B&Q used to be a store that I only visited for paint and hardware such as screws and nails. That was until a few years ago when I started to work on design boards for their in store brochures. Everything for the shot had to be their own product and it was only then that I realised that they sold really quite nice throws, cushions and decorative objects. Since then a few years have passed and their homewares ranges have improved immensely, so much so that I now regularly pop into one of their stores to buy props for other clients shoots.

I was in my local Trafford store last week propping for a scandi inspired shoot. Scandinavian design is often predominantly black and white but the client wanted to bring some colour and warmth into the shots, so i’d decided to use blush pink and metallics such as copper and brass and I’ve had an artist paint a marble effect wall for us to add some texture.

All the above image are from Pinterest

I’ve put together a design board with some of my best finds and favourite pieces currently in store. I hope you’ll be as surprised and impressed as I was at the designs and prices? Let me know what you think?

  1. Tezz gold brushed light -£20
  2. Rosa White light – £25
  3. Rilynn cushion – £11
  4. Tansy Cushion -£9
  5. Cordula Cushion -£11
  6. House Shaped Mirror – £8
  7. Brushed Effect candle stick Large – £7
  8. Grey Marble ceramic vase – £12
  9. Antique copper effect octagonal tea light/lantern -£10
  10. herringbone Dolomite Vase – £9
  11. Marlow gold wire baskets – £10

All words and opinions are my own. This is not a sponsored post.

Last year I was asked to style some shots for Dunelm and I must admit that I wasn’t overly impressed with the product then.

This season however, I have bought so many props from there, many of which would easily sit happily with much more expensive surroundings. If you look closely at what’s on offer you will seek out some little diamonds.

Here are just a selection of my favourite items currently on offer there.

Continuing with our love for vintage distressed rugs as seen above by Westelm, Dunelm have brought out this version below for just £125 for the largest size.

 

A version of this designer industrial style mirror can be bought for £45.00 from Dunelm.

Another continuing trend which Dunelm have picked up on is for supersize knits.

This Paignton hand knitted chunk throw below comes in cream and grey for just £45.00

 

A beautifully minimal copper lamp picking up on the scandi design trend is an online purchase only.

Float lamp £110.00

 

 

Yellow is one of this seasons colour trends and this felt wool cushion is just £10.00

Also worth checking out are their new furniture ranges.

This coffee table from their Pimlico range picks up on the current trend for brass while the Farringdon range below is a great affordable collection of industrial inspired loft style furniture.

What do you think about Dunelm Mill? Do you shop there or would you consider shopping there now?

All words and opinions are my own. This is not a sponsored post.

As a freelance stylist I’m paid to shop. I’m forever trawling the High Street stores for that perfect piece that will look high end but be low budget. Budgets, don’t even get me started on those!

But most of us have budgets of our own right and there is nothing better than finding a designer rip off in your local supermarket or High Street shop.

So with that in mind, I though I’d start a mini blog series, called High Street Heroes and share with you some of the best pieces currently out there.

First up is French Connection. They are a brand known mainly for fashion, but over the last few years they have been bringing out a small but perfectly formed collection of homewares, as well as their sofa range for DFS.

French Connection have kept their collection very much on the theme of global inspired design. Many of these pieces would look perfectly at home in a Moroccan inspired interior or global boho style home as much as they would fit perfectly into a contemporary space.

 

 

I’ve recently bought quite a few pieces from French Connection for the client I am currently working with and I have been very impressed with the quality of the pieces, which are all beautiful and tactile, stylish and still a reasonably affordable price. This console table which is a favourite piece that I bought, has a parquet wooden top in a bleached drift wood finish, it is absolutely gorgeous and I just wish I could find room for it in our home?

 

I have done so much shopping for clients since the beginning of the year, that there is not much available on the High Street that I haven’t spotted or bought, so make sure to check in again for the next High Street heroes post.

 

I must apologise for the lack of content in my posts at the moment, the tax man is breathing down my neck and I am busy preparing my tax returns in time for the end of the month. Not too busy, I hasten to add, to stop reading emails and other blog posts, which brings me to the images that Farrow & Ball have posted, showing us their colour predictions for 2014.

Cooking Apple Green

Stiffkey Blue

purbeck Stone

Moles breath

No new colours and nothing too dramatic, which is the point they are making really. In times of uncertainty we are drawn to the colours of nature, the coast and rural landscapes, things which are constants in our life.

I’ve just been looking at The Country Living Collection of Sofa’s which are in store at DFS and I’m really impressed by the range of lovely fabric’s available for The Gower sofa, which is my favourite in the collection.

As you would expect, from the Country Living team, the designs are very traditional, which is personally what I look for. Who wants to be changing their sofa every couple of years? The choice of fabrics though,is vast, giving the sofa’s a more contemporary feel which would fit most style of interiors. From plain linens in deep grey, pale duck egg and deep raspberry, to pin stripes and large plaid checks, very on trend.

There are also a range of velvets and loose covers available for The Chiltern, The St Ives and The Loch Leven, ensuring there is something for every taste.

What has really appealed to me is the price for such quality. Although the frames are hand made using beech, coming with a 10 year guarantee, The Gower comes in at £1200 and with four years interest free finance if you choose, makes it an easily affordable £24.00 per month. What’s not to love?