+ Be inspired by Balinese garden features

Turn your urban garden into a dreamy Balinese Oasis


Inspired by our recent travels to Bali we have gathered a few of our favourite photos showcasing how to extend your home into the outdoors in that exotic way that the Balinese people do so well, whilst creating a tranquil space that exudes that Bali essence.

 

From winding stone paths to decorative garden accessories and cushions, there are lots of creative ways for urban gardens that work brilliantly. Take a look at our pick of John Lewis high street must-haves below.
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Shop must-have Balinese inspired garden furniture at John Lewis
John Lewis Westminster Valencia Round 8-10 Seater Garden Dining Set £9870

John Lewis Westminster Valencia Round 8-10 Seater Garden Dining Set £9870

 

John Lewis 4 Seasons Outdoor Valentine High Back 6 Seater Garden Dining Set £3,215.00

John Lewis 4 Seasons Outdoor Valentine High Back 6 Seater Garden Dining Set £3,215.00

John Lewis CoSi Amsterdam Weatherproof Corner Sofa Set, Graphite £3,799.00

John Lewis CoSi Amsterdam Weatherproof Corner Sofa Set, Graphite £3,799.00

John Lewis Ethimo Cube Sofa Coffee Set £2,395.00

John Lewis Ethimo Cube Sofa Coffee Set £2,395.00

John Lewis Pebble Tealights, Pack of 6

John Lewis Pebble Tealights, Pack of 6 £8.00

 

John Lewis Fusion Hurricane Lamp, Gold £35.00

John Lewis Fusion Hurricane Lamp, Gold £35.00

John Lewis Fusion Bamboo Globe Lantern, Small £40.00

John Lewis Fusion Bamboo Globe Lantern, Small £40.00

John Lewis Hanging Tulip Tealight Holder £10.00

John Lewis Hanging Tulip Tealight Holder £10.00

John Lewis Hanging Tulip Tealight Holder £10.00

John Lewis Hanging Tulip Tealight Holder £10.00

John Lewis Sitting Buddha Ornament, Gold £50.00

John Lewis Sitting Buddha Ornament, Gold £50.00

John Lewis Dakara Floor Cushion £110

John Lewis Dakara Floor Cushion £110

John Lewis Kelim Pouffe, Blue

John Lewis Kelim Pouffe, Blue £120

John Lewis Kelim Pouffe, Blue £120

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Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque – Abu Dhabi


If you are visiting the UAE, consider taking a 1.5 hr ride to Abu Dhabi to visit the Sheikh Zayed Mosque. The sheer opulence and beauty is truly breathe-taking. Entrance and guided tours are free. In our opinion, a definite Must see. Remember that this a holy place and be respectful. Appropriate dress can be provided.

Note: check the guided tour schedules as they vary throughout the year.

Visit Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque - Abu Dhabi

Visit Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque - Abu Dhabi
Visit Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque - Abu Dhabi - Alphabet Lifestyle travel guide

Visit Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque - Abu Dhabi - Alphabet Lifestyle travel guide
Visit Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque - Abu Dhabi - Alphabet Lifestyle travel guide

Visit Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque - Abu Dhabi - Alphabet Lifestyle travel guide

Visit Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque - Abu Dhabi - Alphabet Lifestyle travel guide

Visit Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque - Abu Dhabi - Alphabet Lifestyle travel guide

Interesting facts

1. The project was launched bySheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the late president of the United Arab Emirates. He wanted to create a that united the cultural diversity of the Islamic world with the modern values of art and history.

2. The construction began in 1996 and was completed over a period of almost 12 years, covering an area of 22,412m2 and costing approx 2.5 billion AED.

3. The Mosque can accommodate 41,000 worshippers.

4. The main dome is the largest mosque dome in the world.

5. Seven gold-plated crystal chandeliers garnish the mosque in different sizes, embellished with millions of Swarovski crystals.

6. The main prayer hall features a 5,625m2 large carpet, hand knotted by approx 1,300 Iranian craftsmen using 35 tons of wool and 12 tons of cotton. It’s estimated value is 30 million AED.

