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Slowly but surely decorating is taking over my life, it’s lucky I love interior design as much as I do. Transforming the house from top to bottom is quite a big job but I am determined to inject a bit of colour and personality to our blank canvas and create a warm, fun family home. With Littlelish’s bedroom and the kitchen complete so far, we are getting there!

One room we haven’t looked at yet is the master bedroom. The team over at Look Again have come up with ‘refresh rather than relocate’, a competition aimed at bloggers. The idea is to create a moodboard and source key pieces up to the value of £750 from the Look again website to help you to refresh a room in your house. I thought it would be fun to play along, I love a creative challenge and could do with finalising my ideas for the bedroom. Who knows I might even win and be able to create my fab look!

I have created a moodboard called Time Traveller which would be how I would like to transform my bedroom. The moodboard is totally and utterly me, perhaps a little peak into my soul, I’m a bit bohemian, a lot of a dreamer, I love travelling, old things with character and a story, shells, the beach and lovely old gnarled wood. So that was my inspiration for Time Traveller, a heady mix of global far off places and times past.

I wanted to create a room that I would feel very at home, calm and relaxed in. I want to surrounded myself by all the things I love. Soft greys, blues and whites with a zing of lemon yellow. Lovely wooden furniture with character and finishing touches and accessories from far off places to capture the imagination and take me on a journey.

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I found some wonderful things on the Look Again website which made choosing a little difficult. Luckily I had my moodboard to guide me in the right direction and select the pieces I not only loved but that I felt would work together. So with the time traveller theme in mind I chose pieces that were either inspired by travel like the chinese looking bedside tables, the wonderful embroidered cushion and the intricate elephant figures or by times gone by like the vintage looking clock and the stunning gilt mirror.

The white waffle bedding was chosen because quite frankly I don’t think there is a much better feeling than jumping into lovely, fresh, white bed linen. I love the contrast of the throw and the beautiful colour and texture which I thought would compliment any wooden furniture I added later. I added extra textures with the cushions, I especially love the pop of yellow which is my favourite colour and how it picks up the lighter colours in the embroidered cushion.

The artwork is just a lovely collection of pieces that make me smile, I love shells so the shell canvases are very appealing to me as is the gorgeous canvas of the pooch which just makes me go aaaaaw. I think the overall effect is an eclectic bedroom with influences from different times and places but with a very modern look and feel. I’d keep it light and fresh with elements of wood, I’d like to add some lovely driftwood somewhere too. I’m undecided as of yet what colour I would do the walls but possibly a nice warm, very light shade of grey or even the lovely wallpaper I’ve featured in my moodboard (that I had to exclude in the total makeover as it made me go over on budget!).

My bedroom makeover comprises of 2 grey bedside tables £110, vintage world map clock £22, white waffle bedding £50, drift bed throw £80, mirror £250, lyrics artwork £13, puppy love canvas £30, grey cushion £14, yellow cushion £17, patterned cushion £50, shell canvases £18 and elephant figures £20. The total of which comes to £784.

So are you inspired to refresh rather than relocate too? I think it is great to find ways we can reinvent a space as well as reusing or upcycling things. So often we just fall out of love with something and move on to the next thing without thinking of creative ways we could give it a new lease of life.

And refreshing, reusing or upcycling needn’t cost the earth. A tin of paint can have a huge impact in a room, if you can’t afford to paint all the walls just add a burst of colour on one! In the bedroom a new duvet, throw and cushions can change the entire look and feel of a room. Throw a patterned tablecloth over your dining room table and add a new canvas to the wall and you can acheive a transformation in minutes. Be creative and inspired and if you need some help, look on Pinterest or make yourself a moodboard to channel your idea  :)

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I love silver charm jewellery. It is so versatile and can easily add the finishing touch to either jeans and a top (pretty much my standard mum uniform) or pretty spring dress.

Lily Charmed is a British jewellery company who create beautiful detailed, charm necklaces, bracelets and earrings. This week sees the launch of their new polished silver range which is now available in all charm designs as well as the traditional gold or matt silver finish.

So I could see just how lovely the new finish was they sent me a gorgeous anchor charm and compass charm on a silver chain and some star earrings.

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I was delighted to receive the little white boxes tied up with turquoise ribbon and felt very special opening them! They were every bit as beautiful and delicate as they looked on the pictures and the silver polish finish was really lovely and shiny (great for spring and summer with a tan). I’ve happily worn my anchor and compass charms all week with a variety of different outfits, I love them and can tell that they are going to be become a firm favourite!

