Giveaway : Luxury Bedding Bundle from Homescapes

Homescapes luxury bedding bundle

Hands up if you have the January blues? You too, huh? Well I’m not surprised, It was Blue Monday earlier this week, which is officially the most depressing day of the year. I don’t know about you but I want to just curl up in bed and stay there until spring. Wouldn’t that be nice? Well, I have a great giveaway I’m launching today which will make the idea of hibernating in bed all that more appealing. For this giveaway, I have teamed up with Homescapes, a British company that manufactures top quality home furnishings and textiles. They have kindly agreed to provide me with a luxury bedding bundle to give away to one lucky Design Sheppard reader.

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Embracing New Lifestyle Trends in 2018

Photo by Brigitte Tohm on Unsplash

Lifestyle trends come and go and 2017 was a year that saw quite a few different trends explode onto the scene. Of course, hygge was the big trend that we were all aspiring to, but as the year progressed a number of other trends sought to take the limelight away from hygge and convince us to adapt our lifestyles in order to live our best lives. In today’s post I want to take a look at the four major trends that I noticed last year. I want to take a closer look at just what they mean, how we can incorporate them into our lives and how they will affect me personally. As you know from my colour trends post earlier this month, I don’t always follow trends unless they resonate with me personally, but I have become pretty good at looking at trends and taking bits from them if they work for me. And I think that’s the best way to approach trends. As yourself, ‘Can they work for me?’ and ‘How can they help to improve my life?’ If there is some benefit for you, go ahead, but don’t just follow trends to be part of the cool gang. Apart from hygge, I haven’t really paid much attention to the other trends I’m talking about today and it wasn’t until I started researching this post that I realised how much these trends speak to me and my life goals. So let’s get started and you can tell me what you think of these lifestyle trends in the comments at the end, okay?

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Warm up your Home with Modern Wood Burning Stoves

Scan 68 wood burning stoves

Scan 68 wood burning stove

As the cold weather persists and we all start piling on the extra layers, I’ve been thinking about changing the fireplace at home. I have an ugly electric fire that we never use which is housed in a horrible laminated orange fire surround. It’s pretty hideous. I’d really like to replace it with a fire surround that is a bit more chunky and industrial looking to fit with the look we’ve created in the living room. I’ve been looking since 2013 and nothing has really jumped out at me. Although Next now have a couple that I quite fancy. I also really like the idea of wood burning stoves. We totally don’t need one as the central heating is more than enough to keep our little flat toasty warm, but I just love the cosy atmosphere they create and you can’t beat the crackling and popping noises of burning wood, not to mention the smell. I’d like to think we could get the fireplace sorted for next winter but my list of home projects is extremely long so it might have to wait. We’ll see! Read More…

Interview : Karen Knox, Co-Founder of the Interior Design Collective

Livingroom design by Karen Knox member of the Interior Design Collective

Drawing room design by Karen Knox of Making Spaces

Today I want to share with you, an interview I have done with a really inspiring designer. Karen Knox of Making Spaces is based in Leeds and I’ve been following her design work for a few years now. Her projects are bold, brave, exciting and always make a statement. She really knows how to push the boundaries of her client’s comfort zone and they always thank her for helping them to achieve something a little more daring than they were originally prepared to try. I’ve always said that if Karen was based in Devon, I’d get her in to design my home because I really love her style. But sadly Devon is slightly outside of her catchment area. And this is a problem that Karen encountered frequently as people from all over the country were getting in touch wanting to enlist her services. But interior design isn’t really something that is easy to achieve at a distance or online. It works much better in person and on site. It was this experience that got Karen thinking and after a number of conversations with fellow designer Fiona Duke of Fiona Duke Interiors, they agreed that there was a huge gap in the market. Together they decided it was high time to break the established stereotype that interior design was only for ‘a select few’ and they set out to meet the growing demand with a brand new business venture. And that is how the Interior Design Collective came to be. I asked Karen to answer some questions so we can all learn a little bit more about this great new group of designers.

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2018 Colour Trends for your Home

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I have a really weird obsession with trends. I follow them very closely and I love to write about them and drool over them in magazines and on blogs and on Pinterest. However, I don’t always buy into them and bring them into my own home. Not unless I deem them to have longevity and I know I won’t go off them in a matter of months. Sometimes, I even find that I’m even ahead of the trends. For example, I painted my living room green at the end of 2013, a number of years before green became such a huge trend and culminated in being Pantone’s Colour of the Year for 2017. I intend to keep my living room green despite the fact that new colours have now come onto the scene and I find it extremely harmonious and it helps me to feel balanced. On the contrary, when indigo was announced as Dulux’s Colour of the Year for 2013, I jumped right on that trend. Navy blue has always been my favourite colour so this was a great trend for me to follow. I painted our bedroom dark blue in early 2014 and I have no intention of changing that either as I love it and I find it really calming and restful, not to mention cosy. I think I have a pretty good approach to trends. I follow the ones I love, and ignore the ones I don’t. But I do like to share all kinds of trends with you guys, even if I won’t be following them myself. They may not be for me, but you may love them. So that’s why today I decided to do a little round up of 2018 colour trends. Here are some of the colours that have been selected as Colour of the Year for 2018. Let’s see what we think of these and whether we will be jumping on the bandwagon or nonchalantly watching it drive past.
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Home & Living Seasonal Style Guide

