The Milk House Milk Fest 2019

Milk Fest is back again, this time for it’s sixth year running and presenting the Greatest Show yet! As ever, over the August Bank Holiday weekend Milk Fest kicks off on Friday 23 August, with a long weekend of entertainment all the way through to Monday 26 August. It’s set to be a feel-good feast of food & fun for the whole family.

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They’ve put together an udderly unmissable schedule, with music from top local talent and fabulous food and drink from some of our wonderful suppliers. From an array of delicious Kentish cider to our ever-popular Park Farm hot dogs, pink fluffy candy floss to sensational circus skills; there will be something to put a smile on everyone’s face.

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To mark the occasion, the Milk House Fest have collaborated with Kent Brewery to bring you a 3.9% Session IPA using some of the latest English hop varieties at a cheap and beerful £3.50 a pint. A tipple or two of this bespoke Kentish pale ale, crafted just for us, is sure to get you in the party mood. So, bring a rug, make yourself comfortable, tuck into some fine festival fodder and enjoy the tunes.

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The Milk House fest Kicks off on Friday 23 August, for a Bank holiday weekend of fun, all the way through to Monday 26 August.

Top Tips for Hanging Wallpaper in the Bathroom

It’s often thought that the damp and steamy atmosphere of the typical bathroom is bad news for wallpaper. But we have news for you! Using the right wallpaper and applying it properly means wallpaper can last for years in the bathroom – even in the most humid conditions. So there’s really no reason to shun stunning and colourful wallcoverings as long as you keep a few things in mind.

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Using tiles on the bottom half of the wall ensures that splashes are kept away from the wallpaper. This is the Palm Springs Tropical wallpaper from Mind the Gap.

Alex Whitecroft, head of design at I Want Wallpaper shares her top tips for using wallpaper in bathrooms.

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A bespoke printed self adhesive wall mural, made to your own exact measurements creates a unique feature wall. Available from Purlfrost Window Film.

1.Select the right wallpaper for damp and steamy atmospheres

There is a wide selection of bathroom wallpapers designed specifically for use in damp and steamy conditions.  Look for hard-wearing vinyl finishes, wipe clean surfaces and embossed detailing for looks that will last.

 “When applied correctly, modern wallpapers can stay strong for years. A top tip is to apply a coat of Decorator’s Varnish over the top to seal and make any wallpaper moisture resistant”.

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A mix of tiles and botanical wallpaper creates a fresh and bright scheme. This is the Edge bathroom suite from Bathroom Takeaway.

2.Feature walls can be fabulous in bathrooms

Feature walls actually work really well in bathrooms for both practical and aesthetic reasons. Using wallpaper on one wall can avoid the dampest areas next to the bath, shower or sink. It’s also a time-efficient way to inject modern designs into the room.

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This unbreakable pvc wallpaper featuring detailed Portuguese tiles looks as good as the real thing. One of many from Lime Lace.

3.Get tiles at a fraction of the price and effort

Tiles certainly have their benefits, but they are expensive and it can be a big job to change them when it’s time for a refresh. Some of the most popular bathroom wallpapers mimic tiles and they’re extremely realistic. Plus, there’s no grouting required!

Mosaic, slate and marble tiles are all popular bathroom looks that can be easily created at a fraction of the cost. For a wet room look - fit tiles in key wet areas, such as the inside of the shower and around the bath and sink, with tile-effect paper elsewhere.

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Behind a free-standing bath is the perfect place for wallpaper, as the bath is some distance from the wall. This is the Betsy Fan Large wallpaper in charcoal and cream from Woodchip and Magnolia.

4.Make small bathrooms feel bigger with patterned papers

Pattern can actually help to create the illusion of space in small bathrooms. Far from dominating the room, it can merge boundaries when used on as many walls as possible, even extending to the ceiling. Don’t be fooled into thinking you have to stick to small scale pattern either, murals or large-scale patterns work extremely well in bathrooms.

V&A Goes to Market – One Day Sustainable Food Pop-Up at Borough Market

Turnips Borough to create unique dish from mushrooms grown in V&A exhibition

On 14th August, two of London’s most iconic destinations – the V&A and Borough Market – will collaborate to showcase innovative sustainable food growing techniques.

Borough Market trader Turnips Borough, a family-run fruit and vegetable retailer and wholesaler, will create a special dish – for one day only – using oyster mushrooms grown in the V&A from used coffee grounds. The mushrooms are a highlight of the V&A’s current exhibition FOOD: Bigger than the Plate, and the collaboration aims to take the project beyond the museum for visitors to sample while shopping at London’s oldest produce market.

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In an installation designed for the V&A by social enterprise GroCycle, oyster mushrooms are grown in the gallery from bags filled with used coffee grounds, including grounds from the V&A Benugo café where visitors drink 1,000 cups of coffee a day. The mushrooms are later harvested and return to the museum café as ingredients, closing the nutrient loop and challenging the notion of coffee grounds as ‘waste’ materials. The mushroom farm is one of over 70 contemporary projects in FOOD at the V&A, which is sponsored by BaxterStorey and explores how innovative individuals, communities and organisations are radically re-inventing how we grow, distribute and experience food.

