Lizelle Joseph

Truly welcome in the warmer weather with a summery home refresh. Nothing major, just simple add-ons to spruce up your living room, kitchen, dining room, bedroom, or even home office.

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No matter your home's style, whether it is colourfully modern, sleek and minimal or super chic you are bound to find some inspiration that will complement your current interior. And as an added bonus these ideas complement the season's home decor trends like pops of live greenery and accessories in varying neutrals, greens, blues and mulberry tones.

Top tip - Use these creative ideas as your base, and then add your twist on it, it is your home so it should express your personality.

'These ideas are not just for the summer season so, if you are a lover of all things bright and light, keep them around all year long for a sunny and happy home.'

Pops of Colour

Summer is a rainbow of colour so, you will not struggle to find simple pieces that you can add to your bedroom or living room. Bring in that colour through a mix of new throw pillows, vases, and wall prints in your favourite summer colour.

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Bohemian Accent Rug

Bohemian style decor is full of colours, patterns, and fun textures just what is needed for the summer season. So, start at your feet with a multi-coloured rug. That just exudes that vibe of well-travelled, relaxed and so boho.

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Blooming Floral Walls

Peel-and-stick wallpaper is a simple way to turn a blank wall into a chic upgrade. This is a great way to wake-up that blank accent wall in the entryway, living room, bedroom or even your bathroom.

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Bright Lights

Bring light into your spaces with a bold coloured light fixture or table lamps and to make that colour pop even more add decor accents in a similar hue as your chosen colour.

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Dried Floral Delights

A fresh floral centrepiece is always stunning but with dried flowers enjoying their moment in the spotlight, why not switch out the fresh bouquet for a bunch of dried flowers. They will add not just some colour but also texture to your space.

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Coastal Accents

For an easy, summer-ready fix, mix in patterned pillows in tropical prints for added colour. For added texture and depth add pieces in rattan, robe and some greenery like a Fiddle-leaf fern or any of your favourite plants to set it off nicely.

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Bright Yellow Accessories

Bring in the sunshine with yellow accessories like lemons on your kitchen table, flowers, and decorative plant pots and fill your spaces with the brightness of the sun.

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Now it is over to you, to welcome summer into your home and make the most of this colourful and happy season.

Thursday, 02 April 2020 13:34

A Wall Of A Statement

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Home is where we will be for the next while and if that is where we are going to be we might as well make the most of it. And with it being spring which is usually the season to spruce up our homes. There is no better time than now to inject happy and positive color and playful patterns into our homes. And not forgetting that we are on a bit of a tight budget we have a quick, affordable and easy way for you to brighten your living room and bedroom.

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Create An Accent Wall

We all know what it feels like when you feel boxed in and all you can see around you is four white walls. Aagh!! That alone will drive you bananas. So, the solution, create an accent wall. You can, of course, paint your accent wall but there are more fun and creative ways to make a statement. And here are two of my favorites that will create interest and add texture in your living room or bedroom.
 
Dress it with a piece of your favorite fabric. This works the same as hanging wallpaper and using fabric with a large floral pattern will add color and added texture to your room.

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You will need:

● Textile fabric
● Scissors
● Drop cloths
● Stepladder
● Laundry starch
● Paint roller with low-nap roller cover
● Paint tray
● Wallpaper smoothing tool
● Metal straightedge
● Sharp utility knife

Instructions:

Prepare the Fabric and the Walls. Opt for fabric with a large pattern like floral's and make sure that you have enough fabric to cover your chosen wall. Make sure the fabric is clean and dry. If you want to be sustainable have a look through your old flatbed sheets. 

Cut the lengths of fabric to fit the wall, allowing about 2 inches of extra fabric at the top and the bottom, and along wall edges. Wash the wall down and dry it before you begin, and remove everything from the wall.

Apply Starch - You can use starch to attach the fabric to the wall. This will not damage the wall or the fabric and will allow for easy removal Cover your wall to avoid too much mess.

Apply the starch to the wall using a paint roller as this is less messy and faster than using a brush or dipping the fabric into a container of starch. Make sure to cover all of the wall surfaces completely.

Hang the Fabric - This will take patience, but it is not difficult. Apply the fabric while the starch is still damp, beginning in one corner and moving across the wall. Get the kids to help to make sure that everything goes on straight. Have a helper stand back from the wall to ensure the pattern remains properly aligned and that they match at the edges. Use a wallpaper smoothing tool to flatten the fabric against the wall.

