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    5 key ingredients to the perfect autumn shindig

    by  • November 9, 2015 • Living, Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    A fabulous evening with friends and fireworks has got me right in the mood for the colder months.

    With crisp jacket potatoes to enjoy and gloriously natty knitwear to don, is there anything better than an autumnal garden party?

    I thought not.

    Here are the five essentials for a bit of a do which embraces the cooler months in all their glory…

    1. A fire pit


    There’s something magical about an open fire, particularly in the colder months when you can warm your cockles over an open flame. Plus, the flattering light makes everyone look rather fabulous which adds to the all-round romance of the evening.

    Don’t miss our pick of the best fire pits on our main site, Housetohome.co.uk.

    2. Marshmallows to toast over said fire


    Simple marshmallows or up-the-ante smores, an open flame in the garden is nothing without squishy treats to toast. Plus you can play the who-is-smuggest-with-a-stick game as you try and outdo each other for the perfect toasted marshmallow (and there’s always one who burns their treat to a crisp, naturally).

    3. Hearty carbs


    Crispy – but oh-so-fluffy – spuds, rich and delicious chili and a rather large pot of bubbling baked beans. There’s just no compromise when it comes to fireside fare – the more carbs the better, there’s no body-con frocks at autumn garden parties.

    4. Fine (or relatively ok) wine


    A glass of fizz to toast the night, before lashings of mulled wine and cider to see you into the evening. The smell of a hot toddy is unbeatable. Cheers!

    5. Good friends and family


    Last but not least, your nearest and dearest to eat the grub, watch the flames and toast the evening. Perfect.

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    Learn how to design like a professional with My Design School

    by  • September 11, 2015 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    Housetohome has parterned with My Design School at KCL to create an exciting new opportunity for everyone to learn more about interior design. The course is designed to allow you to gain decorating inspiration, tips and tricks at whatever time suits you best – so you can learn how to make your room look like the ones featured in your favourite homes magazines.

    Pretty floral pink and purple moodboard, IH 04/2012 Pub Orig

    The course will show you how professional interior designers work and will enable you to take on some of these techniques yourself for your own interior design projects.


    It will also show you the various work from celebrity designers and professional stylists whilst helping you develop your own individual style. You’ll be taken through the design process from initial concepts for a space to a completed scheme. Subjects covered include colour, textiles, lighting, accessories, planning and sourcing.


    The course costs £399 or £299 when you book using the code BL0915. Visit http://www.klc.co.uk/MyDesignSchool/ to book, or call 020 7376 3377.

    To take advantage of this fabulous £100 off offer, book today!


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    Coastal chic

    by  • August 20, 2015 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    Summertime is the perfect season to embrace a seaside trend. But fear not, it doesn’t have to be shells everywhere and hues of blue.

    I’ve picked out a few of my favourite coastal looks from theROOMedit which is having something of a nautical moment…

    Accessories are the perfect way to introduce a seasonal seaside scheme into a room, especially if you only plan on keeping it for the summer. Upcycled whitewashed crates and photo frames add a shabby chic element to the space that works perfectly with the beach worn theme.


    I promised that a beach scheme didn’t have to be seven shades of sapphire and this elegant pared back room exemplifies that to a tee. Neutral tones and natural materials like wood and rattan give the space a seaside feel, complemented by a few subtle coastal accessories.


    If you’re more into your contemporary schemes then feel free to be brave with your decorating. That anchor light makes a fabulous statement (want one) and the rope pendant light gives off a fisherman chic vibe. Yes, that’s a thing. Multiple shades of blue tie it all together nicely.


    Going back to a more traditional coastal look, this cosy nook has it all. By keeping accessories small, they don’t overwhelm the compact space. Blue and white bed linen really sets of the theme, which is reflected in some of the accessories. If you need me, I’ll be in here with a cuppa reading Robinson Crusoe (seems appropriate).


    For more sumptuous seaside schemes, a gorgeous house tour and even more decorating ideas, head on over to theROOMedit.

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