Take a look at Luku

So excited to discover some new house candy in the form of Luku - A treasure trove of unique and boutique interior finds.

Straight on my letter to Santa goes their plate-clock which will double up as a bit of nifty wall art when mixed in with my collection of vintage plates.

Surely my favourite fashion elf will indulge my latest obsession with all things yellow by squeezing a Chartreuse Victorian Decanter Lamp into my stocking. Lovingly up-cycled from, you guessed it, a vintage decanter this is one chic bit of reinvention. Oh how I do like a new beginning. In my next life I may be coming back as a coffee table www.lukuhome.com


Be independent

Where possible, I try to support local independent businesses and was ecstatic when a new interiors emporium popped up on my doorstep not so long ago. The Bridge Interiors stocks a wide range of rustic and  quirky furniture as well as beautiful statement lighting and accessories. These little dragonfly tea light holders had to come home with me and I will definitely be making a return visit to stock up on some gorgeous gifts for Christmas.


Sofa crush

Crushed velvet, check. Clashing block colours, check. Digital prints, check. This sofa is hitting all the right fashion notes for Autumn/Winter '14. Another junk shop find that has received a new, infinitely cooler style update for a fraction of the typical high street price tag. But if trawling charity shops is not your thing, check out Tesco Home's latest furniture collection. Who knew? Tesco Direct Chesterfield


Shiny, happy walls

I'm still seduced by this Farrow and Ball Lattice wallpaper in my hall and stairwell. Like wearing sequins with your jeans, these subtly sexy walls have an edge about them. It's strictly grown up glam. Minimal accessories required. 

Farrow and Ball's latest wallpaper range landed only last month and delivered some refreshingly original pattern and colour combinations that work especially well in eclectic settings. My personal favourite is Amime in the darker BP404 colourway. Supposedly inspired by Japanese fishing nets, this beauty would definitely be my catch of the day.


A rubbish bin. Not.

I admit it, it's wrong to love a bin. I mean, really LOVE a bin. But as garbage cans go, this limited edition VIPP bin from www.bodieandfou.com is a honey. I could probably find a home for pretty much anything on this website, which has the 'beautiful and practical' philosophy down to a tee. Love, Life and Family ... and all that rubbish. I'm sold.


Hole lot of heat

When you live in the North of England you need to learn to love the changing seasons and this hole in the wall log burning stove from Stovax really helps. Farewell maxis and flip flops, hello warm boots and winter coats. Bring on the dark nights, I've got a date with the sofa and anything starring Audrey Hepburn.


Shades of Grey ... and a pop of yellow

Online interior retailer Joss and Main is bang on the money with its grey and yellow themed accessories at bargain prices this week.

I used the scheme in my family room where grey carpets and walls keep things practical and the odd pop of yellow feels like a ray of sunshine.

This vintage writing bureau used to be mahogany but a quick two-tone makeover brought it up to date. It's is a great piece of furniture for hiding bits of stationery and ensuring homework doesn't get lost, no matter how hard the kids try. So many grey accessories out there at the moment. The table lamp is  B&Q whose home decor department is always worth a visit for the odd budget friendly piece. And if standing out from the crowd is more your thing, visit www.lukuhome.com for lamps that oooze individuality.

I fell in love with the yellow designer armchair whilst on an impromptu shopping expedition in swanky Harrogate. Lucky for me a tiny imperfection meant it came home for at least half of its retail price. I'm not too proud to admit that my house if full of ex-showroom finds because with two little boys and a dog bounding about the place, nothing stays showroom perfect for long.

(Check out Betsy eyeing this little comfy number up for an afternoon nap... paws off Missy!)

Go on. Stick your neck out.

I'm glad I stuck my neck out with the boys in my house and insisted upon pink flamingos for my downstairs loo makeover. It adds a little WOW to your wee ;-) Cole and Son flamingos wallpaper

This gorgeous black granite top was lovingly made and installed by a fab man and wife team in Slaithwaite, near Huddersfield. Andrew used an off-cut of granite from a bigger job to help me keep in budget and persuaded me to go with the arch behind the taps for extra Victoriana. The natural colours in this stone are just beautiful. So glad I found these artisans who helped me go from mundane to magical without breaking the bank  Scg Granite Worktops

My Arm Candy.

First Cilla, now the ever stylish Michelle. My love for the current 1960s revival knows no bounds. This LV tote would do a lot to put a swing in my step.Louis Vuitton Capucines

I'm taking inspiration and adding some beatnik blue into my home.

Shoe-case on stilettos

Picking out a pair of heels has never been so much fun since I found this vintage glass cabinet in a salvage yard. It's mirrored at the back for extra glamour and just deep enough for my favourite stillettos.   Cocktails anyone?

I'm a regular at this hidden gem: Woodworks architectural salvage