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Accessory of the week: teak

On October 22nd, 2014 Alice wrote on the subject of Bookshelves,Fun Stuff,Industry News,Interiors and Ideas,Tips and Hints.

Teak is a hard, durable kind of wood that is used for outdoor furniture or onboard ships as it’s almost indestructible. It was seen as a status symbol in the 1960s and 70s as it’s more expensive than other wood. As a result, there’s loads of fantastic pieces of teak furniture out there on eBay and Etsy at bargain prices and, what do you know? It’s all coming back into fashion. Jump on board before everyone clocks on…

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Multi-tasker

This is a fantastic piece of furniture and would be ideal for a spare room or a hall way. I love the colour combo of teal and mustard, and this multi-purpose piece  means you’ll never be short of storage space. Stylish and practical.

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Armchair

The perfect mixture of style and comfort, this 60s teak armchair will probably last for another five decades and hasn’t gone out of fashion yet. Stick to old, vintage colours for the covers like bold yellows, browns or oranges.

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Bedside table

If you want to add just a dash of 60s style to your bedroom but don’t want to commit to a new desk or chair, go for a bed side table. It’ll make a subtle difference to the tone of your room and it’ll look fantastic. Keep accessories to a minimum as the style itself is uncluttered.

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TV Cabinet

Everyone had one of these in the 60s… Well they should have if they didn’t because not only is this bang on trend but it’s durable and can hold the weight of a TV any size, even the 20 year old one in the spare room. This decor is fantastic as the accessories are consistent with the vintage style yet it hasn’t been over done with the walls and curtains kept plain white.

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Decorating for autumn

On October 13th, 2014 Alice wrote on the subject of Colour schemes,Cushions and Throws,Interiors and Ideas.

There’s always a fresh new feeling in the air when the seasons change, especially when it’s as drastic as it is in England.

Summer never gently passes into autumn… It always happens very suddenly – you wake up one morning and the air is crisp and you accidentally go to work in your summer dress and feel totally inappropriate and swear to yourself that you’ll never make that mistake again. It happens every year, inevitably.

On a similar note, it’s important not to let your home malfunction along with your wardrobe. Here are a few quick and easy ideas to transition your decor from summer to autumn…

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Conkers

Embrace what autumn naturally brings – there’s no need to paint your walls auburn or mauve when you can just bring colours from the outside in.  Fill a plain, glass vase full of conkers that you gather on a lazy Sunday walk. Add some fresh, autumnal flowers and you’ll have a beautiful centrepiece to suit the season.

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Colours and patterns

The beautiful colours make autumn one of my favourite seasons. You can find them anywhere, so dig around amongst your old rugs and cushions and you’ll find a plethora of colours to match the season. Deep reds, blues, greens and oranges are a great way of bringing the textures and hues into your home.

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Apple candles

They’ll only last 8 minutes but this is a gorgeous way of decorating a table for an autumn dinner party. Simply hollow out an apple and stick a tea candle in there. They’ll smell delicious and it’s so simple and super cheap.

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Blankets

Don’t forget to bring your old blankets out of the cupboard, or, if you’re a little bored of the ones from last year, treat yourself to some lovely thick new ones. Nothing makes a home cosier or more prepared for winter than a nice pile of blankets.

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Colourspiration: Neon

On September 29th, 2014 Alice wrote on the subject of Tips and Hints,Useful Resources.

As the winter months draw ever closer, now is the time to think about finding ways to cheer yourself up through the dark days. Perhaps that’s a little dramatic, but you’ll be surprised how important  a splash of colour is on a cold evening.

Colourspiration this week is dedicated to pulling off neon in your home. It’s not easy but there are varying ways to go about it without making your home look like an ’80s disco. Here’s how…

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Coffee table

This is a perfect example of how flourescent colours can bring a room to life. The dark, solemn grey walls are stopped from making the room feel claustrophobic by this painfully cool hot pink coffee table. This is a great idea as there’s no need to splash out – just buy the colour and get painting.

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Stripes

This is a fantastic way of brightening up a plain old white wall. I love how simple it is, yet neon yellow is one of the happiest colours around. It reminds me of sun and sand – just what you need to get through another British winter.

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Scatter cushions

Adding neon to your home doesn’t mean you need to make any huge commitments. This gorgeous scatter cushion from Etsy is one of a collection. It’s super stylish and will bring a splash of colour into your home in no time. I love the idea of mixing greys and browns with streaks of neon.

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Neon lights

Nothing shouts ‘cool’ louder than neon lights in an open plan loft apartment. These lights brighten up the empty, open space – but they’ll look great anywhere. Put them over your bed or in the bathroom, and they look fantastic in rooms with plenty of dark colours too.

