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How to Create a Gallery Wall

We have a bit of A Thing for gallery walls. Looking at this picture of Lisa Dawson's staircase might actually make us swoon a little. So I thought I'd do a little post dedicated to how to create a gallery wall. …

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Simple Summer Bedroom Update

A little heads-up if you, like us, are feeling a bit giddy at the rumour that summer is due to arrive next week (along with Wimbledon – my favourite sporting event ever) – Cabbages and Roses have produced a range of bedding for John Lewis. It is madly pretty and would be the perfect summer bedroom update. There’s more dropping soon – it’s also available in a dove grey which is lovely. (It feels apposite as  I’ve just planted my first rose bush in my teeny urban garden – having watered my neighbours’ garden whilst they were on holiday, which is a blaze of roses, I promptly came home, rang my Dad (Knower of All when it comes to gardens – and many other things) and lo, we now have a rose.) From £12-£75 at John Lewis…

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How to shop the sales (for your home)

A little addendum to our sales post; today, our favourite homes bargains. We know you love Neom and they have up to 40% off selected items, including candles to make your home smell all the sweeter: the Christmas Wish is not just for Christmas and Comforting will blast away the rainy day blues. On a non-home note, the rose-scented Complete Bliss hand lotion is heaven. If I was rather handier than I am with a sewing machine, I would be stocking up on discounted Liberty fabric for cushions and dresses for little C. We’re big fans of The White Company. I make a beeline for their excellent bed linen and towels cometh the sales. I love these charcoal grey towels and the Limoges bathmat (now £14 (was £20) and dark grey is so much more practical than white when you have small people who like to splash wildly when in the bath…) This Brittany quilt  (now from £126 for a single). The vintage floral bed linen is perfect for little girls (now 30% off) and tiny navy stars are perfect for both boys and girls (now £36 for a single bed set). Graham & Green is one of my favourite interiors destinations (sign up to receive their emails and…

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  I just had to share my latest interiors find. The brilliantly named Wooster Source is the brainchild of an adorable-sounding, ultra talented couple who “just want to sell lovely stuff”. And very lovely it is. In a world of excess and mass manufactured goods without so much as a whisper of a soul, it is lovingly curated and edited in the best possible side. (All pictures are from their website.) I love this Safi serving platter for £39. Or you can opt for a ‘Seventy Seven Society candle’ in a variety of covetable vintage vessels (teapots, retro jelly moulds, kilner jars – from £25). And I am, as you know, a sucker for a good cushion – you’ll find them here.   Cushions cost from £35, I have my eye on a square pink one. On a pillow theme, the embroidered pillowcases (£39) are exquisite.                      …

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I had the lovely and very stylish Lynda ’round for a cosy kitchen supper last night. And she told me about two websites which are an absolute MUST if you are redecorating, revamping, buying a new house which needs a total overhaul or even if, like me, you just love scouring interiors websites, books and magazines because you just love tweaking your home to make it more, well, your home.  Desire to Inspire is the lovechild of two friends, Kim and Jo, who live oceans apart (that sounds like opening of a maudlin love song) – who set up the site with the simple aim of bringing us (lucky us) the best and most inspiring design to be found. They even have a ‘Pets on Furniture day’. Oh yes. Flatzilla’s sausage dog, Holly, needs to make an appearance. Here’s some tasters (the idiom is international and contemporary). Houzz has everything – and I do mean everything – you might ever need. Search gazillions of products, before and afters, makeovers, or by a room in the house. And swoon. And then create your very own online ‘Ideabook’. (A dear friend of mine is currently house-hunting – upgrading from a flat to a proper…

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Whatever Next?

Take a little look at this…. And how about this? Not bad, eh? Okay, so you probably won’t go for the whole look – but who does? My point here is that this is part of the new homes collection from Next. I was so surprised when I spotted it in the window of my local Next that I was arrested in motion during the mad dash between Boots (stocking up on snacks for the smalll people) and Baby Gap (buying presents for another new addition to our circle). There’s something very summer picnic and homemade lemonade about this recycled glass flip-top bottle with its little embossed bee, £6 (there’s also a matching set of 4 recycled bee tumblers, £10). And the knot rope doorstop is a veritable steal at £12. (I do like a touch of nautical. That’s what growing up by the sea does to a girl.)                       There’s more than a hint of Scandi chic going on. Next have missed a trick here: call that coffee table Stockholm and it suddenly becomes super desirable. (Weybridge oak coffee table, £199; porcelain five light, £80.)        …