My move to the North East was a sudden one. After months of applications a really good job came up - in Newcastle. So I’ve just moved into this nice big flat. The price was great compared to my flat down south. I want to do its size some justice. Deck the place out. Go grown up. I really like that rustic yet industrial feel: big wooden benches with metal legs for the dining area, a vintage steel desk for my computer. A cool and contemporary abode. Inspired by the steel industry of North East England.
Paris is The City of Light. New York is The Big Apple. London - The Big Smoke. Charming yet Dickensian, multicultural, but also bursting with British tradition - London is real city life. The speed that the Victoria line gets into Oxford Circus will never fail to impress. The Strand boasts every musical you could ever wish to see on a theatre break. Bustling red buses. Never ending traffic. On duty Beefeaters. Chatty cab drivers. London has it all. Get your pass to The Big Smoke with this glorious collection.
Unexpected spring sunshine pours through the space between the curtains. Thoughts turn to the beach. Desert this city life – the weekend is here. Hit the beach. The sky is a pleasing vivid blue. In an hour Brighton will be yours. The fluorescent coloured beach huts are unmistakable. Hear the noise of the promenade and children excitedly spending their pocket money on the arcades. The cool sea swishes about your feet – you’ve arrived.
Step into the world of Orla Kiely - the maestro of striking patterns. Where a geometric print of leaves on a stem is instantly recognisable and unmistakably iconic. Part retro flower power, part bright and contemporary. Orla Kiely appeals to those with bolder taste. Made for the eccentric. Exceptionally charming. Bedeck the abode in cheerful bright colours. Live the Orla Kiely way.
Let the ever popular lemon pancake topping inspire your interior choices. Bright yellows look exceptionally good in the living spaces of your home, pick out some key kitchen equipment in the sunny hue for a modern and unexpected pop of colour. Don’t forget, too much lemon can be sour, so keep your rooms balanced with crisp white ceramics and neutral contemporary furniture.
Summer birthdays are the best! This year we're going to celebrate them in style with a seaside themed party. It'll be all fish, water, bright summer colours and finding nemo. Birthday parties are a chance to throw ideas around and colours everywhere. I love the idea of having sandcastle buckets as party bags and getting some HUGE beach balls to play pass the parcel type games with. Who doesn't love a summe party?!
My own home is full of pastel shades, floral prints and pretty cottage style products, including storage, textiles and decorative accessories. This particular ebay collection is to help me create a perfect English Cottage style bedroom full of Cath Kidston, Greengate, floral patterns and shabby style accessories. My bedroom is in need of some love and attention so this is my giant wish list ^_^
Her hair is ultra-glossy. Primed to perfection – she is smart, effortless and ethically conscious. Stella McCartney is her uniform of choice. She loves how the tailoring teeters between tough masculinity and a sensual femininity. Comfort with an edge is her mantra. She exudes an undeniable cool. Gliding through the city landscape in statement footwear. You want to be just like her – don’t even deny it.
From his humble Nottingham roots in a tiny shop, Sir Paul Smith went on to change the world of fashion with his trademark 'classics with a twist' style. Still part of what is a now a huge global brand, his designs transcend clothing with him applying his signature wit to a range of products beyond the wardrobe staples.
Valued objects that hint at days spent in the unspoiled countryside, inside grand historic buildings with eccentric uncles and forgetful aunties. Playing in rooms filled with things that have been passed down from previous generations, a rich and traditional mix of hardy textiles and timeless furnishings that can be shared with man and his best friend.
I grew up in the countryside on my parents’ farm in Norfolk before I moved down to London. I live south of the river, Clapham to be exact. I love Barbour. I’m not really one for trends. I like the classics: a good pair of jeans, tortoiseshell Wayfarers, reliable brown boots for a walk across the common and of course - my Barbour. I actually own four Barbour jackets: two quilted, for those warm spring days and my trusty wax duo, one classic, the other a pea coat style. I don’t know what I’d wear without them.
I need cups of tea. Every moment. Every second. I think about a brew. They have to come steadily and consistently throughout the day. The moment I open my eyes, I want a sweet hot cup. Could you imagine making one without the speed and efficiency of an automatic kettle? Mine’s a Russell Hobbs – I fill it up to the top with water. Set it down. Flick the switch. Hear the bubbles steadily boil up. A few minutes pass. The switch flicks off. It’s teatime again.
Diane Smith from next door has one. I saw her using it when vacuuming the inside of her nifty little Mini Cooper. They are the absolute best though, those Dysons. No bag. No fuss. James Dyson is an absolute a genius. Some of them look like they belong in 3014! The ones with the cylinder ball makes it easier to get into corners apparently - that would mean I could chuck out that ancient dustpan and brush. I might invest in one yet.