Bohemian Rhapsody from Mindthegap

Rooted in the region’s gypsy spirit and diverse ethnic heritage, Transylvanian lifestyle brand Mindthegap have launched the Nomad collection which is made up of six designs of fabrics. Fabulous as a wallcovering but also available in a range of upholstered furniture and cushions too.

Lakai Wallpaper 

Lakai Wallpaper 

A melting pot of folk-inspired craft and tradition, Nomad is an authentic and eclectic exploration of the patterns, motifs and cultures of travelling peoples from around the world. In an enticing palette of brick reds, ochre, earthy pinks and deep blues, the wallpaper collection combines the impact of a mural with traditional wallpaper repeats. While the heavyweight, rustically-textured printed linen is stonewashed for a vintage effect and handmade look.

Encapsulating Mindthegap’s unique artistic identity and bohemian approach to design, intriguing combinations include intricate Roma gypsy-inspired birds and florals, Hindustani elephants and explorers and graphic woven patterns from Eastern Asia.

“Somewhere deep in our hearts we are all hippies, free-spirited nomads wandering the world, taken by our dreams to unknown and marvelous places,” Mindthegap founder Stefan Ormenisan explains.

A world of creativity and free spirit, Nomad’s richly detailed hand-drawn patterns and unexpected colourways come together to create an encyclopedic history of gypsy culture and design.

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  1. Vintage Linen Cushion - Nomad Black Bird.

  2. Vintage Linen Sofa - Nomad Gypsy Ochre.

  3. Vintage Linen Floor Cushion - Nomad Transylvania Folk.

  4. Vintage Linen Cushion - Nomad Patola.

  5. Vintage Linen Pouf - Nomad Gypsy Ochre.

  6. Vintage Linen Cushion - Nomad Transylvania Folk.

  7. Vintage Linen Armchair - Nomad Black Bird.

  8. Vintage Linen Cushion - Nomad Hindustan Aquamarine

Boho Style Furniture and Accessories from a Favourite Highstreet Store

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There’s no need to leave the comfort of your armchair to achieve a global inspired boho look in your home this summer. The Cinnabar range at Dunelm has a laid-back, just-off-the-plane feel about it. It features exotic animals, decorative furniture and striking mandalas to add intrigue and a well-travelled vibe to convince visitors that you are adventurous at heart.

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Lille Orange Slot Top Voile Panel, £16. Woven Throw, £30. Elephant Tealight Holder, £8. Caprice Side Table, £79. Large Wooden Clock, £35. Whitby Sofa from £649. Caprice Coffee Table, £149. Llama Sculpture, £12. Tribal Platter, £22. Beige Desert Skies Rug from £385.

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Elephant Cushion, £14. Jacobean Floral Cushion, £14. Clara Velvet Cushion, £20. Camel Cushion, £14.

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Copper Ombre Vase, £15. Amelie Bedstead from £599. Carys Duvet Cover Set from £28. Woven Throw, £30. Moroccan Pendant Shade, £32. Fitzgerald Nightstand, £119. Excel Round Rug from £75.

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Soak & Escape Plaque, £6. Bath Rack, £20. Rush Baskets from £15. White Ceramic Jug, £15. Alma Towels from £8. Tevah Hand Towel, £8.

The Metro Tile - Still a Stylish Choice

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There’s no doubt about it, the classic metro tile is still as popular as ever. From it’s utilitarian roots lining the walls of underground tunnels it’s now been elevated to a stylish choice for kitchens and bathrooms. And one that never seems to date or go out of style.

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Part of the reason for this is because the metro tile suits all kinds of interiors. It’s the natural choice for country style kitchens, but it doesn’t look out of place either in industrial style lofts and barn conversions. Or, come to that, traditional style homes or uber contemporary and slick interiors.

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It’s also possible to ring the changes with application. Metro tiles can look quite different depending on the colour used for the grouting. White grout will always look traditional with white tiles but change the grout to dark grey and the look changes to a more industrial style.

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Or indeed, the tiles can be hung differently. Herringbone patterns are now quite popular, as is laying the tiles one on top of the other instead of in the more usual brick pattern.

The only limit is the imagination.

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All tiles shown are from the Rustic Range at Crown Tiles, which have a lovely handmade, vintage feel.

Summer 2019 Trend - Colour Clash

Throw the rule book out of the window and embrace the trend for combining colours that well, clash. It’s not for the faint hearted but the layering of texture and finishes helps to make this look feel liveable and break up larger swathes of colour which can often feel overwhelming. Accents of white keep the scheme feeling fresh and the introduction of delicate accessories make for a more nuanced feel.

