The Language of Flowers

The prettiest things we have ever seen and the work of Helen Wilde, a Decorative Arts graduate from Nottingham Trent University. Helen has worked within the design world for many years with such brands as Harrods and Lush cosmetics creating products that use only the very finest of materials. But it wasn't until recently that Ovo Bloom was born, a brand that is the outcome of many years of designing, creating and growing.

Helen says" The products and contents of Ovo Bloom are where my true passion lies, this is me, this is what I love and I hope you love it too"

Organza Pressed Flower Embroidery

Organza Pressed Flower Embroidery

Hand embroidered blossoms sit on a layer of organza with pressed and preserved florals underneath, then sealed within the wooden hoop.

“The botanicals were picked and pressed from my own garden, sealed beneath the layers displayed within a window they create the most beautiful shadows.”

Cow Parlsey Embroidery Wall Hanging

Cow Parlsey Embroidery Wall Hanging

Part of the new hedgerow collection for 2019, A highly textured embroidery depicting a wild flower hedgerow scene, featuring Cow Parlsey and grasses.

”Hundreds of tiny French knots depict a classic English Hedgerow scene, embroidered on to a sumptuous cotton satin fabric that has been printed with a hedgerow image captured by myself, from the fields within the village where I live in Derbyshire, England.”

Foxgloves Embroidery Wall Hanging

Foxgloves Embroidery Wall Hanging

The design has been embroidered on to a cotton satin fabric printed with wild fern images, the flowers are foxgloves and the thread has been hand dyed using avocado stones, dying for longer periods to create that ombre effect. Several different brands of embroidery thread have been used to achieve the textural grasses, using satin, French knot and textured stitches.

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Previous collections have been featured within Elle Decoration Magazine and The Guardian to name a few, and Helen was also presented the prestigious 'SBS' award by the British retail magnate Theo Paphitis in July 2015.

Ovo Bloom can be found on Etsy.

A/W Bathroom Inspiration from Otto Tiles & Design

Whether on the floor or wall, patterned accent tiles are perfect for making a bold statement in the bathroom, injecting individual style, character and design into the room.

ODI handmade encaustic cement tile, 20 x 20 x 1.7cm, £6.72, min order of 5 meter square / 125 tiles

ODI handmade encaustic cement tile, 20 x 20 x 1.7cm, £6.72, min order of 5 meter square / 125 tiles

Be it a contemporary geometric like the new ODI tile, or a more traditional style such as the new Instanblue tile, patterned tiles allow people to tap into their creative side exploring texture, pattern and colour to create a unique look.

Istanblue handmade encaustic cement tile, 20 x 20 x 1.7cm, £6.72, min order of 5 meter square / 125 tiles

Istanblue handmade encaustic cement tile, 20 x 20 x 1.7cm, £6.72, min order of 5 meter square / 125 tiles

“We are seeing people becoming more adventurous with their bathroom designs. They want these rooms to feel beautiful and bespoke and tiles are a great way to achieve this.” Damla Turgut, Founder, Otto Tiles & Design.

Founded by Damla Turgut in 2015 Otto Tiles & Design make handmade, bespoke encaustic cement, ceramic and terrazzo tiles. Based in London, Zurich and Istanbul, Otto Tiles & Design work with leading architects and interior designers on residential and commercial projects around the globe.

A Glamorous Parisian Home Filled With Souvenirs

Extract from Creative Paris: Urban Interiors, Inspiring Innovators by My Little Paris (Flammarion, 2019)

Fanny’s Home

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Like her cats, Fanny can claim to have nine lives. The first she spent travelling between France and Dubai wearing the high heels of a marketing director. In her latest incarnation, she donned a director’s jacket to run The School of Life Paris. This life-skills institution, which originated in England, offers classes on all the stuff you don’t learn in school: how to find the job of your dreams, how to boost creativity, and so on.

