How to Make The Best Out of Your Small Bathroom

If you’re anything like me, you might have found your dream home. It has everything you want, except the bathroom is…small. Or maybe you’re lucky and have everything including a large bathroom for yourself but your guest bathroom is not quite as big. Either way, the question remains: How can I make the best out of my small bathroom?

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It is well known that mirrors can make a space look larger and that shelves and cabinets are essential in a small space. I like to combine these two principles in my bathroom to make sure every square inch is utilized and use a bathroom mirror cabinet. A bathroom mirror cabinet helps open up your small space and also provides valuable storage room useful for cutting down the clutter and keeping things nice and tidy. Gone are the days of the boring bathroom cabinet, today’s options provide a much more updated and attractive look.

The space above the sink is often underused in traditional bathrooms, usually featuring only a mirror or at best a thin medicine cabinet. Cabinets from companies such as Villeroy & Boch and Duravit have taken a seemingly simple bathroom item and loaded them with features. Many feature built-in lights which brighten up your bathroom and give it a more open feel, as well as interior outlets and adjustable shelves so you can customize the interior to suit your needs.

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Another great way to win some space in your bathroom is with your shower. Your shower does not have to take up all the space in your bathroom, and with the many options available to us today we don’t have to sacrifice comfort when choosing to downsize our shower. Hansgrohe, one of Germany’s finest shower manufacturers provides a wide selection of ceiling mounted showers tailored to every shape and size of bathroom.

A growing shower trend is ceiling mounted shower heads. Not only does it bring a fashionable new minimalistic aesthetic to your bathroom, it also reduces the space needed for the shower. With this type of installation, you can even enjoy the luxury of a large shower head in a small shower.

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Finally, the last tip for making the best out of your small bathroom is using soft closing toilet seat. While this might not seem intuitive – hear me out. Small bathrooms are usually up against or attached to other rooms, particularly bedrooms. Walls are often thin, and noises travel. One of the additions to the bathroom that was most appreciated by the rest of my family was the addition of a soft close toilet seat. No more waking up the loved ones when getting up to use the toilet in the middle of the night.

The majority of the major toilet manufacturers now offer soft close toilet seats with designs to suit every bathroom’s style. Switching the toilet seat is also a simple way to update the look of your toilet without having to buy an entire new toilet. Just a warning, you really do get used to having a soft close toilet seat and when you visit the homes of friends and family who do not, you will probably slam their toilet seat shut and wonder how you lived without soft closing seats.

Every bathroom can be beautiful and functional, no matter the size. By following these three tips and shopping around for some extra ideas you will be able to find solutions to your small bathroom problem and have a space that you truly love and find comfortable.

Top Tips For Using Yellow Around The Home

Yellow inspires optimism, confidence and brightness and can make a room feel warmer. Good things to remember as we hurtle headlong towards Autumn. If you are thinking of redecorating soon, maybe consider this most sunny of colours. And to help us out Valspar have suggested a few tips to help us along the way.

Mood Boosters and Modern Touches

 Valspar Simply Brilliant

Valspar Simply Brilliant

Tapping into current colour trends, there’s been a real shift of people moving towards brighter colours with a clean-cut finish. Sunny shades of yellow can work on almost any wall, when paired with a crisp white ceiling and skirting boards the effect is fresh, bold and classic whilst remaining current.

 Valspar Sunwashed Meadow

Valspar Sunwashed Meadow

Yellows don’t always have to be bright to bring cheer into your room. Using saturated yellow hues such as ‘Sunwashed Meadow’ can be a fantastic way to add a burst of colour to living spaces. Pairing these shades with contrasting charcoal grey and black furnishings provides a contemporary look.

Make a Bright Statement

 Valspar Sense of Wonder

Valspar Sense of Wonder

If you have a kitchen that doesn’t get a lot of natural light, yellow is the perfect choice to brighten up this important family space. To achieve a rustic feel in the kitchen, you can team sunny yellows with natural wood panels. For your kitchen refresh, opt for the Kitchen and Bathroom range from Valspar®, which can endure the scuffs and knocks of daily living without compromising on colour or finish.

