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    Trend alert: discover the open wardrobe

    by  • Wednesday, February 24, 2016 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    The humble clothes rail is the saviour of the temporary storage solution (often becoming an accidentally permanent fixture). Renting or the need for multi-use rooms, means there’s even more of a need for squeezing storage in the tightest of spaces. The ‘open wardrobe’ is a stylish upgrade on this practical piece, spawning many ingenious examples of DIY rails made from scaffolding poles and copper piping solutions (all over Pinterest).

    At B&Q’s press show last year they installed the open wardrobes (below) with copper piping and wood shelving, (I have safely stored the images for when I eventually get round to having a go myself!)



    Made by and with materials from B&Q

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    How to: Shop and style the botanical trend

    by  • Monday, February 15, 2016 • Uncategorized • 2 Comments

    Spring might be taking its time, but there are lots of ways to create a fresh, springtime feel at home before the season gets going. One of my favourites is to take advantage of the amazing array of terrariums – they made their mark on the highstreet last year, and thankfully they’re here to stay and perk up a gloomy winter. Plus, they’re ideal for bridging the gap between seasons, so you’ll still be on trend when spring finally awakens…


    These open-topped terrariums are great it you’re green-fingered, allowing you to build your own little Eden inside. Mix and match small ferns, flowers or succulents, as well as small stones, for a unique creation that’s all yours.

    Angled terrariums, from £59 each, Roar + Rabbit range, West Elm

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    Top interiors trends for 2016: Part 2

    by  • Wednesday, January 20, 2016 • Uncategorized • 1 Comment

    Last week, we took a look at the best of what’s to come for 2016 (if you missed Part 1 of our trends round-up, catch up here!). Stay ahead of the curve and delve into the second half of our trends forecast below – as this is a sneak peek, lots of these products aren’t available online just yet, so file them away in a safe place and use them as jumping-off point to plan your schemes this spring.


    Trend 5: Artisan

    Hero brand: West Elm

    Look out for: a pared-back, nature-inspired trend. Despite its Scandi palette, the prevalence of reclaimed textures, fresh ferns and roughed-up textures gives this look instant warmth, as seen at West Elm. Try the rustic diningware in the Belleza range at George, and the beautiful new Torhamn kitchen design from Ikea for more inspiration.


    Trend 6: Global

    Hero brand: Marks & Spencer

    Look out for: a more pigmented take on last week’s Traveller trend. Mix and match Marks & Spencer‘s South-American-inspired ikat prints, with co-ordinating Chinoiserie florals and striking Indian motifs, all in a rich palette of purple, pink and terracotta, with hints mustard yellow and deep blue, too. Team with pale, stripped-back walls, exposed wood and cactus plants to complete the look. Discover similar designs at Made.com, Barker & Stonehouse and Furniture Village.

    Block colour

    Trend 7: Block colour

    Hero brand: George

    Look out for: fearless hits of bright, zesty colour. Clash vibrant shades of tangerine, lime and azure with confidence – get it right every time by using an accessory with a modern pattern, such as these fab geometric towels from George, then pick out the key shades and add pieces in block colours to match. Go tentatively by placing these colours against a simple white backdrop, or be bold and go for a searing wash of colour! Check out the Ben de Lisi range at Debenhams or the retro-style collections at Next for more ideas.


    Trend 8: Nostalgia

    Hero brand: BHS

    Look out for: spring florals with a vintage twist, in a faded palette of sunflower yellow, marigold, ochre and teal. Although full of typical seasonal blooms, this sepia-toned trend has a more retro feel than the usual spring/summer collections, as seen at BHS. Team with Ercol-style bedding, plenty of cosy layers and fresh flowers, for a Seventies-inspired look that will transcend the season.

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