Features: Design ideas

Guide to creating the perfect kid's room

by Alexandra Thomas on March 23, 2015
Wall Sticker Penguin Family by JasmineWay

With our handy guide, decorating your kid's room is as easy as ABC.

Decorating your little one’s room needn’t be a chore. In fact, with our handy guide of what and what not to do, it’s as easy as ABC.

Walls

Making sure walls are bright and interesting should discourage little people from grabbing the nearest marker and decorating the walls themselves! There’s a huge range of child-friendly wallpapers available to instantly brighten a scheme, or you could opt for wall stickers, which are much easier to install than wallpaper, and are easy to change and replace.

When it comes to paint, look for those which are washable and scrubbable so you can keep your paintwork looking as good as new even after attacks from sticky little fingers.

Furniture

A child’s room needs plenty of storage for clothes, books and toys. Choose furniture which will grow with your little one, for example a wardrobe with moveable clothes rails that can be adjusted as your child grows.

Amelie Childrens Oak Double Wardrobe with Drawers by Oak & Ash Furniture

The bed is all-important so opt for sturdy designs which can withstand rough and tumble; a truckle bed is a good option if your child often has friends over to stay, while a design that incorporates a desk or seating area is a good choice for older children.

If you don’t have room for a traditional desk, look for those that can be folded away or are wall-hung to save on space and make the room work harder.

When it comes to storage, look for boxes which can be stacked so they don’t take up valuable floor space. Clear boxes are a great idea as they allow you to see the contents at a glance but, if seeing your clutter puts you off, try wooden boxes which have chalkboard labels allowing you to scribble their contents on the side.

Flooring

Flooring for a child’s room is a bit of a Catch 22; on one hand you want it to be comfortable in case of any falling little knees but it also needs to be easy to clean. Rubber flooring is a good option as it’s soft enough to feel comfortable yet extremely easy to clean.

If you choose to have carpet, go for dark, bright colours or patterned options which can hide a multitude of sins, avoiding anything with a deep pile which can make cleaning tricky. Natural flooring such as sisal and coir may be a bit too rough underfoot for a child’s bedroom and doesn’t lend itself to be played on. If you opt for wooden or laminate flooring, remember to add a brightly coloured, patterned rug for increased comfort.

Accessories

Choosing accessories for your child’s room can be extremely enjoyable, especially if you get them involved too. If they’re old enough, work with them to create moodboards of how they would like their room to look and choose accessories together.

Decorative animal head - Mister Elephant by BODIE and FOU

Prints and framed posters offer a good way to brighten up a wall while patterned and colourful cushions and throws are great for adding interest to plain bed linen.

When it comes to window treatments, black out blinds are a must particularly during the lighter months while window film can be a good option for maintaining privacy while still allowing in light.

Lighting

Lighting is important in a little one's room and you should consider various types of light sources. Create a statement with your central light fitting by choosing a decorative pendant shade (there is a plethora of child-friendly designs available) and complement with a bedside table lamp.

Look for designs which offer a soft glow and can be left on during the night to comfort very young children. For older children, a desk lamp is an essential piece of kit; look out for ones which can be adjusted easily so your child can position the light just where they need it.

Guide to lighting your home

by Alexandra Thomas on February 24, 2015
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We show you how to get your lighting scheme spot on and ensure you’re never left in the dark.

When creating a successful interior scheme, one of the key ingredients is getting your lighting right. Whether you have huge amounts of natural light in your home or not, creating an inviting, liveable, interesting and stylish scheme depends a lot, if not entirely, on getting your lighting right.

Here we show you how you can use different lighting sources to create perfect schemes throughout the home.

The Living Room

Your living room offers the perfect opportunity to use a multitude of light sources and, indeed, you should try to do so, as each of them can be used to create different atmospheres.

A central light is a good starting point and, if room allows, choose one that creates real impact and acts as a focal point for the room. Having this connected to a dimmer switch is ideal as it allows you to control the amount to suit your mood.

Table lamps are a must in a living room, and can instantly brighten up dimly lit corners, which is especially useful in the darker months. If you like reading in your living room, a curved floor lamp, such as this Large Chrome Arch Floor Lamp by Out There Interiors is a great option. Position it next to a comfy armchair and you have the perfect reading spot in which to relax.

