Bruno Mattress : The Ultimate Sleep Experience

Bruno Mattress delivered in a box

Have you guys noticed that there seems to be a real revolution going on in the world of mattresses? Mattress shopping used to be a really confusing, arduous and not particularly exciting task. There were far too many things to take into consideration for a start, such as mattress firmness, type, materials and price. The purchasing process would often involve visiting a retailer and doing the embarrassing bed hop while you awkwardly attempt to lie on mattress after mattress trying to deduce in a few short minutes whether this mattress would be the one to help you get a good night’s sleep. Well this no longer has to be the case due to a number of new companies that are transforming the mattress market. One such company is Bruno, a German start-up that has successfully been supplying mattresses to the German, French, Austrian and Dutch markets since 2014. Founded by Felix Baer and Andreas Bauer, Bruno Mattress has now launched in the UK and is hoping to win over the hearts of British consumers too. Read More…

Designer Pet Beds for National Pet Month

Cozy Designer Pet Bed from the Knit collection by Curver - image credit to Daniel LailahAs this month (April) is National Pet Month, I thought it would be apt to share a couple of pet related products that I’ve come across recently. You may remember a while ago I wrote a ‘Lust List’ post featuring a variety of design-led products for pets that are not only practical but that look great in our homes. Well today’s products could definitely make their way on to that list. Now in its 27th year, National Pet Month offers the nation a chance to celebrate the wonderful impact pets have on our lives. And apparently we take our love of our pets very seriously. A recent study of 2,000 pet owners commissioned by Panasonic Smart Home found that one in five pet owners actually prefer their pet to their partner. More than a third of respondents claimed that they prefer quality time with their furry companion over time spent with most of their friends. Moreover, three in four British pets are spoilt according to the results of the survey. Well, if you’re a design loving pet owner, these next few products could be right up your street and I’m sure your pet would feel pretty spoilt too.  Read More…

Concrete Accessories from I Like Beton

I Like Beton Concrete Plant Pot

The concrete trend in interiors has been a pretty slow burner. Products made from concrete first started to appear a good few years ago but it wasn’t until recently that the trend really caught on with companies starting to produce all kinds of concrete accessories for the home. I’ve been pinning some of my favourite concrete products for some time now and you can take a look at what has caught my eye over on my Concrete Trend Pinterest board. The latest brand to pique my interest is a small Polish company called I Like Beton. All the products are hand-cast and hand processed in Poland with a strong focus on simplicity and usability. Their portfolio currently consists of concrete bowls and lamps, but will soon expand to include chairs, plant pots and clocks. All the products not only look really great but each one is completely unique and not to mention highly durable. As you can see from the images, these concrete accessories look great in contemporary home interiors and this utilitarian material can actually look really quite elegant. What do you guys think? Are you fans of concrete accessories?

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Home Improvements : My Kitchen Makeover

The Kitchen Collection HD Laurel Hex Multi Porcelain Tile by British Ceramic Tile

I think this might be my dream kitchen. It features The Kitchen Collection HD Laurel Hex Multi Porcelain Tiles from British ceramic Tile

So in my last post I told you guys all about my planned bathroom makeover which is due to start in just under two weeks…I’m so freakin’ excited I might just explode! But today I wanted to share another exciting project with you as we are also doing a kitchen makeover, YAY!! I can’t even begin to tell you how badly it needs a revamp, it makes me shudder every time I go into the kitchen. You see, as I’ve explained before here, the guy who owned our flat before us fancied himself as a bit of a property developer, but almost everything he did here sucks!! The kitchen itself was brand new but the workmanship is just appalling and so shoddy. The kitchen floor tiles are all uneven and when we first moved in we were constantly tripping up on them. The wall tiles have been applied using dabs of adhesive here and there so they are all uneven too and he didn’t use spacers either. He replaced the light fitting and did an awful job there, it looks really messy. It really is just shocking and I can’t wait to remove all trace of his not-so-handy-work with our kitchen makeover!  Read More…

Home Improvements : My Bathroom Makeover

British Ceramic Tiles Form and Function Hex Black Matt Tiles

Form and Function Hex Black Matt Tiles by British Ceramic Tile.
(We intend to use the matt white version in our bathroom makeover)

I hope you all had a lovely long Easter weekend. I know many people take this opportunity to get stuck in with the DIY and home improvement jobs so if that was what you spent your weekend doing I hope it all went well. I didn’t actually do any DIY myself but we do have a couple of really big jobs in the pipeline which I wrote about in my New Year’s resolutions post here. I put them at the bottom of the list as I couldn’t actually see us getting around to them any time soon but I was so determined to start a kitchen and a bathroom makeover this year that I’ve moved it to the top of the priority list. So with April being National Home Improvement Month, I thought this would be the ideal time to really get started and I tell you now, I just cannot wait to rip out our bathroom and replace it with something that doesn’t make us cringe when we walk into the room.

