Let there be light

From the smallest chandeliers to little wall sconces the current trend on lighting is to treble up. Super cute smallish pendants from flea market finds to the high street are uber cool when hung in multiples. Source the lowest wattage for a truly cosy winter. And remember the energy saving bulbs to cut the ever increasing electric bills and help the environment to boot.

Decide what kind of atmosphere you want to create – traditional solid brass or stripped down wood, contemporary with clean modern lines, or eclectic – combining a range of taste.

Then the fun part. Seek out your local flee market, antique shops or charity shops and see what gems you can find. Combine your purchases with a visit to one of the larger high street retailers and mix and match to your hearts content.

Shaggy area rugs are hot

Not those awful carpets of the 60s and 70s, but fun, highly textural, cut down to size, little shaggy rascals that instantly glam up an area. Under a dining table, by a foyer entrance, in a bathroom, stunning.

Think chunky, knobbly, silky, pure wool or felt fabrics woven into zany, eye-catching designs. Or if you want something a little simpler go for a bold colour such a deep rust orange or autumnal green. Floors have never looked so attractive.

Most of us associate shaggy rugs with the 60s and 70s and view them as a relatively recent design, when in actual fact they were originally produced by the Vikings who traded the rugs from the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires to Scandinavia over 1000 years ago. In 15th Century Norway the rugs were used as warm bed covers and were plain in design. Over the next few hundred years more intricate designs were introduced and featured in the houses of noblemen as floor coverings. Rugs were also used by commoners in weddings as prayer rugs.

The 1960’s really bought the shaggy rug to the worldwide forum as a fashion statement for your floor. In the 2000s we are refining and improving.