Freshen up the home front

New year, new you, new excuse to blow the budget on some fabulous new furnishings.

There is something about a new year that brings out the nesting instinct. And as staying in is so much more stylish than going out in 2011, there’s every reason to splash out on a few new home comforts. Just think of all that money you’ve saved on drinks and taxi fares. Follow our guide to the top three spring fashions on the home front and you’ll have the Joneses trying to keep up with you for a change.

Think of this trend as shock therapy for the home – a guaranteed way to liven up any living room. Citrus greens, sunshine yellows, fuchsia pinks – mix and match exotic palettes and tropical hues to transform your house into an urban oasis.

Butterfly by Matthew William at Debenhams is just the thing to nail this look – with duvets from £50 and throws from £100. TK Maxx has some jewel-inspired throws from £29.99, eBay Fashion Outlet’s spice rack (£14.95) should heat up your kitchen decor, while’s wall art is a fashionable finishing touch.

Summon up the grand salons of old to bring some Regency-style sophistication into your humble abode. This grandiose sofa (House of Bath £324.95) sets the scene. Then just accessorise to the max with gilt mirrors (Matalan and and plenty of sumptuous scatter cushions (Matalan and Rocha.John Rocha at Debenhams).

Thrifty chic is all about that homespun, make-do- and-mend look. But we won’t tell anyone if you stock up on a few of these stylish cheats. Take inspiration from Marks & Spencer’s new homeware range, a mix between vintage and craft-inspired buys. Throw down a homely welcome mat (eBay Fashion Outlet £14.95), and some retro cushions (House of Fraser). Then treat your guests to afternoon tea on this charming vintage teacup cake stand (Love Miss Daisy Vintage £45). Well, you deserve a break after all that decorating.

Stockist details

1 Love Miss Daisy Vintage. Hand made vintage cup and saucer cake stand, £45. 2 eBay Fashion Outlet. English rose welcome mat, £14.95. 3 TK Maxx. Bright throws, £29.99. 4 Matalan. Mirror. 5 Debenhams. Rocha.John Rocha metallic sequin cushion, £30. 6 House of Fraser. Cushion. 7 Pink flower canvas, £22. 8 Debenhams. Butterfly by Matthew Williamson. 9 Mirror. 10 Matalan. Cushion. 11 Ebay Fashion Outlet. Spice rack, £14.95. 12 Marks & Spencer. Bedroom. 13 House of Bath. Mini Chesterfield Sofa, £324.95.

[All photography courtesy of PRshots]
Miss B

Miss B

Miss B is a Belle About Town who likes to bring a little bit of style into every aspect of her life. An experienced journalist with over a decade in the industry she turned to the web to fill a gap for tech-savvy stylish women who want the best life has to offer at their fingertips. She loves a decadent cocktail bar, a beautifully cut dress, the perfect pair of heels, quality over quantity and is partial to Asian-fusion food, enjoys holidaying in the sun and shopping breaks to New York. But her first love is of course London!


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