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Bold splashes of crimson, scarlet and coral are juxtaposed with softer shades of pink to fashion a look that breaks all the traditional rules

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Narla Bed Frame, £695; Amelie Table Lamp, £149; Velour Piped Red Cushion, £29; Troy Marble Lamp Table, £299. All from Furniture Village.

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Alternatively, choose colours from opposite sides of the colour wheel for a strong but balanced look. Here, shades of burnt orange, indigo and coral create a warm and lived-in feel.

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Vispring Pocket Sprung Divan Double, £4,576; Nicoletti Novita Armchair £895; Marlow Rug, £199; Phobos Table Lamp, £169; Rigby Lamp Table, £149. All from Furniture Village.

Bring The Fiesta to Your Garden Party This Summer

Garden party season is here! Whether you’re celebrating summer with a south-of-the-border soirée, indulging in #tacotuesday with your closest amigos or spicing up your Cinco de Mayo, why not evoke the exuberant spirit of Mexico with a range of tableware and accessories in an Aztec-inspired palette of bold, punchy brights.

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Boho Table Setting with Frida Cushion, Cups, Basket, and Chandelier

Taking inspiration from the country’s rich culture and history, Boho from Talking Tables pays homage to artist Frida Kahlo’s brazen spirit and iconic style, with trompe l’oeil embroidery, folk-style geometrics, naïve florals and lavishly costumed llamas. As well as Frida herself - emblazoned across lanterns, paper plates, cups and napkins.

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Boho Table Detail Woven Basket, Plates, and Napkins

Sling on a sombrero, grab the guac, mix those margaritas and you’re ready to roll. Viva La Frida!

Boho Outdoor Entertaining Paper Lanterns

Boho Outdoor Entertaining Paper Lanterns

Top image: Chandelier, £14, Frida Cushion, £30, Large Frida Paper Cups, £4.50 for a pack of 12.

Middle image: Global Gathering Small Woven Tray, £12, Medium Paper Plates, £4 for a pack of 12, Cocktail Napkins, £3 for a pack of 20.

Bottom image: Paper Lanterns, £10 for a pack of 3.

Below: Bunting, £10.

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An Experts Guide to the Best Houseplants for Each Room

Having an Instagram worthy home has never been easier. But if you are struggling with keeping your green friends thriving after the shot has been taken, it might be because they are in the wrong place. So to help us out horticulture specialists at GardeningExpress.co.uk have compiled a guide detailing which house plants are best suited to each room – considering factors like light exposure and level of maintenance required. 

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Kentia Palm

1. Living room:

Often the largest room in the house and the central hub, where majority of time is spent. Consider placing one large plant which will become a focal point for the room accompanied by smaller plants dotted around to continue the greenery theme. The  Ficus Alii houseplant  offers all the visual impact but without the high maintenance, and is a perfect pairing with ivy trailing from bookshelves.

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Sansevieria

2. Bedroom:

The sanctuary of the bedroom is best suited to plants with calming and soothing scents, which in turn promotes a better quality of sleep and allows full relaxation. Plants with high levels of purifying qualities such as Spider plants or soothing scents such as Jasmine are perfect.

Weeping Fig

Weeping Fig

3. Kitchen:

The heat of the kitchen may be overwhelming for some species of houseplants however this doesn’t mean that the heart of the home should remain sparse of any shrubs. Cacti and succulents are perfect additions to warmer environments with direct sunlight, whilst needing little-to-no-watering.

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Aloe Vera

4. Bathroom:

The usually dark and humid conditions of the bathroom isn’t great for many plants, however some – like the Peace Lily - will prosper in these conditions. The Peace Lily displays cream sail-like flowers in low light, beautifully contrasting with glossy green leaves. This plant is also great for amateur gardeners as it will droop when watering is needed.

Dragon Tree

Dragon Tree

5. Hallways:

The draughty properties of the hallway mean the area is often overlooked, so when adding plants take this into consideration. Choose drought tolerant plants which can survive a little neglect, such as the Jade plant which thrives with little light and water.

How to Choose the Ideal Dining Table for a Small Space

Many homes these days have to cope with small rooms and/or rooms that have to multi-task. This can be quite challenging for both family life and for entertaining. However, making smart choices when buying a dining table can easily turn a small dining space into a chic, comfortable focal point in the home.

Rebecca Snowden, Interior Style Advisor at Furniture Choice, shares with us 3 helpful tips on choosing a table that works well in small dining spaces.

Kingston Round White Table £149.99 from Furniture Choice

Kingston Round White Table £149.99 from Furniture Choice

1. Pick the right table shape and style

The heart of the home is where people come together for meals and conversations, so choosing a suitable dining table is vital, especially when space is at a premium.