Large Chrome Arch Floor Lamp

The Dining Room

When it comes to lighting, having a central light carefully positioned over your dining table is a must. Choosing one that can be raised and lowered is a good option, so you can create a more intimate atmosphere when needed.

If you would prefer not to have one single light, a row of pendants such as these Beso One Light Pendant in Bronze by Fields of Blue work equally well and displaying them at varying heights will add interest and create a focal point.

As with the living room, a dimmer switch is a great idea for any dining space, allowing you to alter your lighting to suit the occasion.

The Bedroom

Lighting in a bedroom needs to cater for many different situations from reading in bed to applying makeup.

A central light is a good call for general everyday use and allows you to create a focal point in the room. If you don’t have room for bedside tables, then wall-mounted lights such as these Leitmotiv Buck Grey Wall Lights by Viva Lagoon are a good alternative for reading in bed.

Adding a task lamp to your dressing table, much as you would in a home office, is a good idea. Choose one that allows you to direct the light to exactly where you need to for maximum effect.

Leitmotiv Buck Grey Wall Lights

The Kitchen

Here again, a central light is a good starting place in the kitchen. If you have a dining table within your kitchen, placing a ceiling light above this is essential to ensure you have enough light for comfortable dining.

Under cupboard lights are a good idea. One a practical level, they provide pools of light while you’re preparing food but can also be used to create a more intimate atmosphere for in-kitchen dining.

The Hallway

Hallways can often be narrow and dark, which means having the right light sources is essential.

A combination of a central pendant together with wall lights will ensure your hallway is lit correctly and create a welcoming glow.

If you have room for a console table, make sure you add a table lamp which, when placed near a window or the door, will create a warming atmosphere.

And while not strictly speaking in the hallway, an outside light installed near the door is both inviting and safety conscious.

The Bathroom

Lights used inside bathrooms need to follow a strict IP rating code. As a rule of thumb, the lower IP rating a light has, the nearer it can be used to a water source, e.g. lights with a IP rating of 1 can be used nearer a bath than those with an IP rating of 2.

Central lights work best when encased which prevents them being damaged by steam and condensation, while an illuminated mirror is an useful bit of kit allowing you to kill two birds with one stone.

However, it’s choosing your bulbs correctly which is really important in the bathroom - as many don’t have windows you want to replicate natural daylight as far as possible so it may be worth taking time to experiment with bulbs until you find the ones which suit you.

Trend Watch: Super Stripes

by Alexandra Thomas on February 01, 2015
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Our favourite striped home accessories

Give your home a smart look with our favourite striped buys.

Stripes are always in vogue when it comes to fashion and are a perennial favourite for interiors too.

Whether you opt for wide, dramatic monochrome or sweet candy colours, stripes work well in every room in the home from the bathroom to hallway, and suit every style from classic to contemporary.

If you have the space, this beautiful Ergo Retro Striped Button-Back Cream Chair by Alexander & Pearl is the perfect choice for a bedroom, while this Carved Wood Table Lamp with Striped Shade by Out There Interiors with its stylish woven shade will be a welcome addition to any living room.

This smart Black Stripe Chopping Board by Naken Interiors is essential kit for stylish cooks, while this Stripe Moroccan Silk Throw by Rocomara is great for keeping warm on chilly early spring evenings.

Trend Watch: Industrial

by Alexandra Thomas on January 25, 2015
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Our favourite industrial-style items

Bring some factory chic to your home with our pick of the best industrial-style products around.

When it comes to interiors, the industrial trend shows no sign of abating.

I, for one, love it! There’s something about bringing bashed-up, factory-style pieces into the home that just works. It shouldn’t but it most definitely does.

From lighting to furniture, accessories to wallpaper, it’s easy to inject this look into your home.

If you work from home, this Brooklyn Finest Industrial Desk With Drawers by Alexander and Pearl is a real statement piece perfect for a home office and, with 3 drawers, it’s practical too.

Lighting is a huge part of this trend, and whether it’s original or reproduction you’re after, there’s an amazing choice available. We like this Small Industrial Pendant in Lacquered Steel by Viva Lagoon. Taking inspiration from mid-century factory lighting, it would look fantastic in the kitchen or dining room.

