Ice Cream Interiors

Atrafloor are taking the rough luxe look to pastel places, and they're calling it Ice Cream Industrial.

Introducing Bonbon, Mint, Vanille and Coal - the soft and stylish new brick designs in Atrafloor's Ice Cream Industrial Collection, featuring a pale, refreshing palette inspired by ice cream colours and flavours.

Boldly go where no warehouse home has gone before and pair pared-back interiors and minimalist brick design with matte and moreish pops of cool colour. 

This collection takes inspiration from ever-popular Strawberry, Mint and Vanilla flavours, plus, a nod to the phenomenon sweeping Instagram, Black Ice Cream - made by mixing charcoal into the dairy dessert.

What's Your Favourite Flavour?

The design team at Atrafloor can customise these designs for you to create brick flooring in any colour imaginable, making sure your floor tantalisingly matches your own personal tastes.

Product Details Shop Atrafloor Brick designs: https://www.atrafloor.com/vinyl-flooring/faux/stone/

All flooring is made-to-order and priced at £59.00 per square metre. 

Catapult Your Home Sale With These 7 Smart Steps

So after much thought and consideration you've decided it's time to move out & sell your home. This task in itself is humongous and with so much to do it's hard to know where to begin, however, putting aside all the legals and just focusing on how you can get your home ready to sell first is a great starting point!

To kick things off, as a general rule you should remember preparation is key. If you have everything ready and done before people start viewing your property things will go much more smoother.

First impressions are everything when it comes to property, if your house looks appealing not only will your property sell quicker but you potentially have it's value increased in the eyes of a buyer.

Every house has it's own unique look and feel and each comes with it's own set of strengths and weaknesses. Your goal should be to highlight everything good about your property so it takes attention away from any of it's drawbacks. With that being said, let's take a look at some ways you can prepare your home for sale!

1) Declutter, Declutter, Declutter!

Every home will have some form of clutter but when it comes to selling your property you need to rid yourself of it. Clutter does nothing good for a property apart from making it look small and messy. 

Look around every area of your home and remove anything extra that does not need to be there. It may end up piling up so you could ask a friend or family member to look after your things for a short while. The other alternative is to hire out a temporary storage container until your house has been sold. 

Sometimes people forget their biggest form of clutter is too much furniture – yes extra furniture counts as clutter! It makes rooms looks smaller so it's important to remove what you can while your home is on sale & potential buyers are conducting viewings.

2) Follow the light!

Good lighting will almost always make a house look more inviting. It gives homes a warm, cosy and homely feel which many people look for when searching for a home.

A few easy and quick things you can do to incorporate light into your home include:

  • Keeping the blinds/curtains open during viewings.
  • Adding in smaller light fittings (in corners, on tables or on walls).
  • Increasing bulb wattage so the light spreads further.
  • Replacing older fixtures with newer, brighter ones.

3) The kitchen is the most valuable room in the house

A study carried out by Lloyds bank a few years ago showed that the kitchen is the most valuable room in the house and this still remains true to this date. It is often a deciding factor between couples when they are looking to purchase a new home.

This being said, the kitchen can be very costly to replace. If yours is in need of some work a cheaper alternative you can do is change just the cupboards or worktops rather than the whole kitchen. Also, if needed, be sure to give it a fresh lick of paint. 

In addition, when you have a viewing coming up try to strategically place some of the larger appliances or remove them completely so it makes the kitchen look and feel bigger.

4) Neutral and lighter colours do not have to be boring!

You will often see – when it comes to selling neutral colours are the way to go. It allows potential buyers to envision their own ideas and plans on the house easily. 

These days neutral does not only mean the dreaded “boring” cream, white & beige. You want to make your home look and feel warm. Do some research and see what colours you can choose from and then pick one that you like.

5) Make the rooms look bigger

We touched on this earlier in the article, one of the main culprits for clutter is too much furniture. To begin with you need to start removing any extra or any bulky furniture that is not essential for viewing purposes.

Once this is done you can start placing your furniture more strategically so it makes your rooms look and feel bigger. A few things you can do to accomplish this include:

  • Move furniture away from the walls
  • Be sure to use any forms of hidden storage to hide extra stuff
  • Pull your blinds or curtains and expose your windows to give rooms more depth

6) Fix, deep clean and shoo those smells away

Put yourself in the boots of a buyer and look around your house. Try to remember the things you noticed when you bought your very first house. Use some carpet, air or even furniture freshers, fix any loose ends or furniture and replace any particularly bad areas entirely if you have too. Remember this is an investment so getting the right balance even if it involves spending some more money will pay off later!

It could be something as small as changing a door knob or as big as repainting a whole room. You need to give your home the best possible chance of appealing to potential buyers so every little matters.

7) You're not just pimping out the house but the land as well!

It's all well and good making the inside of your home look appealing but the outside is just as important. It is not uncommon for potential buyers to do a 'drive by' around a home they are thinking about viewing. If the outside is poorly managed and looks unappealing, it could very well put them off the whole home.

Simple things like mowing the lawn, tidying up bushes and adding small cosmetics or plants can go a long way in making your home look more welcoming from the outside.

So there you have it, 7 solid ways to help you prep for a sale! 

We at housebuyers4u.co.uk have helped many home owners sell their house over the years, we are aware that many people simply do not have the time or finances to manage everything and sometimes the location or work required for a property is not feasible. This is especially true if a very quick turn around is required. We have completed hundreds of quick & fair cash sales which have brought comfort and stability to the lives of people who have sold their homes with us. We pride ourselves in our customer service and work hard to be the best 'we buy any house' company in the UK.

Our service offers a 100% no fall through guarantee, we have numerous verified independent reviews on Feefo as well as being genuine cash buyers as we have the actual funds in place to complete a no chain, fast and stress free sale.

