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Love Linen Bedding

Saturday, 17 August 2019

It can be difficult in the summer to keep cool overnight, which is when linen bedding really comes into its own and can actually aid the quality of your sleep.

Naturally a very breathable material, linen is airy, light and more absorbent than cotton – helping you to stay cool and free from moisture, so you can wake up fresh and ready to go. Not only that, it’s lived-in look is the epitome of a relaxing summer in the south of France. It looks its best when slightly crumpled and non-ironed, making it unfussy to look after, as all it requires is a quick air-dry on the washing line and saves you the hassle of ironing in the heat.

Unlike most other fabrics, linen also looks better and gets softer with age – the more it is used and the more it is washed, the more it improves. This is because it is made from the fibres of a Flax plant that are then spun and woven into the finished material. This material guarantees no bobbling, is lint-free and is considered two to three times stronger than cotton that lasts for decades – making it a great investment piece.

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As pictured above from left to right: LinenMe’s Rosa Stone Washed Bed Linen Duvet and The Killian Bed by Porada at Lime Modern Living

LinenMe offers a vast range of options that are beautiful and charming but affordable too. The Rosa Stone Washed Bed Linen duvet is pre-washed for extra softness and would look divine in a Parisian-inspired space. Soak&Sleep’s 100 per cent French Linen bedding is another must-have brand. Available in an assortment of colourways with a slightly crumpled look, it creates an informal ambience that is ideal for promoting a relaxed state of mind.

If you’re worried about your space looking a little too informal, complement the scheme with the Killian Bed by Porada for a laid-back look with a contemporary twist.

And did we mention that linen helps trap warm air too, keeping you warm in the winter, making it an all-year round fabric that we cannot get enough of.

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Making Your Garden Glow

Thursday, 8 August 2019

Over the past ten years, the demand for lighting in our gardens has increased. Maybe it’s because we are working longer hours and returning home later. But when the day is over, what better way to unwind than sitting in your outdoor space breathing in the sweet smell of a summer evening with lighting to suit your every mood. Whether it’s a romantic atmosphere or a vibrant party mode, there are plenty of lighting ideas for you to choose from.

Create a stunning burst of light outdoors with Think Gadget's Starburst Hanging Lantern. Designed with micro LED lights that sparkle on fine copper wire, they give a dazzling effect, especially when displayed in clusters – ideal for a showstopping look if you're planning on entertaining this summer.

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As pictured above from left to right: Think Gadget's Starburst Hanging Lantern and Foscarini's Solar Outdoor Light

The Foscarini Solar Outdoor Light is another unique design featuring a luminous hemispherical body. Capable of standing both upright – ideal to place your drink on, or at an angle of up to 15 degrees depending on the amount of light being diffused.

If it’s a more natural look you’re looking for, then Tom Dixon’s stone candle set offers a captivating assortment of tactile marble containers, housing wax candles scented with an evocative fragrant blend of fig, bergamot and sandalwood.

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As pictured above: Cane-line's Drum Outdoor Lamp at Lime Modern Living

Or why not treat yourself to the Drum Outdoor Lamp by Cane-line, available at Lime Modern Living. It brings a soft contemporary glow to exterior settings, featuring a white polyethylene cylindrical frame on an elegant aluminium base and includes an integrated cord for easy use.

If you’re a fan of the indoor floor lamp, then why not have one outdoors too? Take a look at the stunning design by Marset’s Joan Gaspar, which is impressive and tough, but elegant and warming too. The oversized shade is made from lightweight fibreglass, held down with a heavyweight slate base, suitable for all weather conditions. So, go with the glow and enjoy your summer evenings.

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Perfect Picnics

Saturday, 3 August 2019

'There are few things so pleasant as a picnic eaten in perfect comfort,' W. Somerset Maughan

It’s summertime - and with this glorious weather we’re being treated to, it’s time to saunter into the sunshine, pack your picnic hamper and enjoy the alfresco dining experience.

We are very fortunate in the UK as there are so many beautiful spots where you can settle down and savour your picnic – the National Trust has produced an extensive list of the perfect picnic spots in the UK, plus tasty treats, tips and essentials for eating in the great outdoors.

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As pictured above: Find a spot in the shade with a view of the estate at Scotney Castle, National Trust

If you’re looking for a comfortable blanket to relax on for a lazy day in the sun, then you’ll get a buzz from this Sophie Allport bee-themed rug. It’s also waterproof, so if it’s a bit damp underfoot from the morning dew, you’ll stay high and dry. And if you're consciously trying to be more eco-friendly, these stunning bamboo plates by Klevering Anouk are the perfect addition. 

 

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As pictured above: Brighten up your picnic accessories with bamboo plates designed by Klevering Anouk

If it’s comfort you’re craving, then the Deluxe Camping Chair is perfect for outdoor picnicking this summer. Padded for extra comfort, the chair folds away flat for easy storage and has a cup holder – ideal for keeping your cool drinks steady.

Or if you want something to keep you snug as the sun goes down, this traditional throw is just the thing. Originally called steamer rugs during the early 20th century, these blankets were a warm, welcome companion for those who travelled by horse-drawn carriage, train or boat. So, what are you waiting for? It’s time to pack up your lunch, get off-road and head into the great outdoors. 

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Refreshing Seasonal Fragrances

Wednesday, 31 July 2019

Although we tend to spend more time outdoors in the summer, it can be refreshing to take in the fragrance of summer in your own home too. And what with the health benefits of essential oils, there’s no better reason to invest in a new diffuser that will spread these scents around your house, taking you back to childhood memories of sandy shores and salty air.

As well as bringing a beautiful aroma to a room, essential oils have been found to promote restful sleep, boost energy levels, mitigate negative emotions, relieve stress and even help balance our hormones. And one of the best ways to spread essential oils around your home is via a diffuser.

Diffusers are a natural and safer alternative than air fresheners, especially if you want to take a more active role in your own health. They can fill a room with the natural fragrance from oils, freshening up your home while promoting overall wellness.

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As pictured above: Explore the new range of fragrances at Jo Malone and bring a taste of summer into your home

Jo Malone has a range of new fragrances to boost that summer feeling. Try Lime Basil & Mandarin for a zesty scent that is reminiscent of a Caribbean breeze. Escape to the windswept shores of the UK coastline with Wood Sage & Sea Salt or imagine you are exploring an English County Garden with Red Roses’ poetic essence.

Or you could take in the soft, romantic fragrance of Willow Song by Noble Isle. Known as Britain in a Bottle – the water lily and willow notes are sourced from the medieval town of Lavenham. Let the whimsical scents diffuse through your rooms, inducing a relaxing ambience for you to unwind this summer.

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