Finally, what to do with your walls? The answer is splash out on Piet Boon’s Concrete Wallpaper (CON-06 shown here) by BODIE and FOU. It doesn’t come cheap but looks great and is perfect for completing the factory-cum-warehouse look.

Editors Choice: Console Tables

by Alexandra Thomas on January 17, 2015
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Some of our favourite console tables

Keep your hallway tidy with our pick of the best console tables around.

A console table is an essential piece of hallway kit. A place to stash keys, post and other hallway paraphernalia, and here at Furnish we have all shapes and sizes to suit every space and style of home.

Working just as well in the bedroom as in the hallway, this Mirrored Tray Console Table by The French Bedroom Company is both stylish and practical. While those who need to be savvy with space will love this Small Black And Silver Console Table by Out There Interiors which is just 90cm wide and 40cm deep.

Meanwhile, if you prefer an oriental style, we have this Classic Chinese Console Table in Oyster Grey by The Nine Schools or the Asian Contemporary Small Console by Shimu to choose from, both of which should fit the bill perfectly.

Colour watch: Primary colours

by Alexandra Thomas on June 23, 2014
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Furnishing with primary colours

With primary colours making a comeback this year, here’s how to inject some brights into your scheme.

Red, blue and yellow, more commonly known as the primary colours, are coming back in a big way.

While neutrals and neons are still around, we have seen a re-emergence of these colours that remind us of, well funnily enough, primary school.

Those who use these bold, beautiful and unapologetic shades fall in two camps; those who embrace them with wanton abandonment as if in homage to Mondrian and those, like me, who prefer subtle pops of colour. Both approaches can work very well.

Here at Furnish, we have a great selection of primary-coloured home interiors to choose from including furniture, accessories and even wallpaper.

The fearless will love this striking, showstopping Pop Yellow Chandelier by The French Bedroom Company which certainly creates a statement wherever it is used, as well as this great looking Bongo Bar Stool in Red by Furniturepod.

Meanwhile, design junkies will be unable to resist this classic Blue Panton Flower Pot Pendant, while those into funky, unusual artwork will love this Juju Hat in Yellow, both by Design My World.

Colour Watch: Hot Pink and Teal

by Alexandra Thomas on May 24, 2014
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Some gorgeous hot pink and teal pieces

Be bold and brave with the daring combination of teal and hot pink.

Not for the faint hearted, this week’s colour combination takes its inspiration from bold and beautiful Designers Guild fabrics which started firmly putting colour-phobes in their place many moons ago.

A daring pairing, these striking colours just seem to work together, particularly when teamed with a neutral backdrop. Here at Furnish, we have lots of gorgeous items in these colours from furniture to accessories to really make your scheme pop with colour.

For the brave, a piece of teal furniture will instantly lift your room and we have some great pieces available. This Bedside Teal and Silver Cabinet by Shimu offers just enough Eastern style without being too over the top, while the Vintage Teal Armchair by Alexander and Pearl is a must for retro lovers.

When it comes to this colour combination, it’s important to go for the boldest shade of pink you can bear – that way it really pops against the teal. For a bold bedroom, try adding this Passion Pink Full Length Mirror by The French Bedroom Company or breathe life into a tired, plain wall with this Butterfly Clock in Fuchsia by Red Candy.

Colour Watch: Yellow and Grey

by Alexandra Thomas on May 10, 2014
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Some gorgeous yellow and grey pieces

Let us show you how to make this classic colour combination work in your home.

Grey and yellow go together like strawberries and cream, and this classic colour combination has had something of a renaissance in recent years, working well in both classic and contemporary schemes.

Whether you opt for pale or bright shades, you’ll create a stunning, timeless scheme using this dramatic palette.

We have some gorgeous yellow and grey items here at Furnish, from furniture to accessories to get you started.

If you’re looking for some striking lighting this Fifty Shades Chandelier by The French Bedroom Company works well in both living spaces and bedrooms, while the Loopy-Lu in Yellow by Loopy-lu will stand out wherever it’s used.

And if you’re looking to update your furniture, this simple yet ever so stylish Sommerville Yellow Linen Armchair by Alexander and Pearl is just waiting to be accessorised with this Skinny Laminx Leaves Cushion Cover in Grey from Design My World.

