• Lights, camera, action!

    by  • Wednesday, April 16, 2014 • 0 Comments

    It’s shining bright all over the high street. Turn your home into a glamorous movie set with this micro trend in Hollywood-style lighting…

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     1. Broadway lighting, from £89, Made.com; 2. Cody Camera floor lamp £150; 3. Mini Photography lamp, £18; 4. Star table lamp, £95, all BHS; 5. ‘Love’ letter lights, £140, The French Bedroom Company.

    With designs reminiscent of studio lighting to sparkling stars and letters with a Broadway vibe. A fun and dramatic way to light up your home.

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    New from Mini Moderns

    by  • Wednesday, January 15, 2014 • 5 Comments

    Inspired by the bleak beauty of Dungeness and the esoteric structures that populate the shingle beach in Kent, Mini Moderns have launched a new wallpaper design. I stumbled across the area on a road trip around the south east coast and was amazed by it’s scattered collection of dwellings, corrugated structures, the power plant and deserted boats. The landscape is very popular among artists and Mini Moderns have just finished converting an old railway carriage and managed to knock up a new wallpaper design, while they were there…

    Mini Moderns, wallpaper, new, Top Drawer, Interiors, decorating, ideal home, home shopping spyAvailable in 5 colourways: Washed Denim, Chalkhill Blue, Concrete, Pale Verdigris and Coach Emerald. The collection has just launched at Home and will be available at £50 a roll. What do you think? Have you been to Dungeness?

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    Christmas jumpers

    by  • Monday, December 23, 2013 • 0 Comments

    Happy Christmas everyone! I’m taking a little blog break but will be back in January. I’ll leave you with our slightly depleted team donning our finest, festive knitwear. Sending you all warm wishes for Christmas and a joy-filled, happy new year.

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    Micro trend: Alpine lodge

    by  • Friday, December 20, 2013 • 1 Comment

    Sleigh bells ring…are you listening!? Here’s alpine ski lodge style in 5 buys. Think fair isle knit, rustic decorations and some form of snow play fun!

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    1. Sir Rudolph Christmas card, £3.50, The Fox and Star; 2. Knitted stocking, £25, John Lewis; 3. Snowy cone decoration, £5.50, Selfridges; 4. Coasters, West Elm; 5. Woven sledge, £98, Hedgehog.

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    Christmas candle ideas

    by  • Tuesday, December 10, 2013 • 1 Comment

    I love candles. I light them all year round but especially at Christmas when I can go a little candle crazy. If there’s ever a blackout, you can all come round to mine! In our December issue I put together a few candle make ideas using everyday household items. To help with the festive inspiration, I thought I’d share them on the blog too…

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    1. Jazz up some jars Make a floating candle display using Kilner jars. Add berries, rosemary and eucalyptus to the jars, then fill them two-thirds full with water. Place a floating candle inside and light. Wrap a length of ribbon around the top of the jar to finish off. For similar ribbon, try Jane Means.

    Christmas candles, table setting, christmas, ideal home, home shopping spy, alice humphrys2. Display pastry cases This simple idea will show your candles off beautifully. Fill metal pastry cases with individual red berries and put a tealight or short pillar candle in each. Line them along a mantelpiece or along the length of a table to really make an impact. I used Silverwood fluted flan tins, £14.95 for four, Divertimenti.

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    3. Plant in old pots Turn terracotta pots into candle holders. Place florist’s foam in the base of each pot, then press in dinner candles. Fill the pots with moss up to 2cm below the rim, then add berries, holly and other foliage. Display in an old fruit crate or metal bottle carrier. For florist’s foam, try Oasis foam brick, £1.39, Hobbycraft.

    This idea is my favourite as I love coming up with new uses for my cherry fruit crate. I’d love to know what you think of these ideas and what you might be doing this Christmas…


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