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Accessory of the week: taxidermy

On December 16th, 2014 Alice wrote on the subject of Tips and Hints,Upcycling,Useful Resources,Vintage.

In this chilly weather it’s only appropriate to dress your house accordingly. I think taxidermy, although (arguably) unethical, is a cool and stylish way of dressing up your home for winter.

The warm colour of the fur will add a depth to your space, and it’s a lot of fun wandering around old charity or antique shops finding the perfect piece to suit your home.

Here are a few ideas on how to accessorise your space with bite…

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Traditional

The traditional deer head will always look effortlessly cool, especially if you pair it with this New York loft. Team with simplistic, modern furniture to complete the look.

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Home office

If you need something to spice up your home office, look no further than a kudu head hanging from your wall. It’s the ultimate decadent accessory and will work perfectly if you’re looking to add a touch of masculinity to your space.

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In the bedroom

For the ultimate shock factor, go for some really weird animals. This mother of a buffalo suspended above your bed would freak out the most resilient of guests, especially paired with a precarious peacock balancing on the rafters. Just make sure they’re on the wall behind your bed so you don’t get a shock when you wake up.

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Quirky

If you don’t want your taxidermy accessory to completely overwhelm your space, choose a small but quirky example. How about this little squirrel in a boat? It won’t shock guests and will be a fantastic talking point!

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Incidentally, if you ever happen to be in Alberta, Canada, there is a world famous gopher museum. The town was overrun with them so some clever soul stuffed them and put them in strange scenarios – weddings, boxing matches. Definitely worth a look if you’re in the area!

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Christmas tree ideas

On December 9th, 2014 Alice wrote on the subject of Christmas,Fun Stuff,Interiors and Ideas,Tips and Hints,Useful Resources.

It’s that time of year again, where everyone’s scrambling to buy their Christmas tree and gathering the whole family together to decorate it. It’s easy to do the same thing year after year, recycling the same decorations and using the same tired old tinsel.

Well, this post will give you a few ideas on how to think outside the box when it c0mes to decorating your tree, and will inspire you to do something a little different and more original…

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Ombre

I love this idea of creating an ombre look with your decorations, slowly changing the gradient to give the impression of dip-dyed decorating. Perhaps this is something you could even do with the decorations you already have.

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Stick to a theme

You don’t have to decorate your Christmas tree in conventional colours – just pick one and stick to it. I like blue because it’s not stereotypical but it’s just festive enough.

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Christmas teepee

Who needs a tree when you can get a teepee? I love how simple this idea is. Just grab some old bits of wood and cut them into the same lengths. It doesn’t need to be as tall as this, but I think the height of this ‘treepee’ is perfect. Then decorate with fairylights and tinsel, and you’ve got your very own unique Christmas ornament.

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Log tree

This is really thinking outside the box, and it’s the perfect fit for a modern home. The sticks all slot together to make a gorgeous shape, and the white and silver decorations add to the contemporary look. A hard one to replicate but definitely worth it!

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Inspiration post: Bathtubs

On December 2nd, 2014 Alice wrote on the subject of Bathrooms,Tips and Hints.

There’s nothing like settling down into a warm bubble bath of a cold winter evening. There’s also nothing worse than an outdated tub, where your knees are by your head and you can’t have a good old lie down, fall asleep and wake up with your eyes full of bubbles.

If you’re thinking about updating your bathtub this winter, better start thinking about it now before Christmas. And here are a few ideas that might inspire you…

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Stand alone

There’s something glamorous about a bathtub on legs. There’s no cistern beneath and I’m sure they were very popular in the Victorian age amongst royalty. I love how light the colours are in this bathroom making the room seem much more spacious. Darker colours would give this kind of setting a gothic look.

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Make it modern

Most modern bathrooms consist of state-of-the-art showers and not much else. Bathtubs can still be contemporary however. Just team up with some dark, granite tiles and a simple colour scheme. This one looks like a boat as well which is unusual.

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Get a jacuzzi

Bored of your everyday bathtub? It’s probably time you invest in a jacuzzi then. If you have a little extra space in your bathroom this is the ultimate crowd pleaser, and look super stylish too.

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Create a sanctuary

It’s important to be able to fully relax in your bathroom, especially during a long winter. Make your new bathroom a haven for chilling, with scented candles and serene plants and decor. Might as well pop some water lilies in there while you’re at it.

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Oversized florals

On November 25th, 2014 Alice wrote on the subject of Bathrooms,Tips and Hints,Useful Resources.

