by  • Monday, January 18, 2016 • 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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    Top interiors trends for 2016: Part 1

    by  • Friday, January 15, 2016 • 0 Comments

    It’s fair to say that spring hasn’t sprung just yet, but my desk is already awash with piles of lookbooks for the Spring/Summer 2016 collections – and there’s so much to look forward to! A far cry from the dense layers and moody palettes of winter, this year promises to be a riot of colour, print and inspiring summer style. Not many of these designs are available online just yet, so make sure you file them away for the coming months. Check out part 1 of my top trends round-up below… more to follow next week!


    Trend 1: Carnival

    Hero brand: Debenhams

    Look out for: Jungle prints, birds of paradise and exotic motifs in a vibrant palette. Inspired by the impending Olympics in Rio, it’s a sun-filled, tropical trend – make a note of the Butterfly by Matthew Williamson collection from Debenhams for instant summer vibes. Like the look? Don’t miss the palm-covered Jangala cushions at Made.com, the colour-rich Amazon range from House of Fraser and parrot-adorned prints from George’s Island Way collection.


    Trend 2: Pretty pastels

    Hero brand: Made.com

    Look out for: Classic Scandinavian designs reinvented in pretty pinks and baby blues. For a substantially more pared-back effect than the Carnival trend, try teaming pastel pieces with classic Scandi furniture, such as the beautiful Joseph dining table, £269 from Made.com. Spy the garden green hues at Oliver Bonas and the Loft collection from Marks & Spencer for more Scandi style.


    Trend 3: Traveller

    Hero brand: House of Fraser

    Look out for: A folksy take on the trend, with distressed wooden textures, paisley prints and kilim patterns in deep reds, soft purples and off-white, as seen within the Traveller trend at House of Fraser. For a bolder feel, discover occasional pops of shocking pink, bright orange and fresh turquoise within the Jaipur range at Marks & Spencer.


    Trend 4: Casual Coastal

    Hero brand: Sainsbury’s

    Look out for: A modern, relaxed twist on the typical summer trend. Roughed-up textures and a soothing palette give the scheme an effortless, undone feel – don’t miss the upcoming range from Sainsbury’s Home for all manner of seaside-themed accessories at great prices. Check out Very.co.uk, Lexington and Dunelm for more options.


    Don’t forget: Pop back next week for the second half of my trends round-up!

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    Introducing a luxury new paint range at a remarkably purse-friendly price

    by  • Wednesday, January 13, 2016 • 0 Comments

    A new prestige paint brand, available in a range of chic colours, that doesn’t cost the earth is here. YAY!  Hemsley, exclusively available at Homebase, brings together a collection of muted, timeless and classic colours that have been expertly crafted to bring ‘effortless colour harmony’ into the home. Hemsley1

    Walls painted in Milbourne Mauveine ultra flat matt emulsion, £27.99 for 2.5ltr, Hemsley range, Homebase.

    Made up of 56 flat matt colours, grouped into 14 collections of four coordinating tones, the collection rivals some of the priciest ranges on the market in terms of both quality and finish as well as shades available. And costing just £27.99 for 2.5 ltr, it’s one of the most affordable too!


    Walls painted in Cheriton Bloom ultra flat matt emulsion, £27.99 for 2.5ltr, Hemsley range, Homebase.

    The new range includes the Lovington collection, a series of on-trend greys and Cheriton, a series of berry pinks. Also included are eight Eggshells, designed to blend perfectly with each of the colour collections to complete the look.


    Top left: Montacute Willow Top right: Yeston Day Bottom left: Cheriton Blush Bottom right: Cheriton Berry all Hemsley range at Homebase.

     So if you’re looking for a premium quality paint with exceptional colour depth and a beautiful ultra flat matt finish (perfect for interior walls and ceilings) but you don’t want to blow the budget and only be able to afford enough paint to decorate a chimney breast, Hemsley is your new best friend! Happy decorating!


    Left: Pitcombe Orchard ultra flat matt emulsion Right: Shepton Spa ultra flat matt emulsion, both £27.99 for 2.5ltrs, Hemsley range at Homebase.

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