FURNISH | AN INTERVIEW WITH SUPER CREATIVE GEMMA BAUDEVILLE

Just in time for Christmas, our editor Cathy caught up with NI export and super creative Gemma Baudeville who looks after some of the most chic shopping windows across the world…  Harrods? Check. Dior? Check, check, check!  

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Gemma, tell us a little about yourself:

I’m Gemma, 34 years old and living in London. I’m very single (it’s impossible to meet men in this city!) but like it that way.

I grew up in Belfast and then Newtownards, in a naturally creative family, (we get it from my mum),  I have always been very committed to anything fashion - making quite a few bad sartorial decisions in my time! Right now I am Head of Creative Retail for Millington Associates – a design and production company in London specialising in creating brand experiences – creative moments to inspire consumers.  We work with the world’s biggest brands, Nike and Burberry are two of our biggest clients and  I personally manage the likes of Harrods and Christian Dior.

 

Where did you go to school/uni?

I went to Our Lady and St Patrick’s College in Belfast, and dramatically decided uni wasn’t for me 1 week before I was due to start. I had fallen out of love with Art at that point and the way it is taught in the curriculum. I don’t feel as though the opportunities in creative careers are discussed as widely as they should be and I found it all too traditional.

 Where do you live now?

I moved to London to pursue a dream 6 years ago, that dream was simply to make something of myself that my parents and I could be proud of and to wake up every morning wanting to go to work! I am living my dream now and loving it. And am glad to show that university isn’t always the path.

 Tell us the career path - what took you to where you are now?

I went from job to job trying to find my way, anything from a phone shop, a fashion retailer, to a bank, learning customer service as I went.

An old friend and previous manager called me to ask me to apply for Apple and that’s where my understanding of superbrands really developed. Living and breathing their ethos everyday was invaluable to what I do now, applying myself to a brand’s mindset. I never did it for the technology- I admire Apple and how they have made their mark.

I took the opportunity to move to London and I haven’t looked back - ready to forge my way back into a creative career, I spoke with various recruiters and kept turning down interviews in I.T. and finance until I landed in my dream role @ Millington Associates. I do genuinely believe the stars aligned for me somewhere and my graft was recognised. After 3.5 years at Millingtons, I am now Head of Department and sit on the Board of Directors – it can happen if you commit!

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Any highs or lows in there?

So many! I wasn’t a traditional student, I guess I was a bit of a rebel in the eyes of my teachers as I didn’t want to follow the career paths they suggested for me. I had no one to turn to for advice on achieving ‘crazy’ dreams like becoming a textile designer or working in window creation. When I ditched Uni I felt like I was letting everyone down.

I do now think there was a path for me, I had to learn lessons along the way before I was ready for a job like I have now.

I think my proudest moment was standing on Hans Crescent outside Harrods this Christmas – it was 2am, pouring with rain, and I had just watched our Christmas Tree be lit up, our windows revealed, I had a pop up being installed for Dom Perignon and the grotto was knee deep in installation. It was 5 months of hard work but hey, did I achieve a dream come true!?  

Advice for anyone new starting out in this area?

Study the brands you want to work with, learn their aesthetic, what makes them tick, what makes them unique. Contact production companies like ours and show your passion – a well written email and CV goes a long way. What can you do to make yourself stand out? Start as crew/ an assistant and work your way into the area you want to be.

No job is too big or too small for any of us, I’ve climbed in many a window to fix some snow and made 1000 cups of tea but I will say this: DON’T WORK FOR FREE - you are a creative and you deserve to be paid for your work.

 

Favourite creative project?

Working in collaboration with Harrods and the paper artist Zoe Bradley we created a chandelier to hang high above the heads of Harrods visitors for their ‘Social Butterflies’ campaign.

This is a complex and nerve wracking task but it was a joy to work on, Harrods are a super supportive client and Zoe is an amazing artist, because of Harrods fire regulations Zoe couldn’t complete the design in paper so they commissioned us to create her work for the very first time. It looked sensational!

