{CHRISTMAS} THE LUST LIST

Sorry I've been so quiet on the blog/ insta front guys. I've got a lot to tell you, but for now I'll begin with the fact that our house has been under going a loft conversion, which little did I realise meant our entire house would be turned upside down. From the thick layer of dust that seems to be never ending on the dusting front, to the newly stained walls from a leaky new radiator pipe. It's currently the opposite of an insta worthy house.  But let's talk about brighter things and not my first world problems and leaky pipes. 

With christmas only two weeks away, there's still plenty of time to get that perfect gift. From stocking fillers to more extravagant purchases, if you're stuck for ideas, I've compiled my Top 21 Lust list for that interior lover friend or family member, so here goes.. ..

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{HOUSE LUST LOVES} EVE TOWELS

What a busy few months it’s been!

In the past 2 months since I last post I’ve been to New York, Copenhagen, Berlin, Paris, Seoul, Nanjing, Dalian and Shanghai and all for the love of work.

To say I’m glad to be home is a bit of an understatement. Sometimes you just can’t beat some home comforts like sleeping in your own bed, drinking English breakfast tea and being able to write your blog (ha that’s just a personal one for me!). I’ve just returned this week to a delivery of fresh towels and the fluffiest bath robe wrapped in yellow ribbons from the kind people at Eve

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{INTERIOR DECOR} WAYFAIR HOME EXPERT- AUTUMN COLOUR CHALLENGE

Happy October Everyone!

Although I LOVE the summer I am definitely a fan of seasons, particularly the Autumnal months. I’m looking forward to getting snug in my dark moody lounge with plenty of sumptuous, rich textures to keep it cosy and warm. 

This month I have collaborated with Wayfair for their Home Expert challenge to show you how to give your home an Autumn update through colour, pattern and texture. 

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{INTERIOR DECOR} LOFT WINDOWS & COVERINGS- WHICH ONES BEST?

Our loft renovation has started. The roof tiles are off and the steels have been measured and ordered. It won’t be long until we’ll have an extra bedroom, bathroom and dressing room to get decorating and instagramming. Obviously this started me thinking about the types of Velux window coverings available in the market and which ones will be best for us. 

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{SHOPPING} ANTIQUE SHOPPING AT KEMPTON PARK

Today I made my first visit to Kempton park Antique's market in Sunbury, Surrey. Actually it was more of a pilgrimage, based on on my love of all things vintage. 

Held at Kempton Park's race course ground, this place gives the Rose bowl in LA a run for its money on the antique front. With over 700 stalls, its one of the largest twice monthly markets in Britain and a must visit for all antique collectors, dealers and most importantly interior designers. 

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{SHOPPING} COSY THROWS - MY PICK OF THE BEST

Hello Autumn!

It might only be the beginning of September but I’m already looking forward to those autumnal nights in with a scented candle and wrapped in a cosy throw. Naturally, this got me thinking how I need to buy a new throw and got me scanning the UK high-street offer for one that goes in our new-ish dark lounge and other styles too. From rustic country to scandi chic, to eclectic bohemian.

So go grab your wine, get comfy and start scrolling because hopefully I've chosen something that will appeal to everyone.

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{SAVY SHOPPING} THE HOUSE OF HACKNEY HACK- DIY TASSEL LAMPSHADE

Today’s blog post is all about how you can re-create your own designer lampshade for a fraction of the price; let’s call it the House of hackney Hack! Even though it’s bound to get on House of hackney’s wick. Hackney… wick.. get it  (sorry, but I couldn’t help myself… taxi for Cotton). But as Oscar Wilde once said ‘Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery’, and if you learn anything from this post, it should be the knowledge that lamp covering isn’t that difficult and if I can do it, you certainly can.  So, let’s get started.

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{INTERIOR DECOR} AMARA INTERIOR BLOG AWARDS – I’VE BEEN NOMINATED!

I am thrilled to share that I have been nominated for Best Newcomer blog at the Amara interior blog awards 2017. I can’t tell you what a privilege it is to be nominated, and be in a category with bloggers who I admire and do a pretty damn good job at this blogging malark! So, thank you very, very much for whoever voted for me… I’m honored!

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{INTERIOR DECOR} BEST OF THE SALES; MY BRASS BAR CART

July for most people means school holidays, summer BBQ’s and lazy weekends spent in their gardens. For me, July is SALE time! So, what better way to get back into blogging than by telling you about my latest SALE bargain. It’s been about a month since I last post about my fav top pics at Wayfair. Since then I’ve been sunning myself on the Balearic Islands with way too much sun and sangria to write anything half decent. Which leads me onto the topic of this post nicely like some drink obsessed crazy lady.

