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10 Space-Saving Tips For Your Home

If you’re struggling for space at home fear not, I have compiled my top 10 savvy space-saving tips to help you maximise storage and space.

1. Ditch your bedside table for a shelf

Make effective use of your bedroom wall. Pop a shelf on there and you have a bedside table that saves a ton of space.

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2. Pop your TV on the wall

Another space-saving tip involving your walls. Mount your TV to free up space on your dressing table.

Mounted TV

3. Add a bookshelf 

If you need to create the illusion of taller ceilings invest in a vertical book shelf. It’s a great storage piece and will draw the eye upwards.

Book Shelf

4. Built-in bench

This works great in a kitchen, lounge or dining room. Opt for a bench with a hollow bottom and it can also double up as extra storage.

built-in-bench

5. Stick to white

Not only do white walls give a fresh and clean feel, they help to make a room look bigger than it actually is. You can add flashes of colour with cushions, prints and throws.

White living room

6. Keep window ledges clear

We all have photo’s, nice cards, flowers, random objects from your holiday in Spain, but refrain from putting them all on your window ledge. A simple vase with flowers or a set of candles is quite enough.

 

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7. Floor space

Use the space under your bed effectively. Buy some storage boxes if they will fit or use flat pack bags to store clothing.

bed storage

8. Towel storage

Add a rail to your sink to hang hand towels. Roll larger towels and store in drawers or on bathroom shelving.

Towel Rail

9. Use your ceiling 

Buy a pan rack to store pots, pans and other kitchen utensils on. These items take up space in cupboards that you don’t necessarily have. Hang them on a rack and create a country feel and stylish kitchen.

Pans

10. Clutter free

Clear your worktops of anything that you don’t use daily, use cupboards and drawers to store all the bits and pieces that don’t need to be out all the time. You’ll be amazed at the difference this makes and the extra space you will create.

Clutter free kitchen

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Californian Themed Interiors

Recreate the bright and colourful style of a cool Californian home with these key pieces.

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Art Prints from Indigo | Pendant lamp from Ikea | Metro leaf chair from Decor |Kitchenaid artisan stand mixer from Hudson’s Bay | Company multi-stripe paddle from Hudson’s Bay | Barcelona Polished 6 seater dining table from Atkin and Thyme | 4-drawer chest from Ikea | Pillows from Zara | Tilden spindle back swivel barstool from Pottery Barn

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Be My Guest

With a summer full of long weekends ahead your guest bedroom may be busier than normal. Make your guests feel welcome with these cute and simple guest bedroom ideas.

1. Add flowers

Pop a jug of fresh flowers in the room for a sweet floral smell. Fresh flowers always look pretty good too. My favourite are white roses, sunflowers or peonies.

flowers by bed2. Fresh towels

Pop your guest towels in the tumble for a plush and soft feel. Roll them up and place on the bed or fold over a rail or ladder (as seen in the pic below)

Towel Ladder

3. Reflection

Make sure there is a mirror in the guest bedroom, it could be a cluster of small ones or a larger freestanding mirror. Every guest needs a mirror.

Mirrors4. Necessities

A really cute idea is to have a draw full of essentials, the things you tend to forget when you go away for the weekend.

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5. Take a seat

If you have the space and a spare chair, pop it in the guest bedroom. A chair like this from Delcor below not only looks really good, it’s useful to either sit on or pop your clothes on (everyone puts their clothes on a chair!)

Petite Chair in Swaffer Coppice Willow Stripe (RS)

6. Layers

Depending on the time of the year your guest might want some extra layers on the bed. During the summer months it might not be necessary to have a huge thick duvet. Providing different bedding options is always a really nice idea. If it’s a hot summer night a thin sheet would probably suffice.

7. Lights

If you have a bedside table pop a light on there to save your guest having to get out of bed to switch the light on and off. If you don’t have a table use the windowsill or a stack of books by the side of the bed.table8. Sweet scents 

Scented candles are great for adding a gorgeous scent, they also create a warm and cosy feel to a guest bedroom. Jo Malone, The White Company and Jelly Bean all have great options.Candle

9. Tick tock

Add an alarm clock to the bedside table so your guest knows what time it is. Try not to get a clock with an loud tick and tock – there is nothing worse!

