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I’ve realised that this bold and pretty Kantha blanket on the Cloth House website (130x190cm) £250 would be the perfect way to loosen up our rather too ‘still’ English Green bedroom, which still hasn’t quite come to life since having to make lots of decorating decisions artificially fast this time last year. Think that now we’ve had a chance to live in the space for a bit there will be lots of little notions pushing their way through…

I was hoping that behind the grimy old wallpapers of our ‘1898 vintage’ house we’d be laying bare stretches of wonderful old textural plasterwork. No such luck. Looked like it had been done last week. However, the extensive old mends on our front reception ceiling actually had bags of charm, so we decided to let the ceiling do its thing. It’s helped soften down the newness of the painted walls and pitch-dark oak floor.
Happily resigned to occasional bewildered comments from older relatives asking why we’ve left the painting of the ceiling ’til last….


Oh dear, another fabric I ‘must have’ – House of Hackney‘s ace new print on linen and velvet. Ticks two of my favourite boxes: ‘animal print’ AND ‘pleasingly odd’, and the colouring is delicately different too…

Amidst the sometimes slightly too girly-girly pieces at Anthropologie, are real treasures to be found. These Swirled Geode knobs and Streamline handles are going to do no end of favours to any piece they’re paired with. This is the way to up-cycle…