Six new room decor looks from Habitat

October 13th, 2015

Do you fancy a new decor look? Perhaps one of these style ideas from Habitat will inspire you!

The new collection from Habitat includes six new room decor looks for autumn / winter 2015. Here’s a peek at them:

1. Classic Walnut

Update your home with the classic walnut look

Classic Walnut combines gorgeously designed walnut furniture with graphic details for a bold contemporary look. Products include walnut tables of varying sizes, upholstered dining chairs, cube-style storage options and matching accessories. it’s a classic design style with modern appeal. Shop the Classic Walnut look.

2. Family 50s

Embrace the fabulous 50s style in your home

Embrace the fabulous 1950s in your living room, with the Habitat Family 50s look. Products include a comfy sofa and relaxing lounge chair, as well as shaker-style storage, lamps and colourful soft furnishings. Shop the Family 50s look.

3. Kitchen Character

Kitchen character collection from Habitat

Make your kitchen stand out by using the Kitchen Character range. All the pieces are functional and adaptable, but also extremely well designed and good looking. We love the oak butcher’s block on wheels and the oak kitchen island, in particular. Shop the Kitchen Character look.

4. Sumptuous Scandi

Bedroom Scandi style decorating ideas

We never tire of the Nordic look and the Sumptuous Scandi collection offers an easy way of incorporating this style into your bedroom. From luxurious styled beds with velvet headboards, natural wool upholstered bed frames, creamy soft rugs and wooden furniture, to beautiful multi-coloured duvet sets and bedding, this is sure to be a timeless favourite. Shop the Sumptuous Scandi collection.

5. Memphis Revival

80s inspired home style from Habitat

The Memphis Revival range is inspired by the 80s, with its bold punchy colours and retro designs. Liven up your living room with a striking red bookcase, add a touch of colour to the floor with a cubist design rug or bag yourself some new soft furnishings with fab retro appeal. Shop the Memphis Revival look.

6. Cool Feminine

Cool Feminine collection from Habitat

Finally, update your bedroom with a Cool Feminine style. This lovely collection utilises a gender-neutral colour palette that’s soothing on the senses and easy on the eye. The understated bedding designs are complemented by the light timber furnishings. Pops of colour are added through the use of patterned rugs and other accessories. Shop the Cool Feminine look.

The secrets of a timelessly beautiful interior design scheme

October 8th, 2015

What are the secrets of timelessly beautiful interior design schemes that don’t date? You know, those rooms that look perfect, work with ease and seem to have a contemporary yet timeless style that doesn’t date. Carpetright asked us recently, as part of their Beautiful Home, Beautiful Life campaign, so here are some of our top tips.

1. Simple elegance

One of the key characteristics of timeless interior design schemes are elegance and simplicity. If you think about rooms that appear timeless, they’re fully functional for your individual or family needs, but also are very well balanced, clean and simple. They work effectively now but, will still look good in a year or so too.

2. Proportion

Rooms with a timeless appeal are designed with normally cleverly designed with proportion in mind. The furniture is in proportion with the size of the room so that it looks easy on the eye and as if it’s ‘meant to be’. That means no sofas that are too huge for a small room, or baths that look tiny in a spacious bathroom.

3. Clean, flowing lines

A timeless design can be helped by the furniture, soft furnishings and accessories having clean lines. They’re chosen to work together so that the flow of them helps complete the room.

4. Colour

In terms of colours, neutral colour schemes tend not to date as much as using the latest, faddy trend. A neutral colour palette needn’t be boring though – you can add shade and depth, light and freshness through using complementary hues. Bright colours are certainly a good option too, use one or two colours that you love in moderation.

5. Natural materials

Natural materials work well in many timeless designs. Think stone, wood or exposed brick. The same goes for soft furnishings and fabrics, or flooring such as pure wool carpets or rugs. If yo u’re adding natural materials, look for options that are durable and long-lasting, but also have a luxurious feel to it.

6. Clutter-free

A timelessly beautiful room that’s easy on the eye and functional to use is normally clutter free. But this doesn’t mean there’s no clutter or practical use of the space going on. Storage options will be carefully incorporated into the design of the room – concealed shelving, boxes with lids, window seats that double up as toy boxes or TVs that are hidden behind shelves.

If you’re interested in exploring timelessly beautiful flooring options, then you’ll love the new House Beautiful range at Carpetright. They’ve worked together to produce a collection of stylish flooring ideas for every room of your home.

The collection includes carpets, rugs, vinyl, laminate and engineered wood flooring, so there’s an option available to suit everyone.

We’re especially impressed with the vinyl collection, which includes plenty of stylish and highly durable flooring ideas, including plenty of textured effects which look and feel more expensive than they actually are.

To celebrate the launch of the new House Beautiful range – for which we’re acting as an advocate – Carpetright are giving you the opportunity to win £500 to spend on a new bed. Head over to Carpetright now to enter.


Fresh Design Finds: Polar bear origami napkins

October 6th, 2015

Origami polar bear napkins

Oh my, these have got to be the best napkins we’ve seen in a while – they’re origami polar bears!

These cute napkins make the art of origami folding easier and definitely rewarding. They’re brilliant for use at family meals and are made from good quality heavy cotton.

The polar bear napkins come in a set of four, for £29.95 from Lollipop Designs. They’re definitely a hit with us.