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Best Christmas window ever? Not necessarily your own projects? (Or top 5 if you cant narrow it down)

I may be biased but I think Dior Parfum @ Harrods nailed everything we love about Christmas this year. I could feel the excitement building when it was being built in our studios and when I see people taking photos and videos outside Harrods my heart gets fuzzy! [Cathy: And this is how we connected, I did just that and shared a video of the Dior j’adior window in Harrods on 30 November!].  The whimsical nature of using paper like structures, the glint of gold, movement in the London Eye and for me the subtle gifting aspect is what Christmas windows are all about, white is unforgiving so the finish had to be perfect.  As a consumer I don’t want to take pictures of a window that feels product heavy, these windows perfected that- making the product a part of the magic. It evokes emotion in Londoners and visitors with the iconic buildings yet feels like that peaceful Christmas day in a city.

 

What are your top tips for decorating a chic home this Christmas?   

  • Switch up your lights, add a few different size sets to really add magic. I have one set that twinkles and another that is static so it doesn’t feel as much like you are at a rave! The new style of little lights on a thread go a LONG way. I decorated huge blossom twigs with them to close in the living room and make it feel like a winter wonderland.

  • If you are doing a colour theme, keep pictures of your already purchased decorations on your phone to marry up the colours, I bought one bauble that was way too pink in haste so that’s gone to the back of the tree! Switch up tone, I have some coral in there and then paler champagne.

  • Buy a bauble every time you visit a new destination, your tree will be full of memories of good times and each decoration will tell a tale. I only started this recently but I am so excited for my tree in years to come. My parents’ tree gives us all that feeling of home due to the stories that hang from its branches.

  • I’m hosting my first Christmas dinner at my gaff this year, and my table dressing has sent me in to over drive! I’m mixing up the metals and using winter foliage with tiny fairytale touches- toadstools are my mums favourite! Antique pattern bowls balance the modern with the traditional and I absolutely hate a cracker! (The hat has never fit me!)

  • I learnt from my sister that eucalyptus makes a Christmas so fill your house with it, tie your napkins with a sprig and add it to the bows on your gifts. A few days before Christmas rinse your local florists of foliage and berries, add these into your tree for a really fresh look.

 There you go guys - get ready to sparkle!

Merry Christmas, love Cathy xo

FURNISH | Romantic and Cozy Living Room Ideas for Winter Season

As temperatures drop outside why not add some warmth into your home this winter. Our guest blogger Tracey Clayton shares her top tips for revamping your living space this season…

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Cold weather, snow and grey sky – that doesn’t sound so inviting, right? But, a warm and comfortable living room where you come back after hard day’s work – that surely sounds delightful! You don’t need to spend big money to turn your living room into a comfortable area for hibernation during weekends. Even though it’s cold outside, you can add a few romantic and warm touches and turn your living room into a magical wonderland!

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Light your living room

Along with low temperatures, snow and wind, winter is also known for grey days, when the sun is stubbornly hiding behind the clouds. That’s why you will need some extra lighting in your home. However, be careful not to use too many or too bright lights! Your living room should be like an oasis where you can relax, drink a cup of coffee and nibble on chocolate while you are watching your favorite movie on TV. Therefore, consider getting warm light bulbs or even put string lights close to your couch. String lights are not just New Year’s decorations – they can be a great way to set up the atmosphere for a romantic dinner with your sweetheart. And, if you want to make your living room more alluring, then light up a few candles too.

Celebrate the winter with DIY decorations

The Christmas tree and decorations are back in the box and you can’t help but feel a bit blue about it. Who says you have to take all the decorations down? Actually, you just need to adjust them a bit. Fake snowballs can look beautiful hanging in garlands over your firelight mantel or inside the basket on the table. Put some cinnamon sticks, pine cones and vanilla grains inside a Mason jar and you will have a timeless decoration with a wonderful scent for your table in the living room! Wrap a piece of cloth at the end of a fir branch, tighten it with a silver or gold ribbon and place those tiny ornaments on your shelves.

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Bring in the softness

Nothing feels better than having your feet warm all day long. Underfloor heating is a great option, but just isn’t visually enough, right? If you have wooden floor tiles, then half the job is already done. Now all that is left to do is get yourself a few fluffy, soft round rugs and spread them all over the floor. The best part is that you will be able to sit on the floor as well and enjoy a glass of wine in front of the fireplace while you’re comfortably leaning on a couch.

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Play with the colors

If your living room is painted white and you can see snowy hills from your window, it is time to break that frostiness with some colors! Get vibrant blue, red and gold pillows and spread them on your couch. Add a light beige, soft blanket at the edge of the couch so you could keep your feet warm while you are munching on popcorn and reading a book.

