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Accessory of the week: Chandeliers

On February 23rd, 2015 Alice wrote on the subject of Fun Stuff,Interiors and Ideas,Tips and Hints,Useful Resources.

When I think of chandeliers I think of sweeping, grand hallways and regal dinner tables with ceilings so high you can hardly see the Michaelangelo art they on them.

But I’ve been seeing some pretty chic, unusual chandeliers recently on blogs and at friends houses that actually give a relaxed look to a space, rather than making your room look like Kate Middleton’s atrium.

So here are a few ideas on how to rock chandeliers in style – they’re back!

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Outdoors

Add a touch of elegance to your summer parties with these beautiful outdoor chandeliers. It’s a wonderful way to spend a long evening with friends and family – uber stylish and fashion forward too.

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Recycle

I love this idea – using an old piece of drift wood and hanging bare bulbs to create an unusual and unique chandelier. Make sure the bare bulbs are slightly dim as otherwise the lighting could be too harsh. You might just find yourself a new chandelier on your next stroll along the beach!

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Industrial

This is a great example of mixing up different styles. This is a real industrial-chic bedroom, with stripped brick walls and raw, rustic accessories. The grandiose chandelier adds a real sense of depth and elegance to the space, ensuring it’s not too cold or clinical.

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Bright & beautiful

Why not use a new chandelier as an opportunity to add a bit of colour to your space? I love this bright blue against the dark grey decor – It’s a great way to add some unexpected brightness to a dark space.

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Beautiful breakfast tables

On February 16th, 2015 Alice wrote on the subject of Fun Stuff,Interiors and Ideas,Table cloths,Tips and Hints,Useful Resources.

Good morning! It’s pancake day! I thought this would be a good time to dish out a few ideas on how to lay your table for breakfast.

It’s my favourite meal of the day and it’s so easy to add a few touches to the table to give it a unique and special look. Get ready to impress the in-laws when they come to stay…

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Artisan

I love this rustic breakfast table. There’s a lot going on here, but what really stands out is the sturdy farmers table and the mis-matched jars and bottles dotted around. It gives a real rustic, homey look and is a great excuse to collect old jam jars and milk bottles, saving money and the environment!

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Autumnal

What strikes me about this tble set up is the dark bowls of berries and the ferns dotted around the table. It’s a lovely, simple touch and is a great idea if you’re having brunch outside in the garden. I also love the dark mahogany cutting boards the food is placed on – a simple and stylish touch.

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Kitsch

If cutesy is your thing you’ll love this look. It’s a great idea if you’re serving lots of guests at once, and makes for minimal washing up and minimal mess. The matching pink napkins are adorable but you can always go for dark blue or neutral colours to make it less cute.

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Minimalist

Keep it effortless with minimal clutter on the table like this beautiful set up. I love the wild flowers in a clear vase on the table – it’s little touches like this that create real style in a space. Add linen tea towels and a table cloth for a wonderfully minimal brunch table.

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Accessory of the week: salt shakers

On February 8th, 2015 Alice wrote on the subject of Fun Stuff,Interiors and Ideas,Table cloths.

My grandma has the most wonderful collection of salt and pepper shakers. Every time I visit her there’s a new set on the table, each more cute and quirky than the last.

There’s nothing like treating yourself to a lovely new accessory, and every time I wander through a charity or antique shop I always find adorable salt and pepper shakers. I’ve done some digging and found some absolute gems to share with you…

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Etsy

These mid-century salt and pepper shakers are similar to some that my grandma has. I love them as they’re simple, timeless and will go well with any decor.

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Do it yourself

These cute salt and pepper shakers made from jam jars are completely adorable, and so easy to make! I stumbled across this idea on Martha Stewart’s blog. Just use a marker pen to determine where your holes are and pierce the lid with a pushpin – voile!

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Collectors Weekly

I love this website – it shows you the most watched items on eBay for collectable items, such as salt and pepper shakers! Have a look on here at any time for the most popular searches, and snap up some real bargains. I adore this retro salt and pepper shaker TV…

TV Salt and pepper shaker

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Pottery Barn

You don’t need to buy vintage salt and pepper shakers to add a bit of life to your dining room – Pottery Barn and John Lewis do some beautiful pieces, like these partridge in a pear tree shakers. They’re an adorable table accessory and not too expensive either!

Partridge pear tree salt and pepper

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Ideas for alternative homes

On February 2nd, 2015 Alice wrote on the subject of Fun Stuff,Interiors and Ideas,Upcycling,Useful Resources.

Have you ever lost sleep over the cost of housing these days? Or how steep your mortgage is? Or have you ever worried you’ll never be able to even afford a house in this horrific climate?

Well, here I am to save the day and save you money. Here are some alternatives to shake up your conventional idea of a home, and perhaps give you an idea for an affordable second home…

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1.) A bus

Bus living ain’t such a bad idea if you think about it… Sure, you won’t be able to have a family but you will be able to be on the open road forever. And look how surprisingly roomy it can be!

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2.) A boat house

This isn’t a particularly new concept to anyone but it’s still a great idea. Along with mooring costs, you can buy a house boat in London for £80,000 and find a stunning place to moor it too. You can enjoy the English summer on a trip up the Thames through Reading and Oxford, and then moor up outside your favourite pub during winter.

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3. A shipping container

I’ve noticed a recent trend of bars and restaurants made from shipping containers – Boxpark in Shoreditch was supposed to be a pop-up but was so popular it’s now permanent. And now the trend has spread to homes too. If you have the land, you could buy a shipping container and make a beautiful out-house like the one below.

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4. A tree house

If you have a couple of spare years on your hands and a spare acre or two on your property, why not build yourself a tree house? It would be a fantastic escape from every day life, and you could have a holiday home in your own back garden.

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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.

Furniture Cave

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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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