“Consider the room layout and obstacles before making a new purchase,” Rebecca advises. “The shape and design of a table might affect how it fits around the room, along with the number of chairs it can accommodate. Round tables are great for tight spaces, and their rounded edges reduce the risk of accidents for a more family-friendly home. Pedestal tables are also excellent space-savers; the central base frees up more legroom while also maximising floor space.”

“When it comes to style, the possibilities are truly endless. A rustic table in walnut or grey wood lends a comforting presence and can be paired with practical wooden chairs, or styled along a chic, bistro-feel with comfy fabric seats. Or, for a modern take – glass tables are perfect for that extra oomph. These tables score big on style with different silhouettes and materials, from polished steel legs to statement wooden pedestals.”

Highbury Oak Extending Dining Table with Bali Chairs £529.99 from Furniture Choice

Highbury Oak Extending Dining Table with Bali Chairs £529.99 from Furniture Choice

2. Opt for an extending table

Small dining spaces will benefit from an extending table – the winning formula is its ability to lengthen and transform a space for parties and gatherings.

Extending tables are popular picks for most homes, but they’re extremely crucial in smaller homes and apartments,” Rebecca says. “These centrepieces are ideal for big gatherings, and can be kept to their original, compact shape for everyday use.”

“There’s a variety of extending styles to choose from, but it’s important to invest in one that works best in tight spaces. Butterfly leaf tables extend quickly and efficiently, and folds neatly under the table when not in use. Depending on budget and room size, there’s a table for every room – think classic, rectangular tables to practical round centrepieces that lengthens out for dinner parties.”

Square Chrome And Glass Dining Table With Grey Renzo Chairs from Furniture Choice

Square Chrome And Glass Dining Table With Grey Renzo Chairs from Furniture Choice

3. Choose a table that can multitask

Styling around a compact dining space also means investing in furniture that pulls double duty.

“It all comes down to strategic planning and shopping smart,” Rebecca says. “Think about how the table will be used at home and where it’ll be placed, without throwing the rest of the space off-balance. Look for a sturdy centrepiece that multitasks as a handy kitchen counter, dining area or comfortable workspace. If smaller tables are the go-to here, opt for lighter builds that can be moved against a wall when not in use, freeing up valuable floor space.”

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.

Burst into Colour with Global Fusion Wallpaper Designs

Brighten up the walls of your home with Galerie Wallcoverings and its fabulously colourful wallpaper designs. Now that summer is here we’re loving the bolder and brighter prints in their Global Fusion range. It would be certain to add a wow factor and will ensure that even when autumn rears its head your interior will still be uplifting and sunny all day (and all night) long.

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Pair the striking wallpapers with rustic wooden surfaces, beautiful botanics and wicker accessories for the ultimate season finish this summer.

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The Global Fusion Collection from £29.95 inc.VAT for a 53cm x 10.05m roll .

Available from Galerie Wallcoverings.

Add a Pop of Colour in the Kitchen

Bright pops of colour are very on-trend this year and when we spotted this kitchen by Harvey Jones we were super inspired. A fairly conventional shaker kitchen has been completely transformed by this bright tangerine larder.

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Bursts of bright shades work extremely well in plain kitchen designs, and this one is paired with patterned fabric blinds to give it a 70’s feel, while still keeping a contemporary look. By keeping the kitchen accessories and appliances in muted colours it avoids a jarring appearance, and instead blends perfectly to create a stylish room.

Bold statements however are not for everyone. If colour confidence isn’t your thing, you could still introduce contrast to neutral kitchen cabinets by adding hints of colour with bar stools, soft furnishings or accessories.

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Tangerine orange is making a big impact in the kitchen as homeowners are becoming increasingly daring with their colour choices. Make sure you consider your space before you choose your paint colour – kitchens with lots of light can take a bolder, darker colour than a more enclosed room where bright white cabinets will help create the illusion of a bigger space” Melissa Klink, Head of Design at Harvey Jones.

We say, go bold or go home.

Kitchens start from £18,000. For more information about the kitchens available please call 0800 389 7365 or visit www.harveyjones.com.

Make Your Own Window Blinds!

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Decoshaker is the current rising star of custom window blinds. This concept has never been so fashionable as it is nowadays. Loved by the creative and extravagant people, adored by the home designers and living its golden age. It is portrayed as a sign of modernism and high standard. Decoshaker window blinds wanted by all and most importantly afforded by all!

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You can get the luxury you have always dreamed about only in a few mouse clicks and enjoy the result for ages. It has never been easier to create something so extraordinary as it is now.  Decoshaker allows every single customer to design their blinds and add this specific element of self-gratification to their home.