This collaboration will see the V&A redirecting their mushroom harvest to Borough Market for a day, providing 7kg of pink, yellow and grey oyster mushrooms for Turnips to create a delicious mushroom and spelt risotto. 10% of the sales will be donated to Plan Zheroes, a zero food waste charity that Borough Market has worked with since 2014 to redistribute top quality surplus produce from traders to charities across London. To date, Borough Market and Plan Zheroes have saved in excess of 67,000 kilograms of surplus food from going to waste – providing over 135,000 meals for Londoners in need.

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Waste reduction is central to Borough Market’s drive to promote a responsible, sustainable approach to food production and consumption and this collaboration is part of the Market’s wider commitment to sustainability that includes the provision of public drinking fountains, a ban on single use plastic bottles, a corn starch alternative to plastic bags and a recycling scheme which ensures zero waste goes to landfill.

Borough Market’s approach chimes perfectly with Turnips’ pioneering tackling of food waste. 15 years ago, before food waste became the hot topic it is today, Turnips began finding new uses for fruit and vegetables which, while perfectly good, could not be sold. This included the making of juices and smoothies with this produce. Today, Turnips’ team of chefs use a range of seasonal produce to create incredible street food every day, including their rich mushroom risotto made with organic British spelt from Sharpham Park and topped with generous amounts of parmesan – the dish that inspired this collaboration.

Charles Foster, Turnips said: “We love what V&A and GroCycle are doing with this exhibition so it seems natural to collaborate in this way. We have been battling with sustainability and waste reduction for years, our wild mushroom risotto is a particularly successful vestige of that battle and using these innovative oyster mushrooms in our risotto will be hugely exciting!”

Mushroom installation in V&A's FOOD Bigger than the Plate (c) Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Mushroom installation in V&A's FOOD Bigger than the Plate (c) Victoria and Albert Museum, London

V&A goes to Market – One Day Sustainable Food Pop-Up at Borough Market: Weds 14th August

Summer Entertaining with an Outdoor Pizza Oven

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Barbecues in the garden are so last year. If you want to entertain alfresco this summer and really impress your friends and neighbours, a pizza party is the way to go. Take it from us, this is the complete opposite of charred chicken legs and burnt burgers. Imagine if you will fragrant pizzas dripping with cheese, embellished with Mediterranean vegetables and garnished with herbs, straight out of the oven. And it is all possible with the latest in pizza ovens from Gozney. All you have to decide is the best oven for you.

Roccbox

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Roccbox

With retractable legs and detachable burners, Roccbox is a truly portable pizza oven that you can take with you to the beach, on picnics, or just move to a sunnier part of the garden. The oven quickly reaches the optimum temperature and then you are able to cook a pizza in just 60 seconds! This means you can turn out over twenty pizzas in an hour and cater to even the hungriest party!

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Roccbox

Black Edition

The Black Edition pizza oven is for the modern, more professional outdoor kitchen. But that’s not to say you can’t install one in your back yard too. It’s available in gas and wood-fired versions and this versatile oven will transform the way you cook and entertain at home. Jamie Oliver eat your heart out!

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What’s more it includes an enamelled, cast iron mouth, wide enough to fit multiple or extra large oven dishes. The oven’s entrance offers a clear view of it’s powerful, burning flame, making cooking on stone both theatrical and effortless.

Stone Core

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Stone Core

The Stone Core enables a Gozney oven to be at the heart of any enclosure or surrounding design. Suited to demanding kitchens, the internal oven core is manufactured in segments and fits together simply, for a seamless stone environment.

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Stone Core

About Gozney

What began as one man’s quest for the perfect home-cooked pizza, resulted in a localised food revolution and a world-class range of innovative stone and fire products. Tom Gozney, the designer and innovator behind Gozney. designed a range of high quality, precast stone ovens and set up The Stone Bake Oven Company in 2010. Designed and made in the UK, the ovens inspired a movement in stone cooking at home. In fact, they proved such a success that the company grew and added Gozney Professional Ovens – a comprehensive range of wood and gas fired stone ovens that can now be found in a great number of the world’s leading commercial kitchens.

Today, Tom and the Gozney team push design boundaries and incorporate advanced user-friendly technology to achieve one ultimate goal: to enable everyone to share incredible food with family and friends.

Modern Maximalism With John Lewis

Enjoy some modern maximalism with John Lewis. With mixed materials and saturated hues Modern Maximalism is a bold look which will bring warmth to any space. Curated for colour confident, expressive customers, the collection celebrates contemporary design and sees tessellating shapes, perfect straight lines and smooth lozenges complemented by a diverse palette that includes deep paprika and rich ink.

Zoe StewartPartner & Decorative Bed Linen Buyer comments: “This season we look to colour in the bedroom not only to reflect our personal style but also to influence the way we feel; warm and bright hues can be incredibly energising. Our customer is bolder and looking to bring real personality into the room they undoubtedly spend the most time in. Layering colour on the bed is simple with plain linen, the absence of pattern allows you to play with three or four colours.”