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Valspar Yellow Ombre 002

If you’re feeling creative, shades of yellow work really well as an ombré effect. This is a simple and stylish technique that can be used to create a unique, personalised accent wall by blending several different yellow shades together. To achieve this, choose three different colours from the same colour family, one light, one medium and one dark to create a striking statement wall.

Colour Pops

Colours matter. They tell the world who you are, so what better place to start than with your entrance? Statement front doors are one of the hottest trends of this year and bright yellows are perfect for creating a warm, welcoming entrance and setting your house apart from the rest.

 Valspar Zany Jane

Valspar Zany Jane

Cheery yellow shades complement red brick perfectly and provide an eye-catching contrast to any adjacent greenery. Use Valspar® Exterior Wood and Metal to paint doors and window frames in the same shade for show-stopping results.

 Valspar English Primrose

Valspar English Primrose

Using yellow when upcycling is ideal for adding a playful feel to a room and vibrant shades work well to add a pop of personality and individuality. Valspar’s Premium Blend v700™ Wood & Metal will give even the thinnest piece of MDF a beautiful finish, that is long-lasting and withstands those everyday knocks.

Make a Statement With Colour Blocked Walls in Pastel Tones

Colour blocking with fresh pastels like lilac, mint and blush is definitely on our radar right now. As summer fades away what better way to keep our homes upbeat and fresh looking? A chic way to get this look is by mixing cool neutral furniture with mixed pastel walls for a bold and colourful statement. It’s also a great opportunity to play with 2018’s It-shades; sage is still popular as a versatile neutral, and lilac (a gentler answer to Ultraviolet) offers a calmer look that’s still very on-trend.
 
It’s all about determining the right colour mixes and where to show them off, whether it’s on a large scale or in small, arty doses. Rebecca Snowden, Interior Style Advisor at Furniture Choice talks us through it.

 Dorado White Bed £329.99 from Furniture Choice

Dorado White Bed £329.99 from Furniture Choice

Unexpected colour combinations offer a fresh, contemporary feel, while a unique play on patterns amplifies the effect,” says Rebecca. “If you’re going with a mix of cool and warm tones, introducing a third neutral shade will balance both sides out. For instance, matching grey with fresh pastels like lilac and mint creates an interesting and energetic appeal that would look great as a feature wall.”
 
“It’s a great way to dress up your wall and also put the focus on a special piece of furniture. You can either go with eye-catching shapes and lines, or paint out a section of the wall for a clever framing effect.”

 Osaka White Gloss Dining Table, £299.99 from Furniture Choice

Osaka White Gloss Dining Table, £299.99 from Furniture Choice

Your walls are the star here, but that doesn’t mean they can’t share the limelight. Choosing furniture in light tones will immediately create a contrast, without adding more colour to a space.
 
“Colours like beige, white and even blush stand out well against bright and dark colour combinations, putting a spotlight on your favourite furniture and decor,” advises Rebecca. “It offers a different perspective on pieces that you already own, giving it an instant summer-ready update that can work in harmony with the new colour palette.”

 Finley Ivory Three Seater Sofa, £549.99 from Furniture Choice

Finley Ivory Three Seater Sofa, £549.99 from Furniture Choice

Founded in 2005, FurnitureChoice.co.uk is an independent furniture retailer. The company combines a deep knowledge of contemporary furniture manufacturing with first-class e-commerce expertise.

The Urban Jungle Trend in the Home

The urban jungle trend is not just a fickle fad. It is a living, breathing lifestyle choice. It is living a life among plants and in harmony with nature, even if you live in the heart of a big city. Whoever tries it once, cannot imagine life without soothing greenery in the home. It is suitable for any interior and brings positive energy and more oxygen to every room in the house. Plants can stand on the window sills, the larger ones will proudly decorate the floor, and the fancy vines will grow robustly in wall planters.

