Cool off during the British heat wave with these beautiful seaside shots from our friends at Greengate. Mmmm, so pretty. So, Greengate.

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I wish I could dive into that deep blue ocean right now! The whole Ideal Home team has been traipsing around London today visiting Christmas press shows to preview all the baubles, trees, cards and decorations that will hit the shops in November. It’s very surreal to be chatting about Christmas tree trends in soaring temperatures, but we got some great ideas for photo shoots and features, and saw some stunning new collections. Highlights include the beautiful festive products from Cox & Cox:

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Cute paper angels…paint-your-own cardboard NOEL letters…a family of owls sewing kit…a circus font stamp set…duck tape (tape with ducks on it, LOVE IT) and metallic birdies – the people at Cox & Cox have found so many lovely treats! Right, snap back to July…and it’s ice lolly time me-thinks. Again… – Ellie

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A new nautical interiors company launches today, and we love it! Runaway Coast is full of homeware and textiles inspired by the sea. Feast your eyes on these lovely images – they’ve put me in a really summery mood, despite the grey London scene outside our office window!

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Check out the cute nautical fabrics at Runaway Coast, too. I like the patterned pebbles design best – it would be lovely as a tablecloth.

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If you’re a fan of nautical style, check out Ian Mankin for striped fabrics, Deckchair Stripes for deckchairs and hammocks, Garden Trading for accessories, and The Beach Hut Company for everything from bunting to fishing nets. – Ellie