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Inspiration post: the pantry

On September 22nd, 2014 Alice wrote on the subject of Country kitchens,Tips and Hints,Upcycling,Useful Resources,Vintage.

There’s something charming about coming across an unexpected blast from the past. Last week I saw someone riding a Penny Farthing bike in Whitechapel, and I never get bored of old cobbled streets and vintage London buses.

There’s no doubt about it, Autumn is upon us. Out go the summer salads and picnic food, and in come the cans of Heinz soup and crusty bread. This nostalgic season has reminded me of something my Grandma has  – a pantry. Here are a few ideas of how to integrate one into your home…

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Convert a corner

Add a few shelves and compartments to an unused corner in your hallway or entry way. It’s a good place to store dry food and can also be somewhere to show off a wine collection – a great idea if you’re running out of space in the kitchen.

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Shelve it

This pantry storage from Ikea is a great way of re-creating the concept even if you don’t have a separate storage facility. You can keep it in the kitchen or it would look fantastic in an open plan living room.

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Vintage

If you have no way of fitting a real pantry into your kitchen, why not gather together the accessories that are reminiscent of one? These goregous vintage scales, crockery and rolling pins look fantastic and will be a unique way of re-decorating your kitchen.

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Under the stairs

I only store junk I never use under my stairway. I love the idea of converting it into an old-fashioned pantry, and I especially like the glass doors and warm light on the inside. It’s perfectly Autumnal and super stylish too.

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From Russia With Love

On September 15th, 2014 Alice wrote on the subject of Blackout Curtains / Blinds,Blinds,Choosing your Curtains or Roman Blinds.

There’s always a buzz around the office when we get some lovely new fabrics in, especially when they’re from a land far away. The Natural Curtain Company have scoured the world for the softest, most ethical and natural fabrics and we’re pleased to announce a brand new family have joined the fold.

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Aurea Red

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A 100% Russian fabric, this linen collection is washed and softened, spun from the finest European flax. Each fabric in this family looks natural and sophisticated, meaning it’s versatile enough to look great in any room. From kitchens to bathrooms to conservatories, each of these fabrics will look right at home.

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Sessile

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The colours have been softened by a non-chemical process which makes the fabric extra soft to touch, and allows it to hang perfectly, especially as curtains. The medium weight of the linen means it will also look fantastic as Roman or roller blinds.

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Blue Stem

Blue Stem

If you’re looking to re-upholster an old chair or even make your own curtains or blinds, you can also buy this fabric by the metre at an eye-wateringly reasonable £21 per metre.

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Colourspiration: Hot pink

On September 1st, 2014 Alice wrote on the subject of Colour schemes,Curtain Accessories,Useful Resources.

Colourspiration is a new word I just made up, and it’s also a great word I just made up. These posts will focus on a particularly difficult colour and help find ways to incorporate it into your home while keeping it stylish.

Hot pink is one of those colours that everyone (ladies) secretly loves but can’t find an excuse to feature in your home. Well, now you have one…

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Small steps…

Hot pink is bright and bold so starting out with small steps might be a good idea if you’re feeling nervous. These gorgeous bottles from Etsy are affordable, fashionable and will bring a splash of hot pink into your space. Commitment level: 1/5

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Chair

This is another subtle way of introducing hot pink into your interior. It’s a great look as the chair frame matches the throw cushion. A good way to get started and to catch the eye of your house guests. Commitment level: 2/5

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 Sofa

If your sofa’s looking drab and needs a bit of life injected into it, why not re-upholster your sofa in a gorgeous hot pink fabric? This one below is in a pink velvet, which is a fab mixture of sophisticated and fun. Commitment level: 4/5

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70′s

This style of kitchen is so 70′s and also amazing. You’ll be going all out, but painting your kitchen cupboards and counters hot pink shows true dedication to a fantastic colour. 70′s accessories optional but recommended. Commitment level: 5/5

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Inspiration post: Beautiful bathrooms

On August 26th, 2014 Alice wrote on the subject of Bathrooms.

There’s nothing like giving your bathroom a makeover, and now is a great time to do it. Just before winter and while the weather’s still warm(ish), you can feel inspired by all the colours of summer and let it remind you of the season during the colder months. Jump a brand new shower in the morning or sink into an expansive vintage bath in the evening. Here are a few ideas to get you started…

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Oriental

An oriental inspired bathroom is ultra relaxing and stylish to. Limestone tiling is a great foundation for the look, and you can decorate with framed pictures of orchids and Geishas. A spacious shower works best in this environment, adding to the minimalist luxury.

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Monochrome

If you are more interested in a modern and contemporary style, monochrome tiles work very well. I love the gloss-white brick tiles along the walls – it ensures the style isn’t too messy and they don’t clash with the heavily patterned floor tiles. Brass taps are always a tick in my book!

