Posts Tagged ‘Baileys Home and Garden’

The bathroom is an essential part of any home, and a great place to insert some thoughtful styling. Whether it needs to be a place to relax or to have a sense of organisation, or be a room where you can let your creativity run a little wild, designing a bathroom that works in sync with your personality and needs means making the most out of the functional space. You may have just designed your dream bathroom and are now looking for those finishing touches to make it feel like your own space, or perhaps you’re like me who’s about to move into a house with a less than desirable bathroom and are in desperate need of accessories to improve the situation! There are some interesting ways to utilise your bathroom space and turn it into something of a sanctuary.

Bathroom Decorated in Plants found on Pinterest by user Katy101

For me the bathroom is a great place to keep plants, all that oxygen in the morning has got to be good for you, right? This image gives me all the incentive I need for a beautiful, overflowing plant haven. If you’re fully willing to participate in the plant-bathroom combo but are lacking some much needed space, a little window sill full of foliage can do the job nicely. I love this image below and how the green of the plants brings out the colour in the tiles, giving a warm welcoming feel to the space.

An Array of Pots on a Window Sill by Design Sponge via Pinterest

To recreate some of these looks you’ll need some gorgeous pots and planters (and of course the plants too!) Maison du Monde have a nice selection of hanging planters, an interesting way to display your plants, it’s also great to introduce more plants to your bathroom without taking up a lot of floor or wall space.

Selection of Hanging Pots from Maison du Monde

For a natural feeling to your pots, this earthenware collection by The White Company are a great range of colours and textures, as well as size, making them perfect for filling up with a whole variety of plants and flowers for your bathroom. They’ll sit nicely on a window sill or if you have the floor space, arranging some on the floor, stools and surfaces to create mixture of heights will give a lovely overall look.

Earthenware Collection from The White Company

Storage is a must-have in a bathroom, whether or not you have a lot of room to play with, there are ways to find space even when you thought you had none. If you can’t add any permanent solutions to your bathroom, you’ll be able to find a great range of non-permanent ideas to accommodate your needs. If you live in a rented house, and don’t have the option of changing your bathroom to your own style, you can use your storage to do this. This shelving unit from Ikea is simple and contemporary, and can let your accessories do all the talking. It’s an easy item to adapt to any style that your bathroom may already be designed in.

Molgar Shelving from Ikea via Pinterest

This glass cabinet is a great piece to have if you’ve got some room. It looks more like a display case than an ordinary bathroom cabinet, making a feature in the room, and allowing you show off your ornaments and accessories.

Bathroom Cabinet from Katie Hackworth via Pinterest

If you are really lacking in space, a small trolley with a few shelves is a sweet idea. This little number from Baileys lends itself to the industrial style, and would look great with a few plants hanging over the edge.

‘Work in Progress Trolley’ from Baileys Home and Garden


Wire Basket Storage from Decorating Your Small Space via Pinterest

I love the use of these wire baskets in this image, they’re a contemporary version of the woven basket that you so often find in a bathroom. They keep the space feeling light, whilst still being very useful. These copper versions from Habitat have a great shape and will keep your things organised in style.

‘Clissold Wire Baskets’ from Habitat

Another quick way to add some personality, as well as some organisation, is with a few trays, to help keep your products and toiletries at bay. I love this hexagonal wooden tray, it works as a blank canvas to show off any pretty toiletries or perfumes you might have.

Bathroom Tray from Kate Lavie via Pinterest

This metal tray from H&M Home is so sweet and has some lovely detailing in the border. A few of them would look great lined up on a shelf of a window sill with a few vases of flowers between each one or at the end.

Metal Tray by H&M Home

Accessorising your bathroom is a lovely way to give your space that extra added boost of style. It allows you to redecorate your bathroom even if you can’t really redecorate, turning the room into your own, individual space where you can really make your mark.



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Mother’s Day is fast approaching (this Sunday, eek!) and if you are stuck for inspiration, we may just have a few ideas for your Mum and her home.