JOHN LEWIS ELLIPSE CHAIR IN OPULENCE GREY, £349; Tom Dixon Tank Decanter, Black, £100; Tom Dixon Tank Champagne Glasses, Set of 2, £70; John Lewis & Partners + Swoon Raine Bar Trolley, £449; John Lewis & Partners CONNOISSEUR SPIRIT GIN GLASSES 700ML X 2, £25; John Lewis & Partners CONNOISSEUR SPIRIT MARTINI GLASSES 300ML X 2, £25; John Lewis & Partners CONNOISSEUR SPIRIT BRANDY GLASSES 720ML X 2, £25; John Lewis & Partners CONNOISSEUR SPIRIT WHISKEY 230ML X 2, £18; John Lewis & Partners HOUSE SAUCER X4, £18

JOHN LEWIS ELLIPSE CHAIR IN OPULENCE GREY, £349; Tom Dixon Tank Decanter, Black, £100; Tom Dixon Tank Champagne Glasses, Set of 2, £70; John Lewis & Partners + Swoon Raine Bar Trolley, £449; John Lewis & Partners CONNOISSEUR SPIRIT GIN GLASSES 700ML X 2, £25; John Lewis & Partners CONNOISSEUR SPIRIT MARTINI GLASSES 300ML X 2, £25; John Lewis & Partners CONNOISSEUR SPIRIT BRANDY GLASSES 720ML X 2, £25; John Lewis & Partners CONNOISSEUR SPIRIT WHISKEY 230ML X 2, £18; John Lewis & Partners HOUSE SAUCER X4, £18

John Lewis & Partners Santino 8-10 Seater Extending Dining Table, Solid Oak, £899; Design Project By John Lewis No.203 Upholstered Side Chair, £299; Broste Copenhagen Hune Cutlery set, Rose Gold, 16 piece, £175; Mezzo Navy Napkin Set of 4, £12; 3 Tone Glass Multi Small, £40; John Lewis & Partners Impressions China, £7 Side plate green, £7; John Lewis & Partners Impressions China Platter multi, £18; John Lewis & Partners L Impressions China Serve bowl multi, £22; John Lewis & Partners Impressions China Dinner plate Green, £7

John Lewis & Partners Santino 8-10 Seater Extending Dining Table, Solid Oak, £899; Design Project By John Lewis No.203 Upholstered Side Chair, £299; Broste Copenhagen Hune Cutlery set, Rose Gold, 16 piece, £175; Mezzo Navy Napkin Set of 4, £12; 3 Tone Glass Multi Small, £40; John Lewis & Partners Impressions China, £7 Side plate green, £7; John Lewis & Partners Impressions China Platter multi, £18; John Lewis & Partners L Impressions China Serve bowl multi, £22; John Lewis & Partners Impressions China Dinner plate Green, £7

Design Project By John Lewis No.203 Upholstered Side Chair, £299; Design Project By John Lewis No.203 Upholstered Side Chair, £299; Design Project by John Lewis No.169 8 Seater Dining Table, Oak, £999; Arcade Night Sky Readymade Curtain, £80 / £120; Matinee 10 light ceiling hoop, £295; Astrid Walnut Oval, £299; 3 Tone Glass Multi Small, £40; Iittala Ruutu Vase, H26.5cm, Copper, £190

Design Project By John Lewis No.203 Upholstered Side Chair, £299; Design Project By John Lewis No.203 Upholstered Side Chair, £299; Design Project by John Lewis No.169 8 Seater Dining Table, Oak, £999; Arcade Night Sky Readymade Curtain, £80 / £120; Matinee 10 light ceiling hoop, £295; Astrid Walnut Oval, £299; 3 Tone Glass Multi Small, £40; Iittala Ruutu Vase, H26.5cm, Copper, £190

John Lewis & Partners Pillow Bedstead, 135c, £599; Design Project No.210 3 Tier lamp, £175; House by John Lewis Rayna Terrazzo Small Side Table, £69; Washed Cotton Throw Auburn 250 x 260, £80; Washed Cotton Throw Plaster 250 x 260, £80; No019 Decor Bedspread Night Sky 150 x 200, £65; Washed Linen Standard Pillowcase, Burnt Orange, £ 15; Washed Linen Standard Duvet Cover, Double, Burnt Orange, £60; Washed Linen Fitted Sheet, Double, Burnt Orange, £50; Design Project by John Lewis No.018 TUMBLER X 4, £30.

John Lewis & Partners Pillow Bedstead, 135c, £599; Design Project No.210 3 Tier lamp, £175; House by John Lewis Rayna Terrazzo Small Side Table, £69; Washed Cotton Throw Auburn 250 x 260, £80; Washed Cotton Throw Plaster 250 x 260, £80; No019 Decor Bedspread Night Sky 150 x 200, £65; Washed Linen Standard Pillowcase, Burnt Orange, £ 15; Washed Linen Standard Duvet Cover, Double, Burnt Orange, £60; Washed Linen Fitted Sheet, Double, Burnt Orange, £50; Design Project by John Lewis No.018 TUMBLER X 4, £30.

6 Ways to Make Your Home Look More Expensive

We’d all like to make our homes Insta-Worthy, but creating an expensive and stylish look throughout your home can be tricky if you don’t know where to start. If you’re stuck for inspiration on how to change up your home, try these tips to make your creativity flow.

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Mix the old with the new

Whether you’re upcycling furniture or slowly incorporating new pieces into an eclectic room, by mixing and matching modern and vintage styles it will create a complimentary contrast of textures and depth in your home. Pair your vintage furniture with bold cushions and a monochrome throw for a modern take on comfort and an easy elegant look.