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Fanny is surrounded by souvenirs from her numerous lives. Against one wall is a chest of drawers from Bali, discovered at a Greek antique dealer’s shop in Dubai (are you following?). Next to that, her great-grandfather’s card table. One day she stumbled upon a secret drawer; inside were the playing cards that had cost her ancestor his entire fortune. She smiles. Her own precious possessions are the old letters she keeps in her letter chest.

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“My ‘Her’ chair by Fabio Novembre. The cheeky nature of Italian design makes me want to hunt for vintage objects.”

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“I buy my eggshell porcelain teacups at flea markets for next to nothing, though they’re actually worth a fortune. Because they’re extraordinarily fine they’re all slightly chipped. I find the little cracks touching.

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“One of my morning rituals is doing yoga on my balcony. I call it the ‘Salutation to the Sacre-Coeur’!”

Photos by Tomoko Yasuda

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Creative Paris: Urban Interiors, Inspiring Innovators by My Little Paris

(Flammarion, 2019)

Hardback, £25, Available on Amazon Here

Since it was founded in 2008, My Little Paris (@mylittleparis) has been the go-to source for the city’s best-kept lifestyle secrets. Covering the most exciting underground and up-and-coming trends, tips and addresses in the City of Light, My Little Paris has its finger on the pulse like no other, providing bright ideas and fresh lifestyle inspiration. Their team of writers, creatives, scouts, photographers, developers, videographers and illustrators share one common goal: to surprise. Today the brand reaches over four million subscribers through their Instagram posts, newsletters and subscription boxes.

Keeping up - Top Garden Trends in 2019

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Whether you’re planning on redesigning your garden from top to bottom or simply wish to give it a new look, you have to keep up with the newest trends. From stone walls to garden zoning, I’ve put together a list that will make things so much easier for you!

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Hideaways for grownups

One of the main garden trends in 2019 are summerhouses turned into gorgeous dedicated corners in your garden. You can let your imagination run wild and turn your summerhouse into whatever you want – a she shed, a man cave, a play corner for your children, a meditation spot for yoga, a reading nook, or just a place where you entertain friends during the hot summer months.

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Hydrangea beauty

The idea behind this gardening trend that has been sweeping 2019 is that more and more gardeners are making safe, conscious decisions that involve planting local flowers rather than exotic ones. And hydrangeas are the number one choice!

Of course, you can mix and match your lovely garden flowers and plant lavender, magnolia, primroses, begonias, and geraniums as well.

Stone walls

This is a trend that came to us right from the 2019 Chelsea Flower Show. Stone walls are super easy to incorporate in any garden because they have such an organic feel to them. You can pretend like the wall has been in your garden all along!

You can even turn it into a bit of a DIY project and take a hammer to it. Create a few patterns and pit marks that will have it look like it has a patina or it is weather worn. For a dramatic look, you can allow poison ivy or honey suckle to grow all over it.

Garden zoning

If you’re not zoning, you’re not doing it right! This seems to be the main idea in 2019. But what does this mean? Simply using dividers such as steel panels, for example, to create spaces and zones in your garden that will serve different purposes.

One can be used for growing plants and flowers, one for vegetables and herbs, one for dining, one for your kids to play and another as a storage space. This will allow you to use the space you have to the max as well as protect it.

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Conscious gardening

I’ve already touched up on this one a little when detailing hydrangeas. Conscious gardening has seen a rapid growth this year as more and more people are starting to pay attention to the environment as well as the weather when they garden.

The climate is changing and the weather is getting hotter by the minute. As a consequence, you will need to start planting flowers and shrubs that can resist the heat and long periods of drought. The same goes for irrigation which is now seen as wasteful. Go for flowers that don’t require that much water!

Wildlife Garden Set to Wow at RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival

Acclaimed stylist Selina Lake is delighted to have been commissioned by award-winning garden designer Jo Thompson to add her styling magic to the BBC Springwatch Garden at the garden event of the summer, RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival.

Causing an ‘Instagrammable’ stir at RHS Chelsea Flower Show last month with the 5-star stand she styled for Alitex greenhouses, Selina has been busy prepping ahead of the reveal of the much talked about garden, which will be unveiled from 1st - 7th July.