We hope our article has been of use for those who are looking to get their homes ready for sale, for more free house selling advice visit our Homeowners Advice Centre - we wish you well with the sale of your home!

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BBQ Indian Spiced Ribs With Sticky Ginger Glaze

Add an exotic twist to traditional barbecue ribs with this Indian spiced recipe. The slow cooking method ensures the ribs fall apart effortlessly once cooked, making it the perfect finger food for sharing on a lazy summer afternoon. The ginger glaze adds a complimentary sweet taste to the dish, and for added crunch, create the coronation slaw to serve on the side.

Cooking time: 2 hours

Serves 4

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS:

Kitchen Foil
2 x full racks of baby back pork ribs

Dry rub:
2 tbsp. soft brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp. garlic powder
1 tbs ground black pepper
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp. ground garam masala
1 tsp chilli powder
1 heaped tsp English mustard powder

Ginger Glaze:
600ml ginger beer
2 tbsp. cider vinegar

 
Coronation slaw:
½ white cabbage shredded
1 x red onion very finely sliced
1 x large carrot grated
50g raisins
4 tbs mayonnaise
2 tbsp. cider vinegar
¼ tsp turmeric
½ tsp garam masala

METHOD:

1. Prepare the rack by removing the Silverskin from the back of the ribs
2. To prepare the rub, mix all the dry ingredients together in a bowl
3. Place the ribs into a baking tray, sprinkle over the dry rub, then massage in until the ribs are covered. 
4. Wrap the ribs in Bacofoil Easy Cut Cling Film, and leave to marinade in the fridge for at least 2 hours.
5. Set your barbecue grill for indirect cooking over a medium heat
6. Remove the ribs from the cling film and wrap tightly in a double layer of Bacofoil Kitchen Foil. Before you fully enclose the ribs, pop an ice cube under each rack as this will help create steam. Place onto the barbecue, close the lid and cook for 90 minutes.
7. While the ribs are cooking, pour the ginger beer and vinegar into a saucepan and bring to the boil over a high heat, reducing the mixture until thickened and syrupy.
8. After the 90 minutes has passed, remove the ribs from the Foil, place back onto the grill and then baste the ribs several times with the ginger beer sauce until sticky. The ribs should be cooked through and mouth wateringly tender.
9. For the slaw, combine the cabbage, onion, carrot, and raisins in a bowl and mix together. Then add the mayonnaise, vinegar and spices, mix well and season with salt and pepper. Cover in Bacofoil Easy Cut Cling Film and leave in the fridge until ready to serve.

Top Tip from Chef Dean Edwards: Kitchen Foil is perfect for slow cooking on the barbecue as it protects the meat whilst cooking, stopping it from drying out and infusing the flavour beautifully.” 

Gorgeous New Products From Cox & Cox

Launched in 2001 with the desire to create a handpicked collection of homeware products that you couldn't find in traditional catalogues, Cox & Cox have taken inspiration from unique and eclectic products that are practical but also beautiful.

Aimed at individually-minded customers who want to create a unique and beautiful home, we are always expanding our collections online to bring an eclectic mix of brand new and old favourite products that have the power to transform any space

Always updating with the freshest and newest collections we absolutely adore the new items just launched. Perfect in transforming any home with added personality.

How to Create a DIY Chevron Door

Statement doors are easy to achieve with a little spray paint and imagination! Make your boring doors pop with bold shapes and a splash of colour with this easy how-to.

For this door Gun Metal metallic spray paint and a chevron design was chosen, but you can achieve the same effect with any Rust-Oleum brush or spray product and any other design you choose.

What you will need:

Rust-Oleum Gun Metal Metallic
Masking tape
Newspaper

DIRECTIONS:

1. Repaint door with your chosen base colour if necessary and leave this to dry.

2. Remove door.

3. Move door to a well-ventilated space and place on top of a large dustsheet or some old newspapers. You may want to cover the surrounding area with additional dust sheets/ newspaper to protect from spray mist.

4. Wipe door clean with a damp sponge or cloth and allow this to dry before proceeding to the next step.

5. Using masking tape, mark out your chevrons or chosen design and cover sections you do not wish to paint with newspaper or plastic bags.

6. Take your can of Rust-Oleum Gun Metal Metallic and shake thoroughly. Hold the can approximately 30cm from the surface of the door and spray in a steady back and forth motion, slightly overlapping with each stroke. For best results whilst spraying keep the can the same distance from the surface and keep the can in motion. Apply several light coats a few minutes apart.

7. Leave to dry in a well ventilated place for 24 hours.

8. Reattach door.

Rust-Oleum Gun Metal Spray Paint, 400ml, £8.99, B&Q
Rust-Oleum Surface Primer, 400ml, £9.49, B&Q
www.makeityours.co.uk

Weekend Getaway: Poets House in Ely

If you're looking for a short break in the english countryside then we thoroughly recommend Poets House in Ely. Poets House is a charming hotel in the heart of historic Ely, perfect for weekend breaks, conferences, weddings and celebrations in Cambridgeshire.

Poets House hotel is home to just 21 bedrooms, many have views of the Cathedral. The hotel's design is contemporary and the hotel is home to a street facing restaurant 'The Dining Room', serving both traditional and modern British dishes. A modern cocktail bar 'The Study' faces the hotel's courtyard. Originally consisting of three Grade-II-listed properties of the early 1900s and the home of a renowned local author, today, Poets House is a stylish luxury hotel ideal for short breaks.

 in Cambridgeshire is ideal for spring and summer walks as the days get longer. Ely has a beautiful waterside ideal for strolls discovering the local countryside. During the warmer months visitors can enjoy a boat trip along the River Great Ouse. Visitors can embark on Ely's Eel Trail! This walk invites walkers to discover the architecture and history of this small city. Ely's marshland and waters once contained many eels which were part of the local staple diet. Visitors can still sample smoked eel at Ely's award-winning Farmers Market. The Eel Trail highlights around 18 local attractions starting at Oliver Cromwell's House and Ely's tourism information centre where the leaftlet can be picked up. Other highlights of the trail include The Bishop's Palace, Ely Porta, Ely Museum, the antiques centre by the Waterside and of course the world famous Ely cathedral. Throughout the summer months Poets House offer a package which includes a boat trip.

