Floral delight: Colourful Sissinghurst Castle ceramic range

June 23rd, 2016

Add some colour to your kitchen with this gorgeous floral Sissinghurst Castle range.

This ceramic range is absolutely bursting with colour from an array of beautifully depicted floral blooms.

The design of the cheeseboard caught my eye initially, then I was pleased to discover there are even more pieces in the range – plates, mugs, bowls and even a rolling pin. I love how the designs are continued inside the mugs and bowls too, so they’re not left plain inside.

Sissinghurst Castle floral stoneware range from Anthropologie

This gorgeous range of stoneware is rather aptly called the Sissinghurst Castle range. If you’ve ever been to the National Trust’s Sissinghurst Castle garden in Kent, then you’ll know why – the gardens there are bursting with flowers too, especially at this time of year (it’s definitely worth a visit).

Here are the links to each of the pieces, which are available to purchase at Anthropologie:

Dinner plate –  £20

Side plate – £14

Bowl – £14

Mug – £12

Sissinghurst Castle cheese board – £58

Rolling pin – £32

If you don’t want to go all out floral with your dinnerware, then these pieces would work very well used in a mix and match fashion, with white china.

Fresh cuts: John Lewis clearance sale top picks

June 21st, 2016

Furnish your home for less, with these fab clearance bargains. The prices are now more budget-friendly.

We love a good clearance sale! As well as getting a bargain or two, sale prices can really help if you’re on a budget.

We’ve been shopping the John Lewis sale and have rounded some of our top sale picks to help you furnish your home for less.

1. Update your dining room or kitchen with a House Lily rectangular six seater dining table – now £135 (was £199)

2. Cosy up and relax on an Elise snuggler, in bala charcoal – now £489 (was £699)

3. Add more light to a room with the Aylin LED saucer uplighter floor lamp in black – now £65 (was £130)

4. Opt for a durable and stylish Belmont Lloyd loom dining chair – £99 (was £225)

5. Invest in some elegant and useful home storage, with a Belmont large sideboard – now £599 (was £999)

6. Cook in style with a Meyer Infinite Circulon three piece saucepan set – now £125 (was £179.50)

7. Embrace minimalism, with a Content by Terence Conran Fusion shelf – now £389 (was £795)

8. Relax after a hard day’s work on a Walton medium sofa with light legs in Bala Putty – now £649 (was £1400)

9. Make your lighting characterful, with a large LED ampersand light – now £87.50 (was £175)

Fresh Design Finds: Summer drinks dispensers

June 20th, 2016

Get equipped for summer picnics, parties and barbecues with a fab drinks dispenser.

Get equipped for summer barbecues, picnics and parties with one of these fab drinks dispensers!

Simply make a batch of your chosen drink – soft or alcoholic – and take the dispenser with you. You’ll have your favourite tipple on tap, so you can sit back, relax and enjoy a glass or two.

Whether you’d prefer plain or patterned, glass or acrylic, here are six great options suitable for all occasions:

1. Opt for a classic Kilner glass design with this 8 litre capacity drinks dispenser. It’s currently on offer for £19.99 (£10 off) at Lakeland.

2. Exclusively designed for The White Company, this tap drinks dispenser is made from quality soda lime glass and holds five litres. It’s £55.

3. For a slightly different design, how about this beehive drinks dispenser? It holds up to 9 litres and is currently reduced to only £7.50 at Wilko.

4. This smaller version of the Kilner glass drinks dispenser holds 5 litres. It’s £12.99 from The Range.

5. Don’t want a plain drink dispenser? M&S have this spring bloom design one for £17.50.

6. Plain and simple, but definitely not lacking in capacity, this 12 litre acrylic drinks dispenser is from John Lewis. It’s £20.


Luxury bathing with the Divina Collection from Novellini

June 16th, 2016

Want to bathe in luxury? Italian designer bathroom company have recently launched a new collection of baths that could make bathtime even more divine!

The Divina Collection has been produced in collaboration with designer Massimo Farinatti and helps fulfill the idea that the ultimate bathroom experience should help promote relaxation and wellbeing.

There are three shapes of baths in the collection, which help to cover all bathroom needs.

There’s the classic rectangular shape of Divina, with its centre taps and deep bathing experience:

Make your bathroom experience divine, by relaxing in a luxury Novellini Divina bath.

The asymmetric Divina O is wider at one end than the other. It’s a bit of a different design, but could make a strong statement in a contemporary home:

Doesn't this bath look luxurious? Oh to relax and unwind in this!

Last, but definitely not least, is the semi-circular Divina C. This is a very good looking corner bath that’s ideal for bathrooms where you can’t fit a standard rectangular bath. Unlike some corner baths though, this one definitely doesn’t compromise on size:

Love the look of this corner bath, especially as it still looks roomy despite its shape

All three of these baths have been carefully designed and made to provide users with a luxury product. They don’t skimp on space and each of them has a deep interior, so you can sink down comfortably and enjoy some quality time to relax.

The relaxation element is enhanced by the addition of the hydromassage feature. It’s a great way to feel like you’re at a spa, yet be in the comfort of your own home.

In keeping with a luxury product range, there are a number of accessories, fixtures and fittings that you can choose from too. If you’d prefer to have a coloured side on your bath, rather than polished white, then panelling is available in a range of finishes, including grain, wenge, striped white and soft white.

There are also side and central trays available – great for propping up a book to read, or somewhere to rest your glass of wine – and a head rest to ensure your whole body is enveloped in comfort.

If you’re keen to create a luxury spa-like bathroom in your home, then the Divina Collection could tick all the right boxes!

