The Room Alive Blog

  • Mother's Day Gift Guide

    It feels like it was only yesterday when we were celebrating New Year's Eve and facing the thought of a whole new year ahead, how are we in the middle of March already? 

    They say the older you get the quicker the years go by, and I am seeing that happen right before my eyes! 

    On the other hand, there are some great positives with that, one being that the summer will be here before we know it (and long may it last!) and that we also have a pretty special date to celebrate very soon... Mother's Day! 

  • Christmas gift guide: for Interior Lovers

    One more for our Gift Guide Series, chances are that if you are reading this is because you into interiors and you wouldn’t mind getting a gift or two which end purpose is to decorate your home… We’ve got just the right thing!

    And by ‘the right thing’ I mean things that make you smile, fill your heart with joy every time you see them, and make your house feel even more like the home you love.

    Whether your ‘thing’ is wall art, plants or adding textures, have a look at my picks below as there is something for everyone.

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    I’ve added the links to each product below, clockwise:

    2019 Stendig Calendar £60 (last few units available)

    Jamila Moroccan Rug £350

    Palm Leaf Garden Cushion Blush/Navy Blue £39

    Artist Bruch Cushion Grey/Pink £39

    2019 Calendar Print from £10

    Luna Vase £29


    Our last orders to arrive before Christmas will be shipped on the 19th, so make sure you order by the 18th of December, this Tuesday to receive your orders in time.

    Check out also the other gift guides: Gifts under £20 and Gifts for the Interior Lover.

  • Christmas gift guide: gifts to go Big

    This is the second one of our Christmas gift guide series, and it is one for those not afraid to go BIG!

    Our range of furniture and rugs has grown over the last year, with the Jamila Moroccan rug and Brass Drinks Trolley being two of my best-sellers.

    If you are an interior lover like me you wouldn’t see anything wrong in getting a cosy armchair for an end of year treat, or a fluffy new rug for the winter ahead this time of the year. In fact, I have once got an armchair as a birthday gift and I loved it, it still holds a special place in my home!

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    I’ve added the links to each product below, clockwise:

    Batari Rattan Chair £120

    Ayanda Armchair Midnight Blue Velvet £790

    Drinks Trolley Brass £325

    Jamila Moroccan Rug £350

    Velvet Brass Armchair £499

    Eva Embroidered Rug £285


    Our last orders for furniture and rugs to arrive before Christmas will be shipped on the 19th, so make sure you order by the 18th of December to receive your lovely orders in time.

    Look out also for the next gift guides coming out soon: Gifts under £20 and Gifts for the Interior Lover.

  • Christmas gift guide: £20 and under

    Each year I seem to be more into Christmas, the excitement seems to be getting bigger since i’ve had children, and I won’t lie, I like it.

    It is great to have this magical world to step into and take a break from reality, making their Christmas special and fun takes some effort (hello Insta-mums!) but the best part is that we are making memories together, whether it is baking together, opening advent calendar windows, counting down the sleeps or making a tradition of seeing Christmas light displays.

    With making memories becoming a priority and shopping becoming less of a Christmas ‘activity’, being able to shop conveniently from home is a must, especially at a time when we are also very conscious to support small businesses, shop ethically and make smart choices.

    I have put together a series of Christmas gift guides for you, starting with today’s gifts for £20 and under.

    There are ideas for stocking fillers, secret santa gifts and gorgeous treats for your loved ones.

    Christmas gift guides £20 and under

    I’ve added the links to each product below, clockwise:

    Black Pom Pom Natural Seagrass Storage Basket £16

    Confetti Salt Water & Lily Candle £15

    Tassel Pencil Pouch £10

    Black Coconut & Amber Tin Candle £8.50

    Fierce Make-Up Bag with Gold Foil (can be personalised) £19

    Electric Pear Fig Concrete Candle £20

    Make a Wish Rose Champagne Candle £15

    Rose Gold Jewellery Holder Marble Base £14


    Our last orders to arrive before Christmas will be shipped on the 19th, so make sure you order by the 18th of December to receive your lovely orders in time.