A piece of tradition

If you are a book lover and have quite an impressive collection on your shelves in the living room, then it’s time to give some final, traditional touch to it. Bring in an upholstered armchair and place it in front of your home library. You can make it even more beautiful by having a small pillow and a blanket in the same color close by. Once you choose a book for this afternoon, sit down, sip on warm tea and relax.

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Knits all around

One of the things that remind us of winter and the holiday season the most is a knitted sweater, but who says that it has to end with that? Surround yourself with knitted stuff in your living room as well! Instead of an ordinary blanket, snuggle under a knitted one. When you are sitting in your armchair, rest your tired feet on a knitted pouf. And, by all means, wear your favorite knitted sweater!

Even though it feels that winter will last for eternity, it just isn’t so, and if you do all the things mentioned above then you may actually enjoy it and prolong that holiday atmosphere until spring comes around.

About the author:

Tracey Clayton is a working mom of three girls. She’s passionate about fashion, home décor and healthy living. Her motto is: “Live the life you love, love the life you live.”

 

FURNISH | IKEA CLASSICS

IKEA’s latest collection celebrates some of its most iconic products from the 50s through to the 00s.

There’s nothing like a 1990s product being called ‘vintage’ to remind you how old you are, but when it’s a design classic by Swedish design giants IKEA, it’s cool with me. In IKEA’s new vintage-inspired collection, the brand’s designers have looked to past collections and design history from the 1950s through to the noughties as inspiration for future products and they’ve brought back fan favourites, updating them for today and encouraging people to reimagine their classics and keep them forever.

IKEA’s latest limited-edition collection embraces some of its most classic products including the KLIPPAN sofa (I have two here in the office!) and the LÖVBACKEN side table, which have stood the test time, in terms of both quality and design style, since they first came into the IKEA range many decades ago.      The collection will have three launch moments - August, October and December - each of which will re-introduce iconic IKEA products in the style and design of certain decades and bring fan-favourites bang up to date.

IKEA’s latest limited-edition collection embraces some of its most classic products including the KLIPPAN sofa (I have two here in the office!) and the LÖVBACKEN side table, which have stood the test time, in terms of both quality and design style, since they first came into the IKEA range many decades ago.  

The collection will have three launch moments - August, October and December - each of which will re-introduce iconic IKEA products in the style and design of certain decades and bring fan-favourites bang up to date.

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Launching this August is the first stage of the collection, inspired by a ‘50s and ‘60s look. Some of IKEA’s very first iconic products were produced in this time including the first flat-pack product, the LӦVET (now LӦVBACKEN) side table. Other new products this month include the GAGNET armchair – the handmade product which was launched in 1958 when IKEA’s first store opened in Almhult, Sweden. The famous POÄNG chair and KLIPPAN sofa also get a makeover in August, with new covers and accessories, a ‘hack’ for the classics.

In October, the ‘70s and ‘80s design trends return with the RÅANE armchair, which launched in 1983 and challenged the traditional design of the armchair with its mesh material finish. The KLIPPAN will get new covers in vivacious red, yellow and blue to match the rest of the launch’s style.

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The final stage of the “Re-imagined Classics” collection launches in December with the minimalist ‘90s and ‘00s, mixing untreated, blonde Scandinavian woods with graphic patterns. 

This was also the era when functionality came into play through hidden storage, for example with the IKEA PS 1995 storage bench for use throughout the home.

The “Re-imagined Classics” collection launches in three different stages from August to December and will be available in IKEA stores only. Check it out here:

https://www.ikea.com/gb/en/ideas/classic-furniture-designs-reimagined-1364644638945/

FURNISH | ¡Arriba, Arriba!

Anticipation is growing for Frida Kahlo’s flagship V&A exhibition opening this summer (I am a massive fan and already have it firmly marked in my calendar…), so Mexico and Mexican motifs are firmly on my radar. Cinqo de Mayo marks the start of the summer season and offers the perfect excuse to look to the Central American country for dynamic decorating inspiration.  

We all know that super-sunny Mexico is known for hot temperatures, hot dishes, and hot, hot colours. Opting for a Mexican-inspired decor is a failsafe way to lift your winter-weary interiors, replacing staid Nordic noirs and minimalistic mid-century with vibrant vibes and a joyful positivity.

