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We owe a lot to the humble sofa, don’t we? The chosen one is the ultimate home investment, the room-transformer, the setting of many a weeknight evening and lazy weekend morning. And as it’s probably one of the biggest buys for your home, you want to get it exactly right.
Enter the clever folks at Their award-winning designs are made to order in a choice of sizes, with colour and fabric options like no other – over 160, the last time we counted. Graphic prints, burnt orange velvet, buttery soft leather in enticing colourways like latte and espresso? Count us in. We've picked out some of our favourite designs here, but there's plenty more where that come from. Sofa seeker - prepare to be knocked off your feet.
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One of the originals, the Bluebell has been a firm favourite for over ten years – and we can see why. The secret to its enduring appeal? It’s all in the detail. That distinctive sweet heart frame, soft round pleated arms and seriously swanky turned oak legs capture a real feel of classic country style made modern. So yes, it’s a looker, but it’s also a sofa to really sit on, with supportive feather and fibre back cushions. And it's available in a wide range of sizes and the full 160 fabrics, so you can tailor it to your heart's content. Now to work on the country mansion....
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Sometimes, less is more - enter the Izzy. Style-wise, it’s all about that straight-edged, structured frame and sleek armrests, which keeps it feeling contemporary while maximising all-important bottom space. The slender oak legs are a little taller, raising the height of the sofa and providing the perfect antidote to heavy furniture which can suck space out of a room. This one really caught our eye as a modern classic that won't date any time soon - and after all, who wants to buy another sofa in two years?
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The Isla is the ultimate twist on the traditional - refined and elegant, but ready for lounging (just like us). One of the top contenders for the most comfortable range, this is a sofa to sink into; the cushions are made from fibre wrapped foam, so they’re soft and springy and don’t need much plumping – our kind of sofa. It comes 'breakdownable' as standard, so we promise those awkward stairs to your top floor flat are conquerable. We’ve got our eye on the perfectly personal small armchair (reading nook, anyone?) but there’s a range of options maxing out at a generous corner sofa.
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• Speedy service: delivery in as little as 4-6 weeks

• Craftsmanship: each piece is handmade to order

• Serious peace of mind: a lifetime guarantee on all beechwood frames

• Stress-free delivery: breakdownable sofa options

• Spoilt for choice: Free swatches of over 160 hand-curated fabrics available online and in stores

• Currently available in over 10 House Of Fraser stores with more openings to follow.

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How to set your Easter table

How to set your Easter table


Roast lamb, hot cross buns and the ubiquitous chocolate egg: Easter is a foodie’s favourite holiday. Give your culinary creations the best backdrop possible with our guide to setting a colourful scene for an Easter Sunday lunch.

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Prettify with pastel shades

It might be the de rigueur Easter colour combination, but don’t think that yellow and blue can't be beat. For a modern upgrade, consider adding in pink, too; the right shade (hint: more ‘blush’ than ‘Barbie’) will feel chic and fresh. Start with a crisp white tablecloth, then layer up complementing pastel shades. When in doubt? Take your cues from mini eggs’ candy hues.

Add colour with tinted glass

Coloured glass is back in a big way, and those vintage-inspired pastel shades are perfect for Easter dining. It’s a great way to ease colour phobics into the seasonal rush of colour, as the light-reflecting nature of glass prevents bright hues feeling heavy. These tinted tumblers and wine glasses are so easy to mix and match – and you’ll never lose track of which one is yours.

Make the most of spring blooms

As the ultimate symbol of new life, no Easter table is complete without a bunch of fresh blooms. Don’t overdo the daffodils if you’re not a fan of their distinctive scent - instead, take cues from other springtime favourites, like tulips, early blooming roses or even cascading branches of blossom. Add softness to the table by arrange in round vases in varying sizes.

DIY your own decorative eggs

Scores of mini foil-wrapped chocolate eggs scattered along the table are a guaranteed crowd-pleaser, but far more fun is creating your own hand-decorated versions. Pick up polystyrene eggs from a craft shop - or just relentlessly boil the original variety - then paint in delicate hues, add glue in stripes or polka dots and dip in glitter. Add one to each napkin below a name tag.


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Our top 10 stylish suitcases

Our top 10 stylish suitcases

What’s the secret to those impossibly chic celebrity airport snaps? We suspect it’s the snazzy suitcase in tow. Us mere mortals might have to pay a little more attention to cabin dimensions and clever security features, but we’d still like our luggage to look pretty while doing it. Here’s our round-up of covetable cases.

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1. Split personality

Hershel Trade Power Carry On White And Orange Spinner Case

With a splash of punchy orange, this Herschel design certainly puts the fun in functionality. And that isn’t the only thing we love about this cabin case – the internal dividers, multi-directional dual wheels and USB charging port get top marks too.

