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Homes Stuff I Love, Adore, Rate & Recommend

I Adore… The Fab Five Buys from The French Bedroom Company

Grand, glam, baroque, quirky or kitsch – that’s what I love about the products from The French Bedroom Company. Although it mainly focuses on stuff for the bedroom, I could fill every room in my house with their items. As an interiors obsessive, I think there should always be statement pieces and conversation-starters to add some fun to one’s decor scheme. These favourite five do the job perfectly.

Laura Ashley Hunterhill Dark Linen Patterned WallpaperI Rate… The Trend for Wallpaper in the Kitchen

I’ve always gone the paint and tile route in the kitchen, but viewing the latest offerings at the Autumn/Winter 2014 press shows a few weeks ago, I was surprised to see so many wallpapers being showcased dans le cuisine. One of my faves, being a major fan of the unsurpassable Dachshund, was this rather country-cool Hunterhill number from Laura Ashley – certainly makes waiting for the kettle to boil a bit more fun! £39.90 per roll.

FIRED EARTH VCARMELORS1I Love… The New Vintage-Style Tiles

I’ve fallen in love with these Valletta tiles in Carmelo, from Fired Earth. They’ve got that wonderful vintage feel about them with the added bonus of Mediterranean colours. Great in a dining room, large hallway or open plan space – and fabulous with the decor in this beautiful photo (adore the picture gallery) or with a more contemporary-designed home. Handmade encaustic tiles, 20 x 20cm, £8.99 each or £224.70 per sq/m.

Vanessa_Arbuthnott_2014_17_ERI Recommend… The Chic Bathroom Update

Mix together a beautiful soft grey palette with a delicate, modern/retro pattern and a hard-wearing finish – and you end up with this rather divine wallpaper from Vanessa Arbuthnott, which is just perfect for bathrooms, both period and contemporary. It’s called Up The Garden Path – just imagine how many hours you can while away, glass of fizz in hand, following the pattern around the room, as the water grows chillier and chillier!

WALL MURAL SURFACEVIEW Dandy Spoons Roomset Table Mural crop ANG0018I Love… The Kitsch and Fun Wall Art

I’ve just been writing a feature about all the new wall looks and trends for every room in the home, and I really can’t believe how much amazing stuff is out there. I need at least 50 rooms to try out each one! A sneak preview of my feature includes the Dandy Spoons with Butterfly Bow Ties wall mural from Surface View.

West Elm PlatesI Adore… The Fun Time at the Dining Table

West Elm is a really clever and very stylish homes shop that came over from the US a couple of years ago, and it’s products are available at it’s London flagship store and online at westelm.com. Amongst the many exciting ideas and lifestyle options, are these absolutely adorable dinner plates from designer Rachel Kozlowski, £9 each. Bagsy the Badger!

WD Gentlemen's Club - Albany Collection - £22.99 per rollI Recommend… The Surprise Style Wallpaper

In my early-Victorian country cottage there’s a small, north-facing room which we call The Snug – real fire, beams, lattice windows, wooden floorboards, and not much light. It’s been painted white ever since we moved in, to make it look bigger and brighter, but now I’m thinking it’s time to be more adventurous, luxurious and oooooh!  Luckily I’ve just discovered this amazing wallpaper – black with gold metallic highlights to help reflect light, that I think should work wonders. Buy it from wallpaperdirect.com  The Snug also doubles as The Poker/Games/Cocktails Room so it should be perfect…

Abigail Ahern / EditionI Adore… The Playful Take on Grandeur

Abigail Ahern has long been a favourite designer of mine – fun, quirky and moody pieces that fit into any home decor. Since she collaborated with Debenhams her pieces have become accessible to the masses. This I-Love-It-Must-Have-It Ram’s Bust Head from her new AW/14 collection will soon be winging (or should that be gambolling?!) on to my sideboard. At £85 – it’s a done deal. Baaah!




M&S BeddingI LOVE… The Sumptuous New Bedlinen

Yes, I know it’s too hot to be covered up with duvets etc right now, but soon as the chill starts in a few months, this is the bedding I want. Who’d have thunk it’s from good old M&S. Sophisticated, elegant, and cheap-ish, too. Prices for the Floral Feast bed set start from a v reasonable £59.

The Astrid Garden Chair, £698

The Astrid Garden Chair, £698

I RATE… The Über Cool Garden Chair

No deckchairs for me please. Love their Britishness, their retro cool but cor-blimey they really hurt my back! Instead I’ve found this rather fantabulous garden chair from Anthropologie. Currently it’s called the Astrid Garden Chair, however in my garden it’s now renamed The Jules Chair. £698, but it will be around for decades to come.