Ikat patterned soft furnishings

Ikat is the latest trend for fashion and soft furnishings. The patterned fabric comes originally from Indonesia and has a tribal feel but with a modern twist and comes in some amazing bold colours to add a splash of colour. They work really well with contemporary styles and also seem to blend just as well with the more traditional look. Here is some inspiration for you…

Here are some accessories that you can use to get the look…


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Making the perfect ice cream

So, now that I am officially back in summer mode, with lovely warm weather this week, I’m going to be out in the garden, beer in one hand, ice cream in the other and feet up! It’s too late now to be doing much else in the garden, so I don’t have to feel guilty about the flowerbeds looking a bit messy. What I do fancy doing though is making some homemade ice cream. This is something that always seemed too much effort, but the difference in taste plus all the amazing flavour combinations you can come up with, plus there are some really cheap ice cream makers available now – there’s no excuse any longer.

Here are some amazingly cheap ice cream makers to buy from Comet with prices from just £22.49…

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Here are some tempting ideas for flavours…left to right Grand Marnier & blueberry, mango, rhubarb & strawberry, espresso, mascarpone cheescake, masala coffee.

The summer’s not over yet – September heatwave

With glorious hot weather forecast for the next five days, and temperatures forecast to reach 28C, the summer has returned to the UK. The BBC weather report says “Fine, dry and sunny, and becoming exceptionally warm.” Perfect! Just when you thought it was all over, the days getting longer, the leaves on the turn, the winter jumpers coming out of storage – rewind back to peak summertime temperatures. The British weather is certainly unpredictable! So make the most of this indian summer and get out there and enjoy the weather.

Top mid season sale bargains for you & your home

Mid Season sales are on – there are a huge amount of savings to be had with loads on shops including BHS, Phase Eight, Laura Ashley, Karen Millen, Crabtree & Evelyn, Coast and more…

BHS Sale

Phase Eight mid season sale

Phase Eight mid season sale – save up to 30% off womens clothing and accessories.

Crabtree & Evelyn Sale

Crabtree & Evelyn – save 20% when you spend £20 or more by entering the code SEPT20 at the checkout.

Karen Millen Sale

The Karen Millen Mid season sale is now on with massive savings on clothes, shoes and accessories.

Laura Ashley Sale

Laura Ashley are offering 50% off wallpaper, 50% off upholstery and furniture and 30% off made-to-measure curtains and blinds.

Coast are offering great savings on womenswear in their mid-season sale.

Superdry 10% Off

Superdry are offering 10% off you order when you enter the code NEWSPDRY99 at the checkout.

20% off Designers Guild

At Designers Guild get 20% off their bedroom and bathoom essentials.

Liberty Beauty Offer

 Liberty are offing this amazing beauty gift – receive a Liberty print make up bag filled with 13 products worth over £150 with every purchase of £90 or more in store or online.

Oak Furniture Land Sale

Oak Furniture Land have up to 65% off in their autumn sale.


Natural wood coffee tables

A beautifully crafted coffee table will make a great centre piece for your living room and natural wood will blend perfectly with any interior scheme giving a sleek polished finish or rough-hewn rustic feel. When choosing a coffee table think about how much floor space you have available, the height of your sofa so that the table isn’t too high or too low, whether you need storage for remotes or magazines.

Photos from Robert Sanderson & Country Homes magazine

Here are some of the latest styles available from Coffee Table Selection

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Mirrored dressing tables

If you are lucky enough to have room in your bedroom for a dressing table then you should really indulge yourself in the latest glamorous styled mirrored dressing tables. There are lots of style available now from modern to vintage, Venetian etched glass, art deco style. Make sure there is enough room for a good sized dressing table mirror, all your daily necessaries plus some good drawer space to tidy away all those bits and bobs. Here are some favourites from DressingTableMirrors.co.uk

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Top offers this week for fashion, home and garden

Here’s a round up of the best online sales and special offers available this weekend…

The White Company are offering 60% off bedspreads & cushions, 50% off bed linen, 20% off all knitwear and 10% of the new autumn collection.

Heals Autumn home event starts today with up to 50% off selected products including furniture, lighting, bed linen, storage, kitchen and home accessories.

Amazing offers are now available at Designers Guild with up to 50% off home accessories, bedding, towels and much more, plus if you spend over £100 you can get a further 10% off your order and free delivery if you enter the voucher code ‘SPECIAL10‘ at checkout.

Jersey Plants Direct have these 3 offers on perennial plants exclusive to online customers. Jumbo ready plants are supplied in approx 8-12cm sizes ready for immediate planting. Arabis alpine plant collection, 6 jumbo plants for £13.99. Erysimum Collection, 6 perennial wallflower plants for £13.99 and Salvia Collection, 6 aromatic perennials for £13.99

Bench are offering 20% off all knitwear until 25th Spetember 2011.

Moda in Pelle footwear sale – get up to 70% off selected shoes, boots and accessories, plus new customers can get a further 10% off when you enter code ‘NEWCUST‘ as checkout.

Miss Selfridge have up to 50% off in their autumn sale with new lines just added, there is also a further 20% student discount until 27th September.

Viyella now have up to £50 off (or up to 30%) selected items in their new autumn winter range.

Ways to wear a silk scarf

Silk scarves come in some beautiful colours and patterns, they can add a real splash of interest to any outfit as well as offering some welcome warmth in the winter months. There’s a colour and style to suit everyone and every occasion. This range from Beta Fashion featured on Not on the High Street particularly caught my eye…

Here are some simple ideas for how to wear a square silk scarf…

Here are some amazing scarves from FineSilkScarves.co.uk to choose from…

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