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Deck The Halls – Christmas Decorations

26th November 2017
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Christmas seems to have come even earlier for many this year. On the way back home tonight, I spotted four Christmas trees already up and in the windows and it’s not even December yet. What is going on?! This year as we will be away a week before Christmas, so it seems that we have to get our decorating done and dusted way before normal.

This year, I am not even thinking of a real tree as we will be here for so little time. A nice indoor light up tree does the trick just as well. This silver birch tree pictured above is from Cox & Cox and does the job nicely without having to worry about stray pine needles.

This year I am going for a Nordic, Scandi style look with a silver/white theme and very little colour but of course being me, a bit of bling with some sequins!

With less than a month to go till the big day, it’s time to get busy!

Christmas Decorations

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  1. Wee Gallery Advent Calendar from Scandibørn | £64.95
  2. Light Up Birch Hanging Christmas tree from Lights4Fun at Amazon | £19.99
  3. Sequin Christmas Decorations from H&M Home
  4. Christmas wreath from John Lewis £45
  5. Bark Crackers from Hedgehog | £32
  6. Sequin Winter Palace stocking at John Lewis | £18
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Partywear for Tween Girls

25th November 2017
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Speaking purely about what I know, choosing partywear and dressing daughters for Christmas who are in the 11-12 year old age bracket has to be one of the trickiest ages to dress for. Gone are the cute little tutus that we bought in abundance when they loved anything that would twirl. I am struggling to find partywear outfits that she won’t reject straight off and I am desperate to hold onto those moments of dressing my daughter in age appropriate clothes and accessories. We are already experiencing the all black phase, requests for cropped tops and very few skirt or dress purchases any more.

To be honest, it is rare to find independent labels who go up to age 13. The large retailers do have partywear for girls but it’s not always easy to find something that both mother and daughter agree on.

I have picked a few of my partywear favorites for tween girls this Christmas and also in our household for a winter birthday.

Partywear for Girls

Tween Girls Partywear

  1. Outside the Lines beaded embellished dress | £45 – such a beautiful teal colour with lovely sequin embellishment
  2. Faux Fur Sequin Bag at Rockahula Kids| £14 – you can’t go wrong with a bit of faux fur to add the finishing touch to an outfit
  3. Polder Girl Metallic side ruffle dress at Little Circle | £86 – love the 80’s vibe of this dress – Crystal Carrington eat your heart out!
  4. Sequin feathers sweater at Zara | £24 – another gorgeous teal colour
  5. River Island silver glitter boots | £20 – pair glitter boots with a party dress and you are all set
  6. Finger in the Nose Metallic Skirt at Smallable | £43

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Monsoon Launches Debut Homeware Collection

18th July 2017
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Purses at the ready! Monsoon has just launched a new homeware collection called HOME by Monsoon, which like its fashion, takes its inspiration from global destinations and sets the tone for modern, stylish living.

The Home by Monsoon Collection

The collection spans 80 pieces from cushions, bedding, textiles to furniture and accessories.

A quick glance at the images online and you will see Moroccan inspired sequin cushions, throws and accessories, pom pom cushions and throws, rugs, gifts, many with pops of colour and items created using artisanal embroidery techniques and on-trend tassels. All give a nod to Monsoon’s heritage and long relationship with artisans, keeping these ancient techniques alive today.

I will certainly be snapping up the sequin and pom pom cushions for sure, perfect for making a statement in the home.

Super nice and super affordable, what’s not to love?

Home by Monsoon now available online and in-store.

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Playtime Paris Review SS18 – 22nd edition – July 2017

4th July 2017
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It’s been a while since I blogged so apologies for the delay. I just had to share with you this year’s round-up and review at Playtime Paris, the trade show for the childrenswear industry so you are in the know about up and coming brands, new designers to watch and what’s coming next.

I have never been to this show before but it certainly doesn’t disappoint. Over 500 brands, established and emerging designers from across the globe all in one place at the Parc Floral de Paris with a good contingent of British brands too.