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How can you make your own blinds?

It is an effortless process! Just upload your beloved photo, set the measurements and Decoshaker will do everything for you. This opportunity finally allows you to enjoy the old family photo which you love so much. You can put it on your window and admire the wonderful timeless image that got stuck in a happy moment.

Moreover, if you are an animal lover and your pet has an Instagram page you probably want to demonstrate the beauty of your pet proudly. What is a better and more unique place than window blinds with your pet on them? Your pet could become a new star on your window, and all the guests' breath would be taken away after they’ll see it.

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Most importantly, anyone and everything can become your window blinds! If you are a lover of art, pets, flowers, Star Wars, Game of Thrones or anything else you can think of. All of it can become a real dream come true on your window shades.

Besides, custom blinds can be adapted to any window, balcony door or other open space, including the non-standard areas.

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Unique Decoshaker blinds

The unique concept of Decoshaker vertical and roller window blinds will allow you to indulge the comfort of your home. The beautiful design which you can create yourself will elevate the home decor and attract the attention of every human who enters your home.

Allow yourself to have a gorgeous decor makeover with our exclusive high-quality window blinds. Your designed shades will be a stunning addition to the warmth and comfort of your home. Where you can relax and forget about the outside stress and negative emotions.

Manufactured to the highest technical standard Decoshaker window blinds will delight your eyes for numerous years without interference.

5 Things Every Sitting Room Needs to Feel Homely

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It may feel like you've blown the budget once you have decorated your sitting room and furnished it we the neccessities like a sofa, a coffee table and a TV. These are big ticket items and you should buy the best you can afford. But there are a few things that are essential to make a room feel lived-in. This is true whether you are furnishing your first home, renting, or updating your existing look.

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Lamps

No room will feel cosy if it is relying on one solitary pendant light hanging from the ceiling. All rooms benefit from a mixture of lighting to make them feel atmospheric and cosy and the easiest way to achieve this is with a table lamp or two. Put one next to the sofa or armchair to create a pool of light that is easy to read by. Add one to the end of a sideboard, and if your have room for three, brighten up a dull corner with another.

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Texture

Texture is easy to add with just a few well-chosen accessories. It could be a plush rug to sink your toes into, a throw to ward off chills in the winter, or a couple of cushions to up the comfort level on your favourite seat. Once you have added texture to a room it will feel warmer, cosier and much more inviting.

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Art

Art is a great way to add colour and personality to a room. And it's a great way to tell the world about the things that interest you the most. A common mistake is to choose prints that match the colour scheme but it's much better to choose art because you love it. You can go mad with the ever popular gallery wall or invest in large scale art for equal impact.

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Books

Books make a room feel as if it has a history. Room schemes that rely on new furniture alone will often lack soul. A shelf full of well-read books or even just a few on the coffee table, will add interest and create instant conversation starters. Not to mention a welcome diversion when all you want to do is curl up with an old favourite and a cup of tea.

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Living Things

Plants and flowers can make a room come alive. A splash of green always looks fresh and it doesn't even matter if it's real or not. Faux plants have come on in leaps and bounds. So much so that you often can't tell them from real. So no excuses. Add some living things.

Fishpools, is the south east's largest quality furniture store and sells a wide range of quality furniture and home accessories comprising: Sofas, Sofa Beds, Dining Ranges, Bedroom Collections, Home Office Ranges, Beds, Carpets, Rugs, Linens, Pictures & Mirrors, Curtains, Lighting, Cookware & Gifts.

The Work-from-Home Era: Top Tips for Building the Perfect Home Office

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Over the last decade, the digital era has witnessed a significant shift in how and where we work. According to researchers, more than two-thirds of the world’s population now spend at least one day a week working from home. The traditional nine to five is rapidly declining as companies around the world acknowledge the benefits of remote work.

Technological capabilities mean that workforces are now able to function just as effectively from opposite sides of the world as they are from within the same room. File-sharing software, video conferencing and the many online communication tools have led to a decreased need for large office spaces.

This has also led to an increase in home offices. For this shift in flexibility to succeed, companies need their employees to function just as effectively in this alternative workspace as they would in the office. For many, this means turning somewhere within the home into a designated working space, but there is more to it than you may think. Here are some top tips for creating a bespoke home office that achieves the perfect balance between comfort and productivity.  

Selecting the Space: Where Will Your Home Office Be?

If you’re serious about working from home, you need a designated area. With children, partners or any other people around, you need a space that’s shut off from distractions — unfortunately, your kitchen worktop won’t do the job. You might be able to use your laptop here for a short while, but over the long term, this is neither effective nor convenient.

