Trending: heritage floral prints



It’s official - the interiors world has been charmed by chintz. The latest decoration trend is less of a twist on the traditional and more a tribute (and one your granny can get on board with, too). From Victoriana botanicals to blowsy floral prints, we’re embracing our obsession with all things Arts & Crafts - and heading straight for a heritage print revival.

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Fantastic florals and how to style them

In what might be the final nail in the minimalism coffin, traditional pattern is making a triumphant return. Call it our latest venture into vintage trends (see: wall hangings and tapestries) or a delayed response to 1996’s notorious ‘chuck out your chintz’ campaign - either way, we’re feeling all things floral. And forget ‘flash in the pan’ - decorative trends with serious heritage have already proven their staying power.

In a way, the rise of this traditional trend has been signposted for a few seasons. We’re increasingly turning our backs on the big, open plan spaces that defined the last decade in favourite of separate, Victorian-style rooms; we’re embracing design that celebrates art and craft; and we’ve welcomed the revival of statement wallpaper with open arms.

So how to style it? Whilst the differences might be subtle, this trend encompasses everything from 18th century chinoiserie to the bold and busy florals of William Morris. To make it work for a contemporary home, choose prints that include a botanical element, err towards bolder hues and mix your heritage prints with modern furniture. Here’s how:

1. Wallpaper isn’t just for the brave, and there’s plenty of beautiful botanical prints - from the dainty to the dramatic - to choose from. Bathrooms, alcoves and home offices make great bases for busier prints.

2. Fabrics in bold floral designs are easy to layer with modern furniture and fixtures. Try a couple of clashing cushions, or switch it up – pair a statement printed sofa with block coloured pillow covers.

3. Ceramics are a simple way to a pattern win. You really don’t need the 16-piece set, which can feel fussy - try mixing and matching à la supper club queen Laura Jackson’s print-frenzy table settings.


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Alternative wedding gifts for cool couples

Alternative wedding gifts for cool couples

Wedding season is on the way, and with it comes the gift-giving minefield. Cue our round up of the best wedding gift ideas for the cool couple, the co-habiting couple – or the couple that just seems to have it all - for when a kettle really won’t cut it.


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1. Under £10

House of Dorchester Mini Duo Pink Champagne Truffle Box


Something smaller might be just the ticket, especially if they've requested no gifts or you want to top up a cash or charity contribution. This set of six salted caramel chocolates is a touching token that still feels a little luxury.

House of Dorchester, Salted Caramel 6 Chocolate Selection Box, £6


2. Under £20

Barista and Co Set of 2 Metal Frame Glass Cups, Midnight Gold


If they're a couple of design devotees (or can't start the day without caffeine) you can't go wrong with these minimalistic cups from coffee connoisseurs Barista and Co. They're crafted with borosilicate glass to protect from thermal shock.

Barista and Co, Set of 2 Metal Frame Glass Cups, £18


3. Under £30

Root 7 Himalayan Salt Shot Set


Here’s one for party people. If they’re the life and soul, this unique set is sure to add a little luxury to the proceedings. Carved from pink Himalayan rock salt, they’ll add a subtle salty edge to shots of their favourite spirits.

Root 7, Himalayan Salt Shot Set, £25


4. Under £40

Suck UK Our Life Story


Sentimental without being saccharine, this weighty journal is ready for all the dreams, doodles and holiday snaps their new chapter brings. With a hardback cover and 1080 pages to fill, it’ll last a lifetime - literally.

Suck UK, Our Life Story, £35


5. Under £50

Sunnylife Peacock Pool Float


This twin set of luxe luggage tags nods to the couple's likely next stop: the honeymoon. They’re practical, too: each one includes a pull out address card in case of – dare we say it – lost luggage.

Aspinal of London, Set of 2 Luggage Tags, £45


6. Under £75

Sunnylife Peacock Pool Float


If an exotic honeymoon is on the horizon, this peacock pool float is a must. Well, maybe not a must – but it’s great fun and perfect for lazy poolside days. The best bit? You can guarantee no one else will arrive with the same gift.

Sunnylife, Peacock Pool Float, £60


7. Under £100

Sage Smoking Gun


If they fancy themselves as the next Heston, look no further. Foodies can infuse cheese, cocktails - and just about anything they can find in the cupboard - with smoky barbecue goodness, thanks to some seriously clever science.

Sage, Smoking Gun, £79.99


8. Under £200

Berghoff Tabletop Bbq


A barbecue for under £150? Yes please. This space-saving design is totally portable – that means it’s ready to be whisked off to the beach, a picnic spot or the garden for a spot of DIY dining. It comes in black, too.

Berghoff, Tabletop Bbq, £149


9. Under £350

LSA Gin Grand Serving Set


A case of beautiful glassware is a classic wedding gift, but this show-stopping set goes one better. With an assortment of LSA’s signature shapes and a portable ash stand, the lucky giftees will be set for summer cocktails.

LSA, Gin Grand Serving Set, £300


10. Under £500

Smeg 50's Retro Style Juicer Dolce & Gabbana


Swap the classic stand mixer for something a little more show-stopping - if you can bear to give it away, that is. In an unlikely (but very welcome) collaboration, Smeg and Dolce & Gabbana have created a range of lust-worthy kitchenware.

Smeg, Retro Style Juicer, £499.95

Dad jeans and other denim stories


Of all the items in our wardrobes, jeans are most certainly the most reliable, which is why you need a denim wardrobe all of its own. Finding a pair of jeans that look and feel good, however, can be a tricky affair, so to help you out we’ve picked the best eight pairs to wear now and well into summer. 




