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Blue is my favourite colour, and it is definitely my favourite colour to decorate with (see my new maximalist blue bedroom here, and my blue living room here). I spend a lot of time fawning over the blue pieces of furniture and home ware that I find, so I'm going to share a few of my current faves, available to buy now, on the blog:

1. Blue and gold planter - Zara home - £29.99 / 2. Sorbet Vase - LSA International - £50 / Rug - Wendy Morrison - £895 / 4. HAY dining table - £589 - Available via Clippings / Aero Chair - £695 - Sweetpea & Willow / 6. Hex side tables - M&S - £79 / 7. Bird Plate - John Lewis / 8. Navy Sofa - Debenhams - £786 (on sale) / 9. Armchair - £399 - Atkin & Thyme / 10. Butterfly Art - £80 - Available via Rise Art / 11. Rocking Chair - £69 - Cult Furniture / 12. Giant Floor Lamp - £129 - Made.com / 13. Side Table - Zara Home - £79.99 / 14. Rug - Plantation Rugs - £725

And yes I know I ended up with 14 listed here rather than 13, but I just had to add another to the round up at the last minute!
 

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Villeroy & Boch are one of those companies that you know and are aware of, even if you don't really know much about them. Their expertly applied trademark stamp adorns sinks and toilets in an abundance of hotels, restaurants and residential properties all over the world. Since 1748 Villeroy & Boch have been producing ceramic tableware, then, later on down the line, bathroom sanitary-ware, and are one of Europe's most valued and celebrated producers of ceramics and porcelain. So, when they invited me to go and stay with them for a few days at their headquarters in Mettlach, Germany, how could I refuse?

Gesa Hansen for Villeroy & Boch

I arrived in Luxembourg and was driven to Mettlach where I was due to stay in the Villeroy & Boch family-owned castle Schloss Saareck. This place was the stuff of gothic-interior dreams! I was in love! The ground floor featuring the dining rooms, ballroom and casual seating areas were all dark wood panelling, fireplaces and taxidermy. I was particularly taken with the ballroom which just oozed the kind of charm you only get with properties of this period:

The aptly-titled 'chimney room', where we had drinks on the first evening, had the most amazing tropical decor. Pineapples and palm trees have been so on-trend in interiors for past few years, but this room, probably decorated in this style over 50 years ago, had such a feeling of encapsulating this trend the first time around:

Yet the top floor rooms of the castle where I stayed had been recently refurbished and had a much more contemporary edge. I loved the vibrancy of my coral headboard which matched one of Villeroy & Boch's clementine-coloured vases on the side table:

On the second day in Mettlach we were shown around the tableware and the sanitary-ware factories. As a global brand the demand means that robots are relied on now for a lot of the moulding and sanding of products, yet there is still a real artisan element with tableware glazed with decals and edged with platinum carried out by the experienced hands of the women who work there (often for 30 years or more). This is what I found so charming about the Villeroy & Boch empire. The company headquarters and factory remains where it started in the small town of Mettlach, with a population of around 6000 people, where around 500 of those people are dedicated Villeroy & Boch employees. The company has a deep-rooted and proud history in the area, and those working for the company keep that tradition alive.

The platinum rim on this deco-style collection is hand-painted in the factory.

The modern take on the original 'Luxembourg flowers' design is the most popular tableware collection for Villeroy & Boch.

I think one of the hardest things with a company like Villeroy & Boch, who have been going for so long (they have their own museum  dedicated to the brand in Mettlach), who also have such die-hard fans who expect a consistency in product style (they have collectors all over the world), is keeping the products and the brand up 'with the times'. It is very easy to rely on the 'popular' collections and keep producing what people want and expect, which is why I found one of the most interesting parts of the trip a presentation by the Danish/German designer Gesa Hansen.

Gesa Hansen with one of her pink sinks for Villeroy & Boch

Gesa Hansen's interior design studio was named by Elle Decoration as the "Interior Design Studio" Newcomer of 2012 for its outstanding interiors. In 2014 she also won the much-acclaimed title of Germany's 'Young Designer of The Year'. Amazingly, she came to Schloss Saareck while we were there to talk to us about her love of colour and her collections for Villeroy & Boch.

Beautiful as well as humble, Gesa was passionate about great design and colour. It was her range of sinks in the 'just-perfect' pastel shades which caught my eye out of all the products Villeroy & Boch had to offer, which I saw over the few days I visited.