Ely Cathedral dominates the skyline and sits just opposite Ely's leading independent hotel, Poets House. The Cathedral has been the set for many major productions and most recently appeared in the Netflix drama The Crown. Ely is no stranger to film stars and over the years these have included Cate Blanchette, Natalie Portman, Kristin Scott Thomas and Eddie Redmayne and many others.

As walkers explore the Eel Trail they will encounter a selection of public artworks that explore the life of the eel in this city. One of the highlights is the 3m high galvanised steel eel sculpture found in Jubilee Gardens.

Poets House is located just 17 miles from Cambridge and 5 minutes by taxi or a pleasant 15 minute walk from Ely train station with direct, regular train services, to London Kings Cross. Poets House is ideal for pleasure and business and is also home to a dedicated events space which can host up to 70 people.

Whether you are a fan of eels of not, Ely's stunning outdoors are the perfect place to soak up the sunshine.

www.poetshouse.uk.com 40-44 St Marys Street, Ely CB7 4EY 01353 887777, B&B priced from £180.00 per room, per night. 

Summer Boat Break (Available July, August and September 2017)Enjoy a three course dinner each, overnight accommodation, a boat trip and breakfast each priced from £260.00 per room per night, based on two guests. 

Recipe of the Week - Coffee and Coconut Ice Lollies

With the summer months in full swing, this simple, frozen treat is the perfect way to cool down during those sunny afternoons. Kids and adults alike will love these unusual ice lollies, made with Lyons Coffee Bags.

Makes 4 Lollies

Makes 4 Lollies

Preparation time: Approx 15 minutes

Freezing time: At least 4 hours

Nutritional: Gluten-Free, Vegetarian, Vegan 

 

Ingredients:

1 Lyons Coffee Bag No3

100ml boiling water

3-4 tsp demerara sugar

50ml cold water

150ml coconut milk from a tin (full fat)

2 tsp desiccated coconut

Lolly mould / small freezer proof container

Lolly sticks

 

Method:

1)    Ensure you have space in your freezer for the lolly mould to sit level.

2)    Put the Lyons Coffee Bag into a small heatproof bowl. Boil the kettle and measure 100ml boiling water into a jug then pour over the coffee bag. Add the sugar and then stir with a teaspoon until the sugar has dissolved. 

3)    Leave to brew for four minutes whilst squashing the bag and stirring every now and then. Squeeze the bag and discard it when you have a good strong brew.

4)    If the coconut milk has separated when opening the tin, stir the milk with a fork until it is evenly white and creamy – don’t worry if there are a few lumps. Measure 150ml of the milk into your measuring jug then pour in the lukewarm coffee and stir well. Add 50ml cold water to make the total amount of liquid 300ml then cover the jug and place in the fridge until completely cold.

5)    Sprinkle a little desiccated coconut into the bottom of each of the compartments of the lolly mould, then pour over the mixture, leaving half a centimetre at the top for expansion. 

6)    Carefully transfer to the freezer and allow to freeze for one hour. Once the lollies are half frozen you can insert the lolly sticks. It will take a few hours to completely freeze the lollies.

7)    When you’re ready to eat them, dip the mould into a bowl of hot water for 30 seconds until the lollies can be wiggled out of their containers but make sure the water doesn’t tip onto the lollies!

Lyons Coffee Bags are perfect for on the go. Quick and easy to use, the individually foil wrapped Coffee Bags contain 100% fresh, ground coffee and can be enjoyed anytime, anywhere. Simply add freshly boiled water and brew for three-four minutes to taste. More information available at lyonscoffeeuk.com

Priced at £2.60 for a box and available to buy at Tesco, Ocado, Nisa, Sainsbury’s and Waitrose.

Paint & Paper Library Introduces The Tresco Collection

Paint & Paper Library was established in London over 20 years ago: its paints provide inspiration, colour expertise and design ideas for interior decorators, architects, specifiers and discerning homeowners worldwide. The company’s recently revised portfolio has now been extended to include a stunning wallpaper collection. A mixture of traditional and digital prints, the 'Tresco Collection’ will be launched at Decorex in September 2017.

‘Tresco’ in collaboration with Hugo Dalton by Paint & Paper Library; Wallpaper: Aloe Walk – Glass (Detail); Paint: Glass I 581 in Pure Flat Emulsion, Skirting in Glass III 583 in Architects’ Eggshell.

‘Tresco’ in collaboration with Hugo Dalton by Paint & Paper Library; Wallpaper: Aloe Walk – Glass (Detail); Paint: Glass I 581 in Pure Flat Emulsion, Skirting in Glass III 583 in Architects’ Eggshell.

Paint & Paper Library commissioned artist Hugo Dalton to design eight wallpapers. A firm believer in drawing directly from life, Hugo’s unique ‘line’ gives each artwork an innate charm and integrity. He is best known for his wall paintings, which have been exhibited in art museums and private residencies worldwide and, indirectly, this is how the collaboration came about. Hugo explains: “For my wall paintings, I need to use the highest-grade colours available. Once I discovered Paint & Paper Library, a relationship began that has now developed into the Tresco Collection of wallpapers.”