But I also want to let you into a little secret…I am petrified! We’ve only been homeowners for just over two years and when we were renting I dreamed of one day owning our home so that we could do it up as we wanted. But now this is a reality I am really, really scared. Both a kitchen and a bathroom makeover is such a massive job and really expensive and despite what people might think, I’m really not that confident when it comes to putting together a whole interior scheme. I just don’t have the vision. And as I spend so much time reading the blogs and following the Instagram accounts of Interior Designers and Stylists I feel this immense pressure to create something as wonderful as they can. But the problem is I’m not an Interior Designer and I’m not a Stylist. However, I really do need to give myself a break and stop worrying that my makeovers won’t be Instagram-worthy enough. I’d love to get an interior designer in to handle everything for me, but sadly my tiny budget just won’t stretch to this. Read More…

Stylish Toy Storage from Also Home

Stylish Toy Storage in Vintage Style crate from Also Home

One of the most surprising things about having kids is just how much stuff they accumulate in such a short period of time. Quite frankly, I find all this stuff really overwhelming. Granted there is a great deal of things that kids need, such as nappies, clothes, and safety equipment etc. But then there are all the things that they don’t really need but you have anyway, like 172 cuddly toys, 15 different puzzles, 24 different colours of Play-doh, a rocking cow, three dolls houses…you get the idea. Before I had kids I was determined not to buy into the consumerist culture where kids are concerned. I’d seen parents carting so much stuff around with them and I didn’t want that for my children. But you know what, I’ve come to the conclusion that it is unavoidable. Even if you try not to buy too many toys for them, other people will. Matylda comes home from her grandparents’ house with a new gift almost every time she visits (which is at least 3 times a week if not more). Friends you haven’t seen for a while also tend to bring small gifts when you do meet up. And before you know it you’re drowning in a sea of superfluous items that children may or may not be interested in playing with. This causes somewhat of a dilemma…where on earth do you store all this stuff? And how do you prevent your home looking like an exploded toy shop? Read More…

Making the Most of Your Outdoor Space

Kettler Palma Sofa set Rattan

Kettler Palma sofa set in rattan

The past week or two have definitely started to feel a little spring like don’t you think? The sun has shown itself more and I’m really beginning to shake off those winter blues. The warmer weather has got me thinking about spending more time outside and of course this has made me think about our outdoor space. Don’t get me wrong, we’re lucky to even have a garden as we live in a first floor flat and I’m truly grateful that we have this outside space, but it’s not exactly the calm oasis I’d like it to be. It’s on a bit of a slope and is very overlooked. I’m hoping that we’ll be able to do some work on it to make it more of a usable space that we want to spend time in. However, we’ve got so much going on at home at the moment as we are just about to get a new bathroom and do a makeover in the kitchen so unfortunately the garden is going to have to wait. But that doesn’t stop me thinking about all the lovely ways we could give our garden a more personal feel by bringing the comfort of our indoor space outdoors. Read More…

Review : Habitat KOTA 2 Seater Sofa Bed

Habitat KOTA 2 Seater Sofa Bed

You probably feel like I’ve been banging on about my need for a new sofa for far too long. After all, I spoke about it here and here. My sofa was probably one of my biggest bug bears at home. We bought it when my husband and I first moved in together and we were living in a really massive flat. Our living room alone was about half the size of our entire current flat so it could accommodate a rather large 4 seater sofa (along with a two seater sofa bed and an armchair). It was a fantastic buy at the time, with big fluffy feather filled cushions and really deep seats. It was so cosy and perfect for romantic snuggles of an evening while watching movies. Well as you can imagine life has changed somewhat in the past eight years. We’ve moved from rented accommodation into our own teeny tiny flat and had two wonderful baby girls. Those evenings of snuggling on the sofa are very few and far between. And the once full and cosy cushions became flat and squished as plumping became a pointless exercise with a toddler jumping all over the sofa every day. I couldn’t wait to swap my sofa for something that was more suited to our current lifestyle and home. I have spent hours, probably days, looking at sofas online trying to find THE ONE (for now). And now I’ve found it! Check out the KOTA 2 Seater Sofa Bed from Habitat. Read More…

Visit : Nkuku Lifestyle Store and Café

The Exterior of the Nkuku Lifestyle Store

I hadn’t heard of Nkuku until a friend of mine started working there. I was then invited to a special sale night where I was able to get a proper feel for the kind of products that Nkuku sells. I was really surprised to find that such an amazing company is based right here in Devon, not too far from where I live. At the time the headquarters was at Dartington, but in December 2015 the company opened the new Nkuku Lifestyle Store and Café in Harbertonford, just outside Totnes. The team at Nkuku, headed up by founders Alex and Alistair Cooke, stumbled across a beautiful courtyard of stone barns that were originally used for farming and to house cattle. The buildings had actually been derelict for twenty years so needed some work, but it was evident that the barns had the potential to be the perfect space to house Nkuku’s collection of homewares, gifts and accessories. Nearly two years after finding the barns, the transformation of the Nkuku Lifestyle Store is complete and the result is an absolutely breath-taking 3000 square meter space that has been sympathetically restored retaining many of the original features. I apologise now that this post is very image heavy but I really wanted to share the beauty of this space with you as well as some of the products that can be seen in the lifestyle store.  Read More…

Norrom Aquarium for the Design Conscious

Norrom Aquarium for the design conscious

Recently, I have been thinking about whether or not I should consider getting a fish tank so that my girls can grow up having some pets. I had fish when I was little and I really enjoyed the experience, until they died of course, but that is a valuable life lesson in itself. Unfortunately, I am badly allergic to animal fur so I’ve never been able to have cats or dogs as pets and sadly this means my girls won’t be able to either. We could maybe get rabbits or chickens that live in the garden but we have a lot of foxes round here so I’m not really sure that is a good idea. So fish seem like the best option right now and I know that the girls are already quite interested in fish tanks as they have seen one at a friend’s house and were both captivated. However, being the design geek that I am, no normal fish tank would do. I’d have to buy the most beautiful and well designed one on the market obviously. And the good news is I have found it! The Norrom Aquarium is a beautiful Swedish fish tank that is 100% customisable to your home decor. Read More…

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