7. Natural materials were chosen for much of the design and construction due to their long-lasting qualities. These included marble, stone, gold, semi-precious stones and crystal. It was built by an Italian company using 3,000 workers and approx 38 contracting companies.

8. The courtyard is made up of 1,048 columns and 82 domes. The domes are clad with marble and inlaid with mother of pearl.

9. The mosque is decorated with Greek and Italian white marble, considered to be the purest in the world.

10. Rihanna was criticised for posing in a provocative manner with the Mosque in the background during a private visit and was asked to leave by staff following the incident. Selena Gomez was also criticised for revealing her ankles on photographs taken at the mosque for her Instagram page.

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A weekend in Amsterdam


Take a trip to Amsterdam over the Easter break and make the most of the four-day weekend in the cool, stylish and laid-back city. We highly recommend that you rent a bike like a local and cycle along the many canals, browse the boutiques, pick up trinkets from the canal-side markets and browse the vibrant art scene. You’re never far from a cool coffee shop to stop and take a break to people watch.

Rich with cultural history, Amsterdam has something for everyone. Architecture, museums, and galleries to rival any large city, a vibrant nightlife, traditional bars serving local beers to high-end nightclubs attracting world class DJs.

We loved the city so much and can’t wait to go back! Share with us your favourite places to visit in Amsterdam in the comments section below!
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+ Travel inspired home interiors and home decor DIY tips

Travel inspired interiors


We all have those treasured travel pieces that we carefully packed into our luggage to bring home, only to find that we don’t know what to do with them. See our travel inspired interiors for ideas how to blend them into your home decor.

Travel inspired home interiors and home decor DIY travel tips

Transform a simple white scheme by adding ethnic prints. This interior is lifted by simple black and white themed prints and the addition of a few pieces of raw wood accessories.

Travel inspired home interiors and home decor DIY travel tips

Display handcrafted artefacts against a simple, crisp white background. Group tribal, ethnic materials to create this out-of-Africa vibe.

 

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A bohemian styled interior is given the travelled look with the addition of raw wood, weathered iron and tribal prints. Think Turkish delight.

Create a display of treasured travel objects, or group your favourite travel photographs to make a statement wall display.

Travel inspired home interiors how to display travel photos at home

Travel inspired home interiors - Greek blue & white kitchen tiles inspirationA cool mix of blue and white will add a Greek island vibe. Greek homes traditionally use blue and white both indoors and outdoors. A simple way to create a laid back island vibe.

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Mediterranean-Inspired Garden Goals


Architect Marc Appleton and Joanna Kerns’ dreamy Californian garden oozes rich memories of summers spent in the Mediterranean, sipping on chardonnay in the warm evening’s sun. With a dreamy mixture of northern Italian and southern French influences, we adore this garden setting and simply cannot wait to take inspiration and apply it to our alfresco events this summer!

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I love plants!


Whenever I’m looking to spruce up my home, a quick trip to the garden centre solves the problem. For me, personally, the bigger the better. I love large plants in textured pots, grouped together to create impact and make a statement.

Here are some inspirational ideas to add plant glamour to your living space and bring elements of the outdoors into your home.

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Is a bohemian scheme ever finished without an abundance of flora?

Let us know what you think

+ 14 incredible outdoor bathroom designs

14 Incredible Indoor Outdoor Bathrooms


Break traditional bathroom design boundaries and look to boosting your home’s indoor-outdoor flow with a stunning contemporary bathroom composition…

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Celebrating Diversity


Alphabet Lifestyle Faces of the World Photograph

With so much ignorance and anger in the world today, we want to take a moment to appreciate & celebrate cultural diversity and our own individual uniqueness, heritage and journey through life. In the words of Michelle Obama “When they go low…we go high”