With photography prohibited inside the fair, it is a bit tricky to show their forthcoming collections but here are a few of the brands that caught my eye.

Fashion brands to watch at Playtime Paris

  1. Plumeti Rain – a Spanish childrenswear brand mixing quality fabrics with beautiful prints
  2. My Little Cozmo – their babywear is so adorable. Cute little knitted rompers for ages 0-36 months and enough to make one broody again!
  3. Question Everything – a selection of handsmocked dresses, skirts, rompers. My favourite pieces were the leopard print with pink smocking detailing adding a modern twist on a classic piece and an little baby dress adorned with strawberry ice creams
  4. Babe & Tess – Babe&Tess combines a casual chic style with the unmatchable Italian dedication to craftsmanship and quality
  5. Outside the Lines – premium quality girlswear for ages 3-13. The SS18 collection was full of pom poms, tassels and embroidered detailing. They had a beautiful white and gold embroidered jacket which was stunning. Also full of primrose yellows and gorgeous broderie.
  6. Louise Misha – a brand which has a distinctive Bohemian vibe. Full of embroidery and stylish, wearable pieces
  7. Maison Labiche – for cool discreet slogan tees now available in child sizes. They also had a Paddington bear range!

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Accessories brands to watch at Playtime Paris

  1. Milk & Soda – beautiful fashion accessories from Australia. Sunglasses, hair accessories, bags – all perfect for little girls
  2. Rockahula Kids – have always loved this accessories brand. Cute hair bows and bags that are adored by children and parents alike.
  3. Sticky Lemon – a Dutch contingent of designers creating stationery, pencil cases, back packs all in beautiful finishes and prints

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Interiors brands to watch at Playtime Paris

  1. Eno Studio – French designers who create simple, beautiful and useful objects. I love their lighting especially the dog lamps and pendant lampshades where you can place any items inside them.
  2. Engel. Celebrate Life – A Dutch brand which offers the most beautiful bamboo tableware which I would have loved when my kids were little. Also on offer vinyl rucksacks, accessories, bunting and party tableware.
  3. Fabelab – Not new to me but such a beautiful collection of homewares and accessories all in gorgeous colours from another Dutch brand
  4. Konjes Sløjd – a Danish interiors and nursery accessories brand with pieces all in muted colours. Available in the UK at Scandibørn
  5. Meri Meri – this was its first time at Playtime and they had such a beautiful stand full of accessories, homewares, textiles and much more. I always thought this was a French brand but it is based in the UK and originally established by Meredith from Los Angeles.

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Introducing Outside the Lines SS17 Girls’ Fashion

16th March 2017
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Outside the Lines SS17 has landed online and what a gorgeous collection it is! With pleasure, I hosted a press breakfast at Bronte to launch Spring / Summer collection of girls fashion and preview the Autumn Winter collection. What a great response it received. There were lots of demands for adult sizes for a mini-me matching look so watch this space for some further developments!

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Spring Summer ’17

Outside the Lines‘, spring / summer ’17 collection takes its inspiration from global travel combining elements of bohemian ’70s style with a more contemporary look for free-spirited girls who wish to explore their own style. With a nod to the folk trend, the 30-piece collection for ages 3-13 years offers a soft muted palette punctuated with pops of colour and fun yet refined details that bring the looks alive. The handicraft touches complement the strong denim chambray workwear and refined essentials all with their own twist. Folk-inspired tassels and pom-poms adorn dresses, tops and shorts in Outside the Lines’ second collection, keeping the bohemian spirit of this collection alive. Due to popular demand, Outside the Lines has increased its age range for the first time up to 12-13 years. Highlight pieces in the collection include the indigo Maddie all-in-one playsuit punctuated with white embroidery, the Sadie pom-pom tapestry jacket in accents of neon coral and the crisp white Ava cotton blouse with this season key ruffle detail finishing into a soft pretty bow at the back, perfect for a carefree summertime look.

