review: 100 ways to happy chic your life

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If my mother told me tomorrow that I was adopted, I think I’d book a redeye flight to New York to declare myself Jonathan Adler‘s brother. We seem to share the same adoration of colour, a love of quirk, a fondness of humour and a partiality to a scatter cushion or seven. It’s in his latest release – 100 Ways to Happy Chic Your Life – he cements himself as my ultimate go-to guy for out-of-the-box home decor inspiration. So, we may not be brothers, but we are at the very least cut from the same cross-stitch!

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crushing on kikki k’s new crafting collection

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The ethos of the new Kikki K Crafting Collection is I just want to make beautiful things – and with the range of items on offer that allow you to completely customise your own projects, you can see why I’m so inspired to shop ’til I drop and get making my own personalised keepsakes! If you’re anything like me and get heart palpitations over stationery and pops of colour, prepare yourself; this new collection has it all. Cue the romantic music!

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the versatility of monochrome decor

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I am a colour fiend – I can’t help it. But if it’s one thing I wish I had the restraint to do, it’s work a monochrome colour palette in my home. I see black and white furniture, crockery, soft furnishings and more in stores and my heart flutters a little. There’s something so simplistic about this theme. Here’s a little inspiration from my time spent swooning toward these colours.

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a rainbow of colour at opus design co, paddington

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You know you’re a home decor addict when your friends send you pictures of the inside of homewares stores, saying “you have to check out this place”. That’s exactly what happened with Opus Design Co; my friend Jess shot me a photo of the inside of the store via her iPhone and as soon as I got the chance I ran in there to take it all in. It’s like a decorative rainbow exploded, in the most awe-inspiring way possible!

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i’m reading happy home by charlotte hedeman gueniau

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I thought I was a fan of colour and extremely adverse to the use of beige until I picked up Happy Home by the founder of Danish homewares company RICE, Charlotte Hedeman Gueniau. It clearly states from the get-go that not all Danish design is about cool and calm interiors and I must admit, the whole ethos of the book being fun, colour and enjoyment speaks to me like the new Pope speaks to the man upstairs (and I sometimes talk back)!

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