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  1. Seasonal changes are always a good incentive to breathe new life into your interior. Autumn may display a lot of grey outside but this colour need not dominate your home; in fact, the new favourite is blue which is now proving a popular colour for all seasons.

    My autumn blog is taking inspiration from different cultures and interior styles offering an interior cocktail with a little bit of spice.





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    When it comes to high quality panoramic landscape wallpapers, this French company is one of my favourite suppliers, Chinoiserie Griselle (200 x 250 cm), EUR 475,





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    Add a warm touch of colour to your living space with this lampshade made from sari fabric, (40cm shade), £150,





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    This is a very special find for use as a desk or console table, Chinese Chippendale Chinoiserie painted Console Hall Table, $1495, buckscounty via




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    The inspiration for the design of this fabric comes from a 17th century silk carpet from the Ningxia region in China, Enter the Dragons, Chinese Spice (2099/01),





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    You don’t need to have lived in China to appreciate this stunning and unique piece of furniture and art. I am absolutely thrilled to be able to add this fabulous 19th Century Chinese Bridal Bed to my blog. The owner bought it from a very reputable antiques dealer when she was living in Hong Kong. These beds are rare and hardly ever come up for sale. As one can see, it is very large and needs to live in a good sized room. It is an absolutely irresistible piece to own for anybody who is looking for something truly unique.  This could be the centrepiece for the most exquisite room scheme… House and Garden and World of Interiors here we come!!! The bed is currently fully assembled at the owner's property in Bath where potential buyers can view it. For enquiries please contact me on [email protected]





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    Those who share my enthusiasm for the Chinese Bridal Bed, might also like this very pretty Chinese wallpaper, which is based on period paintings of Cathay, Shanghai,





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    This lampshade is another new and fab design produced and sold by one of my favourite companies. Samarkand Design sources predominantly sari and unique fabrics in India which are used for these very individual pieces. There are only a few shades of the same colour and design available so you can be sure, that you won’t see the same model in every other house, 60cm Old Gold Ikat Lampshade, £195,  







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    This pair of vintage, red lacquered, Bamboo Chinese Chippendale Armchairs make a perfect match for traditional as well as contemporary interiors, $1800, city-of-z via (chairs can be shipped to the UK)





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    Team these lamps up with your oriental furniture for a perfect room scheme, £146.25 (set of 2 lamps), Safavieh via






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    Ikat designs have had a huge revival and are currently more popular than ever. This silk cushion has been hand dyed and handwoven, Ikat Pillow Cover Yellow Terra Cotta, £27.55, pillowme via




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    Give your living space an autumnal touch with this stylish Petit Brown Velvet Love Seat, £892.50,




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    Add some interest to a sofa or bed with this fab Lowndes Throw from Oka, £99,




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    This super contemporary vintage-looking chair is one of my favourite autumn finds, Moresque Chair, £398, 

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    Entertain in style with this stylish sideboard adding a Moorish touch with its very eye-catching intricate carving, Marrakech Sideboard, £1495,





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    Treat yourself to this Turkish delight and jazz up your sofa with this quite unique vintage Kilim cushion made out of 1960s materials, Kurdish Sumac Pillow, £85.79, easternhandart via





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    No need to compromise with quality or style when wearing this fab apron which is made of durable and beautiful leather, Fuego Apron, £120,


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    If Turkish Kilims are not for you, why not get inspired by a different culture and treat yourself to this Navajo Tribal Cultural Storm Pattern Cushion, £30.95,




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    Why not use this super bench instead of dining chairs. It looks good with almost every interior style and could also double up as a hall bench, Poppy Dining Bench, $1195,




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    This Ralph Lauren rug introduces a touch of Wild West ranch chic to your interior,  Three Waters Rug,


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    Store your belongings in style with this chest of drawers showing off a very eye-catching hand-carved pattern with nail headed lines and aged steel casing, Cayman Chest of Drawers, £499,





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    This Bergere Armchair has got my thumbs up in terms of design and colour which will look good just about anywhere, Mrs. Wasserman Bergere Chair, $2799,





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    These table stands offer you a choice of different tray table tops. If you can’t make up your mind which one to choose, why not get a selection, Notre Monde Tray Table Stand Small and Large, from £145 and Notre Monde Tile Driftwood Tray, from £72,





