Three Stunning Apartment Homes for Sale

Aucoot Property Tiled Converted Home Quirky Stylish

So, another month has passed and that means I get to share some more beautifully inspiring homes in the UK, currently on the market with you. All different in their own way but unified in that they are apartments this month and all have fantastic style.

Rochester.

I’m starting off with this apartment called The Taproom old Brewery in Rochester. Part of the UK I don’t think I’ve ever visited but hear great things. Apparently Charles Dickens loves it so if it’s good enough for him ….

The Grade 1 building has been divided in to a couple of apartments and you’d be mistaken for thinking this is a converted church building judging by the high, vaulted ceilings.

Tiled walls home converted building high ceilings quirky

They have combined several different textiles here in terms of interior design with ceramic tiles, wood, cement and elements of brass. Speaking of the tiles – I love their slight imperfection in places. It really proves here with their use of them in different rooms that you can play around with your ideas and do something really unique if you wish.

Stylish home sale bedroom tiled walls industrial

Having peeked at the floor plan, the place is much bigger than I thought it might be, certainly spacious enough for a family  Edwardian in era but has been given a strong industrial feel too. They have also put in smart lighting systems so it can be changed to suit the mood and time of day.

Console Table Old Concered Home white stylish contemporary

I think they have also allowed enough scope for subtle changes by the next owner although to be honest, I think I’d be very happy with it as it is.

Dining table styles converted house

This places is on the market with Aucoot at £975,000.

Edinburgh.

Living Room Cosy Edinburgh

Built in 1821 this lovely and bright, spacious 4 bedroom flat is on Fettes Row which as you can maybe see out of the window here is on a lovely Flagstone city centre Street in Edinburgh. It has been refurbished by the current owners and I really like the palettes they’ve used throughout.

Kitchen in edwardian apartment blue stylish

They’ve cleverly added an extra cupboard in the corner there to make sure there’s lots of storage and I reckon you could probably if you chose to, add in a little island ? The blues yellow and light grey is a great combination as always.

Butler Sink Kitchen Tiles Edwaridan Vintage Style

You can’t go wrong with a butler sink epically when it’s sympathetic to the area this building was built.

flat for sale edinburgh pink hallway

This place really reminds me a flat that I lived in for many years in London. The exposed floorboards, ornate ceilings and large doorways. It gives a great sense of space. The pink they have used is very welcoming and friendly.

It’s for sale with Knight Frank for offers in excess of £675,000.

London.

London Apartment Mews Home Trendy Cool

I was immediately intrigued by this warehouse home from the outside and communal gardens, I couldn’t wait to have a little look inside. Situated in Gattis Wharf, just across the water from Kings Cross and Granny Square. Originally in the late 19th Century, used to store tonnes of ice. Let’s move indoors ….

Cool apartment london

With lots of original features intact. Utilsing space by adding a mezzanine level for sleeping and working.

Mezzanine bedroom warehouse loft apartment

One of the big bonuses of having a loft bedroom is you will often get some of the best views. I’m sure that this will be no different given it’s location.

Loft apartment warehouse london

Underneath is a cool nook in the large reception area, for chilling and listing to music. The shapes in the wood adds a splash of originality and creativity and will leave extra piece of history for the next owner. Downstairs also has a kitchen and bathroom.

Apartment Flat Wooden Quirky Cool Stlylish Open Plan

I think they’ve done a great job of making it really workable and homely without trying too hard.

It’s currently for sale at £550,000 with The Modern House.

What do you think of my selection this month ?

Interview with BBC 1’s The Instant Gardener Presenter Danny Clarke

If you’ve watched BBC1’s The Instant Gardener, you’ll have seen some amazing transformations made by Danny Clarke and the team. Bringing unloved outdoor spaces back to life and making the owners really happy. I love it. So, who better to answer some gardening questions at this important time of year than Danny himself ?

Instant Gardener BBC1 Danny Clarke

How did you get in to gardening and then television presenting ?

Although I had a passion for gardening, my career in horticulture started by accident. Unfortunately a sales company I ran for many years hit upon hard times. A friend of mine had a landlady who was looking for a gardener to help in her plot one day a week and asked if I was interested in working for her. After meeting Jo I was bowled over by her larger than life character and took on the job while still being involved with my sales business. Jo who had a passion for gardens and gardening had extensive knowledge. She was a great teacher and I absorbed as much as I could. What Jo didn’t know about plants could be put on the back of a postage stamp.

