Pinspiration : Wonderful Wallcoverings

Those of you who have been following my blog for a while now will know about my love of wallcoverings. Whether it’s wallpaper, decals, murals, tiles or artistic paint techniques of some kind, I’m always on the lookout for unique and interesting wallcoverings. One of the very first boards I created when I joined Pinterest was my Wonderful Wallcoverings board and it is one of my most popular to date. If you’re on the look out for some inspiration when it comes to jazzing up your walls then you might want to take a peek at my board. Enjoy!


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Typographic Plant Pots from Design Letters & Friends

Plant Pots from Design Letters & Friends

I really love the trend for incorporating more greenery into our homes and I truly believe that bringing a bit of the outside in makes us all feel better and probably has some health benefits too. I’m an avid follower of Urban Jungle Bloggers and love seeing what the green fingered blogging community comes up with for the monthly challenges. I can never take part though as I am one of the least green fingered people you will ever meet. I can’t help it, I just seem to kill plants. They have to be really hardy to survive in my house and they must thrive on neglect. I do wish that I was better with plants though as I’d love to have more of them in my home, but it’s just not a good look having your living quarters dotted with dried up, brown, half-dead plants. If I thought for a minute I could sustain them then I would definitely invest in some of these wonderful typographic plant pots and matching cup holders from Design Letters & Friends.   Read More…

Review : The Samsung SE790C Curved Monitor

Samsung Curved Monitor SE790C

A few weeks ago we partnered with Samsung to test drive their SE790C Curved Monitor. Now as I’ve said many times before I’m not very tech savvy and I prefer any technology that I use to fit seamlessly into my life without requiring me to go on a short training course to get to grips with it. I really don’t have the time in my life to study manuals and learn too many functions so unless the technology is super user-friendly and intuitive it’s unlikely I’ll enjoy using it or benefiting from it. So I was a bit apprehensive when I received the monitor but I tried to approach it with an open mind. I also asked Ruth to give it a test drive as she obviously uses her computer for very different tasks than I do. She does a lot of creative design work and picture editing so I thought it only fair that we check out how the monitor fairs on these sort of tasks. I mainly use my computer for more administrative tasks such as emailing, social media updates, research and writing so between us we gave it a pretty good test drive. Read More…

Amara Interior Blog Awards 2015: Please Vote

Amara Interior Blog Awards 2015

It’s been quite a while since I was last on the ask for votes so I figure you guys wont mind me asking again! The Amara Interior Blog Awards are now in their second year and they recognize all the hard work that bloggers in the interiors industry invest in their blogs. It is such a privilege to be nominated at all and I would sincerely like to thank the lovely person who nominated The Design Sheppard, whoever you may be. Writing a blog takes so much time and energy so the recognition that comes from simply being nominated is truly a gift that I treasure.  Having said that, I would be lying if I said that I wouldn’t like to win, or at least be shortlisted!! But I’ve been nominated in the design inspiration category, which also happens to feature a whole host of amazing bloggers, many of whom I’m lucky enough to count amongst my friends. So the competition is really tough. If I’m honest I don’t expect to make it onto the shortlist but a girl’s gotta try right? I’d be letting myself and the person who nominated me down if I didn’t even try to campaign for votes. So if you enjoy reading my blog and I have ever inspired you with my content then please do pop on over to the voting page and cast a little vote for me. It doesn’t take long I promise and it’s not complicated but it would mean the world to me. Read More…

Digital Showering from Crosswater

Crosswater Digital Wireless Shower Control

One of the most pressing renovation projects for our home is definitely our bathroom. It’s tiny so there isn’t much scope for change sadly but we’re hoping to get new tiles, a new shower and new taps at least. I have spent months and months dreaming of new bathrooms but we can’t quite afford to get anything done just yet. However, that doesn’t stop me obsessing about what my dream bathroom would be like could we afford it. One of the things that caught my eye a few months ago was this new digital showering range from Crosswater. I’m not really a big technology fan and often find it all a bit overwhelming but I’d definitely be up for giving this a go to see what it’s all about. My husband is a real tech geek too so I’m sure this would be right up his street (although I haven’t bothered to tell him about it as we couldn’t actually afford it). Read More…

Loaf’s Mid-Season Collection of Squishy Delights

Loaf - Atticus sofa

I’ve been dreaming of a new sofa for what seems like years now. I loved mine when we first bought it. It was a gorgeous, pouffy three-seater with really deep seats. The material was practical and hard-wearing as was the deep brown colour. But as the years of use and abuse have taken their toll the pouffy sofa has become less squishy and more squished! It still looks good and is in pretty good condition but I so badly want a new one. I have spent hours admiring and coveting sofas online but I always keep coming back to Loaf. The British brand has such a wonderful selection of cosy and classy furniture that a brief look around their website really does get me dreaming about the kind of sofa I could have. But it wasn’t until Loaf launched their mid-season collection in May that I found THE ONE! I’m terribly picky when it comes to sofas so it’s not easy to please me. But I think I’ve found what I’ve been looking for in the magnificent Atticus sofa from Loaf. You can see it in the image above! Just look at how deep those seat cushions are, I could just sink right into them and drift off to sleep. It looks so cosy right? And I love that soft pink putty colour too although it totally wouldn’t go with my living room decor.  Read More…

The Joy of Outdoor Laundry with Brabantia

Brabantia Oval Laundry Bag

Laundry has become the bane of my life. I’ve always hated laundry and the task has been made so much worse since having a baby. It’s never ending. I honestly don’t know how such a small person can create so much washing. I’m just so thankful that we now live in a flat with a garden. Since I met my husband we have lived in a variety of flats and one house, none of which had gardens and this served only to make the arduous task of laundry that less enjoyable. Living in a small space is not easy to begin with but when you don’t have room for a tumble dryer it makes the whole situation even worse. You end up with clothes airers all over the house and damp washing sitting around that takes forever to dry. I used to dream of having a garden not so much so that we could sit outside and enjoy the fresh air of a sunny evening but so that I could dry my laundry outside and get it out of the house! I feel so middle aged just typing that!! But it’s true. Read More…

Armonia Bathroom Console by Antonio Lupi

Armonia bathroom console by Antonio Lupi

I’ve been giving a lot of thought to bathrooms lately, probably because I despise my own so much. It’s tiny, with very little scope for change and there is absolutely no storage. I often find myself daydreaming about the kind of bathroom I would love to have at home if only I had the space and the budget. When I saw the Armonia bathroom console by Antonio Lupi I think my heart actually skipped a beat. I love the use of materials and the combination of ceramic with wood is just a timeless pairing that looks so good. The close up detail shots of this product really do show off the true craftsmanship that has gone into the creation of this beautiful console. Read More…

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…

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