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  1. Paint colours for north-facing rooms

    Paint colours for north-facing rooms

    ‘What colour should I paint a north-facing room?’ It’s the design question you often ask us. If you don’t already know, rooms that face North on the compass lack warm natural light. That’s because the sun rises in the East and sets in the West. The result is that little direct light enters spaces orientated in a northerly direction, making them tricky to decorate as they are darker, calmer and cooler than those that face South.

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  2. Paint colours for south-facing rooms

    Paint colours for south-facing rooms

    Ask an estate agent why south-facing properties are in demand and they’ll tell you it's because they benefit from the best of natural light at most times during the day. Spaces are light, airy and have an uplifting vibe as a result. But there are also downsides to a southerly aspect from a decorating point of view.

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  3. How to use colour theory for home design

    How to use colour theory for home design

    One of the fundamental choices you’ll make when decorating a home is deciding on its colour palette. For some, it’s easy – a favourite hue is an instinctive go-to – but for many of us the agonising spectrum of colours available makes committing far less easy!

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  4. Decorating with stripes: six lovely ways to line up in style

    Decorating with stripes: six lovely ways to line up in style

    Stripes are incoming! So say the interior design thought leaders. The funny thing is that for many home lovers – us included – this eyecatcher of a pattern isn't a trend, it's a modern classic. In fact, it’s the style staple that can always be relied on to bring forever good looks to nigh on every design decoration scheme.

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  5. Brown decorating ideas: why mocha, espresso and stone are the new cosmopolitan shades to reach for

    Brown decorating ideas: why mocha, espresso and stone are the new cosmopolitan shades to reach for

    Brace yourself! Brown is back big time. Throwing off its retro reputation thanks to the ‘warm minimalism’ interiors’ trend of 2023, we’re happy to report that this redefined home decorating hue is having a renaissance on home buffs’ mood boards everywhere.

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  6. 10 questions with Cal & Claire

    10 questions with Cal & Claire

    For the second instalment of our ’10 questions’ series, we caught up with ‘Accidental Renovators’ Cal & Claire, better known amongst their 300k-strong Instagram community as @whathavewedunoon.

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  7. Blue decorating ideas: style rooms with this all-time classic colourway

    Blue decorating ideas: style rooms with this all-time classic colourway

    Blue – it’s the colour of skies, seas and all things relaxing. As a universal colour long associated with tranquility and reassurance, blue is the go-to palette when considering a home redecoration project. Why? The simple answer is it works! Just like a great pair of jeans, a blue look is the one to reach for if you are after never-out-of-fashion longevity.

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  8. 10 questions with Hannah Beaumont-Laurencia

    10 questions with Hannah Beaumont-Laurencia

    Who better to begin with than Mindful Business Coach, CEO & Founder of conscious clothing brand Beaumont Organic, Hannah Beaumont-Laurencia. Practicing a slow and conscious lifestyle in Manchester with her husband Nelson and their utterly adorable poodle Lola, Hannah opens the doors of her immaculate Victorian home to chat to us about all things travel, mindful living and home renovation…

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  9. RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch Weekend 2024

    RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch Weekend 2024

    In case you are new to it, the rules of the Big Garden Birdwatch are this: over the course of 1 hour you record the maximum number of any bird species present at the same time – so a flock of five Starlings counts as five but a single Starling visiting five times counts as one. This method is more accurate for recording abundance.

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  10. How to make: wallpaper bows

    How to make: wallpaper bows

    Do you have old wallpaper off-cuts lying around from a previous project and not sure what to do with them? Why not add something extra special to your Christmas gifts this year with this easy festive craft idea.

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  11. Our 2023 charity partner - Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB)

    Our 2023 charity partner - Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB)

    Our 1% for the planet donation is destined for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, known as the RSPB. I’ve been asked to explain why – but first a tiny bit of history, mine and theirs.

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  12. The art of cushion styling: transform your sofa

    The art of cushion styling: transform your sofa

    Cushion styling – it’s the interiors’ accessorisation trend that's centre stage right now. What’s the reason for this home-loving obsession, you may ask? Well, this little pad of decorative loveliness has the secret skill to bring a power-punch of comfort, colour, shape and texture to any sofa. The budget-friendly cushion is also your passport to a whole new world of pattern.

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