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How to: Dine in style for under £10

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Interior Trends: Enduring or Fads?

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Introducing Paula Beades Bespoke

Category: Furniture

How to: Dine in style for under £10

On September 3rd, 2014 by .

As we move into September, there seems to be lots of talk about an Indian Summer. So, I took full advantage of the hot weather today and styled our brand new garden furniture set for under £10! The 6 seater Keter Montana set is from Homebase and although it looks like rattan, is actually Polypropylene (hard-wearing plastic) which means it’s virtually maintenance free.  It’s also GREAT with sticky little fingers as you can just power wash it without the worry of damage.  I know I’m really going on about the finish, but I love it!  Our old set was wooden and quite frankly, I was getting a little tired of treating it year on year.

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Here’s how I dressed it, for under £10…my runner is an off cut of fabric from a shoot, the flowers from my garden are placed in a little glass tumbler (£5) and my plant is sat in a small galvanized bucket ( 50p thrifty find).  My water bottle was also a charity shop find (£1) and the paper doily’s’ were 20p! Finally, the small ceramic tealight holders are from a supermarket and the vase with roses was £2. So, who says you can’t throw together a table setting for those unexpected guests!

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A single leaf steam looks so pretty on a white plate, especially if you are dining Al Fresco in a garden setting. Neutral accessories will make your flowers and food really stand out.

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Interior Trends: Enduring or Fads?

On August 28th, 2014 by .

I am excited to share with you our Interior Trends talk from this years May Design Series, featuring myself, Heart Home Magazine and Kate Watson-Smyth. Make yourself a coffee, grab a pen and take note as you find out what’s hot and what’s not…!


Introducing 'Copenhagen' by John Lewis

On May 14th, 2014 by .

John Lewis are embracing the passion for Scandinavian design by introducing a new collection called ‘Copenhagen’.  Typical of this style, the furniture is all about pared-back forms, function and quality craftsmanship, whilst the textiles have gone one step further. In line with current trends, the solid and simplistic patterns that you would expect to see have been replaced with more pixelated print methods, their Retreat and Rosendal cushions are a good example of this (image below). The colour scheme has a familiar base of pale grey, black and cream teamed with splashes of lemon, mustard and coral.  It really is a lovely collection with a reasonable price tag, and will start to filter into store from July with the full range available by September 2014.

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Loki medium sofa, £1500, Bromley floor lamp, £250, Why Wood coffee table, £175, Listrado rug, from £80

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Bromley table lamp, £150, Why Wood coffee table, £175, Marble hexagonal candle plate, £25, Marble candle holder from £10, Marble teardrop, £8

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Bicycles print, £70, Why Wood bench, £199, wire basket, £62, woven felt basket, £18, Retreat Monochrome wallpaper, £22 per roll

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Copenhagen double bed, £999, Mirror, £499, Bedside table, £275, Lars bed linen set, £40, Striped Mohair throw, £50, Bromley floor lamp, as before.  Image below: Caro Sideboard, £599

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