Over a period of time I got approached by people to maintain their gardens and soon I made the decision to concentrate on horticulture and kicked the sales business permanently into the long grass. It was a no brainer really as now I was doing something I truly loved.

I have always had an interest in design whether it be gardens, interiors, fashion or architecture. So I enrolled at Hadlow Horticultural College and did a one year garden design course. This gave me the confidence to design and build gardens along with maintaining them.
The television gig came about as a result of my trading title which is The Black Gardener. I received a random email form 12Yard Productions who wanted a black gardener to present a gardening show ( The Instant Gardener ) which had already been commissioned by the BBC. Someone in their development department googled the name and hey presto my website appeared. I did the screen test which was successful and it all went from there.

Garden redesign Danny Clarke Instant Gardener BBC1

Which have been your favourite projects so far on The Instant Gardener ?

My favourite project on The Instant Gardener was for Shirley who lives in Manchester. She is a gamester who is mad for the Doctor Who tv series. It seemed pretty natural to design a themed garden based on the time lord. I cut three concentric rings into the lawn. We put slate chippings in the centre and middle strip which were contained with aluminium lawn edging to denote the universe. Random planting of round topiarised standard privet balls and small conical shaped yew trees into the area represented planets and rockets.

A wonky five sided arch made from fence posts constructed by AJ  the shows handyman was securely placed in the centre. This was the time portal that would cause Shirley to disappear into another dimension if ever she walked through it. Her shed was painted blue to mimic the Tardis. A narrow strip of the same colour was repeated on the decking by the rear patio doors which became the landing pad if ever the doctor should choose to visit. It was great to get the opportunity to show that gardens too can have humour.

At this time of year, what would you recommend we start preparing in the garden ?

The best time of year to prepare your garden for the coming year is in the winter. It’s a great time to take advantage of the dormancy. This is the season to repair fences, cut back plants that have finished, enrich your soil, prune perennials, weed, divide and plant bulbs. For me it’s the opportunity that shouldn’t be missed otherwise you may spend the spring playing catch up to get your space ship shape.

The Instant Gardener BBC1 Danny Clarke Interrview

What tips would you give to someone with a small garden to give the impression of space ?

When giving a small garden the illusion of space it’s important to think big. By this I mean try and put the largest plants and objects such as pots into the area. This way the boundaries will be blurred and your eyes will be concentrated on whats happening within the plot rather than taken to the edges. Buying one large plant can prove to be more cost effective than several smaller ones. And the same principle applies to pots.

Instant Gardener BBC1 Images Pond Redesign

Equally, how do you make a larger garden aesthetically pleasing ? 

My pet hate is to see narrow borders. Your garden as far as I’m concerned is about the plants. They shouldn’t be lining up like soldiers on duty along the border. They will look and grow at their best placed in the ground further into the garden. This will give your space a more aesthetically pleasing look and will free them from competition posed by a fence, wall or hedge which they will definitely thank you for.

If someone is looking to extend there living space through to the garden, how can they achieve this ?

A simple way to extend the living space into a garden is to repeat or mimic whatever is in your home to the outside. For example the flooring by the indoors can be of similar material to the patio. Repeat colours in your interior walls to a fence or shed. This will give your property a bit of joined up writing by extending the eye line and give the whole property the illusion of seeming larger than it really is. Another good idea is to place the same plants with identical pots in the home and garden.

Which plants and flowers do you recommend  for this time of year to add lots of colour ? 

March is such an optimistic time of year with the promise of what’s to come. A fab way to release those winter blues is to make sure you have plenty of colour in your garden at this time of year. Hellebores, Chaenomeles ( Quince ), Magnolia under planted with Primulas, Ophiopogon ( black grass ), Pulmonaria ( lungwort ) and Heuchera are particular favourites of mine.

For novice gardeners such as myself – which are low maintenance plants ? 

Most shrubs and ornamental grasses are low maintenance. However there are three in particular that will give you stunning season long colour that I would recommend. They are jasmine plants where you have winter and summer options. These only need the odd drink of water in dry spells.

