Sweeten up your home décor with our six favourite foodie accessories

Sweeten up your home décor with our six favourite foodie accessories

Christmas time, the curse of a sweet tooth strikes again! Surely it’s not just us finding all the delicious treats that start appearing (usually in the form of a chocolate box…on our laps…in front of festive classics) irresistible? This Christmas, entertain the candy-theme in your home décor. Anyone else feeling hungry?

Cupcake Slippers – Asos – £15

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ASOS

These adorably scrumptious slippers are the perfect winter warmer and will keep your toes super toasty. We love the sweet pastels of this cupcake design – almost good enough to eat!

Blue Gummy Bear Light – Flamingo Gifts – £24.99

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Flamingo Gifts

 

One hundred times bigger than your usual gummy bear, this battery powered lamp is sure to make you smile with its squishy belly and variety of colours. On a one-hour automatic timer, these gummy bears make ideal night lights with their gentle glow.

Milk Bottle Candle – Joy – £7

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Joy

 

If a vintage vibe is more your style, this milk bottle candle will bring a unique touch to a rustic themed room. The sweet vanilla scent will have your home smelling like a delicious bakery – perfect for when guests come round this Christmas!

 

Ice Cream Neon Light – Asos – £70

 

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ASOS

Rocking the retro vibe once again, this ice cream shaped neon light is a fabulously kitsch accessory that will make an ideal gift for any ice cream lover. Think 1950’s diner, complete with black and white check floors, booth style seating and a Cadillac in the driveway (well, we can dream!).

Macaron Print – Etsy – £5.62

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Etsy

 

For fans of French patisserie, this print-at-home macaron design will be a beautiful addition to the kitchen or bedroom. Pair with a minimalistic or rustic-looking frame to bring a sweet touch to any room.

 

Pink Sprinkled Doughnut Cushion – Claires – £12

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Claires

 

Mmmmm doughnuts…

 

Release your inner Homer Simpson with this deliciously cool doughnut pillow. It may not be the most sophisticated taste but we love its fun and retro style. Perfect

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Decorating for the warmer months
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Decorating for the warmer months

Now is the perfect time to start your home renovations in time for summer. Whilst the weather might not be perfect for evening entertainment just yet, it’s close enough to begin implementing spring and summer additions into the rooms of your home. At this point in the year, no one wants to undertake a renovation that drags on for months, so here are our quick decorating tips perfect to carry out this spring.

Bold colours

When decorating, many opt to keep things very bland and neutral. Whilst this move can be a smart one, as as it’s a relatively safe option, utilising bold and striking colours is a great way to get a summer feel in the house. Garish and outlandish colours aren’t necessary, as you don’t want your decor to be a shock when people enter your home, however utilising everyday colours like blues and reds can be a great option; especially if the colours work together in a complimentary fashion. If you’re struggling for ideas of complimentary shades for walls, carpets or your everyday home items, check out  Joined + Jointed for inspiration. The website’s collection of celebrated designers and artisans brought together by a shared love of contemporary design makes for great viewing, and their customisation of everyday rooms could provide you with some much needed colour inspiration.

Statement furniture

Upgrading a piece of furniture to something new and lavish can add a whole new dimension to your room. Make a statement with a new item as it means the eye will naturally be drawn to your statement piece and will immediately impress arriving guests. When entertaining, the dining room will see a lot of action, so opting for something striking yet usable, like a plush dining table, is a sound investment to make.

Kitchen

Lighting shouldn’t be an issue through the longer summer days, however when the inevitable mid-afternoon cloud rolls in and the home dulls over, lighting will play a vital role. In the kitchen, when food steam and cooking smells will be lingering in the air, it’s illogical to have any lighting that requires a shade. For that reason, it’s worth making the upgrade to spotlights. Perfect for providing an even distribution of light, spotlights look good due to being installed flush with the ceiling and also add a modern element to any room. Opt for energy efficient bulbs to save on electricity and keep the light at a brightness to suit you.

Accessories

If you’re planning to entertain over the summer, the chances are that you and your guests will enjoy a drink over the course of the evening. Whilst it might not seem vital to accessorise your room with a coffee or side table, they can come in handy when entertaining. Something usable but eye-catching will also aid in breaking up the feel of your room, making it feel busier. In a conservatory, a wooden or glass topped coffee table can fit in perfectly, and is a real asset to the room when enjoying an evening with guests. Similarly, a side table which can be brought into action in a living room is ideal for snacks and drinks. Opt for something classy that fits in with the tone of your room.

 

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Combining modern and vintage style to work in your home
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Combining modern and vintage style to work in your home

Fashion is brilliant; it is almost like a list of pre-set rules that enable just about anyone to inject some style into their home. With fashion all you need to do is pay attention and have the money available and you can keep up with the latest trends.

Fashion however can also be a nightmare. While keeping up with the latest trends is nothing to be ashamed of, if we all kept up with trends and paid attention to the latest home fashions, our homes would quickly become dull. While it’s all well and good looking to the latest modern design, it can quickly become boring if done to death and seen everywhere.

One way to remedy this is by teaming up new items with items from the past. This doesn’t mean having completely vintage inspired interior design, nor does it mean having completely modern inspired design. Instead it is a combination of the two. For every modern feature you add to your home, why not add something vintage to compliment it?

To get you started here we have put together a few suggestions of modern pieces and vintage pieces which work together spectacularly well…

Contemporary, geometric rugs paired with reclaimed hardwood flooring

When you think of reclaimed hardwood flooring you probably picture it in a rustic, country home setting, not in a modern, urban environment. This needn’t be the case however. Why not mix things up and add flooring of this type to your more modern home? By adding contemporary rugs that are usually reserved for modern interiors to this flooring, you can create the perfect balance of old and new.

Victorian door knobs and oak panelled doors

No longer do internal doors come in a one-design fits all option. Today, there are all kinds of striking options available with an emphasis on attention to detail. These options which feature wonderful designs and patterns, are the perfect way to add high-end design at every detail in a modern house. To compliment these, why not add an item featuring superb attention to detail from the past? Hand-turned, artisan pieces, Victorian door knobs were designed to be a focal point of interiors in years gone by and will perfectly compliment such doors. By combining them you will take two items from different eras and create something filled with detail.

Glass topped dining tables with shaker style chairs

Why not team a clean, minimalist and ultra-modern glass-topped dining table with contrasting, solid oak wood shaker style chairs? Again combining two eras, this will create a quirky and striking look that will add stand-out style to your dining room.  If you’re not a fan of mismatching furniture, consider choosing a glass-topped table with white legs and pairing this with shaker-style chairs which have been painted or stained to match.

Welsh dressers with modern accessories

Think of a farmhouse kitchen and what are the images that come to mind? Natural stone floor, an Aga and an abundance of pots and pans? Probably all of the above, plus a Welsh Dresser right? No farmhouse kitchen is complete without a Welsh Dresser. Welsh Dressers aren’t just for farmhouse kitchens though; they are great in kitchens just about anywhere. To make one work in your kitchen, why not utilise one with modern accessories? Instead of the usual vintage style crockery, pots and pans, why not display the most contemporary accessories you can think of? Consider using one to display such items as modern plates, bowls and cups, stainless steel vases, glass candle-holders and sculptured desk lamps.

 

CC image used courtesy of French Finds

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