Yet as we had breakfast in Schloss Saareck, you couldn't deny the charm of the more vintage tableware, which suited the castle interior so well:

I had the most amazing time with the very gracious team at Villeroy & Boch and I am eagerly anticipating Gesa Hansen's new collaboration with the brand, expected to launch in 2019. In the meantime I'll be dreaming of blush pink sinks!  

*  I want to thank Villeroy & Boch and the great team that looked after me on my few days stay with them, including all the staff at Schloss Saareck. All photography in this post is my own except for the sanitaryware shots which are courtesy of Villeroy & Boch.

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This week I headed up north to the NEC in Birmingham to visit the Spring Fair, one of the UK’s largest trade show for home, interiors and gifting. Now I know these trade fairs tend to be big, but my god this place was massive. There were literally 20 large halls full of exhibitors and I had no idea where to even start to find the best products. So, it was lucky that interior designers and fellow bloggers 2LG were there to give me a tour of the best bits.

I really enjoy going to trade shows as you get to discover new brands and products that you would be hard-pressed to find out about otherwise. You cannot purchase the goods on display at the show individually, instead the customers here are established retailers who come to order in bulk.

So, what stalls did 2LG pick out with their expert designer eyes, and what products were my favourites?

Coach House

First up was Coach House, with whom retailers like Rockett St George and designers like Kelly Hoppen have trade accounts with. Their stand was set up as a series of room sets, and if you love a bit of glitzy furniture like a brass legged coffee table and a sumptuous velvet sofa, then this was a great stand to look at.

What I found interesting about the Coach House stand was that each item had a price tag on. Now this price was a before VAT trade price, but if you look hard enough at some of the photos I took here you can see just how low the base price is, as opposed to what you would expect the full retail price to be. As I circled the stand I was quietly plotting getting my own Del Boy East End lock up just to be able to purchase some of these beautiful products for my own home at trade value.

Clarke & Clarke

I’ve recently discovered Clarke & Clarke after purchasing some of their fabric to reupholster my bedroom bench. They sell gorgeous, silky velvet for about £20 per metre (retail price), which is vastly good value considering similar quality fabrics and designs tend to be more the £40-60pm end.

At the Spring Fair the very beautiful and talented Emma J Shipley was there promoting her range of prints for the brand. Emma has created a collection of bold, colourful animal prints for Clarke & Clarke fabric and wallpapers, and her designs really stood out on the exhibitor stand.

Cozy Living Copenhagen

Danish brand Cozy Living, like fellow Danish brands Broste Copenhagen and Ferm Living, have that perfect knack of creating products in the most perfect shades of pink, purple and terracotta. Not in-your-face colours, nor boring colours, they just feel effortlessly calming and cool on their range of soft furnishings, candles and furniture.

I especially liked their range of velvet and brass clothes pegs and hooks:

VITA Copenhagen

Although I was aware and a fan of the brand VITA Copenhagen (I have one of their Eos feather lamps in my living room and DIY’d their Mini Create lamp last year), it was good to see the new products they are releasing which includied this compact wall shelf and mirror and this brass shelving unit:

By On Design

This stand wasn’t on the 2LG trail, but was one we stumbled across en route. By On Design did a lovely range of decorative balloons for the wall made from clay, and the cutest mini-pouffes, alongside more Abigail Ahern-style pottery:

If you missed the Spring Fair but quite fancied visiting for yourself, then no fear as the Autumn Fair will be held at the NEC in September.

* With thanks to the Spring Fair and 2LG who invited me to the Spring Fair as a guest.

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If you follow me on Instagram you'll see that I've recently painted a very large rainbow mural in a nursery for a client of mine. While searching the internet for a window treatment to match the rainbow wall, I came across this image below by the shutter company Shutterly Fabulous. Isn't it brilliant?? I love how each different colour louvre creates a rainbow effect down the shutter. On a side note, shutters are also really great for a child's room as there are no hanging cords or reams of fabric for them to get themselves dangerously caught up in.

I absolutely love shutters as an alternative to blinds or curtains. When we moved into our current home one of the first things that I wanted to do was add shutters to every window (which I consequently did). However, with so many styles and ranges of shutter out there (you've got solid panel, plantation, cafe style, tier-on-tier and full height among others), I did get bogged down with what sort of shutters were the right ones for me and my home. I had to think about the age and style of the house, the structure and design of the window, the window height and if it was accessible (or if something was positioned in front of it, blocking easy access); as well as more basic considerations such as privacy and how much light I actually wanted to let in during the day! It was all a lot to consider, so if you are thinking of adding shutters in your own home, to help you decide on the right style I've listed the shutter types available and why they may (or may not) be the right sort of shutter for you.