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I particularly like the originality and variety of charm designs from Lily Charmed and could see myself starting a little collection as there are so many I like. I’ve also spotted some beauties to give as gifts, which they are perfect for as each charm piece comes with a beautiful card frame explaining the meaning behind the charm. This can also be personalised to make it even more appropriate and special, the perfect present for bridesmaids, mums, sisters or best friends.

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I am thrilled to be able to giveaway one polished silver wishbone necklace which I think is just adorable (if no-one enters, I may just be able to keep it! Fingers crossed).

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All you need to do is enter via the rafflecopter and leave me your comment with your wish, “I wish for…” You can add further entries by following both Lily Charmed and Lish Concepts on social media and subscribing to my blog. Good luck and may all your wishes come true :)

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With British homes now only half the size they were in the 1920s, we’re all battling with less space. Which can make home improvements tricky to say the least. But with clever design, good planning and the right fittings, it is still possible to create something special in a small space. Small bathrooms can be particularly difficult to redesign, but from mixer showers to well-placed mirrors, there’s lots of things you can do to create the feeling of more space.

Here are 10 design tips to get you started:

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Use some signature wallpaper

Make a small bathroom more interesting with a bit of statement wallpaper on at least a couple of the walls. Just make sure you use one that’s made specifically for bathrooms, which will cope with the damp, warm conditions.

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White with hints of pink

White walls will open up a bathroom, making it feel spacious. Make sure you add really colourful towels and accessories – pink is always a good contrast – to create a bit of interest.

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The monochrome look

Even though light colours work well in bathrooms, you can still use darker shades in a small bathroom. You just need to make sure you balance them with a paler suite. Large-format tiles will mean less grout lines and a less cluttered, sleeker feel.

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The hotel-style bathroom

Create a beautiful hotel-style feel by using a counter top basin and a statement vanity unit, both of which will help you with extra storage.

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Make the shower the bathroom

Consider mixer showers and showers that don’t have a threshold or door, creating the largest possible showering space within the standard bathroom footprint of older homes. This type of shower is separated from the rest of the room visually rather than structurally. The continuous floor surface also offers easy accessibility for all ages. For lots of shower options, take a look at Mira mixer showers.

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Well-placed mirrors

Enhance the feeling of space within a small neutral bathroom with the use of mirrors. Use a large wall-mounted mirrored cabinet to reflect light around the bathroom.

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Make a feature wall

One painted feature wall can really open up a small bathroom. Keep the rest of the walls plain white to make sure you don’t overwhelm the space with too many patterns and clashing colours.

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Mosaic tiles

Iridescent mosaic tiles will catch light and reflect it back into small bathrooms, helping create a greater sense of space. They also help to add a little touch of luxury!

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Get a freestanding bath

Freestanding baths allow more of the bathroom floor to be seen, which will instantly make your bathroom feel bigger. Use a vanity unit with good-sized cabinets for a good storage solution.

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Ditch the shower curtains!

As soon as you open shower curtains, your bathroom suddenly feels lighter and more spacious. Install a transparent shower door instead of curtains, to create an airy sensation even in the smallest space.

So there are our 10 design tips for smaller bathrooms. Even if your bathroom is as bijou as they come, everything from mixer showers to large tiles can help make it seem that little bit bigger.

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Last week saw the return of The Ideal Home Show to Earl’s Court. I find this one of the more inspiring home trade shows and enjoy wandering round taking note of what the big brands in home and design are working on as well as discovering lesser known retailers and listening to some of the fantastic speakers. One of the other reasons I like to visit is because I love imagining I have a million pounds burning a hole in my pocket and can furnish my dream home (who else plays this game?)… I’ll have one sauna and one very large hot tub, please!

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I was invited to the show by Ekornes (makers of the fabulous stressless furniture) who recruited a team of lifestyle bloggers to visit the show and pick out their top finds. It wasn’t really a difficult job, my trained style spotting eye can pick out a beauty with no trouble at all. What was more difficult was spending the £100 we were given to blow on our top picks. I know, I know I’ve got a tough job but someone has to do it. We also had an really informative talk by Ekornes all about their furniture and just what makes it so ridiculously comfortable. As you can see I was totally taken by officially the world’s comfiest office chair.