Cult Furniture is a perfect pit stop for bright furniture and fun home accessories required to catapult your home from Redcar to the Riviera Maya. Hot on my wish list is the Moda Rocking Chair in bright yellow. If details matter, then this chair definitely has it all! The ultra-bright yellow shell is placed on a criss-cross wire base with two solid-wood rockers creating a sophisticated and timeless piece that is every bit as stylish as it is relaxing! Oh and if you’re not quite ready to go all-in brights, you will be glad to know it also comes in a range of colours…

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PS – if you love Frida as much as I do, check out my previous Frida Kahlo post HERE

FURNISH | MAVERICK WITH FABRIC

In an era of all-beige and all-white interiors (or, if you’re me, all-grey), Swedish furniture and furnishings experts IKEA have partnered with Savile Row tailor William Hunt to create suits using IKEA textiles and fabric to encourage people to bring their personality and overall sense of style into their home with IKEA products. The really fab suits, (pictured below), are certainly  unique, and have been created using SOFIAROSENRIPSNEDJA and KUNGSLILJA fabrics, which mirror existing products by the retailer including POÄNG chairs, STOCKSUNDT sofas and bedding. 

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The Saville Row partnership comes hot on the heels of a new IKEA survey which shows NI as being one of the most confident regions in the UK when it comes to styling at home. In fact, 91% of shoppers in Northern Ireland are confident enough to express their personality in home interiors décor, making us the most confident region of the UK, with London proving to be the least (64%). However, those who were not so confident when it comes to decorating gave reasons such as not knowing how to include colour and patterns in the home that suit their style (64%) and not knowing what is on trend (10%). IKEA is now helping those who are curious about colour and particular about patterns to find out their personal every day style and bring it into their home, simply and affordably, using textiles.

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Carol McSeveny, Textiles Leader, IKEA UK & Ireland who started her career in IKEA Belfast said: “We’re seeing an increasing number of people playing it safe when it comes to decorating and furnishing their home. But, when the home can act as a canvas for self-expression, why keep things beige and boring? People use fabric in fashion to show off their personality and we want people to replicate this in their home through textiles.” Carol continued; “We are excited to be working with William Hunt as he is the ultimate “maverick with fabric” and has demonstrated, through the IKEA suits, how textiles can be used to express yourself and your home”

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William Hunt said: “I love the idea of people taking fashion and style and embracing it by taking it further into their homes. Our partnership with IKEA is important as we are encouraging the public to push themselves just a little, and to show off their character in their own homes. We create heroes out of ordinary men and women through our suits, and likewise the IKEA suits create heroes out of everyday textiles and furniture”.

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If you’d like to take the maverick personality test, and get inspired by IKEA’s textile style feed, including watching the latest clever TV commercial, just visit Be a Maverick with Fabric online. Plus, a limited number of the stunning IKEA X WILLIAM HUNT suits will be available for the public to get their hands via an online competition on the IKEA UK website: www.ikea.com/gb/en/ikea/threepiecesuit     Entrants must simply answer a question about how they express their personality in the home to be in with a chance of winning. #wonderfuleveryday.

WONDERBOLD HAS SOME WONDERFUL WALLPAPERS - IN STOCK NOW!

With the fashion world going crazy for monochrome right now, this striking Pied De Poule Wallpaper by WonderBold will certainly make a powerful statement in your home.  Pied De Poule translates as 'Houndstooth', a classic fabric design that is well known and loved in the fashion & design world - plus, this design is available in three pattern sizes, Small, Medium & Large; so the only question which remains is, how bold will you go?

Designed by Emanuele Pangrazi and made in England to the highest standards, this smooth, matt, non-woven wallpaper makes the perfect backdrop for a contemporary room design. Plus, the paste the wall, (not the paper) method makes for a very easy application - no pasting table necessary. Pangrazi’s second paper design for WonderBold which I adore (and which also falls within the monochrome category) is the Black Optical Stripes wallpaper. It really is just perfect for anyone seeking to make a statement on their walls, and the bold chevron design simulates an optical illusion effect on an urban concrete background.

Moving away from monochrome but bringing texture and depth to your interior is the stunning Twist design which simulates a 3D stone effect. And finally the fabulous Scratch Wallpaper - M by WonderBold -  will certainly make a powerful statement in your home or office … The unusual cracked paint effect is perfect for bringing an industrial edge to any interior scheme. This cool Magenta version is bang on trend, but it is also available in another 4 fab colours - Cyan, Black, Yellow & Green. Check it out at  www.limelace.co.uk

And finally the fabulous Scratch Wallpaper - M by WonderBold -  will certainly make a powerful statement in your home or office … The unusual cracked paint effect is perfect for bringing an industrial edge to any interior scheme. This cool Magenta version is bang on trend, but it is also available in another 4 fab colours - Cyan, Black, Yellow & Green.

