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All that glitters is not gold! Be it real gold, brass or a lookalike we still want some of it in our homes for glamour, richness and excitement. And why not in our kitchens and bathrooms for a real hit of luxe? The quickest way to get that hit of gold to take centre stage is tiles or splashbacks, so we’ve been trawling the net for you to come up with options from affordable to luxe to get you drooling. So, if you are thinking of going over to the gold side in a big way then read on for some inspiration on brass kitchen splashbacks.

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Styling a drinks trolley. Eclectic living room.

When is a drinks trolley not just a drinks trolley? When it’s so beautifully styled it is a thing of beauty to be admired, and not just a bearer of alcoholic drinks. We love our Gold Round Luxe Drinks Trolley for its simplicity, curvaceous shape and its dual purpose as a decorative shelving unit. But don’t just pile on the glasses and bottles so it looks like your local bar – be discerning and create a visual feast by adorning it with accessories that enhance the vignette. Be selective by only displaying the handsome bottles (I’ve recently bought a gold prosecco bottle, I can’t bear to drink the prosecco as the bottle is so gorgeous), your most striking glasses, and then add some pizzazz with other accessories. Here’s my thoughts on how to style a drinks trolley for a glam addition to your interior décor – not definitive, of course.

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eclectic living room with velvet armchair

Velvet furniture is visually stunning (and one of our personal favourites), however it is a unique material, so we’ve put together some top tips on how to care for velvet furniture, to keep it looking its best for years to come.

Why does velvet require special care?

Velvet is a type of woven tufted fabric, which can be made from several different types of fibres that are then woven on a specialist loom. The fabric creates a short dense pile, which gives the velvet its unique softness. However, due to its unique finish, it requires a little maintenance.

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It was at the age of 48 that our next Fabulous and Fearless women, Sylvia Mac made a courageous turning point in her life…

At the age of four Sylvia suffered a traumatic experience after falling into a bath of boiling water. Having spent years hiding her burns and tired of suffering with mental health, that was also affecting those around her, Sylvia admirably bared her scares for the first time in her life, and so, Love Disfigure was born. Through passion and dedication, the campaign has helped raise awareness and support others living with disfigurement. Since its humble beginnings back in 2016, Sylvia has met other beautiful survivors, spoken about Love Disfigure on the radio and challenged the fashion industry through swimwear photoshoots.

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When you’re at school, unless you’re a really cool kid, it often doesn’t pay to be an early adopter of trends. I will never forget a particular non-uniform day at school when I was about 11.  Now let me just say that when you wear a uniform to school, non-uniform day feels like your day of reckoning, your chance to show the world what you’re really about and where you REALLY fit in to the social hierarchy.

I, being the try hard, trendy that I was, wore trousers that had a skirt built-in.  Jollied by my mothers assurances that it was about to become ALL the rage, I trotted into school that day with a smile on my face, confident that this look was about to propel me to seriously new levels of cool (I say new, meaning I was most definitely not cool to start with).  It took all of about 5 seconds on walking into the classroom for me to realise that I had made a grave mistake.

Well, my friends, that was my first lesson in trends.  Unless, you’re already cool, trying to start your own trend, with the hope of it catching on, is simply not going to happen.  You need someone cool (or in the case of the real world, a journo, a blogger, or someone with authority) to catch on to it and then you’ve got a chance at it taking off.

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velvet occasional furniture

Our new AW18 lookbook went out to press a couple of months ago and we’ve been doing lots of teasers on social media to give you sneak peeks of what’s in store. The bulk of the collection will be launching in September and October, but I’m so excited to share with you our truly sumptuous new range of velvet occasional furniture which is now online.

“Seductive, sensuous and oh so glamorous.  Welcome to Audenza’s world of deliciously sumptuous velvet occasional furniture in rich jewel colours to bring excitement and sassiness to any décor.  Teal, burnt orange and claret are the perfect combo to mix and match these style beauties for lasting luxury and opulence.”

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Want a new look for the new season? We’ve put together 3 interior mood board ideas to show how our products can be used in very different schemes for a super stylish home. Also, a sneaky peek look at some of our new AW18 products! Some people have a very defined style that encapsulates their whole house, but I’m a bit of a magpie at acquiring goodies and like different looks for different rooms, in order to give a space the vibe I want. My bedroom is palest pink and gold, which I like for its sense of calm and femininity, my sitting room is dark and moody with lots of splashes of colour and, of course, gold, the garden room (opening onto the garden, obvs), is a green oasis filled with plants and exotic animal touches for a jungle feel. So, whatever your taste try experimenting with different styles for different rooms.

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Ladies and gents, the Amara Interior Blog Awards are back! Annnnd HUGE thank you to those lovely folk who nominated us! If you don’t already know, the Interior Blog Awards celebrates and engages with the most authoritative and respected bloggers in the interior blogging industry. Basically, it’s the Oscars of the interior community.  We have been nominated in the ‘Best Company Blog’ category and we’d be so grateful if you voted for us, plus everyone who votes will also be in with a chance of winning a Leica SOFORT instant camera. 

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Known as the “bionic model,” we are thrilled to introduce you to our next Fabulous and Fearless Woman, meet Rebekah Marine…

Rebekah entered the modelling industry back in 2011 and despite being born without a right forearm and having faced rejection on numerous occasions before her career took off, she continued to chase her dreams. After a friend suggested that she use her myoelectric prosthesis as a fashion “accessory,” it was at that moment that Rebekah realised that she could use her disability to her advantage. Since then she has empowered and inspired others as well as push past boundaries of the mainstream fashion industry. She has modelled for acclaimed designers such as Tommy Hilfiger, walked at New York Fashion Week, featured in a number of reputable publications and has given a motivational talk at the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders event.

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Interior design advice- navy blue living room

Want to redesign a room in your home?  Baffled where to start?  Well we have some great interior design advice for you. We asked 5 interior designers their top tips for starting a new room scheme, and there was one main thing they all agreed on, as well as a host of other important things to consider.  So, take some lessons from our 5 pro interior designers and, above all, do what you like and not what you think is on trend or safe!

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