‘Tresco’ in collaboration with Hugo Dalton by Paint & Paper Library; Wallpaper: Aeonium – Gamboge; Paint: All Woodwork & Panelling in Ivory II 462 in Architects’ Eggshell.

‘Tresco’ in collaboration with Hugo Dalton by Paint & Paper Library; Wallpaper: Aeonium – Gamboge; Paint: All Woodwork & Panelling in Ivory II 462 in Architects’ Eggshell.

The collection combines Paint & Paper Library’s famed palette of Architectural and Original Colours, which have been combined into designs made by Hugo during his time spent on Tresco, a unique private island in the Isles of Scilly. He explains: “This archipelago has been a place of joy and inspiration throughout my career. The clarity and calm of the Island has guided the creation of each individual wallpaper.”

‘Tresco’ in collaboration with Hugo Dalton by Paint & Paper Library; Wallpaper: Chart – Stable Green (Detail); Paint: Ceiling & Cornice in Clean White 101 and Skirting in Stable Green 554 in Architects’ Eggshell.

‘Tresco’ in collaboration with Hugo Dalton by Paint & Paper Library; Wallpaper: Chart – Stable Green (Detail); Paint: Ceiling & Cornice in Clean White 101 and Skirting in Stable Green 554 in Architects’ Eggshell.

ABBEY GARDENS: digitally-printed, this contemporary interpretation of a toile depicts views within the eponymous Abbey Gardens. Hugo laid out his watercolour sketches on the shell-strewn walkways of the gardens, and this random arrangement of the designs drying in the sunshine is replicated in the wallpaper.

AEONIUM: an all-over monochrome motif, depicting the silhouettes of subtropical aeonium. Walls in Abbey Gardens are covered in this wonderfully symmetrical plant and Hugo’s precise drawing invokes the texture of these living enclosures.

‘Tresco’ in collaboration with Hugo Dalton by Paint & Paper Library; Wallpaper: Aeonium- Temple (Detail); Paint: Ceiling & Cornice in Marble II 362 in Pure Flat Emulsion and Skirting & Panelling in Quail in Architects’ Eggshell.

‘Tresco’ in collaboration with Hugo Dalton by Paint & Paper Library; Wallpaper: Aeonium- Temple (Detail); Paint: Ceiling & Cornice in Marble II 362 in Pure Flat Emulsion and Skirting & Panelling in Quail in Architects’ Eggshell.

ALOE WALK: a dramatic, digitally-printed mural depicting exotic agapanthus and aloe vera. The sense of scale mirrors the expansive dimensions of the plants in Abbey Gardens, and the elegant motif invokes the experience of walking along one of the verdant garden terraces.

ARCHIPELAGO: contemporary, abstract island silhouettes surrounded by calm, gently rippling water. Hugo uses illusion and reflection to create a design that extends the feeling of lateral space in any interior.

BUDS: an all-over motif depicting small protea buds in a palette of sophisticated colours. Full of promise and optimism, the arrangement of the chalice-shaped flowers is reminiscent of Grecian wall painting.

‘Tresco’ in collaboration with Hugo Dalton by Paint & Paper Library; Wallpaper: Abbey Gardens - Blue Blood; Paint: Ceiling & Architrave in Blue Blood 668 in Pure Flat Emulsion and Window Sill & Skirting in Lead I 681 in Architects’ Eggshell.

‘Tresco’ in collaboration with Hugo Dalton by Paint & Paper Library; Wallpaper: Abbey Gardens - Blue Blood; Paint: Ceiling & Architrave in Blue Blood 668 in Pure Flat Emulsion and Window Sill & Skirting in Lead I 681 in Architects’ Eggshell.

CHART: a digitally-printed mural, that, on closer inspection, depicts the lines found on nautical charts. The motif has been inspired by one of the antique charts found in the Tresco home of the Dorrien-Smith family.

LIGHTHOUSE PALM: a large motif in two subtle colours, depicting the Butia Palm’s iconic shape in Hugo’s signature flowing lines.

PROTEA TRAIL: a repeating trail with the impression of a ‘loose stripe’, featuring protea and butterflies against a plain ground. Like an island, these trails contain a complete ecosystem of inhabitants.

‘Tresco’ in collaboration with Hugo Dalton by Paint & Paper Library; Wallpaper: Buds - Rufus; Paint: Squid Ink 698 in Pure Flat Emulsion & Architects’ Eggshell.

‘Tresco’ in collaboration with Hugo Dalton by Paint & Paper Library; Wallpaper: Buds - Rufus; Paint: Squid Ink 698 in Pure Flat Emulsion & Architects’ Eggshell.

The Tresco Collection’s eight papers come in a diverse range of attractive and highly useable colours, each of which is derived from an actual paint shade within the Paint & Paper Library portfolio. Judiciously selected by the Studio at Paint & Paper Library, hues range from dramatic and moody to serene and gentle, and include best-sellers such as Blue Blood, Squid Ink, Gamboge, Temple and Perse Grey, as well as combinations of the five permutations of Cotton and Ice. Beautifully presented in a highly covetable wallpaper compendium, each paper is accompanied by a selection of three coordinating or complementary paints.

‘Tresco’ in collaboration with Hugo Dalton by Paint & Paper Library; Wallpaper: Protea Trail – Monument; Paint: Ceiling & Cornice in Cotton I 131 in Pure Flat Emulsion and Door & Panelling in Monument 151 in Architects’ Eggshell.

‘Tresco’ in collaboration with Hugo Dalton by Paint & Paper Library; Wallpaper: Protea Trail – Monument; Paint: Ceiling & Cornice in Cotton I 131 in Pure Flat Emulsion and Door & Panelling in Monument 151 in Architects’ Eggshell.