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Outside the Lines embroidered playsuit

This embroidered all in one playsuit is my favourite from the collection. Get it all before it’s gone. It’s not going to hang around for long! And just wait till you see the AW17 collection which is full of glitz and glamour, faux fur, pleated skirts and embellishments. I want it all!

www.outside-the-lines.co.uk 

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New Brand Alert: Apolina Kids

31st January 2017
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Apologies for the silence. It’s taken me a while to get back into the swing of blogging and it’s been so busy for me. I simply just had to share one of my favourite brands out there at the moment. I have been following them for a while and I have really fallen in love with them. It’s called Apolina Kids and they design some of the most beautiful childrenswear. I seem to have a slight obsession with boho style, (it must be my Indian roots!) and the Mexican style embroidered jumpsuits and dresses which evoke a 1970’s feel are to die for. The only sad thing for me is that they go up to age 7-8 which is too small for Miss I. I desperately need another baby girl!

About Apolina Kids

Established by designer Caroline Duckett, Apolina was born out of a desire to create a more authentic style, not a passing trend but a modern bohemian range with longevity and a sense of craft. Fusing an influence of Californian vintage ‘mexicana’ with rich heritage colours inspired by traditional Scandinavian folk art, the collection of heavily embroidered pieces is both nostalgic and exciting.

With a focus on highlighting Indian craftsmanship, Apolina Kids works with a small, family-run Indian manufacturer, who employs equal numbers of women and men (unusual for this industry; it’s usually men). Ethical trading and production practices are strictly adhered to and workers are not only paid a fair wage, they are also treated as members of the extended family. Each item is unique due to the hand finishing of the garment and the free-hand machine embroidery is carried out by artisan embroiderers. Garments are produced in limited numbers through ‘small batch’ production.

It also embraces the idea of ‘slow fashion’, meaning that pieces can be worn for at least two years and to move away from that throw away culture. The ‘Pattie’ dress has a loose relaxed fit and the Tina tunic can be worn as a dress for babies or blouse for a toddler.

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Apolina Kids recently picked up an award from Dot to Dot, the kidswear trade show for best new brand and was totally deserved. for The spring / summer ’17 collection is inspired by folk crafts picked up on travels to America and Sweden from embroidered linens to woven blankets. There are unusual colour pairings and pastel hues in dresses, jumpsuits and bonnets all re-imagined in a modern bohemian style. Here are a few of their Spring Summer ’17 pieces which will be out 15th February. You heard it here first.

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Below is the ‘Pattie’ dress from their AW16 collection which is now sold out but just gives you an idea of the beautiful embroidery.

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Christmas: Gift Guide for Home Lovers

6th December 2016
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It’s here! The Christmas gift guide for the home. If you are anything like me, I love this time of year for all the quirky interiors gifts out there. I have already managed to snap up three of the pieces on the gift guide. Christmas shopping for yourself is just as fun!

Christmas Gift Guide

 

Christmas gift guide

 

  1. Retro telephone from Aldi – £14.99
  2. Vintage floor lamp at Aldi – £39.99 
  3. Marble cushion at Oliver Bonas – £26
  4. Seagrass basket at Oliver Bonas – £19
  5. Nib & Ink: The Art of Modern Calligraphy by Chiara Perano at Lamplighter London – £12
  6. Modern Calligraphy Set at Lamplighter London – £35

 

My father has been championing Aldi for years and the retailer has some superb gift ideas this Christmas! I was alerted to this stunning industrial lamp by mega influencer Erica Davies and have even snapped up the short lamp version too. I had to go out of London to track one down so get hold of it before it’s gone. Next up are Christmas gift ideas from Oliver Bonas including this gorgeous marble cushion and I couldn’t have a gift guide without a basket.