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    No need to compromise on style if you need to find a rug which takes some beating from messy children. This Calvin Klein rug will hide all sorts of sins and still look good, Luster Wash Rug / Chrome (122 x 183cm), £599, Calvin Klein via






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    Make a statement with this distinctive handmade sideboard which will no doubt become a talking point next time you entertain your friends, Newton Sideboard, £689,





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    Looking every inch like a throne of Titania, this hand-sculpted chair is the work of French artist Joy de Rohan Chabot, EUR 3000,

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    Using a blend of old and new materials, this stool sits beautifully among contemporary as well as traditional furniture, Wallace Coffee Table/Ottoman, £1925,




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    No need to panic any more when your visitors are about to arrive. Just chuck all the ‘bits and bobs’ which clutter up your room into these decorative storage boxes which are not just useful but also very easy on the eye, Tarara Box Files (set of 3), £44, 




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    If you like to keep up with current trends, make sure your living space can feature something ‘vintage’ even if it is just a small yet impressive accessory like this Turkish overdyed rug cushion made from 1960s material, Patchwork Overdid Rug Pillow, £32.27, easternhandart via www.etsy.comAutumn 16: 24 explorer2 

    ‘Room or rather Chair with a View’. If you seat your guests on this chair, they might spend more time looking down their back rather than focusing on you though! Nature & Urban Landscape inspired Ski Furniture Collection by thecraftlab,





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    ‘East meets East meets West’ with this unusual decorative cushion. The main cushion fabric is made of a vintage Kimono featuring an Indian hand beaded sari border piece plus an antique hand embroiled French trim. Beautifully put together it will provide a stunning feature on a chair or sofa, French Indian Japanese Pillow, £243, erinkellerhome via





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    Add a touch of warmth and colour to your living space with this stunning Suzani Rug, Coquelicot Rug,






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    If you want to be different in a contemporary sort of way, forget your minimalist chair and opt for this Pumpkin King Swing instead.  It will be the envy of your interior-conscious inner circle who will be challenged to find something to top this model. It does come at a price but if you do have the cash to splash it might just be worth every penny! Pumpkin King Returns With a Robe, £ 40,000 (+ VAT),




     Autumn 16: 29 tretchikoff-lamshades

    If you can’t quite justify blowing your monthly salary on a pricy Pumpkin Seat or Velvet Armchair, there are more reasonable ways to add a statement piece to your living space. Turn your lamps into a piece of art with these lampshades, featuring prints of the iconic portraits of Vladimir Tretchikoff, Tretchikoff Lamp Shades, £80 each,





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    This is another example how a decorative but average chair can be turned into something special. This pretty deep purple velvet 1950s inspired chair features a beautiful vintage hand embroidered silk suzani border, 1950s French Cocktail Chair, £489,  heerfurniture via



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    This company is a favourite of mine. It produces very artistic and unusual cushions and fabrics,





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    I am a great fan of the quirky and ‘off the beaten track’ designs by Fornasetti. His furniture and accessories never fail to impress and will always become the centre of attention when entertaining your guests, Fornasetti Chair Moro Moor Red Drape, $4690,






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    This decorative lampshade happens to work rather well over the pumpkin season but should certainly be here to stay, 30cm Pale Blue & Black & Ochre Lampshade, £130,





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    Don’t get too spooked by these birds which will no doubt keep a beady eye on their owner, “Crow Patrol” - Beau Cushion, £99,





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    This is one of my top picks among display cabinets. You don’t even have to put anything inside to enjoy looking at it, Etalage Black Display Cabinet, £1565,





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    This very stylish sofa covered in Ikat fabric is further proof of how ancient designs can pair up with contemporary furniture, Stretched Ikat Mina Sofa,






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    This fireplace screen is super stylish and will look good whether placed in front of a contemporary or traditional fireplace, Button Fireplace Screen, $495, (ships worldwide)





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    Take a break from monochrome lampshades and treat yourself to this super Ikat lampshade with its striking zig-zag pattern, 30cm straight empire printed linen shade in black zig-zag, £55,

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    You don’t have to immerse yourself in the horsey world to enjoy and appreciate this set of Murano glasses. For those who love entertaining and have a bit of cash to splash these hand crafted Murano wine glasses by the famous Venetian glass master Dario Frare should really be top of the shopping list. The glasses are part of the Horse Collection by Frare Lavorazioni Artistiche, EUR 2200 (set of 6 Horse Murano Glasses),