I love how the clean simplicity of these plantation shutters work with the room and do not distract from the overall interior scheme.

Plantation shutters are full-length shutters that generally stay closed against the window and let in the light via louvre slats. Plantation blinds and shutters are perfect for windows that get full sun throughout the day as the slats can be opened, closed or tilted to let in your preferred amount of light. They are also great for windows directly facing a busy road or street as they always offer a level of privacy. Quality shutter company Shutterly Fabulous offer their customers a variety of louvre sizes on plantation shutters - go for smaller louvres if you need to lower the light levels on sunny days, and larger slats if you like to peep out at what the neighbours are up to regularly.

Blush pink is not going anywhere in 2018. I love how the pink of these Shutterly Fabulous wood panel shutters complement the femininity of this room scheme.

Wood panel shutters are shutters which are a solid pane of wood that fold over and back against the side of your window. These shutters are my personal favorite type of shutters as I love the traditional look of shutter panels. Wood panel shutters look great in Victorian townhouse properties and work well in bedrooms as they completely block out all light. Solid panels are great for kids bedrooms as they stop early-morning summer sun from waking children at an unreasonable hour! As solid panel shutters need to be opened and closed daily, make sure that there is enough space each side of your window for the shutters to be folded back neatly.

Cafe-style shutters provide shutter coverage only on the bottom half of the window, meaning the top part of the window remains bare. I have cafe-style shutters in my bathroom and they were the perfect choice as I did not want to block the light from the room completely due to it not being used for long periods at any one time. As our bathroom is at the top of the house and is not overlooked, we only needed privacy at the bottom half of the window. Also, as the bath is situated in front of the window, I would not be able to reach the top half of the window easily each day. By having cafe-style shutters, the bathroom is always light, but privacy is available without having to close the shutters each time the bathroom is in use. For shutters in the bathroom or near a sink, Shutterly Fabulous offer a Polyvinyl shutter range which is completely waterproof.

Full height shutters go from the bottom to the top of the window in one sleek style. For large windows, a mid-rail may be added. For those of whom aesthetic symmetry and sophistication is important, full height shutters would be for you.

Shutterly Fabulous offer a colour matching service which means you can match the colour of your shutters to your sofa!

Tier-on-tier shutters are two shutters placed one on top of the other, and are the perfect balance between full-length and cafe-style shutters. I have solid tier-on-tier shutters in my bedroom and they allow me to completely block out the light when I sleep. I then open up the top-tier when I want to let in the light, but keep the privacy for when I get dressed. Once dressed, I open the shutters up completely to let in all of the natural light available so that I can do my make-up.

Shutterly Fabulous are a colourful, dedicated shutter company who offer great value, quality hardwood shutters throughout the UK. They even make shutters for Velux or unusual-shaped windows! If you are considering shutters, get in touch with one of their helpful design consultants today to see what they can do for you!

* This post is a collaboration with Shutterly Fabulous. All images are courtesy of Shutterly Fabulous.

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Well hello and welcome to this years 'My Home At Xmas!' I can't quite believe it but this year is actually the first Christmas since my living room has been painted blue. The Xmas scheme for 2017 therefore had to match the new walls, so I am delighted to have partnered up with Balsam Hill this year as part of their 'Trees & Baubles' blog hop.

From the 2nd - 7th December each blog hop participant will reveal their Xmas tree and baubles on their own personal blog. There are some amazing bloggers taking part such as Bianca from my favourite interiors blog French For Pineapple, as well as Geraldine from her candy-coloured blog Little Big Bell. I'll list all the participants taking part at the bottom of this post, but for now - here is my tree and accompanying baubles!

Balsam Hill very kindly gifted each blogger in the hop one of their realistic artificial Christmas trees, a tree skirt from their vast range, plus some bauble sets of our choice to decorate our homes for Christmas. I went for a European Fir because I liked its natural shape and design. I have never had an artificial tree before, thinking they all looked like the artificial trees you get in DIY stores! But boy, this tree is something else - it looks completely real, you would never know it was artificial, even looking at it up really close! The past two years my tree has been dead on Xmas day, not to mention the struggle of trying to wrestle a 6ft real tree in a Fiat 500 with a toddler in tow a few weeks before Xmas. Now I can relax knowing that the tree will still be looking this good on Xmas day, and I won't be picking pine needles out the dogs paws for weeks after the main event.

