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House Tour: A Masterclass in Moody Interior Design

We have a very special treat for you today, a masterclass in moody interior design, in the form of a house tour and interview with one of our favourite Instagrammers, Pati Robins. We’ve been following Pati on Insta for some time now, and her design and styling ability never fails to amaze us. Clearly it’s not just us wowed by her moody and eclectic home though, she has an ever growing following count and craaazy amounts of likes on her posts. So we wanted to bring her home to you, and share a full house tour, as well as hear more about the lady behind this stunning abode.

Firstly, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Hi my name is Pati – always impatient, slightly crazy, always on the go, owned by 2 dogs, mum, wife and a carer to an army veteran husband. I was born in Poland – I met my husband while on holiday here, so in 2006 I moved to UK and I love it here – the views the greenery and the people – you guys are awesome x

This home is a masterclass in moody interior design. We are sharing a full house tour on the blog to give you plenty of ideas and inspiration for your own home. Owned by Pati Robins, who describes her style as dark, eclectic and whacky.

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From Super Easy to Pro: Zebra Vase Flower Arranging 3 Ways

He is such a handsome chap this zebra vase, that he doesn’t even need flowers to make a statement, but he certainly creates real wow factor when filled with floral loveliness. It’s fun to play about with different types of arrangement to see what suits, and in this case the zebra vase lends itself to so many styles and almost anything goes. To give you some tips for flower arranging in the zebra vase we have styled him in 3 different ways so you can see how different he looks.

For a real show stunner of an arrangement fill the zebra vase with an assortment of flowers of varying heights, and fill around with lots of greenery to give more height and depth. Artificial foliage is a great way to fill out your displays without buying fresh all the time. For more ideas and inspiration, take a look at the super easy and intermediate floral arrangements, created using the same zebra vase.

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DIY Feather Wall Hanging

Today we have another guest post for you, by the very lovely award winning blogger, Melanie from Melanie Lissack Interiors. If you missed the last craft post she did for us, do check it out as Melanie came up with a seriously stunning and colourful indoor pompom wreath. Today, Melanie has come up with another gorgeous post for our readers, a DIY feather wall hanging, so take it away Melanie…

I’d seen these wall hangings in inspirational bohemian style homes all over Pinterest and Instagram. Usually made up of the same type of feathers in all one colour, they add a sense of drama and fun in an interior scheme.

I was totally up for DIY-ing my own version. Yet, if I was going to go for it I wanted it to be really dramatic, a mix of feather types, different colours, big and bold!

Feather wall hangings add a sense of drama and fun in an interior scheme. Learn how to craft your own with these simple to follow, step by step instructions, for a DIY father wall hanging.

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FYI: Sheepskin Rugs Don’t Need to be Rustic!

Sheepskin rugs are back, with a new twist – colour – and don’t you just love this new incarnation of the seventies trend? I do, and much more so than the last time around, because FYI: sheepskins don’t need to be rustic anymore! Well, they have always been around but they are really grabbing the scene now, with their delicious colours and crimped hairdo. Just right for snuggling up to and making a chair cosy, or to sink your bare feet into as you get out of bed.

Sheepskins have a reputation for being limited to the rustic/Nordic trend, but these new boys are above trends and fit right in wherever you want them to. See how we’ve styled them from quirky, to glam, to boho, to outright ‘I want one’!

Sheepskin rugs have a reputation for being limited to the rustic/Nordic trend, but not anymore! These luxury Tibetan sheepskins are above trends and fit right in wherever you want them to, from quirky, to glam, to boho, to outright ‘I want one’! Just right for snuggling up to and making a chair cosy, or to sink your bare feet into as you get out of bed.

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You Will Never Believe this Caravan Transformation!

What a treat we’ve got for you today! Picture this…. the sun’s shining, the sky’s blue, you’re surrounded by the glitz and the glamour of St Tropez on the South Coast of France, yet you’re tucked away in a bohemian paradise, just strides from a beautiful beach, on a…. caravan site…. huh?!

Not quite how you’d expect that sentence to end is it? Glamorous, trendy and visually stunning are not words you hear too often in the caravan world (we have a family caravan in Norfolk, which ticks none of those boxes). But along came ‘Brigitte’ – the glamavan who now calls St Tropez her home. Bought for £250 from eBay and transformed into a bohemian paradise by her owner, interior designer and blogger, Jane Ashton. We couldn’t wait to share the renovation with you, so we asked Jane to tell us more….

Glamourous, trendy and visually stunning are not words you hear too often in the caravan world. But along came ‘Brigitte’ – the glamavan who now calls St Tropez her home. Bought for £250 from eBay and transformed into a bohemian paradise by her owner, interior designer and blogger, Jane Ashton.

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5 Tips for Incorporating Bold Wallpapers in your Home

We all love a bit of wallpaper but it’s an expensive option so we often play safe, which is such a shame when you see the fab wallpapers out there, so here are 5 tips for incorporating bold wallpapers in your home to get your creative juices flowing.

1. Bold wallpaper behind open shelving for just a splash of pattern. You may remember spotting this fabulous wallpaper in our sourcebook post: 17 Patterns and this is a great way to add some drama into a room without going crazy – and it’s so much cheaper, of course! Try this wherever you have open shelving – be it a bookcase, a bathroom cabinet or kitchen shelves. This image is from the kitchen of the lovely Kimberly of Swoon Worthy. Take a look as she has a fantastically inspiring blog with a lot of great ideas.

Using bold, patterned wallpaper behind open shelving is a great way to add some drama to a room, without going crazy. This stunning kitchen is Kimberly’s of Swoon Worthy, and the wallpaper is by 17 patterns.

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