Discover more about the range in the video below:

For more details, visit or check out their Facebook page

(Disclosure: This is a collaborative post)

15 must-read UK home interior design blogs

June 15th, 2016

Looking for new home interior design blogs to read? Check out this guide to 15 top blogs to add to your must-read list!

Fresh Design Blog has been going for seven years now (where has that time gone…?!) and things have changed a lot in the interior design blogging world since then, not least in the range of other UK blogs in existence.

Back in the day, there weren’t that many UK-based home-related blogs. Some of the old favourites that I used to read daily have sadly fallen by the wayside over the years, as people have moved on to other projects, priorities have changed or life has taken over.

The good thing though is that many more blogs have started up. In fact, there’s been a major surge in the popularity of home and interior design blogs and there are now heaps of great UK offerings to read with different focuses and design style ideas.

With so many more out there, I don’t always manage to keep up with reading them all every day, but I do enjoy regularly checking in to see what renovations people are tackling, checking out new decor ideas or getting inspiration and ideas.

If you’d like to discover some new reading material too, then here’s a guide to 15 fab blogs!

A Beautiful Space 

If it’s ideas for creating a beautiful space that you’re in need of, then Becky Goddard-Hill’s blog is an ideal starting point. Her blog celebrates all the ‘lovely things in life.’ Becky is a very prolific blogger and also writes Thrifty Home, which has some great ideas for home makeovers on a budget.

Ana Mum Diary 

The Ana Mum Diary, written by Amanda Cottingham, is more than just a home interiors blog. She writes on a range of lifestyle topics, including travel, food, fashion and beauty, so there’s always something new and interesting to read here. Do check out her recent summerhouse project, as the end result is stunning.

A Residence 

Penny has been blogging at A Residence for six years. It’s a bit of an unusual blog, as it was bought by online homestore in 2014. Although it’s now owned by a company, the integrity and charm of the blog is very much still in existence and Penny’s passionate about family homes, makeovers and creating a happy home.

Arianna’s Daily 

Interior designer and stylist, Arianna Trapani, is the star of Arianna’s Daily. She co-founded and co-edited the wonderful Heart Home magazine and now blogs about interiors, fashion, travel, food and lifestyle issues. She posts lots of healthy recipes and always looks stunning in her fashion shoots.

Dear Designer’s Blog 

Interior designer, Carole King, is the author of Dear Designer’s Blog. She’s the other co-founder and editor in chief of Heart Home magazine and her blog is packed with home decor ideas, shopping tips and plenty more. She’s recently completed a project transforming a country cottage, which you can now book for a holiday – it looks divine!

Fifi McGee 

Fifi describes herself as a ‘self-confessed cushion addict’ – something I know only too well – so it’s no wonder I can relate to her blog! She’s on a decorating mission and is currently looking to buy a new house that needs plenty of decorating. I’m looking forward to following her progress on this front.

Love Chic Living 

I’ve been a reader of Love Chic Living for a while and it never fails to impress. The blog focuses on style and design for a family home and it’s written by Jen Stanbrook, who’s passionate about home interiors. Amongst her recent projects, I loved following the progress of her loft conversion.

Molly and the Princess

If it’s simple but stylish home living that you love, then have a read of Molly and the Princess. It’s written by Molly and the Princess is her bike – something it took me ages to realise! Molly explores the latest trends and products and loves showcasing them in her own home.

Old Fashioned Susie

The lifestyle and interiors blog, Old Fashioned Susie, is penned by Susan Earlam. She loves mixing old and new and is busy renovating her Edwardian home. I love reading about her renovations and also her unusual makeover ideas – do check out what she did to brighten up and personalise a camera case!

Pippa Jameson Interiors 

If you’d like to discover more about life as an interior stylist, then Pippa Jameson’s blog is a must-read. As an experienced interior stylist and consultant, she shares blog posts on interior trends and home styling ideas. I particularly  enjoy seeing shots of her interior styling shoots and finding out what went on behind the scenes in creating them.

Renovation Bay-Bee 

Stephanie is busy transforming her 1960s house into a family home and you can follow her progress on her blog. She’s keen to create a beautiful home, but is mindful of budgets, so you can be sure to find achievable decor ideas.

The Design Sheppard 

The Design Sheppard is written by freelance writer and blogger, Stacey Sheppard, and features both high-end and budget-friendly design ideas. She writes some in-depth posts on products, projects, events and designers and is a big fan of wallcoverings.

The White Approach 

Love white? So does Karen Jones, blogger at The White Approach! She’s renovating her all white Art Deco home in Devon using innovative and cost saving ideas. What’s more, she’s recently launched an online store full of handcrafted and vintage finds. Definitely worth a browse!


Interiors enthusiast, Antonia Ludden, started her blog four years ago. Her posts focus on inspiring and affordable ways to improve your home and garden. She’s recently converted her bathroom to a shower room and has some great tips on creating gorgeous style in a small space.

Well I Guess This is Growing Up 

Self-confessed interiors geek Karen founded her blog in 2011, after the purchase of her first home. You can follow her home renovation journey on her blog, as well as discover plenty of ideas for quirky family-friendly decor on a budget.

Go global: Colourful Peruvian-style ideas for bedrooms and bathrooms

June 15th, 2016

Love colour? Add these bright and cheery Peruvian design accessories to your bedroom and bathroom for a lively global style

Go global this summer and add some Peruvian style to your bedroom and en-suite bathroom, with these colourful accessories from M&S.

Main image – Peruvian tapestry digital print bedding set – from £49.50

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Peruvian tassel bath towel – £18

Peruvian pattern striped bath mat – £15

Authentic weave cushion – £12

Pack of two Peruvian bedding sets – from £35

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