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Designed by Jo Thompson, alongside wildlife gardener and writer Kate Bradbury, Jo hopes to demonstrate through the Show Garden how visitors can re-wild their gardens and take steps to halt the decline of the UK’s wildlife population with a range of practical design elements.

After seeing the ‘Greenhouse Goals’ style at RHS Chelsea, Jo asked Selina to style the wildlife garden to highlight that wildlife friendly doesn’t mean it can’t also be stylish. Selina will be adding her iconic touch to the garden, mixing vintage gardenalia with on trend black accessories and incorporating stylish insect designs. 

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Jo Thompson commented ahead of the event –

“It has been great working with Selina on the BBC Springwatch Garden. It is always inspiring to work with interior and garden stylists and her flair and creativity have helped bring character and warmth to the garden which I hope the visiting public will enjoy.”

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Selina, who published her ninth book, ‘Natural Living Style’ this spring is a herself a passionate gardener and the commission is a dream project, as she continues to focus on garden and botanical styling –

“I was delighted to be asked by Jo to work on the BBC Springwatch Show Garden at this year’s Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival. Hampton Court is one of my favourite places to visit for ideas and inspiration, being just a short drive away from the village we live in in Guildford. My personal style has evolved over the years with a desire to live a greener life, growing your own, looking at how we can use recyclables and eco-friendly materials in the garden, alongside upcycled vintage wares. I’m so excited to be able to add some extra green touches to Jo’s wonderful wildlife friendly design, with hopefully some DIY easy to try ideas that visitors can try at home.”

There will be three distinct spaces within the Show Garden, each representing gardens belonging to different neighbours, and featuring their own characteristics and key elements to encourage wildlife. Selina has worked alongside Jo to compliment her designs and add some extra special touches to bring the space to life and inspire visitors to experiment with ideas at home, including…

Inspiring the next generation of wildlife watchers – Getting children ‘back to nature’ has been a huge focus this year, with the Duchess of Cambridge’s garden at RHS Chelsea shining a spotlight on the importance of this and part in can play in our overall physical and mental wellbeing. Combining play with learning, Selina is incorporating a blackboard tally into her styling concept to encourage little ones to record what wildlife is spotted in the garden and when.

Greener gardens – There is a huge focus on sustainability and how we can all play our part to reduce our carbon footprint. Given the fact that gardens are so inherently linked with nature, in the grandparent garden Selina has chosen to include recycled newspaper mini plant pots for seedlings.

Flowers & Foliage – Showcasing how gardens can be transformed, just like the rooms in your home, with accessories, using a collection of recycled bottles, vases and jars to display flowers and foliage picked from the garden to make a beautiful and blooming display that is sure to attract the gentle hum of the all-important bees in search of nectar

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How to Create a Monogram Wallet

If like us, you are obsessed with monogramed wallets and handbags, why not DIY your way to fashion icon status with this easy project.

In this make, Teri from thelovelydrawer.com shows you just how easy it is to personalise leather and faux leather accessories with Rust-Oleum's Flexible Fabric Spray Paint. Made all the easier because this clever, flexible paint moves and stretches with fabric, which means it won't crack. 

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What You Will Need

  • Rust-Oleum Flexible Fabric Paint

  • Alphabet Stencil

  • Masking Tape

  • Double Sided Tape

Step 1

Cut out the letter you wish to use from the alphabet stencil and use double sided tape to cover any areas of the stencil that may lift when spraying. This will ensure clean lines when you spray.

Peel the backing off the double sided tape and stick the stencil to the leather face up.

Step 2

Move the wallet to a well-ventilated area and place on top of newspaper or a dust sheet.

Apply the masking tape all around each edge of the stencil and ensure you completely cover the remainder of the wallet to protect it from spray mist.

Spray with two light layers of paint, allowing to dry in between each coat.

Step 3

Once dry, peel the stencil away from the leather and voila!

Rust-Oleum’s Flexible Fabric Spray Paint is available from B&Q, Homebase and more for an RRP of £4.99.