I have been absolutely loving the Nib & Ink Book from Lamplighter London. It’s all about modern calligraphy and there is something so relaxing about practicing this art form.  I just need to practice, practice, practice! If any of my family are reading this, I still don’t have the Modern Calligraphy Set also available from Lamplighter London. They even have neon ink too. Simply gorgeous. There you have it, my Christmas gift guide for home lovers. Get shopping!


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Christmas: Partywear for Girls

17th November 2016
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With only five weeks to go till the big day, there is no better time to start researching which party frocks your little ones will be donning this Christmas. This time, I had a little help compiling my partywear edit with the assistance of Miss I.

The Partywear Edit

When it comes to partywear, I think we are spoilt for choice with dresses, tutus and hair accessories in abundance on the high street, mid range and through to designer brands. I am not one to spend a fortune on dresses that they will wear just once and then grow out of quickly. If you are looking for good value yet stylish party dresses, I think Question Everything‘s party dresses which can be seen above in the main picture tick all the boxes. They all have beautiful prints, hand smocking detail and can be dressed up or down with converse or party shoes. My favourite dresses from this season are the Joni dress which features and all over cherry print seen above and the Izzy tartan dress below with tulle underskirt. They go from ages 0-9 so I can just squeeze Miss I in! Not for long though.

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For more partywear pieces this year and also birthdays in our case which is 4 days before Christmas, we found a few more festive pieces to get the party started.

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  1. Swan bag at Monsoon | 2. Fluro tutu at Outside the Lines | 3. Bow hairband at Pepa & Co | 4. Tulle dress at H&M | 5. Gold shoes at Monsoon | 6. Butterfly hair slides at Accessorize

And for a finishing touch, if you are looking for the perfect party coat to wear to all the Christmas parties, I think I have found it at Monsoon. How gorgeous is this beautiful coat with the pop of pink faux fur collar?

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New brand alert: Outside the Lines

13th October 2016
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You know how we love to discover and showcase new brands at homework? Well I have come across a little gem here and it’s called Outside the Lines.

Outside the Lines – carefully considered girlswear

Outside the Lines is a new girlswear brand offering a carefully considered clothing collection for girls age 3-10. Each piece is designed in soft muted colours and eye-catching prints in a sophisticated and feminine collection catering for different personalities for girls who like to explore their own style. I first spotted them at the Bubble trade show in London earlier in the year and they were definitely one of the highlights of the show.

Outside the Lines has been set up by two friends with years of experience in the industry who shared a similar vision to create a fun and comfortable girlswear collection which doesn’t compromise on quality. There is plenty out there at the designer and high street end of the market but little in between. With its price point and clothing starting at £25, I think Outside the Lines ticks all the boxes. Affordable, good quality and beautiful design.

I would happily put Miss I in the entire collection. They have all the pieces required for a capsule wardrobe which can be dressed up or down from the skinny jeans which have the perfect fit to the Breton top with foil collar, twist hem embellished tutu and fringed cardigan. These are just a few of the hero pieces of the season and I can safely say there is a lot more to show.  I have even had a sneak peek of their Spring Summer ’17 collection which exudes a boho and mini-Marant free-spirited style.

Prices start from £25 and the online boutique launches on Friday 14th October. Personally, I cannot wait for this brand to launch.

Check it out at www.outside-the-lines.co.uk and if you sign-up to the newsletter you will get 15% off your first order.

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Cushie Number – Cushions That Add a Finishing Touch to Your Living Space

5th October 2016
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When it comes to cushions in my home, more is definitely more! One can never have enough cushions, they add a chic touch to a home in an instance. My husband cannot understand the amount of cushions I seem to accumulate at rapid speed. One decorating tip I highly recommend when sprucing up your living space is to go neutral with the paint colour scheme and add the colour and finishing touches with the furnishings and their texture, namely cushions, textiles and accessories.