Tis the season labels by Oasis Home & Hobby

To complement my Dix Blue walls, I went all out with the hand-painted Georgetown bauble set which contains 35 baubles in a navy, copper and turquoise colourway. These baubles are so stunning. They come individually wrapped in tissue paper in 3 separate boxes and each design is slightly different to the next.

I also went for a beautiful faux fur tree skirt in Ivory. As the tree is artificial, you need something to hide the base and this tree skirt is so luxurious and soft. It makes the perfect bottom layer for presents to be piled up upon.

Etched glass coasters by Mint & May

But don't just hang your baubles from your tree! I always love to mix it up at home. This year I've also piled my Balsam Hill baubles in decorative wooden boxes outside my front door:

Star tea light holders by Mint & May, Large Moroccan lantern and stag decorative boxes by Oasis Home & Hobby

To see the other posts in the Trees & Baubles blog hop, click the links below!

2/12 - Digital Motherhood

3/12 - French For Pineapple

4/12 - Melanie Lissack Interiors (Me!)

5/12 - Melissa Jane Lee

6/12 - That British Betty

7/12 - Little Big Bell

7/12 - Little Green Shed Blog

* This post is a collaboration with Balsam Hill, however all thoughts and opinions are my own! Huge thank you to Mint & May and Oasis Home & Hobby who also provided some decorative pieces for this post.

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According to the interior mags and those 'in-the-know', minimalism is out for 2018 and maximalism - vibrant colours, patterns and a 'more is more' approach - is in. Being much more on the maximalism side than minimalist, I was pleased to hear this as I have just finished decorating my bedroom in Farrow & Ball's new Hegemone wallpaper, and giving my bed a fresh new update in beautiful, luxurious Yves Delorme bed linen.

And before you say 'didn't you just redecorate your bedroom a few months ago?' Yes, I did redecorate it last Autumn but then we had a bit of a house disaster. If you remember before the Revamp Restyle Reveal update, one of the reasons I decorated this room was the giant damp patch on one wall. I smugly thought this was resolved, but then there came winter, and rain, and boy - did that damp patch come back with a vengeance! 

I got the damp problem resolved properly, but the damage was done. I decided to hide all the sins rather than re-paint, choosing to wallpaper the entire room. Luckily enough I'd fallen in love with my dream wallpaper a few months earlier. While creating a mood board for Farrow and Ball's AW17 pamphlet, I'd been exposed to their new wallpaper print Hegemone BP 5706 in a blue colourway (yes, I'm slowly and surely turning my whole house blue!) and I loved it. Its floral pattern reminded me of wisteria as it twists and turns up the roll, and thus, up the wall. It had a fresh, positive feeling about it and did I mention it's blue? Dark blue and light blue - perfection! I papered every wall in the room in it including covering up the cupboard which contains the water tank, making that cupboard look non-existent as it is hidden within the floral pattern.

The other change that I made to the room was to invest in good quality, luxurious fresh bed linen for the new year ahead. I think bed linen can be one of those things that we don't change for a long period of time, but you know how amazing freshly washed bed linen feels? Well how about brand new bed linen? This bed linen here is by Yves Delorme and is the softest bed linen I've ever slept in. The pillow cases and duvet cover pictured are the Athena collection in 'Honey'. Crisp white bed linen always looks fresh and reminds me of top class hotels. These sheets are Egyptian combed cotton in 500 thread/Iinch² percale. The delicate striped edging along the side and in the corners gives it a classic, elegant look -  a design that is so complementary to plain linen.

To layer up the bed, I've also added a bed throw and matching cushion from the Bouquets range by Yves Delorme. Both 100% printed silk with celadon piped finish, I fell in love with the vibrant floral design on a dark blue background - which is exactly what I liked about the wallpaper!

If you purchase Yves Delorme linen at their Walton Street store then they will also be able to monogram your linen for you - check out my 'ML' couture pillowcase above!

To match the wallpaper I painted the built in wardrobes in Oval Room Blue also by Farrow & Ball. This isn't a blue featured in the wallpaper (this wallpaper is made up of Stiffkey Blue, Dix Blue and Old White) but it still complements the paper. I used to have the front door of my old house painted Oval Room Blue and I missed the colour in my home.