A home office should be somewhere that can be closed off. Arguably, only a desk and chair are bigger requirements than a door. A door puts a stop to noise and potential interruptions and provides you with your own space to get your head down. If you can’t dedicate a room to a home office, try doubling up another room, like a guest room or conservatory, and use it as a workspace.

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The Essentials: A Decent Desk-Chair Duo

The desk and chair are what make your space a home office. As you’ll be here for large portions of the day, you need to choose these two components with care.

Do not underestimate the effects of a good office chair. Comfort, productivity and health are all influenced by the kind of chair you have. Sitting down is not necessarily good for your body and can seriously impact your back and posture. Backache, scoliosis and arthritis are just a few of the potential health issues that you risk with a bad desk and chair arrangement.

To make sure your home office is comfortable, invest in an ergonomic office chair that is kind to your back and easily adjustable so you can change the height and tilt to find the best fit for you.

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Let There Be Light: Keep Your Home Office Bright

A well-lit workspace is an obvious component of all working environments, but those who work from home will tell you that access to natural light is an absolute must. Whether you’re aware of it or not, natural light has a huge impact on mental and physical health.

When you’re locked away for long hours of a day, it‘s easy to feel isolated and lonely. This can have a negative influence on your mood. Regardless of the season, being connected to the outdoors keeps you feeling alert and alive. Make sure your home office has a window that allows sunlight and fresh air in while you’re working. Mirrors are particularly good at boosting natural light exposure by bouncing light around the room.

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Neat and Tidy: Replicating Office Organisation

Even the most organised person can struggle to keep on top of their home office. A cluttered workspace makes for a cluttered mind and without being surrounded by colleagues, it’s easy to let organisation and presentation slip.

All it takes is a floating shelf or cabinet by the side of your desk to keep things tidy, while a paper tray can keep important paperwork in one place.

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Accessorising Your Workspace: Using Plants and Colour

Working from home can impact your mental health, so it’s important to ensure that your mood levels aren’t impacted by spending long hours shut away. In addition to making the most of natural light, you should accessorise your space so that it is a place of positivity and productivity.

Inject colour into your home office with coloured prints and plants. Plants provide natural colour and air a room that might otherwise get stuffy.

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Stephen Flower is Managing Director at Ashford Kitchens & Interiors, a quality provider of bespoke luxury kitchens, bedrooms and home offices in and around London, United Kingdom, since 1984.

How Does Your Garden Glow?

As brightly as this we hope!

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M&L Paints has partnered with it’s sister company – the Victorian-inspired greenhouse manufacturer, Alitex – to create a palette of 15 shades that will match, complement or contrast with Alitex’s popular greenhouse colours.

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Available in a host of interior and exterior finishes, this new collaboration will allow homeowners to create a stunning vista, with paint options available for all surfaces: from interior walls and woodwork to fencing, outdoor chairs, bird tables and benches.

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The Alitex Collection by M&L Paints is inspired by the breadth of colour found in a beautifully planted English garden. Wood Sage, Passiflora, Deep Mauve, Silver Lavender and Juniper Green are all botanically influenced hues, whereas Downland Stone, Sussex Emerald, Greensand and Chalkhill Blue all take their cues from M&L Paints andAlitex’s joint home in the beautiful countryside of the South Downs.

M&L Paints will launch at The RHS Chelsea Flower Show (21-25th May).

Available exclusively from mandlpaints.com

A Lick of Lacquer With Annie Sloan

Floorboards looking worn? Kitchen cupboards a little tired? A coat of Chalk Paint™ by Annie Sloan followed by new Chalk Paint™ Lacquer will re-energise high traffic areas, making for a quick and cost-effective weekend project.

Chalk Paint™ Lacquer is a hard-wearing, water-based polyacrylic varnish with built-in UV protection. Use it over Chalk Paint™ for a robust finish that will withstand wear and tear – perfect for kitchen cabinets, dining tables, floors, skirting boards and more. Available in a gloss or matt finish, Chalk Paint™ Lacquer applies perfectly clear and dries quickly without yellowing over time, allowing for long-lasting transformations.

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Cupboards and table in Chalk Paint™ in Antibes Green by Annie Sloan from £5.95 for 120ml. Floor in Chalk Paint™ in Graphite with square in new gloss Chalk Paint™ Lacquer £21.95. Chairs in Chalk Paint™ in Amsterdam Green Valeska stencil on table, Hands stencil on jug £4.45 each. Cushions and napkins in Tacit in Graphite £44.95 per metre www.anniesloan.com 01865 803 168

The Difference Between a Wine Cellar and a Wine Cooler

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Wine coolers are a refrigeration unit which is designed to maintain wine at their optimum storage or serving temperatures. In order to be classified as a wine cooler, they need to prove that they can manage: temperature, humidity, light and vibrations.