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Boho

The boho look is a lot more warm and inviting than the contemporary look and works extremely well in the cold winter months. I love this style as you can match it with anything you fancy – bright, bold rugs and mismatched pictures. These accessories are also easy to switch around if you ever fancy a change.

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Kitsch

With the re-emergence of ’70s style on the interiors scene, Kitsch is making a comeback this year. Why not head down to Etsy and buy some absolutely insane novelty wallpaper, or a toilet paper holder that looks like a flamingo? If you don’t want to commit, you could always use this look in the guest bathroom! That way you don’t have to deal with it every day.

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Accessory of the week: desks

On August 18th, 2014 Alice wrote on the subject of Summer,Tips and Hints,Upcycling,Useful Resources.

With working hours becoming more and more flexible, there’s nothing like having a decent home office. Whther you work from home or you need to work from home outside your normal hours (workaholic), here are a few tips and ideas to make use of your desk space.

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White and simple

It’s important to keep your desk space clean and tidy as it makes you a lot more productive. Simple, clean lines and undistracting colours always look stylish and will ensure you get everything done.

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Industrial

If you have a little more space, a big, industrial table is on-trend and is perfect if you find that you’re slightly messy. There’s room for lamps and encouraging decorations like flowers. I love the chalk board at the back where you can jot down ideas and notes.

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Minimal

This is a great idea if you have a little extra space that you’re not using up. This nook is awkward as it doesn’t fit a sofa, so building in a desk is the perfect solution. The decor itself is unmuddled and clean, to make sure you’re uber productive.

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Shed conversion

Converting outdoor space into a home office is a great way of making sure it doesn’t take up too much room, and you’re guaranteed peace and quiet away from the house. This one doubles up as a play area for the children and would be lovely in summer.

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5 ways to use up spare fabric

On August 12th, 2014 Alice wrote on the subject of Colour schemes,Curtain Accessories,Cushions and Throws,Fabric Care,Fun Stuff,Interiors and Ideas.

Have you got spare fabric lying around and you’ve always meant to do something with it? Maybe re-upholster that old arm chair or make that scatter cushion? This post will help inspire you to get stitching and use it up once and for all. Whether you’ve got an entire roll or scraps and samples, it’ll be gone in no time and you’ll have something lovely to show for it!

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1. Fabric wrapped hangers

This requires almost no work and absolutely no stitching. Just use a scrap of old fabric to wrap around your wire hangers and Bob’s your uncle. It pads out the wire which means your clothes won’t get stretched when you hang them up.

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2. Make a handbag

There’s no need to buy a beach bag from a shop this summer – just make one yourself from your old scraps. It’ll be free, fun and doesn’t matter if it’s ruined by the sand and the sea. You can read some useful tips here.

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3. Upholster a chair

If you’ve got a little extra fabric lying around, use it to breathe new life into your favourite chair or stool. Here‘s a great guide on how to do it – it’s a great project and you’ll feel real pride every time you sit in it!

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4. Scatter cushions

Matching scatter cushions is so 2004. You can use all your different scraps of fabric to create bright and fun combinations  to decorate your bed, sofa or chair. This is a useful guide to how to go about it.

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5.  Make a pelmet

It’s not as difficult as it seems to make your own pelmet or re-upholster an old one. It’s a good way of ensuring the light is blocked out on these bright summer mornings, and if you find fabric that complements your curtains it can look lovely. Here’s a guide on how to go about it.

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Reading nooks

On August 5th, 2014 Alice wrote on the subject of Bookshelves,Fun Stuff,Industry News,Interiors and Ideas.

There’s nothing better than settling down to read a good book. Instead of making do with a plain old sofa, why not create a special place where you can really enjoy it? Whether there’s a large window sill you’re not making use of or a corner of the spare room that isn’t occupied, this is a great way of getting some DIY skills under your belt and creating a space that is all your own.

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Window sill

Making use of a window sill is a great way of adding a relaxing area to your home without taking over any of your space. This nook is the perfect place to sneak off to, and just a couple of cushions has made it a great place to read a book. View not included.

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Attic

If you have some space in your home that you just can’t seem to fill, this is a great way to put it to good use. Attic rooms often aren’t utilised, so making a reading nook on the floor surrounded by bookshelves is a great solution.

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 Traditional

A nook doesn’t have to be completely different to what you’re used to – just finding a big, comfy armchair to lay back on and stare out the window could be the best way to find the perfect place to take time out. Just make sure there’s no TV or smart phone around to distract you.

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Nursery

If you’re looking for a way to inspire your kids to read, why not create a reading nook with them. It can be as simple as a bean bag on the floor surrounded by books, or you could build a teepee or tent with them where they can settle down with a book.

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