I've also added in these String furniture shelves in a mustard as yellow and blue work so well together. I replaced the old white lampshade on the floor lamp for a teal number (a total steal from Dunelm for £12!). I recovered my old pink DIY end-of-bed bench in a mink coloured fabric from Clarke + Clarke, plus I gave my old dressing table a lick of soft grey to fit in with the scheme better.

I absolutely love my new maximalist bedroom! The gold Perch & Parrow bedside lamps really stand out against the wallpaper, while my blue Maison Du Monde bedroom chair and velvet stool look lovely with the 'blue on blue'.

What do you think about my maximalist bedroom make over? Let me know in the comments section below...

* This post is a collaboration with Yves Delorme. Farrow & Ball also kindly gifted me the wallpaper used in this post. However, I would never have products in my home I did not love. Please note that there are also a few affilaite links contained within the post.

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2018 is all about maximalism, luxury and cocooning comfort. In my blog post last week I talked about how peacocks, and the beautiful teal colours associated with them, are set to be a big thing in interiors and decor this year. 

A client that I am currently working with wanted their hallway painted in a beautiful teal colour. Because of this, the past few weeks I have been researching and testing out numerous teal emulsion paints. I thought I would share with you the best of the teal colours that I found on my hunt for that perfect teal shade, in case you were thinking of going totally teal in your own home!

Photo credit: Little Greene Paint Company

This press picture above for Little Greene's Mid-Azure Green has always stopped me in my tracks, so I had to get a sample of this deep-green teal to try. Even though it looks lighter in the tester pot, the result is very dark, so if you want a teal on the darker side for a dramatic interior then this is the teal for you!

For a much more blue teal, then Teal Tension by Dulux may be for you. It's a cheaper option than some of the other teals listed here, but the paint is thinner so make sure you protect your floors from any drips with the appropriate plastic sheeting.

               Photo credit: Dulux

One of the newer colours from Farrow & Ball, this vibrant teal has been really popular and is the perfect balance of blue and green. If you are looking for shade of teal that feels quite modern, then this is the teal for you.

Photo credit: Farrow & Ball

This is the teal out of all the teals tested that my clients and I went for. A luxuriously thick paint in a gorgeous shade, this teal (which is slightly more green than blue) gave great coverage with only 2 coats required on a previously bright white wall. The most expensive option at £52 for a 2.5L tin (in wipeable architects matt), I actually thought it was well worth the money. 

I first set eyes on this lighter, less intense teal when Bianca from French For Pineapple colour-washed her TV room in it (see picture below). By painting the ceiling, woodwork, radiators and windows all in the same teal shade, Bianca created a room that feels warm and welcoming. This teal is much less intense than the other shades and feels a lot lighter, if you are a bit scared of the richness of other teal shades.

Image courtesy of French For Pineapple

Out of the selection of 'Blue Diamond' teals Dulux offers, number 3 is the best option. The perfect sea-blue teal, if you want a teal that feels warm rather than makes a statement, then this is the teal for you!

So will you be going teal in 2018? If so, what room are you choosing to paint in this shade? Let me know in the comments section below....

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A large cabinet or a sideboard can be a tricky purchase. First of all, it has to be the right piece as it will be a large dominating piece of furniture that won't be interchangable from room to room like rugs or lighting can be. They also tend to be expensive, so it's crucial that you choose the right sideboard first time. The trouble is, Google 'sideboard' and you are presented with a lot of oak or pine monstrosities. There never appeared to be a lot of choice when it came to getting a well-designed sideboard, so often there is a reliance on picking up a vintage G-Plan on Ebay. Yet in the past year I've seen some amazing sideboards become available. Here is my pick of the ten best sideboards that you can purchase now, either online or in-store:

A bold choice, this Ziggy sideboard from Swoon Editions has a complete metallic gold front. I've seen this sideboard in peoples home on Instagram and it looks incredible, but this is a sideboard that won't shrink into the background so think carefully that it will fit in with the rest of your decor before purchasing. 

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Of course if anyone is going to have some beautiful sideboard options available it's West Elm! This one here, the Audrey, is my favourite.  The doors have a mesh like pattern which is sunken to give the sideboard texture. It is also available to purchase in white.

