Star by Julien Macdonald for Debenhams SS17 PR event

Add a little bling to your home with Star by Julien Macdonald

It was a lovely sunny day as I headed down to London a few weeks ago (yes, this post is long overdue!) I’d been invited to the Debenhams preview for the Star by Julien Macdonald collection at the Sanderson Hotel, and now I’ve decided to share my thoughts with you lovely lot. Aren’t you lucky?

If you’re familiar with Julien Macdonald’s designs, you’ll know he isn’t afraid of glitter and sparkle, and this collection didn’t disappoint. Some people love the glitz and glam but others aren’t so keen, either not being sure how to use it or simply feeling like it isn’t their cup of tea. However, as someone who’s partial to a little bling, I’d like to show you how a little sparkle can be a good thing no matter what your interior style.

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As featured on Houzz – 13 Ideas to Give Your Kitchen a Designer Look on a Budget

Jennifer Chong in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, UK on HouzzA bespoke designer is the absolute dream of house goals for many people, me included. However, for most, budgets simply do not stretch that far…me included. So for my latest feature for Houzz, I’ve written an article full of tips and tricks to give your kitchen the look and feel of a designer kitchen on a budget.

Feature image from Cream & Black Interior Design via Houzz

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A beautiful Airbnb apartment in Genoa

I’m baaaaaaack! Apologies to all my readers, subscribers and followers for the totally unplanned hiatus on the blog, but I’m back into it and will try much harder to post regularly from now on. If you have any requests for blog topics then please let me know, I’d love to hear from you and find out what you’re into.

So, today’s blog post is all about this gorgeous Airbnb apartment I stayed in during a recent trip to Genoa. For the record, this is not a sponsored post or in any way endorsed by Airbnb. I didn’t even choose it, my sister organised it, all I did was rock up! However, when we did arrive, I was so full of heart eyes 😍😍😍 I just had to share it with you. Posting a couple of snaps on Instagram got a big reaction so I decided to dust off the blog and write about it.

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As featured on Houzz – 10 Snazzy Styling Tips for Your Mantelpiece

Jennifer Chong in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, UK on Houzz

During these wintery months, there’s nothing quite like the flickering flames of a cosy fire to warm things up. For those lucky enough to have one that is. Whether your fireplace is a magnificent original beauty or a sleek, contemporary piece, it’s probably one of the best focal points a room can have.

My latest feature for Houzz is titled 10 Snazzy Styling Tips for Your Mantelpiece and it’s full of tips and ideas to help you make your fireplace look beautiful.

Feature image: Drummonds Bathrooms via Houzz

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Abigail Ahern Debenhams Designer Apartment at Cheval Three Quays - bedroom

The new Abigail Ahern collection for Debenhams

Getting back into my daily routine after the festive season has been something of a challenge and I’m suffering from some serious January blues ☹️ The post-Christmas comedown is just too much! In an attempt to combat this annual mood-slump, I try to have various lovely things to look forward to in the New Year. With this in mind, imagine my delight when a little invitation dropped into my inbox before Christmas from Debenhams PR team inviting me to an Abigail Ahern apartment takeover at the Cheval Residences! So last week I crammed myself onto a commuter train and headed to London to check it out…and I’m so glad I did as it turned out to be pretty damn awesome.

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As featured on Houzz – kitchen bins and laundry baskets

Jennifer Chong in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, UK on HouzzWell first off can I just wish you all a very Happy New Year! It’s a few days late but this is my first post of 2017 so what you gonna do? It’s been a year since I started blogging and it’s been a lot more fun than I expected leading to loads of opportunities, including writing for Houzz. My articles have generated a lot of interest and I’m pleased to say that many of them now appear in their ‘Most Popular‘ section! It’s so lovely to hear when readers enjoy the features and find them useful, so thank you to everyone that reads, likes, follows and shares. You’re all super stars!

At the end of last year I had two articles published on Houzz that I didn’t get round to featuring here on my own blog so this one is a twofer! The first, 10 Smart Storage Tips for Your Kitchen Bins, covers some neat tips and ideas to tackle your kitchen bin storage. The second is 10 Smart and Stylish Ways to Store Your Laundry Baskets, which looks at a variety of different ways and locations to store your laundry baskets.

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Skandinavisk Hygge Scented Candles and Diffusers

How to bring Hygge into your home

This week I went along to the first Hygge Cambridge event at Novi, a fabulous espresso and cocktail bar on Regent Street in Cambridge. I was both delighted and terrified at being invited to be their guest speaker (public speaking is totally not my bag) but I decided it would be a good little challenge for myself! My talk was on How to Bring Hygge into your Home and I chatted about the various tips that people could take on to make their home a little more hyggelig. It was a lovely evening with a great crowd and I’m looking forward to more Hygge Cambridge events in 2017. If you live in/near Cambridge and fancy joining future events, follow on Facebook or Twitter to keep up to date!

For those of you that weren’t able to make it, here’s an overview of my talk on How to Bring Hygge into your Home.

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Catesby's Gingerbread House Votive Candles - set of 6

Feioi’s falling for…Christmas

Ok so it’s still November, but you know what? I don’t care! All you bah humbug types just stop reading this post, you’re not going to like it. I love Christmas, it’s pretty much the only good thing about winter as far as I’m concerned and after the #ElyChristmasCracker blogger meet up last week, I am well and truly in the festive spirit!

It’s been a while since I’ve done a #FeioiFinds post but how could I not squeeze one in before Christmas as we all gear up to bling up our homes for the most wonderful time of the year? I can’t resist buying a few new Christmas decorations every year and while I’m all for festive fun, I do like a classy Christmas. My family know not to decorate the tree without my supervision (one year when they did, I may have taken it all down and redecorated it…yes I am that person 😳). So if you want to inject some Christmas cheer into your home without the kitsch, take a look at my favourite festive finds…

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Cambridge Contemporary Art

Cambridge Contemporary Art bloggers event

I’m a lucky girl. The lovely team at Cambridge Contemporary Art and Cambridge Contemporary Crafts very kindly invited me to their bloggers event this week, and it was a delightful evening. Now I know I’ve been a bit quiet on the blogging front, but this inspirational evening perusing some fab pieces of art and handmade crafts, coupled with the chance to meet some lovely fellow bloggers, has given me a kick up the bum to get back on the blog. So here I am.

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As featured on Houzz – A Beginner’s Guide to Heating a Cold Kitchen on Any Budget

Jennifer Chong in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, UK on HouzzBrrrrr! It’s getting a bit nippy out there! We’re well and truly into the beautifully instagrammable season of Autumn with its golden leaves and dusky skies. However, with the clocks going back this weekend, Christmas displays in the shops and the ever-dropping temperature, I think we can safely say that Winter is coming. I love Autumn and I love Christmas but for me, the cold is unwelcome. I’d rather be a cooked chicken than a frozen one. Still, on the plus side, there’s nothing like getting your cosy on at home when it’s freezing outside.

Getting toasty in your living room or bedroom is easy, but what about the kitchen? With all it’s hard surfaces, cold floors and external walls, the kitchen can be a chilly space in some homes, and who wants that? No one, that’s who. My latest feature on Houzz – A Beginner’s Guide to Heating a Cold Kitchen on Any Budget – explores a range of ways to warm up a chilly cookspace so that you can stay cosy in your kitchen this winter.

Feature image: Rencraft via Houzz

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