IN THIS ISSUE Through the Letterbox 2020 colour palettes to consider for your home How to decorate a neutral nursery DIY Panelling - for just £15! Creating the perfect office space in your home
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IN THIS ISSUE.....
Colour Palettes for your home in 2020
32 Home Interior Instagrammers to follow in 2020
Through the Letterbox.....
How to create the perfect office nook in your home
DIY Panelling for just Â£15
Creating the perfect Gender neutral Nursery
Recipe Station : Winter Warming Sausage Casserole
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COMING FEB 2020
A WORD FROM THE EDITOR A NEW YEAR FOR LETTERBOX MAG
As like every year we all wonder how on earth we are facing a brand new one so quickly. The new year, the new decade brings a wave of new content, contributors and inspiration to wet your appetite. As the editor, and this my baby, I am so proud to have a little tribe that's growing of Letterboxers. Letterbox is here to mentor, coach and inspire you to do anything and everything to your property. We all need a home and that comes from a space that expresses personality, comfort and above all else style. Hopefully our mag, new podcast, instagram, stories and so much more helps you do just that. Thanks so much for joining us once again, and we can't wait to help you nail your home!
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COLOUR PALETTES FOR YOUR HOME IN 2020 We take a look at the colour palettes that will be in every home this year.
2020 COLOURS With a new year comes a new wave of trends, fashion and inspiration to consider when looking to update and refresh your home. And most of us do like to keep our home up to date and on trend as possible.Of course this doesn’t mean repainting your whole house every year, but it can mean ditching some colours and incorporating a new palette using soft furnishings and final touches.But what is on trend for 2020? What will we be seeing across the ‘gram, in our favorite homes and in interior stores across the UK?
NEUTRAL CLAY Is the perfect warming colour to use in your home in 2020. With its versatility, it can be used in any space and combined with any colours you may already be keen to keep and use.What I love most about this colour is that it can be as feminine or masculine as desired. Pairing with rich blues or deep greys are perfect way to make it masculine. If you’re after a feminine touch, use light pinks and rich peach colours.
RICH BLUE Isnâ€™t just a colour for a bathroom. Oh no. Rich, deep blues are perfect for a home thatâ€™s been lacking a little colour thanks to the Grey trend. Much like all the other colours, in can easily be incorporated into your current colour scheme, and feature as a standalone wall, or a overhaul of the dominant shade.Really consider the size of your space and the light it receives when looking to use this colour though. Only certain rooms will be able to carry it throughout.
DEEP PLUM Is a new, rich colour to incorporate into a home in 2020. It’s especially versatile and can be used in any space – although the dark, rich tone, make it a perfect colour for a snug lounge or bedroom.Again, it’s a easy colour to combine with already purchased shades like grey. If wanting to create a whole new colour palette, consider pairing with soft pinks for a edgy, modern tone.
SOFT PASTEL NATURAL TONES 2020 is the year that soft pastel tones are back on trend. Following a long spell of dark rich tones, a bright natural palette may just be the change you are looking for. But donâ€™t panic if you have heavy rich paints in your home, using this palette in your soft furnishings can lift the space into the 2020 trend.
The soft greens are a perfect shade to contrast previously dark palettes and will often create a more polished but defined look.One thing I have noted is mixing and combining similar shades in one space can really add some depth and something we will see a lot in 2020. Having multiple, similar shades, used to feel clustered and jumbled, if correctly executed and combined well, it can really change the dynamic of your home.
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Instagrammers to follow for 2020 Written by Charlotte Nichole
New Year, New feed.
There is no place better than Instagram to find
real homes full of highstreet pieces and on trend styles, so why not kick start our new year with
following some of the best Instagrammers on the web?
We've reluctantly trawled feeds to find the best
of the best, and collated 20 of the 'grammers you should have in your home feed this new decade. Just click on each image to follow
these amazing grids.
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With the start of a new year, and a new decade, we have once again turned to some of our favourite real Instagram homes for inspiration and know how behind the feed. Knowing we had to start the year with a bang, we have peered into the home, and person behind the stunning East Midlands home of Paul & Lee. With over 20,000 Instagram fans and an array of beautifully decorated and styled rooms to envy, we are so excited to take you on an exclusive guide of the stunning home. Paul and Lee have only been in their 4 bed house for just over a year but have already made it home. Adding personal touches and their classy, modern style, they have transformed their property into a cosy, warm home to admire.