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    This is another top pick produced by one of my favourite lampshade companies which never fails to come up with new and unique designs, 30cm Pale Blue & Black on White Lampshade, £130,






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    This is another stunning example of Fornasetti’s works of art. His furniture never fails to look good and provide a stunning feature for any interior, (item No: 631.722.3733),




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    Inject some interest and life into your minimalist sofa with this handwoven silk velvet Ikat cushion, Black Ikat Pillow Cover, £54.31, pillowme via





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    For those with a soft spot for bohemian interiors, this hand block printed rug is a good starting point, (120 x 180cm), Block Print Rug, £80,






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    For those in search of a stylish side table, look no further! This table works well with most interiors and just looks good, Blake Glass-Top Side Table, $799, (international shipping)






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    If your monochrome living space is in need of a little bit of pattern and colour without overdoing it, I would go for this armchair upholstered in natural handwoven jute with its striking geometric design, Rega Armchair & Ottoman, £899,






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    This lovely set of lamp shade and base have an almost ghostly appearance and adapt very well to most interiors,






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    If theatre tickets are sold out yet again, stay at home, put this wallpaper up and listen to your favourite play while admiring the view! Illustrated Theatre Wall Mural, from £25,





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    These side tables are unique. The tables feature figural pedestals reminiscent of museum artefacts and are made of iron with a painted bronze finish, Manvel Side Table, $799, (international shipping)





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    Whether you like to cover your chairs, lamp shades or cushions in this stunning fabric, it can all be done and supplied by this London-based company whose focus is on well-crafted artisan textiles creating statement pieces. This duo definitely has an eye for and on design, Catarina Ikat Fabric,





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    These tables are an absolute ‘must have’ for a classy contemporary bedroom, London Interiors Shagreen leather Tray Table, £790 (per table),






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    For a feature on the wall, this antiqued panel mirror with its smoky finish is a brilliant choice, Antique Panel Mirror - Triple, £349.51,






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    I am always on the look-out for coffee tables with a difference. This table certainly fits into this bracket, Waverly Coffee Table, $1499,  (international shipping)





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    This is a perfect choice if you need a rug for your minimalist living space. The slightly vintage look and irregular colouring bring the entire space to life, Alaska Rug (200 x 300cm),





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    For those who love the vintage look, this is an absolute ‘must have’ piece of furniture,  Charles Cabinet, £499,





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    Being the ‘height of interior fashion’ at the moment, there are plenty of overdyed rugs on offer. Browsing through the jungle of similar rugs, this one has scored high on colour, design and quality, Overdyed Rug,





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    If you want to but don’t quite dare to introduce a touch of colour to your neutral room scheme, this stylish coffee table will come to the rescue. Although featuring a neutral top, the frame and legs add just that little touch of fun and colour, Lexington Coffee Table,







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    No, it’s not an artist being creative or sitting in the clouds! Ultimately it is, what you want it to be and will certainly get the creative juices going, Ink Blot Watercolour Paint Wallpaper Mural, from £25,





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    This lovely blue/beige Suzani cushion design is bang on trend and lends itself perfectly well as a touch of something new in and around your home, Suzani Embroidery Pillow, £45.36, ZozanRugs via





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    If you can’t get to Venice, bring Venice to you with this fun and very trendy wallpaper, Frontier Gondola 89/8032,





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    For those who are still looking for an on-trend and stylish occasional chair, which does not require a small mortgage to buy, this indigo blue velvet-look chair is an front runner, Joyce Fabric Vintage Armchair in blue, £269.90,





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    Although a classic design, this wallpaper looks equally good with contemporary furniture, Savages De La Mer Pacifique (Ref. 2191),





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    These earthy colours bring a good dose of autumn spirit into your house, Terrace Cushion Cover (light granite grey), £37.50,





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    For the design conscious who love all things minimalist and are keen to go with the latest products and colours, this bench covered in navy leather is an absolute must-have, Toma Crocodile-Embossed Bench, $1999, (international shipping)






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    Be bold and defy the monochrome trend with this inspirational fabric design which works beautifully on furniture as well as curtains,





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    This is not just your average occasional table; it is more like a piece of art and something you can appreciate in your own four walls, Bronze and Jesmonite Table ‘Fuzz Slice’ by Study O Portable, £8400,