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Bifold Door Blinds, Blinds 2go

Update old fixtures

If your doors and windows are worn and tired, upgrade your home by adding fresh fixtures that will last you decades. Bi-fold doors from Quickslide will give your home a classic feel whilst being strong and durable throughout the year.

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Point Pendant Opal Glass 8400 Dining Room Lighting, Davey Lighting

Upgrade your light fixtures

Glass chandeliers, spotlights and industrial pendants are just a few ways to make the most out of your lighting in each room. Replace heavy, dark light shades with pendants or translucent shades to let more light reach throughout the room while automatically upgrading your room to suit the mood you’re aiming for.

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Large Oak Leaf Gold Gilt Mirror, The French Bedroom Co

Add mirrors

The illusion of more light will make your space appear bigger, so add mirrors to make light bounce from wall to wall for your home to become instantly brighter. This works especially well in small or dark rooms, as more visual space opens up your room to make it double in size.

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Berkley Sofa, Sweetpea and Willow

Keep your tones neutral

When in doubt, paint your walls neutral tones of beige, grey or white and decorate with coloured pieces to compliment. For a fresh look, keep your whole room and accessories neutral for a timeless, bright look if bold colours aren’t for you.

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Walkworth Linen Oatmeal Storage Bed, Furniture Choice

Create a gallery wall

Keep your home characterful with a statement wall of artwork if your room is looking bare. Images can sometimes work more effectively than wallpaper as a feature wall, so have a god at making a gallery wall if you’ve got an artistic eye for creating a collage wall that guests can explore. There’s so much to choose from depending on the tone of your room, from pop art to scenic photography or abstract portraits, choose a style and colours to compliment your space.

 

 

Bluebellgray 10 Year Anniversary Cushion

Bluebellgray are celebrating their 10 year anniversary by releasing 50 limited edition ‘Giverny’ cushions. This original, hand-painted floral design has been pulled from the 2009 archive and reworked into an instant Bluebellgray classic. Featuring beautiful, painterly blooms in our joyful and vibrant colour palette. Each one will be hand stamped and numbered out of fifty.

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Giverny Cushion, available from August 2019, £85

Giverny Cushion, available from August 2019, £85

HAM for Choose Love

This week saw the opening of the CHOOSE LOVE 2019 exhibition at Somerset House. Curated by Print Club London the exhibition of over 30 original artworks raises money to support the amazing Help Refugees charity. This has been such a special project for me and I feel incredibly honoured to have been asked to join the line up of artists making their mark on the iconic Katharine Hamnett ‘CHOOSE LOVE’ slogan, which she very kindly donated the rights for to Help Refugees.

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My piece is an limited edition of just three and shows Rabbit encouraging others to share the love - his colour palette inspired by that of the ocean, land, desert and earth.

All the original framed pieces are now on sale for a week via silent auction at printclublondon.com, with all proceeds going directly to the charity and the life saving work they do. Click on the link below to find out more and place a bid.

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Choose Love 2019 now showing in the East Wing of Somerset House until 1st August 2019.

Properties with the Best Roof Terraces on Sale in London Right Now

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Picture this: you’ve finished a long, hard day at work and the sun is shining. You head to your local bar, only to find that you’re deep at the back of the queue, with just one person serving. Once you finally get your drink, you head to the beer garden and low and behold there are no free tables, leaving you standing in 30-degree heat.

A situation no one wishes to face! This is why a lot of sought-after properties in London are equipped with roof-top terraces overlooking the London skyscape. A perfect place for a Sunday BBQ, drinks, or just watching the evening sunset.

Here are five properties that give us serious rooftop envy, all currently on sale with Foxtons Estate Agents:

Notting Hill Gate, W11

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This spacious split-level flat offers a sweeping open plan reception, two bedrooms and an exquisite modern kitchen. However, the highlight to this property is the gloriously roomy roof terrace. With plenty of room for a dining table and chairs, sofa and even some sun loungers for hot summer days, this terrace gives off some serious Marrakesh vibes.

Chelsea, SW10

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If you have a spare £2.5 million in the bank and you’re looking for a property with a quaint roof terrace sun trap, this Chelsea property is ideal. A three-bedroom mews house with a beautiful open-plan kitchen and ample space to entertain friends and family in the dining area. It also has a formal reception with feature timer and glass staircase, plus plenty of other gorgeous features all spread over three floors.

Leyton, E10

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This bespoke, three-storey warehouse apartment offers high-end rustic interiors, combined with the perfect balance of modern touches. There is plenty of space for creativity, a mezzanine area and, of course, a stunning private roof terrace where you can pick up your favourite book and catch a tan in your own home.

Shoreditch, EC2A

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Based in the heart of Shoreditch, this New York loft style two bed flat offers funky yet modern interiors, as well as two bathrooms. The terrace not only offers incredible views over this buzzing district but is the perfect location for you to host your own party.

Camberwell, SE5

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If you’re looking for a swanky new London property around Peckham and Camberwell, this three-bedroom house is ideal. Not only does it offer high quality design and spacious accommodation over three floors, but also a private roof terrace with views that look over to the shard. The terrace is also surrounded by opaque glass, should you want to sunbathe in a bikini without the neighbours catching a glimpse.

