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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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Before and after - eclectic living room decor with black walls and gold fireplace.

If your hearts desire is a black living room then we have just the thing with our tour of Lara Bezzina’s dramatic black living room transformation. From a tired and soulless space, to a vibrant and welcoming room. Lara and her husband achieved all this with their own hard work and creativity. It’s often the case, that a need to keep hold of the purse strings leads to an imaginative, and ultimately, a more unique home.

Tell us a little bit about yourself

I’m Lara and have a huge passion / obsession for design, especially in relation to interiors. I live in a village close to Northampton with my husband and Cocker Spaniel Coco. I’ve been interested in art and design from a young age but didn’t find an outlet for it until we purchased our first house. It needed a lot of work, we could barely pay the mortgage and bills so had to be very creative, re-using, upcycling, visiting reclamation yards, searching for ebay bargains all became the norm and I absolutely loved it.

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Cool living room decor with green walls, gold drinks trolley and pink velvet armchair.

Party time is here again as we draw near to Christmas, but my kids don’t need that excuse.  Any time can be party time for them, all it needs is one of them to crack open the prosecco and off it goes.  It always seems to start with the prosecco, who knows why but it works.

Suffice to say it moves on from there to an array of alcoholic beverages, all requiring their very own cool barware.  So, what constitutes cool barware for the ultimate party, and what is the ultimate party anyway?  My idea of the ultimate party involves my 4 year old grandson and his 2 year old twin siblings, plus milk and biscuits, of course.   Possibly not what you had in mind!   But for the true party goers out there, here’s a selection of the coolest barware, plus a few tips to get that party going. 

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Affordable Art Edit

Cool, quirky prints. Moody, blue living room with unusual Duke and Duchess art prints.

We all need a revamp now and again to put some fresh new zing into our interiors, and what easier way to do it than with affordable art?   So, glam up your walls and brighten up your day with a fun selection of colourful prints that won’t break the bank, but will bring a smile to your face.  Think about the space and whether you want a gallery wall with a selection of prints, or keep it simple and showcase one or two prints.  Decide on your preferred look and go all out to create a cool vibe that injects that bit of extra chutzpah to light up your walls.  From quirky, to mellow, to glam, the choice is yours. 

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Tropical colour palette inspiration - blush pink, gold and green tropical bathroom with banana leaf patterned wallpaper and monochrome floor tiles.

We Audenza ladies do love a tropical vibe, so Amelia has put together 3 tropical colour schemes, to give you some interior colour palette inspiration, and to see how the different colour palettes affect the look of a room.  Green is the mainstay of each design, but with subtle twists that create astonishingly vibrant, but opposed, vibes.  From overtly feminine, to full on masculine, to give you the idea of how colour choices change an interior project.

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