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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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My 50 shades of grey

grey paint colours

For the last month, I have been all about 50 shades of grey… not the novels but paint colours! If I had had this blog when I decorated my first home in 2002, I would have written a post called 50 shades of beige (not so catchy I know!). I spent ages colour testing, scanning (as I couldn’t afford the real deal) Farrow & Ball colours like Bone, Skimming Stone and Elephant’s Breath that I had heard my mum talk about but in the end I decided that Dulux European White was the best beige for me. I have since used it in my homes in London, Dubai and again recently in London (here it is in our flat in Brixton). I love how it works in Victorian houses against white wood work. My search for the perfect grey has been an equal labour of love. My first grey room was my youngest’s tiny nursery in our flat in Dubai. It’s strangely hard to find a true grey. One that’s not green, blue or beige. After some testers I settled on Dulux Grey Steel. Three of the walls were painted the lighter shade and then the feature wall with the custom […]

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I’ll take my Ikea with a twist!

Ikea with a twist

I don’t want to jinx it but there’s a chance we have found our future family home, and as the only thing we’ll be able to keep in it is the parquet floor, I need to rival Jesus turning water into wine by turning our small budget into a HMP home! Now if like me you have Elle Decoration taste but on an Ikea budget, here are some companies who will help you jazz up your Ikea furniture (in no particular order). No sand paper required! superfront.com superfront do high end look cabinet fronts, tops, sides, sinks, feet and even bathroom sinks. I love this combination! bemz.com I’ve already mentioned bemz on my blog a few times. Definitely my go to after looking for covers on eBay, especially if you have an old model like our Ektorp sofa bed. thisismykea.com thisismykea do great plain and artist designed stickers to customise your furniture. Brilliant for a kids room. myoverlays.com o’verlays do decorative fretwork panels which can be left white or painted to add a pop of colour to your furniture or walls. prettypegs.com prettypegs make gorgeous legs for your furniture. I couldn’t pick one image so here’s a screenshot of peg prettiness! semihandmadedoors.com semihandmadedoors do cabinet fronts and are […]

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