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Inspiration post: jungle trend

On May 4th, 2015 Alice wrote on the subject of Colour schemes,Curtain Accessories,Fabrics,Fun Stuff,Interiors and Ideas.

Afte an exhausting bank holiday weekend trawling through antiques markets, I couldn’t help but notice a growing trend. Leafy greens and tropical prints are everywhere, on curtains, in windows, upholstered onto stools or even as a table cloth.

The jungle trend is now firmly upon us and at a great time too – there’s nothing better than cooling off in the shade of a leafy garden while relaxing on a hot spring day.

Here are a few ideas to inspire you to incorporate the jungle trend into your home…

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In the living room…

It doesn’t take much to turn your space into a tropical retreat, and adding a few statement, leafy plants is a great way of incorporating it into your home without having to commit too much. I love the idea of adding touches of bright, tropical colours like the splashes of yellow in this space to add a sense of the exotic.

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In a print…

This green jungle fabric is from Sanderson, Voyage of Discovery from their collection for Living Colour. I love it teamed up with this teal green feature wall and the gorgeous tropical painting rounds it all off. Add bamboo matting to finish off the look.

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In the conservatory…

Filling your conservatory with tropical plants ia  lovely way of creating a jungle retreat in your home. This is an ideal look for summer as you can relax here with a cool glass of lemonade to escape from the heat outside. Team with this beautiful pink velvet fabric to add a sultry touch to the space.

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On a feature wall…

Bethany Linz is an artist who was previously trained in fine art but who has turned her hand to textile design. I absolutely love her new British India textile collection, created in collaboration with Sparkk. The bright, leafy green designs are gorgeous and fresh and will bring a splash of the tropics into your home in no time.

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Bank Holiday Antique Fairs

On April 28th, 2015 Alice wrote on the subject of Fun Stuff,Industry News,Upcycling,Useful Resources,Vintage.

We finally have another bank holiday coming up (Easter feels forever ago). What better way to spend the spare day than by visiting an antique fair in the UK?

I love trawling through antique fairs, but never seem to have the time during a busy weekend. Bank holiday Monday is the perfect time to catch a train to somewhere you’ve never heard of and shop to your heart’s content.

From Deptford to Durham, I’ve done some research and dug up the most popular antique fairs out there in some of the UK’smost picturesque antique places…

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Durham Antiques, Vintage and Retro Fair

This antique fair in Durham has over 160 stands choc-a-bloc with home furnishings, jewellery, vintage clothes, watches and anything else you could possibly need (or want).  Not to mention Durham is a beautiful place to visit at this time of year.

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Norfolk’s Collectors Fair

Located in Cromer, right by the beach, this is a lovely way to spend a sunny bank holiday Monday. Based in the Parish Hall you can expect to find shabby chic, Art Deco furniture and dealers in ceramics. You absoulutely won’t leave this beautiful part of East Anglia empty handed.

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Antique and Vintage Market, Maidstone

This cute antique fair is a great place to bring the family for the day. It’s easy to get to and there’s loads of coffee shops and caffe’s around for you to rest your legs. Expect to find everything from vintage clothes to collector’s teapots to stamp books. A beautiful place to spend the day.

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Portobello Market, Notting Hill

Hmm perhaps this is cheating (it’s not in the countryside) but  Portobello Road Market feels like you’ve stepped into a bustling village. The atmosphere is fabulous, there are hundreds of different people, from locals to tourists, and so many different stalls to see, you’ll need more than a day just to get through it all. Not to mention the fantastic restaurants where you can have lunch or coffee.

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Accessory of the week: Surfboards

On April 13th, 2015 Alice wrote on the subject of Summer,Tips and Hints,Useful Resources.

Ahh… Summer. Sun, sea, sand and a spot of surfing?

Hmm, I don’t think it’s for me either, but there’s no reason why you can’t incorporate some surfer scenery into your decor.

Surfboards are popping up in all sorts of places round the home these days. It’s a relaxed, laid-back sport so by association this is a great way of adding a bit of a chilled vibe to your home.

Here are a few ways you can start surfing in the comfort of your own home…

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In the living room

This is a great way of livening up your living room and bringing a bit of sea to the city. The world map complements the washed-out, relaxed hues on show here. The trinkets dotted around add a bit of mayhem to an otherwise relaxed space.

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In the kitchen

This minimal kitchen is brought to life with a surfboard hanging over the cupboards. I love the consistent wooden tones dotted around the room, and the low-hanging lights are simple yet sophisticated. This is a great way of adding personality to your space.

