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Interview with... Chris Billinghurst

Today is the turn of Chris from GDUKStyle to take part in our series of interviews with interiors insiders. I first became aware of GDUKStyle through twitter, and have chatted with Chris on there many times. Since then I discovered that not only do they feature great artisans on the GDUKStyle site, but they also offer a fab service to help you "Upstyle" your home, with a real focus on being eco-friendly. Without further ado, why not get yourself a cuppa and let me introduce you to the lady herself... First, can you introduce yourself and your work for anyone who isn't...
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Date: 14 Apr 2014 11:03
Author: Becky
Tags: Interview with

Pinterest Pick - Herringbone wall

I'm a big fan of herringbone patterns in interiors and will seek to include them wherever I can... fabrics, art prints, flooring and more. This, though, is the first time I've seen one used on the walls... and I love it! Image credit: Wall and Deco I love the use of natural materials and colours here and how it is combined with the rough textured concrete wall. The look brings together utilitarian and industrial style with some natural elements. I would finish it off with a few shiny bits and pieces, or some bright pops of colour. I love the tones used...
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Date: 14 Apr 2014 10:41
Author: Becky
Tags: Inspiring Interiors

Interview with... Kimberly Hughes

A little February treat... Another in our series of interviews with interiors insiders! This time I'm excited to be bringing you the words, thoughts and pictures of my twitter friend (and blog crush!) Kimberly Hughes. She writes the rather fab Swoon Worthy blog and features a host of gorgeous images of her home and interiors, all of which are definitely guaranteed to make you swoon. So without futher ado... here she is! First, can you introduce yourself and your work for anyone who isn't aware of it?   I’m Kimberly Hughes and I write a blog called Swoon Worthy where I catalogue the DIY...
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Date: 14 Feb 2014 12:54
Author: Becky
Tags: Interview with

Rainbow Interiors

Now seems like a good time to appreciate the use of rainbow colours in interiors, as a small way of showing support of everyone facing persecution in Russia. A wonderful array of colours is a great way to celebrate the spectrum, lift your spirits and create a warm, welcoming home. Here are some gorgeous interiors making use of bold, bright and beautiful rainbow shades: Fun rainbow stairs If you can't paint then make a rainbow using paint sample colour cards. Create a rainbow with accessories, grouping a few objects of each colour together for impact. Image via Remodelaholic Rainbow stripes painted on one wall are a not-too-scary...
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Date: 08 Feb 2014 18:29
Author: Becky
Tags: Inspiring Interiors

Mid-Century Style

A key inspiration for me and my home is mid-century style. I love the colour palette used in the fifties, the shapes and materials used for furniture, the fun graphic patterns and the general sense of life and optimism it holds.  Here are some picks which highlight key aspects of mid-century interiors and tips on how you can introduce them into your own home: Gorgeous warm wood tones Image credit: Plastolux A mid-century modern dining room in Denmark filled with the warm wood tones so often seen in this period of design. The almost amber shine of the teak cabinet works perfectly with the...
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Date: 03 Feb 2014 18:57
Author: Becky
Tags: interior design Vintage

3 Great Colourful Blogs

I love reading blogs in my spare time - the best ones are inspiring, creative, full of beautiful images, good ideas and interesting thinking. It can take a while to find blogs you really love, so I thought I'd help anyone whose reading list has become a little stale with 3 recommendations for great blogs I regularly visit. These blogs all have one thing in common - colour. Colour is such an important part of our lives and each of these writers recognises that and shares beautiful, vibrant colourful images and insight on their blog. First up, a very popular blog which -...
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Date: 14 Jan 2014 12:42
Author: Becky
Tags: inspiration

Patterned Tiles

Patterned tiles are becoming an obsession of mine. Anyone who follows me on Instagram (prettydandybex), Pinterest, or twitter for that matter, will confirm this! Since moving to Barcelona I have begun spotting and recording them while out and about around the city. I've long been partial to pattern, colour, vintage design and - in particular - Barcelona's Modernisme style and these decorative tiles fulfill all of those passions. I'm now keen to learn more about these beautiful objects, to find out more about how they are made and their history and whether they are still being used today. So far I've established...
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Date: 07 Jan 2014 19:33
Author: Becky
Tags: art inspiration interior design Vintage

Sitting pretty

Doing a bit of online browsing I realised I had been busy coveting some very lovely pink sofas and I thought I would share this litle mini trend spot with you. It seems like a pink sofa is a preferred way of adding some fun, femininity and colour to living rooms right now - brightening up our grey and taupe spaces with blush, peach, strawberry and hot pink tones. Looking through the images I noted that it works well to bring warmth, to add a bit of fun, to lighten up a dark scheme, to contrast with other colours, to tone with...
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Date: 29 Dec 2013 22:24
Author: Becky
Tags: interior design

Homemade Christmas Ornaments

Homemade Christmas ornaments are a great way to make your Christmas personal and special. Whether you spend an afternoon shaking glitter on things with your kids, or take some time out for yourself to be creative, you can craft some beautiful Christmas decorations which you will enjoy for a long time to come. For this quick Christmas DIY I’ve put together a selection of ornaments, decorations and craft ideas which you can do on a budget. Here we have four different ideas you can carry out with just a few select resources, most of which you may already have around the...
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Date: 18 Dec 2013 17:47
Author: Becky
Tags: handmade inspiration

Creative Nottingham

If you live in (or near) Nottingham and haven't yet seen or visited the CQ Pop Up then I heartily recommend a trip. Located in the building which formerly housed Dwell interiors store, it is a giant pop-up shop packed full of wonderful local designers, makers, artists, photographers, bakers, upcyclers and more. It's a real treasure trove and is only there for a limited time, so don't miss out! We were fortunate enough to be a part of the whole thing when they kindly took us in when our Pretty Dandy Flea had last minute venue problems a few weeks ago. As...
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Date: 17 Dec 2013 12:14
Author: Becky
Tags: Events inspiration