I’ve featured my absolute favourite finds here as well including the ones that ended up coming home with me which were the beautiful bowl handcrafted in Turkey, the Sass and Belle photo frames, 2 lovely jewellery trees from Sass and Belle and lots of lovely allium bulbs to plant in my garden!

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Another definite highlight for me was checking out the inspirational room sets. Always interesting to look at, it was especially fab to see these were created with a style very close to my own, yes these were very, very much up my street and could happily make their way over to my home, please. As I have a ton of photos to share with you I will also include some more inspiration over on my I’m home honey interiors blog. Overall, I noticed a lot of shades of grey and blue, yellow accents, metallic especially copper and industrial chic this time round which I particularly liked.

The Ideal Home Show is still running up until the 30th of March so there is still time to pay them a visit this week and see it all for yourself! A big thank you Ekornes for inviting me to the show and giving me some spending money.

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This post is written in collaboration with Tesco Compare home insurance who aim to find you a competitive quote from a range of providers, ensuring you get the best deal for your family home and its contents.

As you know we’ve been working really hard on our house recently. We’ve laid a new floor and all the rooms are getting an introduction of colour and a few new pieces of furniture. It feels wonderful to see it coming together and slowly turning into the family home we are dreaming of. Making my house and my surroundings beautiful are so important to me, not only because I am a very visual person who is sensitive to their surroundings but also because it is the place I spend the most time with my family and friends and I want it to be warm, cosy, fun and friendly.

The kitchen truly is the heart of the family home in my world. It is where you will find us eating together, cooking together, drawing together and welcoming friends and family with a nice cup of tea. We are lucky to have quite a spacious kitchen in the new house but up until recently is was nothing but a big empty space and a very white wall. The room definitely needed a focal point and somewhere for us to sit!

As part of our mission to make the house more of a family home we decided to move our dining room table into the kitchen. It was so important to Littlelish and I to have somewhere to sit together to do things like homework and for us all to have somewhere to eat informally as a family.

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Once we had the table in place it was time to look for some suitable kitchen chairs. I knew what I had in mind, something contemporary, practical and fun, that wouldn’t break the bank. Eventually we found a gorgeous fresh, contemporary chair with a white plastic seat which works perfectly in a kitchen space frequented by little sticky hands. It has some great wooden legs which match with the table and at £49 from Tesco Direct they were a steal!

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We painted the wall Fossil grey by Dulux which we decided was a nice base shade that we could use as a backdrop for any accent colours we might want to introduce. I finished the wall off with a display of photographs, artwork and drawings from Littlelish. Just a little collection of things that make us smile every morning as we eat our breakfast :)

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Our kitchen has been transformed into a useable family room and we are making much better use of the space that we had available. The overall makeover may not be completely finished, I’m still thinking of adding some more colour into the room, perhaps some more blue to match with our dinner service and some shelves to house our cookery books which are currently piled up on the floor but we are very nearly there!

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Disclosure: Tesco Compare provided us with the lovely chairs for review and helped to make our house that bit more a home :) We will absolutely be looking into insuring the contents of our home against accidental damage, you never know what can happen in a house with a 4 year old and a new puppy!

It’s been a little bit quiet on the blog recently but if you popped over to my house you would see I’ve been a busy little bee! With Christmas well and truly out of the way it was time to start work on decorating our new house, putting our stamp on it and trying to make it into our home. So we’ve been busy decluttering, re-arranging, painting, DIYing and buying a few key pieces of furniture.

One of the things we have just invested in is a new sofa. It arrived last Monday and is a beautiful addition to the room. Not only has it totally transformed the look and feel of our living room but it has had an impact on us as a family, our evenings, family time and snuggle time. We now have the perfect space for us to lounge, relax, cuddle and chill and it feels wonderful.

Choosing a sofa can be really quite stressful, we spent countless days wandering through shops and evenings looking at measurements and pondering what would work best. There is so much choice out there and such varying qualities and prices that it can be a mind-field.

Today I’ve teamed up with the quite brilliant Sarah from Willow and Hall, www.willowandhall.co.uk to get her top tips on buying a sofa. Sadly I didn’t have this advice before buying mine but hopefully I’ve found the right one for us! Perhaps these tips can make your sofa shopping experience more enjoyable and less difficult, after all if you are spending such a large amount of your hard earned money, it should be fun shouldn’t it?

Over to you Sarah!

