Friday, 6 April 2018

Refresh Your Home This Spring with Studio...




Refreshing your home doesn’t have to be difficult, or expensive! While an extreme home makeover can be costly, there are loads of simple updates you can do to transform your home this spring. Here are some quick, easy and cost-effective home improvements you can do yourself!


Wallpaper
Give your old painted walls some new life or create a cool feature wall! Wallpaper is a great alternative to a new paint job, and there are loads of great options to choose from. Whether you’re looking for a sophisticated pattern for your living room or bedroom, or making over the kids’ rooms in bright, fun characters, there really is something to suit any space.



Rugs, curtains and throws
Textiles are a great low-effort way to add colour and refresh your room. A new pair of curtains is a stylish and practical option, with loads of colours and patterns to choose from.





Rugs are another easy update and a great way to brighten up wood or laminate surfaces.




If you like the idea of updating your living room furniture, but don’t have the budget for a new sofa or chairs, try accessorising with a throw or new cushions. This quick and easy style hack is great for protecting your furniture, and updates the look of a room for a pocket-friendly price.

 Shop rugs and throws here...

Bathroom
The bathroom is often dismissed as too expensive to revamp, and although new bathroom units are pricey, there are loads of other ways you can refresh your bathroom without breaking the bank.

Storage is key when creating a bright, uncluttered bathroom space. 

Step 1: Make sure you have enough storage space for all the cosmetics, bottles, hair care and toiletries you use on a regular basis. 

Step 2: Store them away. 

It sounds simple (and it is) but makes a real difference to the look of your bathroom. But if you’re still stuck on step 1, see our range of bathroom storage.




Updating your bathroom textiles can also make your bathroom look instantly brighter and fresher. Check out or range of towels, with such a wide range of colours to choose from, and starting at only £4.99 for a 6-piece bale - and if you’re looking for a new bath mat set, those start from only £3.99!





Kitchen
The kitchen has loads of potential…. but first thing’s first, a good tidy up will make your kitchen look miles better! Ditch those old tea towels, clear out those cupboards and move the clutter from your work surfaces.




Give your walls an update with stick-on tile transfers that are simple to apply (just peel and stick) and they can be easily cut to size to fit your kitchen spaces.




Refreshing a few key details can also make a huge difference, so if your crockery is looking a bit dull and outdated, check out our on-trend, great value dinner sets that will brighten up your mealtimes. 



Bedroom
One of the simplest ways to refresh your bedroom is with some fresh, new, on-trend bedding, and a home refresh is the perfect excuse. You can really pull the look together with some coordinating curtains, bedspread and cushions for a boudoir everyone will be envious of! 

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If you liked these tips and want to get started, head over to studio.co.uk for more home makeover inspiration and don't forget about our DIY Shop and stock up on all the things you'll need to make your home beautiful this spring!





Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Have a Happy Easter With Studio...



So… When you think of Easter what do you envisage? Lazy lie-ins, long walks in the country and an abundance of chocolate eggs, or do you wonder how on earth you’re going to keep the kids amused during the two-week break from school? If it is the latter, worry not as we here at Studio have a few ideas that will allow you to experience a stress free and enjoyable fortnight…

Why not throw an Easter egg hunt?
Keep your little chicks entertained by secretly hiding delicious chocolate eggs round your home or garden and then let the kids go on an exciting treasure hunt. We can’t think of a better or cheaper way to spend a springtime afternoon!

We have a huge selection of sweet treats, so there will definitely be something to suit every taste and every budget!





Host a spring-inspired Easter picnic
With a lot of families being stretched financially, taking the family out to eat can be a very costly affair, so why not host a spring-inspired picnic instead? This Yellowstone Wicker Picnic Hamper from is a steal at only £28.99 and is the perfect way in which to cater for a family of four, plus it can be used time and time again.

Make some sandwiches, pack up and go spend a beautifully relaxed, cost-effective afternoon in your garden or local park and while away the hours as the kids play…




Let’s play outside
Children are using more technology in their daily lives than ever before. They also spend less time outdoors than ever before, so how can we tempt the children of today to go outside and play this Easter? Well… Studio has the answer with their range of outdoor toys... From swings, slides and trampolines to mud kitchens, we have something for everyone!




But what happens if the British weather lets us down?
We can never rely on the weather and there’s nothing worse than having bored kids trapped indoors for two weeks, so unleash their creativity and get them involved in some Easter crafts! They will have hours of fun making Easter pop up cards and cute paper chicks!





Or why not have some fun in the kitchen, we love these kid friendly Easter recipes! Our favourites are the flowerpot chocolate chip muffins!




However, if you’re lucky enough to be getting away for Easter, you should definitely check out our holiday shop for all your holiday essentials, from luggage to swimwear Studio has you covered!

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We hope we’ve given you some ideas for the upcoming break and we wish you a very happy Easter! 

Friday, 16 March 2018

Happy World Sleep Day...




So, what is World Sleep Day?

It's an annual event and a day that celebrates sleep as well as lessening the burden of sleep disorders. Sleep is important for your health and well-being, and yet so many of us don’t get enough of it. If you struggle to switch off and get enough shut-eye, check out our top tips for getting a great night’s sleep...





