Create a relaxed winter scheme with Highland hues

Bring a real cosy feel to your home this winter with Scottish inspired textiles such as tartans & checks in rich aubergines, greens and reds, team with textures like chunky knits, leather, faux fur and wool. Also inspiration comes from the highland landscape, use stag motifs and images of heather and green foliage. Here are some of the beautiful ranges of textiles and wallpapers available…

Textiles from Prestigious Textiles Isle of Skye range

Wallpaper from left: Cole & Son Tartan by Vivienne Westwood, right: Mulberry Home

Textiles from the  Zoffany collection of Tinto wools

Get the look for less with these pieces of furniture and accessories… left to right: John Lewis Gibson armchair £999, Dunelm Mill stag cushion, £12.99, Not on the High Street lampshade £26, Bouf stag mirror £100, Not on the High Street alpaca check blanket £59, Rugspot sheepskin rug £85, Easy Art print from £32, Not on the High Street wool footstool £99, Throws for Sofas check throw £75, Easy Art fern print from £30, Next Southwold armchair £399

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…$PSPMedium$$PSPMedium$$uk_category_thumb$&defaultImage=/Anthropologie/083261_038_b$uk_category_thumb$&defaultImage=/Anthropologie/22866693_059_b$uk_category_thumb$&defaultImage=/Anthropologie/22786768_071_b$fash_product$

How to create a sophisticated pink bedroom

When I suggested to my husband that we decorate our guest bedroom in pink he thought I had gone mad, but a pink bedroom doesn’t have to be childish, you can create a feminine and sophisticated feel with very soft pale pinks combined with metallic silvers and greys with tactile fabrics like velvet and silk. You could go for a vintage look with a pretty antique eiderdown and a french style antique headboard. Why not choose some special silk fabric to create a focal point for some stunning curtains or cushions. The trick here is not to go all pink and to choose some pretty co-ordinating colours and lots of pale white, cream or grey to create a good balance. Here are some ideas I have collected together…

Pink Bedroom

Pink Bedroom

Pink Bedroom

Pink Bedroom

Pink Bedroom

Here are some suggestions that would be a good starting point to base your scheme around…$list4$

I’d better stop there, I could go on forever.


Island life – create an exotic colonial style room

Take inspiration from hot, steamy tropical holidays and create a colonial inspired room in your home, perfect for the summer and in winter a wonderful reminder of warmer days. It’s such an easy look to create with the contrast of bright white walls as a backdrop and dark wooden furniture, accessories with an Asian twist and some black an white photos in dark frames, don’t forget to include lots of tropical plants with big leaves.

Colonial style interiors

Here are some ideas to create the look in your home… Leaves Wallpaper (image from

My latest purchase – a Designers Guild embroidered cushion

While their summer sale is still on, I just couldn’t resist this beautiful Charlotte cushion from the Designers Guild Royal Collection. I’ve had my eye on these for a while, and now it’s reduced from £70 to £35. Here is in pride of place…

Designers Guild Charlotte

The dark wood bedroom furniture is Broughton from Laura Ashley, which works really well with the traditional, period feel which I’m aiming for with my Edwardian house. Here are some more luxurious embroidered silk cushions from the sale which you might like, this blue one is stunning…

Left to right: Henrietta was £90 now £45, Verity was £95 now £47.50, Emmeline was £55 now £27.50

Creating a romantic, shabby chic bedroom

This look’s been around for a little while now and shows no sign of fading, with the new seasons at House of Fraser and Next picking up the trend. It’s a lovely way of creating a really soft feminine look for your bedroom. Based originally on vintage french furniture, and the faded grandeur of a french château, with the look epitomised by the classic painted bed with elaborate headboard.

House of Fraser Shabby ChicNext Isabella

If you don’t have the funds to splash out on the furniture you can still create the look with these great value accessories in soft pastel shades…$fash_product$$fash_product$

Laura Ashley summer sale ending soon

Here’s you very last chance to shop at Laura Ashley sale, with maximum reductions now available across the store, and they’ve even added more items to the sale for the last week, making now the perfect time to buy.

• 50% off homewares & fashion, free delivery, an extra 10% off, ends 31st July.
• 50% off furniture and upholstery, an extra 10% off, free delivery ends 14th July.

Laura Ashley Sale

Autumn winter inspiration from the new Laura Ashley ranges

Laura Ashley have launched their new home collections, so here is some inspiring images from the range.

Far from Heaven‘ is all about Hollywood glamour and 1930′s style, using tones of grey and warm mocha browns with shimmering fabrics and mirrored furniture.

Laura Ashley Far From Heaven

A New Leaf‘ features floral patterns, stripes and checks in pale yellows and soft truffle browns and greys, with distressed painted furniture and very chunky woolen knitted throws and cushions.

Laura Ashley A New Leaf