The Kiss Rug by Sonya Winner

The kiss Orange Rug Sonya Winner cut out HR

Happy Valentine’s everyone! Do you celebrate Valentine’s day? My husband and I tend not to only because it seems silly to celebrate your love for one another on one particular day. Love should be something you celebrate all year round don’t you think? Anyway, to give today’s post a romantic feel, I wanted to share the beautiful Kiss rug and matching cushions by Sonya Winner. Featuring a couple kissing, these vibrant abstract designs are perfect for spreading the love this Valentine’s day. Read More…

Method Collaborates with Johanna Basford

Method cleaning products in collaboration with Johanna BasfordI really like to see brands that think outside the box when it comes to design and that is exactly what Method has done. The trendy home cleaning products brand launched way back in 2001 when two childhood friends, Adam Lowry and Eric Ryan, came up with an idea to revolutionise the cleaning world with stylish, eco-friendly products made with non-toxic ingredients. Eric knew people wanted cleaning products they didn’’t have to hide under their sinks and Adam knew how to make them without any dirty ingredients. And so the journey began. In 2002, Method enlisted the help of designer Karim Rashid to design packaging. Shortly afterwards the duo convinced Target to test its cleaning sprays and dish soaps in 90 stores before launching in Target stores across the US. In 2005, Method also launched in Canada and the UK. After successful launches in Australia, France and Japan, Method joined forces with Ecover in 2012 to create the world’s largest green cleaning company. Throughout the company’s development, they have stayed true to their mission to create products that meet the highest standard of social and environmental ethics but that also look damn good.  Read More…

IKEA TORHAMN Kitchen Cabinet Door Fronts

TORHAMN Kitchen cabinet door fronts from IKEA

I’m a big fan of IKEA, especially when it comes to kitchens. I’m basing this purely on aesthetics and functionality as I have never had or experienced an IKEA kitchen myself. I just love the way they look and the way they are designed to make the very best use of every available bit of space. Living in the UK, where our homes have the smallest floor space of any European country at just 76m2 for the average new build, space is definitely at a premium. I’m always amazed by the genius space saving designs that I see at IKEA and I’d love to replicate some of them in my own home, especially in my tiny kitchen. Anyway, I’m getting off track here, this isn’t a post about tiny kitchens or space saving designs. It’s a post about how fricking gorgeous the TORHAMN kitchen cabinet door fronts from IKEA are. I’ve had these on file since this time last year so I thought it was about time I shared the gorgeousness with you lovely lot.  Read More…

Terrazzo Wall Murals

Blue Marble Terrazzo Wall Murals from Murals Wallpaper

If you’ve been doing any research into the interior trends you can expect to see in 2017 you might have come across quite a few predictions that Terrazzo is going to make a big impact on the scene this year. Over the past few months, I’ve read plenty of blogs and articles all stating the same thing. The trade shows and design shows seem to confirm this and new products are popping up all the time. The latest to come onto my radar is this colourful collection of Terrazzo wall murals from Murals Wallpaper. Read More…

Mannmade London : New Furniture Brand from Sebastian Mann

[MannMade London] Battersea Collection, all products, from £155

Today guys I wanted to share this wonderful new collection with you that I discovered last week. It is produced by Mannmade London, which is a new contemporary furniture brand from architect and designer Sebastian Mann. Sebastian is the CEO of renowned London interior design agency Minale + Mann and it was his love of architecture and good, timeless design led him to create MannMade London. The new furniture brand aims to produce architecturally-inspired furniture that doesn’t follow a particular fad or fashion. This first collection is called Battersea and is inspired by the architecture that is local to MannMade London’s studio, where all of their furniture is designed and handmade to order. There is a strong emphasis on simple geometric-inspired shapes, clean lines, texture and finishes, all of which come from a uniquely architectural standpoint. Read More…

Embracing Minimalism with Window Shutters

Diamond Window Shutters Kitchen_01

I am trying really hard to embrace minimalism this year. Well, as much as you can with two little kids who fill your house to the brim with all their unnecessary toys and clutter. I’m pretty sure that downsizing our family belongings is the key to my mental health for 2017. I wrote more about this here. We are currently doing a bit of a makeover in the livingroom and giving the space an update. We’ve just taken delivery of a new sofa, I’ve bought some new cushions, a new shelving unit and I’ve got some new artwork and a rug on order. I’m really trying to keep minimalism in mind while we work on it as I do not want to introduce even more clutter into our already overloaded home. You’ll be able to see the full makeover here on the blog next month. It’s been an exciting process but one aspect that still flummoxes me is the window treatment.  Read More…