G & G Ernie Owl vase

I love this grey ceramic owl vase – perfect for a wise Mum! Graham and Green £12.95

White Company drawer liners

These drawer liners from The White Company are fragranced with cedarwood, geranium and white rose so they give your clothes and linen a lovely delicate scent. £15 for 4

rsg cushion

Clever Rockett St George have found yet another winner with the gorgeous pale pink and blue grey velvet cushion – what Mum wouldn’t love another cushion! £30

Lewis and Wood tea towels

In recommending these fab tea towels, I am in no way saying that drying up is a womans job – these are to be hung on the Aga for Mum to enjoy from a distance! Lewis and Wood £5 each

Baileys cake stand

I can’t think of a nicer present than this delightful cake stand and dome – and if you include the cake in the present, you will definitely get extra brownie points! Baileys Home and Garden £48 (excluding cake)

O & L kayyam Umbrella

This super smart limited edition brolley is from one of our favourite fabric suppliers and features a design called Kayyam from their new Spring collection. Rain suddenly isn’t such a bad thing! Osborne and Little £27.

cox and cox jewellry frame

This delightful jewellery frame is not only really useful but also makes your trinkets and gems into your own evolving work of art. Cox and Cox £32

Liberty print cover for kindle

Finally, if your Mum loves her Kindle, she will love it even more with this stylish Liberty print cover wrapped around it. Covercraft at Not on the High Street £36.50

I am for once, ahead of the game this year and have already secured my present for my Mum from this list – I hope I have picked the right one!

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The way that your home smells is just as important as the way that it looks and familiar smells stir our emotions and conjure up memories of the past. Home fragrances are now as readily available as perfumes and aftershaves and picking your favourite will give your home it’s very own scent identity.

 This blog first appeared on the Cambridge Evening News website

St Eval Limited Edition Sea Salt Tin


I recently bought the sea salt version of these delightful little candles fromProvidence on Bridge Street in Cambridge. It now resides in our office loo and each time I open the door I get a delicate waft of scent of the sea. I am seriously thinking of stock piling them because the smell is so gorgeous.

Designers Guild Magnolia Candle

As you would expect from Designers Guild, these candles look as beautiful as they smell. We have one of the Magnolia scented candles which smells divine and has delicate magnolia flowers drawn over the glass candle holder in shades of hot pink, bright yellow, white and black – it really is too good to burn!

Baileys by post scented candles

You can’t beat Baileys by Mail for beautiful things for your home and their scented candles are no exception. Your only problem will be picking between them – fig, jasmine, orange blossom, thyme and my own favourite, mown grass.

Jo Malone room diffuser


Some of the most stylish scents around are from Jo Malone and her home fragrances are a real winner. I am particularly partial to the Lime Basil and Mandarin although trying each one to find your favourite is half the fun. The room diffuser also looks beautiful so there is no shame in having these on your mantelpiece.

Cologne and Cotton room sprays


The Geodesis range of candles and room sprays are designed to associate their scents with regions of the world – there are thirteen to choose from ranging from the scents of France (Mimosa) and Greece (Fig) to Clove tree (Zanibar) and Tiare (Polynesia) – they not only make your house smell lovely, they also get you thinking about your next holiday!

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I always feel that as the Christmas decorations come down, a home can look a little sorry for itself. However, there are lots of ways to inject a little New Year optimism and to start to look forward to the spring. Here are just a few ideas to get you started!

This blog first appeared on the Cambridge News website

Replace your Yuletide floral decorations with some hyacinth bulbs which come in lots of different colours, although pink, blue and white are the most common. Match your colour to your room scheme and as they flower, their familiar smell will fill your home.

Candles are great in your home all year round and give a lovely light at this time of year. You can get just about every scent your heart could desire but I love the idea of this Lemon Drizzle Cake candle from Cox and Cox – although it could be fatal for those New Year diet resolutions!

With the weather still on the parky side, make sure your stock of logs is going to make it through to Spring. I love this log basket from Graham and Green which will enhance a fireplace and keeps your winter fuel immediately to hand.

It’s never too early to get your nesting box ready to give our garden birds a safe place to procreate in the spring and this handsome trio from Sophie Conran gives you a nesting box, a feeding table and an insect hotel – fantastic!

When you get the urge to spring clean, there are some lovely products on the market to make the task less painful and more productive. This great feather duster from Baileys Home and Garden not only works well but has a touch of humour about it too.

New storage is always welcome at any time of year, but if you are thinking of a bit of a sort out before the spring cleaning commences, these lovely zinc storage units are stylish and function. Available from the Holding Company in a variety of shapes and sizes.

Product details

Cox and Cox Three hyacinth vases £18.50

Cox and Cox Lemon Drizzle Cake Candle £20

Graham and Green White log basket £95

Burgon and Ball Sophie Conran Wildlife Havens £14.95

Baileys Home and Garden Ostrich feather duster £19.50

The Holding Company  Zinc cabinet with drawer £239

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