Herschel, Trade Power Carry On Case, £168


2. Space commodity

Samsonite Cosmolite 3.0 Extra Large Case


If you’re looking for a roomy option that's still lightweight, the extra large size of this slick metallic range from Samsonite has had a weight-saving makeover; the perfect excuse to add a couple of extra paperbacks. We love the futuristic feel, too.

Samsonite, Cosmolite 3.0 Extra Large Case, £445


3. Off the record

American Tourister Soundbox Bass Denim Blue Hard Spinner Case


It doesn’t get much cooler than the Cristiano Ronaldo-approved Soundbox range, which takes its visual cue from vinyl. If this cornflower blue isn’t the hue for you, there’s a whole range of colour pop options.

American Tourister, Soundbox Bass Hard Spinner Case, £129


4. Think pink

Lipault Miss Plume Pink Gold 55cm Cabin Spinner


We didn’t know we needed a pink suitcase until we saw this show-stopping option from Parisian luggage brand Lipault. One thing is certain – you’re sure to spot it on the carousel.

Lipault, Miss Plume Pink Cabin Spinner Suitcase, £175


5. Timeless travel

Ted Baker Ladies Albany Black 4 Wheel Soft Cabin Suitcase


From the rose gold zips, handles and wheels to the Saffiano-style envelope pocket, Ted Baker know the devil’s in the details. As well as medium and large sizes, there’s duffle bags and holdalls in the same sleek style.

Ted Baker, Albany Black 4 Wheel Soft Cabin Suitcase, £225


6. On the go

Eastpak Tranverz Grey Soft Side Suitcase


For those off on an adventure, Eastpak is hard to beat. This utility-cool grey case comes with a decidedly roomy 42-litre capacity and a 30-year warranty, so you can count on fuss-free travels for the foreseeable future.

Eastpak, Tranverz Grey Soft Side Suitcase, £110


7. Cult classic

Biba Logo Navy 8 Wheel Hard Cabin Suitcase


For something reassuringly solid, it doesn’t get much more glamorous than this high-shine hard case embossed with the iconic Biba logo. The interior is perfectly practical too – think pockets and panels galore.

Biba, Logo Emboss Cabin Suitcase, £119


8. Retro revival

Linea Trunk Cabin Spinner Suitcase


Pairing a vintage-inspired design with modern tech - like a TSA-approved lock – this beauty is the best of both worlds. We’ll be referring to it as our ‘trunk’ and trying to get someone else to carry it for us.

Linea, Trunk Cabin Spinner Suitcase, £99


9. Blooming lovely

Ted Baker Illusion Floral 4 Wheel Cabin Case


Trust Ted Baker to make the list twice. This elegant case features one of their new floral prints (an instant classic, we say) as well as all the beautiful details you’d expect from the brand.

Ted Baker, Illusion Floral Print Suitcase, £225


10. True blue

Antler Juno Turquoise Cabin Case


Famed for their rigorous 12-point testing system and 10-year guarantees, there’s a reason Antler’s been in business for more than a century. This mood-boosting turquoise blue case - the update to their best-selling Juno range - is our top pick.

Antler, Juno 2 Turquoise Cabin Case, £145

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

Hannah Bullivant's 3 ways to style spring flowers


There’s something about those first blooms of the season. The sudden sight of daffodils, the arrival of picture-perfect blossom overhead and the flower market fracas when the first peonies appear – they’re all synonymous with spring itself. Here’s how to style flowers in your home with stylist and blogger Hannah Bullivant’s crash course in flower arranging.



Scandi inspired spring table



Here’s a table setting with serious Scandi appeal. Soft pink linens, neutral plates and a simple striped napkin are ideal for balancing bolder blooms, like these mood-boosting pops of orange geraniums and purple fritillaries.

“It’s a sweet and simple way to lift the everyday.”

A subtle use of texture keeps it feeling casual, from the stoneware plates and brushed steel cutlery to the ceramic vases and slightly creased linen. And the stylist-approved way to add the flowers? A selection of mini vases, each filled with just one or two – it’s a charming alternative to one big show-stopping – but conversation-hindering – arrangement.


Have them in the hallway



If flower arranging isn’t your forte (yes, we too have prodded and poked for hours until the whole thing collapses) then blossom is your fast track to floral success. In bloom for just a few short weeks in April and May, our association with spring is all the stronger due to its tendency to drop en masse the second warmer weather arrives.

“Snip a couple of blossom branches, bring them indoors and watch them open with glee.”

Add a second or third vase to give some variety in height, and look for tapered vase shapes to ensure branches stand to attention - anything too wide or shallow is a recipe for some serious sagging.


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3. Make a mantlepiece display

This wonderfully wild display is designed to fill the space above a wide mantelpiece. Start with the longer stems, like the foliage and pussy willow branches, looking for a ‘V’ shape to create some structure. Hannah’s top tip? If you’re not a fan of floral oasis, use a metal pin holder to secure these at the bottom of the vase.