Hassle-Free Ways to Improve Your Kitchen

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Is it time to upgrade my kitchen?

If you’ve had the same kitchen for a while or find that the style of it is starting to age and is not quite up to date with the current trends, or that appliances keep breaking and the cabinets are starting to wear a bit, you might want to consider renovating your kitchen. Now renovating your kitchen can get a little stressful and extremely expensive that’s why today we’re going to treat you by giving you some hassle-free ways in which you can make some nifty little upgrades to your kitchen.

Tips and Tricks

The first tip is to replace your kitchen cabinets, and it’s a rapid process and can have an incredible impact on the look of the room. It also won’t cost you an arm and a leg should you look to buy kitchen cabinets online from wholesale to free up some budget for the rest of the kitchen.

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Another quick task that you can take care of yourself is to simply paint the doors, and if you’ve wooden doors ensure you use a primer so that you don’t have the paint seeping into the grain once you’ve decided on a colour paint your doors and then leave them to dry for 24 hours. Also, while we’re on the topic of doors after you’ve painted them, why not shop around and fit some new door handles which, despite being small, can have a significant impact.

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If you look at your walls in your kitchen and all seems a bit dull a quick way to spruce them up and bring them back to life is by either giving them a brand-new coat of paint, possibly in a totally different colour or invest in some new wallpaper that compliments the existing style and feel of your kitchen.

If you want to give your kitchen a bit more character and personality, you might want to consider some new tiles. You can either go for something a bit rustic to complement the existing style of the kitchen or simply try something new altogether to try to make a huge impression.

In terms of lighting, what is becoming a growing trend is under cabinet lighting. It highlights and will show off any display pieces that you have in your kitchen and of course, lights the room up. It also looks a lot better and more soothing at night than in comparison to overhead lighting.

Hopefully these tips and tricks here today have given you an insight into how you can make some renovations to your kitchen without spending a lot or having to spend a lot of time either, as most of these can be done yourself it saves you money hiring a tradesperson to do the job. DIY jobs can also be very therapeutic and resting for the soul as well as giving you a sense of achievement when the job is finished, and you can look back and be proud of yourself.

Win Two DIY Books

We know how much you love a bit of DIY, so here here at Heart Home magazine we’ve decided to give away two books that solely focus on that. Time to get creative!

Colour Recipes for Painted Furniture and More by Annie Sloan

With this book in one hand and a brush in the other, you can learn how to transform everyday furniture into something special, all for the price of a pot of paint.

Annie Sloan is a paint legend and one of the world’s most popular experts in the field of decorative painting. In Colour Recipes for Painted Furniture and more, Annie presents 40 new projects and ideas, showing you the easy way to update tired furniture and transform your home. Working with her own range of chalk paints, Annie shows how to mix colours and how to achieve certain looks. Whether your taste is for colourful boho chic or restrained Swedish hues, cosy and comforting rustic shades, a modern and contemporary approach or an elegant French look, here you will find a project to suit you. Start off by mastering the simple art of colourwashing, and work your way up to transfer printing, gilding, stencilling and glazing. Throughout the book, Annie offers expert tips, techniques, shortcuts and guidance, showing you the easy way to create a stylish home.

CICO Books; UK edition edition

CICO Books; UK edition edition

IkeaHackers.Net: 25 Biggest and Best Projects by Jules Yap

THINK OUTSIDE THE FLAT-PACK BOX: The ingenious team at IkeaHackers show you how to transform affordable IKEA products into creative new furniture and more...

By thinking outside the flat-pack box, author Jules Yap and the contributors to her wildly popular website IkeaHackers have come up with clever ways to repurpose IKEA's great products into even more useful and stylish furnishings for your home.

Packed with ideas for every room, IKEA Hacks shows you how to mix-and-match, cut-and-paste, and saw-and-screw IKEA items in ways they never imagined. The inventive projects include a cat condo created using LACK tables, a children's playhouse constructed from KURA bed and TROFAST toy storage, and a Murphy bed made from PAX wardrobe, BALLSTAD doors and LUROY bed base. Each project comes complete with step-by-step instructions as well as full-colour illustrations and photos.