Editors Choice: Colourful Cushions

by Alexandra Thomas on April 12, 2014
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Some of our gorgeous colourful cushions

Choose one of our vibrant cushions to give your home a lift for the new season.

If you want to give your home a new look without breaking the budget and with minimal fuss, cushions are the perfect solution.

Whether you're looking to breathe life into an old chair or sofa, or simply want to jazz up your bedroom, we have a huge selection available, and here are some of our faves, all full of bright and beautiful colour.

Floral fans will struggle to resist either this fabulous Trippy Granny Cushion by The French Bedroom Company which will add a feminine touch without being too girly, or this Ellen Hand-embroidered Cushion by ALSO Home which combines gorgeous shades of grey and green.

Meanwhile, those looking to create real impact need look no further than the Jan Constantine Red Admiral Cushion by Out There Interiors or the Mosaic pattern pink cushion by JasmineWay, both ideal for adding a striking finishing touch to any room.

Shop the Trend: Florals

by Alexandra Thomas on April 06, 2014
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Pick your faves from these floral goodies

It's time to bring the outside in with these gorgeous floral home accessories.

Now that spring has sprung, it’s time to blow away the cobwebs and inject some floral style into the home. And we have a fantastic mix just perfect for bringing the outside in.

Our floral pieces are great for instantly cheering up any interior and will give your home a much needed touch of spring.

For those who want to add pattern and colour to a sofa or chair, this Gypsy Blue Cushion by Artstar is super funky and the perfect choice. Meanwhile those who want to introduce some subtle lighting to their hallway or living area will love this Floral Tea Caddy Lamp by Shimu.

And if you really want to create maximum impact, how about this Romany Love Seat by The French Bedroom Company.

Shop the Trend: Monochrome home accessories

by Alexandra Thomas on March 23, 2014
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Some favourite monochrome accessories

This combo never dates so embrace these black and white favourites.

Just as in fashion, there’s always a place for monochrome within the home. Whether you opt for a stylish graphic rug or simple soft furnishings, this colour pairing doesn’t date and suits both contemporary and classic schemes.

To create a real style statement in your living room, this BLGAB04 Cowhide Rug by London Cows is the perfect piece while this Diamantini Star Clock by Red Candy is guaranteed to add interest to the plainest of walls.

Meanwhile, if graphic prints are your thing, then you’ll love this Bridget Riley-inspired Black Dots Spiral Print which comes courtesy of those clever folk at Duffy London and the stylish Swarm Cushion by Adam Slade by The French Bedroom Company which will add a touch of monochrome glamour to any sofa or chair.

Editors Choice: Table Lamps

by Alexandra Thomas on January 26, 2014
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Our pick of gorgeous table lamps

Brighten up gloomy evenings with our eclectic pick of table lamps.

We’re longing for spring to arrive here at Furnish, but while the dark, long evenings are still with us, we thought it was a good idea to have a round up of some of our favourite table lamps.

Great for every room in the house, from the bedroom to the study, we have a fabulous selection for every taste.

For those who like their lighting with beautiful curves, you will struggle to beat the Medusa Black Aluminum Desk/Table Lamp by Furniture for Home, while for a desk or a side table the Leitmotiv Barefoot Table Lamp by Dutch by Design is a great choice.

And if you want to add real impact to your hallway or living room, then you need look no further than this cute, kitsch Petit Bouledogue Table Lamp by The French Bedroom Company.

Editors Choice: Wall Art

by Alexandra Thomas on December 15, 2013
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A selection of gorgeous prints.

Treat yourself to the perfect print with our fantastic selection of wall art.

Everyone likes to have some artwork in their lives and, here at Furnish, we have some fantastic prints and pictures to decorate your home.

If you like your art a little bit edgy, you'll love this eclectic Defaced Duchess print from The French Bedroom Company while this beautifully sketched Flying Pig Print from Lifestylebazaar will look great in a kid's room.

Meanwhile, if you're more into nature and literature, then you can kill two birds with one stone with this pretty Vintage Style Book Watercolour Butterfly Print from Burford Trading.

(Each of these would also make a perfect gift and many items can still be delivered before Christmas. Check the individual product listings for more information.)