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This sideboard from Argos is a fantastic budget option. It comes in this nice grey but what is letting it down are the drawer knobs. Don't use these knobs - buy some special, gorgeous brass knobs from elsewhere and this unit will be transformed. The great thing about this option is that it is really slimline so is great for an area like a hallway.

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An absolute price blow-out at 7k, but if you do have 7k to spend on a sideboard then this is the one to buy. I saw this piece by revered designer Bethan Gray at London's Design Junction Festival earlier in the year and fell in love.  Also available in other colourways.

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This M&S number has been around since the spring, but it is an amazing choice. Considering the time of year, keep an eye out for it to go in the sale after Xmas.

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If you are looking for a lighter, more Nordic look, then this number from Atkin & Thyme is a good choice.

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Atkin & Thyme have some great sideboards, so much so I've included two of their pieces in this top ten. I like this option as the raised wood has an edgy yet not 'in-your-face-and-out-there' design.

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I love this sophisticated sideboard from Houseology. The parquet doors make it interesting, while the dark wood means that the long length of the sideboard does not come across as dominating.

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Classic wood with a contemporary gold stripe geometric design - what's not to like?

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If nothing is taking your fancy, how about designing your own? Superfront offer a choice of door fronts, handles and legs for the Ikea Besta or Metod carcasses. Just order from a wide range of choices on offer, nip down Ikea, then build something much more bespoke.

Find out more here.

* This article contains a couple of affiliate links, which means nothing apart from if you buy one of these sideboards through the link on my wesbite, I'll get a tiny commission.

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Once Boxing Day is over I am itching to get all the Christmas decorations down and have a good clear out of all the clutter that has built up over the past month! Don't get me wrong, I love Christmas, but all the extra 'stuff' that takes up space in the house - from the tree and the decorations to the piles of gifts and boxes of uneaten mince pies - starts to bring out a bit of household claustrophobia! The New Year is a new start and once Christmas is cleared away I fill my home with hyacinths, count down to the first days of spring and start to think about how I'll change up my home in the year ahead.

Now as much as the key interior advice is always 'don't follow trends, stick to what you love' is completely true, there is no denying that trends for 2018 will make an appearance in our homes in some way during the year. This may be because we purchase new homeware out of need that is encapsulating the trend at the time, or we see particular trends on social media and magazines and fall a little bit in love with the look.

So what can we expect to see stocked in the shops? What will be popular on Instagram? I have compiled below a list of styles that I think will be most loved in 2018, and will mostly likely enter our homes in one way or another.

Image Credit: Farrow & Ball

I think we've passed the days of going into a old property or flicking though an old interiors mag, seeing some gaudy wallpaper and going "Jesus, look at that wallpaper! My eyes!" Big colourful, heavily patterned wallpaper IS BACK for 2018. I for one am really happy about this. I think there is nothing like a heavy wallpaper to warm up a room and make it feel super cosy. To keep the room cohesive, match other items in the room to the key colours in the paper.

Image Credit: We Heart

We all baulked at Pantone's key colour for 2018 'Ultra Violet', a proper in-your face Milk Tray vs Prince purple, but I guarantee you that purple will now trickle into homeware and we will all warm to purple a little bit in 2018. Maybe not 'Ultra Violet', but some warm purples or lilacs will find their way in key pieces and accessories. Team with bluey-greys and yellows, as per the picture below, for a warm, retro feel. 

Image Credit: Living Etc Magazine

Image Credit: Country Living Magazine

The kitsch charm of flamingos in interiors is now just tired. Peacocks are the way forward!! There have been some amazing taxidermy peacocks popping up over some key interior Instagram feeds (Try @cowboykate_ and @divinesavages), but if a taxidermy peacock is just too much for you, then try adding in luxurious teal fabrics or a collection of peacock feathers placed in a vase.

Photo found via Desire To Inspire

Base kitchen units (always just the base, keep the top units white or have open shelving) painted in a dark navy like Hague Blue or Railings have been really popular for the past few years with good reason: it looks flippin' great. I painted my own kitchen units a dark blue hue which gave it such a contemporary edge. However, I think the interior Instagram trendsetters will be changing up their units in 2018 for more green-based (although still dark) colours and others will follow. Expect a swathe of emerald green kitchens on Instagram by the Autumn.

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Bye bye blush, make way for warmer, earthy terracotta shades. I used to think this paint colour felt cold, making a wall look like non-dried plaster, but I'm a recent convert. The right shade is more 'classy sunset' than building site.