    Look out also for the next gift guides coming out soon: Go Big This Christmas and Gifts for the Interior Lover.

  • New Collection Launch at the Autumn Fair

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    A few weeks ago I was so excited to find out that I will be exhibiting at the Autumn Fair this September. This month has been eventful in the best of ways - from finding out that I have been one of the selected 12 winners to win a stand at the Autumn Fair sponsored by Theo Paphitis #SBS, to designing the stand and seeing my new collection in the flesh! All sorts of 'happy-dance' were happening at The Room Alive HQ (aka my home office/studio)!

    Check the announcement on Twitter here

    There couldn't be a better opportunity to launch my new collection then at the Autumn Fair, so I got everything prepared to launch my new design a bit sooner than I anticipated: I introduce to you the Artist Brush collection. 

    Here's a preview of what's to come

    The new Artist Brush collection includes wallpaper in three different colour ways, and four different cushions in a stunning cotton linen blend. One of the things I am most proud about is that all our products are printed and made in England, by local makers and handmade wherever possible to support other small businesses. The new collection is no different. 

    The new Artist Brush Cushion in Grey and Pink

    The new Artist Brush Cushion in Grey and Pink

    I am also very excited to introduce the colours in this collection. The grey and pink in the picture above is one of my favourite combinations, and this design also comes in dark grey and blue & yellow. 

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    What else is new...

    • I am also introducing a new colourway to our best-selling collection Palm Leaf Garden. Blue and pink has been one of my favourite colour combo for as long as I can remember, and I have been wanting to introduce it for a while now,  I am so glad that it will very soon be available to order in cushions and wallpaper! 
    • The grey and white colour that we already stocked on cushions will also be available on wallpaper. I can sense lots of dreamy walls being decorated in the near future!
    • For stationery lovers out there... we have a new collection launching with 10 notebooks to stock and collect, in A5 and A6 sizes. I can't wait to be able to show you those! 
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    If you are a buyer/retailer and would like to visit us at the Autumn Fair, head over to stand 2F21 from the 2nd until the 5th of September at the NEC Birmingham, and get in touch with me for a VIP pass to visit as our guest. More info on the Autumn Fair can be found here

    If you'd like to shop for the new collection and products, look out for more news on Instagram, or register your interest here and you'll be one of the first to know when it's available to order (very soon!) 

  • New: Personalised Toy Storage Crate on Wheels

    One of the things that come with growing families, is the growing amount of toys that seem to add up and pile up in every corner you look at. Play rooms become ever more popular, with endless amounts of Ikea Kallax units and their cubes that house unlimited toys and their never ending amount of little parts that are incredibly talented at getting lost. 

    What if there was a more stylish solution? 

    There is! We have created a range of personalised toy storage crates which are fun, modern and will also be a good fit for any room as they won't clash with your decor. 

    Toy storage crate on wheels: Very Important Toys

    Toy storage crate on wheels: Very Important Toys

    Our personalised plywood crates are handmade and we pay attention to every detail. They are a generous size to allow even large toys to be hidden. Measuring 45cm wide by 35cm deep by 40.5cm tall including the white plastic wheels, it will transform your where-did-all-these-toys-come-from moments into an easy task to tidy them up and put them away. 

    The personalised toy storage crates are available in three designs: the Monochrome Very Important Toys, the Dots and the Beach Hut: 

    Beach Hut Personalised Toy storage wooden crate on wheels in blue

    Beach Hut Personalised Toy storage wooden crate on wheels in blue

    Beach Hut Personalised Toy Storage wooden crate on wheels in pink

    Beach Hut Personalised Toy Storage wooden crate on wheels in pink

    The Beach Hut design is available in six different colours: yellow, green, pink, blue, peach and grey. 