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For a chance to win a copy of each of these amazing books make sure to click the link below and fill out the form - That's all you have to do! Good Luck!

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Japanese Style At Home

Extract from Japanese Style at Home by Olivia Bays, Cathelijne Nuijsink, and Tony Seddon. Published by Thames and Hudson as part of their ‘At Home’ series which offers room-by-room guides for a simple, inspirational way to design your own home.

A kimono hung on the wall makes for an unusual and unique piece of artwork

A kimono hung on the wall makes for an unusual and unique piece of artwork

Understanding Japanese Style?

To understand Japanese style, you could do a lot worse than starting with one word: Zen. Brought from China to Japan in the 12th Century, Zen Buddhism’s guiding principles extend to all aspects of Japanese life, including design. Zen philosophy wets out seven elements for achieving wabi-sabi, the distinctly Japanese art of embracing the imperfect and impermanent. They include: asymmetry or irregularity (fukinsei); simplicity (kanso); naturalness without pretense (shizen); and a focus only on the essential (koko).

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The roots of Japanese minimalism can be traced back to the mantra of zen, ‘vast emptiness, nothing holy’. The result is a mindful approach to design, involving disciplined editing and an awareness of the importance of space. Interiors are deliberately simple yet enriched by detail; craftsmanship is honoured but natural materials are emphasized over design. Japanese design epitomizes Mies van Rohe’s famous dictum, ‘Less is more’ - or, as architecture professor Michael Monninger puts it, ‘more with less’.

This full-length window brings nature into the dining room, while the latticed porch outside casts shadows across the table – a significant element in Japanese aesthetics

This full-length window brings nature into the dining room, while the latticed porch outside casts shadows across the table – a significant element in Japanese aesthetics

Traditionally, Japanese houses tend to have a flexibility to them, to feel somehow light. Their floor plans are open and flowing, merging indoor and outdoor spaces. The contain minimal furniture and decoration that can be used for different things at different times. This evolved partly as a practical response to Japan’s geographical and historical context: as a country prone to earthquakes and with limited space and a large population, the Japanese have long been used to living agilely and compactly. It can also be seen as arising from Japan’s Buddhist roots and the sense hat life is transient and fleeting.

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Contemporary Japanese interiors often display a balance between, or attempt to reconcile, the contrasting elements of the Japanese character: traditional and modern, East and West, playful and serious, loud and quiet. What unifies them above all else is the appreciation of and connection to nature, to the rhythm of the seasons and the passing of time.

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Japanese Style at Home by Olivia Bays, Cathelijne Nuijsink, and Tony Seddon.

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How to Make a Small Room Feel Larger

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Smaller bedrooms can be very cosy and inviting, but home owners often want to make their box room look as large as possible. While you physically cannot increase the square foot of a bedroom, without paying a fortune for an extension, there are several ways that you can trick the eye into thinking the bedroom is actually fairly big.

Here are 5 ways that you can trick the mind, and the human eye, into thinking that your box room is even bigger than it is:

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1. Less Clutter

If you can avoid having clutter, or multiple items of furniture in the bedroom, then this will add more floor space, therefore making the room seem bigger. The question is, how do you get rid of the clutter without having anywhere to put it?

A great option would be to check out this Happy Beds blog for advice on how you can add extra storage to a bedroom, or have a major clear out and finally throw out those clothes that you can no longer fit in.

2. Mirrors

Most rooms look smaller as they don’t have an awful lot of natural light coming in. Rather than taking up a lot of space with bulky lamps and lights, placing mirrors tactically on the wall would reflect the light from the outdoors, making the room seem bigger in both the daytime and the night time. Placing the mirror near a window will maximise the amount of light that comes in.