Check it out at  www.limelace.co.uk

FURNISH | FRIDA FEVER

I’ve just been to see Pixar’s Coco with my daughter Valentina this weekend and I totally fell in love with the Mexican culture all over again, especially the vivid use of colour; so when I saw this new Frida Calo-inspired Boho party collection from Talking Tables, I got to planning myself a Cinco de Mayo party in my head. Or I may just call Boojum and start a #tacotuesday tradition with my closest amigos because I don’t think I can actually wait that long!


Taking inspiration from the country’s rich culture and history, Boho invokes the exuberant spirit of Mexico and pays homage to artist Frida Kahlo’s brazen spirit and iconic style, with trompe l’oeil embroidery, folk-style geometrics, naïve florals and lavishly costumed llamas – as well as Frida
herself - emblazoned across paper plates, cups and napkins. Referencing the country’s textiles tradition, pom pom lights, food picks, tassel chandeliers and bunting come in an Aztec-inspired palette of bold, punchy brights. Last but not least, a super cute piñata. Perhaps Mexico’s greatest party starter – alongside tequila – it doesn’t get much cooler than Talking Tables’ papier maché llama.


So sling on a sombrero, grab the guac, mix those margaritas and we’re ready to roll.  ¡Viva la fiesta!


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FURNISH: THE ULTIMATE COLOUR TRENDS FOR A MID-CENTURY SPRING

 

Christmas and New Year's Eve were cosy, but I’m all a little bit tired of dark colours and moody weather, so I’ve decided to take a look ahead to Spring and ditch those heavy charcoals and indigos for brighter, breezier shades. To brighten my interiors mood, I’ve looked to Essential Home’s inspiration boards, which have been developed based on Pantone’s key colour trends for 2018. From bright and vivid to earthy and soft, colours are exciting and happy, just like some of the Essential's Home fabrics and accessories, bien sûr! 

Unless you have been in a bubble, you cant help but notice that colour holds a steady spot at the top of the interiors inspo list. After all, it sets the tone for what furniture we buy, what decor we invest in, and the overall mood for that design year.

   
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    Green means go, but this colour will not go anywhere this year, it’s a personal fave of mine which was everywhere in 2017, and it will maintain a strong popularity for 2018. In the language of colour therapy, green it is associated with serenity, the perfect refuge from those who want to escape the city concrete and create the perfect spring garden inside their home.

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    Vibrant Yellow is what spring is all about, bright and cheerful like the sunny days ahead, with a warm undertone that keeps it from looking highlighter bright. This colour is perfect for upholstery pieces, like a chair or a sofa, thanks to its warm yet fresh appearance.

Vibrant Yellow is what spring is all about, bright and cheerful like the sunny days ahead, with a warm undertone that keeps it from looking highlighter bright. This colour is perfect for upholstery pieces, like a chair or a sofa, thanks to its warm yet fresh appearance.

   
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    Blue always has an inner richness. Surf the Web Blue is a bolder and more confident colour that brings a breezy sophistication, like an heiress living in the Bahamas. This stunning shade can give a dramatic yet chic touch to rooms - from true blue to sky or even navy – blue is one of the most versatile decorating hues.

Blue always has an inner richness. Surf the Web Blue is a bolder and more confident colour that brings a breezy sophistication, like an heiress living in the Bahamas. This stunning shade can give a dramatic yet chic touch to rooms - from true blue to sky or even navy – blue is one of the most versatile decorating hues.

   
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    Tangerine Tango is an orange-red hue, perfect for brightening up darker spaces or adding a fiery pop of colour. I have a beautiful Italian lamp and at least 3 paintings in my living room in variants of this shade – and it does wonders to lift a grey wall or sofa. Whether you draw inspiration from autumnal leaves or rich Spring sunsets, orange is definitely an undeniably cosy and earthy reference for a chic mid-century decor.

Tangerine Tango is an orange-red hue, perfect for brightening up darker spaces or adding a fiery pop of colour. I have a beautiful Italian lamp and at least 3 paintings in my living room in variants of this shade – and it does wonders to lift a grey wall or sofa. Whether you draw inspiration from autumnal leaves or rich Spring sunsets, orange is definitely an undeniably cosy and earthy reference for a chic mid-century decor.

