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From Russia With Love

On September 15th, 2014 Alice wrote on the subject of Blackout Curtains / Blinds,Blinds,Choosing your Curtains or Roman Blinds.

There’s always a buzz around the office when we get some lovely new fabrics in, especially when they’re from a land far away. The Natural Curtain Company have scoured the world for the softest, most ethical and natural fabrics and we’re pleased to announce a brand new family have joined the fold.

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Aurea Red

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A 100% Russian fabric, this linen collection is washed and softened, spun from the finest European flax. Each fabric in this family looks natural and sophisticated, meaning it’s versatile enough to look great in any room. From kitchens to bathrooms to conservatories, each of these fabrics will look right at home.

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Sessile

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The colours have been softened by a non-chemical process which makes the fabric extra soft to touch, and allows it to hang perfectly, especially as curtains. The medium weight of the linen means it will also look fantastic as Roman or roller blinds.

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Blue Stem

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If you’re looking to re-upholster an old chair or even make your own curtains or blinds, you can also buy this fabric by the metre at an eye-wateringly reasonable £21 per metre.

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Colourspiration: Hot pink

On September 1st, 2014 Alice wrote on the subject of Colour schemes,Curtain Accessories,Useful Resources.

Colourspiration is a new word I just made up, and it’s also a great word I just made up. These posts will focus on a particularly difficult colour and help find ways to incorporate it into your home while keeping it stylish.

Hot pink is one of those colours that everyone (ladies) secretly loves but can’t find an excuse to feature in your home. Well, now you have one…

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Small steps…

Hot pink is bright and bold so starting out with small steps might be a good idea if you’re feeling nervous. These gorgeous bottles from Etsy are affordable, fashionable and will bring a splash of hot pink into your space. Commitment level: 1/5

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Chair

This is another subtle way of introducing hot pink into your interior. It’s a great look as the chair frame matches the throw cushion. A good way to get started and to catch the eye of your house guests. Commitment level: 2/5

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 Sofa

If your sofa’s looking drab and needs a bit of life injected into it, why not re-upholster your sofa in a gorgeous hot pink fabric? This one below is in a pink velvet, which is a fab mixture of sophisticated and fun. Commitment level: 4/5

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70′s

This style of kitchen is so 70′s and also amazing. You’ll be going all out, but painting your kitchen cupboards and counters hot pink shows true dedication to a fantastic colour. 70′s accessories optional but recommended. Commitment level: 5/5

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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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