Stick to a schedule
This is often easier said than done, but if you can keep the same bedtime and wake up around the same time (even at weekends) it will help regulate your body clock and make it easier to wind down and fall asleep.

Stay active during the day
Go for a walk, swim or take an exercise class you enjoy, and by bedtime you should feel a lot more rested. If you’re looking for exercise tips, stay tuned for our guide to making practical health and fitness resolutions you can stick to this year. Using an activity tracker is a great way to keep track of your heart rate, sleep, and activity levels and there are great options to suit all budgets.





Relax and unwind at least an hour before bedtime
Run a hot bath, put on your favourite music or light-hearted TV show, and use this as the perfect excuse to have some ‘me time'. There are loads of great bath products around to help aid relaxation and sleep. This Works deep sleep bath soak with lavender and vetivert salts is formulated to relieve stress and tension, to help you get a better night’s sleep, and if you’re more of a shower person, they also do a deep sleep shower gel


Make sure your bedroom is the perfect environment for sleep
Block out unwanted light with a pair of blackout curtains and switch to soft light before bedtime to help you adjust. Lumpy mattresses and uncomfortable pillows are some of the worst offenders for keeping you tossing and turning through the night. It’s recommended that you should change your mattress every seven to ten years, but in the meantime buying a mattress topper is an easy and wallet friendly alternative to replacing the entire mattress.





Don’t watch the clock
There may be some nights where you just can’t drift off to sleep, but lying awake watching the hours tick by can actually increase your stress levels and make it harder to fall asleep. Instead, try reading, drawing, or listening to music for a short time until you start to feel tired again.



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Hopefully you found some of these tips useful – check out Studio to see our full range of activity trackers, bath and body care, blackout curtains, mattress toppers, bedding sets and loads more!  

Monday, 19 February 2018

Look your best this Fashion Week with Studio...



The fashion week runways are known for being at the cutting edge of style, with over the top outfits, dramatic makeup and high-end designer price tags. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t use key elements and trends from the runway to inspire your outfits. Check our guide for using fashion week trends to revamp your wardrobe.

Animal Print
Animal Prints have been going strong for a number of years, and this year the runway shows at New York Fashion week took animal prints to another level entirely, mixing bold neon colours and contrasting prints in stunning high fashion looks. Many designers including Tom Ford, Diane von Furstenberg, Calvin Klein and Victoria Beckham showcased collections that featured animal prints.

Style tip:
Leopard print can add a glamorous edge to your outfit, but to avoid Eastenders vibes keep it smart and classic. Team a leopard print coat with a staple black dress and heels to add a great focal point to your outfit, or team it with denim jeans and smart pumps for an effortlessly cool smart-casual look. Gold accessories work well with leopard print, but keep them minimal, and team with tried and tested colour combinations such as monochrome and red.

Studio recommends:

 Shop this Be You Hooded Fur Jacket



Denim
Denim remains a style staple, both on and off the catwalk. Many designers including Ulla Johnson, Matthew Adams Dolan and Derek Lam all included denim looks at New York Fashion week. From statement jeans to full denim ensembles, it’s unsurprising that denim is still a presence in many runway shows.


Style tip: 
Don’t be afraid to go double denim. (No, I don’t mean like 2001 Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears – let’s leave that one behind!) Wearing denim in differerent shades and washes can actually look flattering and stylish as long as you don’t go too overboard. An easy double denim look is to pair a lighter denim shirt or jacket with slim fit darkwash jeans. Be sure to stay away from matching denim accessories and complement your look with a pop of contrasting colour or a staple white t-shirt.  


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Bold Metallics

The metallic trend has been present on the runway for a number of seasons. This year’s New York Fashion week saw designers including Sally LaPointe, Cushnie Et Ochs and Jeremy Scott showcasing metallic looks.

Style tip:
Use metallic accessories to accent any outfit. A metallic bag or shoe is a great nod to the metallic trend, without going all out. If you’re wearing metallic pieces, stick to one key statement item, and break up blocks of silver and gold with contrasting clothing and accessories. Black is classic and flattering, especially against gold statement pieces. Silver is a great way to accent a neutral outfit, or use bright colours such as hot pink and orange to vamp up your look and make a real style statement.

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Embroidery
Embroidery is a versatile trend that doesn’t seem to be dying down, and at New York Fashion week many designers featured embroidered patterns and accents within their collections.

Style tip:
Use pieces with embroidery to elevate your everyday outfits. A pair of jeans or boots with a cool embroidered detail will instantly raise your fashion game. Once again, with any statement details less is more, and given the right piece you have plenty of style options. Pair embroidered skinny jeans with an oversized jumper for a stylish but casual transitional look, or team with a staple white t-shirt and biker jacket for a classically cool ensemble.
Also, don’t feel restricted to one style of embroidery in your wardrobe. If you’re looking for a chic summery look that will transition effortlessly from day to night, a plain top or dress overlaid with embroidered floral details is both flattering and elegant.

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Camo print
Camo was another popular print used by many designers such as R13 and was showcased in a range of different clothing items, from oversized parkas to jeans, shirts and accessories.

