Home Is Where The Heart Is

Hearts! A symbolic symbol of love. We hang hearts from a chain, wear them on a jumper and send them on a Valentines card. Me… I cover my house in them! Yes, I love hearts and I have them popping up all over the home.

Recently I discovered that Next had the same ideas as me when it came to hearts in the home. They have a massive selection of heart decor featured on canvas, bedding, lamps, cushions and more besides.

As I browsed I instantly feel for a number of really pretty items and found myself lusting after endless heart themed accessories for the home.

If like me, you like a bit of vintage & shabby chic, you’ll love whats on offer at Next. I couldn’t resists taking a few screen shots of some of my favourites.

Cushions

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1) Kirstie Allsopp Heart Applique Cushion £25

2) Hearts Appliqué Cushion £14

3) Heart Love Cushion £14

4) J’adore Heart Cushion £14

I think number 3 is my upmost favourite. This would sit nicely on my bed.

Pictures and Mirrors

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1 Heart Landscape Canvas £20

2 Floral Heart Canvas £15

3 Heart Rocco Mirror £125

4 Heart Canvas £10

I adore the mirror, it does have a price tag of £125 but I imagine it looks stunning on the wall and would look great in my hallway. I also really like the heart canvas is and what a steal it is for a tenner!

Lighting…

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1 Rattan Heart Stick Table Lamp £60

2 Pink Beaded Heart Wreath £18

3 Pink Heart Line Lights £15

4 Putty Lit Heart £14

Oh so pretty! The heart fairy lights are so girly and would be perfect for my daughters bedroom! Also loving that pink heart for her room too… Really
sweet.

Furniture…

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Oh I’m just loving the Heart Photo Screen, its simply stunning

and I’m already saving my pennies for this one.

This Screen cost £99 and holds 27 photos.

Random Homewares

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1 Heart Detailed Chalkboard £12

2 Large Wooden Hanging Heart £14

3 White Heart Cake Stand £10

4 Ceramic Heart Wall Plaques £25

5 Pink Sparkle Heart Rug £35

As you can see I was now getting greedy…Its hard not to when there are so many lovely items available?

Above (number 1) is the sweet chalkboard that comes with a little heart chalk easer. I would love to hang this in the kitchen to remind me of important dates and events.

Lastly, staying on the topic of events, its Valentines Day tomorrow, meaning I couldn’t think of a better reason for checking out next and grabbing some heart decor for your home. After all you know what they say? “Home is where the heart is.”

Disclaimer: This is NOT a sponsored post! I was not paid to write this and I did not review the products. I simply thought I’d share the love.

NEXT TAKES TRIBAL TO ANOTHER LEVEL

I love a good trend especially one that isn’t confined to the wardrobe! That’s why I’m loving  Tribal prints and how Next in particular have taken it and made it their own.

 This massive catwalk trend is being used by Next (one of the UKs well known, loved retailers) within it’s clothing & home range and I for one am loving it! 

 All the big names are doing tribal this spring and the print will be one that is sure to grace the windows of the high street stores as well as those more “Up market” stores… Yet, Next are not flagging behind, they have taken tribal by the horns and made it accessible and affordable for all. 

 I love many of the pieces Next are bringing to the high street this spring and the ladies tribal designs offer some real key pieces for the wardrobe of all “ladies that lunch” 

 Anybody that knows me, will know that I’m a lady who loves a shoe and the Tribal print ankle tie platform is certainly ticking all of my boxes and at £40 it’s definitely something of a steal!

 If this doesn’t do it for you, I really can’t see how any one can deny that these zebra print metal heel court shoes are anything less than divine! At £48 I’m already lusting after them and dropping hints to the man who claims to love me! 

 If its a sexy little spring number your after, how about the Tribal print woven dress at £38? It looks like it could well be a gift from the gods doing miracles for the waist.

 As well as the shoe, I have to admit to being something of a bag lover and this pretty little clutch bag definitely screams “Fashion diva” and is anything other than understated! 

 Will you be taking the tribal print into your homes, with beautiful pieces such as the stunning “Bronze Ceramic Vase” with an attached price tag of just £18 I’m considering doing so! 

 Other great tribal homewares from Next include these different yet stunning wired horses and my favourite, the “Lady Head” at a remarking £14… Now that’s a statement piece, for not a lot of money, wouldn’t you agree?

 I’m loving this years tribal prints and I’m loving how Next are bringing it into the living room! So, what about you guys, what do you think of the Tribal prints of the spring? Do you instantly love it or is it a trend that will grow on you over time? Maybe you just prefer it confined to the space in your wardrobe, or maybe, like me you wouldn’t mind one or two pieces dotted around the home! 

 Check out the awesome blog “Fishing for beauty” to discover how to take tribal print to your makeup bags in the wonderful “Tribal Print Tutorial Using Zoya Kristen

Here come the girls

If anyone here reads my blog A boy with Aspergers then you will know that I am taking part in the ‘Davina for Next’ trails and fitness programme. While I was over on the Next bloggers network, submitting my most recent post, I came across a press release regarding the Next spring collection for girls and just had to come here and share it with you all.

My daughter who is 8 years old (well, actually she will be 9 in a few days) is absolutely barmy about fashion, just like her mummy! My princess, ‘Alice-Sara’ could literally shop in-till she drops and loves a long days shopping with her mum! With this in mind I allowed my Little princess come fashion diva, a sneaky peek at the Next new spring range and already she’s declared what she’s gotta add to an already bulging closet.

Judging by what’s on offer, it seems that block statement colours, are here to say, what with the new pretty ‘Colourwash’ collection of skinny’s that are bound to impress any fashion diva. There is a whole host of awesome colours to choose from whether you love pastel shades or something that bit brighter, these are simply a “Must Have”.

Skinny Jeans from £10-£16

That’s not all… for those who want to create head to toe colour, then checkout these super cute colourful cardigans! Are you daring enough to create a look of clashing colours? Maybe you’re the type to play it safe! I myself like to colour co-ordinate, though saying this, my daughter is definitely that little bit more adventures! 

Colourwash: Skinny jeans from £10-£16, Cardigans from £10-£16

What’s more, Alice-Sara knows what she wants and this 70’s inspired shift dress with colour block design, has been firmly placed on her most wanted list, right at the very top! I had to agree, this is one very smart but girlie dress that I can totally imagine my daughter sat in as she sipped lemonade in the sunshine! I love the way the model below wears this dress teamed with flat blue patent bow pumps, it looks great. How can I deny my princess such a pretty dress?70’s block shift dress from £18-£24, patient blue bow pumps from £11-£14 

One of my favourite finds was this stunning stone frilled Mac with hints of pretty pink and detachable corsage. Next do a whole collection of items taking on these more subtle, natural shades and  tones. This Mac looks like it fits and hangs really well, it’s not drape and oversized. Not only does this Mac look really smart  but when teamed with a pair of patent red pumps, it gives it that edge, therefore creating a whole new look that any little lady would love.


Stone frilled Mac with detachable corsage from £26-£32, Flat bow pumps from £11-£14

I really do feel that Next have created a truly fabulous spring collection for girls! There are some real key pieces in the 2012 collection that are not only bang on trend but really affordable too, making the collection accessible to all budgets!

Navy Cable Sweater from £18-24

Thank you Next

I will defiantly be shopping with you this spring 2012, much to my little girls delight!