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How to: Dine in style for under £10

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Interior Trends: Enduring or Fads?

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 Paula Beades Bespoke

On July 11th, 2014 by .

I am thrilled to share with you these beautiful memory blankets, handmade by my good friend Paula, from Paula Beades Bespoke. The colourful eiderdowns have been created using all of my children’s old clothes that were too precious to giveaway, each piece unlocks a story and holds a special place in my heart.

The girls have one each and are absolutely thrilled with them, hopefully they will stay with them as they grow up and be treasured (rather than trashed!) Thank you so much Paula, you are one talented lady!

Also shown below is selection of Paula other designs ranging from jean bags, fairy wings (which are gorgeous) stools, cushions, blinds, curtains and other creative pieces. If you would like to commission Paula Beades Bespoke, please email her directly at: paulabeades@yahoo.co.uk.


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