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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

Revitalising the Living Room with Sanderson Grey Mist

Grey Living Room Colours Yellow Blue TealToday I am going to give you a little tour around my living room now that it’s complete in both colour and comfiness. In fact, I am breaking it down in to three posts in total over the next few weeks as I want to go in to a bit of detail on choices and have a review to do of my new sofas and talk about my lovely new rug and how I chose the right size.

So, initially let’s start with wall colour and why ? Well, for some time I’ve been frustrated with the lack of light in the room. Having painted the walls almost a pure white and realising that without lots of natural sunlight, no amount of applying ‘ high value ‘ will brighten it. In fact it does the opposite. It emphasises the dark and feels gloomy.

Grey wall teal sofa gold light

With that in mind, I decided a neutral was needed. After the Sanderson event recently I tried out some of their greys to define instead and as I knew I would be adding plenty of colour with furniture and accessories and it would enhance them. In fact, I went for one of their brand new ones called Grey Mist in Matt Emulsion which I tried out on each wall at first. I recommend samples first always, as a paint will look one colour in your home and completely different in someone else’s.

After a week of checking it at different times of the day when I was relaxing in the room, I really liked it. It’s a consistent mid grey with ever such a slight presence of blue. In the daytime it’s actually quite warm when the sun makes an appearance and then works really nicely with ambient lamps later on.

White Painted Fireplace

The room feels so much more defined now. We painted the stoneGrey Walls Living room
fireplace white to balance out the doors and then used Grey Mist Oil Based Eggshell again on the radiators to blend them with the rest of the room.

Grey Wall Blue Sofa

It’s the first time I’ve used Sanderson paint. It took two coats for me to feel entirely happy although the first coverage was pretty impressive. I painted the first one and then thought better of it and asked our lovely local painter to come and do the second ( I’m not the fastest decorator to be honest ). We both felt that the paint was very good quality and nice to work with – a creamy texture.

Grey Mist Paint Living Room Walls DJ decks

With the teals and yellows in the room and then pops of pinks it has all worked out as planned and I do love grey and gold together, hence choosing Lennox sconces from the shop Made that aren’t too dominating but draw your eye with the industrial bulbs.

Hope you like it too and keep an eye out over the next few weeks for the rug and sofa posts.

Lucy x

The paint was a gift from Sanderson.

Interior Design Instagram Accounts to Follow

Colourful instagram accounts

Instagram is a really useful platform to share my images and engage with fellow friends and interior bloggers but it is a minefield that is ever expanding so it’s not easy always to find new accounts to follow. There are so many.

Who to follow ? Well, if you love interiors ( which I guess you might if you read my blog ) then today I am going to share the love with five of my current UK based faves that take interior trends and home improvements to another level. You might enjoy them too.

Above is @Oxfordone who has the most beautifully curated home. Lissi is a fellow colour lover who is excellent at co – ordinating trends and bold patterns. Her account always makes me smile – it’s really clever. Definitely one to follow – and check out her bathroom for sure – it’s super cool.

Blue Room Living Space Relaxing Calm Bright Melanie Lissack

I only recently found @melanielissackinteriors when we met at an event and I’m really glad I did. She has fantastic style and a very stylish home. A triple award winning blogger, Melanie has a plethora of rooms to admire and take inspiration from. The tiles in her kitchen are just dreamy and I love the blue living room and choice of wallpapers.

Karen Knox Interiors Black Room Orange Chair Leeds based Designer Karen Knox aka @makingspacesnet has created some stunning homes. She puts together textiles and fearless colours in a ( seemingly ) effortless way and they just work so well. A very talented person. She posts photos that you want to study all the detail which is always a good sign. Do follow if you are looking for some fresh ideas.

Kate Lovejoy Interiors Blue Kitchen Dining Cosy Space

Not so long ago when I wrote about matching colours with your zodiac sign –  I was introduced to @katelovejoyinteriors and she sure knows how to use colour and shape to design aesthetically pleasing rooms. Kate’s interior design account is bursting with vivid walls and furniture. She has a really good eye for colour and shape. Featured in lots of magazines which is no surprise at all.

Interiors Bedroom Peaceful Button Headboard

The palettes that @rockmystyleblog use are adorable. It’s a persistently gorgeous account to follow with a mixture of lots of Scandi, Mid Century and tactile looking textures. What I especially love is how generous they are with including other accounts and their homes. Light and bright – I recommend highly.

Image: Adam Crohill.

I’d be really interested to hear some of your favoured interior instagrammers. Is there anyone in particular that you look forward to seeing their pics ? Do leave me a comment below.

Lucy x