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    Small But Beautiful is a shop here in Bath which sells not only gorgeous fabrics with personalised colour combinations made to order, but also offers a stunning range of sumptuous velvet geometric and Moorish cushions and bedcovers, Reversible Velvet Linen Throw, £110, 







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    Via: Soho Hotel: Bedhead covered in Arumfellow fabric




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    Via: Designers Amy and Todd Hase's Hamptons home / Roger Davis




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    Via: Mural painting by Michael Dillon,





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  2. While the British public is still agonising over staying in or getting out of the EU, I have focused on the more enjoyable task of sourcing the best of both worlds and beyond. Let me take your mind off this important debate for a moment and join me on my journey to local and far flung places, discovering a world of interior ideas which knows no boundaries. 

    As you will see by looking at my choice of products, stylish interiors don’t have to mean large budgets. Ultimately it comes down to a well put together and thought-through cocktail of furniture, accessories and colours. Mix one or two high-end pieces with budget items and an entire room can look as if you have spent a fortune. My summer blog will hopefully give you some new ideas about how to change or just add some accents to a fresh interior for the new season and beyond. 



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    These fun chairs are just perfect for mixing and matching bringing a bright and fun element to the living space, Moresque Chair, £398 each,




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    This stylish lampshade designed by Ptolemy Mann and made by hand in North London is a new take on the traditional Ikat design, £82,





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    No need to feel ‘prickly’ when sitting on these chairs.  A cultural blend of Mexican and European influences, these chairs embrace cross border fusion, The Prickly Pair Chairs,




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    Polly Granville breathes new life into old furniture with her creative approach to upholstery. She describes her work as having “one foot in the past, but with a beady eye on the future”,




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    A stylish mirror such as this can do wonders for a room and add light to a space, £24.95,




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    Going with the current trend and love for Ikat designs, this colourful lampshade brings an otherwise neutral room scheme to life, £220,




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    This bedside table is a perfect example that stylish design can be affordable, Navy Empire 2-drawer Nightstand, £114.49,





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    This company has just opened a shop in Bath. It is selling beautiful fabrics, bedspreads and other home accessories. I fell in love with this ready-made curtain adding a fresh look to a room, Lined Cotton Curtain Panel, £69, - products can be shipped abroad.




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    Inspired by peacock feathers, this rug shows off a vibrant palette of colours, Nomadic, available in different sizes, from £100,




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     Relax after a hard days work on this stylish day bed, Buxton, £649,




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    For a stylish yet understated look, this stunning cushion would be one of my top picks, White Anatolian I, £180,





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    If deciding whether to choose pattern or neutral is just too difficult, these reversible bed throws with their pom-pom ‘trimmings’ will give you both options, (220cm x 240cm), Pom Pom Reversible Linen Bed Throw, £220,




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    For those who have gone for the ‘all white’ look but like to inject a bit of colour, this lamp would be a perfect match, Lakai Handprinted Table Lamp, Large, £155,





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    We all need storage boxes/baskets in different shapes and sizes. You might as well do it in style with this decorative set of 3 baskets, £106, Blue & White Strapping Band Storage Baskets, £106,




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    No need to hop on a plane to soak up the spirit of Ottoman culture! This 2-seater handmade sofa upholstered with silk and navy blue cotton duck fabric presents a view of historical Istanbul’s Bosphorus during the Ottoman Empire, Bosphorus Wing Sofa, £1847.25, namedesignstudio via




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    This Suzani Cushion with its detailed embroidery and classic colours, is a perfect choice for updating an old sofa or armchair, Wilhelmina Embroided Suzani Pillow Cover, £48.18,




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    The Chevron Shelving Unit is a really versatile and easy-to-place piece of furniture and ideal for a contemporary look, £449,





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    This seriously ‘cool’ and revolutionary design might even tempt those who are not into ‘caravanning’ around the countryside. It can be used as a normal caravan but can also turn into a boat and can be custom-made with various additional features. For a romantic short break ‘a deux’ this might just be the one thing to impress someone who you want to treat to something unusual, Sealander, the swimming Caravan,



    Summer 16: 22 Privilege-contemporary-gold-leaf-accent-table-21f9672c-ba1

    Those with a passion for geology would no doubt be thrilled to see this gem of a table looking like a geode as a special feature in their home, Privilege Contemporary Gold Leaf Metal Accent Table, £80.98,




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    Whether you are looking for accessories on a budget or just love a good design, this cushion cannot fail to impress, Cushion Cover Ikat, cushionbarn_uk via