Cook Up a Storm in an Outdoor Kitchen

At this time of year it’s all about BBQs, al-fresco dining, and lazy warm evenings. And there’s something about cooking outside that never loses its appeal. But why stop at a solitary barbecue for cooking up those outdoor feasts when you can create a proper outdoor kitchen?

Drawer Fronts: Sadolin Classic Woodstain, Ebony, from £17.90 for 2.5l; Fence: Sandtex 10 Year Exterior Satin, Seclusion, from £32 for 2.5l

Drawer Fronts: Sadolin Classic Woodstain, Ebony, from £17.90 for 2.5l; Fence: Sandtex 10 Year Exterior Satin, Seclusion, from £32 for 2.5l

Drawers and cupboards will keep all you need to hand without running backwards and forwards to the kitchen, and the top will provide a perfect work surface for outdoor food prep. The icing on the cake would be an outdoor sink for washing salads and vegetables and for washing up at the end of the meal.

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Decoratively, paint your outside kitchen as you would any indoor space. Here shades of grey keep the area looking sophisticated and act as the perfect foil for all that greenery. Practically, durable, all-weather shielding woodstains provide the perfect coating for drawer fronts, work surfaces and smaller cooking accessories, whilst exterior gloss and masonry paint offer accompanying pops of colour.

Pizza Oven, Sandtex Smooth Masonry Paint, Pure Brilliant White, from £23 for 5L; Crates: Sandtex Rapid Dry Satin, Bay Tree, from £17.99 for 750ml

Pizza Oven, Sandtex Smooth Masonry Paint, Pure Brilliant White, from £23 for 5L; Crates: Sandtex Rapid Dry Satin, Bay Tree, from £17.99 for 750ml

A pizza oven would be a great addition. And don’t forget to build a space for log storage too.

Table Top: Sandtex 10 Year Exterior Satin, Cloudy Day, from £19 for 750ml

Table Top: Sandtex 10 Year Exterior Satin, Cloudy Day, from £19 for 750ml

All that’s left is to create a dining area where guests will be happy to sit and enjoy all that food.

Styling and photography courtesy of exterior decorating experts Sadolin & Sandtex

The Tie Dye Takeover Comes to Wallpaper for Summer

Tie dye is back on the design scene making waves in the fashion industry, and these radical tie dye wallpapers are bringing the revamped style to the home in a modern, zestful way.

Opinion-dividing design

Searches for tie dye have increased by nearly 200% since the beginning of the year, making it one of the most sought after fashion styles of 2019. Prada, Stella McCartney, Chloé and Dior are only a few of the designer fashion brands that have been launching the trend to massive popularity with creative runway pieces that revive tie dye. 

And now, after just entering the world of food and drink with the Starbucks tie dye frappuccino release, the opinion-dividing design is also moving into modern interiors in a fittingly eye-catching way with this bold collection of wall designs by MuralsWallpaper.

Punchy, vivid colours inspired by acid washes are elevating tie dye and making it look fresh for its comeback this year. The bright colours of these murals move away from garish festival colour combos of centuries past, and into a lush style that feels rejuvenated with currently coveted colours.

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Ice cold tie dye

These daring wall designs by MuralsWallpaper have been created using ice, rather than the expected tied cloth pieces. In this method, dye is dusted over ice as its sitting on the fabric and then left to work its magic as it melts. The result is something a bit different from traditional tie dye that makes the iconic look more liveable for a home.

The dye designs for these wall murals were created by hand to hold on to the organic, hand-crafted appeal of tie dye. The reason that many suspect tie dye and custom-made murals are exciting the design world right now is that people want something more one-of-a-kind for their wardrobe and home.

This collection is ideal for daring decorators with a passion for colour, flair and the bold. But even homeowners who would usually be very safe and minimal with their interiors can seize this chance to embrace the joyous return of nostalgic tie dye, with a now more high-design identity. 

Love it or loathe it, tie dye is back in a big way.

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The Peace and Festival murals are £36.00 per square metre. 

Available at: https://www.muralswallpaper.co.uk/wall-murals/watercolour-wallpaper/tie-dye-wallpaper/

What's Your Style of Tile?

White metro tiles (lovely as they are), are not the only style of tile for that bathroom or kitchen makeover you are planning. Take it from us. There’s never been a better time to unleash your creativity and make a bold statement.

Stacey (of The Design Sheppard) in collaboration with Original Style has put together four different schemes to tempt you. And all of them are bang-on-trend….

Natural Selection

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This trend has a focus on careful craftsmanship and natural materials like wood, rattan, seagrass, wicker, cork, bamboo and terracotta. The colours that feature are also very natural so lots of muted earthy tones and especially lots of dark green. It also features lots of plants and foliage, as well as botanical prints on wallpaper, tiles and fabrics.

Featured is the palm print tile 'Hothouse' alongside Lignum Cream wood-effect tile and 'Victorian Green' tiles and mouldings. From Original Style.

The New Neutrals

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Grey is finally starting to wane in popularity and it’s now the turn of the ‘New Neutrals’. Think tea rose, lilac, lavender, mint and pale peach shades. Basically pastel colours in a more muted shade are 'in' in a big way. This ice-cream colour palette is given a more sophisticated feel though thanks to the grey undertones that permeate these colours.

