'Don't be afraid to use dark colour in every room' – Your Home January 2021

With a four-year-old son and nine cats, Heather and Thomas Lynch’s Aberdeen terrace is always full of activity, but even more so at this time of year when they sprinkle festive magic into every room. ‘I just try and keep it fun,’ says Heather. ‘We’ve been collecting decorations over the last 10 years or so. We buy things that we can use time and time again, including items we can use throughout the year.’

Fun-filled schemes straight out of a storybook – Your Home October 2021

Kids’ rooms are the one place in the house you can go all-out with colour, print and playful details, so make the most of it with a themed space. Inspire creative play with schemes that put little ones at the centre of the story, be it on safari, in a castle or as a comic book hero. Try these ideas for adding a touch of magic to your child’s room, from using glow-in-the-dark stars to create a night sky, to making an indoor jungle from faux foliage and animal motifs – and their imaginations will do the rest.

6 ways to bring the indoors out with a garden living room – Your Home August 2021

Your garden is an extension of your home, so why not decorate it to reflect your interior décor? Just a few simple updates can transform a plain existing patio or decking area into a summer sanctuary that's just as comfy and inviting as your living room – think piles of cushions in practical fabrics, solar or battery-powered mood lighting, durable outdoor rugs, and even a painted feature wall. Try these ideas to style it just as you would any other room in the house, starting with the practical, must-have pieces and finishing it off with plenty of pattern, colour and personality.

Liven up your living space with unexpected colour combinations – Your Home July 2021

Harmonious interiors aren’t just about everything matching. A clever clash, with hues that break the colour ‘rules’ yet work together, can achieve the perfect balance of co-ordinated and quirky. There are no hard and fast guidelines to go by when mixing and matching different shades – in fact, the more rebellious the better – but here are some tricks and ideas to get you started on creating your own colour-savvy schemes.

Style your surfaces with statement vases – Your Home June 2021

Sideboards, shelves, mantelpieces, coffee tables – pretty much every surface in your home can be made a feature of with a vase or two. Not just for displaying blooms, vases are a low-cost way to add colour, pattern and texture to a scheme, be it an elegant single stem or a variety of sizes, designs and materials for an eclectic look. So, whether you prefer to say ‘vahse’ or ‘vayse’, use this versatile accessory to refresh your décor with our styling tips.

Decorating with mirrors – Your Home Nov 2020

Not just a functional necessity, mirrors are a key element in a decorator's box of tricks, used to create the illusion of more space and light. Narrow hallways, gloomy corners and small spaces can all be transformed with the clever addition of a looking glass – think an oversized mirror positioned at the top of a staircase, or a decorative one placed opposite a window to reflect light. Whatever the room size, shape and light level you're working with, here's how to use reflection to enhance your home.

How to layer lighting – Your Home Oct 2020

Just as we use a combination of throws, cushions, colours and prints to add personality to a room, the secret to creating a pulled-together lighting scheme is all in the layering. A savvy mix of ambient, accent and task lights, with an assortment of pendant fittings, table lamps, wall fixtures and floor lights, will transform the look and feel of a space as well as providing practical light sources for everyday living.

French sewing brands – Simply Sewing June 2018

Were we to dream up our ultimate wardrobe, it would probably look a little something like this: a dash of Parisian cool, a sprinkling of classic Chanel, the perfect Little Black Dress for every occasion, and stripy Breton tees galore. France has been leading the sartorial way ever since the lavish tastes of King Louis XIX brought its beautiful textiles worldwide acclaim in the 17th Century, but today’s French fashion is perhaps known more for understatement than extravagance.