3. Keep it Simple

It can get tempting to add bold prints to a smaller bedroom but keeping the walls and furniture simple really would make the room look larger. Choose a colour that you love on the walls and then try and match the furniture in similar shades. By doing this, you will get a spacious feel and you don’t need to compromise on getting smaller furniture, as the big, statement pieces will blend into the background, therefore tricking the human eye.

4. Floor to Ceiling Curtains

By adding long curtains to a window frame, it can make the ceilings look dramatically higher. Of course, if the ceilings look higher, then this can make the eye think the bedroom is bigger in both length and in width too.

5. Invest in a Rug

Not only do rugs look great, and add cosiness to a bedroom, but adding a rug to a bedroom can also instantly make the room seem larger.

Rugs can help a room feel pulled together and creates the illusion of the room having more square feet. Plus, it is a great way to add a pop of colour to a bedroom!

Bluebellgray for Burford

Burford Garden Company are delighted to announce that our new and exclusive collaboration with Scottish design house Bluebellgray is now up and running, both in store and online.

Founded in 2009 by Fi Douglas, Bluebellgray is renowned for its signature, handpainted watercolour floral and abstract designs.

Burford Garden Company and Bluebellgray have worked together to create a collection that combines our passion for the extraordinary and eclectic with Bluebellgray's flair for fresh, uplifting design.

Featuring two of Bluebellgray's new season joyful prints - Vegetable Patch and Wee Pomegranate - the new Bluebellgray for Burford collection includes kitchen linens, beautiful handmade stationery and fun outdoor living pieces. All are lovingly designed and skilfully crafted in the UK.

Quirky and wonderfully colourful, the Bluebellgray for Burford collection can now be seen in situ in our Interiors, Kitchen and Outdoor Living departments for you to buy and take home on the spot. If there is not enough room in the boot, or you are further afield, we can deliver in super-quick time to your home or business.

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Come and see Bluebellgray for Burford in store or online.

Website of the Week - Bon Bon Fistral for Beachy Boho Interiors

We haven’t done a website of the week for quite some time but when we saw Bon Bon Fistral we knew we just had to share. Based on the Cornish coast, this boutique was born after the founder Harriet Briant had spent many summers travelling the UK festival scene with the stores eclectic mix of bohemian and Cornish coast inspired fashion and homewares.

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Now available to buy online we love the boho looks and good vibes of this beach inspired aesthetic. Everything is influenced by travel, the sea and her love of the great outdoors. Expect to find hand embroidered kimonos, bohemian jewellery and great gifts, as well as some lovely interiors offerings too.

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There’s a lovely mix of crochet, cork and macrame, as well as some shell encrusted goodies to bring the seaside into the home all year round.

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And That’s Not All

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All available online from Bon Bon Fistral

Beautiful Bedrooms With Crown Paints

No room is more personal than the bedroom, a special space to relax and wind-down in. Therefore it is important to create a space that is not only calming but that also looks good. A lick of paint is a great way to give the bedroom a quick and inexpensive update. A new colour palette can be easily changed with different seasons, or as children grow older without much hassle.

Crown - Hare, Powdered Clay, City Break and Wheatgrass all Matt Emulsion, from £14 for 2.5l

Crown - Hare, Powdered Clay, City Break and Wheatgrass all Matt Emulsion, from £14 for 2.5l

Paint effects are a great way to add character to the room. Try mixing two different hues to make the room feel larger, or paint a pattern to jazz up a teen’s space.

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Crown - Pashmina and Runaway, both Matt Emulsion from £14 for 2.5l (3)

Judy Smith, Crown Colour Consultant gives her tips on how to choose the best paint colour for the room:

There are two things to consider when choosing paint. Firstly what style do you want?Is it modern or traditional, fun or more considered? Secondly what is the atmosphere?Clean and spacious, deep and moody, bright and breezy?Whatever your preference the choice of paint really can help fashion both style and atmosphere. For example, a range of Period colours would suit a more traditional look, whilst more earthy tones like dusty pinks and terracottas are more modern. Remember to balance the natural light in the room by using warmer or cooler tones. However, whatever the rules, it's important to go with what you like.