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    The Dots design is a modern take on Scandinavian + pattern with a monochrome finish where the text can be personalised in blue or pink.

    Apart from the cute designs to fit every room theme, they are easy to move anywhere with four plastic white wheels which will move in any direction you take them. All to make moving those toys that much easier...

    Personalised toy storage crate on wheels 

    Personalised toy storage crate on wheels 

    Do you like them? You can have a look at our full collection on our online shop or on our NOTHS shop

    Let us know what you think and if you would like to see any other designs or sizes! 

     

     

  • The galentine's day gift guide

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    Valentine's Day is not for everyone , we get it! And with a growing trend of celebrating Galentine's Day on the 13th of February, we've created the perfect gift guide to celebrate with your BFFs and girlfriends! 

    Have a browse below and if you like the look of something you can click on the images for more details. 

    Perfect pairs with prints for something beautiful and something motivational: 

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    Home accessories to make girls-nights-in more stylish:  

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    Cushions to keep snug on lazy Sunday mornings:

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    Stationery for all girly needs:   

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    How will you be celebrating this year? x

  • Meet The New Range of Cushions

    You may have seen our new collections floating around on our social media recently, but its finally time for the big reveal! 

    Say hello to the new cushion collection, designed and made exclusively by The Room Alive.

    If you have been following us for a while you'll know that it all started with our wallpaper, or a Palm Leaf Garden wallpaper to be specific, it has received so much love online and offline too, that when we had requests for fabric in the same pattern it was a no brainer - it was just a matter of time until the cushions would be arriving! 

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    As per our wallpaper, we wanted a sustainable product and wanted to be proud of the way our cushions are made and of working with local businesses.

    All our cushions are printed and made in England with 100% cotton fabric and filled with a feather inner for the best snug feeling. 

    They're easy to love and also easy to maintain, as the cushion covers can be removed and washed. They come in three different designs and in colours to suit everyone. Have a look at our mini collections below...

    For the Love of Dots

    For the Love of dots cushions in 'Love' and 'Sleep'. 

    For the Love of dots cushions in 'Love' and 'Sleep'. 

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    Palm Leaf Garden

    Palm Leaf Garden cushions in Green, Grey or Pink. 

    Palm Leaf Garden cushions in Green, Grey or Pink. 

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    Dotted Lines

    Dotted Lines cushions in Black & White and Grey & Blush

    Dotted Lines cushions in Black & White and Grey & Blush

    From soft tropical patterns to our modern twist on geometric patterns, they are elegant with the added trendy touch.  

    Every design is available in two different sizes: 45 x 45cm and 60 x 60cm. Perfect for sofas, beds and children's beds whilst the larger size is equally great as floor cushions, super comfortable sofa and bed cushions and also for reading nooks. 

     A perfect gift for a loved one too... which one is your favourite?

    You can see more details and the full collection here


  • Christmas is Pink: gift guide

    The Christmas rush has now well and truly kicked in, and if like me you still haven't finished your Christmas shopping or completed your wish list, this guide will help! 

    With blush pink being the go-to colour for many things this past year, from homewares to accessories, from art to clothing, it makes sense that it will also get a deserved spot under many Christmas trees.

    Here's our top picks with the best of pink, click on the images for more details:

     2018 Hardcover Goals Diary £22
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    Toulouse Rose Sequin Basket £28
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    For more Christmas gift ideas also check out our Top Picks: Christmas Gifts under £15 guide

    All products featured are in stock and ready to ship!

    ORDER BY 5PM ON WEDNESDAY 20/12 FOR DELIVERY BEFORE CHRISTMAS

  • Our Top Picks: Christmas Gifts Under £15

    There's just a couple of weeks left until Christmas, and with the high streets packed we thought it was about time we gave you the run-down of our perfect gifts this year, all for under £15! 

    Take a look at our selections below - perfect as stocking fillers or just a little something special. 

