Trend : Coloured Skirting Boards

Dulux Livingroom in purple with white skirting

Image c/o Dulux

When it comes to cutting edge interior design, one of the absolutely last things that will probably spring to mind is skirting boards. In fact, in my mind skirting boards are pretty boring and a bit of a non-entity. I rarely ever notice them and can’t say I’ve even thought of them much. They did briefly cross my mind when I was painting my hallway a couple of years ago. I noticed that ours have so many thick layers of gloss paint on them and I mentioned to my dad that I’d like to replace them. But he said there is a risk that removing them might rip the plaster off the wall so it could turn into a much bigger job. And that was the last time I thought about skirting boards. Until now, that is. I’ve been noticing a bit of a new trend when it comes to skirting boards. They’re not boring anymore. We’re used to seeing skirting boards similar to those in the picture above, aren’t we? Painted with pristine white gloss no matter what the wall colour. Have you ever been into a home that doesn’t have white or, at a push, natural wood coloured skirting boards? I know I haven’t. But in the last year or so I have been noticing a change of approach in the way that interior designers and paint companies are treating the humble skirting board.  Read More…

Giveaway : Paradise Bird Armchair from The Lounge Co.

The Lounge Co Paradise Bird Armchair group photo

I realised the other day that it’s been an absolute age since my last giveaway. It was back in May and I figure it’s time to remedy that and give you guys something to get excited about. So I have teamed up with The Lounge Co who I introduced you to this time last year (remember that post?). They recently joined forces with top British designer Lorna Lucas to produce an exclusive range of stunning nature-inspired accent chairs. And it is one of those chairs that you guys will have a chance to win so keep reading. Read More…

All Hail The Brabantia Bo Bin

Brabantia Bo Bin that doesn't look like a bin

They’ve done it again guys!! Look at this little stunner from Brabantia. You’ll be forgiven for not knowing what it is at first glance because it has been designed in such a way that it is not immediately obvious what it is. But I guess I kind of gave the game away with the title of the post. So this is Brabantia’s unique new Bo Touch Bin, the bin that does not look like one. I already love Brabantia bins because they look great and have been designed in a thoughtful and practical way, but this new bin takes aesthetics to a whole other level. This bin can take pride of place in the kitchen and you no longer need to worry about your rubbish bin lowering the tone. Because Bo will simply bring a level of elegance that kitchens have previously never experienced.  Read More…

KIP : London’s Affordable Design Hotel

Kip Affordable Design Hotel London - Reception

In this post I want to share another exciting design find that I discovered thanks to Curate & Display on Twitter. This time it’s an affordable design hotel in London. What? I hear you ask. Affordable and London in the same sentence? But yes, it’s really true. I have found a great looking design hotel in London that doesn’t break the bank. When looking for a hotel to stay the night in, design is always a very important factor in my decisions. If I’m going to stay away from home I don’t want to stay in a bog standard room that could be anywhere. I don’t want a typical hotel. I want somewhere that has personality, somewhere that is well thought out and somewhere that speaks to the design geek in me. But at the same time I’m not made of money, so I also need somewhere that won’t cost an arm and a leg. It took a lot of searching, but I’ve finally found it. Welcome to Kip, an affordable design hotel in London. Read More…

LYFE : The Levitating Plant Pot

Lyfe Levitating plant pot

I am so excited to share today’s post with you guys as this is one of the coolest things in product and home design that I have ever seen. As soon as I heard about the LYFE levitating plant pot I was desperate to try it out so I was over the moon when NOXU Home agreed to let me review it here on the blog. For those of you who don’t know, NOXU Home is a retailer that specializes in designer furniture. They seek out the highest quality and most stylish pieces produced by the very best independent designers and design houses. Their international collection features pieces from the Netherlands, Italy, Romania, and many other European creative hubs. It is the perfect place to shop if you are looking for something for the design-lover in your life. And the LYFE levitating plant pot is just one of the amazing products that they stock. Read More…

Luxury Candles from Candelle & Co

Monochrome Soy Wax Luxury Candles with wooden wick from Candelle and Co

I’ve recently been getting back into Twitter a lot more and I’ve been reminded just why it is my favourite of all the social media platforms out there. I find it so inspiring and also the best place for networking and discovering new brands. My recent design find thanks to Twitter is a really funky company called Candelle & Co. Founded in 2015 by Danielle Calder, Candelle & Co is a small family owned business located in Glasgow, Scotland. The company specialises in design-led luxury candles and don’t they look wonderful?.  Read More…

Review : Holix Outdoor Floor Lamp by Jalu Ltd

Holix Outdoor Floor Lamp by Jalu

In my last post, where I revealed my nautical garden makeover, you may remember seeing my fantastic new outdoor floor lamp. I promised I would do a full post on it so here it is in all it’s glory. It’s called Holix and it is by a company called Jalu Ltd. Based in Milton Keynes, Jalu is the brainchild of Alison Cavey and Juliet Kauffmann. Together they came up with the concept of these beautiful outdoor floor lamps designed for use in conservatories, garden rooms, on decks, patios or even by the pool. Wherever they are used it is easy to see that these contemporary, sculptural lights are the perfect accessory to stylish outdoor living.  Read More…

Nautical Garden Makeover : The Final Reveal

The Design Sheppard Nautical Garden makeover

Here it is guys, the final reveal of our nautical garden makeover and I cannot describe to you how proud I am of what we have created. This post will be quite heavy on images I’m afraid because I wanted you to see the space we now have from every possible angle lol! As you know, I wanted to design a space with a coastal vibe. As we live beside the sea and blue and white is my favourite colour combo, this seemed like a sensible choice. Also, the whole nautical theme is timeless and never dates or goes out of fashion. Although I had made a moodboard of all the products I planned to use in the space, I wasn’t really that sure how it would all come together. You see, I’m not very good at visualising so I really struggle when it comes to pulling a scheme together. But luckily this nautical garden makeover turned out way better than I imagined.

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The Baby Mattress from Eve

Eve baby mattress

As we all know there has been a bit of a revolution in the mattress world. There are now a whole host of cool mattress companies out there delivering mattresses in boxes and offering 100 days or more to try them out. The first company to do this that I discovered was Eve and I immediately fell in love with their happy yellow mattresses and their beautiful branding. And I am excited to report that Eve has now extended its range to include a baby mattress. After months and months of rigorous testing to ensure that the mattress passes all safety regulations, it is now available to purchase. Hurrah! I was hoping to get one for my little one’s cot but as she’s never actually slept in it, there is no point now. I’ll hopefully be moving her into her sister’s room after Christmas so I can finally get a good night’s sleep!

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