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Crown paints: Geo style

On May 12th, 2014 by .

With the interiors world going crazy for Geo patterns, it is no wonder that the main paint houses, including Crown Paints, are keen to show you how to apply this technic to your walls.  It is a fresh and dynamic design style and as you can see from the image below, not just for modern homes. The shot has been created with thought and skill; the muted pastel palette sits well with the luxurious velvet chair, whilst the dark furniture and accessories add contrast and drama.  What do you think?  Is it a look for you?

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To create this look, make sure you plan out your colour scheme and find a way to bring the look together with the rest of your furniture and accessories.  Crown paints have incorporated their colours and pattern with the geo cushion and balanced out the pink tones with some pretty flowers.

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Walls: Classic Duck Egg dead flat emulsion – £24.99, Homebase, 2.5L. Velvet Plum dead flat emulsion – £22.98, 2.5L, B&Q. Flagon dead flat emulsion –  £24.99, Homebase, 2.5L. Wood: Aged White Period Colours Eggshell – £26.98, 2.5L B&Q, Crown Paints.

How to make Christmas gift tags

On December 9th, 2013 by .

If you are feeling a bit ‘crafty’ over the festive period and would like to know how to make Christmas gift tags, read on for a few ideas.  My first suggestions are silver birch stars, the birch can be bought relatively cheaply as a pack of square sheets and are easy to cut.  Don’t worry about them being perfect shapes as this just adds to their individuality; you can see from the image below that mine are far from perfect! You can either hole-punch one of the points and thread some twine through or simply tuck them into presents as we have below.  They really do look as pretty as a picture if they are used with newspaper or white wrap.

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Now, I know that fresh flowers will not survive for very long once they have been cut and tied onto a present, so the idea below would be a very special Christmas gift tag that you would present soon after it had been made, and not left under the tree for a few days, the effect is instant and stunning.  Think about the colour of the flower and whether it compliments the wrap and string.  I have chosen purple as it sits beautifully with the slate tag and grey newspaper print.  Green foliage also looks great with newspaper but thick cream paper would work just as well (foliage also lasts a little longer than flower stems).  Another tip is to use a sprigs of Rosemary, it looks really stylish and will of course leave a beautiful scent on the present (just don’t over do it, one sprig is enough).

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The classic pine cone - you can’t go wrong!  You have several options of attaching it, either a glue gun or if you don’t have one of these then just wrap some very thin garden wire around the base and then around the twine, make sure you twist the ends to avoid any sharp points. The cone looks even prettier if you spray it white first…

Pine cone gift tag by Pippa Jameson InteriorsPhotography credits. Top two images Jemma Watts, all Christmas gift tags Pippa Jameson 

Style your home for Halloween!

On October 24th, 2012 by .

It’s one week to go until Halloween which means it’s time to start planning the party!  Don’t think that the dressing up and decor is just for the kids, we’d like to think our shoot below is tastefully set up for both!  The photographer on this shoot was Jemma Watts and the stylist was myself.  We used a selection of 3M products for hanging items on the wall.  Happy Halloween!

4 Tips for creating a Halloween themed party!

  1. Think about where you are going to be entertaining friends and family, this set-up would work perfectly well in the kitchen, dining room or living room, as all you need is a table for food/sweets and a wall/ceiling to hang accessories. There are so many fun Halloween pieces to choose from when it comes to decorating your space, we chose items such as lanterns as they’re fun and add drama to the room.
  1. Once you have decided on your items, you’ll need to work out which Command products would be most suitable. For our Halloween lanterns, we used the small decorating clips from Command; they are perfect for most Halloween decorations and novelty string lights.
  1. Our Halloween board is a fun addition to the wall; you could always use a chalkboard and write your own Halloween menu or cocktail menu for the adults! To hang it on the wall, we used the clear medium hooks from Command. Before you hang anything from the hook it is important that you check the weight that it can hold by looking at the front of the packet. This hook can hang up to 2 pounds, or 900 grams.
  1. The small newspaper bags are a quick and easy way to create some fun props for your party and best of all, they are made from recycled items. Using an old newspaper, cut out a rectangle shape, then fold it over and stick the side and bottom, cut up strips of black paper and fill up your little bags leaving little spikes sticking out of the top. To attach them to the wall or desk then we would recommend the poster strips from Command, they are also great for attaching unframed pictures or photos to your wall.

Credits: 
Paper lanterns, Hanging board, both Asda, Plates: Myhaus.com, Cards: Gettingpersonal.co.uk, Beetle labels, napkin, cards and tea towel, Warbeck & Cox.co.uk, Moth Mug: Myhaus.com, Skull: Asda

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