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Christmas Shopping: Supporting Small Businesses

8th December 2021
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ribbed kaanch flower vase from birdie fortescue

It’s more important than ever to support small businesses and since I have, for once, managed to post this early in the month there is plenty of time to allow for slower shipping and nicer working conditions for those who are selecting, wrapping and delivering what you have bought. Last year I posted a Directory…

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A Directory of Small Businesses

3rd November 2020
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black table lamp and vintage plates by alijoedesigns with tap and drip design

Now this is going to be a collective post and so I’m going to need you all to chip in in the comments and if you come to this later on make sure you read the comments too. With the news of a second lockdown and the plight of small businesses once again pushed to…

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Small Businesses for NHS

9th April 2020
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table lamp by laurie lamps

Now I don’t know about you but what with the change in weather and the realisation that most of my clothes are definitely meant for outside and not hours on sofas with slippers/indoor shoes, I have felt myself wandering towards shopping sites for the first time in weeks. Just for a look you understand. And…

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365 Objects Of Design

Small Buttonback Sofa

25th August 2015
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So the other day I was putting together a lookbook for a client and I came across this gorgeous little sofa which is just perfect for a bedroom so I thought I would share it here. Whenever I visit a client’s house for a consultation I put together a detailed PDF lookbook afterwards which includes…

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Narchie – the new app for buying and selling homewares

2nd February 2022
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brass candlesticks from Narchie via Dinks seller

A new homewares shopping app has landed and it promises to be the Depop of interiors. And if you don’t do Depop (pre-loved fashion) but you want to furnish your home with vintage or antique things or from small businesses and one-person outfits and to do it in a sustainable way with products that are…

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Christmas Shopping: So Beautiful so Eco

13th December 2021
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While many people claim not to want presents feeling they have enough and others feel it hard to justify asking for more “stuff” I have to say I love both the buying and the giving and, yes, the getting, so perhaps the answer lies in buying presents that won’t add to the landfill overload (see…

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10 Tips for Buying Furniture Online

30th March 2021
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fabric by sanderson

The last year has shown many of us that if we want new stuff we have to buy it online. With all but non-essential shops shut it has become the only way to get hold of anything whether it’s kitchen supplies, new shoes or even sofas. Now many of us were already shopping online and…

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Monday Inspiration: Beautiful Rooms

29th March 2021
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poochi wallpaper by divine savages in creme

A riot of pattern and colour for you this week – well mostly – and if there’s no pattern and not much colour then there’s texture. So important, so often overlooked. Let’s dive in with this wonderful floral wallpaper: This pattern, which comes in seven colourways and includes an indoor velvet and a linen, an…

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Five of the Best Gift Guides

8th December 2020
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mantel garland by melanie lissack for red magazine

This year, instead of my own gift guide ( I feel like I’m a bit late to start that party now) I thought I would share some of the best gift guides I have seen for design lovers and that way you can all discover new people and ideas. My philosophy on choosing presents hasn’t…

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