Floral wallpaper by Laura Ashley

The return of granny florals

Minimalists beware - this year, granny florals have made a comeback in the home, but they're a far cry from your Nan's sage green velour couch. The big blowsy blossoms and manic meadow prints that we replaced with whitewash walls and drab neutrals are once again filling our homes with wit and whimsy, according to the interior design experts at Elle Decor. We think this look works best if you choose just a few statement pieces against a simpler backdrop but [...]

Girl holding shell to her ear next to the seaside

Nautical decor – bringing beach house to the home

With Summer well and truly set in, it's the perfect time to overhaul your living space and give it a fresh, seasonal feel. The nautical look is all about capturing that summer's-day-by-the-seaside feel, and it's easy to achieve with just a few simple changes. Colour palette Think sea blues, sandy beaches and whitewashed wooden huts with brightly coloured roofs. You don't actually want to create a seaside scene in your room - more give yourself a subtle reminder of long lazy afternoons [...]

Summer house ideas

Summer house ideas for a welcome retreat

Transforming your garden shed or outbuilding into a summer house gives you a welcome retreat on warm summer days or balmy evenings. Sit and relax with a cool glass of wine or a fruity cocktail, curl up on a comfy chair with your favourite book, or use the space for your favourite arts and crafts. Or give your children their own magical area to sit or play, away from the grown ups. With these easy summer house ideas and a little [...]

Summer wooden bird house

Summer decorating ideas to refresh your home

Summer officially started on June 20 but you'll be forgiven for not noticing. The odd day of sunshine has broken up the days of unsettled, cloudy and wet weather with thundery downpours and flooding right across the country. Thankfully, things are starting to change, with experts forecasting that a 'Spanish plume' could bring with it a heatwave and six glorious weeks of sizzling sunshine. With summer finally on the horizon, it's time to refresh your home with these summer decorating ideas to welcome [...]

Bedroom with mixed wood finishes

How to mix wood finishes and make it work

Perhaps you've moved into a new home with wooden floors that don't match any of your furniture. Or you've spotted a gorgeous table or stunning sideboard going for a bargain, but you know it doesn't match what you've got already. If you're wondering whether mixed wood finishes can ever look good, the answer is yes! Gone are the days of matching every item of furniture in your room - mixing wood finishes rather than matching them is a huge trend that [...]

Shabby chic couch

Add some shabby chic style to your home

Shabby chic decor first appeared in the eighties and since then, this eclectic interior trend has grown in popularity. The shabby chic look is about worn or rustic furniture and accessories that have an aged appearance but contribute to an overall grand, charming feel. Some people make the mistake of thinking shabby chic is all about shabby, worn out things - forgetting the 'chic'! Shabby chic furniture can be worn, but can also be grand and elaborate, like this beautiful painted wooden wardrobe in [...]

Charcoal matt paint behind a sofa

Using matt paint in a family home

Matt paint is right on trend but you might be wondering whether or not it's a good choice for the family home. Matt paint and small children was once a combination that did not mix very well. Little grubby fingermarks would require very careful dabbing and in most cases, either the paint would be disturbed or the mark would remain. Now, matt paint has evolved and washable matt paint  or ‘durable matt’, as it's known, is a thing. This [...]

Guest room ideas - towels folded as swans

Guest room ideas for the ‘hotel luxe’ touch

Whether you have a dedicated guest room or you’re freshening up a family member’s room to accommodate your guests, there are a few easy, quick and cheap guest room ideas to give your guests the luxury hotel welcome. Refresh the paint Giving the walls a repaint is a quick, cheap way to completely refresh a guest room and give it a brand new feel. Make sure you paint well in advance of your guests’ stay, as the smell of freshly painted walls isn’t [...]