Lust List : Home Gadgets

Home Gadgets_Hooked On

I’m not really a very techie sort of person. Sure I like having the odd gadget if it makes my life easier and more streamlined, but I’m certainly not one of these people who has to have the latest bit of tech to hit the market. In fact I’m quite the opposite, once I get to grips with a gadget I despise having to upgrade and it seems so much hassle having to get to know how to use the new equipment. My husband is the opposite though so we do have quite a few gadgets at home and if he had his way we’d have a great deal more. But one thing that puts me off is all the cables and how all the technology looks. If you’re not careful it can take over your home and become really overpowering. This got me to thinking that there must be some home gadgets out there that don’t look too techie or some accessories for your technology that help it blend more seamlessly into your home. Well after a spot of research, Ruth and I have compiled this Lust List of some of our favourite home gadgets and accessories that do just that. Read More…

Towel Collection by Lindsey Lang

Scallop towels in blue by Lindsey Lang

Hello dear readers! Long time no speak! I’m so sorry for having abandoned you for the past few weeks with no prior warning. Unfortunately, I have been suffering from a little blogger burnout and needed to take a break to recharge my batteries and remind myself what it is I love about blogging. Sometimes it’s easy to get so far into the posting schedules, planning, collaborations, endless emails etc that it all becomes a bit too much and before you know it you no longer relish the opportunity to get your laptop out at night and create more content. Blogging is a hobby for me and it doesn’t pay the bills so it’s important that I enjoy it, otherwise what is the point. When it all starts to feel a bit full on I like to just take a short break and enjoy life a little offline with no guilt about missed posts. I hope you will forgive me for going AWOL and next time I will try to give you a little heads up so you don’t end up wondering where on earth I’ve disappeared to. Anyway, now that I’m back I wanted to share this little gem with you all. Now I never thought it was possible to get excited about towels. I mean they’re not exactly the the most interesting of household accessories are they? But this new towel collection by Lindsey Lang is a little bit special. Bright colours and geometric patterns really make this collection sing and it’s just perfect for refreshing your bathroom this Spring! They are definitely on my lust list! What do you think? Read More…

Lust List : Portable Side Tables

On the Move Side Tables by Cane Line

So it’s time for another of our Lust Lists and this time we’re looking at side tables. These versatile little pieces of furniture are multi-functional and can be used all over the house. The one’s that we have picked all have one thing in common in that they are very portable and easy to transport from room to room depending on where they are needed. Some of them have handles and one is on wheels and most are lightweight making them easy to move around. Side tables are so handy to have at home as they allow us to keep important things to hand, whether that be a cup of tea while we sit on the sofa in the living room or a book, a drink and a pair of glasses beside the bed at night. These are just a few of our favourites so let us know what you think. Read More…

Advice to Sink in Slowly

Advice to Sink in Slowly by Cat Hayward

When John Stanbury contacted me to let me know about the latest addition to his project, I couldn’t quite believe that I had never come across it before. John is the founder and project manager of Advice to Sink in Slowly, a project whereby an ongoing series of posters is designed by graduates for the purpose of passing on advice and inspiration to first year students. The posters are given as a welcoming gift to freshers across the UK when they start University. I fell in love with this idea as soon as I heard about it and thought that it really is a lovely and worthwhile project. Going to University is an adventure and a massive learning curve, not only in academic terms but also in general life skills. It’s a time when you start to discover yourself, who you are and what you want from life and this can be quite daunting. You’re also surrounded by new people, and have far fewer boundaries than when you lived at home with your parents. It really is a time when major life lessons are learnt. So the idea of receiving a poster in your first few weeks away from home is lovely because it not only helps you to settle into your new surroundings and make your room feel slightly more homely but it also enables you to learn from some of the wisdom gained by those students who went through all of this before you.

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Interview : Limited Edition Interior Accessories from Just99


Today I wanted to share a great find with you guys. Just99 is a small Italian company that was launched in late 2014 but the products are now available in the UK and the founders have plans to expand into the rest of Europe. It was founded by husband and wife Carlo Piemonte and Marzena Ciesielka. Marzena was raised in Krakow, Poland, and studied architecture in Italy and Carlo has years of experience in the business of Italian interior design. Together they source beautiful interiors products from independent designers and then produce them in Italy. What makes the company so special is the exclusivity of the limited edition interior accessories. As the name suggests, only 99 of each product is made, ensuring that the buyer has something special and interesting they can display in their home, but one that very few other people will have. Each item bears an individual number – from 99 counting down to 01 – and comes complete with certification that verifies artisan product authenticity and showcasing the research and passion that goes into each product. Once each edition is sold out, it will not be replicated. You would expect a hefty price tag for such exclusivity but luckily that is not the case. I wanted to find out a little bit more about Just99 and luckily Carlo and Marzena agreed to answer some questions. Read More…

