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Chalking it up

Annie Sloan

My love of interior design is definitely inherited from my mother. By the time I met my husband, I had lived at 21 different addresses split between England and France, and 12 of those were before I’d left home (since we’ve added 7 addresses to that, split between the UAE, Canada and England!). Each of those 12 childhood homes were re-designed in some way by my mum and instilled in me a love of interior design. I grew up knowing names like Farrow & Ball, Osborne and Little, and Annie Sloan. Of course I – like most young adults in search of their own identity – have since explored my own design heroes but I am appreciating the classics more and more as I grow older. When we moved to Oxford nearly 2 years ago, the name Annie Sloan kept popping up. For those of you who don’t know, Oxford is Annie Sloan’s headquarters: where she lives, where her flagship shop is and now where she makes her paint (as she recently brought the manufacturing of her paint back in house to maintain quality control). Here’s an extract of Annie’s story: “She had three young boys under 7 at the time, so she had little time […]

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Oh chandelier!

M&S light collection

My mum is currently looking for a chandelier and I need very little excuse to browse the internet. Now I came across the new M&S lighting collection and I was amazed! So I had to share my top 5 – and it was hard to limit myself to 5 – with you. Mila Chandelier: This is as ‘on trend’ as you get. Every magazine at the moment has a chandelier with wooden beads like this in it. Eloise chandelier: Like it’s name (a personal favourite of mine), this chandelier is a timeless beauty. It is 120cm long. Wow. Dakota chandelier: Another beautiful timeless chandelier. Shorter than the one above so would work if you have less ceiling height. Gem Ball Ceiling Pendant: This art deco inspired ball of beauty definitely makes a statement. I love the XL version but I also love the Medium version as shown here as decadent bedside pendants. 5 Light Puerto Chandelier: And to finish I had to include this pineapple delight. If you have seen my daughters’ bedroom, you will know I have a soft spot for a pineapple chandelier. And of course whilst you’re on the M&S website, don’t forget it’s Mother’s Day soon so have a […]

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Maisons du Monde

Maisons du monde top picks

Having grown up in France, I am a huge fan of Maison du Monde. They have a great collection of worldly items which can make your decor unique, generally at affordable prices and they have a great sustainable development plan which is really important for me (as generally I don’t buy new and if I do, it has to be sustainable). They launched their UK online shop last Spring so you can now get their gorgeous items here (which will save me from filling my suitcase during my next trip home). As I am counting on Spring coming soon – wishful thinking I know – here are my top picks from MdM for the Spring. They are all under £20 apart from the rattan headboard and kids’ chair. Rattan is going to be a big trend this year and these items were too gorgeous not to include. Left to right: Pineapple lamp: this is a modern twist on a classic. 50cm tall flamingo: this would look amazing in a nursery. Rattan mirror: I want to get this mirror for our living room! Knitted cactus, cactus pot and cactus wood artwork: they are all on trend with the cactus nursery/kids’ bedroom trend. […]

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