These Amy Ruppel wall stickers launched in the US earlier this year, but the good news is you can now get them in the UK, too, from Supernice

Cute owl and tree designs with Amy’s trademark retro twist…

…and Supernice also has some pretty darn cool Nintendo wall stickers well worth a peep! – Ellie

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Think PINK

May 11, 2010

The blossom’s out, so embrace fabulous fuchsia and pretty petal pinks. You don’t have to choose one shade – mix it up! I love this living room scheme where our stylists have used different shades of pink on the walls in the alcoves. Such a simple idea but very effective, particularly with chunky white Lack shelves:

Just in case you missed our lovely May issue, here are some gorgeously inspiring pink pictures from our style team to tickle your fancy…

Have you seen this Grove Garden fabric from Osborne and Little? It’s tropical and TASTY! It looks fabulous here as a hanging headboard:

Hot pink and turquoise have always been best buddies. Wallpaper? Pah! Whateverrrrr. Go digital instead with a MASSIVE mural – check out this lovely dining room with a rather large rose – just £50 from Graham and Brown:

All these dreamy schemes are making me wish I had a hint of pink in my own home. If you like the peony pic above, keep your eyes peeled for more peony postings later this week! – Ellie




Our stylists at Ideal Home have been busy coming up with gorgeous ideas for children’s bedrooms – and here are three of the best schemes…

A day bed, fairy lights, pretty paper in the alcoves, a blackboard and dolls’ house wall storage – this is a dream scheme for a little girl.

One for the boys – I love the London bus wallpaper on the chimney breast here and the coordinating red alcoves – smart but fun!

And here’s a colourful art/homework station for an older child. I like the little Restik robot wall stickers – you can them at Renegade Kids. Have a lovely weekend everybody – I’ll be back on Monday with some pretty vintage styling ideas and some brilliant high street bargains. – Ellie

As from next week, you’ll find new Cath Kidston hard iPhone cases online and in-store…

I should probably get out more, but this makes me VERY, VERY, VERY, VERY excited. They’re going to be £24.95 each. If you’re an iPhone geek, check out the new app from Wallpaper magazine, too. – Ellie


Today, we’ve got a sneaky cheeky preview of Kelly Doust’s new book, The Crafty Kid, due out in the UK this July (and out in Australia this June). It’s the sequel to her first book, The Crafty Minx – also the name of Kelly’s blog – and it’s bursting with fun craft projects to do with children, and for children.

There’s plenty to choose from in this 250-page crafter’s treat, and the pictures are lovely! Fresh, colourful, and beautifully-styled with vintage cotton reels, pretty buttons and haberdashery bits and bobs. There are over 50 projects, from cotton book bags, felt egg cosies and oilcloth aprons to picnic blankets and bedroom decorations.

There’s a photo of Kelly at the back of the book in front of her lovely vintage yellow-painted craft cupboard, and if you pop to Design*Sponge, you can see more pics of her house. I like the way that she conveys a sensible ‘make-do-and-mend’ philosophy throughout this book – recycling scraps of fabric and using thrifty finds wherever possible.

Even if you don’t have kids, there are loads of ideas in here that you could actually just make for yourself! Or, make as gifts for children of friends. There are helpful ‘Keeping little hands busy’ boxes throughout the book with simple tasks for children to do at every stage.

The Crafty Kid is published by Murdoch Books this July, and will be £16.99. – Ellie

Where do you think these colourful buys are from? Polka dot mugs and napkins…cute egg cups…and a quirky vintage-style tea cosy…does the first word by any chance begin with a ‘C’ and end in ‘ath’?

Believe it or not, this is the new ‘Sweet Peas and Swallows’ collection from Waitrose, and prices start at just £2. Talk about ‘getting the look for less’… – Ellie

Whippet Grey has just announced it’s stocking 1950s botanical charts from German educational printer, Hagemann:

Our obsession with all things scientific and Natural-History-related continues. Check out the zoological charts at Hagemann, too, with skeletons and organs – creepy!

Each chart is 120cm x 85cm, so nice and big. Perfect for bringing a bit of muesum-chic to your home! – Ellie