Saturday, 2 April 2016

Out With The Old, In With The New

uk interior design blogger 2016I'm starting this new month with the urge to transform everything around me; this applies to my wardrobe, beauty/fitness regime and quite profoundly, the decor I immerse myself in.  I'm fairly particular when it comes to the interior design of restaurants and hotels and so I'm surprised to find it's taken me until now to give more serious thought to the personal spaces in which I spend the most time!  Since starting a subscription to Elle Decoration magazine late last year (courtesy of Magazine.co.uk), I've had an intensifying interest in home decor, and when US website UncommonGoods got in contact to introduce their Home Décor collections, it's safe to say that interest piqued...
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When it comes to purchasing furniture and accessories, I flip-flop between three options: in-store locally, online and when visiting new countries.  The latter is probably my favourite method due to the sentimental value of purchasing items that encourage you to recall your time in a different country, though I'll admit, it presents the most difficulties - ever tried packing an XL blanket into a suitcase?  I assure you, it's no fun!  It was that wonderful experience that forced me to limit myself and keep the purchase of larger items to shopping online.  With this in mind, the first category over on the UncommonGoods website that caught my eye was the Pillow & Blanket section (found here).  All four of the below give serious 'spring vibes', though I adore cushion designs inspired by nature and so Barry Rosenthal's botanical art-printed rectangular canvas pillows receive a massive round of applause from me!

Psst!  If you're curious about what goes on behind the scenes of the contributing jewellery designers and artists, check out UncommonGoods' studio tours for sneak peeks inside their minds and workspaces!




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Moving on to every blogger's dream - perfect prints to line the wall behind our desks!  Pinterest is inspiring in all sorts of ways and lately I've found more than anything it serves as a persuasive voice telling me to create a dreamy office space bursting with pretty accessories!  First stop, prints.  Visit here to start daydreaming about how appealing a line-up of printed macarons could be, leaning up against your magazine file.  At this point, I'm feeling as though I could justify any purchase thanks to UncommonGoods' Better to Give program.  Started 12 years ago, the program has donated over $1 million (approx £700,000) to charities around the world, by donating $1 from every sale to the customer's chosen non-profit organisation!
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uk home design blogger twentiesI find I get most excited with regard to home decor when I discover something both unusual and functional.  Don't get me wrong, I really, really love knitted throws and metallic prints!  However, when I spotted the above bookend designs by Eric Gross, I immediately saw them as the perfect accessory for my growing magazine collection.  As sad as it may be, my magazines have a routine - they start in magazine files as they await being read, move on to being left on any available bare surface while I work my way through them and then end neatly stacked one-by-one on a wall-mounted bookcase.  Do they fall over there?  All the time.  How many candles have they smashed in the process?  Two and counting.  The idea of black cats clawing away at my magazines has never seemed so appealing!
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Yep, my interest in home decor has undoubtedly spread from being kept at an arm's length, to now applying to my own personal spaces.  One thing is for certain, with a subscription to Elle Decoration magazine, a growing number of Home Design boards on my Pinterest and having now been introduced to the UncommonGoods website, that interest is only going to grow stronger!

With love,

Gabrielle x

Note:  This post has been sponsored by UncommonGoods, however all opinions are my own.
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  1. Home decor is one of my favorite categories to browse through on Pinterest! It's so addictive.

    Good karma,
    Tatum || AbstractAphrodite

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  2. I love shopping whenever I'm traveling as well, but I always try to get little things that can easily fit into my bags—easier said than done! ^^;
    I absolutely love those bookends, they're so cute!

    x Yized

    http://www.novojun.com

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  3. I've been getting into home decor a lot lately as I'm moving to my new house in May. Pinterest is definitely very inspiring for ideas!

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  4. I love the colors that you picked! It looks so neat and refreshing :)

    xx Jamie| With Love, Jamie

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  5. I adore this. I have such an unhealthy obsession with home decor. This is such a lovely post!

