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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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3 Sumptuous Colour Palette Ideas for your Home

Daylight, glorious daylight – it’s such a transforming feeling to have more hours of daylight that it makes me start to think of my home, and my garden, in a new light and to feel ready for a change and a refresh. And the obvious place to start is with these 3 sumptuous colour palette ideas for your home. We are all drawn to certain colours but it’s not always easy to visualise how to use them in a room scheme or what colours to accent with, or even how to achieve the effect we want, be it moody, colourful, spring like or even dramatic, so Amelia has put together 3 colour palettes to give you ideas.

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5 Inspirational Flower arrangements by Paula Pryke

Paula Pryke’s latest book, called ‘Floristry Now, Flower Design and Inspiration’ was released on Thursday 16th February and is full of inspirational tips and ideas for your own floral arrangements. Paula Pryke, who was recently awarded an OBE for services to floristry, has nearly 30 years’ experience as a successful and award winning florist, so there is plenty here to inspire the budding florists among you.

The book deals with different elements of floral design from where to take inspiration from – nature, art and design and trends, to creating a style – wild, from the garden, classic and structured and moves onto colour inspiration and seasonal palettes. The section entitled working with flowers goes into detail as to how to create various seasonal bouquets from flower shop favourites to garden favourites and there is also a section on creating displays with stems and foliage. There aren’t many ‘how to’s’ however as it’s more of an inspirational book guiding you through style, colour and shape.

As a taster of what’s in the book I have selected 5 inspirational flower arrangements to whet your appetite.

Paula Pryke’s latest book, called ‘Floristry Now, Flower design and inspiration’ is full of inspirational tips and ideas for your own floral arrangements.

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We Love: Mairi Helena Textiles

Mairi Helena is an Edinburgh based designer, textile designer and photographer, and the landscape of Scotland, with all its delicious colours and flora and fauna is her inspiration. I Iove the way she describes her inspiration ‘the vibrant, earthy colours of the Scottish Borders landscape where I grew up, then seaward by the rustic, weathered, coastal fringe of Fife and now the bustling, pulsating Edinburgh sensations’, doesn’t that sound wonderful?

Mairi Helena is an Edinburgh based designer, textile designer and photographer.

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How to Brew the Perfect Filter Coffee

If coffee to you is more experience and less convenience, then you’ll love the almost meditative Japanese method of making pour over filter coffee. Brewed slowly for optimum flavour, this method gives you complete control over temperature and brewing time. To celebrate the launch of our new range of coffee accessories, I asked my good friend, Ed owner of artisan coffee shop and café 96 Degrees in Leicester to give his top tips on how to brew the perfect filter coffee.

“The pour over drip brewer is a super-simple piece of equipment that can get you barista quality results at home, there’s just a few simple steps you need to grasp to help you get started. Here’s how to brew the perfect filter coffee:

Brewed slowly for optimum flavour, pour over filter coffee gives you complete control over temperature and brewing time.

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