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Crittall will be HUGE in 2018. Not just in windows and partition doors, but mainly in bathrooms. There will be a huge boom in crittall shower enclosures in 2018. Yet the appearance of thin black lines in the home will also feature in lighting and large storage pieces, as they appear contemporary and allow the room to breathe with their simplicity.

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Liberty Fabric Cushion - £50
Crittall Mirror - £360
Tealight holder - £15
4 Pack Peacock Feathers £1.80
Eco Wallpaper - £35 per roll
Habitat - £52
Red Earth Emulsion
Feather Pad cushion - £50
Flower Vase - £15
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Long time readers of this blog will know that I've been working on my guest room for a loooooonng time. The room is in the basement of the house below ground level, is small and is therefore really dark. When we moved in I painted the room, but the room still just felt cold and had no homely, cosy feel to it at all. Being the guest room it also became victim to having furniture put in it from our old house that had no place elsewhere in our new home. Here is what it looked like before:

I ended up Ebaying all the old furniture then procrastinated about adding wall decals to add pattern to the walls.  In the end I decided to redesign the room from scratch and put up some amazing wallpaper by Harlequin in the summer. The aim was to have the room guest-ready by Xmas and I am delighted to say that thanks to some amazing sponsors the room is now finished!

Adding wallpaper in the room made a huge difference to the space. I don't think painting this room in another colour would have worked. The room really needed pattern to warm it up and make it feel more cosy and this wallpaper called 'Sumi' by Harlequin provides a modern geometric pattern while still keeping the room light.

Of course the absolute star of the room is this beautiful burnt-orange chesterfield sofa bed by DFS. Yes - it really is a sofa bed!! I did struggle looking for a new one for the room as I found most sofa bed designs basic due to the way they folded to make up a bed frame. They also always tended to be 'safe' colours of black or grey. However, DFS have this sofa bed game nailed. I could choose to have this design in a range of fabrics and colours, but this orange 'Marmalade' in Abbey Velvet was speaking to me. It's so soft and the colour and texture gives the room the much needed warmth it required. The bed folds out easily as it has a mechanism that means I can pull out the mattress with one hand. I know my Xmas guests will have a very comfy nights sleep on this when they arrive!

As the room is so small, it just required one small side table and this stunning gold number by Bloomingville from Out There Interiors is a glamorous touch that complements the wallpaper and the sofa perfectly. The base is gold but what makes it so special is the top is a glass mirror-gold, which sets it apart from other gold side tables. I absolutely love it and can easily move it around the room to put drinks on when sitting on the sofa, or have it as a place to rest a book or your phone at the side when the bed is folded out. If you are looking for quirky or unusual pieces for your home then you should really check out Out There Interiors who stock drastically different furniture and homeware. The good news is also that this gold side table is currently on sale!

The room has spotlights, but required atmospheric lighting for the evening. I didn't want a lamp on the side table taking up space, I preferred a floor lamp, so this Bobby lamp in black from Habitat is perfect as the stem bends in 3 places so that you can use it as a room light and a reading light. You can also twist the shade in any direction you require. As you can see it folds over the sofa bed so perfectly and the simplicity of the design is modern and sleek. I think it's also great value at £65.

For a bit more light to brighten the room in the day, I brought this 'dream' neon sign from Etsy. I wish I was better at photography to be able to photograph this turned on better, but hey, something to work on in the New Year, right? The new rug was also a bargain buy in the 40% off La Redoute sale they had recently.



As the room was taking on quite a 70's glam touch with the orange sofa I wanted to add in a hanging plant. As this room wouldn't be a room I went into every day there was no way I could have a real plant - I'd totally forget about it and it would die very quickly! Instead, I got this amazing faux trailing fern from Audenza and potted it in dry oasis in a gold pot I already owned from H&M home. The hanging string was a bit of a DIY job with some shoelaces and superglue! I then hung it on a screwed in hook on the ceiling.

Another DIY job that I did in the room was design and build this wardrobe. I'm going to talk about this more in the New Year on a future post so stay tuned!

So, what do you think to my guest room makeover? It looks so much more inviting than before, don't you think?

Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

* I would like to say a huge thank you to the companies who helped me with this project and provided me with gifted items in exchange for this post. Style Library supplied the wallpaper, DFS provided the sofa bed, Habitat provided the floor lamp, Out There Interiors provided the table and Audenza supplied the faux fern.

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