My Mini Livingroom Makeover

Livingroom before Habitat KOTA 2 Seater Sofa Bed

I am so excited to share today’s post with you guys! Just after Christmas my husband and I decided that it was time to do a mini livingroom makeover. I say mini makeover as it was actually the first room we tackled when we moved in back in 2013 so it didn’t need much doing to it in all honesty. We were pretty happy with it, but I’ve always felt it wasn’t quite finished. We choose to paint the walls in a beautiful shade of dark green (Dulux Moss Blanket) but I was a bit apprehensive about painting all four walls in such a dark colour as it’s quite a small room and I’d only ever lived in magnolia homes before. So we opted to paint two walls green and leave two magnolia. Then in 2015, in celebration of National Wallpaper Week, we teamed up with Graham & Brown* for a decorating project whereby we used their beautiful Honolulu Palm wallpaper by Julien Macdonald* to cover one of the magnolia walls. This left us with one Magnolia wall, as you can see in the before picture above. We also had three massive canvasses hanging on this wall which we had brought with us from our previous, much bigger, home. They were too big for the space and I wanted to replace them with something more fitting. The new year provided us with the perfect excuse to make those little changes to our livingroom that we felt were really rather overdue. Read More…

Sukhi Rugs Handmade by Skilled Artisans

Sukhi Beni Ourain rugI really love it when a company has a great story behind it, especially if that story entails empowering people and helping them to earn a living and care for their family. And that is exactly what Sukhi is all about. Working together with skilled artisans in India, Turkey, Nepal and Morocco, Sukhi produces beautiful handmade rugs that are made to order and are even customisable. As soon as I heard about Sukhi I wanted to find out more. Nasia Burnet is the founder of Sukhi and she kindly agreed to answer some questions for me.

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Danish-Designed Leather Rugs from WovenGround

WovenGround Ambition round rug by Linie Design

Other than wallcoverings, artwork and textiles, I think rugs are a really great way to personalise your space in a non permanent way. They allow you to put your own stamp on your interior and can really make a bold statement with the right design. Sadly in my flat we have no need for rugs as we are carpeted throughout, but if we had floorboards I would really go to town choosing rugs for every room. These monochrome, geometric leather rugs by Danish design brand WovenGround would definitely be strong contenders. This new collection combines the beauty of modern Nordic design with traditional craftsmanship as every rug is individually hand crafted, using quality materials. All the leather pieces are cut by hand and then combined in perfect colour and balance. I was actually quite shocked to learn that the rugs are made of leather as this was not immediately apparent on first sight. But I really like the idea of leather rugs and I’m sure that they would feel great underfoot. This collection has been designed with the contemporary home in mind and gives leather flooring a well deserved update. I can totally see these rugs being used in any Scandi-inspired interiors, can’t you? Read More…

Alice in Wonderland Rugs from Rug Maker

Alice in Wonderland Rug from Rugmaker

Today I wanted to share with you the latest collection of rugs from Rug Maker. I have previously featured the Stamp Rug Collection by Rug Maker, so I’m already of fan of their products. This new collection has been created to celebrate 150 years since the first publication of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. I am a really big fan of Alice in Wonderland, so much so that my wedding reception was inspired by the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. So I was really excited to see these gorgeous Alice in Wonderland rugs, which I feel would be a particularly great addition to a child’s nursery. The quirky illustrated rugs would look equally good used as intended, to adorn the floor, or displayed on the wall as a statement piece of art.  Read More…

The Red Thread Carpet & Rug Collection

SCRATCHED by Staffan Tollgård for JAB Anstoetz Red Thread Collection from £695 sqmStaffan Tollgard is one of my favourite interior designers because I really admire his philosophy and his approach to design. If you are unfamiliar with Staffan and his work you can read my interview with him here. His design philosophy is encapsulated in the Scandinavian notion of the röda tråden or red thread, which he says is the guiding principle or the string that binds his work together into a coherent narrative. Staffan says that the red thread is personal to every client and allows him to translate their life, and their story, into the language of design. I love the idea of the red thread so I was intrigued when I heard about a new collection that Staffan has just launched in collaboration with German design house JAB Anstoetz. The Red Thread carpet & rug collection is a series of exceptional designs featuring shapes, patterns, themes and colours inspired by the transformation of materials and surfaces in the environment. Read More…

Tattoo-Inspired Rugs from Floor Story

Rob Pybus Lover tattoo rug from Floor Story

When it comes to rugs I love nothing more than really bold, dramatic designs that make a statement. I have previously featured some fantastically bright and graphic rugs from Sonya Winner and also some amazingly arty and abstract rugs by Calle Henzel, which are two of my favourite rug collections. Today I am adding a new collection of rugs to that list in the form of these wonderful tattoo-inspired rugs from East London-based designer flooring company Floor Story. They are so fabulously eye-catching, like no rugs I have come across before. I was particularly impressed with the concept of this collection as you wouldn’t necessarily put tattoos and interiors together. But as you can see it works so well. Read More…

Giveaway : £300 to Spend at Loaf

King Crate Mate shelf from Loaf

It wasn’t long ago that I first discovered my love of Loaf, the British brand that claims to be “emperors of comfy, laid-back furniture and squishy stuff for the whole home”. It’s got a nice ring to it, right? Anyway, I featured some of their products a while back when I first discovered Loaf’s lovely collection but since then there have been some exciting new developments from the masters of lounging. I am extremely happy to feature a brand new collection from Loaf that launches today. Bonjour Blighty is Loaf’s new Summer collection for 2014 and I have to say that it has superseded all my expectations. I mean, I knew it would be good judging by the calibre of their existing products but I wasn’t expecting to fall quite so head over heels for it. There aren’t many brands whose website I could visit and pin practically every product to my ‘My Style‘ Pinterest board but Loaf is definitely one of them.  Read More…

Interiors Trend: Secret Garden

Interiors Trend Secret Garden Birds Bees & Butterflies

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Last November, I was contacted by and asked to be one of their High Street Hunters. Has a nice ring to it doesn’t it? Basically, that means that each season I choose an interiors trend that I think will be big this season and then I scour the highstreet to find some great products that fit that trend and that are available for under £80. This was an interesting proposal for me as most of things I feature here on my blog are more high-end so it was quite an eye opener to try to find things that the average family could buy in order to give their home an affordable makeover. Last season, I chose the Woodland Trend, which was perfect for creating a cosy Winter interior.

For Spring, I found it quite hard to pick just one trend but in the end I settled on this one, which I am calling Secret Garden. This year we will see an increasing number of products on the market that incorporate prints and patterns that are inspired by nature: it is time to bring the outdoors in! Think birds, bees, butterflies and big floral blooms. This trend is perfect for spring and summer and there are so many home accessories available on the highstreet that can be brought into the home to achieve this look.

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Interiors Trend: Woodland Animals

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One of the things that I love about interiors is watching the different trends develop right from the moment they first appear through to the time when they go mainstream and can be seen all over the place. I remember when owls first started rearing their wise little heads, now they appear on everything from ceramics, textiles, clothing and artwork, to soft furnishings and jewellery. More recently, foxes have had their moment in the limelight again adorning just about anything and everything. I love both these trends and I am very happy to see that they are now forming part of a larger trend for woodland animals in general. Owls and foxes are being joined by many other forest friends and country critters. Badgers, wolves, mice, squirrels, deer, moose, bears and raccoons are all now popular motifs being used in interiors and other industries.

I have been admiring this trend for a while now and many of the products featured in this post are on my personal wishlist. I particularly love the products by Donna Wilson and the ceramics by Jimbobart. But the market is awash with great products that allow us to bring this trend into our homes this winter.

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