[Mini Style] Stella + the Stars goes gaga over A Little Lovely Company

[Mini Style] Stella + the Stars goes gaga over A Little Lovely Company

If you love quirky neon signs, pineapple lights and star-shaped illuminated garlands as much as we do, then you're going to fall in love with A Little Lovely Company and their fabulous range of kids room decor. Stella and I have the honour of being their new official brand ambassadors here in the UAE so we give you the low-down on how to style their products in on our home... Grab a cuppa and come have a little look!

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[Room Revamp] Meadows Project Reveal: Living Room

[Room Revamp] Meadows Project Reveal: Living Room

Fancy a private tour of one of the most exciting home styling projects I have had the pleasure of working on since moving to Dubai last year? Yes? Then follow me as I reveal how I transformed a neutral lounge in a villa in the Meadows into a colourful space accessorised with the most striking statement pieces. 

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[Stellar Giveaway] Win the Ultimate Stella + the Stars Instagram Giveaway

[Stellar Giveaway] Win the Ultimate Stella + the Stars Instagram Giveaway

Are you ready for the most stellar giveaway, courtesy of Stella + the Stars' favourite interiors brands?! To celebrate Le Blog's second birthday and 10,000 followers on Instagram, we're offering ONE lucky reader the chance to win a collection of 10 amazing home decor products, from 10 fabulous brands - a prize worth almost AED4000! What do you say?! Click below to find out more and how to enter... 

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[Star Tips] How to create the perfectly imperfect gallery wall

[Star Tips] How to create the perfectly imperfect gallery wall

I do love a salon-style display - that's the interior stylist's technical term for a gallery wall of artwork of various sizes, colours and types. It's a great way to display an existing collection of art in one place. Obviously there are many ways to create, display and hang an instagram-worthy gallery wall but here are my 5 tips to create one that is perfectly imperfect, reflects your personality and won't cost the earth... 

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[Styling Workshop] Mastering the art of the #shelfie

[Styling Workshop] Mastering the art of the #shelfie

I am mega excited to announce that I'll be hosting a little interior styling workshop in collaboration with NOOK, one of Dubai's coolest interiors stores

Taking place next week, the 90-minute class will focus on the art of the #shelfie! It will be a fun and interactive morning during which I'll give you my top tips to style the perfect bookshelf and you'll get a chance to style your own shelfie, live, using Nook's beautiful collection of home accessories. The workshop is totally free and there may or may not be a little goodie to take home with you from the store... [insert emoji of monkey covering his mouth here].  

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[Star Buys] 5 fabulous places to find affordable (yet cool!) art online

[Star Buys] 5 fabulous places to find affordable (yet cool!) art online

Sourcing art can be a very expensive exercise, even more so when you live in Dubai, as there aren't a million places to find affordable original art… I should know as I have been living in our pad for six months now and still have too many blank walls to count, staring at me each morning... So I have done a bit of research and basically done the hard work for you to find my top 5 virtual art galleries to get stunning original and contemporary art (including this gorgeous piece called Lost in Neon by photographer Jenny Woods) without having to win the lottery first. I obviously added some of my favourite pieces from each gallery in case you're interested and a little freebie/discount code for each. Oh, and they all ship to Dubai of course... 

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[Star Tips] How to transform your pad in 2017 (rented or not!)

[Star Tips] How to transform your pad in 2017 (rented or not!)

I thought I'd start the year with a little lesson on 'there are no right or wrong in home styling' and 'trust your gut' to get you to make your pad your happy place over the next few months. The majority of expats (me included) are not home owners and rent out their pad here and this can bring a whole world of limitations (click here for my tips on how to turn your rental into a home) but it doesn't mean you have to give up on having your dream home. So forget about resolutions, it's so 2014, and instead here are a few 'do's and don't', easy tips, my two cents' worth essentially, on how to pluck up the courage to transform your home (even if it's not yours!) in 2017. In the next few weeks, I will post more blogs about how and where to find the cool stuff to make it a reality. 

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[Stellar Giveaway] Meet Wild Child Designz (and win a cool kids chair!)

[Stellar Giveaway] Meet Wild Child Designz (and win a cool kids chair!)

A few weeks ago, I met the lovely brains behind Wild Child Designz, a fabulous kids furniture brand based in Dubai. As it often happens these days and thanks to the power of social media, I 'met' founder and chief designer, Sameera Ameer on the old Instaweb and we connected virtually before we met in the flesh - she showed me her collection and told me all about her brand. This is the kind of encounter that Stella + the Stars is all about (and I am planning to do more so watch this space) and I thought, if I fell in love with Wild Child Designz's quirky collection, chances are, you will to. I interviewed Sameera, who is a mama of two, to find out a bit more about the brand and how it all started. Warning: this post contains an awesome giveaway competition exclusive to Stella + the Stars readers. 

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I am dreaming of a colourful Christmas (in the desert...)

I am dreaming of a colourful Christmas (in the desert...)

In case you've been living under a rock for the past few weeks, you'll have by now realised that tomorrow is officially December, which means one thing and one thing only: it's time to unleash the festive beast! This year will be my first ever Christmas in the desert after 12 years in London, and I was keen to make things extra festive on Stella + the Stars. So I have teamed up with a bunch of fabulous Dubai brands to bring you the most colourful Christmas styling ideas (on a budget) just in case, like me, 'red and green' just doesn't cut it for you... 

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[Mini Style] Kids room storage idea: YONDER.living pompom baskets

[Mini Style] Kids room storage idea: YONDER.living pompom baskets

I blame YONDER.living and their gorgeous storage baskets for fuelling my pompom addiction. I mean, you can never have too much storage in a 3-year old room, especially when it involves pink pompoms, so when they approached me to ask if they could send me this little drop of Moroccan basket heaven, I thought it would work perfectly in Stella's bedroom to store (aka hide) the never ending amount of soft toys she seems to accumulate. Oh and don't miss the special reader discount at the end of the post! 

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5 things I learned from winning the Amara Interior Blog Awards

5 things I learned from winning the Amara Interior Blog Awards

If you've already heard about this on social media, feel free to move on with more importants things and your day. If you haven't, may I announce some terribly exciting news: Stella + the Stars is now officially an 'award-winning' blog after being voted (bear with me, it's a mouthful) Best International Blog in the Amara Interior Blog Awards 2016. I bet you can smell the smugness just reading this. What can I say, one does not win an award every day, right? But more importantly, winning the Amara Awards has also taught me very important and serious life lessons which I am sharing with you...

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