Style tip: 
Camo prints are great for adding a cool edge to your look, but keep it feminine by accessorising with classic silver or gold jewellery. Choose one standout camo piece for your outfit, and style with neutrals or a pop of bright colour, but avoid busy patterns or animal prints that would clash and make the outfit too busy.

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Statement bags

Unsurprisingly statement bags were seen far and wide at New York Fashion week – although there was a huge range of styles and colours, bold statement bags were popular both on and off the runway.

Style tip:
Go wild! A statement bag is a great way to show off your personality. To really elevate your look, pick out one colour to tie your outfit together – i.e. if your bag has blue tones, pick out a scarf with similar hues for an effortlessly stylish look.

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If you’re still on the lookout for more style inspiration, check out our great range of fashion for all occasions, with loads of great budget friendly, on-trend and completely wearable outfit ideas.




Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Boredom Breaking Half-Term Activities


It wouldn’t be half-term without the kids screaming ‘MUUUMMMMMM I’M BORED’ midway through the week would it! So, we here at Studio have come up with some boredom breaking activities that are sure to delight both kids and adults alike!


Homemade Valentine’s paper plate heart suncatchers…
These suncatchers are so easy to make and will look gorgeous hanging in their bedroom window.





Have you heard of this latest craze? This step-by-step guide will allow your little darlings to create their very own, so let them get creative and have some fun!




Ever spent a fortune on expensive presents but found that they would rather play with the box? If the answer is yes, then these incredible cardboard box toys will be right up their street!




This is a really easy, cost-effective and fun craft that the kids will love!




With the Chinese New Year – The Year of the Dog fast approaching (16th February) let’s celebrate by making these beautiful yet simple paper crafts.




There are loads of fun activities to do online. We recommend CBeebies for loads of cool games, puzzles and quizzes!




After all that crafting they are bound to be starving, so these fun and delicious recipes that you can make together are sure to be a hit!




Happy Half term and don't forget to post pictures of your creations in the comments section below. You can also follow us on our Facebook page for more handy tips, tricks and guides!!

Friday, 9 February 2018

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide


If you’re stuck on a Valentine’s gift, or on the lookout for something unique this year, check out our top picks for Valentine’s day gifts that are a little bit different…

Reassure your Valentine that your feelings for them are still true, with this delicious chocolate card!




Flowers are a great classic Valentine’s gift, but if you're looking for something a bit different, why not grow your own?




If your special someone loves a good breakfast, this microwave egg poacher is a fun way to bring a bit of romance into every morning.





Find a fun activity to do together! A spa day (or overnight getaway) are popular choices and great for a relaxing time away, but if those don’t float your boat there are loads of options to choose from…

Indoor skydiving? Murder mystery escape room? Chocolate making workshop? Sign me up! 




How about a twist on the classic 'His & Hers' gift? These personalised nautical mugs are guaranteed to please!




If your other half loves their home, why not try some kooky wall art? This super cute print can be personalised for free with your postcode and sweet message underneath. After all, home is where the heart is!




If your loved one isn’t a fan of chocolate, try this fun set of boxed sweets with a romantic message of love!






And finally, why not show your single friend some love this Valentine’s day? This crazy cat lady mug is the perfect accessory for all the singles out there.



If you're looking for even more inspiration why not check out our Valentine's Day shop which is packed with beautiful gifts that are sure to delight! 




Happy Valentine's everyone...

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Storage Ideas for A Clutter-Free Home!


Stressed out and struggling for storage? Dreaming of a tidy home where everything has its place? Check out our top tips for clearing the clutter and organising your home.

Start with a clear out

It might sound obvious, but we often hold on to a surprising number of things we no longer need. Unless an item has a great amount of emotional value, the twelve-month rule is the way to go. If it hasn’t been used or worn in the last 12 months, the chances are you don’t need it. Once you’ve dropped off a few bags at the charity shop, it will be much easier to organise the stuff you do use on a regular basis.



Pack away seasonal clothing

Most of us aren’t wearing thick woolly jumpers in August or sandals in December, but that doesn’t stop them cluttering up the house for half the year. Vacuum storage bags are a great space-saving solution for seasonal clothes and other home textiles.




Invest in clever storage solutions

If you’re short on space, finding clever storage solutions can be key to de-cluttering and organising your space. A storage bed is an efficient way of freeing up some extra space for spare bedding, textiles and clothes within unused floor space.





Make your storage part of your aesthetic

Storage doesn’t have to be boring - there are plenty of great storage options that are stylish and practical. If you’re storing items in view, pick some on trend storage that adds to the look of your home.



Banish those bathroom blues

Your bathroom is usually one of the worst offenders for clutter and general untidiness. From half-used shampoo bottles, toothbrushes, and beauty products, it can feel like a battle to maintain a tidy space. Choose a storage solution that works for you; from wall cabinets, stand-alone units and gorgeous woven baskets, we have a great range of bathroom storage solutions to suit every taste and budget. 


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Get the kids involved too

Getting kids to tidy away after themselves can be a challenge, but you can make it more fun with some cool character storage. From pop-up baskets, to drawers and toy boxes, we have a great range of kid’s storage.