1. Size.

In this case, size is very important! Consider the proportions of your room and work out what size will be suitable. You will also need to take into consideration the other furniture in the space.  A sofa needs to fit into the overall space but also work with the other large items in the room.  If you’re finding it hard to visualise the proportions try laying down cardboard, covering the exact area of the sofa and any other large items in the room (it may not be glamorous but it really does help!)

2. Shape and Style

You need to think carefully about what shape and style sofa is going to complement your décor and fit naturally in your home. If your style is sleek and modern, pick a sofa with simple, clean lines that reflects that.  If your home is traditional then look for a sofa with rolled arms, a contoured back and or a skirting/ valance. As for fabrics, I recommend sticking with a fairly neutral fabric. You can add colour and pattern through cushions and throws – a far easier and less expensive way to subtly change the look of your sofa if you decide to change your décor.

3. How will you use your sofa?

It is important to consider how you will use the sofa in the room. Do you like to unwind in front of the TV whilst lying on the couch?  If so, choose a style with relatively low and curved inner arms so you can rest your head comfortably.  Is it a large space with multiple functions? Try an L-shaped sofa to help divide the room up into the functions you want.

4. Position

Fourthly you need to consider the position of your new sofa.  If you like to watch TV you will need to make sure it is positioned in front of it; if you like to socialise a lot on the sofas consider a rounded sofa or two sofas facing each other with a coffee table in the middle.  Also remember the flow of space – far too often sofas are positioned in such a way that people have to manoeuvre themselves around them to get out of the room…remember your sofa should fit around you and your lifestyle not the other way around.

5. Durability

Finally, since sofas are such a big investment, you’ll want yours to stay in fashion and more importantly last for as long as possible. Given that, I recommend making sure yours comes with a solid wood frame and an extended manufacturing guarantee over and above the obligatory 12 month one offered by all retailers – this is a good indication of the quality of the wood frame.

If you want your sofa to double up as a sofa bed then likewise look for one with a good solid wooden slatted and webbed mechanism (not the cheaper trampoline type mechanisms) and with a top quality sprung mattress.

It is also important to consider the fabric when thinking of a sofas durability. Find out what the rub counts and cleaning instructions are for the fabrics to get an idea of their durability and practicality. As a rule, synthetic fabrics are more durable, colourfast and easy to clean. Tightly woven fabrics and fabrics that are heavy will stand up to wear and tear better, as will leather.

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So there you have it. A pretty extensive guide to buying a new sofa, thank you Sarah! Happy shopping and don’t forget to check out the beautiful Willow and Hall for their exquisite selection of sofas and sofa beds.

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Last week I was invited to London by Magnet Kitchens, to pay a visit to The Ideal Christmas home exhibition. All ready to embrace the Christmas spirit and pick up some Christmas trend inspiration and tips I headed over to Earl’s Court where 650 exhibitors were waiting to show me their finest festive fare!

Showcasing Interiors & Home Accessories, Food & Drink, Home Improvements & Outdoor Living, Fashion & Beauty, Technology & Gadgets, Gifts and Decorations, there really was something for everyone and I spent many hours perusing the various stands picking up cool present ideas, here were my top pics!

How about a gorgeous beach towel / sarong / towel / throw for your Bestie? From www.foutala.com

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Or a beautiful candle for your Mum? From www.ameliacandles.co.uk

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Some absolutely fabulous magic pens for your favourite little girl? From www.selkinmedia.co.uk

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A gorgeous name book for your new baby Nephew? From www.lostmy.name

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A funky fox cushion for your sister? From www.sassandbelle.co.uk

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A new mug for your papa? From www.sassandbelle.co.uk

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A Moroccan light for your beloved? From www.moroccanbazaar.co.uk

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There were also some gorgeous room sets designed by Laurence Llewelyn Bowen with a very opulent, rich purple theme running throughout. Very Laurance, very Luxurious… Don’t you just love that chrome bath?

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I personally fell a little bit in love with the Tesco Direct stand as I am totally feeling the rustic Nordic Christmas trend. It is so warm and Christmassy :)

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The rest of my afternoon was spent listening to Laurence Llewelyn Bowen giving a talk on how to have a Glamorous Hollywoods style Christmas. It seems black and gold are very much in this Season. Laurence has a new range of decorations for sale at Littlewoods of which he kept reminding us ;) They are pretty fab though… Laurence also gave us some tips on creating your own home made decorations with a personal touch, explaining that originally tree decorations were all meant as mini presents.