A wine cooler will maintain the temperature in the cabinet to between +/- 2°C, in practice the wine coolers cooling system will kick in when the temperature reaches 2°C above the set temperature and turn off when it reaches 2°C below the set temperature. In order to maintain the temperature of the wine, the average temperature reading will always be the set temperature. It takes a lot more energy to change the temperature of the liquid because of the thermal mass.

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The humidity is managed through a system which allows the wine cooler to maintain the humidity above 55 and below 85% and some wine coolers have new equipment to allow you to set the humidity level. If the air is too moist in the wine cooler, during the cooling phase the excess water will condense on the back wall of the cabinet, which will then find its way down to the water channel and into the container during the off phase. The excess water will then evaporate off.

UV light is very important, wine will be adversely damaged by UV rays which will cause irreversible damage. Although the wines are somewhat protected by the glass bottle, there is still a chance that this will not fully protect it. For this reason, a wine cooler will either have a solid door, which will prevent any UV rays entering and also allow full darkness inside the cabinet, or the wine cooler will feature a full UV protected glass door which looks much nicer in the flesh but also protects the wines.

Vibration is key, in a wine cellar, the bottles are moved maybe once a year so they basically see very little vibration or disturbance throughout their ageing period. A wine cooler needs to mimic this, so the compressors are mounted on rubber mountings to ensure there is no unwanted vibrations. Excess vibration will cause the wine to go sour as it will encourage unwanted reactions to occur.

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The difference between a wine cellar and a wine cooler is primarily that a wine cellar will maintain all of the above without having to have electronic interference. A wine cooler will effectively imitate a wine cellar, they do this well, much better than a standard refrigerator. However, a wine cellar will be much better suited for long term storage of around 10-15 years. A wine cooler will store your wines reliably, but is best suited for wines that will be drank within the next 5 years or so.

The good thing about wine coolers is that they are extremely versatile, with a wine cellar its sole purpose is for long term storage and to be honest unless you want to be showing your wines off all the time nobody is going to see it. A wine cooler is available in many different model types to suit different lifestyles, capacities and the space that is available.

If you need more information with regards to wine coolers and wine storage, contact Elite Wine Refrigeration for a wide range to suit all budgets.

Pearl Lowe Wallpaper Designs for Lovers of Vintage Chic

Fans of Pearl Lowe will be as excited as us over this second design collection in collaboration with English wallpaper company, Woodchip & Magnolia.

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Following on from her successful debut collection of wallpapers launched at London Design Fair last Autumn, Pearl has introduced a small, curated collection of classic, vintage inspired prints for Spring 2019. Once again the new designs again reflect Pearl’s unique style, celebrating her love of vintage clothing and interiors, bohemian luxury and flapper girl chic. Shades of dusky, vintage pink teamed with mint green permeate the collection, giving it a distinctly feminine, Art Deco elegance.

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But as always, rock n roll is never far away! In among the dainty florals and heritage prints, Pearl has introduced her very own leopard and snake print designs.

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Commenting on the new collection, Pearl said: “I’m so excited to be doing more designs with Woodchip & Magnolia, especially with the introduction of upholstery fabrics, which is something I always envisioned. The new designs are very “me” – incorporating all the things I love. It’s all there...ditsy florals, Art Deco inspired patterns, seaside Regency stripes, and of course, my beloved animal prints. It sounds crazy, but I’ve always struggled to find my “perfect” animal print, especially in velvet. Now I have my own, I couldn’t be happier about that. Suffice to say, I’m planning lots of exciting soft furnishing changes in my home very soon!

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For details of the entire collection go to: www.woodchipandmagnolia.co.uk

Give Your Home A Spring Refresh With These Floor Tile Ideas

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New floor tiles are the perfect way to give your home style a thorough update

Are you looking to give your home a style reset alongside your annual spring clean? A sure-fire way to grant any space an instant face-lift is by replacing your flooring with new floor tiles. When we’re thinking of giving our homes a new look, walls and floors and often overlooked in favour of new furnishings and accessories. There is a quick-fix appeal of refreshing your living room with a new throw or updating your bathroom with a set of fluffy new towels. But there is no substitute for truly uplifting the foundation of your home – your floors – with a style overhaul.

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Bring the outdoors indoors with natural finish tiles

One concept that is taking the interior design world by storm in 2019 is ‘bringing the outdoors indoors’. More and more people are looking to incorporate the natural beauty of the outside world in to their homes, and with good reason. The popularity of natural finishes owes a debt to the Scandinavian concept of ‘Hygge’ – which refers to cosiness. With minimalist interiors on the rise, natural shapes and textures help to breathe new life in to otherwise sterile spaces.