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Pixers Green Kitchen

Luckily, you don't have to be that green fingered to include greenery in your own little pad. Wallpaper, cushions, and carpets in floral patterns, as well as vases and knick-knacks in the shape of leaves and flowers, will complete the look and make your home bloom throughout the year.

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Pixers Summer Palm Tree and Banana Leaf

And if you choose to adorn your walls with urban jungle inspired wallpaper and wallmurals you will optically enlarge your space as well as experience the full 'communing with nature' benefits. 

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Pixers Leaves and Pink

This sweet and elegant yet casual combination of succulent green and pastel pink is very popular.

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Monochrome Vector Leaf Pattern

White and all the colors of the earth, like beige and browns of various shades are ideal for lovers of the classics and minimalism. And all of these combinations are good backgrounds for green compositions. 

All wall murals are from Pixers.

Holiday DIY Projects with Crown

Holiday weekends offer the perfect opportunity for finishing those half-attempted DIY tasks or unleashing your creativity with colour. Whether it’s a tired piece of furniture in need of attention or a plain wall that is crying out for a little charisma, there are a number of ways to make the most of the long weekend.

  Dash Of Nutmeg, Matt Emulsion, from £14 for 2.5l, Top Notch & Midnight Coal, both Non Drip Gloss from £15 for 750ml

Dash Of Nutmeg, Matt Emulsion, from £14 for 2.5l, Top Notch & Midnight Coal, both Non Drip Gloss from £15 for 750ml

Crown’s selection of multi-surface emulsions, non-drip glosses and satins offer extensive colour choices and high-quality finishes. With step-by-step guides available, alongside expert advice from the colour consultants, visit www.crownpaints.co.uk for answers to your DIY questions.

  Dash of Nutmeg, Hare, Soft Shadow, City Break, all Matt Emulsion, from £14 for 2.5l; Steel Drum, Non-Drip Gloss, from £15.49 for 750ml.

Dash of Nutmeg, Hare, Soft Shadow, City Break, all Matt Emulsion, from £14 for 2.5l; Steel Drum, Non-Drip Gloss, from £15.49 for 750ml.

'Many lack the confidence to consider a paint effect, but it can be a great way to personalise your walls. You can create a mountain scene by simply layering paints and the outcome delivers a mix of drama and serenity'. Judy Smith- Crown Colour Consultant

  City Break & Hare, both Matt Emulsion, from £14 for 2.5l.

City Break & Hare, both Matt Emulsion, from £14 for 2.5l.

Home Study Styling Tips

If you work from home you will know how much time you spend in your office. Sometimes it may feel like you never leave the house, that’s why it is important to style your office a little differently from the rest of your home, making it feel like two separate places.

Firstly, when styling the office space be sure to incorporate a few personal elements, this can be done using colour, fabrics, and pictures. You could even try decorating with flowers or houseplants as we have discussed before on this blog.

When looking to style your office you can either do this by purchasing bold coloured office furniture, or an office chair that represents your style, as the infographic below from Furniture At Work showcases, or you can make subtle changes using accessories.

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Get Crafty

Let’s take a look at some accessories you could add to your office, making it a little more fashionable.

Family Photos

A popular choice or many, a nice family photo can brighten a stressful day. You may even want to place it in a handcrafted picture frame that you made with your children, bringing back lovely memories.  Picture frames can be simple to make out of cardboard, paper mache, or just go online and design one!
You may also want to create a lovely painting with your family that will make you smile every day.

Storage Areas

This could quite possibly be the most dull area of the office, but with a little paint or coloured overlay you can make the space bright and cheerful. Another option is to write inspirational quotes on the front of the boxes providing something motivational.

Brighten up the walls

Black paint to create a chalkboard wall is right on trend at the moment and this is simple to do. Once the wall is painted, find some chalk and get writing you can be as creative as you like as it can be wiped off.

Depending on your business, why not use bold colours accompanied by monochrome furniture, providing you with the best of both worlds, and if you want to add a little craft simply focus on one wall and dress it with fabrics.

