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I have always struggled with buying rugs. I find they’re either a little ‘try hard’ in design or have a tendency to look more shabby than chic. However, since moving into our new house recently I have started to warm towards the idea of welcoming them into my home. Not only are they practical, but it is the perfect way of installing colour and texture into a room while not being permanent.

Let the quest for a rug begin….

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Hoopla

I was recently introduced to the idea of using embroidery hoops as a way of enchasing art. It’s a quirky twist on a frame and they come in a huge range of shapes and colours. I love the idea of using vintage fabric remnants and building a collection for my walls, or using a larger hoops as a place to pin family photos and invitations.

I particularly love the bottom image, with the beautiful pink chair contrasting the simplistic collection of hoops.

Happy Monday!

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Mix Tape

I’ve always had a slight obsession with stationary and my latest love is Washi Tape. Washi is the perfect accessory to any drawer and can be used for practically anything, from hanging postcards to your walls or creating art in your home. This week so far I have used it to make a birthday card for a friend and hang some notes up in my workshop…and it’s only Monday!

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Crafty

When you spend long hours at work, it’s important that you’re happy within the space you work in. The space has to be comfortable and somewhere that you can happily dwindle away the hours and this craft room is a haven in my eyes! It’s busting with trinkets and treasures and everywhere you look offers a source of inspiration, through a variation of colours, textures and visual delights.

What do you think? How do you make your workspace your own?

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Winter Buds

As winter is drawing in, why not keep your vases stocked with beautiful pom-pom buds? You can make vibrantly coloured pom-poms (here’s how) and then glue the end of the twig into the centre of the pom-pom and there you have it…the perfect winter pick-me-up for your home!

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Bloom

So, it’s almost the weekend and I’m off to a friends to celebrate the Bank Holiday. I always like to take a small gift with me when going to friends houses or parties, as a gesture of thanks for the invite, and I think a beautiful bouquet is perfect.

Check out the lovely instuctions below on how to make a scrumptious bouquet …

 You don’t need to do this with Peonies, but I absolutely love them and think they should be used whenever possible! There are several things that make them great flowers, but the best thing is they can be purchased quite easily when they are in season. However, once the peonies have bloomed out, they are somewhat delicate so look after them nicely! To do this bouquet you’re going to need the following:

 *A couple of meters of floristry ribbon

* Scissors

* String

* Peonies or any flower you like! (I’d go for 10 stems in a few colours)

*You need to get the flowers by re-cutting the stem on a slight angle and placing in a bucket of water for a few hours as this will prevent them from opening too quickly.

* Remove the flowers that will be inside the vase once you put them into water.

* Take a few flowers and place them in your hand and begin to group the remaining within the bouquet in groups of 3. As you begin to do this turn the bouquet to the left as this will manipulate the stems to spiral.

 * Tie the stems of your bouquet with the string.

* Now cover the string with your chosen ribbon and down towards ther bottom of them stem and you have a beautiful arrangement!

Perfection.

 {Images: photography/instructions by chelsea of frolic! via delightfully engaged}