    Amber | y a c h t s m a a n

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  6. I love home decor too!! At the moment I'm thinking about my new bedroom style, so I spend the time browsing on Pinterest searching for some new ideas!
    Have a lovely day!
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  7. Great post dear! I love home decor too and i have found myself being more and more interested lately :) Scandinavian home decor is my favourite :)

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  8. I need to do some spring cleaning also! my place is such a mess :)))

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  9. Amazing pics!
    Have a nice week-end!
    Gil Zetbase
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  10. I've loved reading this ! I'm moving house soon and so have been really getting into decor ! I especially LOVE the namaste cushion and the when life gives you lemons print, you're right everyblogger needs a good print behind their desk hehe :)

    lots of love, Marianne xxx

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  11. I love the hint of botanicals in this post, the leaf/fern prints are lovely - that's just the kind of thing I'm looking for in my room at the moment! I definitely feel rejuvenated and refreshed whenever spring rolls around. - Tasha

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  12. I totally get what you mean by wanting to change and redecorate everything around you Gabrielle! Take it from someone who purchases home and living magazines to spend my free time reading- I feel the need to redecorate about every month or two. I just wish my pocket would allow for it!

    X

    Anjelique

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  13. I feel the urge to redecorate as well, but I am holding back until we move in the summer.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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  14. Ohhmmmy the interior pieces looks nice.
    I would love to redecorate mine.

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  15. Love the vibes Gabrielle! I can't wait to make more positive changes to my life this April too!! All the best girl x

    Real Life Nerd
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  16. Before I moved out into my own home, I was so into how the design of our home would be but with so much having happened, I've sort of lost my enthusiasm - I think this definitely might help me get into it!

    Musings & More

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  17. I love your idea and the picks you have made is amazing. I really like finding new inspiration. :D
    Xx Blue Ducklings
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  18. I so know this feeling all to well! I am so into home decor with bedroom decorating being my fav! I love your selections.

    Keisha xo
    thechrysalisgal.com

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  19. I cannot be monotonous I would be soo bored. Picking out new decors is very comforting. Amazing picks!

    Aly In Wanderland | BLOGLOVIN | GFC

    xo, Alyssa

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  20. Right now I'm toying with the idea to redecorate my bedroom. I absolutely love the cushions you picked. I can totally imagine them on my bed.

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  21. It's pretty darn clear that you have impeccable taste x

    VanessaVonJames | Fashion Blog

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  22. great selection! I love the pillows especially!

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  23. So many cool deco picks Gabrielle! I must check that website!;) Have an amazing start of the week!
    ♥ ♥ ♥
    Jeanne
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  24. Loving those pillows, especially the one with the fern print. It looks so perfect for spring!
    Beaumiroir

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  25. Absolutely beautiful images xx I always look forward to your inspiring posts!!!

    Jac Fleurant
    www.herwearabouts.com

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  26. Love home decor, really great picks :) x

    Nev | Miss Nev

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  27. eeek so many cute things here! I love the macaron print and the cat bookends <3
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  28. I have that issue ALL the time - I always see the loveliest things while I'm away, buy them and then struggle to close the suitcase. :)
    Have a lovely day, Gabrielle! xS

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  29. Very cute little things! I like the interior!

    xoxo, Nastya Deutsch

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  30. That's really so much fun! I'm actually moving into a new apartment so I'm kinda feeling the same way as you: out with the old, in with the new!

    Lisa Favre
    marblecrumbs.com

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  31. I am doing the same thing right now, girl - spring cleaning to the fullest! I love love your style. These photos + inspo are amazing

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  32. great post ! fantastic hair
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  33. This looks so neat, love the aesthetics!
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  34. Those bookends are too cute! Love these fresh new decorating ideas! Great eye you have! Have a wonderful start to the week!

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  35. I've been redecorating a lot too! In love with all of your inspiration!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

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  36. Such a nice source of inspiration! I love redecorating things!

