5 Tips For Keeping Cut Blossom Branches Fresh

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There’s nothing like the sight of blossom on the trees to convince me that spring has finally sprung. After months of seeing bare branches, the froths of pink and white truly lift my heart and mood. When the buds opened this year I excitedly rushed outside with my secateurs aloft to snip off a couple… 

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Snag The Cacti Trend In 5 Painless Buys

cactus decal

I’ve written a few times about my recent conversion to house plants and making a terrarium with my first little cacti friends was definitely a breakthrough moment. I’ve been seeing these prickly little plants popping up all over the place on Pinterest recently – both real and pictorial – so I thought it would be… 

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Going Mad for Marble Kitchens

marble kitchen (450x450)

I’m someone who’s not generally into using a lot of bright colours to decorate my home, and one of the main things I grapple with is how to use muted shades without my rooms looking bland. I’ve come to learn that one of the best ways to add interest to a largely neutral home is to embrace… 

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Why, where and how to buy British flowers

Electric Daisy British Flowers

I love having fresh flowers in my home… the process of visiting the florist to choose them, returning home to arrange them in a favourite vase and placing them somewhere I’ll see them first thing in the morning to lift my spirits is one of life’s simple pleasures. Recently, I had the pleasure of attending Sisterhood… 

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Five key global interior trends for 2015

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I love spotting emerging interior design trends and, this year, global influences are set to make their way into our homes with a cool and contemporary twist. I’m so excited about seeing this one develop as I’m a big fan of adding unique touches to my rooms with intriguing textures and natural materials. There are… 

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My vintage mantelpiece

Surface View lace canvas - Decorator's Notebook blog

Do you feel a kind of void in your home when you take your Christmas decorations down? To me, rooms that felt perfectly warm and cosy in November suddenly feel empty and bland come January. The advantage for me this year is I’ve rediscovered some of my most precious styling treasures. When we moved here… 

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Learn the truth about eco friendly paint

Ecos Chalk Flowers

I’m sure that every one of us has woken up in a freshly painted room with ‘decorator’s headache’ at some point in the past. Conventional paints can contain all sorts of nasties, including formaldehyde, ammonium, titanuim dioxide and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Although recent EU regulations have imposed limits on the levels of harmful chemicals… 

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5 questions to ask before you buy a rug

Statement dining room rug The Design Files

One of the biggest changes in my taste over the last few years has been my approach to using colour in my home. My first flat was my haven from the hustle and bustle of London life and its muted palette of greys, neutrals and white helped me wind down when I stepped through the… 

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