Last month, I moved into my most centrally-located London flat to date and have been on a manic spruce up mission ever since. And not without challenges. As London law goes (the better the postcode the smaller the space) this particular abode proved to be a bit of a storage/logistical nightmare.

Fast forward a few weeks and the puzzle is solved; gallery walls, gadgets, storage hacks, minimalist white & wood palettes, metallic design accents, and a fully personalised flat – just in time to throw a holiday party.

Welcome to the love shack, friends!

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ben allen artist
Thanks to my long-term love affair with LG, your home is about to get reaaaaaal fancy.

Over London Fashion Week, LG partnered up with the dynamic Ben Allen – contemporary artist extraordinaire – to reimagine iconic wash labels with the hope that the resulting artwork would raise awareness of the symbols and encourage people to educate themselves about how best to care for their clothes (keeping garments looking their best for longer). The outcome was a slew of perfectly pop-y canvases and, lo and behold, I have my three favourites (worth £2,250!) to give away to give away to one lucky reader – you just choose your favourite!

To enter, simply use the Rafflecopter widget below to:
1. Follow me on Twitter (@lelalondon)
2. Leave a comment below telling me which canvas you would like and where you would put it!

The giveaway will close January 28th, 12am GMT and I will contact the winner shortly thereafter to arrange delivery. Good luck!

ben allen artist
ben allen artist
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home truths
Over a lifetime of international relocations, I have found my personal belongings take on greater and greater levels of sentimentality. Almost every item I have held on to has a story of its own.

With this in mind, I made the brave and intrigued decision to let comedian Mark Watson rummage around said belongings and paint a picture of my personality. Before ever meeting me. The project – MoneySupermarket’s Home Truths – has just gone live and is all sorts of fascinating.

Have a watch and see if you can figure out which home belongs to me (all revealed at the end of the clips)!

home truths

jungle interior design
When I browsed my way to this Midwestern home, I was surprised by the connection I felt to the space. With my own minimalist style in mind, the newer and infinitely busier aesthetic seems like the kind of space that would ordinarily be a visual stress.

The magic, for me, is in the details. Our colour palettes are not entirely dissimilar but there are a number of worn and jungle-inspired pieces throughout their home that amp up the cool factor.

Wanting to create a wishlist of items that could recreate the space in my own personal style, I accidentally hit the jackpot with Eichholtz on Pavilion Broadway. The brand have quirky-contemporary down to an art.

Design porn at its finest.

Items featured:
Regent Street clock
Leather handle wine cooler
Chandelier la Coupole
Goldwynn cabinet
Bittersweet set of trunks
Asscher table

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jungle interior design

villandry zomato
Zomato is my OCD dream. I use it at least once a week to scope out restaurant menus, so when the team invited me to Villandry to attend a flower arranging masterclass and afternoon tea, I couldn’t refuse.

For an afternoon, a few blogger friends and I were schooled by the ladies of Moyses Stevenes in the fine art before settling in to multiple tiers of sandwiches, scones, and sweets. It is, of course, my duty to pass on the lessons learned:

Flower Arranging for Beginners

– Use a selection of flowers and foliage to act as ‘fillers’. Foliage with strong stems will help support the stems of more delicate flowers.
– Start from the middle and work your way out.
– As you add each new flower, cross the stem over your previous flower’s stem and twist gently. Follow this direction until you get to the very end (you can see an example of this below).
– Keep a strong grip of your stems as they build up and twist it in the direction of the flowers you are placing if the bouquet begins to loosen.
– After tying your finished bouquet (double tie it tightly to ensure the arranging won’t move around), cut the stems on an angle to ensure they can drink from the vase you choose to place them in. Flat cut stems will sit at the bottom and find it hard to drink water.

Of course, if it all seems a bit too tough you can just go have afternoon tea and order some from the experts.

I won’t tell.

villandry zomato
villandry zomato
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