From bed linen to cushions and throws, mixing prints can be a fun and exciting way to decorate your home but it can also be quite daunting because it’s a little more permanent than with fashion. House of Fraser has put together this funky and super helpful infographic all about mixing prints in your bedroom decor.
Decorating your home is not an easy task but the bottom line is that we can all be quite house proud. Some people love their living spaces to standout. With that in mind, I thought I would share with you five methods to help you achieve that. I hope it provides you with a little inspiration to step things up a notch in your home!
In the words of Audrey Hepburn in Sabrina, Paris is always a good idea. And it really is. However, if you can’t catch a plane right now, don’t despair. You can bring Paris to you with a few simple home makeover tricks. The following tips will help you get au fait with the French capital style.
1. Shabby Is Chic
I know it’s uncharacteristically warm for September but I’m really craving a temperature drop! I can’t wait to layer up with cosy scarves and knitwear and I always feel like I look nicer in the autumn and winter, style-wise. I’m much more comfortable when I’m wrapped up and I much prefer darker colours and thicker materials like leather and wool. Here’s my new season wish list. Come on weather, keep up!
Traditional, timeless and exceptionally elegant, there’s no denying the beauty and charm of a shaker-style kitchen. This decor theme is all about simplicity and practicality, combining a number of key features to create a cooking space that’s as aesthetically pleasing as it is functional. To learn how you can achieve this classic look in your home, keep reading!
If you’ve kept up with me on Instagram recently you’ll probably know that we’ve upped and moved to a new home. This has been a bit of a whirlwind move because things move so quickly in the rental market we had to get in there as soon as we found a place that we liked in our perfect location.
We sorted absolutely everything in just over a week. On a Friday we found out that we could move in the following Friday and we were completely unpacked by Saturday evening around 7pm. A lot of people that we’ve told have been surprised how quickly everything has got sorted but I think it’s simply being efficient. If people still have things in boxes after a week of moving into a new house I wonder what they’ve been doing? If decorating is involved, fair enough but if it’s a ready-to-move-in place, why waste time?
I’ve called this the ‘Part 1’ haul on purpose because there’s absolutely zero point in calling it the only one because it almost definitely won’t be the last mini haul that I’ll be doing for our new flat.
At the weekend I headed to Victoria Retail Park in Netherfield, Nottingham and had a little browse. I didn’t realise that there were so many great shops for homeware haulin’ over there! There’s Next, B&M, TKMaxx, Argos, M&S Food, Boots and B&Q just to name a few places that are great for shopping for homeware and lifestyle. By lifestyle, I definitely mean crisps from M&S and makeup from Boots that I probably don’t need. But, if you’re in need of a shopping spree or a little retail therapy and don’t fancy attacking town then I’d head down to Victoria Retail Park if homeware is your thing.
I know we’re only in August but soon it’ll be September and then all of our lovely-ish weather goes to pot and it’s hot-water bottle temperatures again! This being said I’ve been having a think about new duvet covers and adding some warmth back into our interiors.
I’m all kinds of obsessed with Orla Kiely, always have been! I just love her prints so much. Usually her style of interiors doesn’t fit in with our bedroom aesthetic which is always super monochrome. She normally uses loads of colour but I discovered this Orla Kiely Grey Tiny Stem Duvet Cover Set and I was 100% sold.
I love discovering new apps and fresh ways of shopping and it doesn’t get fresher than Octer at the moment! This cool little app (and website!) lets you shop from a massive selection of stores from Zalando to FarFetch and pretty much everywhere you can think of in between and compare prices and products to see where you can get the best deal. You can save any items that you like the look of, just like on ASOS.
The summer time can be a busy time for the old social life because it’s just so much nicer to get out and do things but it’s also important to find time to relax. I also find that I like to work out a lot more in the summer months because it’s lighter, brighter and obviously a lot warmer. But, this means I’m definitely a lot more interested in trying to chill out and rest up if I’ve been killing it in the gym when temperatures rise!