 

Pretty PVC from Bluebellgray

Let's face it, summer is not the time to be washing an ironing the tablecloth. That's why we love a PVC version. And the latest designs from Bluebellgray are absolute stunners.

 Rothesay

Rothesay

Perfect for adding a playful and colourful twist to your kitchen or outdoor table. This PVC coated cotton is also perfect for protecting your table during craft projects, messy food preparation, or to simply add a colourful statement to your home.

 Cactus

Cactus

The Details

  • Available in four signature designs including; Cactus, Botanical, Rothesay and Seafield.
  • £33 per metre
  • Available online and in-store
  • 100% coated cotton
  • No need to sew - ready to use right away (WE LOVE THIS ONE!)
  • Water resistant
  • Made in the UK
 Botanical

Botanical

 Seafield

Seafield

Available to order online here.

Festive Florals from The Magic Flower Company

Perfect all year round, from the height of summer to the festive season, the collection from The Magic Flower Company is carefully preserved to ensure beautiful, lasting flower arrangements that can be enjoyed in your home throughout the year. Designed to last for many months or even years in perfect condition, choose from single stems of elegant eucalyptus or opt for rich burgundy red roses to celebrate the arrival of Christmas.

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100% real, the extensive range from The Magic Flower Company is preserved through a skilled process that sees the sap of the stem replaced with a harmless glycerine solution to maintain the natural beauty of each flower or sprig of foliage. From stunning table centrepieces to classic vases and individual stems that make a statement, floral displays inspired by the festivities are guaranteed to take you from the start of December through to the new year and beyond. With bespoke services tailored to your home available on request, a unique arrangement can be organised to meet your style and space requirements for Christmas or any other special occasion on the horizon.

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Pricing starts from £6.45 for a single stem Rose & £39.95 for a Magic Flower Arrangement

Naturally Nordic from Debenhams This Autumn

Debenhams have curated a collection for the Autumn months that is designed to introduce the ultimate Scandinavian aesthetic into our homes. Healthy and wholesome, there is a strong sense of wellness and a feeling of serenity running throughout the range. The colours are calming but at the same time would inject just the right amount of accent into grey neutrals. Like adding a coloured scarf to a well-tailored grey suit. The textures are tactile, and there are plenty of hurricane lamps and holders to tempt us to adopt the Nordic tradition of lighting candles.

Contains affiliate links.

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  1. Cushion, £45.
  2. Reactive Dinnerware Set, £60.
  3. Smoked Glass and Gold Hurricane Lantern, £18.
  4. Candle, £20.
  5. Basket, £18.
  6. Throw, £25.
  7. Cutlery (16 piece), was £35 - now £28.
  8. Faux Fern, £40.
  9. Vase, £30.

All from Debenhams this autumn.

Annie Sloan: Ombre Bathroom

Give your bathroom a wash of colours with Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan. Available in 37 mixable shades, Chalk Paint can be applied directly to fiberglass, porcelain or cast iron tubs without priming or sanding. Ideal for beginners, soak your bathtub in colour with a single pot of paint, followed by a coat of Clear Chalk Paint wax, in just a matter of hours.

For intermediate painters and up-cyclers, a waterfall-effect ombré wall in a cascading ocean palette is the perfect weekend project. Start with your lightest colour to darken it. Apply the paler colour above your first colour, then use a clean brush to lightly feather the paint while it's still wet, blending each other into the next. Repeat steps two and three until you reach your darkest colour at the top of the wall then seal with wax. Paint dry? Dive in!

  Annie Sloan Bathroom Ombre Aubusson Blue Wall Paint and Provence Chalk Paint bath in Provence Chalk Paint.

Annie Sloan Bathroom Ombre Aubusson Blue Wall Paint and Provence Chalk Paint bath in Provence Chalk Paint.

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The Ombre wall was created by Brand Director Felix (Annie Sloan's son), using Wall Paint in Aubusson Blue (top) and Provence (bottom). Both painted in Chalk Paint in Provence and finished with Chalk Paint Wax. The bath feet were painted in Chalk Paint Original and finished with Lacquer. The floorboards were treated with a wash of Chalk Paint in Old White. 