“Passing a bunch of garden blooms on a sideboard is like getting a small floral hug.”

When you’re happy with the first stage, add your flowers one by one to create a burst of colour in the centre of the arrangement. Hannah’s mixed pink poppies in with the orange geraniums and purple fritillaries – relaxed shapes that suit the country garden feel.

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8 bed linen sets for spring

8 bed linen sets for spring and beyond

Set your sights on a spring home refresh? Start with the bedroom. The humble duvet set has maximum impact with minimal effort - especially when we’re talking punchy prints, embroidered details and splashes of mood-lifting colour. Here’s our pick of the best (with no clean whites in sight).


1. Flower power

Olivier Desforge Eugenie Duvet Cover


There are floral prints, and then there are floral prints. This joyful, painterly option captures the mood of a wild meadow carpeted in the vibrant hues of hydrangea, anemone and eglantine.

OLIVIER DESFORGES, Eugenie Duvet Cover, £100


2. Tribal touch

Linea Krishna Embroidery Duvet Set


We’re championing all things artisanal, and this set gets top marks. Alright, so it’s technically white – but the ethnic-inspired embroidery adds just enough colour and texture. Pair with rattan accessories.

LINEA, Krishna Embroidery Duvet Set, £55


3. Wild side

Biba Adrianna Animal Print Duvet Set


Animal print might not be totally traditional for the warmer months, but this new take on leopard print is a little bit special. With a blush base and hints of electric blue, it feels totally fresh.

BIBA, Adrianna Animal Print Duvet Set, £75


4. Colour me happy

Linea Egyptian 200 Thread Count Duvet Set


Sometimes a sunshine hue is all you need. This Egyptian cotton set has plenty to choose from - we love dusky Rose, on-trend Coral, or this punchy Chartreuse. Just don't forget the matching pillowcases.

LINEA, Egyptian 200 Thread Count Duvet Cover, £59


5. Grey area

Murmur Scribble Duvet Covers


This Japanese-inspired abstract print is subtle enough to drag Scandi superfans away from their plain grey linen sets, but still lively enough to inject a bit of interest. Layer it up with contrasting cushions and a chunky knit.

MURMUR, Scribble Duvet Cover, £42


6. Retro revival

Orla Kiely Summer Flower Stem Duvet Cover


Orla Kiely’s retro-inspired patterns and cheerful hues were made for spring. With a masterful mix of blush, citrine, olive and marine blue, this update adds a little flower power to her signature stem print.

ORLA KIELY, Summer Flower Stem Duvet Cover, £75


7. Eastern promises

Sanderson Paper Doves Duvet Set


When it comes to creating a calming space, it doesn't get much dreamier (pun intended) than a flock of doves - especially when they're printed onto 100% cotton. Check out those polka dots on the reverse, too.

SANDERSON, Paper Doves Duvet Cover, £45


8. Word up

Donna Wilson Blah Blah Blah Duvet Set


It might be scrawled all over, but 'blah' is definitely not how we feel about this quirky duvet set from Donna Wilson. There's a cool, contemporary dash print on the reverse, too (and oh how we love a two-in-one).

DONNA WILSON, Blah Blah Blah Duvet Set, £53


Trending: caramel hues

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Trending: caramel hues

Call it salted caramel, warm mocha (or according to Dulux’s colour of the year, the wonderfully evocative ‘spiced honey’) - just don’t call it brown. Yes, the trend for rich, earthy colour has come straight off the catwalk - and onto our walls.

Our ‘70s obsession shows no sign of slowing down. Since autumn we’ve been courting corduroy, fringing and – more than ever – a whole host of warm, earthy (and delicious-sounding) shades. But why are we so down with brown (okay, we said it), both on the catwalk and off? Perhaps it’s the perfect antidote to less-than-lukewarm weather, a serious amount of political palaver and our waning obsession with fifty shades of grey - or just a case of good old ‘70s-style nostalgia. Either way, we’ve been reminded of just how versatile these hues truly are.

These honeyed hues will warm up even the starkest space.

Warmer than grey but easier to live with than sunshine yellow, these are neutrals turned up a notch. And they can feel so different depending on where you use them in your home, and what you team them with. Paired with powdery pinks, they’re fresh and modern; with crisp whites, chic and sophisticated; with burnt orange, bold and retro - plus they pair perfectly with almost any type of wood. While Dulux - by default - is going wall to wall with their spiced honey shade, a splash of maple syrup (yep, we’re just making them up now) can go a long way – see our edit of the best below.

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How to style a spring table


Whilst the arrival of double digit temperatures perhaps doesn’t justify the triumphant return of al fresco dining just yet (we’re yet to anniversarise the ‘Beast from the East’, guys) but it’s as good an excuse as any to spring-ify our table in anticipation. And whether inside or out, a stylish set up makes a great first impression before you’ve served a single plate of food. Here’s how to style your spring table and bring a little sunshine to your supper.

