Wayfair Home Expert Challenge: The Midas Touch: Gold Trend

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You don’t have to have seen too many photos of my home to know that I absolutely love a bit of gold!! It’s the perfect accent to, I think, all colour schemes! From the dark blue in my dining room to the pastel pink and grey scheme in my bedroom, I can’t resist a gold accessory or two.

So it’s no surprise that I was just a tad excited about the latest Wayfair Home Expert Challenge which was to style one of three fabulous Safavieh gold side tables!

It just so happens that I have been after the perfect side table for my living room for quite some time. When we first moved in I put two upturned crates in the corner just so I had somewhere to put my cuppa. Two years later and they were still there! They bugged me every time I looked at them, they were just far too ‘rustic’ for the look I was going for. I wanted something more striking and elegant.

Enter this beauty from Safavieh at Wayfair – isn’t she gorgeous?! Simple but striking, it was love at first sight! I chose to style my table with this fabulous House Doctor vase and some giant faux hydrangeas, both also from Wayfair.

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What do we think?! Slightly better than the crates, right? For more gold table inspiration check out these images from Pinterest below. Gorgeous or what?!

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This post was sponsored by Wayfair and Safavieh but the words and opinions are 100% my own. 

Statement Wallpapers

Last week I shared my downstairs toilet makeover and received a lot of love for my statement wallpaper. For some reason, and I’m still not exactly sure why, up until this point I hadn’t used any wallpaper anywhere in my house! Disgraceful! I decided that the downstairs loo was the perfect place to go for something really quirky and bold, and now I’ve gone for it in one room it’s left me wondering where else I can use wallpapers in my home.

Today I have teamed up with Wallpaper Direct to bring you just a few of my favourite papers and ideas on where I would use them and how I would style them.

Botanicals

I can’t get enough of the botanical trend and there are so many fab papers out there along this theme. I just love this pressed flower design by Eco Wallpaper. I think it would look fab in a living room paired with a battered old leather sofa and accents of rustic wood and rattan. And of course not forgetting some matching pressed flower artwork!

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Geometric

If florals aren’t really you’re thing then how about opting for a contemporary geometric design. This striking Cole & Son paper would certainly give you the wow factor if used in a hallway teamed with mid-century style furniture and lots of plants!

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Starry Night

Ever since I saw the fabulous Daniela from The Great Interior Design Challenge wallpaper the ceiling in her fab Palm Spring inspired room,  I have been desperate to borrow (ok, steal!) the idea! Wouldn’t this starry paper look gorgeous on the ceiling of a nursery? And it just so happens I am working on a nursery as we speak…how perfect!

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Florals

This House of Hackney wallpaper has got me wanting to completely start again with my bedroom. It’s just the most beautiful, romantic, dreamy looking wallpaper I’ve ever seen – I absolutely love it! I would pair it with jewel colours and lots of luxurious textures! Now, pass the paste brush!

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So what do we think? Have I inspired you to be brave with papers? Or perhaps you have already been! I’d love to see your statement papers so tag me in your pictures on Instagram using the hash tag #paperoveratkates

Pantone Colour of the Year: Greenery

I don’t know about you, but I was desperate to get my Christmas decs down pretty much as soon as December was over. For some reason they just look messy once Christmas Day is done – don’t you think? However, since losing the tree I am feeling like my house is seriously lacking in something, and I’m pretty sure that something is greenery!

So it’s really quite fitting that Pantone chose this very shade as their 2017 Colour of the Year. What a great excuse to add some green back into our lives and get us ready for Spring. I’ve teamed up with Wayfair to show you the best ways of adding this trend into your homes.

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Cowhide

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I started noticing cow hides appearing on my Instagram feed a while back and at first I really wasn’t sure…but a few months on and I’ve realised that, of course – the people of Insta knew what they were doing! I am now obsessed and desperate to add an element of cow hide to my home.