Faces of the World Photograph by Salvatore Gebbia

Photograph by Salvatore Gebbia

Alphabet Lifestyle Faces of the World Photograph by

Photograph by Steve McCurry

 Alphabet Lifestyle Faces of the World Photograph by

Afghan girl photo credit : D Stewart

Afghan girl photo credit: D Stewart

 

 Alphabet Lifestyle Faces of the World Photograph Bronia Rosenbaum, from Survivor: A portrait of the survivors of the Holocaust © Harry Borden

Bronia Rosenbaum, from Survivor: A portrait of the survivors of the Holocaust © Harry Borden

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Daphne Selfe photo credit:Guardian

Daphne Selfe photo credit: Guardian

 Alphabet Lifestyle Faces of the World Photograph by Amir Fallah

Photograph by Amir Fallah

Alphabet Lifestyle Faces of the World Photograph

Indigenous Bushman, Namibia by Martin Harvey

Alphabet Lifestyle Faces of the World Photograph by Carol Guzy

Photograph by Carol Guzy

Alphabet Lifestyle Faces of the World Photograph by Alan Sharpio

Photograph by Alan Sharpio

Alphabet Lifestyle Faces of the World Photograph by Arun Titan

Photograph by Arun Titan

Alphabet Lifestyle Faces of the World Photograph by Ricardo Moraes

A Kayapo girl with traditional body paintings and hair cut in Sao Felix, northern Brazil – Photo by Ricardo Moraes

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Portrait of a Himalayan woman Source: unknown

Alphabet Lifestyle Faces of the World Photograph

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 Alphabet Lifestyle Faces of the World Photograph

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 Alphabet Lifestyle Faces of the World Photograph

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Get The Look : Green with envy


Green symbolises renewal, growth and hope. Green is the colour of spring, a time when life is revived, it represents a sense of well-being, harmony and balance. Be inspired by these home decorating ideas & tips to refresh your room with the colour of nature and serenity.

Add rich tones of green using sumptuous velvet textures. Make the most of the natural light sources and place a plant by the window to create balance and harmony.

Interior design green room decorating ideas

Green velvet and dramatic art work well together to create a dramatic statement against a crisp, fresh white background.

Interior design green room decorating ideas statement wall green sofa

…or paint a statement wall.

 Interior design green room decorating ideas

Opt for darker hues of green for a dramatic and moody interior. Don’t be afraid of the dark; dark spaces can be warm and welcoming, very relaxing.

Green works well with other dark colours, try pairing with shades of petrol blue or slate grey.

 Interior design green room decorating ideas

Connect with nature. Bring the outdoors inside with the addition of green plants to a room.

Interior design green room decorating ideas

Don’t hesitate, get creative. If you don’t love it, it’s pretty easy and cheap to repaint a statement wall. But we do recommend that you live with it for a few days. It’s surprising how things can grow on you.

Interior design green room decorating ideas

Green is the new black.

Interior design green room decorating ideas

Create a plant haven. Note the subtle green sofa, so delicate.

Interior design green room decorating ideas

Green works in the bedroom because of its calming natures. Try raw, natural shades of green, linked with the outdoors. It will bring a sense of relaxation to your space and leave you feeling fresh and revived.
 Interior design green room decorating ideas

Be modern and brave. Choose a vibrant addition to your room. This sofa adds a zing of colour to a simple scheme.

 Interior design green room decorating ideas and tips Not feeling quite so brave? Well then, choose green accessories for a modern feel. We are craving this modern green bubble light.

Interior design green room decorating ideas and furniture

…..and who wouldn’t just love to add this aged dresser to their hallway.

What do you think? Let us know.

+ Wardrobe home storage ideas small apartment

Small Apartment Top Tips: No wardrobe, No worries!


Are you struggling to find space for a wardrobe?  These inspirational clothes storage ideas make us want to throw out our wardrobes and make our clothes and accessories part of the room decor. Very on trend. What do you think?

Wardrobe home storage ideas small apartment

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Wardrobe home storage ideas small apartment

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Wardrobe home storage ideas small apartment

Wardrobe home storage ideas small apartment

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