19 Greek Street is an event and pop-up space, or rather, a four-floor townhouse that’s had more makeovers than you’d dare believe was possible. A few months ago, I headed here for the IKEA House Party to celebrate the brand’s 30th birthday. Each floor was designed to reflect a decade of IKEA collections and interior styling. This time, I returned to visit home renovation site Houzz’s takeover and it was hard to believe it was the same space!

Design agency Run For The Hills were tasked with transforming the townhouse into a shoppable experience (all items were available on Houzz) that reflected 2018’s biggest trends and what users were looking for on the Houzz site. Oh, and they had just three days to install it all. I imagine it felt like a home makeover TV show when you’re up against the clock, except the outcome was a lot more chic, and lot less MDF. Thankfully.

2018’s Biggest Trends depicted by Houzz

The townhouse, wedged snuggly into position on a busy Soho street, is a true escape from city life below. Modeled as a family home, 19 Greek Street welcomed a kitchen-dining room, master bedroom and bathroom and child’s bedroom. Here are some of 2018’s anticipated interiors trends that were captured in the styling of each floor:

Warmer colours

The event was in collaboration with Dulux, so their chosen colour of the year for 2018 featured heavily. It’s a warm pinky colour called Heart Wood – it’s a more adult tone than the recently popular millennial pink. Overall, colours were richer and warmer than we’ve seen in recent years, but didn’t feel heavy.

Houzz of 2018 Living Room

2018 Bedroom Decor - Houzz of 2018

Modern artisan-boho style

Tassels, fringing and layers galore. I’m really enjoying this style and the use of woven textiles and modern crafts for blankets, baskets, rugs and cushions. Taking rugs from the floor to display on the walls instead, also looks like a trend to watch this year. The designers contrasted the boho-inspired materials with plush velvets.

Spa bathrooms

The space dedicated to the bathroom was large (well, enormous compared to what you can expect in your average London flat) and featured two basins, a freestanding tub and huge walk-in shower. This area had more of an industrial vibe – metals mixed with marble and dark woods. It builds on the trend of lavish spa bathrooms and a desire to break the mold of classic all-white tiling and walls.

Terrazzo Bathroom Decor - Houzz

Houzz Industrial Style Bathroom

Houzz of 2018 Bathroom

Plants aplenty

There were plenty of houseplants dotted around the townhouse – so don’t worry if you’ve fallen for succulents, terrariums and montseras, this trend looks like it’s staying (thank goodness.)


Pinterest predicts terrazzo to be big in 2018 and I spotted a few accents around 19 Greek Street. Jesmonite (a mix of cement, plaster and water-based plastic resin) can also create a similar flecked look. It’s also said to be on the rise.

Creative bedrooms for kids

The child’s bedroom was creative, playful and imaginative, encouraging out-of-the-box design and decor. The feature wall was one of my highlights of the entire townhouse. Statement frames and relaxed gallery walls were also a fun feature of the pop-up, even if some of these prints are more grown-up. And how great is the geometric mirror?


I left the pop-up feeling inspired (and wishing I could paint my rented flat!) I’m looking forward to sharing more on the year’s biggest trends and how I incorporate them into my little slice of London. What trends are you most excited about this year?

with love, b.xo

Like many right now, I’m a big fan of #jungalowstyle and filling my flat with plant babies and fresh oxygen. My latest is a beautiful calathea with pink brushstrokes on the leaves (very in-keeping with Pinterest predicting patterned leaves to be a big trend in 2018.) While my parents are great gardeners, I don’t seem to have yet inherited their green fingers. A small, centrally-heated flat is apparently not optimum conditions for actually-quite-demanding tropical plants.  I’ve been known to over-water (very bad idea) and have since invested in a plastic spray bottle to replace my mini watering can and limit the urge to flood my pots. Let’s just say, I’m still learning…

Calathea in a belly basket

Terrariums have been a big part of the botanical trend and are a great way to bring the outdoors in. After coveting various terrariums for months, this Christmas I was gifted a beautiful one from Oliver Bonas. So, naturally, it was time to give it a go. The guides and tips for building your own terrarium online seemed simple enough. Or, so I thought. As I’ve said, I’m a succulent and cacti fan who has no idea what she’s doing. So, instead of sharing the steps to follow, I’m sharing five lighthearted tips you need to know when building a terrarium, especially if you’ve also still got your L plates on at gardening school.