   
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       Candy Pink: often regarded as precious and girly, this colour has a hard time proving itself as a serious contender when it comes to decorating the home, but fortunately times are changing, and this softer offspring colour brings peace and sincerity as well as a lily-fresh sentiment. The colour continues to have a strong presence in runways across fashion weeks, but this colour can evoke elegance, relaxation, and a lot of fun in mid-century home decor. Perfect for that harmony between masculine and feminine.

 

Candy Pink: often regarded as precious and girly, this colour has a hard time proving itself as a serious contender when it comes to decorating the home, but fortunately times are changing, and this softer offspring colour brings peace and sincerity as well as a lily-fresh sentiment. The colour continues to have a strong presence in runways across fashion weeks, but this colour can evoke elegance, relaxation, and a lot of fun in mid-century home decor. Perfect for that harmony between masculine and feminine.

Essential Home is an innovative mid-century modern furniture brand that takes important historical and cinematographic references from the 1930s and 1960s and turns them into unique furnishing pieces. What started out as ‘Essentials’ in 2015, a furniture collection by the mid-century lighting brand DelightFull, quickly grew to be one of the most elegant representations of mid-century modern design, thus creating a new name, and a new brand, Essential Home.

Essential Home gathers inspiration not only from the glamorous Hollywood life of the 1940s, but also from the everyday life that defined that mid-century generation. Simple details such as the sleek lines of a futuristic 1960s chair, or retro ads that defined an era can be pinpointed in iconic pieces. Check them out here: www.essentialhome.eu

 

FURNISH | BUBBLEGUM BALLONS FUN ADVENT CALENDAR

Now that it is November (eeeeek! Where has 2017 gone?!) and Halloween is behind us, I can finally fully embrace my favourite holiday…Christmas. I love Christmas and I always get excited as we get closer to the big day itself. This time of year is made even more special when you have kids, seeing their little faces light up when visiting Santa’s Grotto and the buzz and mess when decorating the house.

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Advent calendars are such a fun part of the lead up to Christmas, but I find it seriously boring to just buy the same old cardboard calendar each year (although there’s nothing wrong with a standard Cadbury’s one to be fair). I love that there are now so many creative and fun alternatives out there and the team at Bubblegum Balloons has stepped up to the mark with this amazing reindeer balloon calendar.

Pop a balloon a day to for a chocolate just like a regular advent calendar - but with more bang. Plus, it also doubles as a Christmas decoration. [I do love it when a product can multitask!] What’s not to love?

The calendar itself is easy to assemble and it will make the perfect gift both for your little one or yourself, if you’re a Christmas freak or a child at heart like me!

Mix up the way you count down the days and buy your own here for £24: www.bubblegumballoons.co.uk

FURNISH | THE AMAZING LYFE Levitating Planter

Beautiful plants, from tropical curiosities to the simplest of herbs, have the ability to enhance and brighten any space, from the smallest kitchen to the unending office. But a plant with an attractive and interesting vase carries even more sway - and the innovative LYFE Levitating Planter brings the humble vase into the future.

A stunning new creation that brings together cutting-edge technology and the power of nature, the LYFE Levitating Planter reinvents the concept of a vase by using the power of magnetic levitation. The planter floats in the air above a real oak base as it gently rotates - it’s truly mesmerising to watch, but the rotation also serves a practical purpose by ensuring your plant always gets the full range of light and shade.

But the eye-catching design of the LYFE Levitating Planter isn’t enough for the inventive design team behind it. Following an explosively successful fundraising campaign, the LYFE Levitating Planter is perfect for Air Plants, conversation starting plants that grow in the air. With no need for soil, and no hassle from soil spills and muddy water, the LYFE Levitating Planter and its Air Plants are perfect for any modern office or minimalist home. The LYFE Levitating Planter is now available with a choice of three stunning Air Plants, from the calming Juncea to the out of this world Caput Medusae… You can also chose an empty planter, and grow whatever Air Plant takes your fancy! I have chosen the Medusae…

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This totally modern way to go green is lightweight, portable, simple to use and simple to maintain. Powered by an ultra-efficient AC Adaptor, no batteries are required. Should power be lost, the planter drops to its base, keeping your Air Plant completely protected. According to NASA clean air studies, just one plant for every 100 sq. ft is all it takes to increase air quality, filter toxins, and decrease stress levels. With the LYFE Levitating Planter you can achieve all of that, while bringing a beautiful, head-turning, botanical centrepiece into your space!