The Tresco Collection will be available from selected Stockists nationally from October 2017.

The Trouble With Houseplants

Browsing Pinterest or Instagram we might all be mistaken into thinking that keeping houseplants green and healthy is a piece of cake. We know from personal experience it's not. But it doesn't stop us from trying to replicate those gorgeous urban jungles. So, just in case you've had your fair share of fatalities (we know we have) Dobbies Garden Centres is on hand with expert tips for the ultimate houseplant haven.

Foliage from £4.99, Succulents from £1.99, Houseplant Pots from £5.99, Cactus Vase £16.99, Gold Geometric Lantern £7.99, Small Gold Metal Lantern £19.99, Greenhouse Candle Holder £16.99

Foliage from £4.99, Succulents from £1.99, Houseplant Pots from £5.99, Cactus Vase £16.99, Gold Geometric Lantern £7.99, Small Gold Metal Lantern £19.99, Greenhouse Candle Holder £16.99

  • Thirsty work…The common problem we find where people can go wrong is either under or over-watering. The type of plant you choose will effect how much water is needed. As a general rule for common houseplants compost should be kept moist but not wet, but specialist plants like orchids, succulents and cacti will need completely different conditions. It is always recommended to check plant labels and we also have lots of tips online and how to guides.
  • In the shade…Ideally they should be kept out of direct light. If you find that your indoor greens are still wilting even with regular watering, try rotating them every few days to avoid damage. Too little light will also stunt growth and damage plant health, so before choosing do some research into the different varieties available and how suitable they are for each room.
  • Style Match…Houseplants can have a huge impact on the overall styling of a room, from industrial modern cactus to leafy and luxurious ferns. The Boston Fern (Nephrolepsis) is a firm favourite and is really versatile as will look great in both a traditional and modern setting, plus it is the easiest of all the ferns to grow. A large bathroom with a window is ideal, as it offers higher humidity levels.
  • Recue remedy…To quickly revive a wilting plant that has been undernourished – often the case when returning from long holidays – place into a bucket of water or utility sink so that it is completely submerged. Allow to rest in the water for 30 minutes and then drain for another 30 minutes. Over-watered plants are usually droopy, if that is the case you are best to check the roots, drain and re-pot.
  • Natural health boost…Breathing life into your home, houseplants also have amazing health benefits. They have been shown to reduce cold related illnesses by more than 30% to their effect on increasing humidity levels and decreasing dust. Whilst adding an air of natural zen, they also reduce stress by contributing to lower blood pressure, prevent allergies, stop headaches, help sleep and more!
Green Tea Light Holder £16.99, 6cm Succulents from £1.99, 15cm Succulents from £4.99, Matt Black Planter £6.99

Green Tea Light Holder £16.99, 6cm Succulents from £1.99, 15cm Succulents from £4.99, Matt Black Planter £6.99

For more top tips, advice, how to’s and more visit www.dobbies.com.

Introducing A/W17 Bedding & Cushion Collection From Bluebellgray

"Inspired by a trip to the magical city of Marrakesh in Morocco, our new collection takes you on a journey through the colourful souks and serene Majorelle Gardens with colourful and uplifting designs."

Design director and founder Fi, along with the Bluebellgray design team, explored the city’s tranquil gardens, vibrant markets and charming riads last year, soaking up the energy and colours to create the new season designs. Featuring a vibrant colour palette of the inky blues, coral pinks and bright teal shades that resonate with the medina and gardens, the oversized watercolours and mixed media designs evoke a mix of the serenity of Marrakesh's hidden, tranquil corners, sitting alongside the contrasting designs depicting typical scenes of decorative doors and pots and winding cobbled streets; the hustle and bustle of a lively, intoxicating city.

Make a statement with designer duvet covers and pillows in bold abstract colours and statement floral prints.

Medina

The Medina duvet is inspired by the old city walls and colourful tiles in Marrakesh.This directional abstract design features mixed media in a vibrant colour palette of pinks, teals and blues. The complimenting reverse features a soft watercolour, geometric design.

Kippen Teal

Fi painted the Kippen design using gouache paint on a dark coloured paper, creating a beautiful chalky effect. The Kippen Teal duvet features signature, super scale blooms in vibrant shades of blue, pink and purple.

Botanical

Hidden amidst the busy streets of Marrakesh, Le Jardin Secret is thriving with plants and trees. The shades of green combined with the teal tiles inside the grounds inspired Fi to create the Botanical Garden design.

It's Nearly the Weekend - Are You Beach Ready?

Make the most of the good weather this weekend and head off to the beach. After all, what could be nicer than a picnic on the sand with friends and family?

But make sure you're ready with our beach party checklist (below).

What to take:

1. A large blanket to spread out on. No one wants sand in their sarnies after all.

2. A parasol to shade you from the noon-day heat. Beaches can be unforgiving when it comes to the summer sun. And while you're at it, don't forget the high factor sun cream too.

3. A hamper of tasty food to see you through the day. Packed of course in airtight boxes and pre-cut so that you don't have to take sharp knives along.

4. A cooler box filled with drinks. Best to leave the wine at home - it's important to stay hydrated.

5. A few cushions to keep you comfortable. Only the hardiest of us can sit on the ground for hours on end. And besides, you will be making time for an afternoon nap.

6. Some games to keep the children occupied and a good airport novel for yourself.

7. Your swimsuit!

1. Royal Doulton Pacific Melamine Dinnerware, £12 - £24. 2. Linea Hammered Acrylic Glassware, from £2.40. 3. Masterclass Artesa Wooden Board With 3 Jars, £34.99. 4. Linea Toko Tassle Throw, now £20. 5. Linea Coast 4 Person Hamper, now £45. 6. Junipa Lantern Range, from £56. 7. Linea Viana Stripe Cushion, £25. 8. Biba Odette 24 Piece Gold Cutlery Set, now £129.50.

