Bakeware worthy of a Mel and Sue sandwich

So the latest series of Great British Bake Off is fresh out of the oven. The marquee is back, complete with its doughy contestants and the Mel and Sue puns and eye rolls. What is not to love?

I try to convince myself that if I owned one of the coloured mixers that sit pretty on each GBBO worktop, I too would whip up Choux perfections.

Anyway, in honour of Bake Off’s long awaited return, here are my favourite baking items of the moment…

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House Doctor DK whisks from Sisters Guild, £4.20
Silicone scraper from rice.dk, £6.50
Stoneware pie dish from rice.dk, £37.99
Jamie Oliver rolling pin from Dunelm Mill, reduced to £9.99

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Kenwood mixer, from John Lewis, £379.95
Blue mixing bowls, set of two, £3.50, Ikea
Baking cups, Ikea, £3
Baking tins, Ikea, £7.25

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8 Best: rugs for playrooms and kids spaces

We’ve lined up our eight best rugs for playrooms and kids spaces for you this week. From foxy felt to flat weave, we’ve tried to keep them fairly gender neutral.

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From top left clockwise:
Graphic rug by The Pippa and Ike Show, £250
Fair isle rug, designed by Donna Wilson, at SCP, reduced to £715.36
Grey and yellow flat weave by Habitat, £150
Brita Sweden rug from Scandinavian Design Center, £299

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From top left clockwise:
Scion Mr Fox from John Lewis, £159 – £239
Triangle rug from Urban Outfitters, £69
Brita Sweden grey rug by Scandinavian Design Center, £299
Felt Fox Rug by molly-meg, £55.95

Given the forkfuls of bolognaise that was thrown all over my Ikea rug this afternoon, I would suggest the Brita Sweden vinyl rugs because they are reversible and washable. You can look at the full range here.

What would we do without Ikea?

There are some great new products in Ikea that are rivalling more expensive items. Here’s a Spree v Steal line up –
which would you go for?

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All items on the right, Ikea.
Left hand column:
cloud cushion from Bobby Rabbit
Industrial storage from Bodie and Fou
Geometric rug from Habitat
Metal chair from notonthehighstreet

8 best children’s wallpaper

Before we had little bear, I always imagined myself painting a nursery, pregnant in dungarees. Don’t ask me why but I’m sure there’s an 80s Dulux advert that’s responsible.

When it actually came to getting the nursery prepared, we had not long moved house. It was a yellow, sweet room so we stuck some bunting up, left over from our wedding, bought a cot and painted some furniture that our friends passed on to us.

But my friends are much more prepared and some of them have recently asked me to blog about children’s wallpaper.

My advice when it comes to paper is to pick something that’s going to last – you don’t want to go and spend on Postman Pat decor for them to go off it in six months.

Also, consider whether you need something gender neutral – even if you know the sex of your baby, it might end up being a bedroom for a later addition! And think about whether it might be something that could give them nightmares! Some of the dinosaur papers I’ve seen would give me the heebie jeebies.

So, here are my top eight wallpapers for a child’s room. I admit, some are a little pricey – but, they will last much longer than your little one’s obsession with Postman Pat or Bob the Builder…

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Mint bunny racer, £35 by Pierrot et Coco. This also comes with complementary papers.

Green animal parade, £70 by Hibou Home from Alex and Alexa. Perfect for animal and circus lovers.

Butterfly meadow by Osborne and Little – my nephew has this in his room in yellow and blue so not just for girls. Comes in a couple of different colourways.

Dino wallpaper, £65 by Sian Zeng – great for imaginative explorers! Would look great with mustard accessories.

Kites, £59.95 by Ferm Living from Mini Objects of Desire. This also comes in rose, aubergine and white. I love this. But I love them all!

Grey into the Wild, £70 by Hibou Home at Alex and Alexa. This comes in stone too.

Penguins, £38 at This Modern Life in silver. Great for girls or boys and nice background for pops of coral, mint or yellow.

Clouds by Duro, £44 at This Modern Life.

It was so tricky to pick just eight….which Is why I am going to suggest just one more! I’m cheating, I know.

So finally have a look at this amazing Paris paper from Bodie and Fou.

I would love to see your nurseries – with or without wallpaper! Instagram me at prettyfourwalls?

Which cushions do I plump for?

This is only my sixth post but I have realised that cushions have featured rather a lot already. Perhaps it’s time to get them out of my system and focus on them properly. So, let’s talk cushions…

I want to create a cosy bedtime story spot in my son’s room. Fortunately he’s only 18 months so I get to choose! No Spider-Man duvets in this house just yet.

These are currently my favourites:

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From top left corner clockwise:
Soft faux suede bear by Ooh Deer, £34.95
Turquoise spider by Ooh Deer, £34.95
Bear in trousers from This Modern Life, £28
Mammoth by Ooh Deer, £27.96
Green and yellow birds, from Hus and Hem, £28
Elephant, from This Modern Life, £25
Swan Lake from Hus and Hem, £28
Hello Sunshine, from This Modern Life, £25

I love how in kids rooms you can be a bit more adventurous than in the rest of the house. Which would you plump for?

Putting a spring in your step

Mint diamond cushion Tesco

My eye is firmly on this sweet cushion which, can you believe, is from Tesco! I love a supermarket bargain.

If your home is in need of a little revamp for Spring/Summer 2014, you could do worse than opting for shades of mint and yellow. I’ve rounded up some of my other top picks.

If you tot them up, they come in at about £100 (without postage)

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Oh La La tea towel – €15.00 from lacerisesurlegateau.fr

Butter dish – £12 by Anthropologie

Wire storage basket – by Ferm Living from This Modern Life

Yellow cushion – yellow on one side, teal on the other! £18 by the brightcompanyonline

Mint lantern – this is in Tesco’s new Sherbert Crush range and is a snip at £10!