Lavender will withstand the sunniest of areas and poor soil. The only maintenance needed here is a trim after flowering and a spot with good drainage as they don’t like their feet languishing in water.

I’m a massive fan of grasses and Stipa arundinacea is a particular fav of mine. As an evergreen it gives all year round colour turning from green in summer to a yellow and orange with red streaking in the winter months. In August it produces sprays of feathery flowers. If you’re in any doubt what to put next a plant a grass will often do as they provide great contrast to its neighbour.

Danny Clarke BBC1 Instant Gardener

What projects are you currently working on ? 

I am currently working on a garden design and build project near Croydon. It’s been very enjoyable and provided me with work over the winter months. They wanted me to take my cue from their neighbours outside space which has been done to a good standard. So you might say it’s next doors plot that gave me inspiration for the build. The hardlandscaping is almost complete and the plan is to undertake the planting at the end of April. I’m also going to be involved in some more telly very soon for the This Morning show where I makeover a garden for an unsuspecting mum for Mothers Day.

Can you offer advice for anyone wanting to go down the horticulture route ? 

Horticulture for me isn’t a job but a way of life. I love it with a passion. And my advice to anyone coming into it is to make sure you have a real joy for the industry. Particularly as it’s unlikely to make you a millionaire. But then again who knows and cares.

A big thanks to Danny for answering my questions and offering up some great garden inspiration. You can find out more about Danny on his website.

Do you have any extra Spring gardening tips ? Leave me a comment below. Always good to hear from you.

Styling Cosy Colourful Corners with Kleenex®

Kleenex Tissues Box Blue Room Tulips Cosy Styling Corner
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This time of year is just my favourite, particularly as Spring seems to have come early. The main reason being that Spring colours make everything feel new and fresh. You can open all the windows and let the lovely breezy air in. Is there anything better ? The light is much brighter and friendlier. Everything seems more vivid. I just love it.

Our home itself is still a work in progress – it probably always will be because I always have my eye on the next room to paint or simply want to move the furniture around. Placing older pieces such as books and beloved pots around the rooms, contrasted with some of my newer items and colourful prints, really helps to create aesthetically pleasing corners with pops of colour and contrast.

Labrador Home Interiors Colourful

But there are some parts of my home that are a constant and remind me of my sentimental side, like pictures of the girls growing up and long-remembered days out together. Of course our gorgeous Labrador, Sandy, is a very precious fixture too. I can’t quite believe that he’s just turned eight – or that we have lived here for nine years now – that’s quite a decent amount of time isn’t it ? He’s practically part of the furniture now !

Kleenex Blue Bedroom Plants Cosy Corner

There are some rooms that we spend more time in, like the living room, and obviously it’s important for bedrooms to feel cosy and comfortable – we spend almost half of our lives in them! I tend to stick the kettle on, make some mint tea in my favourite mug and then plonk myself right on the sofa to watch my favourite TV series and place my Kleenex® tissues right next to me every time. Because as my kids will tell you, I cry at the drop of a hat these days during funny film moments or a good book. Am I alone in doing this? The family find it hysterical. Everyone always turns to look at me with a knowing look, just when they know I’m about to shed a happy tear or two. 

When I really laugh, I often cry, sometimes my eyes water when I’m yawning. It’s because of this habit that I find myself constantly reaching for tissues. So, when I found out that Kleenex® had trendy Collection Cubes with ( gasp ) designs to fit every style, I had to get some.

Blue Yellow Pink Boxes Styling your Home Cosy Corners

I’m really impressed with the colourful designs of the new Kleenex® Collection Cubes – what do you think ? They come in three different patterns and colour combinations. It’s nice to be able to integrate and even style a tissue box to my own decor scheme so that it blends and feels part of the overall look of the room. I mean really, why shouldn’t your accessories and necessities be as fabulous as the rest of your home ?

Blues, pinks, golds – a really versatile combination for interiors. The different designs each suit different spaces in my house. I don’t think I can choose which one I like best, as they’re all really beautiful.