Expert Advice - Planning a New Kitchen

Planning a new kitchen can be a daunting task. The modern kitchen has a million and one jobs to do including cooking, cleaning, dining, entertaining, homework and sharing family time. So, the key to making it all work is space, storage and functionality. Luckily, the team at Neptune Kitchens have experts on hand to answer all of your kitchen queries. 

 Neptune Edgbaston - Suffolk kitchen hand-painted in Sage from £12,000

Neptune Edgbaston - Suffolk kitchen hand-painted in Sage from £12,000

Where To Start

“It’s so important to have an idea of what you want before approaching a designer. They will ask you how you will use your kitchen, these factors will dictate where to start with the initial ideas for your kitchen and help determine other important factors such as storage.”
Rebecca Malyon, Head of Design, Neptune

 Neptune walls painted in Teal emulsion, Carter shelves, Longton large pot, Henley kitchen in Snow from £14,000

Neptune walls painted in Teal emulsion, Carter shelves, Longton large pot, Henley kitchen in Snow from £14,000

Zoning

“Well-thought out zones make life more efficient. The whole room just flows. Factoring in primary zones for cooking and socialising allows the kitchen to become a multi-purpose hub, bringing the whole family together. It also lets you make the absolute most of a room. With zoning in mind, every nook and cranny is explored.”                                                           Rebecca Malyon, Head of Design, Neptune

 Neptune Suffolk Larder Cabinet

Neptune Suffolk Larder Cabinet

Storage


“Focus on how you use the kitchen and determine what is needed for the way you cook and
entertain. This will ensure that you utilise all the available space for your individual requirements. My best advice for storage solutions is to find the correct balance between interesting storage options and lots of open cupboard space”                                            Daniele Brutto, Co-Founder, Hub Kitchens

 Burbidge Salcombe Painted Dresser in Charcoal and Chalk From £2,200

Burbidge Salcombe Painted Dresser in Charcoal and Chalk From £2,200

Freestanding Furniture


“Freestanding dressers or full-height larders not only look beautiful but give you mountains of storage space too. A countertop cabinet means that you can keep things like toasters, kettles, coffee machines or mixers on that low level, on your work surface, plugged in and easy to
use, but they’ll be hidden behind the bifold doors when you aren’t using them.”
Becky Smith, Kitchen Designer, Neptune Bristol

 Neptune Suffolk Kitchen from £16,000

Neptune Suffolk Kitchen from £16,000

Kitchen Islands

“Having a kitchen island has huge benefits that go further than just the additional work surface. A beautifully designed island also turns into a beautiful piece of furniture with ample storage, if used wisely you can make your kitchen work efficiently for you.”
Rebecca Malyon, Head of Design, Neptune

Expert Advice - Choosing a New Bathroom Floor

With so much choice available, it's often hard to make final decisions when choosing new items for the home. This week we're going to help you transform your bathroom into a stylish sanctuary by picking pretty and practical patterned flooring. Below, Sarah Turner, Buyer, Hard Flooring & Rugs, comments on current trends and things to consider when choosing new bathroom floors.

 Carpetright Mardi Gras 599 Sagres vinyl tile, £15.99 per square metre.

Carpetright Mardi Gras 599 Sagres vinyl tile, £15.99 per square metre.

First the Practicalities

“Prioritising safety in the bathroom is essential, so ensure you consider how practical and slip resistant flooring is before purchasing.

Vinyl is highly water-resistant and is a great way to update your room without blowing the budget.

There have been many developments in design and styles that mean the effects vinyl can create, such as tile or wood, are incredibly realistic. It’s a great choice for families as it is durable and softer and warmer underfoot than laminate.”

 Carpetright Tarkett Starfloor Retro Luxury Vinyl Tile, £28.99 per square metre & Moroccan Pattern Duck Egg Rug, £34.99.