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Whilst the arrival of double digit temperatures perhaps doesn’t justify the triumphant return of al fresco dining just yet (we’re yet to anniversarise the ‘Beast from the East’, guys) it’s as good an excuse as any to spring-ify our table in anticipation. And whether inside or out, a stylish set up makes a great first impression before you’ve served a single plate of food. Here’s how to style your spring table and bring a little sunshine to your supper.

Start at the centre

Put down those plates for now - unlike almost anything else in life, it’s best to start in the middle here. Your centrepiece depends largely on whether you need to find room for the food. If you’re serving on the table, don’t despair if it all feels a bit like a jigsaw puzzle - try oval platters (which don’t produce as much dead space), build upwards with a creative use of cake stands or optimise a sideboard for overspill. Check your handiwork by placing a dinner plate at every sitting - overhang is most definitely out.

Load up the layers

Once you’ve done the all-important dinner plate positioning, add your side plate, napkin and cutlery on top. Unless you’re styling for a seriously swanky ‘do, don’t get caught up in the ‘four different forks and mandatory salad plates’ school of thought - we’ve never met anyone that asked for both red and white wine glasses. It’s always the DIY details that’ll be appreciated, like handwritten name tags (with a floral flourish for spring), sprigs of foliage on each napkin or a few scattered petals.

Set a spring mood

A bunch of gorgeous blooms is basically mandatory, and you’re always spoilt for spring. There’s something to fit in any space - try tumblers with crocuses from the garden, a taller vase with tulips or a simple jug with branches of cherry blossom. Whilst sunshine yellow daffodils might be synonymous with spring (and a trusted seasonal barometer) their punchy scent will interfere with the food. As always, dinner candles are our top finishing touch - they’re such an easy way to add height and drama to any table.


Scents to suit your interiors style

Scents to suit your interiors style

Call us boring, but we can’t get enough of a good candle. Wonderful gifted, even better bought for yourself, the scents you love are seriously personal - just like the way you style your space, in fact. So why choose blindly when you can go one better and match your scent to your home’s mood? Consider this your no-nonsense masterclass in hitting the right notes.

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Scandi chic

Style notes

If your space is all about visual calm, then we’d bet a sweet, heady scent probably isn’t your thing. Look to the heart notes - these are full-bodied, longer-lasting scents that linger beyond the crisp top notes, but don’t have the depth or longevity of the base - forgoing the floral for wonderfully fresh, herby ingredients. Thyme, basil, bay (and anything you’d stick in a window box) are a great place to start, with a base of moss, leather or spa favourite clary sage to round out a restful scent. And stick to three or so notes – the beauty of these botanical scents can be subtle.

Fragrance notes

Sea salt, sweet mint, sea grass, aloe, tomato leaf, thyme, bergamot, eucalyptus, spearmint, basil

Green tea, bay leaf, chamomile, rosemary, artemesia, galbanum, cardamom, juniper, geranium

Wood sage, leather, clary sage, moss, guaiac wood, white musk, oak moss, valerian, resin, ho wood


Dark romance

Style notes

If you love moody blooms, jewel tones and seriously statement accessories (is that a chandelier we spy?) then turn to one of fragrance’s most timeless formulas. These floral fusions tend to pair crisp top notes and fruity hearts with a rich, woody base - we love white flowers like jasmine and lily of the valley anchored by sweet autumnal fruits like damson, blackberry and grape. Not all earthy bases are born equal - think sweet, warming vanilla versus heady patchouli - but classic oud or sandalwood are safe bets to start with.

Fragrance notes

White jasmine, rhubarb, damson, blackberry, champagne, raspberry, lime leaf, pomegranate, white grape

Cassis, rose, ginger, fig, ylang ylang, peony, orange blossom, pine, vetiver, lily of the valley, orchid, cherry

Frankincense, myrrh, patchouli, vanilla, sandalwood, cedarwood, oud, vanilla, amber, incense, musk


Quirky cool

Style Notes

If you’re all about artisanal detail, quirky prints and searching out design with a difference, don’t settle for simple in the scent department. Orange blossom, peony and tuberose might be staples, but what about orange bitters, pepper and tobacco? Cue the artisanal candle. These are fragrances with a bit of bite - the result of global travel, endless experimentation and a heavy dose of good old imagination. Candles based on creative concoctions make great gifts, too (if you can bear to give them away, that is).

Redcurrant, neroli, bitter orange, coriander, black tea, elemi, peppermint, green mandarin, apple

Black pepper, fennel, violet, milk, chestnut, cashmere, pink pepper, pine, iris, tea tree, liquorice, honey

Rosewood, caramel, tobacco, praline, nutmeg, labdanum, ambergris, clove, bamboo, tonka bean

Top 10 luxury home accessories

Top 10 luxury home accessories

Come the shift into spring, we're often set on a total home refresh - but sometimes it's just not realistic. That's why we're all about the investment piece, capable of refreshing even the most winter-worn space. Here's 10 of the best luxury home accessories that will transform any room.