Kleenex Tissues Colourful Home Tulips Blue Yellow Cosy

So, now that I’ve admitted I do love a good cry every now and then – and you’ve seen how I like to spend time with some of my most cherished belongings at this time of year – how do you like to hang out at home ? Let me know in the comments below.

Botanical Inspired Textiles for Spring

Glasshouse Fabric print trend 2019

If we can just ignore the wind and rain for a minute and remember what Spring will look like shortly ? I want to show you some really lovely botanical inspired textiles in fabric and wallpaper form that will fast forward us to a few weeks time.

It seems 2019 really is carrying on the leafy and nature inspired theme from the last few years but it seems to be getting slightly bolder if f these luscious prints are anything to go by.

What I love about Sanderson prints like this Fernery one above, is that is that it’s bold and even with a black background it doesn’t depict at all, just makes the vivd green stand out more. There are a few more of their designs coming up as it was impossible to choose just the one.

Romo Wallpaper Japura Yellow Gold 2019 striking colourful bold Japanese style

This extremely exuberant wallpaper is is an Fenugreek colour way and by Romo. It’s called Pacaya and from their Japura range.

Again, the leaves are the star of the show and they’re really intricately drawn. It feels very retro or maybe that’s just me. Hopefully  I will use this one day in my interior design.

leaf print chair textiles trends 2019

I can always spot a distinctive Clarke & Clarke pattern a mile off. This Exotica Madagascar Forest material on a chair is pretty versatile and would no doubt work well as blinds or curtains, it would blend well with other colours in a harmonious setting or as a statement on its own.

It’s interesting how nature is represented so differently by each designer don’t you think ?

Cactus Wallpaper bold red colour statement 2019 trend

Although this Sanderson Glasshouse Terrarium Wallpaper does come in different shades, I had to share with you the Rhodera version because it is BOLD and I think pretty gorgeous. I am not sure it would work in an entire room but I guess it depends on the size. The detail is fabulous – it comes in fabric too.

Linwood Fabric Green Bird 2019

I’ve been pretty blown away by some of Linwood’s latest ranges and always look forward to one of their emails dropping in to the inbox.

From their Tango collection is Jungle Jive in Lawn Green. the artwork is really stunning. This isn’t a new one for 2019 but I think it needs to be seen again even if you’ve caught it before in magazines. The whole collection gets me every time !

Glasshouse wallpaper Sanderson Trend 2019 Bathroom

One more wallpaper for you now. Howe could I not share this Sanderson with you ? The Ring Tailed Lemur is a tropical print that also comes in a fabric and other colours. I challenge anyone not to smile with this in their home. As you can see here it combines well with tiles and other textiles. Really cute.

Well, I could carry on all day but there’ll be more opportunities to have a look at some others soon.

What do you think of these –  have any caught your eye ?

Image Copyright credits: 1. 4 & 6 Sanderson. 2. Romo. 3. Clarke & Clarke 5. Linwood.

 

Three Stunning Homes For Sale

House Boat London Central

Not so long ago I made an admittance on here that I am a total Rightmove addict. Well, I thought, why not share some of my favourite finds with you every month instead of keeping them to myself ? If you fall in love with them too you can always blame me, right ?

So to start off with I am going to take you on a mini tour this March with an array of what I feel are aesthetically stunning, dream homes.

At the top here is a property that caught my eye as I’ve always had a bit of a thing for houseboats, but this takes things to another level. Designed by 31/44 Architects, it’s such a tranquil space, moored St. Katharine Docks right in the centre of London currently – that’s what I love about them though. You could really live anywhere you wish within reason.

Aucoot Home For Sale Houseboat

Central London.

The boat has one bedroom and is brand new with bespoke handmade flooring throughout made from Douglas Fir Charcoal Grey Valchromat and Tulipwood which is a brilliant wood because it’s strong and doesn’t split like some others.

Houseboat for Sale Aucoot London Pink Wooden Theme Cosy

It has a concealed television, beautiful walls sconces, bathroom fittings are made from Corian and the kitchen units are created from recycled materials by ‘ Smile Plastics ‘. There is hidden storage under the stairs and seating.

Aucoot Houseboat for sale London Dusky Pink Wooden theme

Let’s just talk about the colour palette for a minute ? It’s very calming so blends with it’s surroundings. The natural materials are just lovely with the balancing dusky pink. I want to move in myself. It’s currently up for sale at £290,000 with Aucoot.