Fresh Finds: Skandi snuggle chair from Dunelm Mill

October 1st, 2015

Scandi style chair furniture

If you’re a fan of all things Scandi chic style, then it’s worth taking a look at the Skandi range over at Dunelm Mill. They’re well stocked on everything Skandi from dining furniture and chairs, to lighting and home accessories.

We’re particularly taken with the Skandi charcoal snuggle chair. The name itself is perfect for a chair – what better idea to have than snuggling up close to someone on a chilly autumn evening.

More than that though, it’s a great design and size too. Bigger than a standard chair for one, but smaller than most two seater sofas. So if you’ve got limited space, it should fit in well.

The snuggle chair is available in several other colours – duck egg and natural. And if you love the style, there are coordinating Skandi armchair and footstool sets in charcoal, natural, duck egg and lime.

The snuggle chair will set you back £299.99, whilst the armchair and footstool sets are priced at £249.99.

Recycled wood: Four ways with pallets

September 30th, 2015

Recycled pallets made into new furniture

It’s amazing how many different pieces of furniture and homeware can be made from or inspired by old wooden pallets.

If DIY’s not your forte, don’t panic! Here are four creative pieces that have been handcrafted for you, so all you have to do is buy them and enjoy putting them to use in your home.

1. Pop this pallet coffee table in pride of place in your living room. The inner storage area is an added bonus and ideal for storing magazines and boxes. The addition of the hairpin industrial style legs adds an elegant finish. £315 from Gas & Air Studios.

2. Hang up this small pink pallet light shade – yes, this really is made from recycled pallets. Choose from five different shade colours and a range of different coloured elastic. £39.99 from Factory Twenty One on Clippings.

3. Sit comfortably on a folding pallet chair with a bright splash of colour (we like the turquoise, but you can choose your own colour) – perfect for using inside or out. £220 from Gas & Air Studios.

4. Get organised at home with a pallet noticeboard. It’s got four rustic clips, so you can easily clip up reminders. £35 from Rose & Grey

Update your bathroom: 10 stylish shower curtains

September 30th, 2015

Shower curtains are prone to gathering soap scum and getting a bit grotty-looking, even if they’re regularly washed. Adding a new curtain to your shower is a quick and easy way of giving the whole room a facelift, particularly if you choose something with vivid colours or a funky design. We’ve picked out ten curtains that are too pretty to be hidden.

1. Salvage shower curtain, Dunelm

Dunelm shower curtain, £9.99

This vintage-style shower curtain in soft beige would suit a traditional style of bathroom. Available in one size, it’s machine washable and would fit in with any colour scheme. Available from Dunelm at a pocket-friendly £9.95.

2. Fresh shower curtain, George at Asda

Monochrome shower curtain, £8, George at Asda

How could we overlook this ‘Fresh’ shower curtain? Perfect for a monochrome colour scheme, it’s simple and won’t draw the eye away from other features. £8 from George at Asda.

3. Pink flamingo shower curtain, George at Asda

Budget flamingo shower curtain, £5, George at Asda

Hang this flamingo shower curtain, and your overnight guests will be left wondering if they had one drink too many the night before! Ideal for adding the finishing touch to a tropical decor, it costs a budget £5 from George at Asda.

4. Cara wavy shower curtain, Heart of Home

Cara wavy blue shower curtain, £14.99

This Cara shower curtain has a fresh, modern look with geometric waves in different shades of blue. Use it to brighten up a tired, white-painted bathroom or add the finishing touch to a nautical theme. £14.99 from Argos.

5. Horizon shower curtain, Wilkinson

Contemporary bright shower curtain, £5, Wilkinson

Lighten up a dark corner with this Horizon shower curtain with its bright colours and contemporary design. Pair it with a plain bathmat and towels in bright colours to finish the look. £5 from Wilkinson.

6. Spear shower curtain, Ferm Living

Spear shower curtain, £59, Ferm Living

Add a touch of luxury to your bathroom routine with this striking Spear shower curtain from Ferm Living. Made from 100% organic cotton and finished with an acrylic coating, this curtain is perfect for instantly updating your interior. Machine washable. Team with matching laundry basket to complete the look. £59 from Amara.

7. Cotton waffle shower curtain, Marks and Spencer

Cotton waffle shower curtain, £40, Marks and Spencer

If you prefer an understated look, this shower curtain is a stylish bathroom essential with a waffle design adding a simple finishing touch. Made from 100% cotton, it has a polyester lining to make sure all the water stays inside the shower. £40 from Marks and Spencer.

8. Butterfly shower curtain, Home by Matthew Williamson

Matthew Williamson shower curtain, £20 from Debenhams

For the stylish bathroom, this beautiful turquoise designer shower curtain from Butterfly by Matthew Williamson has a delicate oriental-style peacock pattern across the bottom and silver eyelets along the top. Made from water repellant fabric, it’s machine washable and costs £20 from Debenhams.

9. PEVA spotted shower curtain in blue, Tesco Direct

Blue spotted shower curtain, £6.50, Tesco Direct

Give your bathroom a quick and easy makeover with this eye-catching spotty designed PEVA shower curtain. Available in different colours, it’s ideal for injecting a splash of colour into the room. It measures approximately 180cm x 180cm and comes complete with shower rail hooks. £6.50 from Tesco Direct.

10. Hotel shower curtain, John Lewis

Hotel monochrome shower curtain, £30, John Lewis

We love the simplicity of this sophisticated, hotel style shower curtain with a grey striped edge. Made from cotton, it’s not fully waterproof so you will also need to use a waterproof shower curtain liner (available separately). £30 from John Lewis.


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