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Unusual interior ideas

On January 25th, 2015 Alice wrote on the subject of Bathrooms,Bookshelves,Fun Stuff,Interiors and Ideas.

It can be difficult to feel like your interior is standing out from the crowd. It’s too easy to decorate your home with creams, greys and pale colours to stay on the safe side.

If you’re looking for some new ideas, here are a few ways to bring some originality to your space without making your home look like Lady Gaga’s boudoir…

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In the bedroom

This is a fanatastic way of adding a little light and life to your bedroom, especially if its painted in neutral colours. You can find an old rickety ladder at one of the markets I listed in my previous post, or you can find them on Etsy. Add some big, statement fairy lights to add a little edge to your space.

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In the bathroom

This is a great way to shake up your bathroom. Replace regular shower screens with these beautiful window features. It adds real character to the space and makes for an unusual look in the shower room. It’s subtle yet very stylish, and will add some originality to your space.

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In the hallway

I love this idea – it’s such a simple way of transforming your hallway and is super easy to do. You can find old scraps of wallpaper – it can be floral or just plain colours, and decorate your stairs with it to create a vibrant new look.

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In the kitchen

This is a fantastic way of jazzing up your kitchen, especially if you have kids. Putting  a chalk board behind your oven is a great idea as you can write your shopping lists, draw, create and have a whole load of family fun too. I love how this image shows different times under the clocks… There’s so much you can do!

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5 best antique spots in London

On January 19th, 2015 Alice wrote on the subject of Tips and Hints,Upcycling,Vintage.

It’s easy to want to stay indoors all  weekend in this freezing cold weather, and in London especially it can be hard to find reasons to go outdoors. I went antique shopping this weekend and it was a great way of wiling away the time and picking up some gorgeous bits of furniture and accessories for the home, at bargain prices too!

And even if you’re just browsing, you can get lost in the depths of a market or shop so easily. So I thought I’d do some research and dig out the best antique hot spots in London. Here are my favourites:

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1. Bermondsey Square Antique Market

This is a lovely gem in the heart of south east London. Bermondsey Antiques is open on Friday’s from 6am to 2pm and sells everything from furniture to old tapes to culinary gems. If you can’t make it on a Friday, go to Maltby Street Market on a Saturday, it’s just round the corner and is a fantastic place for food and coffee.

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2. Alfie’s Antiques

Alfie’s is a much-loved London gem, hidden away in Marylebone. It’s London’s largest indoor market so is a great way to spend a winter afternoon. Here you can buy furniture, jewellery, paintings and vintage clothes as well as countless other bits and bobs.

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3. The Cobbled Yard Antique Store

An ever-changing array of vintage clothes, furniture, food and pop-ups, this antique market is located in Stoke Newington. It’s a great place to travel to for the afternoon, with a wonderful village-feel it won’t seem like you’re in London and you’re guaranteed to find some awesome, unique stuff for your home and wardrobe.

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4. The Furniture Cave

This is an antique store on the upmarket King’s Road. It’s a little pricier but you’ll find some incredible pieces here, especially if you’re looking for new furniture and fabric. It’s located in the heart of the interior design community of London, so you’re guaranteed to be shopping amongst the best stock there is.

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5. The Old Cinema

This antique market is, you guessed it, situated in an old cinema. It’s in Chiswick which is a lovely area, and sells every kind of furniture you could possibly want – antique, art deco, retro, industrial. Kit out your interior with this stuff and you’ll find your space looks timeless and stylish. Definitely worth a visit and one of my favourite markets in London; you won’t leave here empty handed.

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Clutter busters

On January 13th, 2015 Alice wrote on the subject of Bathrooms,Fun Stuff,Interiors and Ideas,Useful Resources.

What’s worse? A miserable, rainy day in January or coming home to a messy house? Well, there’s not much you can do about the rain or the fact it’s January, but there is a lot you can do to de-clutter your home. Here are a few ideas on how to keep your house in ship shape because, well, January’s the worst and I want you to feel better by tidying up.

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Home office

Start with your office, whether at home or at the workplace. There’s no excuse for papers and folders everywhere. Purchase some matching, stylish folders (either white or black; none of those horrible reds and yellows), and organise your desk space. It’ll look great and you’ll find that you’re much more productive with your time.

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Bathroom

The bathroom is a place to relax and take it easy, so there’s nothing worse than finding toothpaste and shampoo all over the place. Why not install some cupboards or a draw in some dead space? Whether behind the bath or under the sink, this is a fantastic way of organising your bathroom and getting some extra storage room.

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Bedroom

This is a great idea if your bedroom’s a little on the small side. Lining the ceiling with a bookshelf is a good way of making your space less claustrophobic. Books take up a huge amount of space and can often look messy. This is a col0urful way of lining the walls and looks pretty stylish too.

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Kitchen

Why not make use of the empty space by your fridge to store those awkward tins and jars that clutter up your kitchen? It will save you cupboard space and gives you a ready-made pantry to boot. This is a great solution for a smaller kitchen.

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Wes Anderson Interiors

On January 7th, 2015 Alice wrote on the subject of Fun Stuff,Tips and Hints,Upcycling,Vintage.