Bressingham, Norfolk.

This one is not so far from me. A rural find in Bressingham, Norfolk. Previously a steel framed agricultural barn. Look at the views …

Stunning Home for Sale Suffolk The Modern House Contemporary Cosy White

Sitting on a plot of land that previously formed part of the land of Old Boyland Hall which dates back to the 13th Century no less. Lots of wildlife on your doorstep, a private bridge over a moat to your garden and much greenery but let’s look at the interior.

White Stove fireplace The Modern House Suffolk Home for Sale

A four bedroom property spaced over 2 floors, It seems to have a very spacious feel with it’s large picture windows and double height ceilings allowing in generous proportions of light. 

Very envious indeed of the Carrara marble worktops which suit the homes contemporary theme. It’s a very simple look and I love it. 

House for Sale Norfolk White Room Yellow Spacious

Lots of room to manoeuvre in here. I really do like the white theme throughout. I think this twinned with the picture windows, frames the countryside all around you. Allowing pops of colour here and there inside to add extra character. I would be tempted to not make too many changes colour wise but if you did choose to, you have a great canvas to start with.

It’s not always possible to completely recommend a location but on this occasion – this part of the world is pretty wonderful.

Currently on the market at £799,000 with The Modern House.

Blue front Door

Bath, Somerset.

Last but most definitely not least is a home that really set my heart a fluttering. Not only do you have an exquisite exterior building which is on Queen’s Parade, but the current owners have created quite a feast for the eyes on the inside with the property occupying the second and third floor.

Beautiful Home Kitchen The Modern house

The home has remained sympathetic to it’s Georgian heritage but with a nod to modern day. The house was originally designed in around 1770 by John Wood the Younger.

Really appreciating the classic and gentle colour combinations used in every room with the paint and furniture textiles combined.  

The light is able to stream right in and highlight the structures of the room and accentuates the high vaulted ceiling.

The Modern House Bath colour inspired beautiful home Bath
The Moder nHouse Kids Grey Bedroom Decor Cosy

There seems to be painted wooden flooring throughout and a very cute and cosy room here. When you have a bedroom with eaves (sloping ceilings ) they can be excellent as kids rooms where you can utilise the shapes using storage boxes etc. With the window capturing the city just outside, it’s a win win, really.

Currently on at £770,000 Freehold with The Modern House. There are some more images on their website. Really worth a look. 

All very Pinterest worthy places don’t you think ? Will be adding some to my own boards imminently. What are your thoughts on these homes ? Leave me a comment as ever below…

Welcome to Lucy Gleeson Interiors

Interior Design textiles swatches paint ideas

You many have noticed that I have been absent for a little while ? Well, this is because I took January off and also a few things have changed here. For starters, this website is now called Lucy Gleeson Interiors. Thanks so much for supporting me as Lucy Loves Ya for the last 8 years, I really appreciate it so much – and I will still be blogging regularly so hope you will stay with me as there’s lots to come.

Nothing has changed in that I still love writing about home design, DIY ideas and looking at trends. Definitely still enjoy interviewing designers, artists and brands too.

But, it was time to also add my interior design and styling services which can be found at in the pages at the top. If you are looking this year to make changes to your home in some way or know someone who wants to. Do get in touch. I can offer lots of different options but am also really open to bespoke requests. You can find out more about my services at the top of the blog.

Interior Design Textiles colour wheel hues swatches

It’s an exciting time and there are many plans for this year. Including a book that is currently at the construction stage and I can’t wait to share more of this with you as soon as I am able to.

I will also be running some online courses. Will of course let you know when this is closer to fruition.

So this post is short and sweet. But I will be updating again shortly. It’s nice to be back.

Sofa Workshop Review of our Eden and Broadwick Additions

Eden Teal Sofa Workshop Review

It’s quite a bit deal choosing a new sofa. Well, it is to me for sure. It’s a really long term commitment in terms of colour, size and not to mention long term comfiness.

When Mae was teeny tiny we invested in our first set from Sofa Workshop after much deliberation. Oh boy, I have loved them.

