Refresh your home with Jen Stanbrook

We’ve partnered up with interiors blogger Jen Stanbrook from Love Chic Living, to share her top tips on how to easily refresh your home under a budget. With so many home trends to keep on top of for spring and summer, we thought we should get an expert to give us some advice. Jen shows us how you can create a beautiful wall feature and a stylish ‘shelfie’ for under £100.


Introducing… The Shelfie

white shelf containing mugs with succulents, Pantone photo books vases and plants.

Let’s take 3 of the Simple Bone China Mugs. Next add our own photos, but think about how you want to style them. Consider the colours and find photos that you’ve taken where the shades coordinate, as well as the style of photos. For my set, I’ve decided on a theme of pink and green, a colour combination, which is very on-trend at the moment, and coming through very strongly in interior design in general.

Now, once the mugs arrived, I immediately planted them up with my new succulents. Focusing on my colour theme of pink and green, I’ve used the Pantone Photo Books as backdrops, almost like art, to create more of a scene, allowing the paler mugs to ‘pop’ out from the walls.

Creating the products is simple and easy and took a matter of minutes. You can even connect to your social channels and upload photos direct from there.

white shelf with 3 mugs containing succulents and two photo books pink and green

Top tips for shelfie styling:

  1. Do think about how you can use products in unusual or quirky ways to give your shelfie a personal touch.
  2. Try different layouts, intermingling the photo products with pieces you already own. Play with them until you find a layout you like.
  3. Bring in more accessories that coordinate with your colour scheme. Pick out those colours, even small amounts of them in your pieces and your look will easily hang together.

Read more about Jen’s shelfie styling here.

Brighten up your walls with holiday snaps

I love nothing more than adorning my walls with personal photos. But how you do make them look cool, and not like you’ve just plastered your walls with holiday snaps of your recent trip to Spain. It’s a real challenge isn’t it?

To make something cool, changeable and totally you, check out the Premium Retro Prints. In this set, costing just £19.99 plus £3.50 for the hanging set, you’ll get your collection of 36 retro style prints, plus the string, pegs and washi tape.

I’ve actually combined my tape and pegs combo with a cute noticeboard frame I picked up at a supermarket a few weeks ago. Complete with gold clips, this is a very stylish way to create a display. Why not add some extra pieces onto the board too, like favourite postcards, feathers, leaves, jewellery or anything really that works with the look of your photos.

living room with a yellow arm chair and a collage wall feature

For this collage, I’ve used a Framed Poster Print, one of my favourite products actually from Photobox, and 2 of the Mounted Poster Prints, which are fun with a matte non-glass finish. As I’ve chosen our family holiday photos to use in the smaller display, I’ve continued a theme of bright blue skies and the outdoors into the larger pieces. I wanted the collage to have a theme, and whilst the photos are all slightly different, the colour and general aesthetic gives them coordination.

If you’ve love making wall displays but aren’t sure where to start, check out my short video with top 3 tips on how to make great wall collages.

Read more about Jen’s wall collage on her blog, here. Or find her on Instagram @lovechicliving.

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