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    This armchair is a lovely mix of a country-style chair with a contemporary update, Elodie Armchair in Pattaya blue print, £469,

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    These contemporary outdoor chairs look so stylish, you might be quite tempted to use them indoors too. They can be supplied as a 4 or 6 seater and come with the dining table, from £699,






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    This beautifully embroided fabric will look stunning whether you use it as a bedcover or over a sofa. A mix of silk and cotton with silk embroidery it sends you straight down ‘Silk Route Lane’. Produced in Uzbekistan and shipped to many international destinations, £105.86, SunSilkFlowers via




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     This console table is gorgeously geometrical and looks good whether used for traditional or contemporary interiors, Sculpted Geo Console - Parchment, £499,





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    These lampshades are a great choice if you are going for the breezy seaside look; one can almost smell the sea! Grain Sack Lampshade - 30cm - Blue or Red, £35, HomeEnvyLtd via




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    Why pay over the odds if you can get your hands on one of these stunning Ikat Kantha Quilts. Produced in and shipped to Europe from India it is an absolute steal at only £43.99 for a Queen size Quilt, Ikat Bedspread Kantha Blanket, craftaura12 via





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    This is a truly sensational console table. The fusion of Moorish and contemporary design make it easy to place this lovely piece of furniture with different interior styles, Beatrix Console, (although this company does not ship outside the US, it recommends shipping companies on its website that can do so)





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    Only the best will do for this well-established company offering beautiful products and counting royalty among its list of clients,





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    Relax in this comfortable chair and imagine yourself sitting in a typical Parisian bistro watching the world go by, French Bistro Chair, £99,





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     Samarkand Design is a wonderful company and one of my latest and favourite finds.  Most lampshades are bespoke, made with silk saree fabrics which have been sourced by the owner directly in India or hand-block cotton fabrics. Every saree shade is different and you can be sure that you will not see them anywhere else. In addition to the products shown on the website, saree fabrics can be sourced and used for lampshades based on the customer’s brief and requirements, Indigo Zigzag Hand-Block Cotton Lampshade (50cm), £135,





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    Recycling old things does not mean,  having to dig through every bin in the neighbourhood hoping to find something worthy for your home. Do it in style instead and get your hands on vintage grain sacks. Due to their width, they also lend themsleves well to turning them into wider bench cushions or smaller one's as this one for your sofa or armchair.....and of course very much the trendy thing to have, Pillow Cover with Embroided and Customizable Initials , approx £24.27, garanceetkaki via   Summer 2016: 34 XOT036GYM-0_01

     Make the outdoors look as stylish as your interior with this very good-looking outdoor dining table, Conisbrough Dining Table, £2175,





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    If your living space is crying out for something colourful and a striking pattern, this sofa will deliver! Leveseat - deep blue, £1385.44, namedesignstudio via





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    Alternatively if your interior is in need of a sleek and contemporary piece of furniture, this eye-catching bench covered in a tufted white eco-leather will add a very visual statement, Oppland White Upholstered Tufted Gold Bench, at a real steal at only £375.66,




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    Not sure what I find more attractive about this Pouffe, the design or the fact that it carries the same name as our son? Jasper Pouffe, Persia Blue, £99,






    Summer 2016: 38 blue-bubble-jug

    This water jug is perfect for entertaining. It is larger than the average water jug and the design is absolutely stunning; just perfect for al fresco entertaining! The jug comes in 3 different colours, Glass Bubble Jug, £42, 





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    A very stylish reminder of sun, sand and sea especially if you have just returned from one of those memorable trips, Abbyson Living Stacked Sea Urchin Lamp, £158.79 (set of 2 lamps),




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    Based on a sofa manufactured by Gillows for Uppark, a fantastic Queen Anne house in Sussex, this sofa is a fine example how to bring out the best of the old and the new, Uppark, £6,836, Max Rollitt Antiques Interiors,




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    With a design reminiscent of British seaside awnings, the Porthallow Lamp will add coastal charm to your room scheme, £155,




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    Add an exotic touch to a bedroom with this headboard inspired by the classic Moorish arch,




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    Why pay over the odds when you can get the same type cushions for a fraction of designer prices. These very pretty cushions are shipped directly from Uzbekistan to Europe, Uzbek Silk Hand Embroided Suzani Pillow Cases, sold as a pair for approx £35.54, uzdecor-com via