The Perfect Cushion

On my hunt for the perfect cushion to finishing off my living room, I came across Apponyi Home, a design and build brand for the home founded by Alice Apponyi. Not only do they design and fit interiors, they also sell some of the exquisite furnishings to go with their schemes. What caught my eye was the range of leather cushions namely the Soho Red Leather Cushion. It is made from beautifully soft red leather which contrasts well with the grey-blue and  black of the cushion design. It is also backed with a 100% natural linen which complements the leather side perfectly well. This is a good way to add colour into the home without being too overpowering. The cushions are also available in a number of other hues which have definitely caught my eye.

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Soho Red & Soho Blue Leather Cushions

You can see the quality in the design of these cushions featuring perforated leather and a premium zip which all add a luxurious touch to the home. Here are a few of their designs. Which leather cushion is your favourite?

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Cushions start from £85 and are available from Apponyi Home.

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Soho House Introduces New Homeware Collection

15th September 2016
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Well I have to say I am more than a little excited with the launch of Soho House’s new homeware collection, Soho Home, inspired by the House’s 17 locations.

When a new House is opened, the design team creates new products inspired by that location. The products on offer include the distinctive striped towels that surround the pools like Shoreditch House with its abundance of candy stripes as well as crockery, glassware, one-off vintage pieces sourced by the design team on their travels, chairs, framed limited edition prints and other furniture, textiles and accessories. Some items have been selected from Berlin, Miami and New York, while others have been specifically designed for the recent openings: Soho House Chicago and Soho Farmhouse.

Soho House report that they were often asked by visitors and guests where they sourced the products from so an interiors collection only seemed natural. And it’s true, after my visits to Shoreditch House and Dean St Townhouse, I have been in love with the the overall interior design, especially the black and white Burleigh crockery. You can get the Soho House look for your own home and it won’t break the bank. My other favourites from the collection include the Portobello cashmere throw, House hammam towel, Renfrew wool cushion and some of the vintage pieces like the 1950s Moroccan Diamond rug. What’s not to love? The Soho Home collection is now available through its own standalone website www.sohohome.com. Get it before it goes, these pieces are sure to be snapped up pronto.

All pictures courtesy of Soho Home.

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Margherita Kids Launches at John Lewis

20th August 2016
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Margherita Kids is a new childrenswear collection designed by Margherita Missoni, one of the members of the Missoni family launching exclusively at John Lewis this month. The 37-piece collection which has just launched online and in-store includes bohemian-inspired pieces from ages newborn to seven years old.  Prints are bold and bright and exude a boho style that Missoni has become renowned for herself. Prices range from £20-£52. Prior to this, Margherita Kids was only available via Yoox so it’s a delight to be able to get hold of the collection in the UK easily.

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My favourite pieces from the Margherita Kids collection include the denim embroidered skirt, floral print bodysuit, the embroidered shirt and chambray dress.

Sadly my one and only daughter is too big for this now although she could probably squeeze into the age 7. Better start breathing in! These pieces also make a lovely gift and won’t break the bank.

Available now at John Lewis online and in-store.

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Summer Suitcase – packing ideas for the holiday season

17th July 2016
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Summer Packing

Schools out and summer holiday time is here. Not long now till we jet off on holiday so I have compiled a selection of wardrobe staples for girls, boys and for mamas of course! I hate packing with a passion and unpacking even more. It’s taken me over two weeks to unpack from the last holiday which is really quite embarrassing now! The kids are off for a short break with granny so two more lots of packing to come and so pleased that the summer and heatwave has finally arrived in the UK.

For Girls

A decidedly pink edit for the girls, not intentional but who would not want to pack that infamous Sunnylife inflatable flamingo for their summer holidays? Bit pricey for a piece of plastic but definitely investing in one this year. Not for the kids but for me! Also snap up the Limited Edition rose gold Saltwater sandals from Smallable as they are going fast. I have yet to buy a pair of these pretty sandals but my blogger pal Kidstylejunkie swears by them and buys two sets for her twins every summer.