Over the years they’ve endured smalls kids clambering all over them, friends’ last minute late night sleeps after dinner parties, regular film sit ins where we have all bundled cosily on with our duvets … you name it. Also, they have changed colour, starting out as purple and then being recovered by Sofa Workshop in to a lovely Designers Guild pink.

Although I’m extremely sentimental when it comes to such things, we’ve reached a new phase in life where we needed a new look all together but the same standard because, without wanting to sound cheesy, I have learnt to trust the quality and workmanship of the company. So, it has been the perfect opportunity to work with Sofa Workshop and review two new sofas for our home. I’ve waited a month or so to talk about them so that we could properly try them out and be as true as possible with our thoughts.

Books sofa cosy living room

I didn’t know until speaking with Sofa Workshop also that they work in partnership with The British Heart Foundation meaning that if you want to pass on your current sofa to a charity when receiving new ones, then it’s really easy to arrange and it gets collected. We did this and it’s nice to know that some benefit will come of it.

We now have the Sofa Workshop Eden four seater which is covered in ‘ Vogue, Teal ‘ or as some friends have described it as a peacock blue ? It is an extremely soft and tactile fabric that you might mistake as a velvet as it looks and feels so soft. The legs make the sofa higher off the ground than our last ones. I chose the Eden because of my mid century taste and wanted something with good back support and generous in size to lounge around on. Because we were downsizing the other sofa, it needed to be pretty long to make up for space – it’s 244 cm which is perfect.

`eden Sofa in Vogue Teal

The legs are solid wood in walnut stain and tapered. A practical point here but easy to hoover underneath which can’t be a bad thing. The back cushions are are a blend of feather and fibre and the seat is foam. I’ve tried to think of anything I can say that is a constructive criticism of this sofa but I actually can’t. I love it and because the design is timeless I can’t see us ever tiring of it. I believe the Eden is one of their most popular styles and can totally see why.

broadwick Sofa matthew williamson teal broad wick

Now on to our Broadwick. I had some real fun here choosing the fabric. Sofa Workshop literally stock so many different brands along with their own which amounts to thousands of choices. Where do you start ? Well, I have wanted animal print for some time which narrowed it down and so in the end this ‘ Cheetah ‘ print by Matthew Williamson for Osborne and Little in teal was the winner.

Broadwick Sofa matthew williamson broadwick

I clearly want blue to be the predominant colour of this room to go with yellow and grey, as you will have seen by my recent posts. But felt the second sofa needed more texture to it to avoid it being all too much the same and liked the idea of using something that would play with the classic design of the Broadwick style, which incidentally reminds me so much of my childhood and some of my relatives furniture and that’s why I went for it.

The Broadwick is super comfortable and although comes in several sizes, the Snuggler is ideal. The bolster cushions, piping and button detail give a nod to Regency times with a contemporary twist with its shape. The guarantee for the frame is 25 years long which is quite an attractive deal. Although we went for the same leg colour as the Eden, there are others to consider.

Broadwick sofa teal cheetah fabric

To be honest, I wasn’t sure if it would be as comfortable as the Eden given its rounded look but in fact it is indeed. It’s true to it’s name and very snuggly. We use it more than our old sofa because it’s easier to position. Although it looks super grand it fits in very well in our busy home lifestyle. You know when you have a piece that you know will stay with you ? Well, it’s one of those.

The service we received was good. The guys at Sofa Workshop were helpful and when I had a few questions after delivery, the lady I spoke with was really nice and swift. Customer service is very important I feel, don’t you ?

Broadwick print sofa teal

So there we are, I hope you’ve found this interesting and maybe useful ? Do leave me a comment with any questions or just to say hi.

Lucy x

The sofas were a gift from Sofa Workshop. I feel very lucky. All opinions as ever are my own though.

Independent Store gifts for Big and Little Kids

Space Leopard Print Cool Fun ArtWith a month or so left now until the big day I’ve written this post to support some independent online stores who stock really cool gifts for big and little kids. Believe me though they’re worth having a look at.

I’ve such admiration for anyone running their own shop with all the hard graft, having been a store owner myself.

To start with, this personalised Space Leopard print above is from Eleanor Bowmer. There’s quite a range of cool unique pressie ideas to be found on her site including personalised art work.