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1. In the loop

AYTM Curva Magazine Holder


Go on - scoop up that ever-evolving pile on the coffee table once and for all and slot into this statement magazine holder. With serious Scandi credentials and curves in all the right places, it’s a design lover’s dream.

AYTM, Curva Magazine Holder, £179


2. La vie on rose

AYTM Circum Mirror


The round mirror revival is here to stay, thanks to the sleek appeal of the circular silhouette. This pink-tinted option is something a little different - and that unexpected burst of spring-fresh colour feels ultra-modern.

AYTM, Circum Mirror, £159


10. Tropical luxe

Biba Palm Chandelier


This Victoriana-tinged take on summer’s ubiquitous tropical trend is all in the detail - the textured leaves, chunky chain and gold foil finish. And whilst we don’t usually advocate restraint, this is a serious investment piece - you only need one.

Biba, Palm Chandelier, £220


4. Curve ball

AYTM Blue Globe Vase


The reign of the curve continues. With a handmade glass globe sat on a brass base, this unique vase is just as impactful flying solo on a shelf as it is filled with a bunch of spring blooms. There are grey, pink and green-tinted options, too.

AYTM, Blue Globe Vase, £30


5. Show of hands

Karlsson Mirage Gold Wall Clock


Equal parts art deco and Victoriana, this vintage-tinged vase is our favourite way to tap into the coloured glass trend. Go for the green or opt for jewel toned pink for more light-reflecting loveliness.

Karlsson, Mirage Gold Wall Clock, £42


6. Concrete plan

Bloomingville Natural Concrete Table Lamp


Yes, the days are finally getting longer - but we’ve always got time for statement lighting. The soft, natural tones of this terrazzo table lamp make it just the thing for spring. Warm it up with a soft bulb and it’s got room-transforming potential.

Bloomingville, Natural Concrete Table Lamp, £73


7. Paint it black

AYTM Hydria Vase


Softened by a unique sheer effect and the chalky, matte finish of the glass, this standout vase feels far less heavy than it looks at first glance. There’s a hidden bonus, too - even the cat (or the kids) would struggle to knock this one over.

AYTM, Hydria Vase, £93


8. New leaf

Kenzo Leaves Cushion Cover


Pairing bold modern silhouettes with the craftsmanship of embroidery, this cushion by fashion favourite Kenzo is a graphic update on spring florals. Tick off a trend with that rich cobalt blue – it’s a colour to watch for summer.

Kenzo, Leaves Cushion Cover, £65


9. Up the wall

Nordlux Strap Wall Lamp


Forget more functional spaces like kitchens and home offices - hallways, living rooms and bedrooms benefit best from the mood-setting appeal of wall lamps. This one comes courtesy of design duo Bjørn + Balle for Nordlux.

Nordlux, Strap Wall Lamp, £105


10. Candle club

AYTM Grey Tota Lantern


Swap your usual dinner party centrepiece for this smokey glass lantern, which will diffuse soft light across even the starkest space. When it’s back on the shelf? Switch the candle for succulents or a statement cacti.

AYTM, Grey Tota Lantern, £29

Trending: Japanese interiors

Are Japanese interiors the new Scandi?

Step aside, Scandi purists - as it turns out, there’s more to minimalism than the design ethos that’s come to define the last decade. If – dare we say it – your whitewashed walls are starting to look a tad tired, some Japanese styling tips might be just the thing. Not convinced? Japandi is your favourite new portmanteau, championing the very best of both. Here’s why you’ll love it.

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You don’t have to be a serious Scandi devotee to know that bold colour doesn’t tend to make the cut. Although splashes of mustard, forest green and dusky pink often pop up in retro-tinged Scandi design, it’s largely an exercise in restraint, with a focus on fifty shades of grey (at the very least). Where colour is missing, warmth is layered in with hygge-friendly textures and rustic finishes.

There’s no denying grey as a new neutral – we love these chalky shades.

- Jakki Pay, Design Director Fashion & Home

Japanese style has far more in common with Scandi noir - the moodier cousin of white walls and bleached woods - championing richer, pigmented shades of charcoal grey, matte black and pale stone. Put down the high gloss paint - contemporary chalky finishes add a subtle warmth which will help to balance the simple colour scheme. If you’re up for a bit of an investment, concrete walls are top of our wish list.



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If there’s one key design ethos that underpins both Japanese and Scandinavian style, it’s a commitment to clean lines. Nordic interiors often nod to the balance of form and function, finding clever solutions to small spaces, making the most of simple natural materials and maximising limited light on the Northern Hemisphere’s shortest winter days. With such a penchant for the practical, simplicity is the name of the game.

