What Will Be The Key Interior & Decor Trends In 2018?

Once Boxing Day is over I am itching to get all the Christmas decorations down and have a good clear out of all the clutter that has built up over the past month! Don't get me wrong, I love Christmas, but all the extra 'stuff' that takes up space in the house - from the tree and the decorations to the piles of gifts and boxes of uneaten mince pies - starts to bring out a bit of household claustrophobia! The New Year is a new start and once Christmas is cleared away I fill my home with hyacinths, count down to the first days of spring and start to think about how I'll change up my home in the year ahead.

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Before & After: Guest Room Revamp Ready For Christmas

Long time readers of this blog will know that I've been working on my guest room for a loooooonng time. The room is in the basement of the house below ground level, is small and is therefore really dark. When we moved in I painted the room, but the room still just felt cold and had no homely, cosy feel to it at all. Being the guest room it also became victim to having furniture put in it from our old house that had no place elsewhere in our new home. Here is what it looked like before:

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Colourful Sinks, Gothic Castles & Pretty Porcelain: The Wonderful World of Villeroy & Boch

Villeroy & Boch are one of those companies that you know and are aware of, even if you don't really know much about them. Their expertly applied trademark stamp adorns sinks and toilets in an abundance of hotels, restaurants and residential properties all over the world. Since 1743 Villeroy & Boch have been producing ceramic tableware, then, later on down the line, bathroom sanitary-ware, and are one of Europe's most valued and celebrated producers of ceramics and porcelain. So, when they invited me to go and stay with them for a few days at their headquarters in Mettlach, Germany, how could I refuse?

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How To DIY A Xmas Wreath Like A Pro

I always make a Xmas wreath every year for my front door, but I'm totally self-taught. I just go with an idea in my head and run with it, which is great, but sometimes it is nice to get an insight into just how the professionals do it. When a really great florist makes a wreath, there is often something unexpected in the mix, and you know it will last right through over Xmas without wilting or drying out!

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Trees & Baubles: My Home At Xmas

Well hello and welcome to this years 'My Home At Xmas!' I can't quite believe it but this year is actually the first Christmas since my living room has been painted blue. The Xmas scheme for 2017 therefore had to match the new walls, so I am delighted to have partnered up with Balsam Hill this year as part of their 'Trees & Baubles' blog hop.

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10 Of The Best Sideboards

A large cabinet or a sideboard can be a tricky purchase. First of all, it has to be the right piece as it will be a large dominating piece of furniture that won't be interchangable from room to room like rugs or lighting can be. They also tend to be expensive, so it's crucial that you choose the right sideboard first time. The trouble is, Google 'sideboard' and you are presented with a lot of oak or pine monstrosities. There never appeared to be a lot of choice when it came to getting a well-designed sideboard, so often there is a reliance on picking up a vintage G-Plan on Ebay. Yet in the past year I've seen some amazing sideboards become available. Here is my pick of the ten best sideboards that you can purchase now, either online or in-store.

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Holiday House London With Farrow & Ball

Holiday House London is two ginormous Maida Vale mansions, right next door to each other, which have been completely transformed inside, top-to-toe, by some of the worlds leading interior designers. The mansions act as showhouses for the elite designers, plus some of the best lifestyle brands, to showcase their product and talent.  The houses are then opened up to the public, and all money raised goes towards the prevention and cure of breast cancer. You'll agree that this is an excellent idea and a very worthy cause, but I am going to be completely honest here - I had heard of Holiday House London, but it wasn't something that I thought I would be interested in. I totally wrote it off as a big rich fundraiser for big rich people to showcase the sort of interiors and design that decked out a Kensington pied-à-terre, or a home in upstate New York.

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Giving My Blue Living Room A Quick & Easy Refresh

When interior-blogger pal and professional interiors stylist Maxine Brady from We Love Home recently visited my house to style it for a magazine photo shoot, it was so interesting to see how she personally styled my home. It is easy to fall into the trap of 'getting used to' our decor and home ware items - everything has a 'place' - so it is really helpful to have a fresh set of eyes come in and shake things up! I was amazed at how Maxine added a few new pieces, or styled things differently, and completely transformed the space I was so used to seeing everyday.

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How To Paint Melamine Cupboards

One of the main pieces of feedback I received in regards to the Revamp Restyle Reveal project was how I was going to tackle the dreaded built in wardrobe dilemma. If you remember (or if you don't you can read all about it here!), I really disliked these cream veneered built-in wardrobes that we inherited with the house. The wardrobes just did not work with the room and really stood out and I felt they were an eyesore. I'd spent the past couple of years really trying to decide what to do with them. I spoke to some very much in-the-know people (such as Oliver Thomas from the Great Interior Design Challenge) about what to do with them and they all told me to paint them in the same as the wall colour. The idea was that they would 'blend in' a lot more.