Shop the Trend: Stags

by Alexandra Thomas on September 09, 2013
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A selection of accessories featuring stags

Give your home a regal touch with our pick of the best stag homewares.

Unless you’ve been living in a bubble for the last few years, you can’t have failed to notice that stags are a massive trend when it comes to interiors.

Everything from cushions to rugs has been embellished with these majestic creatures, while faux stag heads have become the hero product in every interiors collection from high street to designer.

It’s easy to incorporate this look into your home whether you want to go classic or contemporary. Our favourite pieces include the Anorak – Kissing Stags Set of 3 Tins from Amara Living, which brings this quirky look to your kitchen and the Stag Head Coat Hook from OKA which will add a majestic touch to any hallway.

Clockwise from top left: Anorak – Kissing Stags Set of 3 Tins from Amara Living, £14; My Deer Looking Glass from The French Bedroom Company, from £145; Daddy Deer Mug from Oliver Bonas, £7.50; Stag Head Coat Hook from OKA, £35; Handmade cushion on natural fabrics – green deer cameo from Chocolate Creative, £48; Wall Decor Plywood Stag Head Trophy Deer from Design 55, £25.

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Our interiors blog of the week - Designers Voyce

by Alexandra Thomas on July 01, 2013
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Fuksas for Zonca's Candy collection via "Euroluce 2013" post at Designers Voyce

This week we check out the latest trends at the fabulous Designers Voyce blog.

Some say that the death of the printed magazine is imminent; to be honest, they’ve been saying it for the last decade. Here at Furnish HQ, we’re not sure whether that’s true or not, but what we do know is that interior design blogs are on the rise. That’s why we bring you a weekly round-up of our favourites.

This week sees us call in on Jenny Voyce and her fabulous blog Designers Voyce.

London-based Jenny certainly has had one of those careers that make others passionate about design a little bit green around the gills. From having worked as a buyer for Liberty to working on the redevelopment of the shops at the Southbank Centre, Jenny’s certainly been a busy bee.

So, it’s great she can find the time to keep us up to date with the latest design news and inspiration from across the globe. As well as blogging about food, style, and people and places.

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Lladró Belle de Nuit chandelier via "Lladró 60th Anniversary" post at Designers Voyce

We loved this post on Lladró, the famous Spanish porcelain manufacturers who are celebrating their 60th anniversary this year.

To highlight this momentous occasion, Jenny has highlighted their fantastic new lighting collection which includes everything from nature-inspired hanging lamps to a chandelier Liberace would have been proud to own.

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Lladró Foresta hanging light via "Lladró 60th Anniversary" post at Designers Voyce

Keep up to date with Jenny’s latest posts by following her on Twitter via @jenvoyce, take a peek at her Pinterest boards or check her out on Facebook.

Remember, if you want to see your blog crowned our Interiors blog of the week, you need to let us know about it, so drop us a line and tell us why it deserves to join the Furnish blog hall of fame!

Our interiors blog of the week - Fabric of my Life

by Alexandra Thomas on June 24, 2013
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"Whole lotta loveliness" post via Fabric of my Life

This week we stay here in the UK and visit Kate Baxter's Fabric of my Life blog.

Yes folks. It’s that time again, and we don’t know about you, but we love nothing more than settling down and reading about blogs from across the globe.

Every week we introduce you to a new blogger whose ideas we highlight to entertain, inform and inspire.

Often our quest to find the best interior design blogs takes us abroad, but this week we’re sticking firmly in Blighty and calling in on the world of Kate Baxter and her gorgeous blog Fabric of my Life.

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"Throw me to the wolves" post about interiors brand Wolfum via Fabric of my Life

Established in 2009, Kate blogs about a wide range of subjects from arts and culture to fashion and style but, of course, it’s the Design & Décor part of the blog that gets us the most excited.

A mixture of news, ideas and cool shopping, we loved this post about interiors brand Wolfum, and will be forever grateful to Kate for introducing us to their range of super cool geometric designs.

As Kate says she’s “100% in love with the mustard yellow triangle hi-ball glasses” and, you know what, we couldn’t agree more and will be drinking out of them all summer long.