Featured are an array of pastel themed tiles from Original Style and The Winchester Tile Company.

Colourful Kitchens

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It would seem that we are done playing it safe in the kitchen and we are now seeing some really bold statement colours coming through. Kitchens in deep navy blues accompanied by statement metallic splash backs in hand-aged copper or gold leaf are adding drama to kitchens settings.

Featured is Original Style's Copper Leaf large format tile alongside Lignum Taupe Natural - a stunning wood-effect porcelain tile.

Rough Luxe

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Rough Luxe sees rough, industrial finishes working alongside more refined and luxurious pieces. So use a mix of warm metallics like copper, brass and gold paired with exposed brick, concrete and rough timber finishes.

The image features Midnight Blue, London Stone, Antico Casale Fumo and Shadow Smoke Matt tiles. From Original Style.

Al fresco Tour with MyHouseology x Stylonylon

Houseology had the pleasure of working with ultimate cool girl Julia Rebaudo of lifestyle blog Stylonylon. Our team headed out to Julia's humble oasis in the Algarve to elevate her outdoor space this summer with a plethora of products from Houseology.com.

With a casual, comfortable and practical design aesthetic, Julia selected a whole range of stylish products from Houseology to create the perfect outdoor oasis. From bamboo dining tables, to chic garden chairs and glowing lanterns, Julia chose design pieces with plenty of versatility. Recreate Julia’s look and design a stylish brunch spot in your outdoor space this summer with our chic, durable and expertly crafted garden furniture. Hand-picked by Julia, of course!

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Inspired by the elegance of country living, the Hampstead Chair Set by Garden Trading creates ultimate comfort with it’s curved and contoured outdoor seating solution. Beautifully woven from PE bamboo, this two-seater set takes inspiration from traditional Danish bucket chairs; minimal, stylish and timeless, just like Julia’s Portuguese paradise. Combining natural bamboo with black powder coated steel gives the chair a slight industrial feel, adding a more modern feel to the design. Create the perfect bistro style set-up with the Hampstead chair set this season and embrace the summer in style.

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Delivering a rustic yet modern aesthetic, all Lene Bjerre designs achieve a contemporary style whilst still taking elements from traditional Scandinavian interiors. Julia’s dining area features two of our favourite pieces from the Lene Bjerre collection, the Nellia Dining Chair and the Mandisa Dining Table. Julia also chose the beautifully minimalistic Lara Bench, a handwoven rattan and iron bench, which is also part of Lene Bjerre’s sustainable furniture series!

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From reclaimed teak and steel, to natural bamboo and industrial slate, each of the table tops featured in Julia’s outdoor space exude style and understated elegance. Mixing a variety of textures can help add depth and character to any space, indoors or out. The Tekura Low Square Coffee Table by Les Jardins is inspired by the laid-back elegance of Scandinavian patio and terraces with its timeless and minimalistic appeal. With rounded corners and legs, the Tekura table is family-friendly and the slate top is a perfect contract to the rest of the teak frame.

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Top Tips for Choosing Your Garden Furniture

Our outdoor spaces are no longer the forgotten areas of our homes. Gardens are now becoming an extra room in which to relax, entertain and eat with the family. So whether you have a small balcony or a large terrace, a huge choice of new materials and fabrics as well as new technology can make the task of finding your perfect garden furniture anything but simple. Bramblecrest, the leading garden furniture company, have come up with five things to think about and some simple tips to help.

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Saba Italia New York Soleil Garden Furniture, Go Modern.

SPACE

  •  Measure your seating area accurately – particularly if space is tight. Allow for 1m around the back of any chairs or sofas you will need to navigate, or the space will feel cramped.

  • If your seating area is small but has a suitable wall along one side, putting modular seating against it will be the best use of space.

  • If you don’t have a space for storing cushions, buy a storage sofa or storage boxes which can also be a useful hideaway for outdoor toys and tableware.

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Palermo Corner Bench And Coffee Table, Danetti.

ACTIVITY

  • Make a list of how you will use your garden furniture – from al fresco entertaining, to casual family lunches and sunbathing.

  • Modular dining sets are the most flexible when it comes to seating larger groups and for casual dining.

  • Bramblecrest’s adjustable dining tables also offer flexibility – they can be instantly lowered and turned into a coffee table or vice versa.

  • If you want a more traditional dining set but also want to kick back and relax, leave room for some recliners and foot stools.

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Paris Volcano/Grey Round Dining Table with 4 Paris Volcano/Grey Stacking Armchairs, Bridgeman.

MATERIAL

  • Sales of teak garden furniture are generally in decline. Check it is sustainably sourced and be prepared to oil it once a year and store it over winter.

  • For the ultimate in comfort and convenience, choose upholstered chairs without loose cushions. Bramblecrest’s Panama range, upholstered in a new season-proof fabric, can be safely left out in the rain and only needs to be covered or stored over long periods of non-use. No other cushion storage required!

  • For low maintenance tables and chairs that are impervious to the elements, choose synthetic woven furniture (the most popular choice in Britain) or aluminium, which is light to move and very easy to clean.

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Riviera Garden Chair, Cuckooland.

COLOUR

  • Relatively neutral colours tend to look best in most gardens, but some more definite colours can also work well.

  • Use scatter cushions, throws and rugs to add brighter colours which tie in with planting, paving and nearby architecture.