Available to order at: www.noxuhome.com/

FURNISH | LOVING THESE LOVE SEATS

LOVING THESE LOVE SEATS… AND SO MUCH MORE FROM CULT FURNITURE

If you wouldn’t Instagram it, don’t decorate with it; that is the main rule of thumb when it comes to interiors for millennials. (Actually, on that note, what I am if I’m too old to be a millennial and too young to be a Baby Boomer? I don’t like the Gen X label as it was originally coined for post-WWII American kids, but that is for a whole other blog…)  Anyway, back to the point… 

Textures, geometrics and flashes of metallic are all high on the instagrammer’s decorating cheat sheet. Star purchases, such as the new velvet upholstered Effie sofa and armchair from Cult Furniture, offer swoon-worthy style for a millennial budget. With velvet trending highly on the social sphere, the plush Effie is also complemented by gold toned legs, with colour options boasting a steel blue hue or the aptly entitled, ‘millennial pink’.

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Millennial interiors call out for rousing graphic prints and strong visual emblems, to set a scene irresistibly photo-ready. The Cult Living Mountain Print Framed Poster ticks all boxes with its geometric outline with flashes of pink, marble and metallic. The Irving Block Table Lamp is as simple in its structure, as it is unusual in presentation. The use of marble gives the lamp a distinctly opulent edge.

Warm up your millennial aesthetic with the Malini Mongolian Sheepskin Cushion. With its luxe finish and pale pink, grey or cream colourway, this shaggy shearling cushion features contrast leather on one side for a cosy, and tip-top textural finish. Mix up all three hues for a perfectly-coordinated look or create a clash of textures by adding a contrast cushion in velvet or cotton.

1. Cult Living Irving Block Table Lamp, White Marble; £49
2. Bloomingville Decorative Ceramic Pineapple, Grey; £26
3. Cult Living Effie Armchair, Velvet Upholstered, Blue; £449
4. Cult Living Mountain Print Framed Poster, White And Pink, A2; £25
5. Cult Living 100% Cotton Aztec Diamond Moroccan Kilim Rug, Black Multi; £150
6. Cult Living Effie Armchair, Velvet Upholstered, Pink; £449
7. Malini Mongolian Sheepskin Cushion – Grey; £49
8. Cult Living Effie 2 Seater Loveseat Sofa, Velvet Upholstered, Pink; £699

020 8185 6960 | www.cultfurniture.com

FURNISH | MAKE ROOM FOR RUME

Blue is set to be a growing trend when it comes to choosing furniture in 2017. Encouraged by the growing popularity of forest, sky and water tones on everything from cushions to pendant lamps, decorators are now opting for larger statement pieces in various shades of blue. This really beautiful Pelham sofa by RUME is the ultimate in elegance and an absolute trend setter. Shown here in inky blue velvet, it has luxurious duck and reflex seat cushions, a deep buttoned body and can be either piped or nailed. Each Pelham takes up to a week to upholster but it is definitely worth the time and care taken as the result is the one of the most beautiful Chesterfields that you can buy. This is one item that’s on my home wish list for this year.

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Call 01273 777 810 or log on to  www.rume.co.uk for the full range (which is totally dreamy).

FURNISH | DISTINCTIFY’S MUST-HAVE HEXAGON TABLE

This summer I have fallen in love with marble and warm metallics for my sun room. One design company which is jumping on this mixed material trend in a very good way is Distinctify. They have created the perfect piece that incorporates this stylish duo in the most elegant way!

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Available from September, The Piccolo side table is a hexagonal gem that will instantly add the new opulence look to your interiors, which is hotly tipped to be huge for AW17.

The combination of the hexagonal marble surface and the caged rose gold legs are a match made in heaven, hitting three top trends in one form that will bring gorgeous tone and texture to your home.

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Whether it’s placed next to your sofa or your bed, the Piccolo side table it is bound to complement your living room, bedroom or even as a feature piece in a modish office. Plus, let’s not forget how pretty marble is as a backdrop to all the best Instagram flat lay pictures!

The Piccolo Side Table featured here is 470mm (height) x 370mm x 370mm and costs £159.00

Order online at www.distinctify.com or call 0203 198 7218