Main image and all products from House of Fraser.

Scion Launches New Collection of Fabrics, Pepino

British brand Scion launches Pepino, a fun collection of cheerful fabrics to accompany Noukku’s wallcoverings. Continuing its love affair with Scandinavia and once again channeling the ‘good life vibe’ of the Hygge trend, Scion has produced an exhilarating range of feel-good fabrics: Pepino.

Fabric panels left to right: Barnie Owl, Rivi, Colin Crane, Rivi - £30/£35 / metre; Wallpaper: Votna, Saffron - £39 / roll. Cushion: A selection of fabric from Pepino

Fabric panels left to right: Barnie Owl, Rivi, Colin Crane, Rivi - £30/£35 / metre; Wallpaper: Votna, Saffron - £39 / roll. Cushion: A selection of fabric from Pepino

Taking its name from a botanical name for a sweet, edible fruit, Pepino comprises nine designs over 43 colourways. Bursting with vitality the collection contains an energising mix of motifs: an all-over, outspoken floral; a confident barcode stripe and a refreshing candy stripe; stylised graphic florals; playful interlocking abstract leaves; and everyone’s favourite birds, cheeky Barnie Owl with his new best friend, Colin Crane.

Wallpaper: Ristikko - £39 / roll; Sofa: Metsa - £39 / metre; Cushions: A selection of fabric from Pepino

Wallpaper: Ristikko - £39 / roll; Sofa: Metsa - £39 / metre; Cushions: A selection of fabric from Pepino

All the fabrics are suitable for drapes and accessories and one can also be used for upholstery.

There is also a complementary book of weaves in 15 harmonious shades: Metsa. Suitable for upholstery, Metsa’s motif resembles a tessellated, interlocking geometric and comes in a delightful palette of gentle brights mixed with understated neutrals.

Sofa: Metsa - £39 / metre; Cushions: A selection of fabric from Pepino

Sofa: Metsa - £39 / metre; Cushions: A selection of fabric from Pepino

Hannah Bowen, Scion’s designer, explains how the designs got their distinctive look: “I created them using paper-cut collage to give them a slick, contemporary look. I played with the idea of tessellating shapes, and motifs that would fit together to form simple, cheerful prints.”

Fabric panel left to right: Eloisa, Paikka - £30/£35 / metre

Fabric panel left to right: Eloisa, Paikka - £30/£35 / metre

Pepino revels in its fresh and vital colours. Contemporary and trend-driven, the saturated palette is very new for Scion. Imaginative colour combos include: bilberry, rhubarb and indigo; blush, honey and raffia; jade, forest and denim; pink grapefruit, sky and julep; cinnamon, sky and hemp; jade, sunshine and coast; limeade, hemp and glacier.

Fabric panel left to right: Eloisa, Paikka, Setri, Eloisa - £30/£35 / metre; Sofa: Metsa - £39 / metre; Cushions: A selection of fabric from Pepino

Fabric panel left to right: Eloisa, Paikka, Setri, Eloisa - £30/£35 / metre; Sofa: Metsa - £39 / metre; Cushions: A selection of fabric from Pepino

The collection will be available via a network of stockists nationally and internationally from July 2017.

Recipe of the Week - Strawberries and Cream with a Difference

Summer means Wimbledon and Wimbledon means strawberries and cream. You can't have one without the other. Our recipe this week is a summery pudding that has a sweet sponge base and is covered in a delicious cream topping, studded with bright red strawberry pieces.
 
Super quick and easy to make, it’s the perfect treat to serve in between sets while watching Wimbledon this summer. Game, set, match.

INGREDIENTS:

1 x Chocolate Chip Pud in a Mug sachet

3 x Strawberries

60ml (4 tbsp) semi-skimmed milk

Whipped Cream

Your favourite mug

METHOD:

  1. Pour the milk into a 250ml mug, and then add the contents of the Chocolate Chip Pud in a Mug sachet. Stir together until smooth
  2. Microwave on full power for 90 seconds
  3. While the pud’s cooking, cut the strawberries into quarters and set to one side
  4. Spread a spoonful of whipped cream on top of the pud and then add the strawberries to decorate

Enjoy!

 

Pud In A Mug Sponge Puds come in indulgent Rich Chocolate, Chocolate Chip or Sticky Toffee. The Velvety Dessert is available in a divine Milk Chocolate flavour.

Available in Asda, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons and Tesco.

For more fun tips and recipe inspiration, follow the Pud in a Mug Instagram @pudinamug

Marvel at the Marbleous Capsule Collection by Penelope Hope

Lose yourself in the whimsical swirls of Penelope Hope‘s hand-marbled Marbleous collection. 

Marbleous is a capsule collection from Guernsey design studio, Penelope Hope, and comprises 100% silk satin luxury cushions, lampshades wash begs and iPad cases. Featuring vivid printed marble designs inspired by marble, minerals and Guernsey granite. This is a luxury collection that certainly packs a colour punch! Artist and designer, Nadia, created the hand-marbled artwork used in this collection but credit must also go to Nadia’s young daughter Sophia, whom had her first lesson in hand marbling and what a mess was made!

The Marble Silk Cushions are available in rectangular and square forms. They each feature an original hand marbled design in emerald green with purple and red details, hot pink and purple, or a simple black and white monochrome design printed onto truly scrumptious pure silk satin. With the same marble print on both sides, fully lined in cotton, silk piping, concealed zip and a plump feather insert no detail has been overlooked. This will add a marvellous touch of vibrancy to your home!

