What to do with my home decor next..?

Bathroom Design, Garden Design, Home Styling, Inspiration, interior design

Christmas is over, the decorations are down, our homes are feeling a little bare.

With the cold weather, post-holiday and post-Christmas blues, we are all starting to think about what’s in store for 2018, whether it’s holidays, work goals or home projects to name a few.

As you can probably guess, my aim here is to provide you with some ideas and inspiration for your homes leading into the Spring season.

Let’s start with… Flowers. The surest sign that warmer weather is coming.

Spring is such a lovely time of year as all the trees start to show colour and life again. The sight of the colour of Spring flowers everywhere is uplifting and such a contrast from the grey and brown wintery colours. As so many flowers come into bloom in the Spring you will be spoiled for choice and will successfully find arrangements to suit your colour scheme and style at home. The colour of flowers leads me onto…

…Pastel colours.

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Pastels have been a home decor trend for some time now, not just for the Spring season. If you haven’t joined the Pastels hype yet, it’s not too late! Use the turn of the season as an excuse to join us.

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Yellow. A colour of happiness, happiness in the form of warm sunshine and saying goodbye to winter (British weather dependent…)

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Copper. Metallics.

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The copper, bronze and gold metallics add a stylish warmth. The warm colours are definitely necessary at this time of year while there is still a chill in the air. Copper combined with a candle – a double whammy!

Rustic decor.

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Spring feelings can show both inside and outside your home. Your gardens will start to become a little more colourful as the weather gets warmer and the trees begin to blossom. With some rustic plant pots, you can house some Spring flowers – daffodils, tulips, snowdrops, hyacinths, heather…the list could go on and on.

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It’s pretty clear from most of these points that one of the biggest ways to make your home feel more Spring-like and less Winter-like is with wonderful nature.

I would love to see your take on Spring home decor, too, so please share!

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Snow Day!

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Waking up to snow the morning after your work Christmas Party is a welcome way to dust off the cobwebs.

I also love an opportunity to take photos.

You’d never know these photos were taken behind a business park just off junction 16 of the m4 would you?!

Without appropriate footwear and with the fear of being stranded and unable to get home to our pyjamas and a duvet afternoon, this was as adventurous as we managed to be.

the hobsons|choice Christmas makeover

christmas, Home Styling, Inspiration, interior design, Kitchen, Showroom Dressing

It’s ok to self-appoint yourself as head of Christmas, right..?

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Working in such a stunning kitchen showroom, I was over-excited about it’s Christmas makeover very early in November.

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Showroom dressing and visual merchandising has always been a strong interest of mine, so being given free reign on such a showroom was a privilege and a pleasure.

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The excitement materialised. Who wouldn’t want to get themselves lost in the John Lewis Christmas department?!

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The tree selection

I had so much fun browsing pinterest, visiting florists, purchasing decorations and putting it all together that I wanted to share the journey.

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As a team we agreed on a contemporary rustic theme. This adds warmth and ties in with the beautiful wood and veneer finishes already a part of our showroom.

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Pine cones, twigs and Twisted Willow, Holly and Fir branches are inexpensive, if not free. Most of our branches and cuttings came from the team’s gardens or picked up on woodland dog walks.

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I wanted to prove that this style of decor does not necessarily require you to spend a fortune.

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Pinterest gave me a lot of inspiration for table settings. With the beautiful bulthaup veneer wall panelling as a backdrop and the handmade Carl Hansen Elbow chairs to work with, it was important the table looked classy and elegant alongside them.

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bulthaup and Carl Hansen’s colour palettes are perfect with the rustic theme.

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The coasters make this, in my opinion.

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Credit has to go to Crescent Flowers for digging these enormous branches out for me. It was touch and go whether they were going to fit in my car.

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Tip: Don’t try and tie thread through glass baubles on a concrete floor. I learnt the hard way.

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My new obsession: filled baubles. A pretty way to add Christmas sparkle to the rusticity.

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I hope this post provides you with some inspiration for your own Christmas decor.

If you haven’t got the decs up yet, happy decorating!

Merry Christmas!

Walnut & Blue bathroom palette

Bathroom Design, Home Styling, interior design

I have been putting a bathroom scheme together for a client based around a palette of walnut and blue.

The painting on both moodboards is in the clients’ master bedroom, along with a wall decorated with walnut panelling and crisp white paint. It is important that the en-suite to this bedroom follows this theme to allow the two rooms to work as one.

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The first scheme (above) uses a fairly light colour palette and creates depth using texture. Alongside the walnut panelling I have proposed using a concrete plaster on the walls and a dark grey textured porcelain floor tile. The blue will be introduced in the accessories, including some glass pendant lights.

Above are two examples of how concrete plaster works in bathrooms. The material is hard wearing, can be used in shower areas, and can be used in recesses for a sleek finish.

Below, the concrete plaster, walnut panelling and Porcelanosa Venis Newport tile in Dark Grey.

The second scheme (below) uses a slightly warmer colour palette, as I received feedback that, as the bathroom is quite large, the concrete and light palette feels a little cold. As we can afford to give the illusion of a smaller space in this room, I have replaced the concrete with copper panelling and a deep blue paint to add warmth.

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Below is a closer look at the chosen palette. The paint is Farrow and Ball ‘Drawing Room Blue’, with the same walnut panels, the same Porcelanosa floor tile and the copper panelling.

Here are some examples of how a copper clad wall may look.

Watch this space for updates as the project progresses!

light up your garden

Garden Design, Home Styling, Inspiration

Summer is in full swing meaning most of us are spending lots of time in our gardens.

I don’t know about you but one of my favourite things about summer is being able to sit in the garden late into the evening. It can be so relaxing, particularly with nice lighting.

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Candles are a lovely warm and subtle way to light the garden in the evening and create interesting shapes and shadows in the plants, too.

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Candle holders do not necessarily need to be extravagant and expensive. Sometimes the most simple are the most effective. Candle holders can be made from many food storage items, meaning they are free(!), such as tin cans and glass jars. The advantage of this is that you can decorate them as you wish.

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Here is a collection of simple, modern ways to light your garden with candles.

Lanterns:

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Pendants and hanging candle holders:

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Stakes:

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Freestanding:

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homemadebynatasha (and Becca) – CAKE

Food & Drink

Hands down the best cakes I have ever made. Even though I do say so myself.

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I volunteered to make Mum’s birthday cake this year so tried to excel myself with a helping hand from my pro-baker housemate, Becca. Raspberries and white chocolate – two of my favourite things. Starting with cupcakes, I got carried away and soon found myself with far too much mixture and making a large cake, too.

Putting raspberries in the cake mixture made the cakes beautifully light and moist. And taste incredible!

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To make the large cake slightly different to the cupcakes I made a white chocolate ganache to decorate, and then covered the top with raspberries. The photos below give you an idea of the mess made in the process!

Grating white chocolate on the top covered any imperfections and helped add even more yumminess.

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It’s safe to say the feedback was all positive, and I haven’t made the cake since, purely to avoid eating it all!

Here is a little taster of the recipe I used.

White chocolate ganache (thanks Mary Berry)

Classic victoria sponge

  • 200g caster sugar
  • 200g butter
  • 5 eggs (gives a better rise!)
  • 200g self-raising flour
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 2tbs milk
  • 200g raspberries, halved
  • Raspberry jam for filling

White chocolate butter icing

  • 200g white chocolate
  • 280g unsalted butter
  • 280g icing sugar
  • splash of vanilla extract

Enjoy! xx