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…

Marble 2.0 Wallpaper by Lilesadi for Photowall

Marble 2.0 wallpaper designed by Lilesadi for Photowall

The trend for marble in interiors is one of my favourites right now and I love the fact that all these traditional, timeless, utilitarian materials are coming back into fashion in a big way. I’ve been frantically pinning the array of great marble products for the home and I will share them with you in a post soon as there are so many gorgeous pieces around at the moment. One of my latest finds is not actually marble but is clearly inspired it. Marble 2.0 is the latest wallpaper from Dutch design studio Lilesadi and it made my heart skip a beat when I first saw it. Not only is it inspired by marble but it also incorporates another of my current interior trend obsessions which is concrete. The wallpaper is a real stunner and combines marble and concrete in a beautiful pattern that incorporates soft pastels which really adds a feminine touch to the rather masculine and industrial materials.  Read More…

Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day

Brabantia & Orla Kiely Retro Bin Collection
Mother’s day is an important time of year and one on which you really need to show your mother just how much she means to you. Finding that perfect gift is never an easy task (well at least it is not easy for me!) so I have put together a little guide for you that contains some gorgeous gifts that I know I would be more than happy to receive this mother’s day. With just over a week to go until the big day it’s time to get organised if you haven’t already got your gift! Read More…

World Book Day 2015

Holiday At Home by Jason Grant

Tomorrow, the 5th March 2015 is World Book Day so I thought it only fitting to do a quick post on books. I love books with a passion and it’s been my dream for as long as I can remember to have a home library. I not long ago started doing book reviews here on the blog and they are some of my favourite posts. But what exactly is World Book Day? Well, It’s a day that is designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of authors, illustrators, books and reading, and it is marked in over 100 countries all over the world. The aim of World Book Day is really to encourage children to explore the pleasures of books and reading but I think we adults should be able to celebrate it too. So I thought I would share some of my favourite interiors books with you, some of which I have reviewed here on the blog. Read More…

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