Never out of fashion, florals are not something you associate with this nippy British winter weather. However a new trend is emerging – warm colours and oversized florals. The heavier pattern will give your home a cosy feel compared to the typical light colours and scattered patterns. Florals never go out of fashion, but variations of the trend are constantly coming in and out, and this look is definitely one of my favourites. Here are a few ideas to inspire you to go big when it comes to flowers…

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Feature wall

I love the drama of this massive floral pattern. It’s larger than life and show-stopping, and the timeless colours add real clarity to the unconventional display. The white walls and whitewashed floors will keep your home bright over winter. Now I just need to find out where to get that dress…

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Art work

If you don’t fancy wallpapering your entire living room with loud flowers, you can always invest in some artwork that pays homage to the trend. I love this oversized painting, which adds real atmosphere with colours complement that the moody grey perfectly. Who says floral is only for winter?

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Mosaic

This gorgeous floral mosaic is totally original and is a great idea if you’re looking to inject some life into your bathroom. The colours are stunning and will bring a soft ambience when you’re having a bath on a chilly winter evening. Just add candles and incense!

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Big and bold

This is a somewhat unusual look and might not be to everyone’s taste, but it certainly makes an impression. This bedroom follows an exotic theme, with a bamboo bed frame and Frangipani flowers on the walls. If you want to go big, then this is an amazing way of putting your own personal stamp on your bedroom while being bang on trend.

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Accessory of the week: animal print

On November 16th, 2014 Alice wrote on the subject of Fun Stuff,Industry News,Interiors and Ideas.

Animal print is something that will always be in fashion one way or another. Whether it’s handbags, dresses or in your home, the endless varieties and possibilities means the look never gets old. Here are a few ideas on how to introduce it into your home and different ways of how you can rock the look…

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In the bedroom

For the ultimate luxury look, an animal skin rug on the floor (depending on your beliefs) will give your home an instant update. I think this looks fab in a bedroom that needs a bit of a modern twist without committing and making the space look too busy.

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In the living room

Thick, furry rugs mixed with animal print adds a sense of warmth and luxury to your home. I love the decadent, fluffy throw paired with the gorgeous leapord print upholstered chair. This is a fabulous look for winter as it’s cosy and cool without looking like too much thought has gone into it.

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Accessorise

A great way of introducing animal print into your decor is by dotting accessories around. A few leapord print scatter cushions will give you an instant animal update. Another way is by upholstering your lamps with light animal print, to add a subtle splash to your home.

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Feature wall

Snake print is an option that is often overlooked, but is also super stylish and smart. I love this feature wall, as the pale colours are so subtle and don’t clamour for attention amongst the serene decor.

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Art Deco

On November 10th, 2014 Alice wrote on the subject of Tips and Hints,Useful Resources,Vintage.

A style that spanned the roaring 20s and the depression of the 30s, Art Deco was a symbol of decadence alongside tradition. These days an art deco piece can sell for thousands, with its distinct style and nostalgic attributes. It’s popularity waned after the second world war ended, but it’s influence has remained. It’s easy to add some 20s glamour to your home by fusing the colour and patterns that art deco continues to influence…

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The bathroom

Art deco was all about bold, straight lines and indulgence. This bathroom is heavily influenced by this style with the thick lined mirror and dark ribbon holding up the caged lamps. I love the mixture of circles and squares, giving the space a sense of luxury and organised chaos.

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Feature wall

A simple way of incorporating art deco into your home is by taking the traditional patterns and wallpapering your space. I love this monochrome wallpaper – it would look perfect in a room that needs some life injected into it without needing to add loads of colour.

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Accessories

Collecting bits and bobs to go around the house is a great way of adding some art deco to your space without having to fully commit. There’s nothing like trawling old car boot sales to find these articles – something like a lamp will instantly jazz age your room up.

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Art work

You can add s0me roaring 20s and 30s to your home by purchasing or making your own print that nods to the era. This black and white print instantly brings the modernist movement into the space, and it’s a lot cheaper than buying a genuine article.

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Open plan homes

On November 5th, 2014 Alice wrote on the subject of Useful Resources.

Open plan layouts in the home always give the impression of more space. Often when moving house, people will knock down walls to make one big room. I know I’d rather have one large room than two little ones – who uses a dining room these days anyway?

Here are a few examples of the different ways you can lay out your open plan room…

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Mix it up

This barn conversion means you can have your dining room, kitchen and bedroom all in one place. I love the huge windows and wonderful high ceilings. Although this may get chilly in winter, it’s super stylish and you can move your furniture around whenever you like to keep the look fresh.

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Use a partition

If your open space seems a bit overwhelming, use partitions and screens to split it up. I love this 60′s retro screen, which adds a bit of character while sectioning off the seating area from the bar.