Nectar Home & Living Seasonal Style Guide Jungle Study

So guys, I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year. I spent lots of time with family and friends, ate far too much and even had a little drink! Christmas has changed so much for us over the past few years since having kids. It’s not as relaxing as it used to be and there is far less sleeping and napping which I miss, but the joy of seeing the kids putting out the mince pie, milk and carrot and opening up their presents more than makes up for that. I also used to use the Christmas break to engage in a bit of binge blogging as I had so much free time, but that doesn’t happen anymore. We also have to decorate differently for Christmas. I used to put out lots of ornaments on low level surfaces and we used to burn a lot of candles to create a cosy atmosphere. But with small children we can’t do those things. We had an incident this year where our two year old pulled the Christmas tree down on herself and the Christmas garland was pulled down off the mantle many times, so I now have to place all our decorations out of reach. In fact, I can’t wait to get all the decorations packed away and get the flat back to normal. One of the things I really look forward to at New Year is giving my home a bit of a refresh and it’s about this time, when the Christmas festivities are all over, that I start to look for inspiration. Obviously I follow interior trends all year round and try to keep up to date with what we can expect to see filtering through into our homes. But as the New Year starts I like to take stock of everything I have learnt last year and I think about what trends I have liked the most and if I want to bring elements of them into my own home and how I will do this. I get my inspiration from all over the place, mainly from blogs but also from Pinterest, social media, magazines, books, look books and trend guides.  Read More…

Review : Rug Doctor Carpet Cleaner

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A couple of months ago, we got a professional company in to clean the carpets at work. Both my bosses regularly bring their dogs in to work and with moderate foot fall through the building, the carpets were starting to look really rather filthy. It didn’t help that the carpets were fairly poor quality to begin with and definitely not suitable for an office building. I was absolutely convinced that the process would be a total waste of time and money and not for a minute did I think that we would see an improvement in the state of the carpet. I have to hold my hands up here and admit that I was totally mistaken. When I came into work following the weekend that the cleaning took place I was utterly shocked. The carpets were unrecognisable. They had previously been covered with rather large stains and lots of marks and most of these were now gone. Granted they still looked like cheap carpets and were getting a bit thread bare in places but most of the staining was now gone. Read More…

Giveaway : 4ft6 Monte Carlo Ottoman Bed

Beds on Legs Monte Carlo Ottoman Bed

As Christmas is almost upon us, I thought it was time to do my last giveaway of 2017. Where on earth has this year gone? I swear it was just a few weeks ago that we finished our garden makeover. And now I’m just preparing to put the Christmas decorations up and get the tree out. It might seem a bit late to some people but we have lots of December birthdays in our family so I like to get them out the way before we launch into full on Christmas mode otherwise the birthday celebrations get a little overshadowed. So we’ll be decking the halls after this weekend. In the meantime though, I’ve got this fantastic giveaway for you guys and one lucky reader will be able to give their bedroom a fancy pants upgrade. A huge thanks goes out to the kind team over at Beds on Legs who have kindly provided this great prize for me to give away. So read on to find out what exactly you could win and how to enter.

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Gift Guide : Interior Design Books

Interior Design Books Gift Guide

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If you’re anything like me, books are one of the best presents you can receive at Christmas. I love having a selection of interior design books at my disposal and I’m starting to build up quite a collection. I’m looking forward to creating a lovely way to display them once my youngest daughter manages to stop ripping and eating book pages. So if you know a book lover who is also interested in interior design you might want to consider gifting them one of these great interior design books this Christmas.  Read More…

Design Hostel : Long Story Short

Design Hostel Long Story Short in the Czech Republic -Dormitory room - Photo by Josef Kubicek

Sometimes, just sometimes, I really wish I was a travel blogger. I would go off to explore the world one design hotel at a time. If I was footloose and fancy free and didn’t have responsibilities like a family, children, a job and a mortgage, I would seriously consider packing up my laptop and heading off around the world to sample some of the amazing design-led hotels out there. But this is an impossible dream right now so I have resigned myself to simply documenting all the places I hope to one day stay here on the blog. So far we have the Nhow Hotel in Berlin, (I can tick that one off my list already as I did actually stay there), the Hôtel du Ministère Apartment in Paris and KIP, the affordable design hotel in London.  Today, there is a new addition to my hotel bucketlist and it is actually a super stylish design hostel in the Czech Republic. Read More…

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