Bespoke Framing Service from King & McGaw

Scandi Artwork Bespoke Framing King & McGaw

I can’t believe January is almost over already, that has just whizzed by. I’m starting to worry that I’m not going to get through all my plans for my home (again) this year. There just isn’t enough time in the year. But one thing that I am going to be able to achieve is finally getting all my artwork framed. As I’ve explained before I’ve never been great at choosing artwork for my home and the fear that I will go off it has often stopped me from actually buying any in the first place. But I’ve become far more confident with my choices in the past year or so and I’ve finally invested in some really lovely pieces. Challenge overcome! Well almost. I was pretty disappointed to learn just how difficult it can be to find the right frame for your artwork. Having finally taken the leap and chosen some great art for my home, I ended up still not being able to display it as I couldn’t find a frame that was the right size or colour. It was really quite frustrating. I mean the last thing you want to do is end up having to trim down a print so that it will fit into a frame, right? But luckily, I have since discovered online art retailer King & McGaw and their bespoke framing service. Read More…

Brighten up Your Blue Monday

Blue Monday

I don’t know about you guys but it already feels like Christmas and New Year was a million months ago. As usual, once the festive dust has settled and all the decorations have been packed away for another year, we all slip back into the daily grind and winter no longer seems quite so magical without all the twinkly lights and mirror finishes. By mid January we realise we have at least another few months of this dreary weather to endure before spring arrives and it’s all made that little bit more depressing by the fact that Christmas was very costly so money is tight. It’s usually around this time also that we start to give up on those New Year’s resolutions that we were so invested in a few weeks previously. Our motivational levels start to sink and I think you’ll agree that the combination of all this doom and gloom makes us start to feel like we need to take action and start making changes. Today, the third Monday in January, has become known as Blue Monday and is allegedly the most depressing day of the year for countries in the Northern Hemisphere. But fear not, I have teamed up with the brains behind the new online paint service Dulux Amazing Space and together we can overcome the January blues and turn Blue Monday into ‘Happy Colour Monday. How can we do that, you ask? Well, the New Year is a great time to think about refreshing our home interiors and there is no simpler or easier way to do that than with a simple lick of paint to create a whole new look. Dulux Amazing Space has selected five bright and beautiful colours from the Amazing Space Paint range that they believe will give a new lease of life to our homes and help us fend off the winter blues until the spring arrives. Read More…

Review : Avvolta Kettle & Toaster by De’Longhi

De'Longhi Avvolta White Kettle and Toaster

Happy New Year lovely readers! Can I still say that this far into January? Have you all had a good start to the year and made your resolutions? I’m not one for making new year’s resolutions anymore. Every time I make them I usually find that I don’t really stick to them and the weight of the added pressure is just too much to bear. However, there are a few lessons that I learnt in 2016 that I will be taking with me into 2017 and beyond. One of those lessons is to buy high quality, well-designed products that will pass the test of time. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve always known that was the smart choice but my budget hasn’t always allowed me to do that. I think everyone knows that buying cheap products is a false economy but my generation has grown up with such a throw away culture that it has been very acceptable to buy products knowing they won’t last that long.

In 2017, I’m planning to wholeheartedly reject the notion of our throw-away society which breeds overconsumption, excessive waste and in my case unhappiness. You see I’m starting to feel suffocated by all my belongings. When you buy cheap things you tend to buy more of them and you don’t value them or treasure them like you should. Since we’ve had kids this feeling of suffocation has increased dramatically and I now feel like I’m drowning in stuff. It is such a horrid feeling and I am desperate to live a more minimal life. In fact, I am sure that this is the key to my happiness. So in 2017, I am going to focus my energy on decluttering my home and donating all those cheap impulse purchases and when I need something new I’m going to save up and buy the best quality version that I can possibly afford. Read More…

Book Review : Urban Jungle | Living & Styling with Plants

Urban Jungle Bloggers Book Cover

I hope you all had an amazing Christmas and were able to take time off to enjoy all the festivities with your loved ones. We certainly did. Christmas has become so much more fun and enjoyable since we’ve had the kids, they really do bring a sense of magic and excitement to this special time of year. As usual it all went too fast, I don’t feel like I’ve had enough time to indulge at all and I certainly haven’t eaten enough mince pies yet. In fact I’ve been really rather restrained this year, which is disappointing. But I have had a little time to relax and I’ve finally got around to reading an amazing book that has been on my shelf since about October. Today I wanted to share with you this brilliant book that has me totally inspired for the New Year.  Read More…

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