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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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Eating outdoors

On July 27th, 2014 Alice wrote on the subject of Energy Saving,Summer,Table cloths,Tips and Hints,Useful Resources.

For one week of the year it’s warm enough in England to walk around without a jacket in the evening, so it’s important we take advantage of it. These beautiful summer evenings are perfect for eating outdoors and soaking up the English weather, so here are a few handy ideas on how to make the most of your outdoor space and enjoy some summer dining.

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Urban jungle

This gorgeous home in Antwerp uses a converted conservatory as an outdoor eating area. The wild, jungle-like plants add an exotic feel to the space, and it’s a cool place to sit out on a hot summer’s day. Perfect for an early morning breakfast or brunch.

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Modern

I love this big, chunky wooden table and the monochrome decor. It gives this setting a contemporary look and would be the perfect place to relax on a warm evening. It’s always a good idea to ensure there’s shade near your eating area, so under a tree is ideal.

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Rustic

This is a simple idea that works really well if you have a lot of space in your garden. A big, rustic farmers table is in vogue this year, and the great thing is they can fit loads of family and friends around it. The rustic look means you don’t have to worry about place mats or coasters as a stain on the table works with the wood.

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Back to nature

If you don’t have much outdoor space, why not have a romantic meal in a nearby park or forest? You could drive down with a fold up table and eat there. I like the use of an old sheet for shade, and the cluttered tables and chairs are adorable.

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Inspiration post: Water features

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

As the heatwave gathers pace in the UK, there’s nothing more relaxing or refreshing than a cool garden to spend a hot day. A fountain or water feature is a great way of accessorising your garden and adding character to an otherwise neutral space.

Here’s a post that might encourage you to get some water in your garden, and it doesn’t need to blow the bank.

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Garden river

This is a gorgeous feature that adds an instant serving of exotic to this garden. It looks clean enough to take a dip on a hot summer’s day, and will look beautiful at night with some feature lighting.

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Water farm

The corrugated iron of the tank perfectly complements the cute windmills, making sure this feature doesn’t look too kitsch. It’s also a super cheap alternative to a pond and will suit a wild, unkempt garden beautifully.

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Plant pot

There’s no need to transform your entire garden into a watering hole. You can just fill a big plant pot with water and put it on decking or patio to add a cool, summer feature. Just add some floating plants for a mini-pond effect.

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Landscaping

If you’re looking to renovate your garden, this beautiful water feature will need the help of a landscaper. It reminds me of an oriental garden, with straight lines and a strong sense of calm. The big, open leaved plants help with this too, and I love the bench at the bottom of the garden where you can enjoy the view.

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Accessory of the week: Front doors

On July 14th, 2014 Alice wrote on the subject of Fun Stuff,Interiors and Ideas,Summer,Upcycling,Useful Resources,Vintage.

The front door to your home says a lot about what your house is like on the inside. It’s the first thing guests see when they come over, and it’s something that passersby can admire too.

It’s easy to stick to the obvious navy blues and dark greys for a front door. This post will help inspire you to think outside the box when it comes to your entrance, and I bet your neighbours will be stealing your ideas in no time!

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Cute and blue

This bright blue front door in Blakeney, Norfolk is the epitome of cute. The gorgeous sign saying ‘art gallery’ adds a touch of DIY charm to it (even if it isn’t an art gallery), and I especially love the three little pots lined up for decoration. Fill these with daffodils in spring and it’ll look like heaven!

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Shutters

This is a gorgeous colour for a front door – it reminds me of sunshine and summer and would make a lovely welcome home after a long day. The grey shutters on either side add some slick sophistication to the house, grounding the bright yellow colour and making it work from spring through to winter.

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Unique

In all fairness, this is the front door to a house in Kenya so might not translate well to living in South West London. However it’s an incredible idea, and might even work for a back door if you’re looking to do something a little different. I’m not sure how it locks up at night but I adore the concept.

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Nautical

This is a fantastic look as it’s a traditional front door with a twist. There are countless navy blue doors on my street but none with nautical stripes. It’s such a simple idea but I can guarantee there’ll be no one else near you doing it! Add some mulberry bushes for extra elegance.

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5 ways to rock ombre

On July 8th, 2014 Alice wrote on the subject of Bathrooms,Blackout Curtains / Blinds,Blinds,Colour schemes,Curtain Accessories.

