Looking for something unusual for my styling shoot the other week (see two posts ago), I decided I wanted handmade cushions. In theory, it’s incredibly easy if you make ones where the back tucks into itself like a pillowcase, rather than having to fit a zip. But with a sewing machine still in it’s box and no idea how on earth to start, I turned to my local sewing cafe, The White…

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For my recent styling challenge (see Wednesday’s post) I got to borrow lots of lovely home products to use as finishing touches. The pieces that got by far and away the most ‘Ooohs’ and ‘Aaaahs’? The absolutely beautiful cushions and throws kindly lent to me by British company Bronte ┬áby Moon, a Yorkshire wool mill that’s been going since 1837 (www.brontebydesign.co.uk). Made from Pure New Wool, Mohair and Merino Lambswool, everything they…

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One of my absolute favourite colour combinations at the moment is mustard or ochre yellow with grey – it’s fresh and fun, yet stylish and suitable for all seasons. So, when the nice people at DFS set me a styling challenge last week, I knew exactly what look to try. I’d been invited to work with the classy new range of sofas designed by French Connection for DFS (http://www.dfs.co.uk/french-connection/results), to celebrate the…

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Call me a wimp, but I’ve never been a fan of skulls, spiders and blood at Hallowe’en (erm, or the rest of the year, come to think of it) – I much prefer jolly fat pumpkins, friendly ghosts, stripy-stockinged witches, symmetrical bats and the like… So, when it comes to choosing Hallowe’en decorations, I have to sift through a lot of gore to find stuff I fancy. This year, I’ve found just…

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If there’s one thing you can’t ever have enough of in your house (apart from cushions, of course…), it’s tea towels. They’re a such a quick, inexpensive way to update your kitchen, and what’s more, if your other half keeps using them to dry oily roasting pans like mine does (grr), you’ll find you need new ones on a regular basis. You can spend a fortune on posh drying-up clothes (as my…

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