Carpetright Tarkett Starfloor Retro Luxury Vinyl Tile, £28.99 per square metre & Moroccan Pattern Duck Egg Rug, £34.99.

Then the Style

“Increasingly we are seeing customers opt for bold shades and patterns in their bathrooms; using it as a way to add a little personality to the room.

Light and bright colours work well in smaller areas and can help give the illusion of space.

If your room is on the larger side patterned flooring creates an eye-catching statement.

A well placed rug can also be added to spacious bathrooms to help create a warm and inviting atmosphere, just try to make sure it is not in an area that is often wet.”

For more examples of vinyl flooring and more advice visit Carpetright.

DIY Colourful Pallet Outdoor Lounger

In just a couple of hours, you can transform three unassuming pallets into garden furniture. Pick any colour you like, and decorate with coordinating cushions for the party-perfect snuggling lounger that’s straight out of Love Island!

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You Will Need:

  • Rust-Oleum Chalky Finish Garden Furniture Paint.
  • Wooden Pallets.
  • Small Roller and Tray.
  • Paint Brush.
  • Paint Stirrer.
  • Paint Tin Opener.
  • Electric Drill With Screws.
  • Metal Brackets.
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Directions:

  1. Ensure surfaces are smooth, dry and free from contaminants. Take your chosen shade of garden furniture paint and paint the pallets. (Rust-Oleum Chalky Finish Garden Furniture Paint requires no priming, is water resistant and is mould and algae resistant too). Use a mini roller for an even finish.
  2. One to two coats will be needed, and you'll need to leave the paint to dry for one hour before flipping the pallet and painting the underside. You might need to use a brush for the harder-to-reach areas.
  3. Create the base of your lounger by stacking one or more pallets to the right height. When you're happy, secure them with screws and an electric drill. Use metal brackets for extra strength.
  4. Add another pallet propped in a vertical position to create the back of your lounger. Again, secure it in place with drill, screws and brackets.
  5. Dress for comfort! Homebase sells special pallet furniture cushions that fit perfectly on top of pallets. 
  6. Add more colour with more scatter cushions, pot plants and fairy lights.

For stockist information and more inspiration visit www.makeityours.co.uk

Run For The Hills Designs Kricket's Cult New Brixton Restaurant

Award-winning London-based consultancy Run For The Hills is delighted to reveal their design of the interior of the new Kricket Brixton restaurant. Run For The Hills has a long history working with the brand on Kricket’s creative identity, website, and designing the interior of its first Central London restaurant as well as their upcoming hero site in Television Centre between neighbours Soho House and Bluebird.

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 Anna Burles, Creative Director of Run For The Hills, comments: “In terms of the look and feel of the new space, the design is barfly-moody meets under-the-arches cool. Styled for evening vibes and social weekenders, it’s a lo-fi, relaxed scheme, perfect for late night drinks, cocktails and Kricket’s utterly delicious signature small plates. A bit grungier than Soho, we’ve styled Kricket Brixton with a dusky palette, painting the corrugated curves of the two railway arch ceilings in a knocked back pink terracotta. Which gives a welcome-in statement colour by day, and gets warmed by candle-glow lighting at night. Hand painted  wall tiles, crisp carrara white marble, distressed mesh and patinated iron finishes to the bar and restaurant keep the pinks and nudes urban and earthy rather than sweet and girlie. All of which creates the perfect  backdrop for pops of Kricket’s amazing brand orangered, which really zings out.”

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Kricket is the brainchild of chef Will Bowlby and front of house Rik Campbell. Their tiny and much talked about first eaterie, was squeezed into a 20-seater shipping container within POP Brixton in 2015. Which set tongues chattering. A major F&B investor spotted their unique talents and helped fund the opening of their first bricks and mortar space in Soho.

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Rik and Will comment: “It has always been our intention to return to the neighbourhood where our journey first began and we couldn’t be more excited. Brixton has remained such a huge part of Kricket’s identity and we’ve been searching for a permanent site ever since we moved out of POP Brixton.”