Quirky mat acrylic home gift idea

For quite a few years now, I have received the Finest Imaginary newsletter and designer Kim’s collections become more and more inventive every year. This is a place mat. In fact, you receive 6 layers that equals 6 mats –  a full burger in a bun for £20 which I think is a bargain as they are all made by Kim herself. You might want to see some of her acrylic jewellery too.

Collage Christmas Gifts Kids Fun Colourful

1. Vinyl Print  – Showler & Showler 2. T – shirt –  Disko Kids 3. Throws – Roos Beach 4. Stockings – Lift Store 5. Light Boxes – I Love Retro 6. Striped Cushion – Polkra

This year we added some of Showler & Showler’s prints to the kids’ bedrooms and they really are fab. They are more than suitable for adults too though. Really vivid and cheerful.

Now, this t  – shirt is for children but I really want it myself. Disko Kids also make clothing for adults too so … phew. I have one of their prints here at home too.

Since visiting Roos Beach in Cornwall last time we visited, I have been a fan. They have superb taste in everything and there’s loads or choose from. If you can’t make it to Newquay then thank goodness for the webshop.

Lift Store are based in Southwold so not far from me. It’s a very cute place with some really quirky things at affordable prices. Impossible to leave without some of their stationery. Again, they are online and currently selling these stockings.

I think the name I Love Retro speaks for itself. So much eye candy that appeals to all ages. Really good gifts for Christmas.

If you haven’t heard of Polkra  – they source, design and make their own products and in my opinion make stunning homeware in lots of bold colours. Do check them out if you can.

Unicorn pin board colourful

If you are, or have any unicorn lovers in your home then this cork pin board from Rocket & Fox might appeal ? I think it’s very cute. What do you think ?

Sparkly handbag gift ideas

We’ve made several orders from Puptart London recently because every time someone sees one of their personalised or sparkly shoulder bags they want one too. I love their glittery bow ties for dogs. A lovely shop.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this post and maybe discovered a few new places to look.

This isn’t sponsored at all. Just thought I’d share the love.

Lucy x

Tips for Finding the Ideal Rug

Louis De Poortere Rug MadMen YellowThis is something I’m asked often when it comes to interior design. How do you choose the right rug for your home ?

Well, there are several things to think about while you’re going through the process. I had to consider this recently when I was working out the size and style of rug needed for our own living room. It is definitely worth spending some time deciding because it can change the overall look dramatically.

I seriously had my eye on our ultimate choice for a while but I will talk about that a little later. In the mean time here are some tips that might be useful if you’re thinking of making a purchase in the near future.

Chevron Rug Grey Yellow Living Room

The size.

If you have the option I would would say choose as large as you can. One way of working out whether this will look right is by using a little bit of tape ( I used washi as it peels off the floor easily ) and mark out each corner of where the rug will be and then move your furniture around to make sure it will position well. In a living room either position all four legs of your sofas / chairs  – or you can sit just the front legs of some of your sofas on it especially if you needing to utilise space. Where the chairs are moving in and out, say a kitchen or desk area though, you’d want to make sure all four legs are on it to avoid the rug getting caught.

Ensure you leave a gap of at least 10cm between the rug and walls.

If you are going smaller then maybe go for a feature rug in the centre which you can place a coffee table, but best to not try putting any of your other furniture on it, better they are positioned around it.

Go with the shape of the room. For instance, a square room will ideally suit a square rug and so on.

Our Louis De Poortere rug has an anti slip latex backing already which was a total dream but worth checking whether you’ll need to also invest in some to avoid it slipping around the room.

Rug chair contrast patterns yellow tea living room

Louis De Poortere Rug Yellow Grey

The Colours.

This will very much depend on the mood you are looking for. Talking of moods, it’s a good idea to make up a board on say, Pinterest or photoshop or something like that to help define the overall look with differing rug choices.

If you already have your furniture and it’s colourful and patterned already then possibly a more neutral shade or contrast it and find something that has elements of a colour you are already using with a more subtle pattern. If your sofas are a block colour then you could still go for a strong pattern.

But starting from scratch ( what a nice situation to be in … ) and you could go for a really bold feature rug and let it define the rest of the room.

