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Blooming Lovely Spring Accessories for the Home!

Nothing signifies the end of a long, cold winter better than a bunch of freshly picked Spring blooms from the garden, so it’s no surprise that many of the High Street homeware brands are heralding the beginnings of Spring with colourful new collections featuring all kinds of fresh, floral prints, from tiny scattered blossoms to oversized painted blooms.  It’s the definite trend of the moment!

Introducing a few floral accessories into your home is a fantastic and economical way to bring a breath of fresh air into your interior decor, whether it’s plump new cushions for the couch or a pretty set of tea towels in the kitchen.

However you decide to freshen things up, one thing’s for sure: it’s time to pack away those stag ornaments and chunky knitted throws and drag your home out of hibernation.  Spring has sprung and with these gorgeous floral finds, you can make your home just blooming lovely…

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Spend vs Save: Shop the Autumn Woodland Trend

Hello and an official welcome to Autumn!  It’s been a while since I wrote a ‘Spend vs Save’ post, but with so many gorgeous new Autumn homewares arriving into stores, it’s really hard to resist a spot of seasonal shopping, isn’t it?  There are plenty of exciting new trends emerging, too.  From that cosy, tartan-bedecked highland retreat look to the ultra-luxe geometric forms of an Art Deco setting, there is definitely something for everyone out there.

However, one trend that I think truly defines Autumn and therefore has a much broader appeal, is the Woodland one.  Who doesn’t love textile prints inspired by owls and autumn leaves or felt foxes on cushions?  The woodland trend is once again huge this year and is as prevalent throughout the higher end labels as it is on the high street, so it really boils down to what you are prepared to spend on key pieces for your home.  With this in mind, I’ve done a little window-shopping for you and come across a few home accessories that really rock the trend in different ways; some contemporary, others with a more traditional feel.  Read on for my must-haves!

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Spend vs. Save: Shop the Blue Trend

The biggest colour trend for 2015 has without a doubt been blue.  Every shade, from cobalt through to cornflower, from indigo to azure, has adorned the catwalk and interior showroom alike.  It really is the ideal colour to bring your home into summer with its connotations of clear Mediterranean skies and glistening turquoise waters.  The high street stores are crammed full of an almost overwhelming choice of blue beauties for your home, but with a little background knowhow you can become wise to the best buys out there.  One of the oldest and cleverest little tricks high street retailers have is to offer designer looks at competitive prices, so here’s a round up of some blue homewares you can find whether you’re on a spending splurge or an unbudging budget.

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The New Metallic – Copper

I really am in love with the current trend for all things copper.  From blush to rose gold, this pretty pink-tinted metal just about goes with anything and everything and it adds a luscious warmth to your interior scheme in a way that just isn’t possible with other cooler, ‘black’ metallics such as steel and iron.  Don’t get me wrong, these big metals are equally fabulous and will stand the test of time in more ways than one, but for the moment I am lusting after those warm coppery hues.

A copper accessory, when paired with other softer decor pieces, will add a certain edginess to the overall look, such as a shiny copper pendant lamp sitting alongside a pale pastel blue sofa.  Equally, it has the ability to soften the harsh lines and dark tones of a heavily industrial interior.  Adding copper accents to an otherwise neutral interior will warm things up, though that said, it happily lends its rosy gleam to a surprising number of other colour schemes, including teal, black, monochrome, muted pastels and the classic all white. (more…)

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