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[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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Stella + the Stars' guide to Dubai Design Week 2016

Fancy heading out to find out what Dubai Design Week is all about but not idea where to start? With 150 events running across town, it can seem a little bit overwhelming to say the least, especially if you're a newbie like me. But fear not, I have put together a little Design Week Guide, edited the Stella + the Stars way, with my suggested itinerary of the top events not to miss. Notepads at the ready. 

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[Star Tips] A newbie's guide to interior shopping in Dubai - Part 1

After five months in Dubai (of which roughly 80% have been spent in homeware stores, it has to be said) I have learned a few tricks about efficient interior shopping in the desert, albeit the hard way. If you have just landed and have a whole new space to kit out, you might be totally overwhelmed already. I just want to say, I hear you, my friend. I have been there and got the 'where the hell is Habitat?!' t-shirt. But don't worry I got your back. So pour yourself a cuppa, sit back and enjoy my little beginner's guide to interior shopping in Dubai.

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[Star Tips] 5 simple ways to turn your rental into a home

Are you renting out your pad? Feeling a bit deflated thinking your hands are tied when it comes to decorating? Are you living in magnolia hell but don't know what to do about it for fear of kissing your deposit goodbye? Read on my friends cos I have just spent the past few weeks styling our new rented pad in the desert, and learned A LOT along the way. It's still a major work in progress but I can already share a few key principles with you so you don't have to sweat as much as I did.

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[Star Tips] How I added pops of colour to revamp a white office space...

I have just completed my first corporate styling project, and used pops of colour, statement pieces and quirky accessories to revamp a PR office in Central London. I thought I'd share these with you as well as the result, as, although it's a big office space, not an actual house or flat, the principles of interior styling are often the same and you might get some inspiration and tips from the project to apply to your own home. So ready for the full tour? 

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[Star Tips] 5 alternative new year's resolutions to refresh your pad for under £50

There is one thing I try to do every year over the Christmas period is to give the house a little refresh. And THAT is my resolution for the year ahead. It sets the one for the new year - you know, start with a clean slate and all that - plus I feel highly satisfied when the house is tidy and everything is in order, and it makes my brain feel less foggy after the excesses of the Christmas holiday. "But I am totally bankrupt as all my money has been swallowed by the Christmas madness", I hear you cry? No probs. This is all under £50 peeps so no credit cards need to be harmed in the process. Here are 5 tips on how to refresh your pad after the holiday without having to fork out the big bucks. 

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