Colourful Beautiful Things to brighten your living space and make you smile Fri, 18 May 2018 17:16:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Contemporary floral wallpaper – interiors trend Fri, 18 May 2018 15:20:54 +0000 This week’s hand-picked bunch of contemporary floral wallpaper is by way of celebrating summer in the garden.  It’s an absolutely magical time of the year, don’t you think? The first roses are bursting into flower in my garden and everything else is growing a mile a minute (including the weeds, grrr…).  Chelsea Flower Show starts […]]]> 0 10 best contemporary leather sofas for small spaces Fri, 11 May 2018 13:52:45 +0000 Have you seen the current crop of gorgeous contemporary leather sofas for small spaces?  They’re such a far cry from the chunky, dark brown cubes of stiff, shiny leather of the not so distant past.  (Which, let’s be honest, didn’t do spaces large or small many favours). Yet how times change.  Now you can find […]]]> 0 Create a stylish, contemporary outdoor room with MADE Fri, 04 May 2018 07:50:50 +0000 The increasingly popular concept of the “outdoor room” is all about creating a comfortable, relaxed outside space. Somewhere where you can kick back and enjoy outdoor living to the full. Blurring the lines between indoors and out, the best outdoor rooms are informal, inviting and full of character.  They reflect your style and personality – […]]]> 0 We need to talk about dahlias – and Sarah Raven, cut-flower queen Fri, 27 Apr 2018 07:00:45 +0000 One of my gardening goals for this year is to grow more flowers for cutting and arranging.  And top of my must-have list is more dahlias.  Which, it turns out, puts me right on-trend (although late to the party, as ever). Dahlias are once again very fashionable, after years in the horticultural style wilderness.  And apparently […]]]> 0 Orla Kiely bamboo tableware: not just for outdoors Fri, 20 Apr 2018 09:11:55 +0000 This new, colourful bamboo tableware by ‘Queen of Prints’ Orla Kiely is making me smile so much at the moment. Great timing, too, don’t you think?  Because it’s begun: the annual rollercoaster that is British summer weather.  OK, technically it’s still actually Spring, but you know what I mean.  It’s certainly been hotter in London […]]]> 0 Beautiful bottle vases for Spring blossoms and beyond Sat, 14 Apr 2018 11:33:32 +0000 Today we’re looking at contemporary bottle vases.  If you’re a flower fan you probably won’t have missed that the internet is awash with inspirational pictures of single blooms, branches and leaves. The easiest way achieve that kind of pared back, ikebana-style effect is to use a vase with a very narrow neck.  That way your […]]]> 0 Contemporary & colourful garden furniture from MADE Mon, 09 Apr 2018 11:48:41 +0000 Spring is here – technically. (Someone please tell the weather). But we’re optimistic souls here in the UK and over the last few weeks I’ve seen more and more of you searching for colourful garden furniture here on the blog. So I’m very excited to announce a new mini-series focussing on all things outdoor from […]]]> 0 The Chiltern Thin Metal Mirror Collection – minimal, contemporary elegance Thu, 29 Mar 2018 17:22:28 +0000 Today’s find – the Chiltern Thin Metal Mirror Collection from The White Company – makes a real style statement.  But in a confident, conspiratorial whisper, not a shouty “look at me” kind of way.  Very much a case of less is more if ever there was one. You know I’ve been writing about the “new […]]]> 0 Woven rattan lampshades Fri, 09 Mar 2018 17:45:49 +0000 Woven rattan lampshades from Cox and Cox I’ve been following the increasing popularity of woven rattan lampshades for several months now.  And I think it’s fair to say that they’ve well and truly arrived.  Just about every lighting collection I’ve seen for this Spring has its share of woven lampshades made from rattan, bamboo, seagrass, […]]]> 0 Decorative home storage baskets and boxes Fri, 02 Mar 2018 11:02:53 +0000 In my recent article about the best storage solutions for small spaces, I mentioned the value of decorative home storage baskets and boxes. In case you missed the post, I talked about two ways to make storage work well in a small living space.  The first is to have it blend in unobtrusively with your […]]]> 0