Do you break a sweat even thinking about the trail of destruction that can be wrecked by you inebriated Christmas guests? Sit down, take a deep breath and read our 5 easy guest-proofing tip. They may sound obvious, but do each of these things and you’ll sleep more soundly. You can thank us later.
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It’s that time of the year again… Cafés enticing us with delightful pumpkin spice flavoured cakes and lattes, creepy ghouls decorated in shop interiors. That’s right, it’s almost Halloween!
Last month we saw ‘It’ girl and our number one girl crush Gigi Hadid become the face of Tommy Hilfiger’s brilliant fashion campaign. Hadid rightfully opened the catwalk for Hilfiger’s new season collection for the Fall Fashion Week show – and what a treat this was!
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.
Planning a home makeover? Follow these key rules used by interior designers to ensure you create balanced and beautiful spaces. This will help you to figure out what your interior design style is and how to work it into your rooms. Click on the infographic to see it in full over on Pinterest.
Spring is here and there’s no better time for a revamp. One room that can often be neglected is the home office or study, yet it’s the place where many of us spend a lot of our time. Here we will look at how we can update our existing home offices and then how we can use these ideas to transform unused spaces in ours homes into gorgeous working environments.
Easter is the time to brighten and lighten our homes to celebrate the joy of life and new beginnings. Let’s freshen our spaces, rejuvenate worn rooms and in so doing invigorate ourselves and boost our energy.
While it’s always worth saving up for those little luxuries we truly love, sometimes a bit of savvy shopping can save us our pennies. Here’s a selection of products that look similar to the ‘real-deal’ but cost less. Happy shopping!
Hotels and spas are experts at conjuring tranquil, serene spaces, so let’s learn from the best. Here are 8 ways to work that luxury hotel interiors feel into your home without breaking the bank.
Gel mattresses are all the rage in the bed market. A relatively new technology, gel layers enable a mattress to mould to the contours of your body, ensuring good sleeping posture and comfort. They also regulate body temperature and prevent over-heating (unlike memory foam mattresses). Most gel mattresses combine layers of different materials such as gel with pocket springs.
The Arabic decor/Middle Eastern interior design style is about wealth and luxury, but also simplicity and comfort. My decorating style blends the traditional Middle Eastern design with contemporary elegance. If you want to add the charm of arabic decor to your home, here are a few top interior design tips.
In 1992 I immigrated from Jordan to the US. While it was exciting to experience something new, it wasn’t long before I felt homesick. To ease my loneliness, I began surrounding myself with family photos, books, home accents and arabic decor, including artwork, from Jordan. My apartment became my sanctuary where I felt comfortable and happy; a true desert oasis in a sea of western influence. But only after the birth of my first child did my new home have a meaning.
Waste not, want not so the saying goes! Here’s one of my cosy Winter decorating ideas – how to turn your old knitwear into festive tealight holders.
Adding a splash of homemade charm to your gifts needn’t take ages and cost the earth. Here I’m going to show you how to add a little sparkle to a gorgeous Anthropologie mug, with just a chocolate bar (or two).
Now that Halloween and Guy Fawkes Night has wistfully skipped by, it feels like everything-pumpkin flavoured is over and it’s like, suddenly everything has gone full on turkey Christmas mode!
I’m a highly visual person when it comes to this game of matching-and-pairing. I’ll buy an entire outfit if I think the mannequin looks hot, and deck an entire room based on a magazine clipping.
As our evenings are officially getting colder and darker earlier, it’s only fair to say Winter is trudging along quite quickly. Much to others disapproval, I actually really don’t mind Winter, it’s my favourite season and it’s THE perfect time to get cosy and wrap up warm!
Hello. Nice to meet you! My name is Samantha and I’m an Interior Architectural Designer.
These little mounds of chocolatey goo, scattered with pink and white fairy fluff are fantastically easy and fun to make and dangerously delicious.
So we’ve finally been fully infiltrated by all things American. As if the food, television series and slang and were not enough, festivals and holidays from the other side of the pond are now being celebrated with just as much verve and vigour here, as they are over there.
Whether you are looking to add instant contemporary glamour and elegance to your home this autumn/winter or for the perfect homeware gift, look no further than Artisanti.
Instead of trudging into work on this cold, wintry morning, what would you give to be heading to a luxurious spa? A blissful retreat from the world, where you can unwind, shed your woes and recharge your batteries.
With research strongly suggesting that mobile devices are bruising our sleep, we need to start being mindful of our bedrooms and how we can turn them into techno-free zones of soothing calm and serenity.
We’re fast approaching the start of the season of fun, and I’m beyond excited. Last week we focused on waving a little magic into our lounges. This week we’re going to zest-up our eating spaces, the other important hub for entertaining.
Weave calm and peace into the home as well as restore your energy and recharge ahead of the festive season.
September and October are funny months. They half herald a new year as we return from holidays, the kids trudge back to school and the students flock to university, and they bridge the transition from sun-soaked daylight-drenched days into darker, damp and chillier climes.
I don’t know about you dear readers, but I love a good picnic.
It is hotting up this summer with this season’s tropical jungle trend, evoking sunny destinations and emphasizing nature.
Picture a hot day in June. There is a haze in the air where the morning’s mist has burnt away. The sky is so blue it’s almost violet. Only the wispiest of clouds can be seen in the sky, morphing and changing from one shape to another; nature’s kaleidoscope.
For a person who is not particularly into floral prints and patterns, I have to hold my hands up, and admit, that I have had a major about turn recently.
Come springtime, in many homes across the UK, a time honoured traditional is taking place.
Lisette Voûte Designs undertook a full refurbishment of a Victorian terraced townhouse in Southwest London.
Generally, I would say I’m an optimist, a glass half full kind of person. But today, I stepped in something I shouldn’t have.
Interior designers work in many different ways. Some have a strong vision and want to see it carried to fruition. Others have a very unique or individual style that a client will buy into. The way I work, is much like making a bespoke suit. Hopefully it will be a perfect fit, that flatters all the good features and disguises the poor. I literally tailor the house to my client.
Bedlinen is such a personal item that comes in so many different styles and fabrics. But let’s face it, how many of us fully understand what Egyptian cotton actually is and what a thread count means? Heirlooms, a maker of luxury sheets, is here to shed some light.
In How To Choose A Rug (Part 1) I covered hand knotted, hand tufted, flat woven and tapestry rugs. In Part 2 I’ll cover machine made and natural fibre rugs.
Getting handymen in to do small jobs around the house can be expensive and deter you from making welcome changes to your living space. At the same time, doing them yourself can seem like a daunting prospect. .
The fun, exciting part of a New Year is of course being adventurous and trying something, well…new. If you’ve been thinking about trying a new colour in your home then this is the perfect time to make the change.
Area rugs are such a beautiful accessory to place in ones home. They add warmth, they decorate a space, they diminish noise and they can complete a look. I think of rugs as artwork for the floor. Here are some tips on how to choose a rug.
I’m so over white walls.
Putty, Taupe, Greige, Ivory and don’t even mention Magnolia….
Christmas. Season of merriment, parties, lights, decorations, and that warm feeling of anticipation that something wonderful is about to happen.