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House Tour: House Tour: Colourful apartment- eclectic living room with vibrant accessories

In today’s house tour we’re heading to the beautiful Scandinavian country of Norway to take a nosey around Simone Isaksen’s colourful apartment. If you’re looking to add a little vibrancy to your décor, whether it be a home or apartment, then this house tour is certainly a perfect source for inspiration. We just love the way that Simone makes colour feel calm and serene as opposed to loud and overpowering. She also shares how it was possible to move from a house into an apartment without having to compromise too much on space or style.

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UK Interior Awards - Vote for Audenza

We’re very excited to announce that we have been nominated in The UK Interior Awards for ‘Best Independent Store’. But we need your help! The first round is based on voting, so if you love what we do, we’d be incredibly grateful if you voted for us.

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We’ve got something a little different for you today.  A recent interior design graduate, Catt Murray has designed three stunning, but each varying, room schemes for us, to give you a feel for some of the looks you can create using our products.  All 3 room schemes are very different, which highlights how our products can be used in so many different styles of décor.  We hope you love them as much as we do!

The Femme Fatale

We love monochrome, we love pink, and we love gold, so what’s not to love when you combine all three for a deliciously luxe femme fatale room scheme. The monochrome Jaspe Stripe wallpaper by Cole & Son is a classic colour combo that shouts elegance, but for a decidedly feminine twist liven it up with a good strong dash of pink. Paintwork such as doors and skirting boards are in a soft pink with accessories and furniture in a mix of monochrome, pink and gold. The accents of gold create the luxe look and, as always…

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What is the secret to fabulous interior style? Well, we all want to know the answer to that one, don’t we? Obviously us girls here at Audenza (well 2 girls and 1 mature lady) have our own opinion, but we thought we would put the question out there to some stylish interior journalists, bloggers and designers to see what they thought and what words of wisdom they could impart. So, read on to find out what the ultimate secret to fabulous interior style is! 

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Leaving a highly successful career to go it on your own is a bold decision in its own right.  That was the choice made by our next Fabulous and Fearless Woman, Clare Muscutt. We spoke to her to find out how she kick started her career in management at the age of 23, went on to become an innovator in the customer experience (CX) space for some of the UKs largest brands, was the first woman to win UK Professional of the Year and most recently was Head of Customer Experience for the UK’s second largest retailer, Sainsbury’s.  We talked to her about the obstacles she faced and how her wealth of experience prepared Clare to set up her own business venture, CMXperience.  This lady is an absolute force to be reckoned with and we’re so pleased to be sharing her inspiring journey with you.

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We all like to refresh our home from time to time, transforming our décor with the latest must-have accessories. And although exciting, it’s easy to get carried away and can become a little expensive. So that said, whether you’re looking to update a particular room or add a few extra details, we’ve put together a variety of our top 10 cool homewares (including our own personal favourites) for under £50.

And as it’s spring, (although it doesn’t quite feel like it yet) what better time to give your home some TLC?

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There’s a lot of bloggers out there posting DIY and craft posts, but most of them (if we’re being completely honest), leave us feeling a little less than inspired. That said, there’s a few blogs who are our go-to when we’re looking for a seriously cool DIY idea for our homes.  And sometimes, you just happen upon an idea which totally inspires you and makes you want to source the materials and begin making it immediately.  These 5 ideas are just that.  And each one is such a cool idea (in our opinion) it could totally transform the room you put it into.

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You may remember seeing the tour that we featured of Rachel Edmonds deliciously dark and moody family home? Well, Rachel touched at the end of her interview on how she had designed her home to benefit her autistic sons, so we asked her to do a guest post for us to expand on the subject. Rachel will not only share her interior design ideas to benefit your autistic child, but also explain how this is relevant to you, even if you don’t have a family member with the condition.

Were you aware that we have seven senses? Most of us are familiar with the standard five, touch, hearing, sight, smell and taste. The two lesser known senses are movement (the Vestibular System) and body awareness (the proprioceptive system). Well, what’s this got to do with interiors I hear you ask. I have three sons, two of whom are autistic and my main aim when designing our home is to make it a comfortable safe environment for us all. Autism is a sensory disorder that affects the way the brain processes sensory input, which in turn causes those affected to suffer severe anxiety. Designing your interiors to suit the sensory needs of your child not only reduces anxiety but can improve communication too. You might be asking yourself why am I telling you this, what’s this got to do with me and my home. The thing is that we all get anxious at times and creating a home that relaxes us can only be a good thing whether we are on the spectrum or not.

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Chloe Tingle is the true embodiment of our Fabulous and Fearless Women column; she studied engineering at university, which is a fiercely male dominated environment, then left her career in engineering to start a third sector business (a notoriously hard sector to succeed in) at only 23.  Chloe now runs a social enterprise called ‘No More Taboo’.

Tell us about your social enterprise, No More Taboo

No More Taboo is a not-for-profit social enterprise focused on creating a ‘period-friendly’ world for everyone. At No More Taboo, we know that if we want to change society’s views, we need to do more than just provide alternative products for managing menstruation. We are advocating for change by campaigning and providing training for organisations, NGOs and schools to help people understand period poverty and understand that there are long-term sustainable solutions that can be adopted by everyone alongside promoting the use of more sustainable sanitary products. Attitudinal change is a slow process; however, we are committed to breaking down the stigma of menstruation and the inequalities and negative impacts that stem from this taboo.

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#LiveFabulousAndFearless Monthly Instagram Competition

Last year, we just managed to get our rebrand finished, by the skin of our teeth, before the Christmas madness begun. But that’s meant that we haven’t fully been able to immerse ourselves in our new vision, until now. We haven’t even scratched the surface of what we’d like to. And now, I’m so excited to be able to get into it and really start showing you our new vision for Audenza.

Because our brand isn’t just about inspiring homes, it’s about inspired L I V I N G. If you don’t already know, we run a monthly hashtag competition on Instagram #livefabulousandfearless, which is not just about your gorgeous homes, it’s about YOU! We really do want to hear about your fabulous lives, your fearless stories and anything inspiring in between. This hashtag is about encouraging and empowering you to not only design a truly stunning home, but to lead a courageous life (in whatever guise that may be for you). 

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