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    Top interiors trends for 2016: Part 1

    by  • Friday, January 15, 2016 • Uncategorized • 1 Comment

    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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    Banish those winter blues with our essentials for keeping warm and cosy.

    by  • Sunday, November 1, 2015 • Uncategorized • 3 Comments

    It’s November. The month before Christmas. The weather is pants, daylight saving has kicked in (although where exactly we are saving daylight, I’m not too sure, it seems dark at all hours!) and all we want to do is hibernate inside. Well thats OK you know, it’s time we did some relaxing after a busy summer of socialising, holidaying and prosecco-picnicking (my favourite hobby) so rather than feel depressed about being stuck inside, lets enjoy and embrace it! But if we’re going to do this, lets do it right. Here be the essentials for a cosy winters hibernation. (And yes it’s ok to add a shot or two of something stronger to your hot chocolate…. )



    Top: Make a simple mug warmer to protect your hands by cutting a length of felt to fit around the mug and tie it in place with twine. Put a cinnamon stick on the join, then secure with a double knot.

    1.Christmas tree hot chocolate glass mug, £3.50, Sainsbury’s. 2.Contrast colour metal mug-gold/blue, £15, Oliver Bonas. 3.Lene Bjerre Abella cup with spoon- grey, £9.50, Houseology. 4.Blue Hershey’s Mug, £10, BHS.

    number02autumn02Top: Tom Dixon Scented Candle London, £55; Bloomingville Knitted blanket Cream, £149;Autrement Dit Lapland Stag Cushion, £52; Lene Bjerre Mie Throw Off White, £113 all Houseology.

    1. Check fleece throw, £7, Primark.  2.Tartan cushion, £19, M&Co. 3.Chunky diamond knit cushion- stone, £25, BHS. 4.Grey knitted throw, £34.99, Homesense. 



    Top: Cedar 3-seater sofa £699, Chunky knit throw £80, Tartan cushion £30, Horse cushion £25,  Chunky knit cushion £35,  Enslow table lamp £120, Pheasant and Feather wall art £50, Pheasant toile cushion £25, Hurricane lanterns, Small £30, Large £50, and Stag pillar candle holder £18 all House of Fraser. 

    1.Large winter berries scented candle, £16.50, Beefayre. 2.Tom Dixon scented candle gift set, £80, Amara. 3.White mason jar candle, £4, Primark.  4.LONDON scented room candle, £28, Ted Baker.

    number04Autumn04Top: Keep Calm hot water bottle, £4.95, Dotcomgiftshop. 

    1.Faux fur hot water bottle, £22.50, White Stuff.  2.Row Pinto Cashmere mini hot water bottle- dark neutral and lilac, £50, Amara.  3. Knitted stag hot water bottle, £19.99, Aroma Home. 4.Penguin hot water bottle, £20, Marks & Spencer.

    number05Autumn05Top:  Oliver Bonas & innocent have teamed up, like a good hat & scarf combo, to help keep older people warm and well in winter. They have have picked out six favourite little hats, and transformed them into life-sized limited edition hats to wear this winter. £5 from each adult hat & £3 from each kids hat goes straight to Age UK. Big knit tutti frutu kids hat, £12, Oliver Bonas.

    1.Annabelle bobble hat, £17.50, White Stuff. 2.Reindeer bobble hat, £5, Matalan. 3.Fur pom bobble hat- oatmeal, £15, Marks & Spencer. 4.Luca pom hat knitting kit – ivory white/dusky pink, £35, Stitch and Story. 


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    Calling all coffee lovers…

    by  • Sunday, September 13, 2015 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    It’s Sunday, which means it’s the luxury of leisurely breakfast and two rounds of coffee; unheard of during the week, unless I want heart palpitations during Monday catch up meeting.



    Love, love love, this bargainous coffee-for-one cafetiere 

    Copper Effect Cafetiere, 350ml, £5, George

    So this is my little weekend coffee set up, although it’s a classic arrangement, seeing all the options that are out there, I think maybe it’s time for an update (although it does make me feel a teeny bit like I’m in a Parisian cafe).



    Bialetti espresso maker, six cup, £35, Selfridges; Picardie glass, from £1.50 each, Duralex range, John Lewis


    Take the plunge with these new cafetieres…


    Gold Cafetiere, 3 cup, £25, Linea range, House of Fraser; French Press copper coffee maker, £32.95; Leopold Vienna range, Haus




    White ceramic cafetiere, £49, Sophie Conran; Stoneware cafetiere in Coastal Blue, £49, Le Creuset


    Small cafetiere, Freud range, £66, Eclect Design; Pulcina Moka Pot, £49, Alessi in collaboration with Illy, launching at London Design Festival and available from Selfridges from the 19th – 30th September, so get in there fast!

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