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  37. I love home decorating, it is so much fun!! Pillows are the best to buy :)) x

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  38. Awesome home inspo! thanks for sharing girl. Have a wonderful day!
    much love, Len
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  39. I love good home decor. And every spring I feel the need to clean, reorganise and refresh my space :)
    Ivona from www.thesmokedetector.net
    xoxo

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  40. great interior design tips, my dear, especially now that spring is on the door...
    I love knitted throws too
    kisses
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  41. Home decor is so fun. Great pics and inspiration!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

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  42. Those art pieces that you've picked out are just stunning!

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  43. I always love the idea of transforming! I don't know I feel energetic every time I have a plan on renovate my room, because it means I have an excuse to shop at Primark and IKEA for hours!

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  44. Buying decor items while travelling is fun but as you noticed aslo very unpractical because of packing. I do think when it comes to buying souvernirs we need to limit ourselves to smaller ones (in this case size matters). I will never forget when some guys boarding a flight from Ibiza showed up with an enormous lamp (really enormous, it was a size of an average person). After some thinking, we (the cabin crew) agreed that it is best we lock it up in the aircraft's lavatory (because it couldn't fit anywhere else and it was too late to make them take it out).

    Those pillows are beautiful! ...and how cute are those black cats...that has got to be the perfect way to store our magazines.

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  45. We've just revamped our kitchen a bit, and I have only redecorated our living room recently. I am always interested in interior decor. Great inspiration. Have a lovely week Gabrielle. xx
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  46. My home is my refuge and sanctuary so I always pay more attention to how it is decorated. I can't relax unless my home is just right because I spend so much time there. All of your picks are fab!
    LaToya
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  47. Just popping back across to say thanks for the lovely comments Gabrielle! :D

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  48. Love the home decor and beautiful pictures!

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  49. The home decor inspiration here is lovely and really drawn in by the colours on the bed here.

    Cat bookends? Yes please! Being a cat fan these would work well in my living room, although I can also see my two cats being a fan of these and knocking them over ;)

    Great inspiration!

    Thanks for sharing :)

    Laura xo

    www.shehearts.net

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  50. What an inspiring post! Elle decor is one of my favourite magazines: always chock-full of stunning interiors and inspiring ideas. And how lovely is that macaron print! I can very well picture it hanging in my kitchen :)

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  51. loving all of this, i absolutely need that macaron print!

    danielle | avec danielle

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  52. I'm obsessed with home decor and perfecting my flat, always looking for new items to give it character and modernity! Looove those prints, they're gorgeous, and the bookends are so much fun!

    Euriental

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  53. Gahhhh this post just makes me want to own a home to decorate :)
    xo, Jessica || The Petite Diaries

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  54. I'm loving all this inspiration! Home decor is always fun to browse through, those prints you posted are so cute.

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  55. I love home decor and try to find unique things online or at auctions. These are beautiful items. I'll have to check out UncommonGoods. I love that they have that Better to Give program. It sounds like a great company.
    ~Lili
    www.thefashionsalt.com

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  56. I keep pinning photos on pinterest and getting magazines as soon I'll be moving and I need to decorate the place, I'm so looking forward to it. Prints add personality to the place and make house a home. Better to give program sounds amazing, I wish more companies would do this. x

    Ela BellaWorld

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  57. These pillows are super cute. Have a lovely day Gabrielle.
    Nina
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  58. I love these beautiful home decor pieces! Looks so clean and glam! Thanks for sharing this great inspiration! =)
    - Cielo

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  59. I could use that Namaste pillow right about now.
    Alexander @ Mr Essentialist

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  60. I also from time to time get an urge to renew everything, my entire style (though it usually only ends up with me spending a few hours checking online stores for clothes and decor! I'm a saver - a little too much of a saver, it can actually be hard for me to buy something so here I sit with completely empty walls ..) a burst of inspiration in the shape of an arriving magazine every week might change that, these looks amazing and I hope you can go through with the changes you want and I'm sure you can make it beautiful! Prints for the workspace truly is the dream for every blogger, haha! xx

    Filippa ⎮ Always a Dot

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  61. I am loving any greenery in my home lately! Everything looks beautiful!