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In the spare room

If you need to add a bit of a charcter to an otherwise dull room (often the spare room), why not prop up an old surfboard against the wall? It adds instant quirk and will make your guest feel like they’re on holiday!

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Kids bedroom

This is a great idea for a kids bedroom – whether boy girl, toddler or teenager. Surfing never goes out of style and a board would be a lovely addition to a fun and young space. Add hangers along the board for an extra place to hang coats.

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Inspiration post: Unusual Florals

On April 7th, 2015 Alice wrote on the subject of Colour schemes,Fabrics,Interiors and Ideas,Summer.

Happy Easter! Spring is here and as a result I keep finding my eye being drawn to the beautiful flowers sprouting up everywhere. Whether in your garden or in your living room,  flowers around the home will always be timeless. However it’s easy to forget how simple it is to add  a twist to the classic look – why not go oversized or add flowers to an industrial space?

Here are some quick, easy and inexpnsive ways of giving your home a spring makeover with a juicy twist and getting a bit of floral into your life after a long winter…

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Oversized floral

I adore this collection from bluebellgrey, Scotland’s largest fabric export company. This gorgeous linen fabric with oversized, abstract flowers is eye catching and bright, instantly bringing a splash of summer into your home.

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Exposed brick

I love how this floral bed linen adds a touch of the unexpected to this bold, industrial space. The high ceilings and exposed brick work could easily be interpreted as cold, but this bright, beautiful splash of colour really adds a touch of spring warmth to the room.

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In the nursery

This wall stencil is a fabulous way of brightening up a childs bedroom or nursery. You can teach them all about the different flowers, and it’s a gorgeous way of incorporating various colours and patterns into a space.

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Dark floral

Floral patterns in your home don’t always have to be bright and sunny. I adore this gothic floral wallpaper – it’s a great idea for a feature wall as it’s so eye-catching, but covering all your walls with this dark paper may make your space feel claustrophobic. Make sure you pair with breezy neutral fabrics to even out the hues.

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Beach huts

On March 30th, 2015 Alice wrote on the subject of Colour schemes,Fun Stuff,Home tour,Tips and Hints.

A beach hut might sound like something you buy when you’re on the coast, but more and more people are placing them in their gardens as a beautiful place to relax once spring has sprung.

A beach hut is kind of like a shed but with more space inside – space for a kettle, deck chairs, hanging pictures, ornaments and lovely beach books. Just add a paddling pool and you’ve got your very own holiday home in your back garden. It’s time to get ready for summer!

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Whitewash and wicker

This beautiful hut is light, simple and spacious. The tall doors let the sunshine in and the bunk bed is a wonderful little hide-away when you fancy a mid-afternoon siesta. The whitewashed interior keeps is simple with minimalist accessories.

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Accessorise

If you don’t have the real thing, you might as well pretend you do. Make sure you accessorise like crazy. Go completely over the top with boat models, nautical stripes, bouys, dried seaweed, anything beach-like that you can get your hands on. It’ll make you feel like your right by the ocean!

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Keep it tropical

If you want to get a real feeling that you’re out of the country, why not  make yours  a tropical beach hut? I love these vibrant accessories and patterns that will bring a space to life, even if it is in London’s zone 4. You can get the look from Bed, Bath and Beyond.

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Get the seating

The best thing about a beach hut is having beautiful furniture to lounge around on. I love these simple, authentic sun loungers from Pottery Barn. They’re super easy to store and look fabulous as you sunbathe in the garden. For a splash of nautical colour, upholster these cushions in blue and white stripes.

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Inspiration post: stained glass

On March 23rd, 2015 Alice wrote on the subject of Tips and Hints,Upcycling,Useful Resources.

Stained glass is an unusual and surprisingly easy accessory to install in your home. It’s coming back this spring and this time it’s modern with a classic twist.

Stained glass can be incorporated anywhere around your home and will instantly liven up your space and give guests a talking point. Here are a few ways you can brighten up your interior with this gorgeous look…

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In the entryway

This is a classic way of introducing stained glass into your home and adding a touch of colour to your entryway. This works wonderfully with a plain white hallway to bring out the different hues as the light falls in.

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In the bathroom

I adore this serene bathroom style pulled together with this calming blue shade. The simplicity of the stand-alone bath tub makes this space the ultimate place to relax with no extravagance. The stained glass window can take centre stage with no other accessories needed.

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In the garden

Why not bring the indoors out with this beautiful stained glass accessory? I love how it reflects the light onto the seating area, and it’s a great way of adding some character to your outdoor space.