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Rug Shopping

Rugs have to be one of my favourite things to buy for my home. To me a room doesn’t look finished until it has at least one rug in it. In my living room I went against the rule that says you shouldn’t place a rug over carpet, I love rugs so much I even hung one on my wall! Adding or replacing a rug is great way of giving your home a brand new look. They can also be used to zone areas within a room, if you have a large room or an awkward corner that you’re not sure how to style, consider adding a small rug – round rugs work particularly well in corners or alcoves.

Today I’m sharing what I think are the best places to buy beautiful rugs.

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Get your Garden Ready

gardenI’m sure it comes as no surprise to you that I’m excited about getting my garden styled up for the season! Last summer we were in the middle of kitchen/dining room/lounge renovations and so the garden didn’t get a look in. But this year, I have no other projects on the go – so the garden is going to get my full attention!

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Pink Lady

I don’t consider myself to be a particuarly “pink” girl. I’m sure you can tell from the photos of my home that I tend to prefer dark, what some might even describe as more masculine shades, of blue and grey. But recently I have this obsession with all things pink!

We’ve been seeing bedrooms in dreamy shades of blush and grey for a while now, and I’m a big fan. But now I’m noticing pink popping up in other rooms in the house…like this fab pink velvet sofa, and how gorgeous is this pink kitchen with accents of gold – I’m in love!

And it no longer seems to limited to paler, blush shades – candy and neon pinks work just as well when paired with white which helps keep the look modern and fresh.

So whether your love of pink stops with blush, or if you’re a fan of neon, I think it’s time we all added a little pink into our lives (and homes!)

Here are my best pink picks:

1. Pink Eames style chair / 2. Pink vases  / 3. Flamingo Lamp  / 4. Pink scales  5. Pink Dinner Set

Let Me Introduce…Createaholic

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When one of my lovely readers contacted me asking me to do a post on macramé I got very excited! I have a bit of an obsession with it you see, and with one macramé genius in particular – Fanny Zedenius, otherwise known as Createaholic.

A while ago I started seeing all these beautiful woven wall hangings everywhere on Instagram. I didn’t know it was called macramé back then…All I knew was that I needed one in my life. A LOT of searching eventually led me to the super talented Createaholic’s lovely Instagram page.

It was tough to choose one from her amazing selection, but in the end I went for this beauty. As it turned out, I was the first person to order this style and so she only went and named it after me! That’s right, you can buy the ‘Kate‘!! Just because she’s the cutest Fanny names her works of art after the first person to order them – isn’t that adorable?

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Fanny is constantly adding to her range and always seems to be coming up with new ideas. I’m completely smitten with these large styles that are suspended from a branch. Wouldn’t they just be the perfect addition to a romantic, bohemian style bedroom?

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She is one talented lady. Imagine being able to make these? I don’t think I would ever do anything else! My house would be as full of them as hers is :)

And if I wasn’t enough of a fan already she recently sold these beautiful colourful plant hangers through Designhjälpen – an incredible service where desingers contribute items that are sold though their Instagram page with all profits going to the various charities they work with. The money from her plant hangers went to help the UN Women’s work in refugee camps, supporting women who have fled the war in Syria. What an incredibly worthy cause and a lovely thing to do!

 

 

Easter Decorations

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I’ve had my trusty “Easter tree” for years now. When I first put this up everyone thought I was mad…But now, Easter decorations are absolutely everywhere and slowly people are starting to think I’m less mad… :)

With Easter just around the corner I’ve started to think about how I’m going to get the house ready, and what bits I need to add to my collection. Today I’m sharing what I think, are the essential Easter decorations…oh yes there is such a thing as an essential Easter decoration!

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The Home Office

I would love to be able to work from home, if not all the time, then at least 80% of the time please. Who’s with me?

I’m a real “home girl” and by that I mean that I am a girl who never gets bored of being at home, and not in the sense that the teens of today might mean!

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