Our journey started when we moved from our first home together after 5 years. It took us 2 years to find our
2019 saw one of the biggest projects in Paul and Lee’s home. We had our garden landscaped and it
‘forever’ home. I then took to Instagram
was the best decision. We had such a
to search for home inspiration and
lovely garden in our old house, and we
thought I would make my own Instagram
really wanted to better it. Now it's
to document our journey.
finished, we are so happy with it – I
I get all of my inspiration off other feeds on
don’t think we did a bad job at all!
But when it comes
Instagram, tied in with my own ideas
Paul’s favorite room, one of the
and finds, which is great to then share
smallest takes the trophy.
with others. I love the home interior
My favourite room in the entire house
community. It’s so positive and it’s great
has to be our downstairs toilet. It was
to share what we’ve been up to around
pretty plain and bland when we moved
the house, and give other ideas for their
in – just being white. We decided to take
a gamble with a busy patterned wallpaper. I was a little worried with it being such a small space but I love it!
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So what’s does Paul advise to those working on their home? It’s really important to not rush when decorating. Take your time and try to get it right first time. Otherwise you’ll never be truly happy with the room and
2 Words for our home Modern and minimal
Fav Home Store The Range
Instagram Accounts I love These have got to be
you’ll want to go back and revisit it. Another thing, research before you buy anything to make sure you're not paying too much as decorating can
2020 predictions I think more people this year will start to step away from grey
soon become expensive. Final tip, try and not just follow trends but pick what you like. Shopping trends sometimes can only be the benefit of everybody else and something you will regret.
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CREATE THE PERFECT HOME OFFICE FOR WORKING AT HOME IN 2020
Make 2020 the year that you ace your working from home game, with a little help from the space you do it from.
Having somewhere you associate with work will help your mental attitude immensely when
It's a little known fact that the environment you are within can
needing to settle down and get the job done.
conquering the world in 2020, you need somewhere that will help aid that productivity and
But what makes the perfect work space? And how do you shoehorn that into your home if you haven't already?
even spur it on.
DINING TABLE SPREAD Lots of us, me included, have a lot of space that can be made and used on a dining table. This, of course has it's downsides when
several evenings not just one.
But, if it's your only choice, make it work for you.
Including some office storage in Whilst having a dedicated room
Having a space to spread the
VER YOUR SPACE
dinner is due or your work takes over
have a huge impact on your productivity.
would be ideal ( and I certainly
close proximity to your dining table, and charging options for laprops
paperwork, fill with half mugs of
envy those who are able too ),
coffee and of course doodle, jot
there are some spaces you may
down and make headway on your
not have considered where you
will offer the storage space without
projects is worth more than you
can sneak in a usable and
sticking out like office wear in a
efficient work space.
and those alike is a great addition. Using a cupboard in your sideboard
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UTILIZING YOUR SPARE ROOM Of course, if you have the space, or a spare room without much purpose, creating a home office within it is the ticket. Whether you dedicate the whole room, or just a corner, a separate room to nestle down and work in certainly takes you away from other distractions like a telly or even cooking.
SNEAK IT BEHIND THE COUCH If you're not lucky enough to have a spare room lying about your home, don't panic, you can still incorporate a nifty workspace in the rooms you do have. With space saving furniture available from some of the high street brands, it's never been easier to shoehorn a small, delicate desk to work from into your lounge even if you don't think you have the space. Slimline ladder desks are a great idea when wanting to create a office nook, but low on space for a huge expanding desk. It also handily offers shelving and storage too.
SQUEEZE IT IN THE HALL Whilst some homes are lucky to even have a hallway, sometimes they can be a great nook to place a desk and the shared computer. Whilst an expansive desk, numerous filing cabinets and endless storage is desired, it's not needed and a hallway ladder desk might be the best option for your home.Â
It's always a good idea to have a work space out of the way from distraction, and if you feel the dining table or a corner in your lounge won't offer the peace and quiet you need, this might be your best option.
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DIY Panelling for just £15! BY CHYNNA
We all know how much we at Letterbox loveeee panelling, and so does everyone else. It's the easy DIY that is bucking the trend, and adding character into homes up and down the country. And why not, it's inexpensive and can trasnform a bland box room to one with interest.
We decided to have slightly larger end panels to allow for our wall lights, while still remaining symmetrical.
We then filled any nail holes of imperfections with wood filler and once dry we sanded lightly.