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{INTERIOR DECOR} MY TOP 6 PICKS FOR THE LOUNGE FROM WAYFAIR

This month I joined the Wayfair Home Expert team and wrote a post about updating your lounge with a cushion refresh.  If you're looking to give your lounge a bit more than a refresh, I wanted to share my top 6 picks from Wayfair. Of course these include three of my favourite materials; Copper, velvet and marble.  Each piece is guaranteed to add the wow factor to any lounge area, especially when combined together. 

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{INTERIOR DECOR} WAYFAIR HOME EXPERT CHALLENGE: JUNGLE BOOGIE CUSHION UPDATE IN COLLABORATION WITH DUTCH DECOR

This month I have collaborated with Dutch Décor for Wayfair’s Home expert challenge, to show you how you can inject a bit of jungle into your home with a cushion refresh.

This season it’s all about jungle prints. Whether you’re into Palm prints, photographic leaf designs or botanical birds, the 70’s jungle inspired trend is one that is here to stay.

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{INTERIOR DECOR} DINING TABLE RE VAMP

Sometimes all it takes is a little know how, arm grease and a good old DIY store to help pimp your dining table. I was hosting a dinner party when we accidentally scorched the table, leaving it with a lovely white mark, right in the centre.  I've googled tutorials on getting white heat marks out yourself with an iron and a damp cloth, but after years of ignoring all the scratches, dents and marks I thought it was time to take action. Spend less than £70 to re vamp, or get a new table. It didnt take long to decide which option to go with...

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{OUTSIDE SPACE} THE OUTDOOR BAR CART FROM HOMESENSE

One things for sure. Bar carts are showing no signs of slowing down.

Perfect for parties, weddings, entertaining friends or just living like its saturday night, everynight. 

After years of obsessing over brass, glass and marble ones, the bar cart trend has now moved into alfresco living.  Introducing the outdoor bar cart from Homesense.  

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{INTERIOR DECOR} HOW TO MEASURE A SOFA FOR DELIVERY

Treat yourself! Thats my motto, which I'm sure my husband would happily verify. This month I treated myself to a new navy velvet sofa from John Lewis. I've been obsessing over one for a while, and thought it was time to bite the bullet. One of things which always puts me off buying a new large piece of furniture is the hassle of measuring up to ensure it fits. I'm always reminded of the time I bought a dining table on ebay which didn't fit through the kitchen doorway. It turns out I only measured the front door... whoopsie! Since then, I follow the 4 simple rules to ensure every item fits. Here's my guide to measuring up, and ensuring that every big furniture purchase fits! 

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{HOUSE LUST LOVES} HOUSE OF FRASER AW17 PREVIEW

There's nothing like a little Autumn winter browse while it's pouring with rain outside. Especially when we're meant to be entering the summer season (Welcome to the UK!). This week I attended the AW17 House of Fraser press preview at the London Vinyl factory in Soho.

The great thing about House of Fraser's home collection is there's always something for everyone. Whether you're a rustic, country farmhouse type. Or if you're into dark interiors with touches of retro 70's styling, they have brands to suit everyones home style. 

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{SHOPPING} HOMEWARE SHOPPING IN KRAKOW

Shopping is my passion and my relentless search for original homeware never stops when I'm travelling. This week my work took me to Krakow, Poland. In the few minutes of downtime I had, I managed to squeeze in a little visit to the shops.

I went with no expectations which is always a bonus when visiting new cities, especially when Krakow surprises you with these beauts. If you're visiting, or live locally, then make sure you get down to these shops and support local Polish design. 

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{SAVVY SHOPPING} MY BARGAIN HOUSE OF HACKNEY CUSHIONS

Who doesn’t like a bargain? My friends don’t call me Martin Lewis for nothing, and probably just like most of you, I’m trying to live a luxury lifestyle on a baked bean budget.

So, when I came across an ad for the house of hackney sample sale I couldn’t help but check it out and go in search of some homeware designer bargains.

 

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{HOME TOUR} FASHION DESIGNER BARBARA HULANICKI'S MIAMI HOME

This month’s home tour is coming all the way from the sunshine state of Miami Florida.

Welcome to the wonderful world of fashion and interior designer Barbara Hulanicki and her global traveller comes 1960’s barbarella steel city, Miami apartment. With zings of orange and pink and a love of 60's glass and 'collectables', you'll see why this workaholic designer has never stopped. I'm sure there's a desk and sketch pad attached to a bed somewhere... 

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