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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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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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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The White Company - lacquer stacking trays

6 tips to get the White Company look in your home

When it comes to interiors, The White Company gives us serious house goals to aspire to. It’s actually incredible how the brand has established such a distinctive style based on the colour white. You can’t really get more standard than white, it’s basically a non-colour. However, show most people a photo from their catalogue or website and anyone familiar with the company will know where it’s from in a shot. Now that’s a strong brand image.

From beautiful bed linen to gorgeous furniture and accessories, their range of products is stylish, timeless, classic and resonates with quality. The question is, how to put it all together to achieve the same look in your own home? Here are six tips and tricks to help you create that White Company style.

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As featured on Houzz – A Beginner’s Guide to Installing Wall Panelling

Jennifer Chong in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, UK on HouzzOh dear, it’s happened again. Another week, and no blog post. Sorry! If any of you made it down to designjunction last week then you will have seen the reason why I’ve slightly dropped the ball in the blogging department, but hopefully you’ll agree it was worth it.

In the meantime, I thought I’d share my latest Houzz feature which covers everything you need to know about installing your own wall panelling. If you’re looking to add an interesting feature to your home and fancy a DIY challenge, this could be right up your street. Read A Beginner’s Guide to Installing Wall Panelling to make sure you’re fully prepared to handle this like a total pro.

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Feioi bathroom renovation

Light in the home mini-series – a recap!

I’ve been super busy sorting things out for the very exciting SmartHouzz pod for Houzz at designjunction lately and things are just kicking off with the build. This means I’m in full-blown designer/project manager mode and as a result, have had zero time to blog 😦

But fear not, I’ve got something up my sleeve. Do you remember on Friends when, every now and then, there was an episode just made up of clips from old episodes and it was really annoying? Well this is one of those…in blog form. Some of you may remember that a while ago I did a mini-series on Light in the Home. It got a bit much writing about lighting all the time so I interspersed it with posts about other things so it’s all over the place! For those interested in learning a little about lighting design how to use light in the home, I thought it might be helpful to have them all in one place. So here it is…

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