Why not try making your own:

  • Miniture frangrance bottles tied with a beautiful ribbon to the tree. Get samples from your local department store and make one for all the family.
  • Vintage alcohol minitures. Find some lovely vintage mini bottles and fill with homemade Sloe gin! Fun!
  • Gold sprayed anything. Take something, spray it gold, tie it to the tree with a ribbon. It could be a mini toy car, an animal… anything looks Christmassy when it is sprayed gold!

I will also be showing you how to craft some of your own homemade Christmas decorations over on I’m home honey so why not come and see what I’ve been making!

Thank you to Magnet for the invitation. If you would like to check out what the kitchen trends are f 2014 visit their trend pages here!

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It is nearly a full year since we moved out of our family home, after Littlelish’s daddy and I separated. She took moving out of the family home as well as can be expected and still loves to visit her Daddy on weekends.This year has brought new adventures and more recently I moved in with my partner. It was a big step that required much thought on behalf of Littlelish but ultimately it was not something I could avoid forever. We were happy together and we wanted to be together, to move on together.After a month in the new house, I’m happy to reassure you, that it was most definitely the right move. Right now we are working very hard on making a warm, family home where Littlelish feels settled. We want to make the new house very much ‘her’ house, a space she feels comfortable in.

I loved this video by ikea who have captured all the tiny details of how to make a home work for children, have a watch! I love ikea for this kind of thing, they are so good at it!

Over in our house, we’ve taken steps in the right direction. We’ve given Littlelish her dream bedroom with a great bed and bedroom furniture from ikea. You just cannot beat them for childfriendly, durable kids bedrooms. I’ll be doing a grand reveal it of her room shortly…

I’ve also added some of my own ideas over on I’m home honey where I’ve created a post on how to create a stylish, warm family home for children. Check it out, I think you will find there are some good tips!

Are you also planning on doing your bathroom up in the new year? Then you might be interested to know what is envogue for 2014 in the world of bathrooms! I’m very much liking what I read, I could do with my very own sanctuary spa :)

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Spa luxury

This year it is all about spa luxury. Our bathrooms are a retreat and we are trying to recreate spa luxury in the comfort of our own homes. The above image is excellent inhouse spa inspiration, who wouldn’t want to relax in that bath?

Space

Space is key in a luxury bathroom and the trick to creating the feel of space flowing around you is by installing floating sinks and freestanding or sunken baths.

Fluid lines

It is not just the space that needs to flow. We will see fluidity in all our lines in the bathroom, no more angles and corners it is all about soft movement, think flowing, organic lines. I need to be in this bath hammock, right now and I may never move ;)

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Colour

Colour is out in the bathroom. Our luxury spas will be created using shades of white, black, grey and neutrals.

Minimal

We need to embrace the minimalist in us. A luxury bathroom is not a cluttered one. Easier said than done for some but it is Japanese minimalism that adds to the feeling of zen we are trying to capture.

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Eco

Luckily going green is here to stay! All things eco are well and truly bang on trend.

My summer clothes are packed and relegated to the loft, making way for Autumns knit jumpers and warm coats. It is a job I have to do every year as the owner of way too many clothes… and yes I still have nothing to wear!

It is every girls dream to have a gorgeous wardrobe to store her beloved clothes in. But what kind of wardrobe suits your style? Below are some great examples of storing clothes for every kind of room and personality.

I currently have a gorgeous modern, shiny sliding wardrobe which I have to say is exceptionally spacious inside. It is probably a little too organised and clean cut for me as anyone who knows me personally will know I am every bit the creative, I love a little bit of chaos ;) and for every piece of furniture to have a soul. If I was choosing with my heart I’d be going for a gorgeous freestanding antique wooden one but for wardrobes it is practicality and organisation that wins.

Sliding Wardrobes – Clean fronted and modern these beautiful wardrobes hide all your clutter behind sleek doors. Clever and calming.

Freestanding wooden wardrobe – A more traditional take on the wardrobe. This type of wardrobe is classic, solid and can move house with you! I love the soft, smooth finish on these particular examples, and I have always been a fan of shutter doors. Stunning.

Walk in wardrobe - For those with the space and the finances, channel your inner diva and go all out luxe with a walk in wardrobe.

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Get creative – If you don’t fancy a conventional wardrobe or are looking for a cheaper alternative why not come up with a creative solution like these above! I love the idea of the tree branch. You can always pimp your wardrobe by opting to wallpapering the inside of it so it matches your interior. Don’t worry about matching your clothes to the wallpaper (as above) that is taking it a step too far!

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