    Our kids section features a number of small items this year that can be kept to cherish such as these prints and wall hangings, or could come in handy over the festive period like these fun activity place mats! 

     

    Treat her this year with something that will look as good in the handbag, as the bag Itself! We love these motivating notebooks, and on-trend pom-pom key ring.

     

    Metallic homewares and blush are still very popular, so you can't go wrong with fabulous tea light holders, ornament or trinket dish.

     

    And finally, take a look at our bespoke art prints! Perfect for home or office, propped up on the mantle or framed in a collection, these will always welcome gifts that are something a little special. 

    All collections feature products in stock and ready to ship! 

  • New cushions, new look

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    Nothing marks the start of a new season like a new cushion on your sofa... 

    The easiest way to update your decor, and one of the most affordable ways too, cushions complete and elevate any room instantly transforming it into whatever you want it to be: quirky, colourful, minimalist, romantic, trendy. 

    If you've visited us before you'll have seen our signature pattern, the Palm Leaf Garden which so far has been seen on our wallpaper collection

    Well, this is the great news: We now have Palm Leaf Garden Cushions! 

    In the same signature colours of Blush and Green on Blush, they're here to make a statement. 

    Palm Leaf Garden Cushion green on blush  

    Palm Leaf Garden Cushion green on blush 

    Cotton velvet backing with exposed brass zipper detail

    Cotton velvet backing with exposed brass zipper detail

    Palm Leaf Garden Cushion Blush

    Palm Leaf Garden Cushion Blush

    Linen cotton blend backing with exposed brass zipper detail

    Linen cotton blend backing with exposed brass zipper detail

    We love supporting local and small businesses, and our cushions are handmade in the UK by local crafters, and our 100% cotton fabric is also printed in the UK. 

    We are also bringing some simple designs with unique details, a bit of colour block with a nod to the geometric trend: 

    Diagonal Blush Pink & Grey Cushion with Brass Zipper detail

    Diagonal Blush Pink & Grey Cushion with Brass Zipper detail

    Diagonal Taupe & Navy Cushion with Gold Zipper detail

    Diagonal Taupe & Navy Cushion with Gold Zipper detail

    All new cushions can be seen here. I hope you enjoy them! x 

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  • The hottest Combo: Marble and gold inspiration

    Copper, rose gold, brass, gold. Metallics are the perfect addition to any room, whether it's to elevate your home with metallic accents or to make a real statement. I have been going back and forth between rose gold and gold, and I love both! My bedroom and guest bedroom have rose gold & copper accents, while my living room and study are filled with gold features. 

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    When it comes to marble though, it has to be best paired with gold. I cannot think of a sexier combination right now! And it's taking over the interiors world, from cushions to bathrooms, stunning sinks to entire kitchens. 

    I have brought my favourite gold + marble inspiration right here so you can check it out for yourself. Some gorgeous inspiration below, I warn you... 

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    After having dedicated a few Pinterest Boards and spent some time Instagram-swooning over this perfect combo, it was only right to bring our very own curated selection of gold & marble treasures to our shop. So wait no more, here are our favourites... 

    Gold Hello standing sign £5

    Gold Hello standing sign £5

    Gold Pineapple Trinket Dish £7.50

    Gold Pineapple Trinket Dish £7.50

    Marble & Brass Jewellery Holder £19 , Storage Bowl £18

    Marble & Brass Jewellery Holder £19, Storage Bowl £18

    Marble & Brass Storage Bowl £18

    Marble & Brass Storage Bowl £18

    Marble Flip Cande & Tea Light Holder £18

    Marble Flip Cande & Tea Light Holder £18

    Let me know if there is anything else you'd like to see! 

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    And whilst I'm here, did you know that our Blog has been nominated for an Amara interior Blog Award? I would love it if you could spare a few seconds to vote for me... it's super quick, just click here!

    The winners will be announced in October, and you could also win a £250 Amara voucher, which is every interior enthusiast's dream! 

    Thank you x