Look out for super sleek, almost architectural lines. Airy loft apartment optional.

- Jakki Pay, Design Director Fashion & Home

Japanese design is still firmly no-fuss, although curvier shapes are more common – our Janna floor lamp has them in all the right places. Materials like marble, stone and glass are just as key, with darker, stained wood alongside pale beech and ash tones. When it comes to furniture, it’s worth taking it all down a notch - lower coffee tables, futons and low-slung chairs keep it feeling a little more casual and nod to Japan’s design heritage.





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The truly Nordic home requires a practical dose of cosiness to cope with colder weather, and you can see this in textural details - the ubiquitous cream sheepskin rug has achieved a level of Scandi status not seen since ABBA. Beyond the iconic wide stripe, prints often nod to nature, with hand-drawn leaves and flowers influenced by classic '60s and '70s pattern. Ceramics are often gloriously artisanal, and anything that’s hand-crafted, hand-fired or hand-finished gets top marks.

It’s a beautiful balance of form and function – restful but with an industrial edge.

- Jakki Pay, Design Director Fashion & Home

Japanese interiors might be seriously sleek, but that’s not a byword for clinical – after all, the Japanese trend of ‘wabi sabi’ is a celebration of the beauty in imperfection. But forget the sheepskin rug – it’s all about hand-etched ceramics and delicately embellished fabrics that nod to traditional Japanese print and pattern. Get started with monochrome geo prints and simple linear designs – our Buda vase is just the ticket.



3 ways to use colour in winter

3 ways to use colour in winter


Between autumn’s russety reds and spring’s sorbet shades lies a bit of a colour conundrum. Suddenly all-white-everything feels stark - not summery - and those brilliantly bold tropical hues are (literally) all shades of wrong. So how to keep the colour whilst capturing the mood of the season - and without resigning yourself to picking up the paint or frantically swapping the cushions every three months? Here’s three ways to make colour work, all year round.


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The shades

In their modern iteration, these wonderfully rich, pigmented hues – think forest greens, petrol blues and glamorous clarets and aubergines – stormed straight to the top of every interiors trend round-up around 2016, and never left. Along with the decade-defining velvet sofa, they add a bit of punch and personality whilst still being moody enough to make sense for winter - the perfect alternative to summer’s bold prints.

The psychology

Going wall-to-wall with one of these jewel tones - and according to one of this year’s biggest trends, across the ceiling while you’re at it – is a shortcut to serious cosiness. The oft-quoted flipside is whether the room feels smaller as a result. And it makes sense. These hues have Victorian heritage - where rooms were often double height with big bay windows - and long pre-date the light and airy Scandi design DNA we’ve all since championed. There’s plenty of ways to tap into the trend, so it’s worth considering what works for your space.

The styling

If you’re prepared to add some drama – but not to invest in a new sofa – a statement armchair makes a more portable option, or a scatter of cushions in a variety of hues (pair bold with bold, we say) might be all you need to transform a tired old one. Pair with velvet to let these shades really shine - and tick off two winter trends - or bring to life with warm metallics like gold and bronze. And whilst we don’t believe in design rules, sticking to clean lines (à la all things art deco) is the easiest way to keep it under control.

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The shades

Encompassing hues of honey, rich clay and olive green, these saturated shades are a little like autumn’s rush of colour with the sound turned down. But make no mistake - this take on terracotta et al is a far cry from your pile of old plant pots lingering in the shed. These are warm, luxurious and ultimately contemporary colours that owe far more to Mediterranean villas and Moroccan riads than any failed gardening attempt.

The psychology

From clay-roofed cities to hip design hotels, these earthy – yet seriously luxe - tones are as traditional as they are on-trend. They’re at a bit of a colour crossroads, too. Sitting pretty in the sweet spot where vibrant, saturated colour meets pared back, organic hues, they’re the best of both worlds - so it’s no wonder they’ve triumphed both on the catwalk and off. If you’re looking to go au naturel for winter, there’s really no chicer way to do it.

The styling

The key to preventing warm, earthy tones from tipping into ‘rustic’ territory is keeping silhouettes contemporary and paying attention to subtle differences in similar shades – think rich and pinky-brown, rather than orange-tinged. Be wary of too much decoration and even the most delicately distressed finish, which will feel instantly retro (and in this case, we’re talking BC). Stick to solid colour, bold and blocky prints or a simple two-tone effect balanced with white or powdery pink.

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The shades

Candy hues have had a contemporary update, and it works just as well for winter as it does spring and beyond. Pinks are the star of the show – and the star of many a recent red carpet snap – alongside sage greens and paler, grey-tinged denim blues. An ice cream colour palette this is not – the shade reference is far more stonewashed than sickly, more powdery than Palm Springs. Hailed as the new neutrals, it looks like this newly grown-up group of shades is here to stay. Yes please.