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Crown - Promenade, Period Collection, from £23 for 2.5l (3)

Seven Tips to Maximise the Kerb Appeal of Your Home

Whether you’re planning to sell in the near future or just want to make the neighbours green with envy, outdoor specialists from BillyOh.com have shared with us seven top tips to help Brits enhance the front of their houses and increase their kerb appeal.

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Add a gate

Placing a gate at the entrance of the garden alongside being an additional security measure can also add a warm and welcoming for guests and sets the tone of the garden.

Refresh

Rather than putting in a new pathway a cheap and quick alternative is to instead use a power wash to give the existing footpath a good scrub. Add gravel to hide paths that are past saving.

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Enhance with an Arch

Putting an arch over the pathway is enticing and adds dimension to the area. Train plants like beech or hornbeam to make an evergreen arch, in winter the bare branches provide a strong structure.

Variety of greenery

When deciding on greenery, include a mix of different leaves and foliage to add dimension and interest. Stick to low maintenance plants such as hostas and lady ferns which thrive in shaded areas. Perfect for all seasons so no risk of looking bare or dull in colder periods.

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Utilise space

For residences with a smaller front garden such as townhouses, wall climbers should be considered. Taking no floor space and growing directly onto the outer walls of the house. Greenery can be introduced no matter how small the area.

Harmonise colours

When adding colour into the garden from front doors to plants and flowers choose complementary colours to unify the garden as one whole. This is an incredibly effective and easy way to add kerb appeal.

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Upgrade the door 

The main focal point of the house is the front door; a new lick of paint refreshes the home and draws the eye alongside polishing existing hardware. Before going for a bright colour consult with residents and ensure that it is appropriate for the location.

Sirens - Layering Glass to Great Effect With Curiousa & Curiousa

Layering Glass to Great Effect with Curiousa & Curiousa,. There’s a new addition to their Siren Wall Light range by using just layered glass. They look great as a pair, or for more drama grouped as an eclectic mix. 

Also available for bathrooms and outdoors,  you can have endless fun mixing and matching your own combinations using our range of 23 hand-blown glass colours.

These look utterly gorgeous and look great as a display or simply for a statement pieces.

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5 Questions to Ask the Neighbours Before Buying a House

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Buying a home is a big deal, so it’s important to carry out as much research as you can. This could include checking out the local area, researching the price of similar properties and even having a quick conversation with your potentially new neighbours.

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Whether it’s your first home or not, buying a house is an exciting time, but don’t be afraid to ask the neighbours questions. After all, they’ll likely know a lot about the area and will be much more honest than the sellers or estate agents. With this in mind, here are five insightful questions you could ask the neighbours before buying a house.

1. How long have you lived here?

This is a simple question that could be incredibly insightful. If they’ve been there for a long time, it could be a good sign. However, even if they’ve only lived there for a year or so, they might be able to give you an insight into moving to the area. It will also help you get a feel for the neighbours and if they’re interested in answering your questions or not.

2. Do you enjoy living in the area?

If they’re reluctant to give too much information after your first question, asking about the area will help you get to the bottom of the neighbourhood and the people that live within it. From this one question, you’ll be able to find out how safe the area is, what the other residents are like, and how sociable everyone is.

3. Is the neighbourhood child-friendly?

Moving to a new area is as challenging for children as it is for parents, so it’s only fair to ask about its child-friendliness. With this insightful question, you might find there are plenty of other children for your kids to play with, or you might discover it’s an adult-dominated street. Either way, it will help you decide if the area is right for you and your family. You could also ask about schools in the area to find out about their reputation.

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4. Is there anything I should be aware of?

This is another important question to ask the sellers and estate agents, but the neighbours might be willing to dish a little more dirt than those looking to make a quick sale. You can expect a few jokes to be made from friendly neighbours, and chances are they won’t have any worrying concerns to express. However, it’s a simple question for your own peace of mind. After all, you never know what it could reveal.

