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Contemporary kitchen design with navy blue cupboards and brass handles

We love house tours – who doesn’t want to see into other peoples homes? For all us interior’s geeks it’s a chance to spark up some inspiration for our own homes, from colour, to styling, to practical solutions. Colour is the biggest issue for most of us – what colours make us feel happy and cosseted? Well, Angie, an interiors stylist from the north west of England loves navy blue interiors! The whole house is a homage to blue in its varying tones, with amazing pops of colour and pattern to liven up the mix.

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Today we bring you 10 unusual painted wall ideas with inspirational pics of ways to transform a room in a more affordable way.  I was vaguely aware of this trend for painting shapes on walls to create visual interest, but not being a user of social media, I hadn’t quite realised the fabulous affects you can achieve.  Luckily for us Amelia is in the throes of house renovation and has trawled the web for ideas.

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Oh I do love Amelia’s vibrant mood boards, and today she has put together 3 living room colour schemes to give your home the wow factor. If you’re not a fan of pink look away now. Being a massive fan of pink I’m in my element. I did try to move away from pink for a few years (and over to the dark side), but I’m not happy and so I am also moving swiftly on, back to my default setting of pink. Let’s start with the fullest of full on pink to get you in the mood.

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Pink & teal tropical bathroom inspiration - with monochrome vinyl flooring, pink tiles, tropical wallpaper and lush house plants.

At last, another room about to be completed in my house, our tropical bathroom.  If you read my previous blog you will know this is my first house (a small Victorian terrace), with my boyfriend Tom, and I’m so exciting to finally be able to bring together all my ideas.  And to be styling rooms, as opposed to room sets for Audenza, and of course, to be able to bring home lots of Audenza goodies!

We have a really nice big bathroom, but it’s very bland and the shower is quite old and grimy!  Not quite the luxury retreat I envisaged for our first bathroom.  I find mood boards really helpful, so I put one together for our bathroom renovation.  An extravagant, tropical bathroom in pink and teal, with black accents to make it more striking. 

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Design for Diversity

Design for Diversity

Inclusion. Diversity. They mean more to us than just the words. Diversity leads to discovery leads to innovation and that is at the core of our ethos. We scour the globe for the latest trends so you don’t have to and we culture creativity with home grown talent. We enthusiastically encourage you to live fabulous and fearless and we are taking our own advice.

As we admitted to you last week, the fear of saying the wrong thing has held us back from commenting on certain issues in the past, but as history itself isn’t passive, neither shall we be moving forward.

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I love a gallery wall but, ooh I do find it difficult.  I have a small one in my bedroom above a turquoise chest of drawers that I love, but I had a particularly disastrous one in my garden room a few years ago that I think put me off attempting it again on a large wall.   On analysing the ones that I’m drawn to they are a mixture of artwork, photo’s, and objects such as plates, mirrors, wall sconces and greenery.  I like the contrasts.

So, for those of you out there, who like me are struggling, we bring you our top 10 gallery walls inspiration.  And even if you have nailed it, it’s always intriguing to see what others have done.  We have also included some tips on how to achieve the look from the owners of gallery walls that we love.

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Monochrome black and white hallway with metallic gold radiator

Is it possible to lust after radiators? After viewing BestHeating radiators, unbelievably, yes! Most of us have them, and most of us are either oblivious, or resigned to them. I’ve changed my doors, my electrical sockets and switches, my door handles, my cupboard handles – need I go on? And now it seems I have to change my radiators. Well, strictly speaking I don’t have to but they have bothered me, in a low-level sort of way, for several years now. And it’s going to bug me now I’m sitting staring at these 4 walls day in and day out. Possibly why I spend my time in lockdown in the garden. Much easier, and cheaper, to buy a new plant than a new radiator.

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To brighten up your lockdown life, and herald the arrival of spring and all the wonderful colours springing up everywhere, we tour the home of Anna Jacobs.  Anna is a British artist and designer living in a rented home in London with her 2 young children, Zachary and Coco Rose.  In a way it’s often more inspiring to see what can be done with a rental property as there are so many limitations to creativity.  But nothing has limited Anna’s quest for an original and visionary home, so prepare to be inspired and stunned, with its colour saturated interiors and colourful wall murals.

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Green living room with Art Deco style statement mirror and orange velvet armchair

A visitor to my house once remarked “you must really like looking at yourself because there are mirrors everywhere”.  He had totally missed the point!  Mirrors are the most amazing decorative tool ever, and have the ability to transform a room into something special.  I very rarely look in the mirrors that abound in my home, in fact I make a point of avoiding looking in them, where possible.  Better to remain oblivious, I think, of the ravages of time. Moving swiftly back to the point, here’s our 7 tips for styling your statement mirror!

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Quirky living room with colourful, clashing patterned wallpaper and cobalt blue fireplace

A fun family home is the subject of our house tour today and what better way to liven up our lives at this stressful time than be transported to such a bright and quirky home.  Lucy lives here with her husband Steve and their 2 daughters, Darcy aged 7 and Alice aged 4 in a small village near Henley.  Lucy’s style ethos is ‘colourful, happy and quirky’ and she has achieved this and more – it’s quite magical.

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