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Surely, we all love tiles – they give such depth and character to your wall, floor, shower cabinet, whatever, and add texture and warmth, but finding the right ones – the ones that make your heart sing is a difficult one. Well not anymore, ‘Original Style Tiles’ have the most amazing range that will make you want to cover everything in tiles, even the wall behind your cocktail cabinet! Original Style started over 30 years ago as a manufacturer and distributor of tiles for walls and floors and their tiles are sold through a network of independent retailers. Their blog is really inspirational with lots of visual ideas on different ways to use tiles.

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It’s not often we come across event venues that stop us in our tracks, but the moment we stumbled upon this wonderfully quirky wedding venue, we just knew we had to share it with you.  Not a ‘house tour’ as such, but the ultimate in interior inspiration.  Tucked away in the picturesque countryside, lies Charlton Hall, a Grade II, 18th-century stately home, which plays with the interior ‘rules’, fusing the traditional with the contemporary, to create a kaleidoscope of colour and a truly incredible space, which is an utter delight on the senses.

“Inspired by the Alice in Wonderland adage of being entirely bonkers, at Charlton Hall we’ve challenged the norm with its interior design to deliver a show-stopping venue that plays host to fine dining, private parties and licensed weddings for those looking to spend time and celebrate in a grand yet lively stately home, comprising of luxurious interiors.”

Ready to hear more? We interviewed the owner, Richard Shell to find out more about this incredible design.

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House tours are among our most popular blog posts, and I guess it’s no surprise really, we all want to have a nosy around other people’s homes, don’t we? Well, curiosity doesn’t need to kill the cat around here, we’ve brought you another eclectic home tour without having to stick your nose up to the window to get a better look.

This week, we’re bringing you an eclectic home with masterful gallery walls and fabulous clashing patterns. The owner Sarah, lives with her family and three dogs in Middlesbrough in the North East of England. Social worker by day and habitual decorator by night!

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It’s taken me a long while to go from home office to glam and feminine bedroom, but I’m nearly there, at last! As it’s a spare bedroom I didn’t have to take into account anybody else’s viewpoint – which was a relief as it gave me full rein to do what I wanted, and I knew I wanted it light, airy and with touches of gold, with a very feminine and glamorous vibe – perfect for Audenza products then! My starting point was looking for wallpaper and, as I said to the lady in the shop when asked what I was looking for, “I will know when I see it” and ‘Espinillo’, a gorgeous gold acacia leaf design by Clarissa Hulse for Harlequin was the one.

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Animal print fabrics are the hot news right now, particularly in velvet, so we thought we would bring a few to your attention. Namely because Amelia is hot for this trend, and is busy doing a mood board for her new sitting room – well it’s not new, as in it’s a Victorian terrace, but new to Amelia, and her long-suffering other half who, when presented with swatches of fabric and paint just says ‘Whatever you like, Amelia’. Now that’s my sort of guy!

Obviously 10 animal print fabrics to lust over is only a taster of what’s out there but still, it’s a tasty selection to start you off with and get you exploring.

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Us ladies at Audenza love interiors, in fact we are mad for them, in all their varying loveliness. And to that end we love seeing what you do with our products, and how you style them. Are you minimalist, eclectic, glamourous, retro or just plain bizarre? We want to see, and be inspired by, your homes and your interior styling.

Which is why we run a twitter and 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. Competition is fierce, as you can see from the images below, so get creative and let us see your images for a chance to win a £20 gift voucher to spend at Audenza.

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Interview with Elle Wright, raising awareness of baby loss in the UK, by bravely sharing her own story of loss on her blog, Feathering The Empty Nest and debut book, Ask me His Name.

Inspirational, courageous and brave are just some of the words to describe our next Fabulous and Fearless Woman, Elle Wright. It was back in May 2016, that the happiest event in her life turned into the saddest. After just three days of giving birth to a beautiful baby boy, Teddy, he sadly passed away. Although his time on earth was short, Teddy’s impact has been immense. Since her tragic loss, Elle has remarkably dedicated her time helping other women by fundraising and raising awareness of baby loss in the UK, as well as bravely sharing her own story of loss on her blog, Feathering The Empty Nest and debut book, Ask me His Name.

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Want to be inspired by a fab, fun home, or just want to have a nose at somebody else’s décor? You won’t be disappointed with this tour of Lissi’s vibrant home in Leicestershire – strictly for colour lovers though! We’ve been following Lissi’s journey on Instagram (@Oxfordone) as she renovates her barn conversion, moves on from ‘greige’, finds her feet in the world of colour, and creates a fabulously warm, tactile home. We caught up with Lissi to find out a bit more about her fun and colourful family home.

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Well, we can’t quite believe we’re only a week away from closing for Christmas – that crept up, didn’t it! Fear not though, there’s still plenty of time to order in time for delivery before the big day (see our last posting dates here) and this is part two of our Ultimate Gift Guide for the Fabulous & Fearless (you can view part one here: gift guide part one).

Quirky Gifts

Boring gifts have no place here and certainly no place under your tree! We know you love anything just a little bit out of the ordinary, so whether you’re adding it to your own wishlist, or buying for a loved one, here’s our round up of our favourite quirky gifts, which we know you’ll love.  Here’s to a fabulously eccentric Christmas!

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If you’re anything like us, you probably haven’t started your Christmas shopping yet.  But hopefully you’re a little more organised that us (!) and maybe there’s just a niggling gift for that really hard-to-buy-for friend.  Either way, we’re here to help! There’s still plenty of time to order in time for Christmas (see our last posting dates here) and this is part one of our Ultimate Gift Guide for the Fabulous & Fearless. 

Gifts Under £30

First up in our Ultimate Gift Guide for the Fabulous & Fearless, is our pick of gifts under £30. If you’re looking for an affordable, unusual gift, then this is the place for you! It’s not always easy to choose a gift for someone, never mind finding something within a budget, so we have curated a collection of simply stunning pieces, all under £30, that would make THE perfect present. 

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