Wallpaper Love : For The Little Ones

My latest wallpaper search has led me to a brand that I have not come across before and I am in LOVE!  A friend asked me for some ideas for their country home in the Cotswolds (nice, I know!) and one of the areas she hadn’t decided on yet was the decor of her girls shared bedroom.  Ah, sharing a bedroom with a sister, something I know all too well!  Fortunately, my parents had quite a minimalist approach to decor so there was no fighting as to what type of wallpaper went up in our room…there was no wallpaper.  Just white, white and more white (not counting the Duran Duran posters that I hung up!)

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I couldn’t resist…sorry, I know, totally unrelated to interior design!  (heeelllooo John Taylor!)

But in this case, I had to find some sort of common interest, some sort of design/theme that they could both live with.  And bingo!  I found it.  They both love riding horses.  I didn’t want to go too overboard with that idea and I thought (of course) a nice wallpaper could do the trick!  And that is when I came across www.hibouhome.com  A British company making quality and gorgeous wallpaper and fabrics for children.  Not tacky, cheap Dora type children’s designs but cool, funky Scandi inspired ones.

Here’s the equestrian one:  What do you think?

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Have a look at their website to see more gorgeous designs….I particularly love, love “Into The Wild” print.  And actually you really couldn’t go wrong with any of them!

Pretty in Pink?

Pretty in pink?  Not just a great 1980’s Brat Pack movie but a big trend for Spring 2014 apparently! Spring 2014 is going to be BIG for pastels……..”Key Trend”, “Must Have”, “Hottest Fashion’!  All phrases that have been bandied around to describe the Pastel Trend that will be upon us very soon.  But the question is: how do we use pastels in our homes without it looking like a decorated Easter Egg or a baby’s nursery?  Well I think the best way is to pair it with a pop of bright colour….even neon!

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So if you enjoy the calming and relaxing effects of a pastel themed room or house, throw in a few bright pieces to avoid a look that is TOO sweet!

A Trophy Holder For My Trophy Bike?

Well here it is, my new favourite mode of transport!  An Xmas gift to replace my old (ugly, crappy) bike that got nicked from outside the tube station in November.  While my old bike was the cheapest, worst “Halford’s special” bike that money can buy, my new bike is in fact a Tokyo Bike (www.tokyobike.co.uk)  Tokyo Bike is a small independent company founded in, you guessed it, Tokyo.  Their bikes were designed for riding around in, yep, Tokyo…..or any other big city you might live in.  The bikes are super comfortable, really smooth, well made and above all, super chic!

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There she is! (but check out their website too….my picture doesn’t do it justice!)

Now, at our house, we have a bike tent in our garden where my husband and sons keep their bikes.  But for me, I ride mine much more often so my baby, I mean bike, tends to be kept inside the house.  It’s a bit of a pain getting it from the garden every time I want to use it.  While we have space in our house to keep it indoors whilst still being out of the way (I think it looks quite cute in our front room at the moment) I started to think of those with less space and how and where they would store their bikes.  And I came across this very on trend and funky bike wall mount.

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Photos all courtesy of http://www.outlineworksltd.com/website

This is something that will look good with or without the bike!  It’s right on trend and with a choice of “deer” or “bull” in several different colours, you’ll be sure to find one to suit your home and help keep it clutter free!

Safe riding everyone!

Pantone Colour of the Year

Happy New Year everyone!  I hope you are all slowly getting back into your regular routines and starting your new years resolutions! For me, I still have the kids at home for a couple more days so I’m not quite there yet!  Anything to procrastinate eating healthy food and not drinking!  But I did not want to wait to share the Pantone Colour of the Year…which is…drum roll please………..Radiant Orchid.  To be honest, when I first looked at it I thought to myself “meh”.  I didn’t love it.  But as I began my search online for some examples my mind was changed!  Ok, so that makes me sound super fickle but the more I thought about it, the more I thought, “yes this colour could work!”  It is a perfect colour for spring especially.

There are a couple of ways you can use this colour in your home.  First, for the brave, you can paint your walls.  In my humble opinion, I think it would be lovely in small doses.  One wall perhaps to add a splash of colour?  Otherwise, I think too much of Radiant Orchid on the walls could result in a bit of a sickly look and one you may tire of quickly?  But that’s the beauty of paint colour….it can be changed!  The next way is to use it as an accessory and a way to add colour to an otherwise neutral room.  A lamp, a throw pillow, even an area rug….all would work well!  As well, certain pieces of furniture can be updated to stay on the colour trend.  Look at reupholstering a lounge chair or even adding, one of my favourites that I came across, purple Louis Ghost Chairs to your dining table!  See my mood board below.  They are so very cool and the purple makes them look modern and bang up to date!

Radiant Orchid I think, will do very well as an accent colour for your interior.  It works well with neutrals such as grey, taupe and beige but it also works GREAT with greens!  I love how it complements darker hunter greens or olive greens.

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See what I mean?

Ok, the kids film is now over and it’s back to mummy duties for me.  In the meantime, have a peek at Radiant Orchid:

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Tah dah!

Deck the Halls (and walls and mantles and tree etc…)

…with things from notonthehighstreet.com! fa la la la la la la la la! (ok, so that didn’t flow as well as I would have liked!!)

It’s is exactly one week until Christmas and the official countdown has started!  Ask my 6 year old…he knows how many more sleeps!  I of course have been online, searching for those last minute gifts and who knows…a few more decorations?  I have seen some very cute and original pieces on http://www.notonthehighstreet.com.  For those of you who do not know of notonthehighstreet.com (really? where have you been?), it is a website which picks the best and most unique small businesses to showcase and sell for.  The website prides itself on offering high quality products made and sold directly from the artist, designer or curator of the product.  Here you can find unique decorations, some (actually many!) of which can be personalised.  A few of my favourites?  Have a look:

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I love these!  The contrast of the black tape against the clear bauble and sparkles is amazingly cute!  You can personalise the message as well as choose the colour of the lid and tie……go for the neon green!
(source: http://www.notonthehighstreet.com/theletteroom/product/personalised-dymo-tape-sequin-snow-bauble)

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These Moroccan inspired string lights will add a touch of the exotic to your home this Christmas.  Not typical and definitely unique!  I can only imagine the lovely patterns these lights will project against the wall.
(source: http://www.notonthehighstreet.com/allthingsbrightonbeautiful/product/grand-maroq-string-lights)

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Say “NO” to tacky and cheesy crackers this Christmas!  These are chic and stylish and you can choose the prizes for inside.  Needless to say, I love the neon!
(source: http://www.notonthehighstreet.com/thelittleboysroom/product/personalised-neon-christmas-cracker-gift)

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Pretty, pretty, pretty is all I need to say about these!  Available in 3 sizes.
(source: http://www.notonthehighstreet.com/lisaangelhomewareandgifts/product/clear-bauble-with-feather)

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It’s Rudolph!  This is sure to delight the children!  Stylish enough to keep up all year….just remove the nose!  Comes in black, white, graphite and grey.
(source: http://www.notonthehighstreet.com/leonorahammond/product/reindeer-wall-sticker)

Well, I could go on as there are literally thousands of Christmas items to choose from.  Many items are still available for delivery before Christmas!  So hurry, hurry! What are you waiting for? http://www.notonthehighstreet.com