Brabantia #Lovecolour

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Since becoming a mum four months ago, I never realised how much a decent bin would be so necessary! The amount of nappies we go through is insane. We really need a large, spacious bin that can hold a full size garbage bag and one that obviously looks great aesthetically.

And as I get older I am finding myself willing to pay more for things so I they don’t break and  I can keep them for longer. You get what you pay for, right? My mother-in-law always says ‘buy cheap, buy twice!’

Brabantia bins are the best quality bins that we could find. And luckily for us they are started a campaign called #LoveColour and they have an abundance of beautiful hues to choose from. Mint green, yellow, pale pink, red, blue, black, silver, white….

We went for the 40L pedal bin in mineral blue. It’s tall, strong, sleek and goes perfectly with our house and our nursery in particular. I know it’s the kind of bin that I will take from house to house if we move as I know it will last a lifetime (although who knows what the state of our house will be when Arthur starts crawling?! I’m sure a lot of our lovely possessions will be smashed up along the way- eek!). Our new bin also has a flat back so it fits nice and snug into the wall. Who knew I could be so pleased with a bin?

No longer are bins just receptacles in which to place your rubbish, they are design features too! Having so many colours, sizes and shapes to choose from is brilliant from an interior styling point of view. Check out their collection here!

Lx

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Shop Love: Quick-Step Flooring

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All images styled by Quick Step Flooring.

One of the most important decisions to make when you are creating your interiors scheme is the flooring. If you opt for the open-plan living idea then the floor will be the element that pulls the whole design together.

Quick-Step is one flooring company that has really upped it’s game of late. With a brand spanking new website to showcase all their amazing new imagery- there is a floor for every possible type of design project including vinyl, laminate and wood and beautiful designs include wide-plank, herringbone and even water resistant. I used to feature them a lot when I worked at the magazine as I knew they would always have something to fit in with the feature I was writing or Styling.

A fab new addition to their website is the RoomViewer tool. You have the ability to upload an image of your room and change the flooring to find the perfect colour and design before you go ahead and buy it. Genius!

*tip* If you are thinking of undertaking a full-scale interior design project in your home you might want to think about having the flooring level throughout the space. This will make the space appear larger as it will elongate the sight lines that go with an open concept, and also eliminates the trip-hazard that comes with uneven flooring.

You don’t have to hire an Interior Designer to choose the right flooring. Quick-Step has a gallery on their website- you can always find inspiration there and implement it in your own home. When you have a collection full of contemporary flooring it’s hard to choose the wrong one!

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1. Largo Authentic Oak | 2. Livyn Select Oak Natural | 3. Variano Royal Grey Oak | 4. Palazzo Old Grey Oak | 5. Massimo Winter Storm Oak.

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Victoria + Albert Baths Competition!

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There are so many bath companies out there, but Victoria + Albert Baths is one that stands out from the crowd. Their range is packed with freestanding designs made from 100% QUARRYCAST® which is a blend of Volcanic Limestone(TM) and high performance resins- this makes them naturally white and incredibly light weight! I’ve personally used these baths in a shoot before and attest to their beautifully smooth finish and gorgeous aesthetic quality.

To celebrate Victoria + Albert’s 20th anniversary they’re running a competition to win a 2 night stay for two at the stunning At The Chapel hotel in Somerset. The package includes dinner in the hotel’s restaurant, breakfast and a bottle of champagne on arrival. And you can enter via this blog! Just click here or copy + paste this link into your browser: www.vandabaths.com/win

At The Chapel is set in the beautiful village of Bruton in Somerset. The village is fast becoming a hub for art and design lovers, thanks to a number of galleries and design stores based there. Guests at the hotel can enjoy tranquil, contemporary luxury as all rooms feature original artworks, king-size beds, Egyptian cotton bedlinen and marble-wrapped bathrooms and REN toiletries as standard. It’s all about the toiletries at a gorgeous hotel!

Not to mention of course, the freestanding Barcelona bath from Victoria + Albert which is perfect to soak in after a long day and also big enough to fit two people 😉 Then there is the all-day restaurant At The Chapel that uses the best West Country produce and brings a relaxed Mediterranean approach to British food. And the furniture! It’s all absolutely gorgeous. Pale oaks, neutral tones, natural stone materials and a hint of soft green throughout the scheme.

So, you have until next week (October 31st) to enter the competition via the Victoria + Albert website, here!

Good luck!

Lx

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Shop Love: Button & Sprung

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Images all styled by Button & Sprung

1. Burdock | 2. Rose | 3. Camelia | 4. Lavender | 5. The London Showroom | 6. Fabric swatches available online.

Today’s shop love is dedicated to Button & Sprung, the beautiful bed and mattress shop where quality upholstered beds and dreamy pocket sprung mattresses take centre stage.

Not only can you buy their beautifully designed beds in almost any colour but you get an amazing 100 night trial period before you have to make up your mind! There are a few other things that make their service different to their competitors and that is that they will remove your old mattress for free so you don’t have to take it to the waste recycle centre yourself (always a bonus) and their products come with a 10 year guarantee.

