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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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Decorating for autumn

On October 13th, 2014 Alice wrote on the subject of Colour schemes,Cushions and Throws,Interiors and Ideas.

There’s always a fresh new feeling in the air when the seasons change, especially when it’s as drastic as it is in England.

Summer never gently passes into autumn… It always happens very suddenly – you wake up one morning and the air is crisp and you accidentally go to work in your summer dress and feel totally inappropriate and swear to yourself that you’ll never make that mistake again. It happens every year, inevitably.

On a similar note, it’s important not to let your home malfunction along with your wardrobe. Here are a few quick and easy ideas to transition your decor from summer to autumn…

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Conkers

Embrace what autumn naturally brings – there’s no need to paint your walls auburn or mauve when you can just bring colours from the outside in.  Fill a plain, glass vase full of conkers that you gather on a lazy Sunday walk. Add some fresh, autumnal flowers and you’ll have a beautiful centrepiece to suit the season.

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Colours and patterns

The beautiful colours make autumn one of my favourite seasons. You can find them anywhere, so dig around amongst your old rugs and cushions and you’ll find a plethora of colours to match the season. Deep reds, blues, greens and oranges are a great way of bringing the textures and hues into your home.

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Apple candles

They’ll only last 8 minutes but this is a gorgeous way of decorating a table for an autumn dinner party. Simply hollow out an apple and stick a tea candle in there. They’ll smell delicious and it’s so simple and super cheap.

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Blankets

Don’t forget to bring your old blankets out of the cupboard, or, if you’re a little bored of the ones from last year, treat yourself to some lovely thick new ones. Nothing makes a home cosier or more prepared for winter than a nice pile of blankets.

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Colourspiration: Neon

On September 29th, 2014 Alice wrote on the subject of Tips and Hints,Useful Resources.

As the winter months draw ever closer, now is the time to think about finding ways to cheer yourself up through the dark days. Perhaps that’s a little dramatic, but you’ll be surprised how important  a splash of colour is on a cold evening.

Colourspiration this week is dedicated to pulling off neon in your home. It’s not easy but there are varying ways to go about it without making your home look like an ’80s disco. Here’s how…

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Coffee table

This is a perfect example of how flourescent colours can bring a room to life. The dark, solemn grey walls are stopped from making the room feel claustrophobic by this painfully cool hot pink coffee table. This is a great idea as there’s no need to splash out – just buy the colour and get painting.

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Stripes

This is a fantastic way of brightening up a plain old white wall. I love how simple it is, yet neon yellow is one of the happiest colours around. It reminds me of sun and sand – just what you need to get through another British winter.

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Scatter cushions

Adding neon to your home doesn’t mean you need to make any huge commitments. This gorgeous scatter cushion from Etsy is one of a collection. It’s super stylish and will bring a splash of colour into your home in no time. I love the idea of mixing greys and browns with streaks of neon.

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Neon lights

Nothing shouts ‘cool’ louder than neon lights in an open plan loft apartment. These lights brighten up the empty, open space – but they’ll look great anywhere. Put them over your bed or in the bathroom, and they look fantastic in rooms with plenty of dark colours too.

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Inspiration post: the pantry

On September 22nd, 2014 Alice wrote on the subject of Country kitchens,Tips and Hints,Upcycling,Useful Resources,Vintage.

There’s something charming about coming across an unexpected blast from the past. Last week I saw someone riding a Penny Farthing bike in Whitechapel, and I never get bored of old cobbled streets and vintage London buses.

There’s no doubt about it, Autumn is upon us. Out go the summer salads and picnic food, and in come the cans of Heinz soup and crusty bread. This nostalgic season has reminded me of something my Grandma has  – a pantry. Here are a few ideas of how to integrate one into your home…

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Convert a corner

Add a few shelves and compartments to an unused corner in your hallway or entry way. It’s a good place to store dry food and can also be somewhere to show off a wine collection – a great idea if you’re running out of space in the kitchen.

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Shelve it

This pantry storage from Ikea is a great way of re-creating the concept even if you don’t have a separate storage facility. You can keep it in the kitchen or it would look fantastic in an open plan living room.

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Vintage

If you have no way of fitting a real pantry into your kitchen, why not gather together the accessories that are reminiscent of one? These goregous vintage scales, crockery and rolling pins look fantastic and will be a unique way of re-decorating your kitchen.

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Under the stairs

I only store junk I never use under my stairway. I love the idea of converting it into an old-fashioned pantry, and I especially like the glass doors and warm light on the inside. It’s perfectly Autumnal and super stylish too.

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