No headboard? No problem!

There’s nothing quite like a magnificent headboard on a statement bed. Whether it’s the plush upholstered kind, a rustic wooden one or a cool, industrial-style iron bed frame, it finishes off a look and gives a real sense of the overall design style. However, there are many reasons why you might find yourself without a headboard. Perhaps you’re renting and just have a plain divan bed. Perhaps you’re tight on space and can’t afford those few extra inches. Perhaps it’s a budget issue. Or perhaps you’re simply looking for something a little unconventional.

Whatever the reason for the empty space behind your bed, try one of these ideas on for size. Who needs a headboard when your bed can look like this?

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Ingenious ways to store your bike

Hands up – who owns a bike? I’m one of many cyclists in Cambridge, and I pootle around the city when the weather’s decent. Mine’s not a particularly fancy bike but I adore the big wicker basket on the front which I can fill with bunches of flowers and baguette sticks as I cycle around waving at people. Ok, it’s not quite like that but you get the idea. With Tour de France approaching in just a couple of weeks, it’s got me thinking about the rest of us. Whether you’re a leisurely, fair weather cyclist like me, or a hardcore racing cyclist, or an off-roading mountain biker, or a commuting cyclist, or you just own a bike but never actually use it (you know who you are), we all have one common problem – where to store your bike?

Basically, you have three options – on the wall, up high or outside. Check out these ingenious storage solutions for your wheels.

Feature image: via Dwell

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10 rooms you’ll wish you had as a kid

Can you remember your first bedroom? I think mine had wallpaper of clouds and balloons with pink carpet. To be fair, it could have been much worse, and I remember that wallpaper fondly. These days, kids rooms are being taken to whole new levels and I don’t know if it’s style conscious parents or a new breed of ultra cool toddlers, but the bar has certainly been raised since my day. God I sound old.

Take a look at these ridiculously cool rooms that you’ll wish you had as a kid. Actually, if we’re being honest, I’d take some of these as my bedroom now (see no.2).

Spoiler alert: play tents feature quite a lot. You may recall that they have appeared in previous posts Earning your stripes and A touch of black. I think I may have a problem…

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15 awesome wedding gift ideas

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June has snuck up out of nowhere and wedding season is well and truly upon us. I’ve already been to two this year and one of my friends has a whopping 11 weddings to attend in 2016. As a guest, weddings are lovely and fun occasions but there’s a lot to think about. What to wear? How to get there? Hat or fascinator? And very important – what to get the happy couple as a gift? Having just tied the knot last year, one of the best things about the wedding were all the wonderful gifts I (sorry, we) received afterwards. Many couples opt for gift lists, honeymoon fund donations or simply ask for cold, hard cash. However, sometimes guests are given free rein or if (and only if) you know the couple well enough, you might consider going off-list.

So back to the question – what to get? Of course, you could play it safe, but if you want to go for something a bit off-piste, here are some ideas for a truly memorable, unique gift.

Feature image: “To have and to hold” fabric ribbon, £2.95 from Live Laugh Love

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House goals: The Kitchen Larder

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Anyone who knows me well will know that I love food. I love eating it, I love cooking it, I love how it looks, I love the aromas, I’m pretty much obsessed with it. For me, cooking and baking is therapeutic, giving me time to focus solely on the task in hand and block out everything else. It helps to clear my mind and provides an experimental outlet for me to create tasty dishes that bring joy to those who eat them (unless something goes very wrong).

My kitchen is bursting at the seams with gadgets and ingredients and the never-ending quest for storage is a perpetual challenge. Every space is filled in the blink of an eye with more “essential” items. For a while, I longed for a dedicated larder cupboard. As I got older, I felt my desire for a walk-in wardrobe shift towards a walk-in larder. The dream has since been upgraded to a Nigella-style walk through pantry. What next? Pretty soon my kitchen will take over the entire house. I feel it’s only a matter of time.

So, fellow foodies, whether you have loads of space or things are a little tight, here’s how to create your own swoon-worthy larder area.

Featured image: Loft Kitchen by Team 7 in walnut by Wharfside

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A how (not) to guide to DIY alcove shelves

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Let me just make something very clear from the start. This is no tutorial. This is not a “How To” guide. If anything, this is a “How Not To” guide. DIY or any kind of hard labour is not my strong point and I’m the first to admit that. I’m organised, I’m creative, I get s**t done, but I do this by developing design ideas then efficiently coordinating others to do it. In my profession as an interior design project manager, I rely on the skills of others to make things look beautiful and bring my ideas to reality rather than subject my clients to the work of my own fair hands. When it comes to getting my hands dirty or any kind of physical effort, you probably don’t want me on your team. However, what I do have in spades is a can-do positive attitude! So think of this more as a demonstration that if I can do it, anyone can do it.

Bespoke joinery can be a wonderful thing and I love using it in my projects. It gives a distinctive feel to a space and can work wonders creating stunning features and smart storage solutions. However, I know that the budget doesn’t always stretch to custom made options and so this post is about how to achieve a unique look without calling in the pros.

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Inside out

I may be tempting fate by saying this out loud but it would appear that summer has arrived in the UK – yippee! Who knows how long it’ll last but with reports stating that 2016 is set to be the hottest year since records began, it’s looking promising. As a country famous for its temperamental weather, many of us are very good at bringing the outside in. Lush house plants, fragrant herb pots and beautiful vases adorned with flowers decorate our homes so that we can still enjoy a little nature on those indoor rainy days.

However, with the sunshine and warm weather out in force, we need to think about taking the inside outside for a change! Here are a few of my favourite ways to bring your living space outdoors.

Featured image: Outdoor entertaining by Nkuku

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Earning your stripes

It was on a particularly exciting day last week when I was putting away some laundry and looked down to see five striped tops staring up from one of my drawers. FIVE! And I’m pretty sure there are more striped garments in other drawers. Oh well, at least I’m consistent.

As an unashamed stripes addict, I decided to share my love of this classically stylish pattern that, in my book, never fails. Stripe up your life in these 10 wonderful ways:

Feature image: Closet Stripe ST 360 wallpaper from Farrow & Ball

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