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There’s a lot of buzz around wellbeing these days as our 24/7, tech-heavy, time-poor world threatens to taint our mental and physical health. We’re encouraged to indulge in yoga and meditation to soothe the mind and calm our stressed-out souls, we’re urged to pack-in sufficient beauty sleep, to exercise regularly, and eat a healthy, wholesome diet.

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Vintage homes embrace the past to create spaces that are full of character and history. They weave in flea market finds, antiques and collectibles and lots of rustic, distressed furniture items. They’re inviting and homey, whilst brimming with up-cycled treasures and homeware and furniture that tells a story.

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Shabby chic interior design style oozes character and charm, merging pretty pastel shades with delicate floral designs, lovely laces and rustic, worn vintage finds. The base is often white, with colour pops of dusty pinks and blues, duck-eggs and faded greens. Delightfully feminine, bright and breezy. Imperfect elegance.

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Flowers instantly breathe life into spaces and really add the finishing touch to your rooms. Artificial flowers are the way forward – a one-off investment, they require no watering and can transform a space.  Here’s a guide on how to match flowers to interior design styles, so you can quickly see the best arrangements for your rooms.

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Wedding season is well and truly here which means there are also lots of anniversaries around the corner! Giving gifts on anniversaries is thought to have originated in Central Europe in the Middle Ages and traditionally specific materials are tied to specific anniversaries. The material increases in value and is meant to represent key stages of a couple’s life together.

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Last weekend I decided to get out into the sun and try my hand at growing some herbs and vegetables. After all, what can possibly be more satisfying than digging up your own veg? However, every gardener needs great tools so I’ve been on the hunt for some great value top notch items. Turns out the John Lewis croft collection outdoor range is rather fabulous and it has a gorgeous, rustic and slightly vintage home decor feel. Here are 8 handy products for the happy gardener.

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Interior design styles- interview with Lisette Voute

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Whatever your interior design style, there are a few basic tips we can all follow to make the most out of our spaces. I spoke to my great friend and brilliant interior designer, Lisette Voûte, to ask those common questions we all have. You can read the full interview below or watch the video here.

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I’ve long loved the John Lewis Croft collection ever since the brand kindly sent me a bedspread and matching cushions from the range a year ago. I adore its simple, relaxed, yet refreshing appeal which can instantly lift the home, so I thought I’d pull out a few of my favourites.

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The shabby chic interior design style is a classic vintage home decor scheme that celebrates the beauty of imperfection. It merges distressed, worn furniture with a romantic mish-mash of whites, florals and pretty pastels, to create a warm, cottage feel. If you adore shabby chic, but want to tone down the frills, here are some ideas on how to sleek the shabby.

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As an ex-Biologist, I’m passionate about science and I love knowing how things work. Lately, I’ve been giving a lot of thought as to how science can be applied to home decor. I’ll be telling you more about this over the coming weeks, but for now, I decided to try and unpick my own psychology to explain what it is about my latest Anthropologie bedding set that I love so much.

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4 interior design styles for spring

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Spring is when we emerge from our wintry cocoons and embrace the sheer joy of lighter and brighter days. Often we forget how closely aligned our wellbeing is to our physical environment, so this Spring let’s freshen-up our spaces and in so doing rejuvenate and refresh our spirits, ready to embrace the long-awaited warmer months. Here are 4 interior design styles that are perfect for a Spring home refresh.

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Two of my nearest and dearest have recently gotten engaged and it’s got me thinking about unique wedding ideas for them! Wedding favours can often be left until last, but they are a great opportunity to add a truly personal touch to your special day. If you start planning and making them now, you’ll easily have them done in time for a Summer (or Winter!) wedding. Here are 4 homemade favours your guests will love.

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Today we’re venturing to snow-kissed Vienna, truly one of the most exquisite places I’ve ever visited. The city is dripping in striking Baroque and classic architecture, dotted with sculptures, beautiful parks and cobbled streets. I could chat endlessly about this incredible place, but today I’m going to take you on another hotel interiors nosey, this time in Vienna’s Hotel Bristol. Read more »

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There are many beautiful places around the world that we all dream of escaping to, but there’s very few where you can truly hide from ‘real-life’ and immerse yourself completely in another world. It’s time for a dose of healthy escapism and this week I’m going give you a snapshot of life in Arunachal Pradesh.

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Temperatures have plummeted, snow has fallen and we’re all feeling more than a little chilly. A thick duvet, squashy pillows, and snuggly bed linen will help take the chill off and make for an inviting and cosy bedroom. Making the most of the Dunelm sale, here are some of my favourite Dorma products and Dorma duvet covers, which have also received fantastic reviews.

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Temperatures have plummeted, snow has fallen and we’re all feeling more than a little chilly. A thick duvet, squashy pillows, and snuggly bed linen will help take the chill off and make for an inviting and cosy bedroom. Making the most of the Dunelm sale, here are some of my favourite Dorma products and Dorma duvet covers, which have also received fantastic reviews.

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Every Christmas my go-to tipple is a warming batch of mulled wine and while I absolutely love it and will certainly be getting merry on it this year, I also want to try something new and different. So I went to Fever Tree to see if they could help me out and they’ve come back with three gorgeous recipes for us all to try.

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We’ve trawled the sales to bring you a selection of gorgeous gift ideas that make the most of the discounts.There’s beautiful espresso mugs for coffee lovers, silky soft throws, delicious scented candles, and pretty jewelery boxes and photo frames. If that’s not enough, browse our full collection of gifts for him and her here (a discount will apply to many of these until Monday).

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OKA Christmas ideas

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I had a gorgeous morning at the OKA showrooms in London yesterday, and I was so inspired by some of their beautiful festive sets I thought I’d share a couple of videos alongside a few of my favourite picks for gifts and for creating a warm, wintry home. They’re expected to offer a site-wide discount this weekend, so now is a great time to plan your buys.

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A smooth-running Christmas is all about preparation and organisation. This means….lists! Print them out, stick them on all the wall and work your way down. Before the big Black Friday (27th November) extravaganza, let’s work out what we have, what we don’t have and what we need. That way we know what we’re targeting in the sales and can get the most out of those discounts coming our way.

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