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Guest Post: The Finishing Touches

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Guest Post, Home & Lifestyle | Posted on 11-07-2013

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There is nothing nicer than coming home after a long day to a warm and welcoming environment where you can relax and forget all about your stresses and strains. For most of us busy mums, this means creating a little sanctuary of our own, either in a bedroom or snug, where we can add special luxurious touches away from inquisitive little fingers!

Clever interior design can completely doesn’t have to cost the earth, and it’s amazing how small changes can completely alter the look and feel of a home. Beautiful accessories are the best way to create ambiance and style within a room and, and often it’s the simplest items that pack the biggest punch.


Natural lighting will always be the best kind of light for a room, and there are several ways to maximise the natural light in your home, which includes choosing light and bright paint colours and using mirrors.

Electric lighting should be used to create an atmospheric background – soft lighting feels cosy, and bright lighting can be dramatic. It’s a good idea to layer the lighting around a room using table lamps, uplighters and ceiling lights.


Available in all shapes, sizes, colours and prices. Cushions are one of the most popular accessories as they fit perfectly within any room, add an injection of colour and are used for comfort.

Big and fluffy, small and decorative or large floor cushions, these accessible accessories look set to increase in popularity over time as they’re the ultimate in quick, easy and affordable interior design.

Rugs and Mats

Wood and tiled flooring are one of the most common choices in homes across the country. Although they are incredibly stylish, they can easily leave a room, and its users, feeling cold.

brown shaggy rug beneath coffee table

Rugs and mats are the ideal solution to this problem. Shaggy rugs in particular are ideal to create a warmer environment whilst remaining stylish and in keeping with the design of the space.


Not only are they the ideal accessory for practical purposes, but they also finish off the intended feel of a room. A Victorian desk can tie in with a shabby chic or vintage theme, whilst glass coffee tables can reaffirm a modern minimalist look. They are universal and available in every style, shape, size and colour.

John Lewis Opens First Store In Sussex

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Home & Lifestyle, Product Launch | Posted on 04-04-2012

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Retail giant John Lewis is opening its first ever store in Sussex on Thursday with a “John Lewis At Home” store on the Portfield Way Retail Park, just outside Chichester. I was lucky enough to get a sneak preview on Tuesday and take a tour around the new store with branch manager Claire.

Boasting 40,000 square feet of selling space over two floors this new store has a wide range of products you’d commonly find within their bigger shops. There is a large selection of home décor and furnishing, as well as an extensive kitchen and lighting section.

Downstairs you will find the Click & Collect Service which makes shopping even easier – you just order the item and collect it from store the next day, and the only selection of Olympic Merchandising outside of a London branch. Perfect if you want to grab yourself a piece of memorabilia for this summers event without having to fight your way into the capital.

Jubilee fever has also struck with a number of Union Jack emblazoned products throughout the store from cushions to deck chairs and food gifts – I can highly recommend the Emma Bridgewater Biscuit Barrel!

Upstairs you will find a comprehensive electrical and gadgetry department which includes the brand new iPad and a number of TV’s – ideal distraction for the men! You will also find a small but well stocked baby section to pick up a few nursery essentials for your little ones, including cots, toys and a bedding.

The familiar John Lewis cafe is also upstairs where they’ll be selling a range of drinks, snacks and light lunches, as well as children’s lunch boxes. A supply of high chairs is ready and waiting! Customer toilets can also be found nearby along with spacious baby changing facilities, and a feeding room – something which is rare even on the high street!

One of my favourite “trends” on offer in John Lewis At Home is the ‘Playnation’ range. Here is the foyer of the new store, decked out in the range.

Can you believe that colourful book display is actually wallpaper? I love it and definitely want some for our home office!!

The ‘Playnation’ range is beautifully bright and encompasses a huge selection of products from table ware to garden items, home decor to office organisation. The mix of wood and colour looks brilliant and I can imagine several pieces finding a place in my home soon. Here are a few of my personal favourites:

This Tiffin Box would be great on family picnics this summer with four handy compartments for your lunch time favourites.

Office storage needn’t be dull with this brightly coloured unit featuring six large deep drawers.

Every cook and baker needs a good set of measuring spoons and I love this set of four – colourful additions to any kitchen.

Summer trips to the beach or just sitting in the garden will be stylish and comfortable for your little ones in this traditional deck chair.

John Lewis At Home opens on Thursday April 5th and with the extended Easter weekend it’s sure to be a busy one – I suggest you start queuing now!!