Ombre never goes out of style. It’s cool, on-trend and most importantly it screams summer. Here are a few great ways of transforming your home with a few simple strokes of a paint brush and a dab of ‘can-do’ attitude.

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1. Whitewashed authentic

There’s a common misconception when painting a wall ombre that it needs to be a seamless change of hue throughout. That’s not so, and this haphazard, authentic look gives the room a bohemian vibe. Splash a bit of water on the wall to get an uneven look.

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2. Accessorise

I adore how these bottles blend in with the ombre wall. Have a look on Etsy for coloured bottles. They come in any colour so will match your walls whatever you choose.

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3. Ceiling

Think outside the box and start your dip-dye from the ceiling down. It’s a way more subtle way of decorating your walls and looks super sleek too. Go for a  light colour so it doesn’t make your room look smaller.

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4. Peachy

This isn’t necessarily ground-breaking, but I had to share this look as I think it’s the most gorgeous shade of peach. Having the ombre go only slightly up the wall makes the ceilings look higher, and the light, matching furniture makes the room look bright and breezy.

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5. Curtains

There’s no need to just stick to walls, why not dip-dye your curtains? The Natural Curtain Company have some gorgeous ready made white curtains that you can dye at home. It’s a great way of rocking the ombre look without committing too much by painting your walls.

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Accessory of the week: picture frames

On July 3rd, 2014 Alice wrote on the subject of Colour schemes,Curtain Accessories,Fun Stuff,Interiors and Ideas,Tips and Hints,Upcycling,Useful Resources,Vintage.

Why not let the frame take centre stage for once? Here are a few bright ideas on how to use every day objects as picture frames. It’s cheap, easy and looks better than anything you can find in Ikea…

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Fishing rod

I love this idea as I’ve never seen it before – grab the fishing rod you only use once a decade and hang pictures off it. It will be a fantastic talking point amongst guests and finally gives you somewhere convenient to store it.

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Clothes line

If you’ve got an old wooden picture frame knocking about, hang a clothes line across and attach your favourite photos with pegs. It’s a great way of decorating your room and means you can clear your draws of all those old photos.

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Upcycle

This picture frame was made from some wood found in an old barn. It’s a great piece of DIY and the white-washed, chipped paint makes it look authentic and totally original. Hang your favourite pictures up in your hallway or kitchen to give your space a vintage twist.

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Jewellery holder

A genius idea, putting a metal grill into a disused picture frame makes it the ideal place to hang your earrings. Just mount it on the wall by your mirror and you’ve got a gorgeous addition to your room and you won’t lose any more jewellery. If you don’t have a metal grill, you could always buy a strip of lace and use that instead.

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Pulling off purple

On June 23rd, 2014 Alice wrote on the subject of Colour schemes,Curtains,Interiors and Ideas.

Purple is in again, and the colour of the season isn’t easy to pull off. You don’t need to live in Buckingham Palace to be able to integrate it into your home. From lilac to mauve, purple is a versatile colour and will suit any interior, you just need to go about it cleverly. This post is dedicated to a misunderstood colour, and will show you how to pull off purple.

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Add some texture

Start with accessories. Purple looks incredible with grey, and to add a real kick to your decor, add some textured accessories. Sequins, scales and a bit of sparkle will never go amiss and will stop your room looking flat and tired. It’s incredible what a spot of suede can do!

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Light with lilac

Purple doesn’t need to be dark and gloomy. Lilac is a gorgeous colour and isn’t loud enough to take over a whole room. You can accessorise using bed linen or even a beautiful chair like the one below. The vintage, light chest of drawers adds a vintage vibe that looks fantastic with a tropical plant in the corner.

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Feature wall

Painting just one wall is a sure-fire way of grabbing the attention of guests and bringing a welcome splash of colour to your space. The trick is to make sure it’s not too dark, so you can maintain a summery atmosphere. The dark leather chair compliments the decor really well. Always accessorise light purple with darker hues.

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Deep purple

If you don’t want to commit to changing your entire room, why not change just the curtains? These gorgeous silk curtains from The Natural Curtain Company are a striking colour but the light fabric means they don’t seem too heavy. Make sure to get blackout lining with this fabric so it doesn’t fade in the sun.

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