Toucan liven up your home furnishings

January 22nd, 2016

Funky toucan cushion covers from H&M

Why not add a bit of fun to your home furnishings with a new set of cushion covers?

If it’s colour and quirkiness that you’re craving, then take a look at these toucan design cushion covers.

They’re from the new range at H&M and will help add a touch of exotic charm to your living room. The yellow background toucan cushion cover and the single toucan print design cover are both £7.99 each.

If you really love the birds, you can even go the whole hog and get toucan design bedding too:

Fun toucan bird print duvet cover from H&M

Toucan duvet, £19.99

Exotic toucan bird pillowcase from H&M

Toucan bird pillowcase, £6.99

Fresh Design ideas: Creative ways to use wallpaper in your home

January 20th, 2016

There’s no doubting that wallpaper looks stunning on walls, but it can also work wonders around your home in other ways too.

If you’ve got leftover off cuts of wallpaper, unused rolls waiting for the perfect project or designs you’d love to buy, but have no walls available for decorating, then here are some alternative and creative ways you can use wallpaper!

1. Use wallpaper to transform furniture

Wallpaper and wallpaper panels can be stunning when used on furniture. Cole & Son’s Harlequin Circus wall panel is a perfect example of this, just look at how good it can work on a wardrobe:

What a stunning wardrobe! The design has been created using Cole & Son's Harlequin Circus wall panel.


And here it is used to great effect on a vintage retro piece of furniture by London-based Muck ‘n’ Brass Boutique:

Cole and Son Harlequin Circus wallpaper looks stunning used on this retro sideboard

This piece is currently available to buy on eBay.

2. Use wallpaper on your stairs

As we’ve mentioned before, wallpaper can work brilliantly on your stair risers as an alternative to carpet. It brings an instant statement to your hall or entrance way:

What a fab way to make a statement with your stairs! Love the Orla Kiely design wallpaper.

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Or if you can’t decide on a single wallpaper to use, why not go for an eclectic mix and match approach? It’s a great way of incorporating all your favourite designs, or a good way to use up off cuts and leftover paper from other projects:

Love these eclectic and funky wallpapered stairs - what a great use of wallpaper!

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3. Wallpaper the sides of your drawers

If you don’t want to wallpaper the whole of a chest of drawers, why not just wallpaper the sides of the drawers instead? You’ll get a lovely flash of pattern and design each time you open them:

Wallpaper looks really effective used to pretty up the sides of drawers

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4. Create a custom wallpapered headboard

Can’t find the perfect headboard for your bed? Why not design your own using wallpaper. Just cover a plain headboard, or suitable panels of wood and, voila:

Fab way to create your own custom headboard, using wallpaper

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5. Transform wallpaper into art

If you’re anything like me, you’re always finding wallpaper designs you like, but don’t really have enough projects to use them in. Framing wallpaper is a brilliant alternative, as you get to enjoy the designs in your home without having to decorate a whole wall. Plus, you can mix and match them. A gallery-style wall of wallpaper is fab:

Great way to use all the wallpaper you love - frame it as art.

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Large framed wallpaper panels like these look great too:

These framed wallpaper panels look stunning - and they're easy to make.

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6. Create statement wallpapered shelving

Inject some new life and colour into plain  shelves or wall hanging units by adding wallpaper to the back of them. It’s another great way to integrate your favourite designs into a room:

This is a great idea for transforming plain shelves or wall units into statement pieces.

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Do you have any other great ways to use wallpaper? Let us know in the comments below.

Whale watching: Quirky home accessories from ModCloth

January 19th, 2016

Love all these whale themed accessories

How about some whale watching? You could have a whale of a time!

The US online store ModCloth is always great for a browse.  Amongst their range, they sell some really cool and quirky home accessories, and always creatively name them.

Today all these whale themed products leaped out at us.  One of them in particular (number 3, the whale container) is reminiscent of a Jonathan Adler design for a whale butter dish. It might be a squash to fit butter in this container, but if you can’t quite afford the Adler version, then this is a good alternative.  ModCloth ship to the UK

1. Whale of a tale bookends – $59.99

2. For the fin of it shaker set – $14.99

3. You’ve got Ishmael container – $24.99

4. Whaled it! Measuring cups – $34.99

Eclectic homeware buys: An Angel At My Table

January 14th, 2016

An eclectic and colourful range of homeware from An Angel At My Table


We love browsing the homeware and furniture at An Angel At My Table, especially when there’s a sale on. If you thought they just sold shabby chic style, then think again – you’ll find a range of eclectic ideas in their online catalogue.

In fact, industrial and boho chic rub shoulders with fifties and minimalist designs, there’s quite a collection!

The sale currently offers up to 70% off a selection of products, adding up to significant savings. We love all of these:

1. Pair of nature wooden candlesticks – now £7.50 (was £15)

2. Copper beaten pendant light – now £32.50 (was £65)

3. Cley pots – now £7.50 (was £25)

4. Orient filigree lantern – now £22.50 (was £45)

5. Set of six fifties print cards – now £3.75 (was £12.50)

6. Iron industrial table lamp – now £28.50 (was £95)

7. Boutonnet low velvet stools – now £47.50 (was £95)

8. Giant copper finish floor standing anglepoise lamp – now £117.50 (was £235

9. Boho revival crochet pouffe – now £47.50 (was £95)

Fresh Design cuts: West Elm sale picks

January 12th, 2016

We can’t resist a mooch around a sale!