If you’re someone like me and you’re really fussy about your mattress you should check out their pocket sprung mattress selection. The clever thing is that B&S didn’t like traditional springs so they decided to make their own! They’re called IQ and provide the same level of comfort regardless of how much pressure you place on them. That means if you and your partner weigh vastly different sizes you’ll experience the same level of comfort.

One of the things that I love about the beds at Button & Sprung is the dramatic, clean lines in all the bed head designs. They are all exceptionally strong shapes, and, paired with bright, bold colours (like in images 1-4 above) can make for a striking room scheme.

You’d be right on trend if you decided to upholster your bed in the colours above (image 6) as Dulux have just announced that their colour of the year for 2017 is ‘Denim Drift‘. So expect to see a lot more of these gorgeous blue hues in the coming 12 months!

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Styling: Arthur’s nursery!

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Arthur’s nursery is included in this season’s edition of Dulux Let’s Colour Magazine that is available for free from DIY stores!  [Photography by Anton Rodriguez]

Hi All,

You know by now that we had a baby boy, Arthur Grey, 11 weeks ago and it probably comes as no surprise that we went to town on decorating his nursery!

Our inspiration came from our trip to France and Spain two years ago when we trekked the Camino Trail (or you may know it as Camino de Santiago). We loved the idea of painting mountains on the wall so I found some left over paint in my shed  for the mountains and purchased some teal coloured paint for the rest of the walls. We chose Proud Peacock from Dulux as it is fresh, bright, bold and gender-neutral! (We didn’t know Arthur was a boy before he arrived).

We had a great weekend overhauling the room and we were pleasantly surprised at how simple it was to paint the mural using Frog Tape and good quality Harris brushes with a nice angled tip.

Once the walls were complete I set about styling the furniture and accessories. I don’t like ‘themes’ but it wasn’t until the room was complete that I realised how many animals I included in the room! There’s the amazing bear cushion from Amara (it’s huge! It’s about 40cm tall), the poster of a kangaroo, koala toys, parrot puppets, donkeys, hares, owls, a wolf and the list goes on.

I picked up the incredible berber-style rug from West Elm on Tottenham Court Road for £100 in the sale (bargain!). It has a chunky silver thread running through it.

Then there is the change table from Ikea. It’s from the Hemnes range. Ikea do such brilliant items for kids rooms as they make their designs quite compact. This one fits a change mat perfectly on top with space for a radio and the drawers are deep to maximise storage. Then I bought the Skubb drawer dividers to make sure I use the space efficiently. What I did to make the drawer fronts feel bespoke was to replace the standard knobs with ceramic owl knobs that I sourced from the internet. We also purcashed the Mosslanda picture ledges from Ikea to showcase some of Arthur’s lovely books. I think books are so important in a childs life! I was obsessed with reading as a kid and hope Arthur is too (fingers crossed!)

The crib is fantastic too. It is from a company called Mokee. They make and sell things without the extortionate price tag. This cot was only £69 and the quality is brilliant.

The nursery has evolved since these images were taken and now include a hot air balloon mobile and lots of other bits and bobs- and I’m sure it will keep evolving as he grows. Exciting times ahead!

Here are some of the key pieces below to help you on your way:

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  1. Cot, Mokee | 2. Mr Bear cushion, Amara | 3. Scandinavian Design Centre | 4. Regents Park Zoo print, King and McGaw | 5. Ruark music system, Ruark | 6. Proud Peacock paint, Dulux.
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Shop Love: Bisque Radiators

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Hi All,

A few months ago we re-did our hallway ahead of our baby being born. We decided to do it because we thought ‘we’ll never have time to do renovations when the baby arrives! Well, at least for the first little while we wouldn’t and I wanted to make sure they were installed for the colder weather which would be upon us in the months to come.

Every year for the past seven years (since I arrived in the UK) winter would set in, we would light the fire in the gorgeous victorian fireplace and we would say to each other ‘this fire is so beautiful to look at… but I’m freezing!’ It just didn’t give out enough heat to combat the cold. So, we replaced the old fireplace with a wood burning stove (or pot belly stove as we call them in Australia) and that then prompted us to re-decorate the hallway and the hallway of course had an old, boring, run of the mill white radiator that just had to go!

The first thing we did was to visit the gorgeous Bisque showroom in Kilburn (see pic four, above) and decided on two classic ‘mild steel’ radiators in anthracite (see pic one, above). Mild steel is used instead of traditional cast iron as it is much lighter and it heats up quicker. So you get the look of the cast iron with all the modern benefits. Genius!

One fabulous thing about Bisque radiators is that they can paint your radiator in any colour you like! They also do different finishes like the iridescent finish that you can see here.

If classic (some might say traditional) radiators aren’t your style and you prefer something more contemporary then the Lissett range may be your thing (See pic 3, 5 and 9, above). The Lissett radiators are made from recycled, scrap aluminium and assembled by hand! So, not only do they have lovely curves but a feel good factor too :)

Not only do we have a new stove this year but new radiators too- baby Arthur Grey doesn’t know how lucky he is!

Lx

1. My new hallway (Classic in Anthracite) | 2. Ellisse radiator | 3. Lissett in Nature green | 4. Gorgeous Bisque shopfront in Kilburn | 5. Lissett in yellow | 6. Classic in any shade you want | 7. Classic in silver | 8. Classics in pastel shades | 9. Lissett in Volcanic finish.

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