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    This vintage-looking console table adds depth and character to your space, Hand Painted Distressed Turquoise Finish Console Table, £364.04,





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    Decorative urns from Thailand, the inspiration for this original lamp design, Sukhothai Table Lamp, £125,




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    One can't fail to admire the craftsmanship and detailed work which has gone into these beautiful Anatolian cushions, Silk Suzani Pillow Cushion Cover, approx £63.27, anatolian_designs via



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    With its vintage look one might think it was bought in a souk down the silk road, Kapona Tray Table, £108,



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    Inject a bit of retro and Bohemian flair with this decorative white wooden sideboard covered in   rattan, Peacock Wood and Rattan Sideboard, £329.90,





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    Another favourite of Samarkand Design lampshades made with silk saree fabric offering a very unique and distinguished look, 40cm lampshade, £150,




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    This stunning wall light could add a wonderful oriental touch to a space on the wall,

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    This cove-backed sofa teams turned legs with a cotton dhurrie tapestry of washed hues and heavy weave giving it an interesting and vintage look, Osbourne Three-Seater Sofa, £749, 





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    Good-looking storage solutions for small items are not always easy to find. Whether kindle wood, toys, trinkets or plants, this bright tub will hold it all! Stag horn Coral Metal Tub, £85,

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    Add a touch of Bohemian living with this colourful stool, Bohemian 2/3 seater sofa in pink, £199.90,





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    For those who have the ‘cash to splash’ and like to entertain in style, these dining chairs are a must have, Rider Dining chair,




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    Enjoy the outdoors indoors and treat yourself to a lovely original piece of art by Mary Liddell, (10x12 inches), £500 each,





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     If you love bright colours and are looking for a true statement piece, this cabinet covered in 'aqua leather' would be one of my top picks. It works with so many different interior styles and in case the colour is a bit too much on the bright side, you can choose from a range of other leather colours, Bddw-Leather-Credenza Cabinet,





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    If you happen to spend you summer holiday in Turkey and like to bring one of these lovely sofas upholstered in vintage Suzani back as a souvenir, you will not have to argue with the airport check-in desk about oversize luggage. The company will ship worldwide. Suzani 2-seater Sofa - Spring, £1634.10, namedesignstudio via





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    For a touch of the exotic, go for this hand carved Mango wood dresser, Salvador Mango Wood China Cabinet, £899.90,





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    From ‘Mexico with love’ is this very bright and jolly Pouf with its beautifully crafted needlework of the Otomi peoples who settled in the central region of Mexico, Round Coral and Aqua Pouf, £204.82, CasaOtomi via (ship worldwide)

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    Sitting round this coffee table, I can just see myself sipping a strong local coffee in Marrakesh’s old town, Guildmaster Marrakesh Coffee Table, £833.04,



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    Inject a fresh summer breeze into your bedroom with this bright and fun Ikat quilt, Ikat Quilt King Orange, £38.18, itembazaar via



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    If your hallway cries out for a makeover and can take a larger piece of furniture, this absolutely stunning and unique Gustavian bench will certainly breathe a new lease of life into your space. You need to go for it soon as it is a one-off piece and might be gone by the time you make up your mind, Large Gustavian Hall Bench, £3,250,  Lorfords Antiques via 





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    Whether you like to inject some colour or need to cover up an old table when entertaining, this pretty tablecloth will make a huge difference,





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    No need to take part in archaeological digs to get your hands on one of these bowls and vases, which are inspired by medieval archaeological finds. They don’t take well to water but can be used for artificial flowers or you can put a cachepot with water and a fresh plant inside. Jadis Bowl,





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    With its bright birds and botanical images, these cushions are a lovely choice for a conservative or a summer room, Bird Scarf Print Pillow Cover, £31.99,





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    Lounge by the pool or on the beach in style with this very eye-catching beach towel which comes in different colours, Alabat Beach Towel by John Robshaw, $80,

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    ‘The walls are not enough’ when it comes to adding artistic features to your interior. This Cabinet will certainly provide a show stopping feature to your living space, Intarsia Cabinet by Emilio Tadini, Laura Meroni, EUROS 7890,





