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How to think (wear, decorate with) pink

Pink is the new black. Honestly. It’s true. And not just any pink – bright pink for preference. (My five-year-old will be delighted….) I don’t need any convincing to add it to my home or my wardrobe (you are talking to the woman who once had a hot pink themed Christmas tree to celebrate the birth of a December baby girl), but the question is: can I convince you?…

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Is 2017’s Colour of the Year the one for you?

I have no idea how trend-forecasters know these things, but know them they do, and thanks to the clever folk at Dulux, we now know that Denim Drift has been announced as 2017’s Colour of the Year. And it’s rather lovely, I must say. I know: I would say that as it has more than a hint of grey. But hark at that lovely smoky blue edge. Here are some blue hues you can get it into your home right now this minute, making you look so very previous. (Which is what some of the fashion team on the first magazine I ever worked on used to say when they meant ‘ahead of the curve’. At least, this is what I took it to mean…)…

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Back to School: Styling Your Workspace

The back to school feeling isn't just for children, you know. That new pencil case, freshly-sharpened pencils, unblemished exercise (sorry, note) book applies to grown-ups, too. As I write this, we are enjoying a weirdly warm spell in London (just in time for term to start...), but I love the promise of autumn: the crunch of leaves underfoot, crisp mornings, new school shoes (or just new shoes), Strictly, the promise of evenings curled up in front of the fire. I am feeling particularly back-to-school-ish this year.…

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How to create the perfect child’s room by Jo Tutchener Sharp of Scamp & Dude

Jo Tutchener Sharp is one impressive woman. Not only is she the founder and former MD of mega agency Beauty Seen PR and the founder of the BRITs Spa, she is also behind the brilliant kids clothing and interiors brand Scamp & Dude. Launching next month online and in Liberty, Scamp & Dude is a huge project for Jo, who hopes it is going to help children whose parents are seriously ill or have died, and dreamed up the idea when she herself was in hospital. We can't wait for Scamp & Dude to launch, particularly because Jo has seriously good taste. When I first saw pictures of her sons' rooms on Instagram (@jotutchenersharp and @scampanddude) I instantly fell in love and wanted to know exactly how she put them together. From her Instagram-sourced prints to brilliant toy storage ideas, this is how she did it....…

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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 the most of your outdoor space (even if it’s tiny)

Small garden? Me too. And yet we’re currently spending nearly all our time out there. I started this post with my feet in a homemade tent (complete with tea towel “curtains”) and ended it perched next to the open doors as darkness fell and the (solar-powered) lights strung in the apple tree started to glow. Use it wisely, and even the smallest outdoor space turns into an extra room in the home. Here’s how to make the most of yours……