Then the fun bit, we primed just the wood -don’t So, one of our own contributors shares how she
worry about being neat and getting it on the wall.
re-created the gorgeous trend in her very own home, for just
Once primed we painted the panelling in Valspar colour match to farrow and Ball railings. I
To begin we went to B&Q and brought a 9mm
was very impressed with the accuracy of the match
shet of MDF. They offer a fabulous service and will
for this paint, we used the v700 blend for wood
cut 15 cuts of wood for free. we had ours cut into
and metal in a matte finish.
70mm strips so the width of each strip was perfect for the look we wanted to create.
We are really pleased with how this turned out and how easy it was to do! The measurements will
We began with the vertical stips, we measured
vary from person to person depending on the size
them, cut off the required amount with a saw and
of the wall or room you are panelling but the
then attatched them with Gripfil and put nails into
principle remains the same. It will defiantly be used
the top and bottom of each verticle panel to
again in other areas of the house.
From start to finish this took us around 3 evening to complete so not only was it cheap it was really
Once the vertical strips were secure and in place we measured and cut all horizontal strips to create squares and nailed them in place.
quick. Will you take the plunge and showcase this gorgeous look in your home? At no?
£15 can you say
CREATING A STYLISH NEUTRAL NURSERY More and more parents are opting neutral when it comes to decorating their Nursery. Whether it's due to not finding out the gender before birth or because neutral, subtle tones and colours are growing popular, it's never been trendier to have a more subtle, neutral and some times grown up space.
So when creating the perfect nursery, you really want to create a space that will be long lasting in style, and not at risk of having to be re-decorated when you have a toddler on your hands wanting a more child like space!
But what's the best advice when creating a serine, yet practical neutral nursery? Hang tight, we have the only
you really want to lower the risk of having to re-do it - especially when it comes to a baby room. Having a space that can grow with your baby is especially important.
Are our fav and that's because they can be used in any space, with any other shades. Going nude also make it mega easy to incorporate those gender dominant colours too like Blue and Pink - if wanted to at a later date.
Navy As much as many would say Navy
advice you need when creating a
Blue is typically a male colour, Navy
is trendy, modern and easily styled
Create a Palette As with any space in your home, you really want a colour palette to
Whenever it comes to decorating,
distribute across the space. The same goes for a nursery. Really consider a palette that can include those dominant gender colours if you do want to at a later date.
with more feminine tones if done correctly. It's well worth considering Navy in your neutral nursery base shade.
White If in doubt, or nervous, stick with white and add colour through the textures and accessories in the room.
Choose a theme A theme is a great way to incorporate colour and style under one roof. Our favourite is safari. It offers a fairly neutral palette and lots of oppertunity to include child friendly styling ( safari cuddly toys . animal prints, geo prints ). Plus, its a great theme to add colour too.
Styling The Space As with any room in a home, styling takes time and consideration, and can transform a space into one with character and purpose. The same goes for a nursery too. If you've choosen a theme, consider this when styling the space with soft finishes, patterns and accessories. Using the likes of pinterest to find prints to frame, and stores like Next to find accessories that wouldn't feature in a baby section. ( Just because it's not in the baby section, doesn't mean it can't be in the room ).
If you're sticking to colour rather than theme, stick to your defined palette, mixing and matching with print and pattern to create further interest.
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SMOKY SAUSAGE CASSEROLE INGREDIENTS 1 tbsp olive oil1
onion, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, crushed
1 large celery stick, finely chopped
2 peppers (any colour), cut into
DIRECTIONS Put the oil in a large, heatproof casserole dish over a medium heat and add the onion, cooking for 5 mins until starting to soften. Tip in the garlic, celery and peppers, and give everything a good stir. Cook for 5 mins more.
6 pork sausage (about 400g/14oz)
1 tsp sweet smoked paprika
½ tsp ground cumin ½ tsp chilli flakes 2 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes
400g can cannellini beans, drained
250g bag spinach ( or use the same
quantity as frozen)
Turn the heat to high and add the sausages. Cook for a few mins until browned all over, then reduce the heat to medium, sprinkle in the spices and season well. Pour over the tomatoes and bring to a simmer. Cover and continue simmering gently for 40 mins, stirring every now and then. Heat the grill to high and uncover the casserole. Add the beans and spinach, and stir to warm through.
2 tbsp fresh breadcrumbs (or frozen with
PREP TIME: 15MINS COOK TIME: 1HR TOTAL TIME: 1HR 15MINS
Scatter over the breadcrumbs and grill for 2-3 mins until golden and crisp.
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