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How to have children and a stylish home

We are thoroughly of the opinion that your children should not take over your home. Have them, by all means; welcome them into the fold. We just don’t want to see evidence of them everywhere. When Chloe from Marloe London sent me these pictures of her living space, my first thought was, “but where is the child-related debris?” (Okay, “I really like that yellow chair” came first, but that was hot on its heels.) So I asked Chloe – who runs Marloe London with her friend Marina – to explain to us how she achieves this magical effect of vanishing of her children.…

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How to Make Your Home Feel Like Summer (All Year ‘Round)

We were – for all of a week – living the summer dream. We ate outside. Slept under just a sheet whilst being blasted by fans. Watched the strawberries swell and the geraniums luxuriate in the heat. Now, well, it’s not cold exactly. But it’s not tropical. Fortunately, it can be summer all year ’round if you follow our advice.…

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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. …

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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...…

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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....…

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We Want to Live Here: Lisa of Edit 58’s Amazing London Home

Whilst in the throes of redecorating (some of) my house, I have found much inspiration on the hugely stylish interiors edit58, the brainchild of the lovely Lisa Mehydene. It's a wonderful site: cherry-picked finds from around the world. But it's not just her site which inspires, her Instagram feed @edit.58 is one of the best. She shares snapshots of the incredible London home which she shares with her husband and four-year-old twins, Milla and George - you can imagine how excited we were when she agreed to take us on a tour. And share her genius styling tips. Put your feet up, grab a cup of tea (or glass of wine - no judgment here) and join us on an epic tour. This one's a real treat.…

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5 Ways to Make a Small Space Feel Bigger

I live in London. I am no stranger to small spaces. One is often squeezed. And I love my little house by the river. (I shall love it all the more when it is free of builders – very nice as they are.) I’m beginning to get a feel for decorating bijou spaces.…

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5 Styling Tricks to Make Your Home Look Magazine-Worthy

1. Mix up your cushions Shapes, sizes, fabric…it makes for a well-dressed sofa. It also has that personal feel – that you’ve picked up this here and that there (even if you went into John Lewis and did a sweep of the cushion department). A small word of caution: don’t use too many large-scale patterns, or they might fight with each other (and no wants warring cushions).…