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    “Immediately when you arrive in the Sahara, for the first or the tenth time, you notice the stillness. Presently, you will either shiver and hurry back inside the walls of your Forgotten City, or you will go on standing there and let something very peculiar happen to you, something that everyone who lives there has undergone and which the French call le baptise de solitude”, Paul Bowles (1949). Inspirational painting called ‘Forgotten City’ by artist Emma Rose,





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    This stunning sofa is upholstered in a combination of ‘Cumatz’ and ‘Luna’ handcrafted brocade textiles featuring 15 individual brocade panels, each taking a weaver 1 month to achieve. The company works with Maya weaving cooperatives in Guatemala to create these works of art and cloth. This sofa can be commissioned in any combination of available tapestries to create a bespoke piece, Ashbourne Sofa - Cumatz & Chingo Brocade, £5,200,




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    For entertaining your guests, this beverage dispenser is one of my top picks, Trio Beverage Dispenser, $69.95,




    Summer 16: 75 Haverford-Side-Table

    Inspired by a Moroccan iron architectural fragment, the distressed white grille effect of this end  table brings an open and airy feel to transitional rooms, Haverford Side Table by Safavieh, £114.99,





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    The Shibori designs of this collection are inspired by the ancient Japanese tie-dying technique used to produce fine and subtle hue variations in textiles. Made of Melamine, they are ideal for a stylish picnic, Shibori Melamine Salad Plates - Mixed Set of 4, £21.05,

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    This lovely hand blown lamp is bang on trend looking good with many interior styles. The pretty lamp shade is sold by the same company, Elsa Table Lamp Base in Olive, £100 (lamp base only),







    Summer 16: 80 wall-mounted-kasba-tea-light-holder-37099-p[ekm]335x502[ekm]

    Imagine your walls lit up by these stunning wall mounted tea light holders creating a very            atmospheric mood to your living space, Wall Mounted Kasba Tea Light Holder, £69,





    Summer 16: 81 57c57b_3ff58d862c3f4abf9f92697189feabe2

    This hand-gathered vintage silk lampshade with golden and coloured thread embroidery is a one off so you need to be quick if you want to own this shade at its reduced price, Vintage Silk Lampshade, £160 (special offer on a one-off),





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    Ideal for those cool evenings on the terrace when the ‘heat is not on’, this stunning sculptural fire pit with an African Safari scene, gives you the ‘Out of Africa’ experience without having to travel thousands of miles, The Africa Ball,

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    These exceptionally beautiful Murano glasses are made by hand using a particular technique based on centuries of old traditions and are truly miniature artworks. They will no doubt give your guests a truly special al fresco dining experience and become the talking point round your dining table, Set of 6 Sealife  Murano Glasses, Frare Lavorazioni Artistic Vetro,

    Summer 16: 84 Herat-Oriental-Indo-Handmade-Wool-Jute-upholstered-Wooden-B

    This very decorative bench was handmade by local villagers in the Jodhpur area, Herat Oriental Indo Handmade Wool & Jute upholstered Wooden Bench, £231.50,




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    Storage shelves need not be boring as this wire-door cabinet proves. It is looking lovely and just a very useful piece of furniture to have in your home, Washed Green Wooden Wire-Door Cabinet, £362.71,






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    If you are looking for just a touch of colour and pattern, this armchair sits very pretty amongst most room schemes,




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    The colours of this rug are very discreet yet add some warmth and body to a room, Hand Knotted Vege Dyed Bamboo Silk & Wool Ikat Oushak Rug, approx £2830.72, newyorkruggallery via




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    For those who don’t have the space or budget to go for an outdoor sofa and dining set, this corner sofa with a matching dining table and stools are a brilliant find and affordable compromise,  Palermo Rattan Effect Garden Corner Sofa Set, £599,




    Summer 16: 91 Hydra

    The beautifully designed painted steel and bronze banquette is a beautiful example of the furniture designer Francis Sultana’s work. An internationally acclaimed and celebrated furniture designer, he draws his inspiration predominantly from his travels and the haute-couture. It is worth taking a look at his website and browsing through some of his other inspirational designs, Hydra Banquette,




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    No, it is not a flying carpet, but a very original beach blanket which can also double up as a yoga mat, Indian Star Round Mandala Yoga Mat, £18.99, handicraft-palace via





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    Come the summer season, I am always on the look-out for outdoor dining chairs which differ from the usual designs. These chairs just look good and come with a reasonable price tag, Christopher Knight Home Adriana PE Wicker Outdoor Chairs, £208.10 (Set of 2),