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Dynasty Fire Pit Set, The Garden Furniture Centre.

ACCESSORIES

  • A large, adjustable parasol protects people (as well as phones and tablets) from glare and excessive heat in the summer.

  • Some parasols have built-in LED lights to give your evenings a little extra light and sparkle.

  • Keep your guests warm, particularly in more exposed seating areas, with a dining table with a built-in firepit.

Bert & May Launches Eco-Friendly Paint Collection

Bert & May has launched a new environmentally-friendly paint collection with 48 shades inspired by the Earth’s natural palette. The paints have a rich and chalky finish, and the colours complement Bert & May’s full range of products – including the handmade tile collections, basins and kitchens.

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The majority of our pigments are naturally derived and create the muted, chalky tone for which we are known; much softer than anything synthetic and mass-produced. This is a principle which is not only a very important part of our aesthetic but also to our responsibility to the environment.

Available in Eco-emulsion, Limewash and Eggshell, each colour has 4 variations of shade, achieved through blending different strengths of the same pigment; the more pigment added, the deeper and richer the colour. 

‘We believe that colour has a huge impact on how you feel and live and so it is important to choose those which will not only enrich your interior but also create the right mood. And in telling our own colour story, we also wanted to share the individual connotations and origin of our palette; after all, we are all about the story in our products!’ Bert & May

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Vintage Interiors Pop up Shop Coming to Notting Hill

Did you know that in the UK alone, more than 300,000 tonnes of furniture is put into landfill every year?

Indigo Flamingo was created with the intention of rescuing good quality, vintage pieces and redesigning them to become more modern, unique and desired in today's world.

Their aim is to promote sustainable lifestyles without compromising on quality or price.

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Indigo Flamingo also offer commissions on request. They are based in Norfolk, however delivery is available throughout the East, South East and Midlands.

Please contact us them at IndigoFlamingoOnline@gmail.com for more information or if you would like a quote.

Or why not visit the pop up shop and explore the world of recycled, reinvented, reimagined vintage treasures?

90 GOLBORNE ROAD, NOTTING HILL, LONDON W10 5PS
July 26th-August 6th 2019

New Mural Collection from 1838 Wallcoverings

Luxurious effects, inspirational design and dramatic scale define the new 1838 Wallcoverings Murals collection.  Brush stroke detail, on-trend metallics and influences ranging from paradise islands through to geometrics and large-scale florals, make this a stunning collection.

Bloom – Two colourways - Magenta & Sapphire

Adorn your walls with watercolour ombres and painterly blooms.  Beautiful canvas-like textures, pearlescent highlights and impressionist pointillism detail bring this design to life.

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Reflections – Three colourways - Pewter, Copper & Jade

Mesmerising ikat and chevron patterns create an undulating stripe of mirrored images.  Graduated tones, metallics and pearlescent effects add depth and drama to any scheme.

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Paradise Found – Two colourways - Emerald, Monochrome 

Create a tranquil oasis with leafy palms and lush foliage adding a touch of paradise to statement walls.  Illustrative line techniques draw the eye to unexpected finds of butterflies and tiny boats on the horizon.

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Clematis – Two colourways - Autumn & Ebony

Trailing clematis, cherry blossom and intertwining leaves bring the outside in to create a natural haven for relaxation. Choose from soft sheen qualities or dramatic colours to set the mood.

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Spectrum – Two colourways - Mocha & Indigo

Bold and dramatic, interlocking blocks of colour give the wow factor to any scheme.  Overlays of colour and brush stroke effects in warming shades create an eye-catching look.

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Bellavista – Three colourways - Azure, Aquamarine & Sunset

A contemporary, dreamy seascape in sunrise and sunset hues. Bringing a relaxed holiday vibe indoors, bold brush strokes and splashes of contrasting colour delight and intrigue.

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These easy to use, paste-the-wall designs cost £165 per mural roll (four panels) and are available from www.1838wallcoverings.com and selected stockists nationwide.

Hallway Design - How to Make a Welcoming Entrance

The hallway is all too often a forgotten space in our homes when it comes to design. It’s a transition space first and foremost and takes a lot of knocks and scrapes in today’s frenetic lives. But it’s also the first room that visitors see and should set the scene for what’s to follow. Four of Neptune’s home designers share their interiors insight on how to make your entryway as warm and welcoming as it is functional. Including everything from wet wellington boots to somewhere to check your reflection before you rush out of the door…

Keswick Large Console Table £910, Longton Lamp Base £105, Oliver shade in Warm White from £17, Garrick Chandelier £375. All Neptune.

Keswick Large Console Table £910, Longton Lamp Base £105, Oliver shade in Warm White from £17, Garrick Chandelier £375. All Neptune.

Let lighting draw the eye – [George Miller, Home Designer at Neptune Fulham]

“When you arrive home, opening your front door should be a sort of restorative ritual. Lighting can really help here. In this period property hallway, the dropped height of the Garrick chandelier leads your eye towards the staircase which makes a hallway appear larger as well as reminding you that your bed is never too far away! One light source in a room is never enough – layered lighting is what you’re looking to achieve – so a console table lamp adds a lower level of soft, ambient light which creates a soothing first impression day after day.”

