Monday, 26 September 2011

IDEAS - Bedroom Ideas for Boisterous Boys

I was recently sent the latest bedroom ideas catalogue from Feather & Black. Although they offer furniture for adults and children, it was the children's ranges that they contacted me about and they are really lovely. Following on from my earlier post on ideas for girls' bedrooms, here are some style ideas for boys' bedrooms too...

Fun motifs
For younger boys, I love the shark print that Feather & Black stock, on rugs, cushions and soft storage. I used to work in an aquarium so I'm partial to underwater scenes and references, especially for kids. Prints, patterns and fun characters are almost expected for children but they do brighten up their bedroom.

Having a child definitely comes with a lot of clutter and you might find that your boy has more belongings than you do! In this case, hide things away in his bedroom with a great storage solution. The Noah Storage range at Feather & Black is a great option. With shelves, cupboards and drawers which can easily be removed or moved about, it's a versatile storage solution. The units are modular too so you can pick and mix the parts that suit your needs.

A desk
Before he's old enough for games consoles, a desk is perfect for drawing and story writing. Once he gets older you'll probably have to supply him with a laptop and nag him to finish his homework so enjoy it while it lasts. No matter the age though, a desk is an important item for a boy's bedroom.

Bunk beds
Got more than one boy and not enough space for separate rooms? Try the classic bunk bed which frees up floor space for them to charge around playing games. The Noah bunk beds from Feather & Black are great for smaller children, plus they transform into two separate beds so you can change things up if you need to.

Older boys
For older boys slick, industrial furniture can be an appealing choice. The Sydney set is made from powder coated steel and includes filing cabinet style drawers which are a great touch. Plus, it's got the desk built in which is one less thing to worry about.

Shop more childrens bedroom furniture at Feather & Black.

Saturday, 24 September 2011

EVENT - London Blogging Tutorial Spots up for Grabs

New to blogging? Want to know how to get started or grow your audience?

If yes, you could come along and find out more from me. I have 3 style blogs, contribute to's interior blog and also run the blog for Debenhams. I've got 5 spaces up for grabs to my beginners tutorial next week so if you want to come along as my guest simply email me at with a link to your blog, or a description of your blog idea and the one thing you'd really like to find out. I'll pick 5 ticket winners on Tuesday night.

Event: Beginners blogger tutorial
When: 1.30pm, Saturday 1 October 2011
Where: Westfield London, W12 7SL
With: Me

Plus if you are a bit more of an experienced blogger, Fashion Foie Gras and Disney Roller Girl are also holding tutorials. View full tutorials info.

Read the full post over on The Style PA

Saturday, 10 September 2011

IDEAS - Beautiful Bedrooms For Little Girls

Whether you're welcoming a new arrival or redecorating as your little girl grows up, something pretty but practical is likely to be top of your list for their bedroom.

I recently became aware of a retailer called Feather & Black who offer some great furniture and home accessories for kids' spaces. From my own experience, children are becoming far more interested in the decoration of their rooms and older girls may even want to choose everything. With littler ones it's all up to you of course. Here are some great ideas that caught my eye from Feather & Black...

If you've got a little bit of money to spend and want a stylish solution for your child's bedroom then a coordinating set is a great idea. Matching furniture from beds and bunk beds to storage and shelving all tie together for a lovely scheme. There's a good mix of smaller children's beds and more grown up furniture sets as they get older. I love the white 'Charlotte' set which features a rather grown up and gorgeous dressing table and bed side table.

Create a cosy atmosphere with fabulous printed and patterned floor cushions. These are great for creating a little den or for when they've got friends over. Plus the colours and patterns are very pretty and will look lovely within the bedroom's design scheme. Be quick though, these currently have great discounts.

Little girls always need storage what with all the toys, clothes and accessories. The soft storage pieces available at Feather & Black are a great idea. Not only are they practical, they're safe too for little ones as there are no sharp corners or solid bits to bump into. Whether it's a soft tub for throwing all their toys in or a hanging solution for clothes, there are some great options available.

Plus don't forget those great ideas for hiding away the clutter like under-bed storage. Toy boxes or blanket boxes can have a cushion added on top to double up as an occasional seat.

Shop more childrens bedroom furniture at Feather & Black.

Monday, 5 September 2011

RENOVATION - A Hove Home Fit for a Lord

Ricky and Gemma got in touch with me a while back to share some pictures of a renovation they had carried out on a Brunswick Square flat in Hove. The area is highly sought-after for property and although the renovation work presented many challenges the finished result is stunning. There was fire damage and numerous original features covered up following the 1970s conversion of the building into flats.

You can read more about their project over on my post for or see the before and after photos below...

Thursday, 1 September 2011

DESIGN - Smack Nightclub's LED Room

I love clubbing (when I can find a fellow raver to go with) and I love the idea behind the LED room at Smack Nightclub in Leamington Spa. Watch the video to see the amazing control and creative lighting effects that it enables. It really can adapt to fit perfectly the music playing.

Now I'm dreaming of the day that I've got a house big enough to create my very own LED room in. A bit frivolous perhaps? Yeah probably. But don't worry... I'll invite you all along when I get one.