The stunning Silk Marble Lampshades are available in a swirling emerald green, bright pink and purple or monochrome fabric design. The quirky marble design is bang on trend this season, and will add a touch of understated glamour to your home. These eye-catching shades look great hung on a table or popped on top of a floor lamp or table lamp base. Featuring an original hand-marbled design by Penelope Hope, the design is printed onto a scrumptious pure silk satin fabric and the lampshade is finished with a hand rolled edge.

These luxury lampshades come with a white lining as standard, however, you can also choose a stunning metallic lining in polished gold, polished copper or polished silver. Each luxury lampshade is 'made-to-order' in England.

The beautiful Mono Marble Laptop Case is a stylish alternative to a bulky bag. This slim-line laptop sleeve features Mono Marble, an original, hand-marbled fabric design by Penelope Hope. It has been made from the highest quality cotton and finished with a gold ring zip puller.

Perfect for transporting your laptop or tablet around without having to carry a cumbersome and unattractive laptop bag. Simply pop your laptop in and put it in your bag!

Life's a Beach - Get The Look

Why not recreate that summer beach house look at home?

White painted walls are the perfect calming backdrop for a show-stopping sky blue sofa to remind us of summer all year round. Add accents of pink to up the style stakes, and a smattering of gold accessories with a bar-cart and a cocktail shaker or two. More California than Cornwall -  for laid-back parties whatever the time of the year.

Image courtesy of DFS

Image courtesy of DFS

Get The Look

Details: 1. Artificial Parlour Palm, £71.99 Blooming Artificial. 2. Pink Perfume Poster, £11.95 (unframed), Desenio. 3. Palm Print Cushion, £18, JD Williams Home. 4. Lorraine Kelly Flamingo Cushion with Pom Poms, £16, JD Williams Home. 5. Aurora Sofa, £379, DFS. 6. Pineapple Cocktail Shaker, £18, Matthew Williamson at Debenhams. 7. Blue Turntable Record Player, £60, Cuckooland. 8. Matthew Williamson Vase, £28, Debenhams. 9.  Eichholtz Townhouse Trolley, £1,200, Houseology.

 

London Artist Announces One-Off Exhibition In Support Of Blood Cancer Charity

Artist Sam Gare, from Morden London, has announced an exhibition of her work at the renowned Curious Duke Gallery near Old Street, launching on Tuesday 4 July for a limited time only. The exhibition, titled ‘Might’, will raise money for blood cancer research charity Bloodwise, after Sam was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukaemia earlier this year.

Sam, 34, has teamed up with her friend Eleni Duke, 27 - who became the capital’s youngest gallerist when she opened the Curious Duke Gallery on Whitecross Street in 2011 – to host the exhibition running from 4 to 8 July 2017 and solely featuring Sam’s impressive and striking work.

The exhibition is a way for Sam to combine her passion for art with her determination to raise money to fund research that is helping to find more targeted treatments for patients with blood cancers such as leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma.

“Unfortunately there are so many types of blood cancer still affecting and taking many lives, and it is charities like Bloodwise that have helped fund the research for treatments like mine. The exhibition will reflect the strength and power of both mountains and those fighting cancer and will display my artwork from the last few years, with 50% of all sales going directly to the charity.

Eleni Duke, adds: “we are honoured to be hosting this exhibition for Samantha Gare by raising awareness for blood cancer and showing support to Samantha’s emerging artistic career. We delighted to be able support this event as the chosen venue as well as to inspire viewers with the beauty of Samantha’s art work.”

Curious Duke Gallery will be hosting the opening night on the 4th July 6-9 exhibiting 15 pieces of Sam Gare’s Art work.

Summer Santorini Style

Nothing says summer in the Greek Isles quite like blue and white. Those sun-drenched white villages glistening below a deep blue sky. And then there's the white sandy beaches meeting the blue Mediterranean sea. Okay so we know Santorini doesn't have white sand beaches, but we're just painting a picture here. And trying to get you inspired to recreate some of that Aegean flavour at home.

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And where better than on the tabletop? 

Drawing on natural elements such as the sun and the sea, Brissi’s latest collection features a Mediterranean palette that beautifully reflects the vibrancy of sea blues and lush greens paired with clean, sun bleached whites and stone colours.

The collection’s organically shaped, glazed Amalfi dinnerware strikes the perfect balance between casual and elegant and is an obvious choice for a Santorini dining table. Linen tableware adds a light texture and provides the perfect neutral base to work from, allowing you to add pops of colour selectively. Created in a beautiful artisan, handmade style, the Elowen pitcher, available in tall and wide, perfectly embodies the subtle, unfinished charm of the Grecian aesthetic.

Creative Director, Arianna Brissi, said: “I have been waiting patiently to share this story with Brissi customers. Inspired by a love of the romantic and wonderful Mediterranean and its beautiful landscape, the Santoini summer story is organic and feminine.

It features a crisp white base, delicately layered with colour and is the perfect way to recreate the ambience of the Mediterranean. The beautifully styled photos feature a lush, overhanging centrepiece that recreates the feel of a charming Grecian taverna, bringing the outside in, something that we can all enjoy during the summer."

Stockists details from www.brissi.com

New SS17 Collections From Harveys

It's amazing what we have on the high street in terms on interiors. Being totally spoilt for choice it's always great to find places that offer fun and affordable pieces. That is why we are loving Harveys latest collections. All so different to suit any style...

Bring the free spirited fun of a Mexican fiesta into your home without having to commit to bold, style specific designs with the help of Harveys. Select staple, classic furniture with a touch of Mexican flair, and build your ‘Sala’ style around this with bright colour and latin inspired accessories (the more cacti, the better!)

