Style Steal: Rachel Bilson’s living room

When it comes to style Rachel Bilson has it wrapped up. So I was intrigued when I came across her house tour in Lonny magazine.

I have to say, most celebrity house tours I come across are pretty darn ugly but it’s really no surprise that Bilson’s is really rather nice.

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So if you want to steal her style then here are some key pieces:

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Blue ikat cushion, from Amara, £135
Blue velvet sofa, from Modern, £749
Floral cushion cover from Zarahome, up to £15.99
Yellow throw from ovohome, £47.50
Jute border cushion, from Zara Home, £29.99
Blue table lamp from 4living, £220

2014 Guide to Bringing the Outdoors In

Come summer, interiors is always about bringing the outdoors in and 2014 is all about terrariums and mini greenhouses.

And if you want to plug into this trend, then it’s worth heading to West Elm.

This little number comes in at £29, is a great talking point and would work well on a mantel piece or shelf:

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These would work better in my house because they have a softer look and I like the fact they look like mini greenhouses. I can imagine growing herbs or chilli plants in here. Though I would prefer a cleaner line that wasn’t quite as fussy. This pair is from Galaxy Stores and have been reduced to £43 in their sale.

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Ikea offers two options. Firstly, the PS 2014 can be wall mounted or can sit on a surface and is well priced at £25.

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And then Ikea’s other option is Socker which is £12! This is my favourite – nice, simple and lets the plants do the talking.

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Pretty up your legs

Ikea tables just got interesting. If you’ve never heard of Swedish company Prettypegs before, then it’s time to listen up.

Prettypegs offer a brilliant, oh-I-wish-I-thought-of-it-myself solution to customise Ikea sofas, chairs, storage pieces and, as of this week, tables.

Designing furniture legs (with a choice of 60 different options), Ikea hacking just got a whole lot easier! And the 15 different types of table legs won’t just work with Ikea, any table leg that can take a screw can be prettypegged!

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The idea was the brainchild of couple Jana Cagin and Mikael Soderblom who decided to plough heir wedding savings into starting the business in Spring 2012.

So clever. Oh and they offer free shipping – worldwide! Happy days.

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I think these are my favourite

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The brown has been banished!

Hurrah, all signs of brown varnish have been eliminated from my hallway. It hasn’t been easy with a toddler running around. Wet paint, no stairgates and no stair carpet (with exposed grippers) has not been a recipe for easy living!

We still have a bit to do but I thought you might like to see some photos of the progress. But before we get to that. Here are some reminders of that lovely varnish…

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And here it is all lightened up with white woodwork and off white and grey emulsion.

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We have still got quite a bit to do – new lighting, tile cleaning, a cushion for the window seat, shelving to provide extra storage. I am very excited that a grey carpet is due to be fitted on Friday. I cannot wait. In fact, I may just hang out on the stairs on Friday night with a bottle of wine!

We also intend to paint the door in Arsenic – a lovely Farrow and Ball shade – to give the room a good pop of colour. Doesn’t it look lovely next to grey?

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Geometric homewares – geometry is finally cool

Geometric homewares - geometry is finally cool

Ratzer patchwork blanket
$145 – finnishdesignshop.com

Donna Wilson kitchen linen
$20 – scp.co.uk

Glazed stoneware
$13 – habitat.co.uk

Traditional home decor
$120 – heals.co.uk

White throw pillow
$93 – wolfandbadger.com

Linea colored candle
$17 – houseoffraser.co.uk

Normann Copenhagen colored candle
$29 – madeindesign.co.uk

Dresser
$835 – oliverbonas.com

Writing desk
$905 – madeindesign.co.uk

Diamond Hanging Planter by ATTN Studio
$66 – notonthehighstreet.com

Geometric homewares

Geometric homewares

Ratzer patchwork blanket
$145 – finnishdesignshop.com

Donna Wilson kitchen linen
$20 – scp.co.uk

Glazed stoneware
$13 – habitat.co.uk

Traditional home decor
$120 – heals.co.uk

White throw pillow
$93 – wolfandbadger.com

Linea colored candle
$17 – houseoffraser.co.uk

Normann Copenhagen colored candle
$29 – madeindesign.co.uk

Dresser
$835 – oliverbonas.com

Writing desk
$905 – madeindesign.co.uk

Diamond Hanging Planter by ATTN Studio
$66 – notonthehighstreet.com

The right side of retro

I have this lovely little Ercol style chair that I bought a couple of years ago from a local market.

It’s not looking its best at the moment – check out the orange seat cushion, looking a bit too retro with my yellow cushions!

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I’ve been hunting high and low for a fabric. So many of the upholstery shops offered options that were far too grown up. But on a long weekend in Wells, I stumbled across Sew Vintage. which describes itself as a Haberdashery and Sewing Parlour.

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And found this beautiful linen and cotton mix.

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I think it’s perfect – fun, playful and little bit retro (without being orange).