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Wood effect tiles

If you want the look and feel of natural timber in your home, without any of the maintenance, consider wood effect tiles. The appetite for using porcelain wood effect tiles in the home is growing, and it isn’t hard to see why. Well-made wood effect tiles are indistinguishable from real wood. The tiles perfectly replicate the grain of real wood with variations in pattern, texture and colour. Choose a distressed wood style for a flawless rustic finish. If you prefer a classical look, choose a polished tile and lay them in a parquet style. Crown Tiles carry an extensive wood-effect collection to suit any space.

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Natural stone tiles

With their unpredictable array of colours and textures, natural stone tiles are one of the finest design gifts that nature has to offer. The visual interest created by stone’s idiosyncrasies is a perfect complement to the clean geometry of modern interior design. Matching interior and exterior stone tiles draws the eye beyond the threshold of your home and makes any room appear much larger.

Invite subtle colour with new neutral tiles

The colour trend of the year is the ‘new neutral’. This refers to a palette of pinks, lilacs and duck-egg greens and blues. These delicate shades are ideal for introducing subtle colour in to a room. Inspired by the Scandi trend in interior design, ‘new neutrals’ work perfectly to soften minimalist spaces. Pastel tones are ideal for brightening a room, so if you’re looking to maximise a space, muted neutral wall tiles are perfect. Use grey-toned blues to create a calming influence, or dusty roses for a feminine feel.

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Make a statement with patterned tiles

Patterned tiles are the perfect way to bring character to a room that is feeling a little stale. Moroccan-inspired tiles have an enduring popularity and introduce the influence of sunnier climes to a space. Kitsch and retro patterned tiles are ideal statement flooring and bring with them a sense of nostalgic charm.

Whatever your design plans, renovating from the ground up is a sure-fire way to change the look and feel of a space. We hope these tile trends inspire you to bring the joys of spring to your home.

The New Clematis Wallpaper Collection from Sian Zeng

Enchanting is the word we’d use to describe the new Clematis wallpaper collection from Sian Zeng. It features the simple beauty of the clematis flower, spilling over the side of a garden wall and shimmering in the sun. At the same time, it encapsulates the magic of a fairy tale, like a scene from sleeping beauty where time slips away, and you can escape for a while into a made-up realm.

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It would be sure to cast a magic spell over any room, and the design is cleverly positioned as a perfect backdrop to furniture, as the downwards climb of the pattern ends where household objects begin.

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Fashion stores would benefit from this design as the bottom half is a solid colour, giving a definitive background to patterned clothes.

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The Clematis is also great for weddings or events, the dreamy blend of pinks and greens creating a beautiful backdrop to portraits.

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DESIGN DETAILS After eight months of designing, the Clematis Wallpaper is painted at 100% scale and authentically reproduced onto a luxurious Fiberous non-woven material. As a result, the tonal qualities on this wallpaper mural are almost indistinguishable from hand-painted wallpapers. Available as a classic wallpaper in romantic pink, the Clematis Wallpaper Mural is also available as a magnetic wallpaper. A unique feature of our storytelling wallpapers, the magnetic versions are backed with a magnetic liner, offering a beautiful backdrop on which you can act out your own stories with a cast of illustrated character magnets.

Available from Sian Zeng.

2 Ways to Style the Tropical Look in Your Home

The tropical trend in interiors has been around for a while, and trust us, it’s not going away any time soon.

Rebecca Snowden, Interior Style Advisor at Furniture Choice explores how to showcase this tropical look in the home, in two signature ways: first, an all-out maximalist approach and second, an elegant minimalist take.

Pembroke Grey Velvet Sofa

Pembroke Grey Velvet Sofa

1. Play with prints, colours and patterns for a maximalist approach

For a huge dose of personality, a maximalist take on the tropical trend is the way to go. With vibrant hues, nature-inspired motifs, and colourful prints all part of the mix, the trick here is in layering them all together.

“The maximalist approach is a fun, chic way to introduce the tropical look in key areas of the home such as the living room or even the bedroom,” Rebecca explains. “It all begins with a good centrepiece: a cosy grey sofa, or dark fabric bed is a solid, comforting anchor to add and build on. And from there, anything’s possible! To really celebrate this trend, animal-inspired decor and art are a fun way to go, and other tropical elements such as palm prints and lush indoor plants also up the ante. Round off the look with gold or brass accents for an elegant, contemporary touch.”