The psychology

Whilst we’re not quite ready to end our love affair with the fifty shades of grey that have dominated the last decade, these soothing hues make a good argument – they’re just as restful, but far less likely to feel stark or subdued. Yes, this makes the bedroom an obvious decorating destination, but consider pastels to add some calm - and colour - to hectic, high-traffic areas like your kitchen, too.

The styling

It’s worth considering contrast, whether that means adding some edge with geometric prints or anchoring powdery shades with a splash of something stronger. A dusky pink – which is a little too feminine for some - is made thoroughly modern with a navy or forest green, while textural details like tassels and fringing make a subtler statement paired with paler shades. Beware layering pastel hue upon pastel hue, however, or you’ll feel like you’ve been unwittingly cast in a Wes Anderson film.

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How to create a home spa

How to create a home spa


We love the whole spa experience (who doesn’t?) but know that sometimes schedules - and post-Christmas bank account balances – scupper plans for the real thing. So we say put the hibernation on hold and boost your bathroom game instead. From towel tips to the best mood-setting scents, here’s how to make a spa of any space.


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The set up

Streamline your space

Nothing will take the shine off the spa experience like clutter. Beyond the boring pedal bin, our top tip is free standing shelves and towel hooks - they’re a clever way to make the most of vertical space when it’s a bit of a tight squeeze. Fill wire baskets with your favourite bathroom bits and banish the less pretty lotions and potions to woven options.

Add some greenery

With their mood-boosting benefits and air-purifying properties, plants are perfect for the bathroom. Low-lit and humid, it can feel more than a tad tropical - so look for plants that thrive in a suitably steamy space. Whilst their names don’t conjure up images of tranquillity, spider and snake plants are easy to look after and like things a little moist, as do elegant orchids and peace lilies.

Reach for the robe

Investing in a luxe robe is one of the easiest ways to elevate even the most mundane weekday evening. Traditionally white and tied at the waist, treat yourself to a towelling number with a shawl collar - and dig out those complimentary hotel slippers from the back of the wardrobe, too. After changing, take a few minutes to relax or meditate with a herbal tea in hand.


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The towels

Select your style

A stack of fluffy white towels might be synonymous with the spa, but there’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to luxurious linens. Look to contrast borders and jacquard prints to add some detail, or try mixing and matching muted tonal shades. It's worth paying attention to the technical bits, too - look out for GSM, which defines the weight and thickness of a towel.

Preserve the plump

How do spas keep their towels so soft? Not all towels are born equal, so if this is a priority, look for combed cotton or options with ‘zero twist’ yarns, which are renowned for that soft and fluffy feel. Go easy on the fabric conditioner, avoid crowding the washing machine and drying on radiators, too - all contribute to that dreaded stiffness. And the jury's out on the tennis ball in the tumble dryer trick...

Try essentials oils

The easiest way to upgrade a DIY facial? A little aromatherapy. Add a few drops of your favourite essential oil to hot water, soak your flannel and wring out until damp, then use to remove excess product between applications. The right scent is super relaxing and helps to open up your pores - lavender, eucalyptus, rose, neroli and clary sage are all spa favourites for good reason.


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The mood-setters

Dim the lights

Don’t despair over dark evenings, as they offer the opportunity to control the ultimate mood-setter - good lighting. If you can’t dim the main source (and bathroom lighting tends to be anything but relaxing) consider the sensory appeal of candlelight instead. For a long-term investment, spotlights will focus bright light away from the bath and towards high-use areas such as sinks and mirrors.

Add some fragrance

‘Saving’ that candle you got as a Christmas gift? Now’s the time to put it to good use - no special occasion neccessary. Forget layering here, as the added factor of perfumed products means one special scent is all you need - so choose wisely. If sturdy surfaces are lacking and flames are a safety concern, a good quality diffuser makes a fuss-free alternative.

Hit play

If your evening bath is the only spot of silence you get all day, then we understand the temptation to make it a music-free zone, but it’s worth trying out a few genres first. What relaxes each of us is so personal, and might be unexpected – anything from rain sounds to reggae. Consider creating a playlist of soothing tunes so you won’t feel tempted to interrupt your bath to dry your hands and skip a song.

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How to set your wedding table

How to set your own wedding table


Styling the table settings for your wedding - or any really fancy bash – calls for a little creative flair. And who better to show us how than super stylist Erica Davies? With royal wedding fever still going strong, she’s opted for a luxe set-up fit for any princess…


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Start with summer metallics

It’s got to be gold, right? But take note of the subtle styling – metallics against a white backdrop might feel too formal for a summer reception, so forgo stark table linen in favour of rustic wood and a beaded runner. Erica’s mixed and matched two sets, plumping for palm and sunburst designs that work perfectly at a summery soirée.