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"A perfect bathroom" post via Fabric of my Life

If you want to keep up with Kate’s posts, follow her on Twitter via @fabricofmylife, have a peek at her Pinterest boards or pay a visit to her Facebook page.

Remember, we’d love to hear from you if you write your own blog so, if you fancy seeing your musings on our blog of the week, please drop us a line!

Our interiors blog picks of the week

by Alexandra Thomas on April 08, 2013
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The kids' bedroom at Oh Happy Day!

This week we call in on the gorgeous Oh Happy Day! and Design Lovers Blog.

Everyone loves a good nose around in someone else’s life and, here at Furnish HQ, we love spending time having a read of all the fabulous design blogs that grace the wonder that is the Wide World Web.

So join us on our journey as this week we call in on San Francisco-based Oh Happy Day! and the Design Lovers Blog whose owners, Sam and Jill, live either side of The Pond.

Maybe it was the lure of sunshine but we just couldn’t resist heading over to San Francisco (virtually, of course) for the first stop on this instalment of our Blog Picks of the Week, visiting Oh Happy Day! And what a virtual trip it was as we landed in the world of Jordan Ferney.

As Jordan is an event planner, you can expect lots of tips and ideas for making every type of party fabulous from decorations to activities for children. But what really wowed us was Jordan’s recent apartment transformation. We loved the children’s bedroom which has been transformed from a dull, unloved space to a fabulous bedroom any little one would be proud to call their own. And we’re particularly taken with the living room, the after pictures of which bear little resemblance to the before shots.

Keep up with Jordan’s blog by following her on Twitter via @ohhappyday

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Amy Merrick shows West Elm how to perfectly style paper flowers via Oh Happy Day!

Our next stop was Design Lovers Blog which is owned by Sam & Jill. Sam is based just outside London while Jill is another resident of sunny San Francisco. (We were definitely suffering from winter blues when on this blog hunt.)

This design-addicted pair met in London over 20 years ago and share a love of good design and all things interiors.

A fabulous mixture of news, trends and houses, we couldn’t resist having a peek at Liberace’s home. The house is now owned by an American couple who have remodelled the space to their own taste, while remaining faithful to Liberace’s vision. Check out the gold taps which the performer was infamous for having included in his home!

Keep up with Sam and Jill by following them on Twitter via @minkinteriors and @DesignLoversUSA or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/DesignLoversBlog.

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A Peek inside Liberace's Home, Palm Springs via Design Lovers Blog

Remember, we’d love to hear from you if you write your own blog so, if you fancy seeing your musings on our blog pick of the week, please drop us a line!

Our interiors blog pick of the week

by Alexandra Thomas on March 25, 2013
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Contemporary Living Room design by Larry Hanna via The Design Sheppard

This week we visit and enjoy the wonderful "The Design Sheppard" and "Simplifying Fabulous" blogs.

It’s that time again to settle down, leave the day’s stresses at the door and indulge in some great blog reading.

This week sees us visit the world of design writer Stacey Sheppard and her gorgeous blog The Design Sheppard. We then cross the pond to visit Manhattan-based interior designer Robin Baron and her fantastic Simplifying Fabulous blog.

What Stacey Sheppard doesn’t know about interior design isn’t worth knowing, which is why we simply had to tell you about her fabulous blog The Design Sheppard.

Based in beautiful Devon, Stacey blogs about everything from design news and interesting new products to current trends, and we're not the only ones who think it's great – Stacey's blog has been included in the Modenus Top 100 Interior Design Blogs and was named as one of The Top 10 Design Blogs on Twitter.

We were instantly lost in a world of fabulous design, but it was this post about the Runway Collection by Fireclay Tile, a new fashion-influenced wall tile collection, that really attracted our attention. What a fabulous way to pep up a boring wall.

To keep up with Stacey’s blog, you can also follow her on Twitter at @StaceyJSheppard

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The Runway Collection by Fileclay Tile via The Design Sheppard

We love nothing better than a trip across the pond to see what our American friends are blogging about, and found a real gem when we stumbled across Simplifying Fabulous.

The work of Manhattan-based interior designer Robin Baron, the blog is a veritable treat of interior design advice and news.

Split into easy to navigate sections, our favourite bits are definitely the Fab Fridays and Tuesday Trend sections.