10. Have a read

Leave a stack of books or magazines, everyone loves a good read!

Books

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Mathematical Mirrors

My mathematical abilities are pretty shocking and maths scares the crap out of me. Put maths and interiors together though and you have my attention, especially when it concerns these new geometric mirrors.

The geometric trend is emerging as one of the key looks for AW15/16 after making its appearance in the majority of interiors collections this Summer. These mathematical mirrors from Atkin and Thyme are impressive and draw inspiration from the mathematical make-up elements found in the scientific and natural world.

This Clarence Wall Mirror (£249) features five overlapping quadrilaterals; one of the most infamous geons. This bold pattern combines with a sizeable surface area of 92cm x 92cm, to create a truly striking focal point. An antique brass finish adds to the stunning effect.

Clarence Wall Mirror, Philippe French Style Chest of Drawers (RS)Clarence Wall Mirror, W92 x H92cm (£249). Philippe French Style Chest of Drawers, W100 x D40 x H87cm (£499). Turkish Design Floral Reversible Wool Rug on White, L200 x W140cm (£298)

The Nigella Wall Mirror (£249) draws inspiration from nature rather than science. Based on the design of the nigella flower, the intricate composition features repeating outlines of the plant’s petals; each of which tapers to an elegant point. The three-dimensional outline of each bract and an antiqued brass finish result in a truly eye-catching effect.

Nigella mirror, Martini chair, Barbican side table (RS)Nigella Wall Mirror, Dia.90 x D8cm (£249). Martini Armchair in Velvet, W82 x D90 x H94cm (£395). Barbican Mirror Top Side Table, W55 x D55 x H53cm (£229).

For more information and to see more from Atkin and Thyme head over to atkinandthyme.co.uk

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Balconies In Bloom

Warning. This post is about gardening, well sort of.

With spring now in full bloom I have started to think how pretty gardens look with all the gorgeous colours and flowers and my green claws have started to twitch. I’m currently living in an apartment 48 floors up and have zero green space to create pretty flower beds, but I’m not letting that stop me!

I thought I’d share my apartment balcony garden mood board. Happy gardening everyone.

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Styling a room with wallpaper

Most people use paint for a quick refresh in a room but wallpaper can add so much more. You don’t have to go crazy and wallpaper all four walls, pick a feature wall that will style your home.

Here’s six of my favourite.

Wallpaper2Flamingo/Indigo Pink from grahambrown.com and Hummingbirds from fabricsandpapers.comWallpaper1Eden from finestwallpaper.com and Kensington Chartreuse from grahambrown.comWallpaper3Fairburn Raspberry/Green from wallpaper direct.com and Poppy Meadow Primrose Yellow Floral Wallpaper from Lauraashley.com

Colour of the year
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Colour of the year

Rich, seductive and full of body, Marsala is the Pantone colour of the year and it’s utterly gorgeous.

Now the Christmas tree has come down you may have noticed your living room, dining room, hallway etc needs a refresh for 2015. Well if that’s the case here’s six ways you can use Marsala to make your home look and feel brand new.

From a lick of paint, to a new sofa, curtains or a cushion, you can incorporate this shade no matter what your budget is.

MarsalaIf you’re wondering why Marsala is the colour of choice for 2015, Lee Eiseman, executive director at Pantone explains why.

Feature image courtesy of Pantone

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7 Christmas Decoration Ideas

Here is my simple guide to make decorating your home for Christmas a breeze.

1. Pick a colour theme

Gold, silver, red, green, white. All lovely colours but they can look too much when all combined together. Pick colours that complement each other and carry your chosen colour theme throughout your home. I love red and silver together. To keep costs down opt for a colour theme that already exists in your Christmas boxes. If you’re bored you can usually pick up very reasonably priced Christmas decorations from your local supermarket and M&S always have a 3 for 2 deal on. Another trick is to buy a few decorations that cost a little more than the rest (I’m only talking a few pounds more) as it will enhance your lower cost decorations.