Now, roll more starch over the fabric and let it dry

Trim the Fabric - Trim off the excess when the starch and fabric are dry to the touch, use a straightedge and sharp utility knife. Just be careful with the sharp blade

After Care:

You can keep it looking fresh clean by simply cleaning it with a sponge and some dish-washing detergent. When it comes time to remove the fabric, use a wet sponge and soak the corners until they come away from the walls. The fabric should peel right off.
 
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Create A Washi Tape Pattern

This is a brilliant idea for small spaces with boring white walls. Follow the step by step instruction Emily’s Blog Everything Emily Blog, on how to use black washi tape to create a repeat pattern.

An oldie but always a goodie is a Gallery wall. Gather all the old frames that you have laying around the house and fill it with new wall art.


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Tuesday, 04 December 2018 09:57

Stylish Gifts

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The season of joy and giving is approaching and as every year the struggle to find the right gift for friends and family is once again a nightmare. So, to take the stress away we have compiled a list of stylish gift picks for every Him and Her and the kids. And to make it easier for you we kept it all under one roof, all gift ideas are available at Debenhams online or in-store

HAPPY SHOPPING !!

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This sweet tasting Raspberry infused Gin is the perfect gift for the G&T connoisseur.

For the skin care junky a Clarins skin solution set is the ideal gift, and for the makeup enthusiast a makeup blockbuster gift set will offer the ultimate makeup collection that will last all year long.

For the fashion conscious the Jenny Packham - Black embellished diamond velvet bag, will be a flawless edition to her occasion handbag collection.

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A bold Rum for a bold man, the Peaky Blinders black spiced Rum! Or, for the beer maker a DIY Beer or Cider making kit.

For the gym junky the Men’s Society gym kit is the ideal essential for his gym bag, and the Hammond and Co. by Patrick Grant - black leather hold-all is perfect gift for the man that loves to travel.

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Gifts for the homemaker,the Bosch Tassimo Vivy 2 coffee machine with its sleek space saving design is the ultimate gift for the coffee lover.

The Abigail Ahern multi coloured Leopard embroidered cushion will be a loved edition to the decor obsessed and pair that with a lamp from the MW -Matthew Williamson collection and she and her living room or bedroom will love you forever!

Last but not least the gold metal multi coloured glass lantern will be a great last minute gift or stocking filler.

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For the sweet tooth give him or her their own Milkshake maker, and the Alice Scott, Pink and Green Palm Print 'Lunch Goals' Lunchbox for the #instagoals school girl.

For the creator and Lego builder the 'Jurassic World - Blue's Helicopter Pursuit' set, and for the gadget lover you can find a host of geeky gifts - from Smartphone photo printers to smartphone projectors.

Now that everyone else's presents are sorted...its time to make sure Santa knows what you want for yourself this Christmas!

HAPPY HINTING!!!

Tuesday, 13 November 2018 10:21

Be Your Own Success

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BE YOUR OWN SUCCESS, a mantra by which Irish jewellery designer Melissa Curry has lived, from the beginning of her career in Paris in 1998 to her success now.

Launching her first collection at the Leclaireur in Paris, followed by an invitation to show at Paris Fashion week in 1999, to her successful partnership with Virgin Airlines. A partnership which has seen her gold BYOS bar as the 10th best seller in the Virgin Atlantic Retail Therapy Magazine - 2016. Her success has seen her pieces being worn by the Royals, and the former First Lady, Michelle Obama.

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Each and every piece in her collection has a timeless elegance and a playful mix of texture and colour to it. Making it a dream to wear for women who love to add colour and texture to their everyday outfits.

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Drawing inspiration from life, culture and world events, she designs each piece as something personal, for her the designer as well as the wearer. It is this personal connection that adds a sense of vibrancy and beauty to each piece.

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She wants women to feel that, they are the driving force behind their own success and that, when you put on one of her bracelets, earring or necklaces, that you are empowered to be yourself and to build on your own success.

"It’s about being you, knowing what makes you tick, what makes your heart work, what makes your mind work, and embodying that.” -Melissa Curry

Find and shop her collection today at www.melissacurry.com

Friday, 19 October 2018 19:13

Theo & George Everyday Comfortable Style

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With sustainability and comfort, as their main focus, the Dublin based brand Theo & George founded by Katie O’Riordan, has fast become the go to for women looking for clothes that are easy to wear and are made to move in. Whether you are looking for something stylish for the office or just for running around with the kids, Theo and George offer a range that will make you feel, live and move better.