 

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1. Provence style dress at Pepa & Co

2. Pom Pom Kaftan at Next 

3. Rose Gold Limited Edition Saltwater Sandals at Smallable 

4. Diamante and Embellished Rose sunglasses at Monsoon 

5. Sunnylife Flamingo inflatable at ASOS

6. Ikaria print rucksack at Monsoon 

 

For Boys

The boys are not to be outdone on the inflatable stakes this year so head to ASOS for the toucan inflatable and a selection of other fun poolside pieces.

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1. Striped shirt at Zara

2. Vintage swimwear t-shirt at Pepa & Co

3. Bermuda shorts at Zara 

4. Bathers at Boden

5. Tennis plimsoles at Elias & Grace 

6. Sunnylife Toucan inflatable at ASOS

For Mamas

Boho is still big news this summer, from the floaty kaftans to the numerous embroidered blouses and peasant tops seen everywhere on the high street. I instagrammed this River Island festival jacket recently as simply had to share but seriously I do not want to take it off. It’s such an amazing find, sadly now sold out in the sale but available at ASOS full price. How many pairs of denim shorts is too many? Can’t stop buying different styles of these but got these high-waisted denim shorts for a bargain from H&M. Just get one size up as their sizing is a joke! If one thing is having its moment this summer, it’s the tassel and pom pom. I am coveting the Elina Linadarki pom pom sandals but these ones from Ego will do just the trick.  Last but not least is this Reformation-style bardot dress from New Look. Team with gold jewellery for that essential summer look.

 

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1. River Island Festival jacket at ASOS

2. High Waist Denim shorts at H&M

3. Mango straw clutch

4. Saskia Pom pom sandal at Ego

5. Red bardot dress at New Look (sold out – available in black)

6. Trikini swimsuit at Zara (sold out)

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Kitchen Design Ideas To Create A Dream Kitchen

21st June 2016
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This week’s interiors blog post is dedicated to the kitchen and kitchen ideas. In the 12 years of owning our property, we have redesigned the kitchen three times. On two occasions, we have used Ikea units, first with wooden cabinets then with glossy dark grey. For our third kitchen in our flat refurbishment below, we were lucky enough to get a whole kitchen for free thanks to Freecycle! This has to be our best Freecycle find ever but that’s another story!

Now back to some kitchen design ideas. There’s nothing wrong with the Ikea units we have currently but having worked in the interiors industry for years, I now yearn for the pared back simplicity of expertly crafted cupboards in a Shaker style made from natural materials over MDF. For a touch of elegance these wooden cupboards are best combined with richer textures and stones like Carrara marble or limestone for splashbacks and worktops. If you are ever looking for kitchen design ideas, try out Homify. I found it an invaluable resource when planning any space in the home.

Cabinetry

When it comes to cabinetry, it’s important to select the right wood for the right purpose. Opt for cabinets in flexible tulipwood or a hardwood which is more durable and can withstand heavy use. Of course wooden cabinetry comes with a higher price point but the functionality and overall aesthetic wins every time. I really like the look and feel of this kitchen from Devol, an elegant shaker style made using traditional 18th century techniques.

 

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Colour

I have always been a fan of dark colours for the kitchen, never the clinical and minimal white look. Everybody is opting for dark grey at the moment which is still a favourite of mine but I also think indigo blue works really well for the kitchen. I also love this green of the Devol kitchen below, a colour a cross between emerald and racing green. Team with a light colour worktop in Carrara marble or limestone.

The Cotes Mill Utility Room by deVOL : Rustic style kitchen by deVOL Kitchens

Worktops & Splashbacks

Marble is definitely experiencing a renaissance and a material that is definitely in demand in the kitchen. Carrara marble adds that opulent feel but teamed with simple wood cupboards, it gives a pared back, elegant aesthetic. Marble is timeless and so durable for the kitchen whether it is used as a splashback or you could even add a hint of the stone with marble accessories like these from ones from Rose & Grey. Team marble with a copper sink for a unique touch.