Tommy Hilfiger Relaxed Cropped Randy Jeans


The best way to wear denim in 2019? Boxy, straight cut jeans in a mid or light wash. Precisely the kind of normcore designers are loving right now, if they look like the type of thing you can picture your dad wearing in his youth heyday, you’ve got it.

TOMMY JEANS, Relaxed Cropped Randy Jeans, £45



LEVI'S 511 Slim Fit Jeans Mens


In the same thread as dadcore comes turn-ups. With comfortingly nostalgic, geek chic vibes, a turn-up is ideal for exposing a tanned ankle or a trendy chunky sock. See Valentino’s spring/summer catwalk for style notes.

LEVI'S, 511 Slim Fit Jeans, £85



Tommy Hilfiger 1951 Malbri Baggy Tommy Jeans


Where once a rip in your jeans would have signalled warning bells and a needle and thread, today it’s almost hard to think jeans without thinking rips. Relaxed and edgy, you need to tread the line carefully as too threadbare can look like you’re trying too hard a few carefully placed rips are all that’s needed.

Tommy Hilfiger, 1951 Malbri Baggy Tommy Jeans, £90



Tommy Hilfiger Stretch Jeans


Paying homage to the ‘90s, grey jeans are your new summer must-have. Pair with a colour-block tee, chunky trainers and ribbed socks for a welcome sartorial trip down memory lane.

Tommy Hilfiger, Stretch Jeans, £115



Armani Exchange J13 Slim Fit Black Jeans


The closest member of the denim family to smart clothing, no wardrobe is complete without a pair of great black jeans. With a shirt come dinner, a low-key graphic tee come drinks, blacks jeans have got legs (excuse the pun).

Armani Exchange, J13 Slim Fit Black Jeans, £90



French Connection 72 Denim Stretch Regular Fit Jeans


Fulfilling all our dadcore wishes in one fell swoop, straight leg jeans are our particular favourite this season. Running straight down through the leg, they’re the retro fit that feels very now. Baggy, dare we say, is no bad thing.

French Connection, 72 Denim Stretch Regular Fit Jeans, £75



AllSaints Cigarette Skinny Jeans


Skinny jeans are now a denim stalwart. Steer clear of skin-tight – a crease or a rumple here or there is a good thing and gives jeans a worn-in, effortless look. Complete with trainers or Chelsea boots if the weather isn’t on your side.

AllSaints, Cigarette Skinny Jeans, £98



Diesel Jeans Tepphar TJ Jeans


Playing the middle ground, slim fit jeans – narrow from the knee to the ankle – are the ones you want when skin-tight feels too out-there but you’re still hankering for a streamlined look. Sitting on the fence has, quite frankly, never looked so good.

Diesel Jeans, Tepphar TJ Jeans, £140



Diesel Jeans DEETAR Mens Jeans


‘Tapered? What are tapered?’ we hear you cry. Roomier around the thighs, tapering down to a skinny ankle, this fit is a super flattering all-rounder. With room to move, they’re ideal for shape without the restrictions.




Gant Slim Jeans Mens


White jeans sometimes have a bad reputation, but unfairly so, we hasten to add, for a boxy shape paired with loafers has easy summer style written all over it. Err on the side of a looser fit for a more Riviera than reality TV look.

Gant, Slim Jeans, £100

Why beige is anything but boring

Why beige is anything but boring


Move over black - there’s a new staple on the fashion block. No longer just a filler colour for your wardrobe, beige has stepped up to claim its position as the fashion-forward shade of the season. A palette of soft colours like oatmeal, biscuit, and caramel dominated the catwalks for spring 2019, and unlike some, is a trend that actually translates easily into real life. Sure, creamy hues and off-whites aren't exactly ground-breaking, but blimey they’re chic, packed with timeless appeal and a welcome refresh for those of us who always wear black. Still not convinced? Let these looks remind you why beige is anything but bland.


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Spring suiting

If you feel like injecting some neutral hues into your 9-5 wardrobe, just apply them to tailoring. Nothing says chic quite like a camel coloured blazer – except, perhaps, a two-piece. Spring suiting will be a big player when it comes to this season’s trends, and smart separates in a neutral tone are a refreshing alternative to black. When we’re finally reunited with warmer climes, a short suit will be your cool, corporate saviour.

"Temper the drama of pops of pink by adding a beige blazer into the mix and keep your accessories minimal."

Ismene Collman Cotton High Waisted Shorts, £45, COMING SOON. Gant Stretch Linen Blazer, £245, COMING SOON.






Perhaps the chicest way to wear colour this year is to take a head-to-toe approach. Ideal for when you need to look good in under 10 minutes, tonal dressing is the kind of no-fuss style solution that’s ideal for a Monday morning. The key is to opt for oversized silhouettes, mix several shades of beige and experiment with textures. Layer it with a fun pair of glasses, trainers or a statement pair of sandals – something that keeps it modern and brings it to life.




Dip a toe in

There’s no better way to take a trend for a test drive than with some clever accessories. Start with an easy-to-wear base of deep indigo wide-leg jeans and a patterned blouse, then throw in a chic bag and ladylike courts in a sandy shade. You’ll be surprised how much swapping out your classic black heels and bag will lift your favourite outfits for spring and keep them looking right on trend for the season ahead.

"Neutral accessories are some of those magical pieces that work for every occasion, from a summer wedding to a business meeting."




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