Brompton Blue Velvet Bed

Brompton Blue Velvet Bed

“Colour also takes the tropical-meets-maximalism approach to new heights by adding a cheerful boost to the space. Whether it’s through brightly-hued cushions and throws or colour-blocking the walls, opting for striking colour combinations - such as Pantone’s Living Coral with teal -  really embraces the tropical aesthetic and creates a strong, stylish contrast."

2. Opt for a light, breezy palette for relaxed, minimalist style

Tropical’s calmer, natural qualities can also be embraced through a more minimalist aesthetic. “This take on tropical works in all parts of the home, all the way from the living area to dining room, thanks to its welcoming, soothing aesthetic,” Rebecca says. “It’s a stylish, versatile look that can be adapted from season to season, while still evoking a fresh, summery feel.”

Charleston Emerald Green Velvet Sofa

Charleston Emerald Green Velvet Sofa

“Opt for airy hues like off-whites and cream for a breezy, well-lit interior. This creates a chic backdrop for a comfy grey velvet sofa, or even a rich green settee for a luxe boost. Soften the look with various textures such as cushions, rugs, and of course, natural greenery to keep in with the tropical theme.”

Charleston Mink Velvet Sofa

Charleston Mink Velvet Sofa

Green’s lighter tones can also double as a stylish neutral for the walls. “Sage is still a trending colour for the home, and its tranquil vibes fit right into a minimalist, tropical-inspired space,” adds Rebecca. “Its soothing, warm undertones offer a subtle pop of colour, and lends a welcoming feel to rooms like the dining area. Lighter furniture will contrast beautifully with this versatile hue – a white dining set stands out nicely as a strong focal point. Natural textures are go-to elements for this look, so slip in materials like rattan and wood to tie the entire room together.”

Albany Table and Pendle Chairs Dining Set

Albany Table and Pendle Chairs Dining Set

About 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.

With a dedicated UK call-centre and an experienced quality control team in Asia, Furniture Choice is able to offer customers the greatest variety of high quality contemporary furniture and best-in-class customer service, backed-up with fast, free delivery and returns. To find out more visit http://www.furniturechoice.co.uk/About-Us/

A Guide to Painting the Kitchen with Benjamin Moore Paints

Now that the season of DIY is almost upon us, a kitchen refresh might be just the thing to bring your interior up to date.

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Ideal for those not wanting to undergo a complete kitchen overhaul, an accent wall can help you to make a distinctive statement in the heart of the home. When it comes to the colour choice, it ultimately comes down to personal preference and what will work best in the scheme. Whether you’re looking to add a splash of colour to a sleek white scheme or wanting to complement wooden cabinetry and accents with more earthy tones, there are endless possibilities when it comes to accent wall colour choices.

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Opting to paint your kitchen cabinetry provides you with the flexibility to work with a varied palette. If you want to stick to white or a lighter shade on your walls and worktops, a darker paint on your cabinetry can create a truly standout scheme whilst a complementing neutral shade will also provide you with subtle colour variations without overpowering the space.

It might be hard for some to believe, but with the right preparation, any type of kitchen cabinet can be painted. Even a glossy or laminate cabinet can be painted as long as the surface is primed with an adhesion promotion primer first.


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For the ultimate wow-factor, fully embrace your chosen colour scheme and paint the same shade across your walls, cabinetry and island. Whether you opt for a daring blue or an all-out white scheme, this approach to kitchen décor is guaranteed to deliver a beautifully cohesive scheme.

CAPTION DETAILS
1. Wall - Louisburg Green (HC-113), Ceiling - Atrium White (OC-145), Trim - Atrium White (OC-145).
2. Accent Wall - Banana Yellow (2022-40), Wall and Ceiling Colour Paper White (OC-55).
3. Accent Wall - Tomato Tango (CSP-1145), Side Wall - Harbor Gray (AC-25).
4. Wall - Ochre (2151-30), Ceiling - Atrium White (OC-145).
5. Walls - White Opulence (OC-69), Cabinets & Moulding - Stone (2112-40), Door - Wolf Gray (2127-40),
Trim - Moonshine (2140-60).
6. Cabinet - Hale Navy (HC-154).
7. Walls - White Opulence (OC-69), Cabinets - Stone (2112-40).
8. Wall - Province Blue (2135-40), Ceiling - Baby’s Breath (OC-62), Cabinetry & Raised Paneling -
Province Blue (2135-40).
9. Wall - Stonington Gray (HC-170), Wainscoting - Sparrow (AF-720), Ceiling - Stonington Gray (HC-170),
Cabinet - Iron Mountain (2134-30).
10. Cabinets - Simply White (OC-117), Wall - Mascarpone (AF-20), Floor - Mascarpone (AF-20).

All from Benjamin Moore Paints.