Every year, colour experts, The Pantone Color Institute, visit all the fashion shows and observe global trends. They use this information to collate their predictions for the next year’s hottest hues. These are the colours that’ll be everywhere – from clothes to homes accessories in the coming months. For 2013, they’ve predicted a rainbow of stronger-than-pastel shades, above. Aren’t they pretty?! The high street has already started to catch on, and there…

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Who’s he hardest kind of person to buy for? Dads? Grandparents? Teenage boys? Nope. One-year-olds. Buying for babies is easy – there are so many cute outfits, fluffy teddies and handy gizmos that you’re spoilt for choice. But one-year-olds are different. It’s a tricky age where you can’t be sure clothes fit (some are still in age 9-12 months; others are in 18-24 months already) and the toys you think they’ll like…

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I’ve discussed many times on this blog the fact that cool wall art needn’t be costly if you know where to look. And one of the best places to go picture shopping is www.art.co.uk. They have literally thousands of prints of famous paintings to photos and iconic posters – simply type in what you’re looking for (from specific names/artists to vague searches such as ‘Paris’) and away you go. I’ve used the…

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Ever since I was a little girl I’ve been slightly obsessed with stationery. My favourite thing about going back to school each September was buying a new pencil case; and whenever we went on family holidays to France, I’d drag my parents round a hypermarket so that I could stock up on their bargainous and exotic-looking notepads, pencils and folders. So, it’s not surprising that Paperchase (www.paperchase.co.uk) is one of my all-time…

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I was going to write about this fun little fella before Christmas, but then he sold out, and one of the promises I made when I first set up this blog was only ever to mention things you could actually buy. Anyhow, I’ve just received an email saying he’s back in stock, so let me introduce you! Called the Grey Felt Owl Wall Clock, from the lovely Rigby & Mac (www.rigbyandmac.com), he…

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