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    Give your home a little lift with these purse-friendly, feel-good prints!

    by  • Wednesday, June 24, 2015 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    From illustrated postcards to bold prints, there’s no better way to stamp your personality on a scheme than with a well-chosen piece of art. We’ve rounded up some of our favourite pieces available to buy at the moment, all with a sunny, feel-good vibe. Oh, and they’re all budget-friendly, too! First up is this understated Truth Wins print from Sarah & Bendrix (£36, unframed).  The simple black and white photograph is brought to life with pretty gold foil print; why not pop it in a copper frame for an extra metallic touch?


    Fancy a pop of colour? Then check out this irresistible Life Is Too Short poster from Peastyle (£24.50, unframed). Team it with subtle mint and white accessories for an upbeat Scandi feel. Pea-Style

    For instant feel-good factor, don’t miss this 50 Things To Make You Happy poster from IndieBerries (£12.50, unframed). Adorned in all sorts of sweet words and illustrations, it’s a fun pick-me-up print full of happy vibes! Uplifting-art

    For more positive prints and postcards, take a look at our high-street edit below. Happy shopping!Cutouts

    From top: 1. Lemon Harvest poster, £19.50, Posh Totty Design; 2. Smile poster in yellow, £18.75, Seventy Tree; 3. Be Happy print, £35, Bodie and Fou; 4. You Are Adored print, £18, The Lepolas range, The Calm Gallery; 5. Ice Ice Baby poster, £23.95, MiniWilla range, Lullabuy

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    Bring industrial style to life and team wild flowers with cool ceramics

    by  • Friday, May 29, 2015 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    It’s no secret that we’re fans of French Connection’s homeware. With its unique ability to marry cool, contemporary influences with softer rustic style, the result is an uncluttered range of minimal everyday pieces with an industrial twist. Last week, French Connection hosted a stunning floristry workshop alongside renowned florists Grace & Thorn, to showcase an array of wild posies within its latest range of vases and ceramics.


    After cooing lustfully at just about everything in the showroom, we were given a demonstration by Georgie from Grace & Thorn. She showed us how to choose and arrange different wild blooms and create a rustic, undone bouquet – needless to say, we all decided we wanted to retrain as florists soon after! The wild flowers’ soft colours and deconstructed style were the perfect match for French Connection’s industrial ceramics and glassware, and after a little (a lot of!) guidance, we all created our own posies to be proud of.


    With so much expertise under her hat, we couldn’t resist asking Georgie for a few pointers to create the perfectly imperfect wild poesy. Here are her top tips, so you can make your own:

    1. Choose a complimentary colour scheme but don’t be afraid to go for clashing colours, as this can really work in wild arrangements.
    2. Don’t overlook smaller, lesser-known flowers to use alongside wild foliage and one main focal flower, such as a dahlia or rose.
    3. Use as much variety and texture as possible while layering your flowers, to help create interest and depth.
    4. Be bold with your layering, angling your flowers and foliage at different heights for a more wild and offbeat arrangement.

    And don’t forget!
    Strip all flowers and foliage, removing leaves from under the head, as they will poison the water and kill the flowers. Lastly, make sure you cut stems at angle, so they have maximum surface area to suck up the water.

    GRACE-&-THORNFrom vases to bottles, French Connection has so many beautiful vessels to choose from! Here are four of our favourite picks – check out the rest of its offerings here:


    From top left: ceramic planter, £35; mottled glass decanter, £25; dipped terracotta pot, £12; houndstooth pots, £32 for two; all French Connection 

    Interested in trying your hand at floristry? Find out more about Grace & Thorn’s brilliant workshops here

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    Going For Gold: spy the divine new Luxe collection from Oliver Bonas

    by  • Wednesday, May 20, 2015 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    We all love a touch of luxe here and there, but hefty price tags mean it’s all too often just out of reach. Which is why my heart skipped a beat when I spotted the beautiful new Luxe collection from high street favourite Oliver Bonas. Focusing on four statement pieces of furniture – a drinks trolley, coffee table, console table and side table – it oozes undone glamour with a vintage, eclectic feel. Look out for distressed gold finishes paired with smooth marble surfaces, for accessible, elegant style.


    If a statement piece of furniture feels too opulent, then Oliver Bonas’ range of accessories is a great way to add a luxurious touch on a smaller scale. Even in a pared-back scheme, cleverly used metallic hints can work a treat. Here, raw wooden textures, a weathered gold tap and a simple selection of glass bottles or ceramics are brought up to date with a range of copper trays and trinkets. Angular shapes give the accessories a contemporary feel, whilst the distressed finish ties them in with the rustic scheme. Even the cutlery been has given a kiss of gold, with a retro pineapple motif on each piece – so adorable!


    What’s truly great about these luxe-inspired accessories is their versatility. Team with neutrals for a brightening twist on a rustic scheme (as above), or give them an entirely new rough-luxe feel by pairing them with moodier hues. The combination of dove grey and charcoal gives these opulent metallic tones a raw, imperfect feel.


    And there’s plenty more to choose from besides! Check out this round-up of our favourite luxe-inspired pieces:


    From top: Luxe round side table, £195; Luxe console table, £350; Hexagon trays, from £22.50 each; bamboo utensil pot, £14; pineapple spoons, £16 for four; Angle glasses, £3.50 each; all Oliver Bonas

    Wish list clockwise from top left: large marble base jewellery stand, £27; lantern terrarium, £32; triangle tealight holder, £8.50; pleated copper vase, £28; etched two-tone tealight holder, £7.50; all Oliver Bonas

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