5. If you could change anything about the area, what would it be?

This might sound like an intense, interview-style question, but it could reveal some very important answers. Maybe they’d like the pot holes to be filled in, improved street security, or locals-only street parking. Whatever their answer, it will help you pick out any qualms they have with the area and make a decision on whether or not to purchase the property.

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Buying your first home

The next time you head to view a home, don’t forget to set aside a couple of minutes to chat with the neighbours. If you’re currently looking for your first property, why not enlist the help of specialist first-time buyers solicitors, ET Law? They can help you get the best deal on your first home, by streamlining the house buying process for you and helping you to understand exactly what you’re getting for your money. A good residential property solicitor can also help you carry out property checks, so you can be even more certain it’s the right property for you.




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

This Paw Print Flooring is Perfect for Pet Owners

Atrafloor have designed a new set of playful paw print floors that are perfect for design-conscious pet owners looking for a robust flooring to create a space to be proud of.

The pattern provides a pitter-patter of paws made permanent as a flooring, and is a fitting design idea for homes where four-legged friends can be found.

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The flooring would be a welcome addition to any kitchen, and is a particularly charming design choice for the small areas of the house we dedicate to pets, such as around a food bowl, doggy door or cat flap. The paw pattern would even make a fun flooring option for a hallway, laundry space or child's playroom.

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Atrafloor is made from highly-durable materials that protect against daily wear and tear, making it an ideal flooring solution for the stomping ground of those real life muddy paws.

The Paw design features a subtle print and can be custom-made in any colour.

This design is available at: https://www.atrafloor.com/vinyl-flooring/kids/

All flooring is made-to-order and priced at £59.00 /m2.

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.

Pooky Announce New Collaboration with Textile Designer Tori Murphy

Pooky are thrilled to announce a brand new collaboration with Tori Murphy, the textile mastermind behind the eponymous brand of woven fabrics.

With a shared ethos of creating beautiful, tactile homewares, combining both brand’s aesthetics in the form of a lampshade collection felt like a natural fit. The limited edition collection is composed of four shades in Tori’s signature style which fit perfectly with Pooky’s unique bases.

Pooky Tammy table lamp in Cobalt, £100, with Tori Murphy 36cm Drum shade in Navy stripe, £130

Pooky Tammy table lamp in Cobalt, £100, with Tori Murphy 36cm Drum shade in Navy stripe, £130

“Our four designs are Fastnet Stripe, a classic nautical design that I was surrounded by in my childhood growing up on the West coast of Ireland; Climbing Chevy, a fun vibrant design in a lovely Radish colour inspired by my days living off Portobello Rd; Cadogan Check, a graphic monochrome design; and Seedling, a gentle yellow pattern that feels fresh and gentle,” explains Tori.


Combining the magical ambience of lighting with her fabrics was an exciting moment for Tori. “Ilove how lampshades illuminate and add an extra dimension of colour and pattern to a room. They can completely transform the feel, from a little sunny shade on a hallway table to glorious glowing shades in a living room and statement hanging pendants or even gentle easy lighting that slips into the background. They can fit into any interior scheme and using our fabrics on lampshades for the first time breathes a new and vibrant life into them.”

Pooky Crescent lamp in White marble, £180, with Tori Murphy 40cm Straight Empire shade in Seedling Cotton Mustard, £150

Pooky Crescent lamp in White marble, £180, with Tori Murphy 40cm Straight Empire shade in Seedling Cotton Mustard, £150

Pooky’s founder, Rohan Blacker, is equally pleased to see the collaboration come about. “For so long we’d appreciated Tori’s ability to bring pattern and colour into the home in a way that is accessible. Her patterns make it easy to add a touch of brightness and fun into our lives, something that certainly resonates with us here at Pooky.”

Pooky Pirouette table lamp in Ruby Resin, £170, with Tori Murphy 36cm Drum shade in Climbing Chevy Rose, £130

Pooky Pirouette table lamp in Ruby Resin, £170, with Tori Murphy 36cm Drum shade in Climbing Chevy Rose, £130

The lampshades will be available exclusively on the Pooky website in July, and they can be paired with the majority of Pooky bases.