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3 summer colours for your home

I don't know about you, but I always associate summer with light, bright and, yes, white interiors. But summery interiors don't have to be all-white. We suggest three very tempting alternatives. …


Our new shopping secret

Okay, so it's not a shopping secret per se. But it's doing a fine line in stealthy creeping up on us. So, does this sound familiar: you haven't so much as thought about a particular shop for ages, and suddenly rediscover it. And it's good. Really good.…


Summer Books: The Reading List

772404d9f37b1b45f9d6fe0c611de996 Summer and books. Two of my favourite things. Throw in a deckchair/picnic rug/beach towel and I'm in heaven. Holidays and books are the perfect marriage. I have considerably less time to indulge than I used to (aha, so this is why people go on holiday with their parents/where there's a kids' club), but I still squeeze books into my day whenever I have the chance. Here's what I suggest (very politely) you might like to add to your reading list this summer.…

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How to….create a stylish family-friendly living space

As an Interior Designer with an amazing eye for unique pieces, colour and family-friendly living, Laura Stephens is our go-to girl for anything Interiors-related (having just moved house I'm sure she dreads my frequent emails asking about trims, curtains, cushions....). If you haven't already seen our feature focusing on her beautiful home or the gorgeous living room makeover she did for a client, then do check them out asap. Otherwise, read on to see just how she transformed the ground floor of a pretty normal house into a beautiful family-friendly living space...…


5 things to wear when it’s summer (but the weather doesn’t agree)

Allegedly, it is summer. The weather has other ideas. What on earth is a girl to wear? We have some ideas (and some sales bargains).Last weekend, I would have agreed with the season: it was delightfully warm and we drank champagne in the garden as the darkness fell. (We were at a wedding, I hasten to add. This isn't standard weekend fare.) This week, not so much... It's not cold, exactly, but it's not warm. It's wet (very, very wet on occasion). Every morning I stood in front of my wardrobe, utterly baffled. Here are the hero pieces which are carrying me through this difficult meteorological time.…

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Win! An outfit from Polarn O. Pyret’s Same Difference collection

Beautifully made with a great unisex ethos, Polarn O. Pyret is one of my favourite brands of childrenwear. I also agree whole-heartedly with the message behind its new rainbow-striped Same Difference collection - that "no matter who they are, where they come from or how they look, every child deserves the right to a childhood." To celebrate the launch of the collection (where €1 from every garment sold goes to the World Childhood Foundation), we are giving you the chance to win an outfit (consisting of two items) from Polarn O. Pyret for your child/nephew/niece/favourite small person...…


Family-friendly travel: Sweden for the summer?

Sweden isn’t just for fashion, snow and super-blonde hotties – it’s also fantastic for holidays. The beaches are gorgeous (trust me, I’ve seen them in all their delicious white-sand gorgeousness), the summer light is almost endless and there’s just so much to do for families. Whether you hit Stockholm, head to an island or lounge around by the sea, you’re in for a good time……


The Peasant Blouse

That folkloric peasant blouse by Vita Kin? The ones which cost, oh, I don’t know, about a gazillion pounds? Yes, those. How much do we covet one?…

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Instant home update: cool cushions chosen by Interior Designer Laura Stephens

"Show me a woman who doesn't love cushions and I'll show a cat who won't drink milk," the wise man so didn't say. But you get the picture. Cushions are just THE business when it comes to injecting a little pizazz into your room."I can’t get enough of scatter cushions," agrees Laura Stephens, our go-to girl for all things interiors-related. "So easy to change up your look, soften a room and inject colour. And the best thing is you can buy gorgeous cushions to freshen up a tired room, or neutral sofa without spending a fortune…." Here are some of the best she's come across recently....…