    Summer 16: 93A Ice-Queen-Outdoor-LED-Garden-Chandelier-14779-p[ekm]335x50

    This outdoor low voltage chandelier takes atmospheric lighting to new heights. It has 5 replaceable bright LED bulbs and has been almost completely coated in clear frosted rubber to make it waterproof and give it an icy, frosted look. It is supplied with a 10 metre power cable and door plug (additional 10m extensions can be ordered), Ice Queen Outdoor LED Garden Chandelier, £1,212,





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    For those who love Moorish interiors, this stone-effect mirror is a super find, Moroccan Moorish Vintage Mirror (rustic stone effect), £69, BRIGHTONROC via





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    Complete the Moorish look with this silk hand-gathered lampshade. There is only one in stock so you need to hurry to get your hands on it, Vintage Silk Lampshade “Fanfan”, £220,







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    Set the tone for a fun evening and use these pieces of furniture to play ‘Musical Chairs’ as after dinner entertainment.  The Quartet Chair comes in the following models, Alto, Soprano, Baritone, Tenor, £432 each,





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    If you really want to stand out from the picnic crowd and are happy to splash out on something quite unique, go for this luxury “meals on wheels” picnic hamper. Using an inclusive golf trolley for mobility and easy transport, it is made up of 3 detachable modules, Galloway Picnic Hamper, £599 The Gourmet Trotter Company via





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    Another favourite of mine is this decorative table lamp displaying inverted crescents of marble set in a brass base, Crescent Table Lamp in White Marble, £165 (base only),





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    Another must-have for the smart picnic set which does not break the bank is this outdoor accessory which looks like a chic handbag but turns into picnic rug, British Wool Picnic Carry Blanket, £49, Atlantic Blankets via





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    Treat your bed and yourself to something new and different with this ethnic quilt in the bright and     rediscovered mustard and white colouring, Mustard Voile Cotton Quilt, (240cm x 200cm), £155, The Forest & Co via





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    For those who like a bit of pattern on their picnic blanket, these are a great find. You can be sure to get some very admiring glances from the crowds near you, Waterproof Picnic Blanket Curtis Macon Saffron, Modern Cabin via 





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    As some of you might have already noticed, yellow is back! For those who don’t dare go for the all out yellow look again but like to keep up with the latest trends, go for this very jolly and eye-catching lampshade,




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    Decisions, decisions….which is the prettiest on the wall? I couldn’t resist throwing these arched mirrors into the mix of Moorish mirror designs in this blog which come in two different sizes, Arched Mirror, special offer from £126,





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    This is a delicious stylish and crisp lampshade which has a hugely stylish and versatile colour and pattern. Whether you need to tone down a busy room or like to introduce a little bit of pattern, this lampshade fits all! It feels and looks expensive and if you could only choose one lampshade, this would be my very top choice. As most of this company’s designs are unique with most shades being covered in saree fabrics, you would need to make this or any other models your own without hesitating to avoid losing out, 40cm Grey & White Cotton Voile Lampshade, £95,





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    Add a bit of interest to a plain staircase, other surfaces or walls with this decorative Zinc Frieze. Don’t get too cross though if your offspring use chalk pen to add their own ‘personal’ touch!, Decorative Zinc Frieze, £27.50,





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    Whether you are in need of room dividers, screens, window shutters, decorative panels or other accessories for interiors, these decorative metal laser-cut products which work for commercial and residential properties are well worth considering,





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    This super blanket hand-made by Berber artisans in Morocco’s Atlas region decorated with large pom poms, is an absolute hit, Moroccan Wool Blanket With Pom Poms, £147.92 (other sizes available), naturalandberbers via (shipping worldwide from Morocco)



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    No need to spend hours collecting shells to get your hands on a table like this. This two-tone geometric metal framed coffee table features a cement board top decorated with faux cowrie shells….just sit back and dream of white sandy beaches! Daphne Coffee Table, £1,895,

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    This pretty lampshade is all about injecting little eye-catching touches to a neutral room scheme, 30cm Straight Empire Shade in Gold Block Printed Cotton, £45 (other sizes available),




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    This quilt is so inviting, you would want to have a lye-in every morning, Otsu Quilt, £119,



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    Almost straight out of Africa is this fun Safari plate set designed by Z Galleries in-house designer.




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    hc Stephen Gambrel walls upholstered in Ikat from Uzbek