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Ellie Hodgson

Terrazzo: Nougat for the home

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Never quite a mainstream trend, terrazzo is always slightly under the radar just hanging out being extremely cool and beautiful, and doing its own thing.

Let’s just clarify, we’re not talking crappy supermarket floors here…

We’re talking this kinda thing!

Now I’m not suggesting you to go all out and lay a terrazzo floor in your home, or transform your hallway into the above. There are loads of easier and cheaper ways to get on board the terrazzo train. Here are my top 10 finds…

Papermint Wallpaper, £85 per roll, Smallable

Knot Beanbag, £109, Ferm Living

Bedding Set, from £30, BHS

Unearthed Bowl, £60, 12THIRTEEN STORE

Razzo Pendant, £35, BHS

Pegase Washbasin, £149, Tikamoon

Table Lamp, £25, John Lewis

Bamboo Cup, £7, Ferm Living

Coffee Table, £250, Humblesticks

Candle Plate or Coaster, £20, Trouva

I think there’s a bit of a Marmite thing going on here. So do you love it or hate it?

Lights to (literally) brighten your day

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If the thought of bringing colour and pattern into your home gives you a brave and giddy feeling one minute, and then a confusing headache the next, you’re not alone.  Picture the scene…you’re bored with your house interior. You think that you’ve played it too safe and that it lacks oomph. It doesn’t reflect your awesomely dazzling personality. You buy a load of homes magazines and get swept up in all the current trends and you think ‘yeah, sod it, I’m gonna buy that insanely expensive sofa in the **insert wacky colour/print**’. A few months down the line and with a seriously depleted bank account, you’re on a mega come down and left wondering what on earth possessed you. Sound familiar? Now I could bleat on about the wonder of cushions, throws, vases etc here, and yes, there’s no doubt that they all add to the vibe of a room. But this current trend for filling every surface you have with an ‘eclectic’ mix of stuff is just not my thing. And this is where lighting comes in. It’s not just extra ‘fluff’, it’s an essential for any room. It has a real purpose aside from looking cool, and therefore a justified purchase! In my ongoing quest to find amazing designers, I’ve found some fantastic lights that will help you to inject your personality into any room, without shelling out mega bucks. Here are my top 10 faves…

Sarah Fennell Melba Lampshade, £55

Normann Copenhagen Bau Lamp, £190

Anna Hayman Sgt Pepper Satin Lampshade, £295

Nia Rist Dotty Lampshade, £50

Andrew Martin Ernest Table Lamp, £395

Dowsing and Reynolds Paper Origami Lampshades, £47.99

Laura Slater Bloom Lampshade, £90

Greypants Kerflight T3 Table Lamp, £435

Studio Flock Northmore Minor Lampshade, from £50

Love Frankie Marimekko Lampshade, from £40

January Bargains!

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I know we’re all a bit skint at the moment, and I certainly don’t want to encourage reckless spending, BUT, sometimes you just need to stick something on the ole credit card and worry about it later. Here are my top 10 January Sale interiors picks.

Firstly, this gorgeous rug from French Connection. Was £125, now £75.

A very stylish lamp from BHS (yes really!) looks way more expensive than it is, even at full price. Was £160, now £112.

And while we’re on BHS, here’s another belter. Was £60, now £42.

This quirky cork magazine holder (which I’ve just ordered!) from Was £20, now £10.

A so, so sumptuous velvet quilt from Cox and Cox. Was £175, now £113.75.

This ace terrazzo vase from Trouva. Was £39.50, now £27.65.

A beautiful mirror with leather strap by Ferm Living. Was £135, now £108.

This very cute rabbit wallpaper by Ferm Living. Was £65, now £45.50.

A lovely little condiment pot from Rocket St George. Was £22.50, now £11.25.

And finally, an absolute bargain from Habitat. This fantastic laundry basket. Was £100, now £40.

Happy shopping folks!