Shay Rustic Oak Painted Console, £249.99. Oak Furniture Land

Shay Rustic Oak Painted Console, £249.99. Oak Furniture Land

Add warmth underfoot – [Laura Stainer, Home Designer at Neptune Chichester]

“I’m a big advocator of fitting in a hallway rug because it gives that instant sense of comfort. Not every home has enough room for a little armchair or bench, so it’s important to seek out other ways to make sure the space feels comfortable. After all, this is likely to be the first place that greets you day-in, day-out and it sets the tone for the rest of your home too. The bigger the rug, the better – a rule to live by in every room. And if you’re after pure practicality, think about natural weave rugs like jute.”

Turnberry Console £465, Somerton Log Basket £51, Corinium Pot £230, Shaftesbury Lamp with Lucile Shade £143, Caledonia Print Scottish Hills Print £115. All Neptune.

Turnberry Console £465, Somerton Log Basket £51, Corinium Pot £230, Shaftesbury Lamp with Lucile Shade £143, Caledonia Print Scottish Hills Print £115. All Neptune.

Favour functional flooring – [Kate Franklin, Home Designer at Neptune York]

“Nobody wants to be taking off their shoes on the doorstep for fear of marking a cream carpet or perfectly presented wooden floor. Your hallway floor will serve you best when it’s one that can take the pawprints and the raindrops from your umbrella. Tumbled flagstones, textured timber planks and even terracotta brick are all worthy contenders. Better still when they work with underfloor heating.”

Offcut Art Decor Flooring, £42.95 per sqm. Lifestyle Floors

Offcut Art Decor Flooring, £42.95 per sqm. Lifestyle Floors

Make room for storage and styling – [Kate Bradley, Home Designer at Neptune Edgbaston]

“Peg coat racks, baskets and console tables are all a hallway’s best friend. Even if your hallway is spacious, go for a slimmer design if you can so it doesn’t encroach too heavily on floor space, but one that’s longer so you can spread the contents across it without it appearing too cluttered. A good mix of decorative (like a vase, lamp and piece of art) and functional (a mirror and a bowl for keys and loose change) will achieve a happy balance.”

Stockists

https://www.neptune.com/

https://www.oakfurnitureland.co.uk/

https://www.lifestyle-floors.co.uk/

Playful Pixel Flooring Inspired by the Return of 8-Bit Art

Atrafloor's fun new collection captures trending pixelated design in the form of a modern vinyl flooring named Censor.

Inspired by 8-bit colour graphics and game aesthetics that have a beloved nostalgic quality, Censorbrings this style to flooring for the first time and joins in on the trend that's proving the passion for pixel design isn't dead.

Contemporary indie games can be said to be leading the way in popularising the pixelated look again, with some big games adopting an intentionally simplistic pixel stye. And its influences are fast making their way into modern design and interiors.

This flooring from Atrafloor is a creative alternative to traditional tiles, with perfectly placed pixel squares that resonate with both retro and futuristic feelings. 

The range includes a bright multi-coloured version that will be particularly exciting for kids, as well as more subtle colour palettes that will work well in bathrooms, kitchens and utility rooms.

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

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

Bohemian Style at Home

Extract from Bohemian Style at Home by Kate Young. 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.

What is bohemian style?

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Image: GAP Interiors/Douglas Gibb

A grand ornate mirror and large oil painting transform this living room into boho chic heaven.

The term ‘bohemian style’ is bandied about a lot and often applies to a decorating approach characterized by free-flowing fabrics, bright colours and a multitude of clashing patterns. Heavily inspired by the 1960s and 1970s freespirited way of life, it is one of the most versatile styles of decoration. Sometimes rule-breaking and always personal, it could best be described as a way to live in complete harmony with your surroundings. Forget about famous designers and carefully planned decorating schemes, boho is the antipode of trends.

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Plants are an inexpensive way to add colour to a room. Here they add a welcoming touch to the entryway.

While the ‘anything goes’ approach is meant to be liberating, the prospect of having no rules to abide by can be daunting when trying to recreate bohemian style for yourself. There are however a few key elements that define a true bohemian home:

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Image: Stylist/Designer Jo of thewishingtrees.com

Vintage

Vintage furniture and accessories is an essential component of bohemian design and will give your home that authentic look. Flea markets, charity shops and salvage yards are great places to start hunting for unique pieces.

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Image: Fleamarket Fab/Chanell Harrison; instagram.com/fleamarketfab

To ramp up the tactile element of a bedroom, layer several rugs, choosing complementing hues or textures for a cohesive look.

Texture

We often think of bohemian design as a feast of colour, but texture features just as heavily in the scheme. In fact, it’s possible to achieve a bohemian look with very little colour as long as you pile on the textures.

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Image: HK Living; HKLiving.com

Bring the outdoors in with a hammock and plenty of plants.

Plants

In a bid to blur the boundaries between the inside and outside world and be completely at one with nature, the bohemian home is always crammed with plants.

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Image: Fie Frøling; instagram.com/woodlandwhim

For an unusual display hang a beautiful item of clothing as if it were a piece of art.

Soulfulness and creativity

Boho style is about following your heart and guts. Infuse your personal taste into your decor and you will have a bohemian home as individual as you are.

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Bohemian Style at Home by Kate Young.

Published by Thames and Hudson