2. Decorate with baubles…or lights

Baubles aren’t just for hanging on the tree, they look great stacked in glass vases, on the mantlepiece or in the hallway. Again stick with the colour theme you have set. If you’re not keen on baubles, battery powered lights add a touch of sparkle (this is my personal favourite)

3. Paper Pom Poms

This is a great idea to get kids involved in decorating the house and paper pom poms look really cool, they are perfect for a kids bedroom or in a playroom. There are several how to guides online, my favourite is here

4. Christmas scent

Candles are a must and there are loads of Christmas themed scents that will make your home smell as good as it looks, it also helps to make a room look super cosy and warm too. Three candles together always works well. Just remember not to leave candles unattended and keep them out of reach of children.

5. Get arty

Grab some pinecones and gold spray paint to create a really cool feature. Load the pinecones in a vase, on plates in the centre of the table or dot along the fireplace for an earthy feel.

6. Put your tree in a basket

Instead of the usual mental tree stand, pop your tree in a basket. You will still need to support the trunk inside the basket with a stand (or bucket if it’s real) but it will look much more attractive in a basket. Scatter pinecones around the base of the tree.

7. Remember your entrance 

If you live in an apartment skip this point. Make the front of your home look just as cosy as the inside with the addition of lights around the door, a red mat outside or a small christmas tree with lights. Small things like this will make a huge difference and won’t cost the earth either.

 

 

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5 Ways To Revamp Your Bedroom

If you feel the urge to revamp your bedroom, here are five ways to do it on a budget (Christmas is coming after all)

1. Buy a rug

Rugs can make a huge difference to a room, if you have wooden floors it adds warmth and if you have carpet it helps to add texture and colour (depending on the type of rug you go for) rugs look great either at the bottom of the bed or if your budget will stretch have one under your bed so you have something cosy and warm to put your feet on when you get out of bed. Ikea, John Lewis and Dunelm Mill all do a variety of rugs that should fit most budgets.

2. Introduce flowers

This is a super quick and easy way to freshen up a bedroom. The autumnal colours of the season will add warmth to your room and you can’t beat fresh flowers. If you’re allergic opt for fake ones, there are some really realistic ones out there. Try M&S, BHS or your local florist for real and fake options.

3. Update your lampshades

Changing your lampshade will make a dramatic difference. Often lightening is overlooked in bedrooms but it’s the one thing that will totally change the look and feel of the room. Opt for softer shades to create a calming and peaceful environment.

4. Add cushions

Cushions can help to change the look of a room and there are so many different varieties available there will be something to fit in with every colour scheme.

5. Hang some pictures on the wall

Whether it’s pictures of your family, a landscape or a canvas print, introducing pictures to your room will make a difference in an instant. It’s a great way of showing off your favourite prints too.

 

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5 Of The Best Teapots

A teapot is one of the most essential items in the kitchen – well I think so anyway. Teapots are guaranteed to make a better cup of tea, and being British they have always reminded me of family catch up’s and cake (two of my favourite things).

If you’re a tea fiend like me and you fancy a new teapot, here’s my top five. Stick the kettle on!

1. First up is this pretty teapot from Indigo which makes enough tea for two, using loose leaf tea or tea bags. It’s dishwasher safe and is available in store or online for $24.50

Indigo

2. Ok so this one might break the bank BUT it’s a Kate Spade beauty and is has shimmering gold accents. This teapot is guaranteed to make a cracking cuppa. Available from The Bay for $150

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3. Riklig Glass Teapot from Ikea. I’m a huge fan of glass teapots and this one is a bargain at $9.99

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4. This Edie Rose by Rachel Bilson teapot looks too cute to use. Combining garden scenes with engraved florals and a butterfly lid. Available online for $37.99

Edie Rose

5. Grosche Valencia 2-Cup Infuser Teapot. This is a super stylish teapot that will brighten up any kitchen. Available online for $44.99

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