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  62. Interior design magazines totally bring out my desire to renew and redecorate my home as well. I actually love browsing in store and then buying online so I don't have to carry my purchases around :)

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  63. I am seriously loving this post! I too am feeling like I want to change everything up. I love your choices for home decor. I have been wanting to do more with my home decor lately! Definitely need to go get some magazines.. Have a great week hun!
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  64. Beautiful pics! I love the white plant pot, throw pillows and artwork.

    Erica
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  65. It's something in the air, I swear it is! My husband and I have been cleaning a lot too, I finally understood why it's called 'Spring cleaning'. Love the book case! Not only the design is unique, practical and beautiful but it also would make such a lovely conversation piece.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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  66. Design magazines are so inspiring! And that website sounds fantastic. I love the prints and bookends you shared. It's always fun to find new inspiration and change it up a bit!

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  67. This is really great inspo!! I love the leaf print pillow :)

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  68. I love this post!! I've been really passionate about decorating my apartment lately and I'm so excited for my newest additions to come in the mail!

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  69. Whenever I travel, so many beautiful home items catch my eye. But like you mentioned, it can be a real struggle to pack them :( Those book ends are so pretty, and like you said, functional as well! It's a win win :)

    Mili

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  70. Love post, babe! I enjoy browsing thru home & decor magazines too :D

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  71. OMG your home decor is so pretty! You're tempting me to redecorate my room all over again!


    xoxo, Aldora
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  72. Your home decor tastes are pretty bloody perfect hun, love what you've picked and the vibe you've gone for. Gorgeous!

    Elle
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    xx

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  73. Home decor is very interesting & engaging activity. Great Post!

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  74. I can't decide if I prefer the cat or the giraffe book ends, both are so cool!

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  75. Great post. I am redecorating my room soon and I can't wait! x
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  76. Love the interior decoration ideas :)

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  77. I'm all for a change, especially in the home and wardrobe. Great inspiring post. Gemma x
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  78. Your interior inspirations are so lovely, Gabrielle! I can't help but wonder if you are inspired by those gorgeous hotels too, you could run your own hotel and it would be the dreamiest ever haha! Hope you had a great Easter :D xx

    elizabeth ♡ ”Ice Cream” whispers Clara | (doing follow for follow on bloglovin or instagram)

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  79. I can't wait till the moment when my boyfriend and i move to the house and i can decorate my office in the way i prefer!!!
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  80. i've been on the long process of redoing my room because my style and tastes have changed. i wanted a new scenery. pinterest really helps with interior decor inspo! loving ur inspo as well x

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  81. I love interior design too. I just have trouble sticking to a theme because then there would be other things I like that don't fit.

    Melanie | The Mel Division

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  82. I love sprucing up spaces + cleaning out everything when spring rolls around! And UncommonGoods is such a cool company- love 'em!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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  83. I really like looking at inspiration for interior design too. I love planning out how I want my home to look like. Currently, I already have too much to even add anything. But when I finally get around to doing a huge cleanout, at least I will have a plan! Love the one of the macarons, so pretty

    ~Andrea Tiffany~
    http://aglimpseofglam.blogspot.com

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  84. Very inspirational.
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  85. Love your plan, spring cleaning your life...haha!

    God bless,

    XO, Claire

    Http://www.littlemissfashionqueen.com

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  86. I love your style, it's so classic and elegant! I can't wait to start decorating my own home! :) xx

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  87. Home decor is one of the things I wish I could call my hobby, but I just don't have the time and the true passion for it, so I stick to reading inspirational blog posts like yours. Regarding magazines, my stack is on the sofa table, where it grows and grows until we can't watch tv without being bothered, then the top of the stack is thrown away:)

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  88. I'm also on a huge home decor kick, and am so excited to start!

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  89. Oooh, I love home decor - it's absolutely gorgeous and could just spend ages in store, online and browsing through magazines!! Love it, best way to re-energise your mood! :)

    Layla xx

    http://www.sprinklesofstyle.co.uk
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  90. I love passionately those pillows :-) And I'm also a huge home decor fan. Have a lovely weekend Gaby

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