Shop my Greatly faves: Dipped mini bowls | Dotty tea towel | Cobalt tea towel | Kitchen cosy | Dipped blue bud vases | Circles tablecloth | fig.1 Cushion | fig.2 Rainbow garland | fig.3 Polka dot ceramics | fig.4 Yellow tray | fig.5 Thank You card | fig.6 Pastel ceramics

You know those times in life when you’re in need of a stylish little pick me up? It’s usually when that mid-week slump hits: the weekend isn’t quite within reach and the last one is long enough ago that your memories are sufficiently faded thanks to corporate strip lighting and a mounting inbox. Familiar? Well, take five minutes to treat yourself and add a little dash of hue to your life! I’ve discovered the perfect online store to tick both those boxes. GREAT.LY is a series of stylish boutiques curated by bloggers across the world (how freakin’ awesome is that?!), with each mini boutique offering a range of makers products that fit that person’s aesthetic. I’ve pulled out some of my favourite brights from the site, from these adorable dipped mini bowls which are great for decorating a table with floral buds, through to beautiful textiles such as this handprinted cobalt tea towel. Which of my colourful favourites are catching your eye and tempting you as a mid-week colour pick me up?


1. I love it when the natural environment mirrors one of my colour palettes back at home (see no.3!).
2. On Saturday I used Valspar paint for the first time and I can genuinely say that it’s the best paint I’ve ever used (and I’ve used a lot!) in terms of both coverage and finish.
3. This was a total make-you-smile style moment in the Bright.Bazaar kitchen; Luscious Lemondrop and Shallow Water were made for one another, right? Hot duo!
4. How can you not love colour when it creates charming scenes just like this one?
5. Enjoyed wearing my Lexington shoes for the first time on Sunday – so comfortable.
6. The owner of no.70 sure knows the meaning of good style.
7. Autumnal weather is in full force and I’m loving being able to layer again (even if August is a little early to be saying bye to the sunshine…).
8. This special Paul Smith Anglepoise Type 75 edition is design perfection.
9. In spite of the weather, my new iPhone cover is ideal for extending that lovely sand-between-your-toes summertime feeling!
10. Feeling in need of a little design pick me up? This is the cushion for you.

For many years I’ve been used to finding inventive ways to seamlessly introduce technology into my home. Having contended with a myriad of TV’s, computers, control pads and tablets that have passed through my front door over the years, I’ve learned that tech doesn’t have to be tricky when it comes to styling the home. So I teamed up with Logitech to shoot their new K830 Living Room keyboard and show how tech can easily fit into people’s everyday lives. Read on for my three top tips to invite tech into your home without impacting on style:
Given technology is now so entrenched in our daily lives, it’s ironic that we often consider tech last when it comes to decorating. Whether you already own a TV or decide to invest in a new one when you move into a new home, it’s a good idea to consider upfront where it will be placed in the room, and how it will sit alongside the surrounding decorating scheme.
With some clever pre-planning, you can make a TV an interesting style statement in a space, without having to hide it away behind closed doors. For example, if you have a black TV, pick a wall to hang the TV from and then pick a dark wallpaper or paint for the wall behind. Alternatively, if you have a white TV, you could go for a stylish monochrome scheme and hang a white TV against a black wall to create striking contrast.
Hanging black and white prints in white frames around the TV will help blend it into the gallery wall. This approach will not only stop the TV from overpowering a room, but it will open up valuable floor space, too.
Tablets, keyboards, remotes, phones – the living room can quickly become a paraphernalia playground for tech if left unattended, as people increasingly use integrated tech, such as keyboards, to make Smart TVs even more interactive. But the good news is you can clear the clutter by introducing strategically placed storage across your space.
A docking station placed upon a side table is great for keeping charging cords and leads hidden away, without having to continually open and close a unit to use a remote or wireless keyboard; something you would no doubt quickly tire of.
Consider a sleek white lacquered or marble box for a modern, contemporary space, or a jute-lidded tray for a more organic, country-meets-coastal look. Simply pull the wires up through the back, or drill a hole to slide the cables through, and then place your tech on top. You’ll have stylishly streamlined your tech into the space without impacting on practicality. Hanging black and white prints in white frames around the TV will help blend it into the gallery wall. This approach will not only stop the TV from overpowering a room, but it will open up valuable floor space, too.
As technology becomes an ever-greater part of our lives, the colour options available are increasing. The benefit of this means you can now often match your tech to the colour palette of the room. One approach is to opt for a co-ordinated feel between the scheme and the technology by choosing tech designs in the same, or a similar, shade to the main colour in the room. Alternatively, you could switch things up by opting to use colourful technology as the elements for introducing accent colour into a scheme. Simply pick tech items in a contrasting hue to the surrounding scheme and watch the space soar in the style stakes.
Ultimately, the key to successfully blending tech into the home is to consider technology as an element of the decorating scheme in it’s own right. Alter your decorating approach from the outset so that you consider the role and position of tech in a scheme, and you will find it easier to marry technology with other parts of the space. Taking time to invest in these stylish solutions will streamline how you use and store tech in the home, paying dividends and resulting in a more stylish space.

How do you seamlessly add tech into your home? I’d love to hear your ideas!

// Location owned by Kate Watson Smyth | Posted in partnership with Logitech but all views are my own.