A key piece from Harveys’ Sofas by You collection, the Connie sofa in the brand new fabric ‘Diamond Silver’ exhibits the geometric trend in this edgy yet achievable look. The clashing geometric lines of the Marino rug and new Topaz mirror tie together to showcase geometrics in a unique style. The transparent, rounded edges of the Hedley collection work perfectly to soften and not overwhelm the look

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Inspired by the Greenery trend, which looks like it’s going nowhere in a hurry, this look exhibits the natural beauty of bringing the outside in, a perfect blend of plant life and earthy wooden furniture. The Portsmore Dining range is a staple collection for Harveys and is well complemented by the stripped back wood surface of the Claremount mirror.

The new Lykos collection, with it’s solid oak legs and white painted top, is just right for a charming nautical look. The pop of hot pink from the Rosie sofa adds an unusual twist on the nautical theme, injecting an added warmth and femininity into the look. The Randolph mirror is also new to Harveys, and co-ordinates well with the Lykos pieces and the nautical theme with it’s natural oak features.

Freshen Up Your Bedroom For Summer

Summer is officially upon us, and this warm weather offers the perfect excuse to bring some seasonal vibes into your home. These tips will not only freshen up your décor for summer, they’ll also help to turn your bedroom into a cool sanctuary – ideal for sleeping peacefully through the night.

1. Pair light, sheer curtains with blackout blinds

Since half the year gives us only grey, dreary weather it’s definitely a relief to have the sunshine streaming through the windows. However, letting in too many rays during the day can heat up your room to unpleasantly toasty temperatures.

To get the best of both worlds, install blackout blinds behind sheer, white curtains. For those sweltering hot days, block out the heat by keeping the windows closed and the blinds drawn. In the evening when the temperature has dropped, lift the blinds and open the windows. With the summer breeze gently playing through the curtains, your bedroom will feel like your very own Greek-island getaway!

2. Go for big, bold and bright

Summertime is a vibrant time and offers an opportunity to be a bit playful with your décor. Vivid colours work best for summer, such as yellow, orange or aquamarine. One or two key features in bold, bright colours will do the trick. Think about throwing a rug on the floor, adding a few cushions on the bed, or setting your summer theme with a seasonal duvet cover.

3. Choose linen made from natural fibres

Stash the satin sheets on steamy nights. Synthetic fabrics offer poor ventilation and lighter materials tend to cling to your skin. During the summer months, swap over to bed linen made from natural fibres, such as 100% cotton or bamboo. These materials are the best choice for breathability and wicking up perspiration to keep you cool at night.

It’s best to stick to lighter coloured linen for the summer. Dark coloured sheets will absorb any sunlight coming into the room, which can make your bed feel uncomfortably warm.

4. Consider investing in a temperature regulating mattress

Summer socialising can leave us all feeling a little sleep deprived. But if you find yourself waking up regularly on hot nights, it’s probably time to evaluate the mattress you’re sleeping on.

The best mattresses for keeping you cool through the night use natural materials to regulate your temperature. Bruno, for example, is a German manufactured foam mattress with a natural latex top layer. Latex, which is naturally hypoallergenic, promotes easy airflow through the mattress to help prevent overheating. And trust the Germans to think of excellent design – the support foam bottom layer is precision cut into 7 different zones which relieve pressure points along your spine, so you can sleep cool and comfortable all night long.

5. Fill your room with summer scents

Fresh cut grass, coconut oil, lavender in full bloom…embrace the season by filling your room with these signature summer fragrances. Fill a bowl with aromatic water, or decorate the room with a few summery scented candles. Or add a pop of colour with a vase of fresh, summery flowers.

How to Make the Most of Your Outdoor Areas This Summer

With summer approaching the last thing you want to do is be cooped up inside your home. Sweltering temperatures, lack of indoor air conditioning or just small rooms can make anyone feel cooped up and trapped during the warmer days of the year. Instead, try out some of these top tips to get you outside in your garden as much as possible. Wasting that glorious sunshine will simply not be an option.

1. Extensions to different rooms

Your garden is your connection to the outside world, so why not have it on show by connecting it to an alternative room in your house with an extension. With a bifold door, glass door, or sliding door, your kitchen, living room or dining room could be the window to your greenery. Not only will this aid you to bring in some natural light to your room, as well as a means of cooling it if it grows too warm. Don’t be scared to host a party from your kitchen while your guests sit outside. After all, it means that they can relax with a fancy drink, while you can cook their supper and remain active in their conversations. They can even use the opportunity to watch you work and gain some cooking tips.

2. Practicality and Furniture

Sometimes the summer period can bring in a range of unexpected guests that will want a place to socialise with you. The garden is a perfect place to share a few summer smoothies or snacks, so be sure to invest in enough chairs and furniture that can accommodate a small party. Don’t just buy a garden set though. Take your time and stroll through different furniture until you find a theme that you think will suit your garden. This can be with the material, such as bamboo or wooden themed furniture, or even with bean bags, hanging seats and cosy garden blankets. If you wish to go for a camping theme, you can even invest in a chimney. For what could be better than a fire to warm yourself up when the night comes.

3. Water Features

A water feature doesn’t always have to be large and extravagant. Invest in a small bird bath, mechanised fountain, or even consider creating a small pond to encourage wildlife to explore your garden. With the right foliage, your garden can look like a tropical paradise. Not only will the prospect of water encourage animal life to make their nests, or you could buy fish for your pond, but you can also use it as a means of keeping cool during a sweltering day. If you keep the water clean and fresh, as well as free from any insects or animals, then you can use it to splash yourself cool while sunbathing.

4. Quirky Furniture

Your garden will reflect your personality so don’t be scared to make it quirky. Whether this be with lights within glass bottles strung against your fence, or traditional statues of the Buddha, or even just a small meditation area at the side of your garden on a decking, make your garden suit your needs, for it is you that will be relaxing in it.