5 Tips for Building a Terrarium

#1 Cacti are not easy to maneuver

Duh, I hear you say. These spiky friends require gloves or a lot of kitchen roll to be moved – I’m convinced trying to position them with a tablespoon has traumatised them. Trying to pack in the soil around them and not get pricked was equally entertaining.

#2 It’s a messy job

I filled the base with pebbles and started piling on the compost. I then tried to fit my plants in through the small opening, cue their swift removal and my excavation of the compost so they’d actually fit in. My tip would be to think about the heights of your plants and where to position them inside. Don’t just go for it, trust me.

#3 Don’t cook your plants

Terrariums are effectively mini greenhouses. Sit them in direct sunlight and you risk them over-heating and your plants burning up. An open terrarium with some air flow is preferred for cacti and succulents.

#4 Remember to add a drainage layer

Forever wary of my over-watering tendencies, I took this step quite seriously. Add in plenty of pebbles or rocks to collect water at the bottom of the terrarium to give your plants a fighting chance.

#5 Mist, don’t flood

If I’ve learnt anything, it’s that cacti and succulents do not cope well with a drenching. Find yourself a misting bottle and use it, sparingly.

Tips for building a terrarium

Despite the mess, I’m pretty chuffed with my terrarium, although I’m not overly optimistic for its life expectancy. I’d love to see how yours turned out!

with love, b.xo

Wall art transforms a house into a home. From modern prints to photos of your favourite humans and furry companions, the wall art you choose tells the story you want it to, whether that’s showing off your personality, making a statement or sharing memories. It’s a fun part of decorating, but going gallery-shopping to kit out your home with paintings and original prints comes with a hefty price tag. I’m sharing some affordable ways to fill up those blank walls, from where to source prints and posters online to more creative solutions.

Wallpaper as affordable art prints

Online sources for affordable prints and posters

  • Papio Press

Papio Press’ beautiful prints remind me of folklore stories – they feature animals, quotes and botanicals. Designed by a husband and wife duo, Papio Press is also a conscious choice for those who like to shop small. Nearly all of their products are printed in the UK by other small businesses. Plus, the paper they use is 100% recycled. Prices are very affordable and they stock a range of stationery to complement the prints.

  • Desenio

Desenio creates Scandi-inspired poster prints of botanicals, florals, landscapes and nearly everything in between. Colours are mostly muted or moody – ideal for sophisticated areas of the house. Even being based in Sweden, delivery times are pretty good and prices even better.

  • Rifle Paper Co.

Created by another husband and wife team, this time from the States, Rifle Paper Co. is now becoming increasingly popular for its colourful and cheerful stationery and prints in the UK. To inject colour and fun into a room, or to add to a feature wall, prints from Rifle Paper Co. are the perfect choice. I particularly love their maps and impressions of different cities around the world.

For UK stockists, try Papermash and Northlight Homestore.

  • Trouva

Trouva is a great place to discover new illustrators and support small businesses. You’ll also find Rifle Paper Co. and Papio Press in some of Trouva’s boutiques too. Prices do range, but there’s definitely something for everyone.

Other creative, affordable ways to fill your walls

  • Wallpaper Samples

Wallpaper samples make a good choice for substitute wall art because they’re very affordable, or even better, free! Plus, they’re generally quite thick and of good quality. Choose statement wallpaper or bold patterns for the most impact – botanical prints are always a good choice. Like wallpaper, high quality wrapping paper from Oliver Bonas, Katie Leamon and similar also makes for an affordable option, especially for larger frames.

  • Cards

Creating a feature wall? Postcards, greetings cards or even quote cards from somewhere like Kikki.K can all make great additions to a gallery wall space. You can often find miniature versions of your favourite paintings and prints too.