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Extend your conservatory

A great way of giving your home an open plan look is to knock through that pesky conservatory and extend your kitchen and living area. Let’s face it – no one uses a conservatory anymore, and a massive kitchen looks way better. To make your space look even bigger, paint the room white and break it up with paintings and accessories.

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Open plan bedroom

It’s not the cosiest bedroom in the world, but it could be one of the coolest. Having your bed in an open plan cove is super modern, and this New York loft is no exception. The cloud feature wall adds some warmth to the space, especially with the uber thick rug.open plan bedroom

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Inspiration post: Roman blinds

On November 3rd, 2014 Alice wrote on the subject of Blinds,Choosing your Curtains or Roman Blinds,Tips and Hints.

As winter closes in, a change in window treatment is imminent. Light voiles for summer are out and thick, luscious curtains are in. However, if your interior is better suited to a Roman blind, it can be difficult to keep the warmth in. Here are a few ideas on how to keep your home cosy while keeping your Roman blinds stylish.

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Double up

There’s no reason why you can’t have the best of both worlds when it comes to window treatment. Some thick, linen curtains with thermal lining will keep out the winter chills, and having Roman blinds behind means you can have double the warmth and have a quick transition once summer comes round.

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Bathroom

On a chilly morning there’s nothing worse that a freezing cold bathroom. It’s vital to keep the chill out during winter, yet this can be hard when you have Roman blinds. It’s important to remember to measure a little over the correct width so that the gaps don’t let in any drafts, but remember to get interlining – this makes for great insulation.

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Find a nook

If you don’t want to add thermal lining or curtains to warm up your blinds, why not accessorise around them? This lovely little nook is full of cosy cushions and warm lighting, so even though the blinds are ideal for summer, the space feels warm and wintery.

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In the kitchen

I love the look of this quirky kitchen, and how it sets off the fantastic pattern on this vintage blind. Fun, bright patterns like this can brighten up a gloomy winter day, and you can even make them yourself!

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Accessory of the week: Clocks

On October 27th, 2014 Alice wrote on the subject of Tips and Hints,Useful Resources,Vintage.

What with iPads, MP3s, smartphones and Google Glass – all of which can tell you the time – clocks have been pushed aside as an accessory for the home. I think they’re underestimated these days. There are so many different styles to choose from, reminiscent of different eras and adding bucketloads of character to your home. Here’s a reminder of what’s out there…

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Art deco

In the 1920s and 1930s clock design was heavily influenced by the Art Deco movement. This clock is designed my Cartier, and similar artefacts can be found on eBay or in antique shops. They might come as more of an investment but they’ll never go out of style.

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Industrial

This 1940s American clock belonged in a gymnasium and has industrial revolution written all over it. I love the gritty cage covering the clock face. This would be a fantastic centrepiece for a room that needs livening up a bit, and will definitely be a talking point amongst guests.

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Mod clock

This spikey, sunshine style was super popular in the laidback ’60s. It’ll add a bit of funk to your space and looks fantastic with vintage furniture from the same era. Keep the colours simple as the design itself makes enough of a statement.

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Country style

To get the farmhouse look, go for an antique oversized clock. This one is larger than life and adds real character to the cosy kitchen. This will look great with a large, industrial table and simple, clean lines. It’s important not to over-clutter with such a large clock so keep it simple.

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Accessory of the week: teak

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

Teak is a hard, durable kind of wood that is used for outdoor furniture or onboard ships as it’s almost indestructible. It was seen as a status symbol in the 1960s and 70s as it’s more expensive than other wood. As a result, there’s loads of fantastic pieces of teak furniture out there on eBay and Etsy at bargain prices and, what do you know? It’s all coming back into fashion. Jump on board before everyone clocks on…

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Multi-tasker

This is a fantastic piece of furniture and would be ideal for a spare room or a hall way. I love the colour combo of teal and mustard, and this multi-purpose piece  means you’ll never be short of storage space. Stylish and practical.

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Armchair

The perfect mixture of style and comfort, this 60s teak armchair will probably last for another five decades and hasn’t gone out of fashion yet. Stick to old, vintage colours for the covers like bold yellows, browns or oranges.

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Bedside table

If you want to add just a dash of 60s style to your bedroom but don’t want to commit to a new desk or chair, go for a bed side table. It’ll make a subtle difference to the tone of your room and it’ll look fantastic. Keep accessories to a minimum as the style itself is uncluttered.

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TV Cabinet

Everyone had one of these in the 60s… Well they should have if they didn’t because not only is this bang on trend but it’s durable and can hold the weight of a TV any size, even the 20 year old one in the spare room. This decor is fantastic as the accessories are consistent with the vintage style yet it hasn’t been over done with the walls and curtains kept plain white.

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