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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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Make time for a virtual catch up and pretend you’re in a swanky bar with your very own drinks trolley!

We think it’s fair to say that most of us are feeling the effects of social distancing at the moment. Whether that be missing friends and family or not being able to get out and enjoy this beautiful weather as often as we’d like.  But now more than ever, it’s important to find joy in the everyday and to find ways to share that with our loved ones.  So we thought we’d share 5 ways to help brighten up social distancing.

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Green paint colour inspiration - Pine Needle by Dulux

To start this post, I can’t ignore the present situation that is a worldwide catastrophe.  Tears are never far away, not least because I can’t see my grandchildren for the foreseeable future.  But we are all in this together, if remotely, and we are sending loving thoughts to all of you.

Paint colours seems such a trivial subject at the moment but maybe for some of us, finances allowing, it’s a chance to forget what is happening and rejoice in our homes.  That said and moving swiftly on, our 5 favourite paint colours for 2020 are tried and tested by us, bar Lauzuli, by Zoffany, but as this is the paint colour of Sophie Robinson’s hallway, I think we are in safe hands with that one.

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Gold ginkgo leaf occasional table styled in a glamorous and eclectic living room, with monochrome rug and ostrich feather floor lamp

Since it’s our fabulous customers who drive us forward to find yet more deliciously different and gloriously quirky items for our homes, we thought we would bring you a selection of some of our favourite customer homes. It’s always intriguing to see how our products are styled, and how to make them work, whatever your interior vibe.

Which is why we run an Instagram competition to win a £20 gift voucher to spend with Audenza. All you have to do is share your photos with us of your Audenza styled products and tag @audenzahome and #livefabulousandfearless, and once a month we choose (at great deliberation) a winner.

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Bathroom inspiration - copper bathtub with monochrome patterned floor tiles

On a cold cheerless February day, we bring you a colourful feast for the eyes. This is the Victorian home of ‘The Girl with The Green Sofa’ commonly known as Nicola. Also, home to husband Sam and two boys, Jack 11 and Alfie 8. Nicola’s maxim is to mix the old and new, and throw in as much pattern and colour as possible to achieve this maximalist and eclectic style. A girl after my own heart then!

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Bonnie & Bold – Banana Leaf Wallpaper

The go to trend in wallpapers right now is tropical wallpaper, and we love it at Audenza.  I’ve always been a big fan of wallpaper as I do love a pattern, it gives so much more depth and vibrancy to a room.  The top 10 tropical wallpapers we have picked for you is just a taster to get you into the mood, from dark and moody, to fun and quirky, to elegant and restrained.  The choice is yours, but they are all wow!

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Green, tropical living room with palm leaf floor lamp.

Our beautiful, and deliciously exotic, Antique Bronze Palm Leaf Floor Lamp is a sure way to add glamour and excitement to your home décor.  We love it, and our customers do too.  it’s one of our best sellers for the beauty of its design, with graceful palm fronds that you can imagine swaying in a warm breeze, to the stunning shadows it creates against a wall when lit at night.  As always, we like to show you our products in different settings, so here we have the antique bronze palm leaf floor lamp styled 3 ways. 

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