“I love to mix up china, so it doesn’t look too formal.”

Embrace the art of layering

If there’s ever a time to break out the full set, then this is it. The layout should take its cue from the menu, so side plates, two glasses and enough cutlery to cater for each course are top of the check list. Add touches of texture where you can – the beautiful beaded rim of these charger plates makes all the difference here.


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Prettify with blush accents

Erica might have the Midas touch, but she’s softened the gold-on-gold with napkins and flowers in a sorbet shade. Pink roses or peonies are our pick for a summer wedding, as they feel a little less formal than classic red or white blooms. Arrange a row of single stems in mini vases for an alternative to fussy (and conversation-hindering) arrangements that tend to dominate the space.

“Cue crockery, cutlery and serving dishes that wouldn’t look out of place at the palace.”

Add the finishing touches

You’ve perfected the seating plan - yes, the horror is over – so make sure to pop a name at each place setting. Don’t feel that calligraphy is compulsory, as there’s plenty of fancy fonts out there just waiting to be printed off. Last on the list? Place the menu on top of each dinner plate – just move the napkin to the side plate – and you're ready to go.


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3 ways to style a summer party

3 ways to style a summer party


Getting the gang over for a bit of alfresco fun? We can’t be the only ones that think deciding on the theme is the best bit – and yes, we mean everything from the decorations to the drinks. Here’s three of our favourite summer party ideas.


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Style it: hot tropics

Forget the ever-changing forecast - a totally tropical theme is fun whatever the weather. For a slice of paradise in your back garden, pair brilliantly bold hues and prints with natural wood accents. There’s nothing wrong with a little novelty, too. Fruit motifs like lemons, watermelons and the ever-popular pineapple come in all shapes and sizes, from quirky string lights to giant pool inflatables.

Serve it: pink grapefruit margaritas

Rub a slice of lime around the rim of each tumbler, then dip in turn into a plate of salt or sugar. Half fill each glass with ice, then add a shot each of vodka and triple sec. Top up with pink grapefruit juice, then add a wedge of lime on the side to serve. Flamboyant straws and umbrellas optional (but strongly encouraged).

Survive it: stay heatwave-savvy

Nothing puts a dampener on a summer party like sunburn, heatstroke et al. A basket with all the practical bits at arm’s reach - sun cream, spare sunglasses, hats and spray to keep bugs at bay – is sure to be appreciated, especially when little guests are involved. Set out a drinks dispenser filled with water and add an ice ‘brick’ made in a loaf tin – it’ll melt far slower than individual cubes.

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Style it: subtle stripes

For the table, think relaxed and a little rustic rather than seaside retro – this contemporary take swaps graphic nautical stripes for subtle coloured rims (see the Seafare dinnerware range, below), bubbled glass and tactile, tumbled linens. Soft shades of blue and white are synonymous with the look and feel of a life beside the sea, whether it’s Margate or the Mediterranean.

Serve it: fruit-laden Pimm’s

Making this summer classic for a crowd is easier if you add the fruit to the glasses. Fill the biggest jug you can find with one part Pimm's to three parts lemonade, and set out rows of tumblers with sliced strawberries, cucumber, orange slices and torn mint leaves. Let guests serve themselves and top up their designated fruit-filled glass as they please. You can freeze the ingredients into ice pops, too.

Survive it: think posh picnic

Dining alfresco should always feel relaxed - no one’s expecting a three course dinner at a summer soirée. But when a day at the beach is your style inspiration, simple picnic style platters are perfect - you’ve already set the mood for sharing. Remember that sometimes the biggest picnic crowd-pleasers aren’t sophisticated. Good crusty bread, juicy summer fruits and the humble cocktail sausage have all earned a rightful place on the shopping list.

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Style it: full on fiesta

A quirky alternative to the tropical trend, this idea takes style notes from a South American carnival. Pair vibrant pinks, blues and yellows with beautifully bohemian ikat prints and tactile finishes like tassels and pom poms. A simple seating arrangement will offset the riot of pattern, texture and colour – just pile mix and match cushions around a low table and invite guests to relax.

Serve it: summery sangria

There’s some debate over the perfect sangria, but this simple recipe is a good place to start. Fill a jug or drinks dispenser with three parts red wine to one part orange juice, then add slices of zesty oranges and lemons. A splash of liqueur ups the sweetness (and the booze factor), although it’s not compulsory - Marsala wine, sherry, brandy or an orange liqueur are popular options.

Survive it: reset the scene at sunset

Now that we’re past the longest day, don’t be surprised to find yourself in sudden darkness at 9:30pm. In fact, an evening slowly drawing in can be a mood-setter rather than a killer. A fire pit, assorted lanterns or even jars with tea lights hung in trees are suitably bohemian – just make sure the wires or strings are long enough to avoid a (definitely mood-killing) fire hazard.