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


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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New York Style Living

New York loft apartments have that cool look to them. Exposed brick, comfy seating and fancy pants lighting. If you don’t have the space, or the exposed brick, fear not. Here are some New York style bits and pieces you can buy to add that city feel to your living space.


Whether you have an abundance of natural light or not, the way you light your living space is key. New York homes usually have huge windows to let the light stream in. These three floor lamps will all help to light your living space, and they’ll add that New York feel at the same time.LightingAlfred Tripod Floor Lamp | Dash Floor Lamp | Hektar Floor Lamp


Now you’ve lit your room you need to add some seating that’s both comfy and cool. If you can, invest in leather sofas and armchairs. They will last much longer than fabric. I love the relaxed feel of this armchair and both the sofas.SofaLeather Armchair | Landskrona Chaise Lounges & Sofa Stockholm Sofa

Coffee Tables

A coffee table is a must have in any living room. To add a touch of New York opt for ones that are more rustic than classic.

Coffee Table

Shoreditch Coffee Table |Lomond Storage Coffee TableDistressed Coffee Table

Wall Prints

Dressing your wall with prints will add that designer touch. Either go for a selection of different prints or opt for one large print. All the prints below are from Society6.


Other bits and pieces 

Add other items to your living space that will really make it feel like home. It could be a candle, clock, books, or a throw in the arm of your couch. I love all these bits and pieces below.

New YorkJo Malone Candle | Newgate Clock | The Art Book | Ofelia Throw

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Have you started to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day yet? If you’re getting into the spirit of things why not add a pop of colour to your home and wardrobe? I am a huge fan of anything green, it’s fresh, works well with grey and white (two of my other favourite colours) and of course it’s the perfect colour for Paddy’s Day!

Here’s my round up of some gorgeous green picks…


  1. Utility shirt dress | 2. Bucket bag | 3. Lime green necklace | 4. Eyelet swimsuit | 5. Green telephone | 6. Lace dress | 7. Green vase | 8. Green basket | 9. Off-the-shoulder top | 10. Green Chuck Taylor
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Hot Picks From H&M Home

I don’t know about you but I’m about ready to add some spring/summer touches to my home. H&M Home has an abundance of gorgeous beachy, Hollywood, Moroccan style pieces that I just love. Here’s what’s on my shopping list.

H&M Home

  1. Candle holder | 2. Laundry bag | 3. Wooden box | 4. Palm tree cushion cover | 5. Grey cushion cover | 6. Tealight holder | 7. Round mirror | 8. Waist apron | 9. Stoneware mug | 10. Metal bottle opener | 11. Glass vase | 12. Scented candle
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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.

bed table

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.


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.



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.


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.


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

Christmas Pine
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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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Gorgeous Grey Interiors

Here’s my bedroom inspiration. It might not scream summer florals and bright shades, but grey is warm and classy, it will fit in with any season and it’s a soothing colour to relax and unwind with.

Grey Interior

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DFS Launches Botanical Prints

DFS has gone all Mad Men on us and introduced some retro styles to its 2014 collections. Incorporating another huge trend for 2014 – the botanical print. DFS shows how with one piece of furniture you can transform a room.

If you’re feeling inspired to spruce up your living room head over to to have a look at all the collections in full.

Here’s a pick of the best pieces.