There’s currently up to 60% off in the end of season sale at West Elm – here are our top five sale buys.

Elegant and stylish mid-century style vases, great for floral displays

Elegant and stylish mid-century ceramic vases, hand-painted and etched in gold, from £14.95.

Wouldn't this look fab on your wall? Framed handmade paper wall art from West Elm

This geometric star design wall art is stunning. It’s handmade from paper and comes framed and ready to hang.

Fab gold metallic print glasses

You can never have enough glasses, and these ones, with their metallic gold print designs, are super stylish. They come in a set of four, now £14.95.

Love the bold lacquer and white trim on these rectangular trays

And for serving drinks to guests, a tray is a must-have. These rectangular trays are super colourful with their lacquer finish and set of nicely by their white rims. Now from £19.95.

Designer chair by John Vogel in a choice of three soft and appealing colours

This elegant chair design was created by South African designer John Vogel and includes a hand-woven seat. Available in three colours and now priced from £149.95.

If it’s Christmas decorations or accessories that you’re after (now is a great time to buy), then check out their Christmas sale section, where there’s up to 75% off.


Wayfair home styling with Pantone Colours of the Year 2016

January 10th, 2016

Pantone colour of the year 2016: Rose quartz pink and serenity blue

When it comes to interior design colour schemes, pink and blue are not normally colours I’d automatically put together, and certainly not pastel shades. But thanks to global colour authority Pantone announcing in December 2015 that their Colours of the Year for 2016 are Rose Quartz (pink) and Serenity (blue), suddenly these two colours are being pushed to the forefront.

Along with some other home interior bloggers, I’ve been working with Wayfair to see how easily these two shades can be incorporated into the home.

The colours

Pantone colours of the year 2016 - Rose Quartz and Serenity

Pantone’s Rose Quartz is a soft dusty pink, whilst the serenity blue is an interesting shade of cooler blue, with a hint of purple in it.

Pantone say:

Pantone colors of the year explanation from Leatric Eiseman

Together they remind me most of of sunsets, and the colours in the sky blending together as one as the sun sets on another day.

In fact, two postcards I love sprang to mind immediately – one depicting surfers on a beach at sunset, and the other a favourite image of a piece of appliqued hand-dyed silk, which features a blend of both of these colours. They had to feature somewhere in the room scheme…

Styling a bedroom with Pantone Colours of the Year

I wouldn’t automatically choose to put pink and blue together, not least in a bedroom, but with the combination of feminine (pink) and masculine (blue) it seemed like an interesting pairing.

Online store, Wayfair, have a wide range of homeware products available, so off I went for a (long) trawl through the options. After much deliberation, I chose to use the following products:

Wayfair styling challenge: Ideas for using Pantone Colours of the Year 2016 in your home

Full blossom art print by Nicola Acaster (£39.99)

Wayne Ridge 220 count cotton duvet cover set (£38.49)

London Clock Company pink faux leather alarm clock (£20.99)

Rocca Streep cushion cover (£17.99)

Sleep cotton cushion cover (£16.99)

I knew I wanted to incorporate my two postcards into the room somehow, but the size of them meant that they wouldn’t really provide enough impact on their own. So I chose a larger canvas print in the form of the full blossom art print, by Nicola Acaster. The canvas print features cascades of pretty pink cherry blossom against a sky full of shades of blue.

For a bedroom scheme, having the right bedding is essential. Pink bedding would have been a bit much for me, so I opted for the Wayne Ridge duvet cover set in blue and white. It’s a nice contemporary design and the stripes of colour, with their blends of shades, means that it’s got just the right amount of balance and is not an overpowering design.

No bed is complete without some extra cushions. I may well have mentioned before that I’m a bit of a sucker for cushions and have quite a collection (ahem), so it was useful to discover that these two were available to buy as just the covers. The stripy square one and rectangular blue one fitted perfectly over existing cushions.

Ideas for combining pink and blue in a bedroom interior

Sometimes it’s hard when buying online to get a good impression of the real colour of items. In the case of the stripy cushion, the blue in it turned out to be way more turquoise than I’d expected – not a good match for the Pantone Serenity blue, but the two shades of pink are ideal to represent the Rose Quartz.

Pink and blue bedroom based on Pantone colours of the year 2016, rose quartz and serenity

I was tempted by lots of lovely blue glass vases at Wayfair, but then I spotted the London Clock Company’s pink faux leather clock and had to opt for that. It’s a fab bit of retro styling and the pink fits in perfectly in the room.

I also added a few other accessories I already owned, including a blue scented candle and a large chunk of rose quartz. And, of course, here are those two postcards:

Use postcards or pictures to inspire home colour decoration ideas, like these with their Pantone colours

All in all, it’s been an interesting experience and has definitely made me rethink my views of combining pink and blue. For a bedroom colour scheme, the blue is refreshing, whilst the pink is restful, so the two work well together.

For more product ideas featuring these two colours, have a look at Wayfair’s Ideaboard. 

(Disclosure: The post is in association with Wayfair, but all views and opinions are our own).

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