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Storage

Storage, Storage, Storage! You can never have enough kitchen storage. Opt for deep drawers and clever storage solutions. If space permits, build a bank of floor to ceiling cupboards along one wall of the kitchen. I can honestly say that this piece of design advice has really helped in our kitchen and created ample storage space. Choose cupboards which are less deep than the traditional kitchen cabinet. This means you are not always having to reach right to the back of a cupboard where it’s difficult to get to.

 

The Kew Shaker Kitchen by deVOL : Scandinavian style kitchen by deVOL Kitchens
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Handles

Add a finishing touch with leather handles for the drawers or cupboards. These handles as seen on British Standard Cupboards kitchen add a sense of luxury and a bespoke feel about the room.

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Handle, drawer : Wardrobes & closets by Tim van de Weerd

For more kitchen design ideas and inspirational shots head to Homify, an invaluable resource and sourcebook when planning your kitchen design or any area in your home for that matter.

Little Ones

New Launch: Petit Pai from Pai Skincare

17th June 2016
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Beauty brand, Pai Skincare has this month launched its dedicated baby and child-focused range, Petit Pai. The new range focuses on delicate skin that is easily irritated or unsettled. Formulated using certified organic ingredients with proven therapeutic properties, the new range delivers instant relief to troubled skin and helps lay the foundation for healthy skin in the future. The new collection includes: Apple & Mallow Blossom Face & Body Cream (£20) and Apple & Mallow Blossom Hair & Body Wash (£18, including 100% natural Konjac Sponge), both created to maintain the optimum pH of babies’ skin.  All Pai and Petit Pai products are certified organic by the Soil Association are Vegan accredited and Cruelty-Free.

According to Sarah Brown, founder of Pai Skincare, “When you’re a mum, you have a million things to think about, and worrying what you’re putting on your child’s skin shouldn’t be one of them.”

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I can’t wait to try out this new Petit Pai skincare and haircare range from Pai Skincare. When Miss I was very little she had a patch of eczema on her face which would not disappear.  I hate using chemical-ridden products for baby and children’s sensitive skin as you really have no idea what you are putting on. How delicious does the Apple & Mallow fragrance sound?

There is even a try me set (£8) which is a travel sized option of the cream and body wash.

Available now from Pai Skincare.

Petit Pai Apple & Mallow Blossom Wash (1)

Petit Pai Body Wash

Petit Pai Apple & Mallow Blossom Cream (1)

Petit Pai Cream

 

 

 

 

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The Great Outdoors

13th June 2016
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So for once this year I am turning my attention to the great outdoors. With an impending birthday party to plan in the garden, let’s hope the weather improves by July.  Keeping fingers and toes crossed for this or am I just seriously deluded?!

First up is the seating, I have always loved the classic lines and shape of the stunning acapulco chair but this bistro chair from George is a purse friendly alternative. I wouldn’t normally go for lime green but for me the zingy hue just works alongside all the foiliage outside. Next up is the Indian Garden Company‘s Cream Pearl parasol. What’s not to love about this handcrafted beauty made in Bali by highly skilled artisans using bamboo and coconut wood.  Set the table with some eye catching picnic and tableware in natural inspired materials like the woven basket from Habitat. Love the Palm and La Selva collection from John Lewis as well as the table textiles. For that extra hint of green foliage, add a block printed cushion pad from CMYK Living. The reverse print actually features tuk tuks but I love the natural look of this cushion which works just as well outdoors.


outdoor living

The Great Outdoors

Main picture: John Lewis 

1. Primo Egg Bistro Chair at George £60

2. Cream Pear Parasol at Indian Garden Company £310

3. Green woven seagrass bowl at Habitat £14

4. Tuk Tuk Cushion cover reversible at CMYK Living £11

5. La Selva picnic tableware at John Lewis from £3.50 and also love this Palm collection

6. Leaf salad bowl at John Lewis £8.00