• Mad Med-style urban garden

    by  • July 22, 2016 • 0 Comments

    ....what do you suppose it's actually suspended from?

    ….what do you suppose it’s actually suspended from?

    Well, as weeks go, that was a bit toasty, wasn’t it? Absolutely roasting! – and being on holiday with my family down in Cornwall most of the week, I didn’t even experience the full fury of the sun (although I certainly didn’t escape unscathed, which I was constantly reminded of thanks to my mother frequently singing Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer at me, followed by laughing at my face). But it looks like the wonderful weather is set to continue this weekend, and I can certainly think of few better spots to enjoy some alfresco drinks than this brilliantly quirky terrace garden.

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    Floor show

    by  • July 21, 2016 • 0 Comments


    My mother always said I’d regret choosing a pale cream carpet for my living room and she was finally proved right, when a full glass of red wine was dropped on it, recently. Although I called in a professional to remove it – which he did brilliantly – in strong sunlight I can still see a very slight shadow of the stain. So I’m on the lookout for a rug.
    I think this quirky maroon rug, exactly mirroring the 1p stamp, would be a fun addition. The Queen’s side profile is arguably the most seen image across the UK and here they’ve given tradition a quirky twist.
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    Clean and tidy

    by  • July 20, 2016 • 0 Comments


    Stuck for ideas for your child’s bedroom design? Scandi style, with natural woods and bright white finishes, is a popular trend for kids’ rooms. It’s also a clean and modern look that can be easily adapted as children grow. Start with

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    A little personality

    by  • July 18, 2016 • 0 Comments


    How many times have your children given you a picture that you’ve stuck on the fridge, then thrown away as there’s too many bits of paper attached and the magnet can no longer hold them all up. Why not make them into a feature wall instead and inject a bit of personality to your home? 

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    Seaside schemes that rock

    by  • July 15, 2016 • 0 Comments


    Not that I’m counting down or anything, but in a few short hours I shall be boarding a train and happily catching up on four-and-a-half hours of reading while being whisked away to Cornwall, where I shall take walks on the beach, breathe in the salty air, exist on Cornish pasties and chips, drink wine with my mum and, based on the contents of my suitcase, wear every piece of white-and-blue striped clothing I own (six items at the last count – I am nothing if not a walking cliché.)

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    Where Art Thou?

    by  • July 14, 2016 • 0 Comments


    Artwork. That’s what my home needs. I’ve been keeping an eye out for the perfect picture for my bedroom, living room and hall for years now. Eight years in fact, but the walls are still quite bare.

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    Room with a view

    by  • July 13, 2016 • 0 Comments


    ‘Bring the outside in’ is quite an overused term in our wonderful world of interiors, but this fabulous conservatory really does exactly that. Without a solid wall or ceiling in sight, the glorious rural landscape and English sunshine can be enjoyed from

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    Victory is sweet!

    by  • July 10, 2016 • 0 Comments


    It’s the Wimbledon final today, and we’ll certainly be watching – how about you? In true SW19 spirit, we’ve been inspired to share with you our top 15 strawberries-and-cream coloured schemes! Hope you enjoy!

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    She was standing inside the secret garden…

    by  • July 8, 2016 • 1 Comment


    ‘If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.’ (The Secret Garden)

    The Frances Hodgson Burnett novel about a neglected, locked-up garden; an abandoned, sour little girl and how each brings the other back to life has long been a favourite of mine, and it came instantly to my mind when I saw this bedroom, and I imagined turning a key in a long-bolted door and emerging into a space filled with light, nature – and a little bit of magic.

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