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In the kitchen

This is an adorable and quirky twist on the classic stained glass window, and is a great look to have in the kitchen due to the bright, cheery colours and fun pattern. The colours go well with any season and will bring a sense of spring cheer to your home.

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Best of: Home tours

On March 18th, 2015 Alice wrote on the subject of Home tour,Tips and Hints,Upcycling,Useful Resources.

I’ve spent many a Sunday afternoon in a coffee shop on my highstreet gawping and gasping at the latest home tours on my favourite interior design blogs.

They provide me with such inspiration I think it’s about time I share my absolute favourites with you, maybe they’ll inspire you too!

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The Figgle Family

This is a blog post I stumbled across on my favourite blog, Apartment Therapy. This is the Californian family home of the Figgle’s, with the owners/parents running a creative photography business. This house oozes with colour and fun. From the rustic table to the bright accessories and paint brushes this home is beautiful and creative.

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New York apartment

I’m such a sucker for a New York loft. I love the laidback style – rafters on show, bare unfinished walls, and this apartment is a perfect example of elegant, industrial chic. Think animal print rugs and minimalist art and you’ve got the look nailed.

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Kelly Hoppen’s home

The godmother of interior design is naturally going to have a beautiful home, and I couldn’t help but post it on here. Her style is timeless, elegant and sophisticated, yet she’s not afraid to add a twist of danger with zebra print rugs to keep the space fun and lively.

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Abigail Ahern’s home

The other godmother of interior design, Abigail Ahern, doesn’t let the team down with this incredible wired chandelier. It’s such a great twist on a classic accessory, and complements the stand-alone bath tub well. I love the greenery in the room which brings the space alive and is a fantastic way to add colour.

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Accessory of the week: copper

On March 9th, 2015 Alice wrote on the subject of Bathrooms,Colour schemes,Fun Stuff,Interiors and Ideas.

Copper is popping up everywhere these days. In edgy restaurants, on show in the ceilings of bars, and now it’s all over interior design blogs. Copper is a cool and dynamic material to have in the home as it can be dressed up to be smart and shiny, or if you like the industrial look it can add a bit of edge to a clean, light space.

Here are a few ways to integrate copper into your home in style, and as you can see it looks great absolutely everywhere…

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In the dining room

These globed copper lampshades give a masculine edge to an otherwise feminine space. The polka dots on the table cloth complement the round lampshades beautifully.

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In the bathroom

This copper bath gives a real sense of decadence and luxury. Not only does it look fantastic but it’s so deep you could swim in it and the rich colour adds depth to the space.

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In the hallway

I love these gorgeous copper plant pots. They look fabulous inside or outside and are a fantastic way of adding a bit of character to a bland hallway or entryway. Fill with beautiful exotic plants to make them even more quirky.

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In the bedroom

A great way of incorporating copper into your space is by having a copper bedframe. Not only are they inexpensive but they look super-chic too. I love the exposed copper piping running up the wall too, adding some coordination to the space alongside the lampshade without overdoing it.

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Inspiration post: French decor

On March 2nd, 2015 Alice wrote on the subject of Fun Stuff,Industry News,Interiors and Ideas,Tips and Hints,Upcycling,Vintage.

Spring is just about in the air, and I keep finding my eye being drawn to big french windows and rustic dining tables perfect for an outdoor lunch with friends and family. French style is all about the outdoors -never over-groomed, it’s natural, breezy and light, just like spring.

Taking inspiration from French style is a great way of making your home summer-friendly, so have a look at some of these ideas to embrace the changing season…

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French doors

Authentic, shabby-chic French doors add a real sense of summer to this bright and breezy kitchen. French style embraces neutral colours and pastels, and this white and pale blue combinations will put you in the mood for some spring cleaning.

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French country

This gorgeous rustic look is all about classic, antique statement pieces with a few frills to add a bit of va va voom. It’s important not to overdo the little touches as it could look too busy. French country design often incorporates ruffles and distresses woodwork, a lovely contrast of pretty and rustic.

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French dresser

Blush is a wonderfully Parisian colour and has been added in lovely accents to this central apartment. Teamed up with a French dresser and these beautiful silk floor length curtains, this space is a lovely nod to French decor without drowning the space in frills.

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French windows

This beautiful shutter and sheer curtain combination makes for the ultimate in French window treatment. Distressed shutters are quintessentially Parisian, and voiles curtains are bright and breezy with a little frill to nod to the style.

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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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