The Fab Fridays slot is a collection of in-depth interviews with fellow bloggers and other design gurus, while Tuesday Trend is a real treat for the eyes. With Easter just around the corner, we loved this post about glam Easter eggs which gave us some great ideas for decorating the home for the Bank Holiday weekend.

Make sure you don’t miss Robin’s latest musings by following her on Twitter at @RobinBaron

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Thread eggs from Craftberry Blush via Simplifying Fabulous

Remember, we’d love to hear from you if you write your own blog so, if you fancy seeing your musings on our blog pick of the week, please drop us a line!

Our interiors blog pick of the week

by Alexandra Thomas on March 11, 2013
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Neon pink style at Patchwork Harmony

Are you sitting comfortably as we get ready to visit the gorgeous "Patchwork Harmony" and "What's in your bedroom..." blogs?

Our first stop this week sees us call in on Caroline Taylor who, while particularly loving vintage style, is passionate about all forms of interior design.

Caroline is a veteran blogger having started Patchwork Harmony in 2008 and is also the editor and founder of the online 91 Magazine.

She’s also a rather nifty Pinner and we loved this post about H&M’s gorgeous spring collection. The perfect antidote to the grim weather we’ve been having of late, we especially liked the gorgeous floral bed linen, and kitchen and bathroom textiles.

Thanks to both Caroline and H&M, our homes will soon be looking like spring has sprung, even if the grey skies are persisting for now.

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Kitchen spring brights at H&M via Patchwork Harmony

Meanwhile, we all love having a nose around other people’s homes right? Of course we do, which is why we are delighted to have come across What’s in your bedroom…

The blog focuses on intimate glimpses into people’s bedrooms, followed by in-depth interviews about what they love and how they live.

Blog owner Olivia Howitt travels around meeting various interesting people and taking pictures of them in their bedrooms, a space most of us would have trouble letting even our nearest and dearest have a good old nose around.

We love the most recent series which concentrates on the bedrooms of all-girl choir Gaggle and sees Olivia visiting 18 bedrooms in 18 days. And we were particularly interested in Sarah T’s bedroom and its mix of eclectic styling and fabulous shoes.

Warning: This blog, if you’re as nosey as us, is highly addictive!

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Visit Sarah T's bedroom at What's in your bedroom...

Remember, we’d love to hear from you if you write your own blog so, if you fancy seeing your musings on our blog pick of the week, please drop us a line!

Our home interiors blog pick of the week

by Alexandra Thomas on February 25, 2013
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Delicate paper flowers at Stylist's Own

This week, we take a sneaky peek at the glorious "Stylist's Own" and "me & Alice" interior stylists' blogs.

It’s time for our pick of the best interiors blogs around, so grab a cup of tea, a couple of biscuits, your laptop and settle down for some home design inspiration.

First up this week is Stylist’s Own, a blog from super talented interiors stylist Joanna Thornhill.

Joanna has tons of styling experience, so it’s safe to say that she knows a thing or two about making homes look gorgeous.

Joanna is in the middle of renovating her own “ramshackled” Victorian house, so you can expect to pick up lots of interesting tips. Plus, you can also have a sneaky look at some other of Joanna’s super stylish shoots.

We loved this post about the vintage book themed shoot Joanna recently did for the winter issue of 91 Magazine. With bucketfuls of inspiration for book lovers, our particular favourites are these delicate paper flowers and this gorgeous Penguin Classics cushion.

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Penguins Classics cushion at Stylist's Own

Our next stop on the blog tour this week sees us call in on Swedish interiors stylist Susanne and her blog me & Alice.

Susanne grew up in Stockholm but now lives in the beautiful town of Dalarna and we can’t say we’re not just the teeniest bit jealous.

Susanne’s blog is a collection of her work, pictures of her home and other inspirational images and products. Her musings are published in both English and Swedish which is handy for international readers and is beautifully put together.

We loved this post on Susanne’s perfect weekend which includes gorgeous images of cosy throws, chunky crockery and a simple yet beautifully laid dining table ready for the perfect Sunday lunch.

We’ve certainly been inspired to take things easy next weekend…

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Chunky crockery at me & Alice

Remember, we’d love to hear from you if you write your own blog so, if you fancy seeing your musings on our blog pick of the week, please drop us a line!