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 A continuation of the lively Indian cooking found in Soho, the menu leans heavily towards Indian inspired street-food dishes and bar snacks to accompany a brimming cocktail and drinks list. As usual, there will be an emphasis on using seasonal British produce, making classic Indian flavours ever more accessible.

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Run For The Hills has also designed the Kricket cookbook, the launch of which coincides with the opening of the new restaurant. Kricket: An Indian Inspired Cookbook  features 80 delicious recipes presented to reflect the brand’s ethos. A third Kricket restaurant, with an interior also designed by Run For The Hills, is due to open later this year at the recently renovated BBC Television Centre.

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Expert Advice - Lighting Your Bedroom

Lighting is key to creating an aura of calmness and serenity in the bedroom, according to Sophie Amini, Designer for Pooky:

 Hazel Ceiling Pendant in Mercurised Glass, £40 Plato Desk Lamp, £165

Hazel Ceiling Pendant in Mercurised Glass, £40
Plato Desk Lamp, £165

“Layering your lighting is the key to creating the perfect look and feel in your home. This is particularly important in a bedroom, as you will need a combination of task and ambient lighting solutions. Use a matching pair of bedside lamps to provide an elegant tailored feel to the bedroom. If you invest in neutral bases you can experiment with shade options using brighter colours for more neutral schemes to add interest.”

 Lottie Table Lamp in Slate, £130, 45cm Straight Empire Shade in Cream Silk. £75

Lottie Table Lamp in Slate, £130, 45cm Straight Empire Shade in Cream Silk. £75

"Ceiling lights provide an opportunity to be more creative. Choose a colourful or ornate piece to provide a focal point in the room. A dimmer switch offers flexibility, providing
brighter lighting for when you are getting dressed and softer mood lighting for bedtimes. Using a master dimmer switch to control ceiling and wall lights means that you can switch
them all on or off with minimum fuss and use bedside or reading lamps before bed".

 Luty In Aquamarine, £125 With Ikat Yellow Shade

Luty In Aquamarine, £125 With Ikat Yellow Shade

Reading lights above the headboard are a nice touch and will really make you feel at home – whether you are catching up on a favourite novel or surfing on a tablet.”

All lamps are from Pooky.

Introducing Hommage Department Lighting

Hommage Department is a recently launched brand who have developed a range of pendant and table lamps inspired by art, architecture and industrial design. Sleek and unconventional they pair pure materials - porcelain, concrete and wood - combined with classic Edison bulbs.

 Porcelain

Porcelain

Pigments are added to the porcelain when it is still liquid, which lends the colors a pure, intensely matt look. Glazed colors, on the other hand, are strong and shiny. It is this contrast that results in a versatile collection ranging from richly decorated products to minimalist design.

 Porcelain

Porcelain

Concrete is a fascinating industrial material that the in-house team transform into mirror-smooth shapes. They apply pigments to the concrete when it is still liquid, which lends the colors a pure, earthy look. The incidence of light brings the minimalist lines and geometrical surfaces (Art Deco in style) to life.

 Concrete

Concrete

The various dark and light woods used have visible graining and knots which form the basis for the decoration of these lamps. The wood is processed with a specific kind of oil, giving the surface a more intense look: natural and minimalist.

 Wood

Wood

These handmade products are just as attractive as separate decorative elements in a interiors scheme but also offer many possibilities for playful combinations.

Available from Hommage Department

The Scallop Rug by Salvesen Graham and Jennifer Manners

Ahead of the curve, this new rug design by Salvesen Graham (interior design studio) and Jennifer Manners (bespoke rug designer) is the very first of its kind. The Scallop Rug takes a classic double-border format and adds a little flourish: the crescent detail. The result is a sophisticated piece with a playful edge (quite literally), that perfectly marries Salvesen Graham’s fresh take on timeless interiors and Jennifer Manners’ elegant aesthetic.

