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…

Made About The House Capsule Collection

Made About the House Capsule Collection by Kate Watson-Smyth for Made.com

I’ve been blogging for about seven years now and in that time I have met some absolutely amazing bloggers, many of whom I now consider to be friends. What I love most about the interiors blogging scene is how friendly and supportive everyone is. I am inspired on a daily basis by how wonderfully talented my fellow bloggers are and how well they are all doing. Many have become published authors with book deals, some have gone on to launch e-learning courses, some have founded their own print publications, some have opened their own online shops and some have gotten into TV presenting. How impressive is that? Today, I want to tell you about one of my favourite bloggers who I really admire and look up to. Her blog has won a number of awards and it’s not surprising as her wit and humour make reading her blog a sheer joy. An established journalist, she has been writing about property, interiors and design in national newspapers such as The Guardian and The Daily Telegraph, and magazines including Red, She, and Living Etc for more than 15 years, so she really knows her stuff! She recently published a book called Shades of Grey (not that one you filthy lot!) and she has now launched her own capsule collection for Made.com. There is no stopping this woman. Do you know who it is yet? I bet you do! Yes, you’re right, it’s none other that THE Kate Watson-Smyth of Mad About The House and she is here to tell you all about her new collection. Read More…

Review : Oreck Magnesium RS Vacuum Cleaner

Oreck RS Magnesium Vacuum Cleaner Review

So, hands up anyone who has heard of Oreck? Nope? Don’t worry, I hadn’t either until I became the proud owner of one of their vacuums. Now I feel like I’m part of some exclusive secret club. So anyway, I’ve had this vacuum cleaner for a little over a month now and it has revolutionised the chore of hoovering for me. We’ve already learnt here in the past that I’m not a big fan of housework. I don’t really enjoy ironing, I can’t say I’m a big fan of laundry and I’m not really one for washing up either. Well we can certainly add hoovering to the list of household chores that I dislike and while we’re here let’s put it at the top. When I first moved in with my husband and we divided up the housework, he got the hoovering, that’s how much I hated it. But why did I hate it so much? Because hoovers, whether the upright or cylinder variety, tend to be really heavy and hard to manoeuvre, which makes the task pretty damn exhausting. So that was definitely one chore I wanted to trade off right from the start. Since we’ve had the kids though, the flat is in constant need of hoovering. It’s gone from a weekly task to a multiple-times-a-day task. We previously had a Vax cylinder model, something like this, which was a pretty great hoover, but dragging it around the flat and lugging it over strategically placed stair gates was not really ideal. I ended up using a little hand-held hoover to hoover the livingroom most days. Crawling round on my hands and knees actually became preferable to getting out the big hoover, that’s how bad it was. Until we got the Oreck Magnesium RS. Read More…

Introducing the VQ Retro Mk II Emma Bridgewater DAB+ Radio

VQ Emma Bridgewater Retro MKII Polka Dot DAB+ Radio

By now you guys probably know that I’m a big fan of VQ radios. My first experience with VQ was when I reviewed the Bardot radio, which I still really like. I then wrote a whole article about how the products manufactured by VQ are designed primarily with women in mind, which is one of the main reasons why I like them so much. And earlier this year I took part in VQ’s Mother’s Day Campaign, where I wrote about VQ’s collaboration with Emma Bridgewater to introduce some fantastic designer patterns to their range. Well today I wanted to share some more exciting news with you regarding VQ and Emma Bridgewater. Read More…

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