Second Hand Shopping, House Reveal, Colour of the Year and Bathroom Tiles

September has been a super busy month for us at jmm PR! We’ve had client planning meetings, visited LabelExpo in Brussels, worked on some fantastic copy for our clients and made a start on the preparations for our company Christmas party.

 In addition to this, we made time to catch up on the latest homes and interiors news. This week, we’ve put together a round-up of the most inspirational articles and blog posts that we’ve read throughout the month. Our write-up includes articles from woman&home, Ideal Home and House Beautiful, plus a blog post from Mad About The House… Keep reading to find out more!

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woman&home – Experts reveal 12 essential tips for buying second hand furniture

A few weeks ago, we posted about how we’re into upcycling at the moment, so we were intrigued to read this article for some advice on buying second hand furniture. woman&home begins by explaining how choosing second hand furniture can enable you to “bag yourself a truly unique piece for a fraction of the price”, as well as encourage a more sustainable way of living. The article then goes onto list 12 tips, with advice from a group of experts.

We totally agree that carrying out thorough checks before making any purchases is important – you don’t want to return home to discover your new furniture is massively damaged. ‘Be imaginative’ is another great tip and fits with our love for upcycling! The article includes a sofa as an example… if you love its shape but the fabric is outdated, you can have it reupholstered. We also like the tip to ‘focus on unique pieces’. According to Stella Guan, Furniture Designer at Bezier Home, “The benefits of buying unique pieces are twofold: firstly if you decide to sell the furniture again in as-is condition, a unique design or famous design will sell way faster than others… Secondly if you decide to DIY and refinish it, you can make more money than you got it for”.

Do you have any second hand furniture success stories to share? We’d love to hear them, let us know in the comments.

Image: Simon Bevan

Mad About The House – My house revealed in Red magazine

There’s nothing we love more than seeing how other people have designed and decorated their home! So, we were thrilled to see Kate from the Mad About The House blog share her stunningly renovated home through a series of images and insights. The house tour is featured in the October issue of Red magazine if you fancy picking up a copy!

Throughout the blog post, we see pictures of each room in Kate’s beautiful home, as well as reading all about what look she was hoping to achieve in each space and her thought process on achieving the final result too. For example, when describing her newly redesigned kitchen, Kate explains, “I am a fan of open shelves but this kitchen is much smaller and we didn’t have the luxury of having so much on display so I designed sliding panels that mask the less attractive items and take up less space than opening doors.”

It’s safe to say we picked up so many ideas while reading this blog post and lots of inspiration too. We love the daisy print carpet on the stairs. We’re also huge fans of the bookcase and set of chairs from Etsy which make the most perfect little reading spot!

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Ideal Home – Dulux colour of the year 2024 is ‘like a whisper of reassurance in a moment of stress’

In case you haven’t seen it yet, the Dulux colour of the year 2024 is a soft pale pink called ‘Sweet Embrace’, which is right up our street! We really enjoyed reading Ideal Home’s take on the colour, so much so that the article is one of our favourite reads this month.

The colour is said to have a “soothing quality” and has been described as a “whisper of reassurance in a moment of stress” by Marianne Shillingford, Dulux’s Creative Director and Colour Expert. What’s more, Ideal Home says how it feels on brand for “those who are team ‘pink is a neutral’” (we are definitely cheerleaders for that team).

Our favourite thing about Sweet Embrace is that its appearance can differ depending on the light and its surroundings. Ideal Home explains: “it is a metameric colour, meaning different tones within the colour are highlighted when the sun hits new points in the sky. In the early morning light, the shade appears crisper, becoming more blush pink throughout the day, and becoming increasingly violet in the evening”.

What are your thoughts on the Dulux colour of the year 2024? Let us know in the comments below.

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House Beautiful – 22 fabulous bathroom tile ideas to transform your home

Our final article round up of September is all about bathroom tiles by House Beautiful. Tiles can really transform a bathroom and often act as the focal point in the room. They give you the chance to experiment with colours, materials, shapes and patterns, and there are so many different styles to choose from! To help anyone gathering inspiration for a bathroom renovation, House Beautiful has put together a list of 22 bathroom tile ideas, including the biggest tiling trends of the year.

Our favourite from the selection has to be ‘Pink and black’ (pictured above). We think the black grout looks fantastic paired with the pretty pink tiles! We also love the ‘Unexpected pattern’ design (pictured below), which is great for wet rooms. The example that House Beautiful has chosen incorporates a herringbone-style pattern on the walls, which follows through to the floor but with the tile colours in more of a random placement.

What style and colour are your bathroom tiles? It would be great to find out which are the most popular!

Image: Mandarin Stone


Tessa at jmm PR

29th September 2023


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