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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.

Kelly Hoppen

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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.

Abigail Ahern home tour

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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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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…

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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.

Stoke Newington market

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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.

the old cinema chiswick

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