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…

Black Beauty : The Vipp Kitchen

Vipp Kitchen You may recognise the name Vipp for their historic line of metallic bins. Well this company are no one trick pony. Their ‘industrial design – since 1939’ slogan means that Vipp has specialised in the industrial aesthetic and has grown in size and speciality over the years, culminating in a really exciting line that I am in awe of – the Vipp Kitchen – a visually arresting modular kitchen design in line with all the latest trends. Which is ironic really as it states on their website that Vipp takes pride in being untrendy: “Trends and fashion is what eventually goes out of fashion. Therefore, we intentionally avoid all changing fashions and trends, legitimising all Vipp products as long-term investments. There will never be a spring or fall collection, instead we offer products with staying power.” Read More…

Interview : Textile Designer Jenny Evans

Textile Designer Jenny Evans Tropical Medley

I love coming across really talented individuals who are from or who are based here in Devon. From my time working on magazines I became accustomed to the design scene being very London-centric. That is, understandably, where everything seems to happen. But over the past few years I have noticed a lot more creative activity coming from these shores. I’m really proud of all of the talent that Devon seems to be producing at the moment and I always have the time to feature these individuals here on the blog. Today, I am extremely happy to welcome textile designer Jenny Evans who has agreed to take to the spotlight and answer my questions. So grab yourself a cup of tea and read on to find out more about this bright young talent.

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Luxury Bedroom Design Challenge

luxury bedroom featuring a contemporary Italian bed with large luxury leather headboard from Juliette's Interiors

Today’s post is part of a style challenge that I have agreed to take part in. I was approached by the luxury brand Juliette’s Interiors who were inviting a select few of their favourite luxury lifestyle bloggers to take part in a luxury bedroom design challenge. They were working in collaboration with Hypnos, a British family-run bed making company and winners of this year’s National Bed Federation Bed Manufacturer of the Year Award. The bedroom design challenge required me to come up with a luxury bedroom design centred around one of Juliette’s Interior’s luxury beds and a hypnos mattress. I was free to use these products as my inspiration to come up with a design for a beautifully luxurious bedroom that will help provide a good night’s sleep.  Read More…

Gift Guide : Luxury Homeware from Bridgman

Gift guide featuring luxury homeware pieces from Bridgman

Can you believe we are almost done with November? This year has gone so crazy fast, I’ve been hanging on by the skin of my teeth, just muddling through and doing my best impersonation of ‘adulting’. When it gets to this time of year I always think to myself that I probably should put together some Christmas content like every other organised blogger does. But then I run out of time and inevitably never do. I’m just so busy at this time of year as all our family birthdays fall between November and January so I struggle to get my own gift ideas together let alone find gifts to inspire you guys in your Christmas present hunting. But I’m going to make a concerted effort to at least put a few gift guides together this year as I’m sure they are helpful as December comes knocking and we’re all starting to panic. So the first guide I’ve worked on features a selection of luxury homeware pieces from Bridgman. Read More…

5 Key Ways to add Value to your Home

Goodrich Haze Oak flooring from Woodpecker Flooring. Wood flooring can help add value to your home

Image © Woodpecker Flooring

Getting on the property ladder is a real challenge these days. The economic situation in the UK has made it particularly difficult for first-time buyers to save enough money required for a deposit. Even those lucky enough to be on the rungs now find themselves in a situation where economic uncertainty is making it increasingly difficult for them to sell their homes and to find a suitable property should they be looking to move up the ladder. This has led to many homeowners now considering improving their existing property, rather than buying a new one. Read More…

Portapivot : Door Hardware for Pivoting Doors


I’ve been dying to write a post about this for months now, and today is the day. I am so happy to be able to feature the iF Award-winning Belgian design company, Portapivot, on the blog with their amazing pivot hinges. Portapivot is actually a spin off B2B company aimed specifically at interior professions. The mother company, ANYWAYdoors, has been around since 1995 providing great designs for interior doors to markets in Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxemburg. The company has been awarded many international design awards which saw interest appear from an audience outside their established market. Portapivot has been designed as their answer to these international requests and makes their popular room divider products and its patented hinge system accessible to interior professionals across the globe. Read More…

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