The Big Bedroom Reveal

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Our master bedroom ticks all of the boxes for being awkward to decorate. Despite being the biggest bedroom, due to the odd layout of our house, it's cursed with the smallest window - a narrow window that looks onto the side return, so doesn't even have the benefit of being well positioned to let in light. It also has a strange curved wall on one side, making it very difficult to use it to fit furniture against.     Both of these issues meant that I found decorating it a big challenge. That said, we couldn't do worse than the previous occupants, who decided to embrace the darkness and put in fitted mahogany wardrobes. Those were one of the first things to be ripped out ...

5 of the Best Children’s Wallpapers

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When it comes to decorating a child's room, I think wallpaper is a great choice - used in the right way it can add a fun element to the room and tell a story which sets imaginations alight. Although we chose a muted grey and yellow theme for Max's nursery, I'm conscious that as he gets a bit older he's going to want to chose things for himself and we're likely to face redecorating. I'm not keen on staring face on with a Peppa Pig mural (his current obsession), so I've been eyeing up my favourite children's wallpaper. Cole & Son's Woods and Stars, £78 per roll Cole & Son's wallpapers are iconic British designs and offer fantastic prints that really stand out. ...

My Home Office – A Room Tour

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It’s fair to say that our spare room has been somewhat neglected in our house decorations – initially it was going to be the nursery, but a nasty damp problem put pay to that plan. A vast amount of repointing, drying out, and replastering later, it was finally ready for decorating and to become my home office. I work from home and I wanted a space that was bright, airy, and inspirational to work in. Sian Elin The starting point for the décor was Sian Elin’s Tress Multi wallpaper – as soon as I saw it I knew it was the one. As far as I’m concerned, if you’re going for wallpaper rather than paint it should be bold and make a ...

Max’s Nursery – A Room Tour

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One of the things that every parent rushes to get ready for their first child is the nursery decor and despite having a whole house to renovate while I was pregnant, we of course were no exception. This room had the added bonus that underneath 4 layers of wallpaper that was standard for the house, the wall had been covered with a PVA adhesive layer which we (or rather, my very patient husband) painstakingly scraped off. I wanted the nursery to be gender neutral, and to be a calm, bright, but relaxing place to be. It's a small room with boxy dimensions, so needed some consideration to keep an airy feel. I chose a grey colour scheme, choosing Farrow & Ball's classic Cornforth ...

The Midas Touch for Home Decor

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Gold accessories have always been my favourite touches for adding that extra oomph to your home decor. When most of the home furnishing ranges went all copper on us last season I was a bit lost, but thankfully it appears that we are now fully embracing the gold home accessories again. Warm metallics like gold are great for adding warmth to a space and giving that little touch of glamour and just a few little trinkets added here and there can have a big impact on your home. How I've used gold accessories in my home I recently restyled the bookcase in my living room - as a big lover of colour our living room is painted white (Little Green Paint Company's Shirting) which allows for ...

O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree…

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Like 90% of the population I absolutely adore Christmas and getting the tree up is the occasion that signifies it's all started. For a few years now I've gone for the highly coordinated look with a very traditional red and gold theme, but this year, now that I'm seeing Christmas through the eyes of a child, I've been drawn to adding more unique, personal ornaments that we'll treasure over the years. Things which are a little bit kitsch and with a hint of nostalgia about them, that become old friends over the years that we can reminisce about as we hang them up. So this year I've added in amongst the red and gold some little touches which give our tree a ...

Dear Santa … My Christmas Wishlist

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Dear Santa, This year, I would really love it if any of the following gifts were to find their way into my stocking on Christmas Day! Anthropologie Gold Monogram Mugs £8 I've loved these for ages and was pretty devastated when they sold out of the gold edition ones last year before I could get my hands on one. I'd love one of these this time around! A K, obviously. Jo Malone, Wood Sage & Sea Salt £42 for 30ml I'd not bothered to even try this Jo Malone scent until recently, as I tend to be more of a fruity fragrance (Pomegranite Noir, English Pear and Freesia, Blackberry & Bay are my go-to scents), but I had an urge to have a spritz recently and I'm ...

6 of the Best Midcentury Reproduction Pieces

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The success of Mad Men has a lot to make us thankful for, not least the rise in Mid-century reproduction furniture in the UK market. I love the midcentury look, but sadly the real thing is a long way past my budget, so I'm thrilled that there are so many great pieces available - I've lined up my favourites to share here. Karla Armchair - Swoon Editions I've been eyeing up midcentury Parker Knoll armchairs for ages - the sleek lines are so sexy. What most of them tend to be missing though is the funky upholstery that caught my eye with this one. Swoon Editions have collaborated with textile artist Michelle Mason and TfL, whose tile designs for the Bakerloo ...