Tips & Advice for Creating a Colourful Home

Using Colour in the Home- Stone & Ceramic Warehouse Artist Palette

I had absolutely no idea that there was such a thing as International Colour Day until I received a press release from AkzoNobel containing tips for bringing more colour into your life. This seems to be a real big trend at the moment and one that the interiors industry is embracing with open arms. Valspar Paint recently launched in the UK with it’s ‘Colour outside the Lines‘ campaign which encourages us to be more ambitious with our use of colour as it is an expression of our personality and reflects our mood. Crown Paint has recently announced its SS15 trend called ‘Freedom of Expression’ which is full of adventurous colour combinations inspired by artistic impressionism. And then of course there is Dulux’s new campaign which warns that the country is sleepwalking into a colourless future and urges us to become ‘colour rebels’ and embrace colour in all aspects of our lives and appreciate the transformative and emotional power of colour. Dulux commissioned a study called the ‘Colourless Future Census’ which surveyed 2,000 UK respondents and found that 56 % of Britons would like to use more colour in all aspect of life, but were worried about what friends and family might think. The survey also found that 46% of people say they feel happier when in a brightly decorated room. However, almost a quarter of people (23%) think using bright colours might get them in trouble with their neighbours. As a nation we are clearly lacking the confidence necessary to go bold with colour even though it seems it would make us all feel happier. So with all this in mind, I decided a post looking at ways to use colour in our homes was definitely called for especially as International Colour Day is tomorrow. I’m certainly no colour expert though and I’m a little lacking when it comes to confidence in using it myself so I sent out to a request to industry professionals to find out what advice and tips they could offer to help us all create a happy and colourful home. And here is what they have to say. Read More…

Giveaway : Win £200 to spend at Zespoke Design


Hi friends! I have another great giveaway for you today which I hope you will appreciate. I have teamed up with Zespoke Design to offer one lucky reader the chance to win £200 to spend on the Zespoke website. For those of you who are not familiar with Zespoke, I’d like to tell you a little bit more about the company. It is a furniture manufacturer based in Northern Ireland that creates funky retro designs and produces high quality, hand-crafted coffee tables, console tables, side tables, TV stands and radiator covers. Each piece is made individually for the customer and is available in approximately 30 different colour options with endless combinations. So you can choose something understated and minimalist or you can take a risk and choose something more daring that is bursting with colour and pattern. Personally, I really like the look of that table above and the combination of the orange with the high gloss walnut makes a strong statement, but in a very subtle way, if that makes sense. So what do you have to do to win this giveaway? Well as usual you need to enter via the Rafflecopter widget below. Leave a comment on the post that explains why you deserve to win the £200 and what you would spend it on. You can gain extra entries via the various social media options available too. I hope that’s clear and all that is left to say is goodluck!


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Polefit Bedding : A New Way to Dress Your Bed

Polefit Bed Sheets

Do you absolutely hate changing the sheets on the bed? Do you despise the battle with the mattress as you try to get the fitted sheet, or worse the flat sheet, snugly fitted whilst trying to ensure the sheet remains as taut as possible? I do, and I inevitably fail at doing all of those things. After tucking the first two corners of the fitted sheet onto the bottom of the bed I usually end up crawling to the head of the bed where I attempt to lift the mattress, which is now supporting my body weight. As I sit here and type this I realise what a stupid tactic that is and I feel rather foolish. But that’s neither here nor there. All we need to know at this point is that when I make the bed, the sheet is not fitted snugly and after a few hours in a fresh bed it goes all baggy and loose and if I’m really unlucky one corner might dislodge itself altogether. And I can’t stand that! If only there was a stylish, well-designed solution that could be fitted easily and could help the sheet retains its super smooth quality from night to night. Well guess what guys! Ruth and I have found one! Read More…

Book Review : Design Bloggers at Home by Ellie Tennant

Design Bloggers At Home Book

This book has been sitting on my bookshelf for a good long while now and I have finally gotten around to reading it. I could have reviewed it before but I don’t like to write book reviews until I have had the time to actually read the book from cover to cover. Needless to say, since Matylda was born I haven’t had a great deal of time for reading. However, I have been dying to curl up with this particular book as it is about two of my very favourite things: homes and blogging. Design Bloggers at Home is written by London-based freelance interiors journalist, stylist and author, Ellie Tennant and the photography is done by Rachel Whiting. As a design blogger myself I just love taking a sneak peek into the homes of other bloggers. On the one hand, I find it really inspiring and actually quite aspirational to see how many of my counterparts live. But on the other hand, I find it can make me a little glum because I inevitably end up feeling like my own home is completely inadequate and not a patch on those of the bloggers that I have come to love and admire. I have to keep telling myself though that me and my little family are really just at the beginning of our home journey. We only bought our flat 18 months ago and we had our daughter within three months of moving in so we’ve had neither the time nor the budget to do anything drastic. We’ll get there eventually and in the meantime I need to stop comparing our home with those of other people. So when I picked up Ellie’s book I had this in the forefront of my mind before I turned to the first page. Read More…

IKEA Launches Wireless Charging Furniture

IKEA Wireless Charging Lighting Collection

I can’t even begin to tell you all how excited I am about this huge news! IKEA has launched a range of furniture that is designed with integrated wireless charging points in it. Granted this is not the newest technology around, but what makes this announcement so exciting is the fact that the majority of us will actually be able to afford it. I don’t know about you but I absolutely hate cable mess and I dream of the day when wireless electricity is something that is commonplace in our homes. All appliances should just work without the need to be plugged in at all times. It would look so much nicer in our homes if we didn’t have that cluttered mass of cables trailing all over the place and presenting dangerous trip hazards. And phone chargers are some of the most annoying I find because we use them so often. I have mine plugged in beside my bed so that I can recharge my phone overnight. But sometimes the battery runs low before I go to bed and it’s a bit of a hassle to start moving the charger round the house. That’s how things get misplaced, right? But now with this amazing new range from IKEA relocating chargers will be a thing of the past! Read More…

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