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“We have long been fans of a scallop edge in our interior schemes,” say Mary Graham and Nicole Salvesen. “We had the idea to incorporate this detail into rug design and were thrilled when Jennifer agreed to collaborate with us. This simple yet effective scallop detail adds so much to upholstery, a leading edge of a curtain or a lampshade, so we thought it would work wonderfully in a rug”.
 

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The colour choices were based around the designers’ conviction that this design would work in lots of different rooms, from a traditional drawing room to a contemporary, fresh bedroom space. The SCALLOP rug is available in four standard colourways, Cerise (shown), Fawn (a double neutral), Fir (a double green), and Ocean (a double blue), all on warm neutral backgrounds. Standard sizes include 180x240cm (£1,490), 200x300cm (£2,070) and 300x400cm (£4,140). Price £345/sqm (all prices inc VAT). Bespoke colour options and sizes also available

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SCALLOP is available from both Salvesen Graham and Jennifer Manners.

British Standard Cupboards Design Pets Grooming Parlour

Love My Human chooses British Standard Cupboards in the design of their first grooming spa, located at their newly opened on the King's Road, Chelsea.

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The grooming parlour is a collaboration with founder of Love My Human Jenny Matthews and designer Janie Yang. The bespoke space has been outfitted the old-fashioned way, conjuring the atmosphere of a country house kitchen with cupboards supplied by British Standard. Elegant handmade wooden panels, pulleys for hanging lines and a variety of glazed and non glazed handcrafted cupboards are central to the space.  An adorable colour combination of Little Greene’s Nova  and Limestone has been painted in two tone, creating graphic, visual interest and a quirky, cosy feel. 

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“It was such a pleasure to work with the design team for British Standard who completely understood what it was that I was trying to achieve, a home away from home classic country kitchen grooming room where our pet guests would feel safe and at ease. Neil from the team was so generous with his time and design advice and gave us a lot of inspiration for our grooming space. The cupboards are beautifully made in classic proportions and easy for our carpenter to install, a great experience overall, we can’t thank British Standard enough” Jenny – Love my Human

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2 Small Space Ideas for Perfecting Your Shelfie

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We all know bookshelves are not just for books. Not anymore anyway. The 'shelfie' is what bookshelves are for. A perfectly curated selection of objects that portray our personality to the world. A display of souvenirs from our travels maybe? A treasured collection of family pictures and gifts perhaps? And just occasionally - a few books too. 

But what if you live in a small apartment with not much space? Or in a rental where you're not allowed to hang anything on the wall? Well, we have two suggestions using free standing shelves that do not take up much space. 

1. Slim, Freestanding Shelving

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Product Review - The Eco Duvet from The Fine Bedding Company

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We only do product reviews on Heart Home if it is something we genuinely like/need or believe in. So when Debenhams contacted us to see if we would like to try an eco duvet from The Fine Bedding company we immediately said yes.

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This duvet is special you see. It has the look and feel of real luxury, but it is made entirely from recycled products and crafted in an award-winning Eco factory using 100% renewable energy. So you can enjoy its billowy softness, and sleep well knowing you've contributed to the earths clean up.

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The silky soft micro fine filling is made from 100% PET plastic bottles (yes, plastic bottles!) and layered to offer weightless warmth. In fact it takes approximately 120 bottles to make up a 10.5 tog double duvet. The super soft 100% soft-touch microfibre cover is also made from recycled materials and encases the filling to create a luxurious, cloud-like, breathable duvet. Even the duvet's packaging is 100% recycled and recyclable. It really is 100% bedding with a conscience!

It's also washable at 30 degrees and is quick drying which is a big bonus. And it doesn't cost the earth. Singles start at £36.

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After using this lovely duvet for a couple of weeks I'm completely sold, and will be buying another one for the guest bedroom. It's comparable to any hotel bedding I've ever had the privilege to sleep under, and might just be the reason I've been lingering too long at the weekends.

Any excuse for breakfast in bed.

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The Eco Duvet is available from Debenhams.

Murmur - Dark grey 'Ticking stripe' oxford pillowcase is also from Debenhams.