Just make sure it’s going to still look fabulous in a few years time so if you have a heavy traffic room then consider the colour carefully.

The Textures.

There are so many options these days. It’s best to take in to consideration again how busy the room will be. You’ll want something durable and not easy to trip up on. So a flat rug would be suitable. Think about how much the rug will need cleaning. A quieter area though will mean you can go for a more delicate texture if you’d rather.

Textures really can set the tone so layering is a really fun way to complete the room. If you already have a velvet sofa then play around with rug ideas that will contrast and add character and give an overall richer feel.

Louis De Poortere Rug Cotton Living Room

I have been lucky to be working with Carpet manufacturers Louis De Poortere on this who have been in business since 1929. I went for the 85 % cotton rug in ‘ Central Yellow ‘ colour way. They also make border runners and bespoke rugs. All made in Belgium where they are based; constantly adding to their ranges, making for a real versatile set of collections.Grey Yellow Rug Living Room Cosy Guide Choosing the right size

As I mentioned earlier, I have loved this rug for a while and had it on my wish list, in fact really like the whole ‘ Jacob’s Creek, Mad Men ‘ range that was brought out earlier this year. The warm goldy yellows and gentle greys are perfect for the teals already here and compliment the armchair. What I especially enjoy is the way it works on our wooden floors – the faded design blends so well.  It’s just the right depth and the hand finished quality is very apparent. It does come in other colours and sizes. I can recommend for sure.

Lucy x

This is a collaboration with Louis De Poortere, all opinions are my own as always.

Bohemian Ethical Christmas Gift Ideas

Jute Baskets Colourful Fair-trade

There’s no way around this. I have to mention Christmas. Because if I leave it too late then my guide will be null and void and I imagine there will be some starting to think about the big day ? I’m feeling a bit smug this year as I’m feeling almost on top of it so far.

Having been looking in to ethical gift ideas recently not only for myself but to share with you here on the blog, I actually got quite excited as I found some things I had been looking for anyway and some great new online stores. If I hadn’t snooped around on the ‘net I wouldn’t have discovered The Decorator’s Notebook store. Not only really stylish fair – trade homeware but their ethos is empowering women, nurturing small businesses and protecting the environment.

Fairtrade blankets throws colourful cosy homeware

Having a bit of a penchant for throws especially of the tasseled variety ( who doesn’t like feeling cosy this time of year ? ) these basket weave cotton throws from Rigby & Mac come in several colours. I’m picturing a good book or film, hot drink and all wrapped up for the evening. Yes please.

Christmas fair-trade gifts

1. Berber Basket  – Myakka 2. Salad Servers – Namaste 3. Hanging Panter – House of Kind 4. Hanging Mirror – Nkuku 5. Frida Kahlo Tea Towel – Ian Snow 6. Bowls – Auraque 7. Wool Cushion – Plumo 8. Indigo Drop Mug – Nkuku 9. Yellow Bag – Winter’s Moon.

Here are nine more colourful items from some really cool online shops.

Really enjoying the whole Berber trend and will continue to do so for a very long time. The baskets with extra detail are useful in so many rooms. I know my girls would love them to store al their bits and I personally would put one in the living room or bathroom.

If you get a chance to check out House of Kind, you’ll find some really beautiful handmade porcelain pots amongst a sea of other sustainable, vegan items for the home. Plus stocking fillers  – lots of them.

Still gutted that I missed the Frida Kahlo exhibition at the V & A ( Did you manage to go or see anything about it ? ) but consolation might be found in a vibrant tea towel from Ian Snow.

Loving that fluffy wool cushion. I’ve a feeling we might fight over it in this household though. I’ve been a fan of Plumo since they started out. They stock some really unique pieces.

Brass Pot Hand Etched

Another beauty buy Nkuku for Decorator’s Notebook. A classic hand etched brass pot using ancient techniques. Apparently it’s water tight so perfect for flowers but I think I would use it as a feature even without  – it’s sure interesting to study like a piece of art.

There are no doubt plenty more good places to source gifts and inspiration. If you know of any  – or just like what you see here than do leave me a comment. I’d love to hear from you as always.

Oh, and by the way … this post isn’t sponsored in any way. I just thought it would be good to promote some of these businesses.

Lucy x