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How to Survive a Home Renovation

Fiona McPhillips | Posted 04.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Fiona McPhillips

Two years ago, my husband and I bought a "blank canvas" property, i.e. a shell. Apart from the addition of a couple of electrical sockets, the house had not been updated since it was built in 1934. You name it, it needed it. And more. In the last two years, I have learned many things - here are eight of them.

How To Decorate Eggs For Easter Using Nail Varnish

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 03.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle

While the shops are jam-packed with Christmas decorations in December, it can be harder to find cute items to decorate your home at Easter. In the ...

Feng Shui for Singles Looking for Love and Future Husbands

Patricia Lohan | Posted 11.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Patricia Lohan

Stop and think about your bedroom for a moment. What are the main words you would use to describe your bedroom? A sanctuary? A Healing Room? A Mess? Perhaps it's "just a bedroom" and you are unattached to it.

Seven Ways to Make Your Living Room Look Larger

Alissa Ugolini | Posted 11.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Alissa Ugolini

Don't let a small living room be the bane of your home life or the Achilles heel of your future design plans. You can have just as much fun with style and furniture even within the confines of a small space - you just need to spend a little more time in the planning stages, rather than jumping straight in.

Tips to Create the Perfect Dining Room

Alissa Ugolini | Posted 05.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Alissa Ugolini

The dining room is one of those spaces that was once at the height of fashion and a total necessity in a home. Nowadays, unfortunately, it has been downgraded, and is a room that is only considered when there is enough space to play with

Celebrity Style Dressing Rooms - In Your Home!

Alissa Ugolini | Posted 28.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Alissa Ugolini

Whatever your needs or objective may be, whether it is to house a growing collection of clothes or for space saving reasons, in this post, I am going to explore five incredible examples of dressing room ideas.

Decorating your bedroom with all white

Alissa Ugolini | Posted 22.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Alissa Ugolini

For some, the thought of a white on white colour scheme is frightening. With the looming fear of a space looking sterile and banal, perhaps even hospital-like, decorating with only white may be the last idea on your interior design radar.

Expert Tips On How To Add Colour To Your Home

The Huffington Post UK | Jennifer Barton | Posted 20.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle

As the days get shorter, darker and colder and the holiday season approaches, ensuring our homes are welcoming, stylish and comfortable becomes even m...

How To Decorate Your Rented Home, Without Losing Your Deposit

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah O'Meara | Posted 05.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Without a doubt, one of the most frustrating elements of renting a home can be feeling a lack of control over its decoration. However, there are m...

Don't Buy Any More Furniture Until You've Read This

The Huffington Post UK | Georgia James | Posted 21.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Tempting as it might be to make an impulse purchase - when buying a large piece of furniture for your home, a little caution and restraint goes a long...

My Favourite Looks For: Living Rooms

Nikki Wright | Posted 01.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Nikki Wright

We have just finished decorating our living room, so we are left with a shell to fill with personality, which in my opinion is by far the best bit.

Simplifying Your Home for Summer

Fritha Strickland | Posted 27.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Fritha Strickland

Pre motherhood I was a total hoarder of things, I was a clutter mouse and very happy to be so. Since having my son the sheer amount of 'things' in our house has started to make me feel a tad anxious. So at a few predictable times of the year I declutter.

The Unofficial Guide to a Downton Abbey-like Home Décor

Patricia Evans | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Patricia Evans

Being British isn't enough without having proper tea. Fans of Downton Abbey have dreamt (and dreaded) of a scene wherein they're with the Dowager Countess of Grantham, listening rather awkwardly as she spoke the wittiest of lines while calmly sipping her tea.

Five Bank Holiday Mini-Upcycling Projects

Sian Astley | Posted 23.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sian Astley

Any tips for the Bank Holiday, HuffPost UK & Homesense have asked me? Sit in the garden on a roasting hot May Day, with marinated deliciousness grilling on coals and sipping a glass of something cold? Ha! Chances are in the UK, the sky will cloud and the heavens will open.

Side Street Style's Top Picks From Cardiff

Laura Schwormstedt | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Schwormstedt

Last week was very exciting indeed as I was invited to take part in an Inspiration Day at Cardiff HomeSense. A lovely table with all sorts of yummy ...

10 Key Pieces No Stylish Home Should Be Without

Jennifer Barton | Posted 15.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Whether you're in your first rental home or the family house you've shared with a partner and kids for 20 years, there are certain homewares products ...

It's More Than Gorgeous - Top Picks From Manchester

Sian Astley | Posted 09.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sian Astley

I had a great afternoon down at my local HomeSense, choosing my Top Picks and helping shoppers solve their interior design & home buy dilemmas, finding myself rummaging through treasures to find 'on trend' bargains and helping design savvy clients select the perfect partnering items for challenging rooms.

Interior Trends SS14 - Rich Pickings

Richard Brownlie-Marshall | Posted 19.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Richard Brownlie-Marshall

The sun has arrived, and a new light is cast into our homes, calling for a fresh look at our interiors. Similar to fashion, it's unlikely that many of us can get a whole new wardrobe each season, so it is all about ways of updating our spaces with small accessories - and perhaps a few big splurges along the way!

How To Introduce Bold And Beautiful Designs Into Your Home

Jennifer Barton | Posted 22.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Look at a white wall for long enough and you start to entertain thoughts of punching it up with a splash of colour: a cheery yellow or calming blue, p...

These Amazing Designs Will Change The Way You Think About Curtains

Jennifer Barton | Posted 17.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Whether you're looking for an easy way to lift a room or want to inject some colour into your space, curtains are a stylish and straightforward way of...

How To Make Your Kid's Room Stylish

Jennifer Barton | Posted 09.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Congratulations, you’re finally an adult. You have a “grown-up home,” you own a set of wine glasses and your bed frame has a headboard. This is ...


Nikki Wright | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Nikki Wright

I'm a self-confessed colourphobe when it comes to interior design. If it's not in the taupe, grey, white, or from the 'neutral' family, I'm usually not listening! Now, as we begin to embrace the new season here at Butterfly Lane, I am determined to also embrace the subject of colour - and injecting it in to interior design.

Making Your Kitchen Work for You

Richard Brownlie-Marshall | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Richard Brownlie-Marshall

For some, their kitchen might feel too small or they're not making the most of the space they do have. Being part of Zanussi's Easy Team initiative, I thought I would share some of my best interior design tips for making your kitchen work for you.

Debate: Modern Luxury or Classic Country Chic?

Nikki Wright | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Nikki Wright

in the last few months I've hit an unexpected cross roads in my design life, where I am beginning to be divided between classic country chic styling and modern simplicity. Now, I live in a listed property but this doesn't mean I can't delve in to my inner modernista does it?

Interior Trends 2013 and How to Incorporate Them Into Your Home

Richard Brownlie-Marshall | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Richard Brownlie-Marshall

Your home is a great chance to express your personal style, but like fashions we see on the runway, each season there are key themes that retailers and interiors magazines will be focusing on. The big change this year is that colour is back.