In a somewhat unprompted theme, I recently watched a Tim Burton film (Big Eyes) which was very good and reminded me of Wes Anderson films, mainly because of the bright and vibrant colours and use of symmetry.

That got me thinking about the interior style inspiration you could take from Wes Anderson, so here are a few ideas of how to take his beautiful films and put a piece of them in your beautiful home… (If you haven’t heard of him I suggest you watch all of the below films that he directed!)

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The Grand Budapest Hotel

Arguably one of the most visually inspiring of all the WA films, this film is full of ice cream shades and bold silhouettes. Grand front doors and large, statement furniture is a signature of the hotel and teaches us a lesson that pink and yellow make a great colour combo.

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The Royal Tenenbaums

My personal WA favourite, the style in this film is unrivalled. From the costume design to the awesome decor, I already take inspiration from this. World maps, mismatched furniture and books piled up everywhere make a Tenenbaum house a home. And if you want to fully commit, paint your walls brown.

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Fantastic Mr Fox

Fantastic Mr Fox is a stunning stop-motion film, something new for old Wes, but totally endearing and wonderfully told. This is perfect to use as inspiration for a children’s nursery – there’s so much art and craft out there along the theme of the film, and some of the sayings are truly inspirational: ‘We are all different but there’s something kind of fantastic about that, isn’t there?’

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Moonrise Kingdom

If you’re looking for some 60s style in your home, look no further than this quirky film. I love the idea of having boxes full of old vinyl records on display in the living room and these bold, patterned curtains nod shamelessly to the swinging era.

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Colour combinations

On January 5th, 2015 Alice wrote on the subject of Colour schemes,Fun Stuff,Interiors and Ideas.

The festive season means that the rulebook is thrown out the window, with kids decorating the tree and different coloured tinsels being thrown together with multi-coloured lights. The bright colours of Christmas have made me notice all the colour combinations out there that go so well together but are under-utilised.

Here are a few of my favourite colour schemes that should be seen together more often…

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Mustard and teal

This is one of my favourite colour combos and has been for a while. Mustard and teal are both really strong, bold hues but they complement each other perfectly. A great way of showing off the two is to paint a feature wall teal and use mustard accessories in and around it.

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Orange and brown

This combination is unusual but is a fantastic flash back to my favourite interior era – the 70s. There are some beautiful accessories and materials out there that combine these colours, like this stunning wallpaper. It’s so stylish and you won’t see this in many homes!

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 Grey and purple

For a modern look, grey and purple is utterly stylish and often overlooked as two colours that go fantastically together. A great way to introduce it to your home is to accessorise with scatter cushions and flowers, or I love the idea of thick grey carpet with purple curtains.

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Pink and white

Pink isn’t just a colour you can use to decorate a girls bedroom. It can look sophisticated and stylish, and you don’t need to cover your home from head to foot with it. I love the idea of painting a door in this colour and accessorising with different shades.

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Inspiration post: velvet

On December 22nd, 2014 Alice wrote on the subject of Blackout Curtains / Blinds,Choosing your Curtains or Roman Blinds,Colour schemes,Thermal Curtains / Blinds,Tips and Hints.

Velvet is a wonderful, warm fabric that will add texture and depth to your space. There’s plenty of ways to incorporate it into your interior, and it doesn’t need to look heavy and overbearing.

Here are a few ideas on how to accessorise your home with this luxurious material – you’ll be surprised how versatile it can be!

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In the lounge 

There’s something about velvet that brings a richness to the colour. I love this deep teal material, which looks contemporary and stylish when upholstered onto this footstool and scatter cushion. It draws in the eye without drowning out the rest of the room.

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Pale colours

Velvet will add texture to your space, so going for light colours is a great choice if you’re not going for the regal look. This light blue carpet is ultra stylish. Paired with the subtle grey sofa this is a fantastic way of bringing velvet into your interior with a modern twist.

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Have a theme

This gorgeous deep green is complemented perfectly by the rich plants around. Velvet is a great material if you want to have a matching colour scheme. It breaks up the different colours with it’s texture, and you can add cotton or silk accessories to give your look more depth.

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Curtains

Velvet is a fantastic material to make curtains from, especially for winter. It’s thick and luxurious which will make your space feel instantly cosy, and the rich colours will brighten up your room instantly. This light turquoise is a great combination of cosy yet bright. Pair with thermal lining for the ultimate warm winter.

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Accessory of the week: taxidermy

On December 16th, 2014 Alice wrote on the subject of Tips and Hints,Upcycling,Useful Resources,Vintage.

In this chilly weather it’s only appropriate to dress your house accordingly. I think taxidermy, although (arguably) unethical, is a cool and stylish way of dressing up your home for winter.

The warm colour of the fur will add a depth to your space, and it’s a lot of fun wandering around old charity or antique shops finding the perfect piece to suit your home.

Here are a few ideas on how to accessorise your space with bite…

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Traditional

The traditional deer head will always look effortlessly cool, especially if you pair it with this New York loft. Team with simplistic, modern furniture to complete the look.