After writing this, I’m itching to update my prints. Renting makes covering your home in wall art slightly more challenging, but the non-wall damaging alternatives to nails are truly great. Whoever invented Command Strips deserves some sort of wall-related accolade. Have you got plans to create a gallery wall or update any blank spaces this year?

with love, b.xo

Lots of us are lucky enough to be off work between Christmas and New Year – it’s a great time to properly unwind and breathe before celebrating again on the 31st and starting a fresh year. Plus, there’s always so many leftovers to tuck into (please, no more turkey!) and more family to catch up with. Yet, I bet most, like me, can’t help but think about the upcoming year and make plans. There are 365 new possibilities waiting for us – how can that not be exciting? And one thing I’m definitely looking forward to is seeing how 2018’s interiors trends play out.

Interiors Trends 2018 - with love, b flatlay

Pinterest Predicts: Mixed Metallics, Sage and More

2017 has been a year of copper, millennial pink and bringing the outdoors in. 80’s houseplants, cacti and succulents popped up in everyone’s living rooms, while we also fell for natural textures in baskets, fringed cushions and other accessories. What does 2018 have in store for us? Instead of making some vague-ish guesses, let’s turn to the Pinterest 100 – Pinterest’s list of 100 trends that are set to be big for 2018, based on what we’ve been pinning during the past year. It covers all of the big categories you’d expect and among them ‘Home’. It’s a cheat sheet for the ‘next big thing’, informed by their millions of users. Last year, they predicted indoor vines, or climbing plants, would be popular in home decor and they were pretty spot on!

Interiors Trends for 2018 according to Pinterest

  • The colour sage
  • Mixing metal finishes – copper is no longer on top
  • Colourful doors
  • Ceilings that make a statement
  • Herringbone tiling
  • Patterned plants
  • Interiors inspired by resorts (especially bathrooms)
  • Terrazzo
  • Statement wall art
  • Bone inlay

Which of these are you most looking forward to? After marble’s popularity in recent years, a shift towards terrazzo, patterned with chunks of marble chips, makes sense. I’ve already noticed copper subsiding for gold again, too. And Dulux’s Colour of the Year for 2018 is Heart Wood, a warm pink tone. Is this a sign we’ll be moving away from millennial pink too in our accessories? I’m looking forward to 2018 to put the spotlight on some of these future trends. What do you think will be big? And what are you happy to leave in 2o17?

Happy New Year!

with love, b.xo



Whether you love it or hate it, gift wrapping in December can’t be avoided. I find it’s a lot more fun when you do it sat by the Christmas tree watching a cheesy festive film. Just as I’m not a fan of tinsel and prefer more subtle, matchy matchy Christmas trees, I also love to have a theme when wrapping. It normally starts with brown kraft paper, although for stockings, it’s all about the colour. In the past, I’ve used everything from mini jingle bells and toadstools to pom poms and garden twine to decorate the brown parcels. This year’s theme was especially easy, but looks quite effective, so I thought I’d share some Christmas gift wrapping ideas for 2017.

Easy  Christmas Gift Wrapping Ideas for 2017

Easy Gift Wrapping Ideas

This year’s theme is all about textures and monochrome colours. I chose two types of ‘accent’ wrapping papers to tear by hand. The marbled paper was from Katie Leamon, bought at Decorum, and the spotted, inkblot paper from Paperchase. I used a range of different textured ribbons to layer or tie, including velvet, satin and grosgrain.

(The below was more of a present to myself… A delicious salted caramel cupcake from Peggy Porschen. Cupcakes make wrapping more fun too, by the way.)

Christmas Gift Wrapping Ideas and Peggy Porschen Cupcake

Present topper ideas for your kraft paper gifts

You can add nearly anything to your brown paper presents, here are just a few ideas:

  • jingle bells
  • real holly
  • homemade pom poms
  • homemade clay tags
  • branches of Christmas tree
  • glitter dipped pine cones
  • mini toadstools
  • mini baubles
  • Scrabble letters
  • handmade paper snowflakes
  • candy canes
  • wool
  • garden twine
  • wooden snowflakes
  • wooden initial letters
  • handmade festive stamps
  • initial stamps
  • festive mini pegs
  • wool tassels
  • homemade gingerbread
  • handmade mini wreaths
  • mini paper honeycomb decorations
  • handmade felt trees, holly leaves etc.

I could probably go on for a long time, but you get the idea – nearly anything festive goes! How will you be decorating your gifts this year?

Happy wrapping.

with love, b.xo