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Customise Your Kitchen Cabinets With Bespoke Fronts By Naked Doors

On my Instagram and under my Pinterest board 'Kitchen Inspo', I had been collecting up and re-gramming these amazing images of kitchens - such as the one below of the most amazing baby blue kitchen with polished gold handles.  It looks so good, right? You'd instantly think it was a completely bespoke, designer-led kitchen costing you 25k plus.

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Want A Stylish London Stay On A Budget? Check Out Cuckooz Apartments

I prioritise interiors and decor over pretty much all other factors. The food can be great in a restaurant, but if the interiors are awful I'll never go back. I'll always choose a design-led bar over a standard place to grab a drink. Therefore, when it comes to renting a room for a night, the interior stakes have to be pretty high for me to be satisfied! The thing is, unless you can afford one of London's premier hotels, chances are for a decently priced night in the city you'll be stuck in a sterile small white box room with a cheap MDF desk and one bed for company.

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Revamp, Restyle, Reveal - The Pink Bedroom REVEAL!

Four weeks ago I announced that I would be taking part in the Revamp Restyle Reveal project - 10 interiors bloggers, 10 rooms in their own home completely revamped over the space of four weeks with help from the wonderful sponsors  AO.comAmaraMaisons Du MondeFrenchic and Earthborn paints.  You can find out more about this project, and why I chose to revamp my bedroom, here. However, if you have been patiently following this project the past four weeks then today is the day that the big reveal of all ten room is taking place!

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Styling String Shelves For London Design Festival 2017

I was really honoured to take part in London Design Festival this year, as String Furniture and Skandium joined forces for a brand new series of in-store 'String shelfies'. String & Skandium asked three design bloggers to curate and style a String shelf using products that you can purchase in the very delightful new Skandium store in South Kensington. The styled shelves were to be on display throughout London Design Festival, and guess what? Yup - I was one of the three! The other ladies in question being the delightful Little Big Bell, and one of my favourite bloggers, Design Soda.

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My Favourite New Homeware Collection: 'Bangle' By LSA International

There are a lot of press releases that come into my inbox each day about new homeware collections, and even though I open them all, it really takes something amazing to grab my attention. Well, say a big, fat HELLO to one collection that did such a thing - the brand new Bangle collection by hand-blown glassware specialists LSA International.

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Luxury Vinyl Flooring - What Is It And Is It Any Good?

My own experience of replacing flooring has been quite limited. The most I've had to do was replace a hallway carpet in my old home after toilet training a puppy for 6 months; while I also had a very inexperienced attempt at painting my wooden floor boards white at the start of my DIY journey - I decided to skip the sanding and priming part, so the paint started to chip after 48 hours! However, I've recently been working with a client on replacing all the floors in a flat she has purchased. She mentioned to me in the initial design consultation that she wanted vinyl and I flinched - vinyl? - isn't that just like the cheap lino of the 80's? Turns vinyl flooring technology has massively advanced since then, and there is now something called 'luxury vinyl flooring'.

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The New Farrow & Ball Floral Wallpaper Collection (+ I'm In The New F&B Catalogue!!!!!!!!)

OK, so this article is about the new Farrow & Ball wallpaper collection -  BUT!!!  - I have to tell you before I talk about the new floral beauties that a mood board I created around one of the new papers, Helleborus, is featured in the F&B catalogue for the collection. At the start of the year F&B got in touch and asked if I would be interested working with them on promoting the new collection. They would send me a sample of one of the new papers (which was all very hush hush) and asked if I would create a mood board around the paper chosen for me. This would then appear in the new F&B Autumn/Winter inspiration catalogue, sent to customers.

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How To Get A Designer Kitchen On A Budget

Hate your kitchen? Want to upgrade? Would love a designer kitchen but don't have the cash? Never fear, it is possible, believe it or not, to get a designer kitchen (or your kitchen looking designer) without having to sell one of your kidneys. There are a few tricks out there that can transform your kitchen from bleak and basic, into something much more suited to your style. If you are someone with champagne taste on a prosecco budget (or even a cheap white wine budget) then read on for my tips to get that designer kitchen for less!

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Monsoon Home Collection For Multiyork - New Fabric Collection

Fashion houses and home ware have been intertwining for a good while now. Recently, there has been Henry Holland for Habitat, Matthew Williamson for Debenhams Home & Osbourne & Little, plus Paul Smith for Anglepoise. Now, high street fashion retailer Monsoon has teamed up with furniture retailer Multiyork for a selection of new fabric designs. This is actually the third time the two brands have collaborated together, meaning there is quite a catalogue of Monsoon’s signature fashion prints available as an upholstery fabric which can be used on a wide range of Multiyork sofas, footstools, furniture and armchairs. The collection for 2017 sees six new designs and up to forty-two colourways, with the main focus on soft hues of honey, duck egg blue and pink, to deeper shades of navy, charcoal and lavender.

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