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Home office

If you need something to spice up your home office, look no further than a kudu head hanging from your wall. It’s the ultimate decadent accessory and will work perfectly if you’re looking to add a touch of masculinity to your space.

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In the bedroom

For the ultimate shock factor, go for some really weird animals. This mother of a buffalo suspended above your bed would freak out the most resilient of guests, especially paired with a precarious peacock balancing on the rafters. Just make sure they’re on the wall behind your bed so you don’t get a shock when you wake up.

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Quirky

If you don’t want your taxidermy accessory to completely overwhelm your space, choose a small but quirky example. How about this little squirrel in a boat? It won’t shock guests and will be a fantastic talking point!

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Incidentally, if you ever happen to be in Alberta, Canada, there is a world famous gopher museum. The town was overrun with them so some clever soul stuffed them and put them in strange scenarios – weddings, boxing matches. Definitely worth a look if you’re in the area!

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Christmas tree ideas

On December 9th, 2014 Alice wrote on the subject of Christmas,Fun Stuff,Interiors and Ideas,Tips and Hints,Useful Resources.

It’s that time of year again, where everyone’s scrambling to buy their Christmas tree and gathering the whole family together to decorate it. It’s easy to do the same thing year after year, recycling the same decorations and using the same tired old tinsel.

Well, this post will give you a few ideas on how to think outside the box when it c0mes to decorating your tree, and will inspire you to do something a little different and more original…

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Ombre

I love this idea of creating an ombre look with your decorations, slowly changing the gradient to give the impression of dip-dyed decorating. Perhaps this is something you could even do with the decorations you already have.

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Stick to a theme

You don’t have to decorate your Christmas tree in conventional colours – just pick one and stick to it. I like blue because it’s not stereotypical but it’s just festive enough.

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Christmas teepee

Who needs a tree when you can get a teepee? I love how simple this idea is. Just grab some old bits of wood and cut them into the same lengths. It doesn’t need to be as tall as this, but I think the height of this ‘treepee’ is perfect. Then decorate with fairylights and tinsel, and you’ve got your very own unique Christmas ornament.

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Log tree

This is really thinking outside the box, and it’s the perfect fit for a modern home. The sticks all slot together to make a gorgeous shape, and the white and silver decorations add to the contemporary look. A hard one to replicate but definitely worth it!

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Inspiration post: Bathtubs

On December 2nd, 2014 Alice wrote on the subject of Bathrooms,Tips and Hints.

There’s nothing like settling down into a warm bubble bath of a cold winter evening. There’s also nothing worse than an outdated tub, where your knees are by your head and you can’t have a good old lie down, fall asleep and wake up with your eyes full of bubbles.

If you’re thinking about updating your bathtub this winter, better start thinking about it now before Christmas. And here are a few ideas that might inspire you…

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Stand alone

There’s something glamorous about a bathtub on legs. There’s no cistern beneath and I’m sure they were very popular in the Victorian age amongst royalty. I love how light the colours are in this bathroom making the room seem much more spacious. Darker colours would give this kind of setting a gothic look.

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Make it modern

Most modern bathrooms consist of state-of-the-art showers and not much else. Bathtubs can still be contemporary however. Just team up with some dark, granite tiles and a simple colour scheme. This one looks like a boat as well which is unusual.

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Get a jacuzzi

Bored of your everyday bathtub? It’s probably time you invest in a jacuzzi then. If you have a little extra space in your bathroom this is the ultimate crowd pleaser, and look super stylish too.

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Create a sanctuary

It’s important to be able to fully relax in your bathroom, especially during a long winter. Make your new bathroom a haven for chilling, with scented candles and serene plants and decor. Might as well pop some water lilies in there while you’re at it.

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Oversized florals

On November 25th, 2014 Alice wrote on the subject of Bathrooms,Tips and Hints,Useful Resources.

Never out of fashion, florals are not something you associate with this nippy British winter weather. However a new trend is emerging – warm colours and oversized florals. The heavier pattern will give your home a cosy feel compared to the typical light colours and scattered patterns. Florals never go out of fashion, but variations of the trend are constantly coming in and out, and this look is definitely one of my favourites. Here are a few ideas to inspire you to go big when it comes to flowers…

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Feature wall

I love the drama of this massive floral pattern. It’s larger than life and show-stopping, and the timeless colours add real clarity to the unconventional display. The white walls and whitewashed floors will keep your home bright over winter. Now I just need to find out where to get that dress…

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Art work

If you don’t fancy wallpapering your entire living room with loud flowers, you can always invest in some artwork that pays homage to the trend. I love this oversized painting, which adds real atmosphere with colours complement that the moody grey perfectly. Who says floral is only for winter?

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Mosaic

This gorgeous floral mosaic is totally original and is a great idea if you’re looking to inject some life into your bathroom. The colours are stunning and will bring a soft ambience when you’re having a bath on a chilly winter evening. Just add candles and incense!

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Big and bold

This is a somewhat unusual look and might not be to everyone’s taste, but it certainly makes an impression. This bedroom follows an exotic theme, with a bamboo bed frame and Frangipani flowers on the walls. If you want to go big, then this is an amazing way of putting your own personal stamp on your bedroom while being bang on trend.

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