The brand sells exclusively online and offers the modern day women a collection of timeless and stylish pieces for every occasion in her busy day. From easy to wear classic t-shirts, to luxurious cashmere all made for everyday wearing. Each and every item is made from high quality ethically sourced materials for premium quality and sustainability.

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Here are 5 pieces that has fast become our favourite “must add “ to wardrobe items.

Go through your day with ease and comfort in the soft and lightweight Ebony Square Cashmere Turtleneck paired with the versatile Gretta Wrap Skirt.

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Ebony Square Cashmere Turtleneck 264€- Gretta Wrap Skirt 119

Nothing is more versatile then the classic V-neck T-shirt, from running around the city to doing school runs. Their Jill V-neck t-shirt is oversized and super soft for easy movement and comfort all day long. Available in colours white, pink, black ,grey and navy.

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Jill V-neck t-shirt - 39€

The easy to slip on Leigh Slip dress is made for easy layering on those cooler days. Pair it with the Sheridan Cashmere Turtleneck for a sleek and sophisticated day look.

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Leigh Slip dress - 119€

The sheer Sheridan Cashmere Turtleneck is lightweight and the perfect layering partner for those days when you just need something easy to slip into. Paired with the Bridget Track pants.

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Sheridan Cashmere Turtleneck 129€- Bridget Track pants 99€

The Bridget track pants, available in black and green, with its high waisted elastic band, makes this jogger pants the go to for comfort and style, whether you pair it with trainers of heels for a ultra sport lux look.

The Karina zip back t-shirt dress is another wardrobe must have with its zip detail at the back. Perfect for a chic and comfortable look.

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Need to see more of Theo & George and their beautifully designed collection, then head on over to www.theoandgeorge.com

Tuesday, 07 August 2018 09:34

Take A Peak Into AW18

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Beautiful bright sunny days, beach holidays, sunset cocktails and great times!! We all love summer and never wants to say goodbye. If it was up to us we will make the season last forever but as all thing go, seasons come and seasons must go.

But with every new season, we find new things to love, like and buy. So, it is with great excitement that we look forward to what is to come for AW18.

These are just some of the trends that was all the rage on each and every fashion catwalk and will be available in all your favourite high street shop very soon. So, for now this is just to get you “in the know for what is to come” until then we will try and hold on to a bit more of the summer.

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We will be wild for animal print from leopard to zebra and the trend is to wear it from head to toe if you are daring to be so wild.

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Padded Leopard Coat - PREEN - Debenhams (out in store soon)

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Red Leopard Print Dress Studio By PREEN - Debenhams (out in store soon)

Pleats Please, knife pleats to be exact , this flirty style will take over our AW18 skirt collection. Pair it with a fluffy jumpers and a statement necklace for a on trend look.

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Emerald Green Pleat Skirt - M&S Collection

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Fluffy AUTOGRAPH Jumper - M&S (out in store soon)

 

Check is back , always a returning favourite for the season. This season we see it with a much cooler edge and doubling it up is the way to go.

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Check blazer and trousers - NEW LOOK

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Pow Ochre Check Crombie and Camel Pow Check Wide Leg Culottes- DOROTHY PERKINS

 

In the accessories department we can look forward to long dangling silver earrings for a statement sparkle.

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Floral Diamond Earrings - OASIS (out in store soon)

The Cowboy boot will also be kicking up some dust this coming season

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Red Snakeskin cowboy style ankle boot - OASIS

The season must have bag is definitely not for those that travel with all their cosmetic essentials and more because it with be teeny tiny. The mini bag it so you will have to minimise your must have daily handbag essentials.

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Dixiee- Black leather hand held duffle bag - DUNE LONDON

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Snakeskin hand held handbag - M&S Collection

And then there are Belt to help you define your waist, try it in animal print or something bigger and bolder.

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Double Hoop Leopard print Jeans belt - ACCESSORIZE

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Square Buckle Wide Waist Belt- ACCESSORIZE

 

Now that you have a glimpse of what is to come you might not be so sad of saying goodbye to summer and welcoming beautiful autumn.