Author Archives: Ricky Perrin

New Products – From Stock To Shelf

Date posted: October 12, 2018

New Products.

When new products go online at Live Laugh Love, we have gone through a process for our customers to see them. This process was started many months prior.

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The first stage is to find the products. We can collate the range from seeing new suppliers at an exhibition, viewing a collection at a showroom, to sourcing products from trade online websites. We are always trying to select a quality product that is reasonably priced but is new and different to the market place.

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Once we have ordered the products we need to wait for the supplier to dispatch them to us. This can take from a week, if the supplier has stock on their shelves, to 3 months when the product is produced in the far east and the supplier has to transport it to the U.K.

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When we are in receipt of the new products they are quality controlled to make sure the condition is of a high standard. Then each product is allocated a SKU code and stored in the warehouse. We reserve one of each of the new products so they can be measured, have a description worded and have a professional photo taken in our studio.

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When styling the new products we like to prop them with some vintage pieces. We love to style the new range and our studio’s backdrops represent a similar setting to a period home. The style is always country, rustic or shabby chic, but with a vintage twist.

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We love what we do and hope this gives you an insight into how we select our products and procedure we go through to present our collection. We still get excited when finding something new for our home and hope you feel the same when choosing something for yours.

New Nautical Collection

Date posted: September 20, 2018

Brand New Nautical Themed Collection Now Online.

What’s in store?

We here at Live Laugh Love simply adore the nautical style. That is why we strive to provide one of the U.K’s biggest collections of coastal themed products. We are proud to announce that our already vast gathering of nautical gifts and items is expanding even further, with a beautiful selection of lamps, shelves, mirrors and more.

Shelf Sitters.

No mantle, shelf or table is complete without the addition of some decorative shelf sitters. They fill the spaces, please the eye and inspire the home with their exquisite charm and enervating beauty. With limitless options of where to put them or how to display them, they make for an opportune product that is perfect for exhibiting your personality and creativity.

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Mirrors.

Decorative mirrors are all about creating style in a room and when striving to obtain a nautical theme, coastal inspired mirrors are perfect for enhancing that space. Among our latest additions you will find a collection of oceanic mirrors that are ideal for a nautical setting. With a variety of designs, such as beach hut themed frames with decorative garnishes, through to wall mounted sailors wheel inspired designs with rustic worn effect finishes true of a maritime setting.

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Bathroom.

Creating the ideal bathroom setting is an essential step towards enhancing your home, and with the nautical style becoming increasingly popular now is the perfect time to start enjoying the delights and enchantment that comes from being by the sea. From towel hooks to toothbrush holders, our latest additions will help to inspire and create with all of the charm and beauty one could desire.

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The Nautical Look.

Why is nautical becoming such a popular style? We believe there are many reasons for it’s rapidly increasing following, such as the fact it can be done on any budget. There are very little restrictions when it comes to creating a coastal themed room meaning you don’t have to spend a small fortune on special paints and furniture. It is also an extremely creative way of re-decorating, allowing you to try some arts & crafts style out-the-box ideas. We do however, believe that above all else is the calm and tranquil nature of a nautical inspired room.

Shelves – Storage Solutions At Live Laugh Love

Date posted: June 1, 2018

Live Laugh Love are adoring Shelves!

Let’s face it, we all love having shelves in our homes. Not only do they provide a practical storage solution, they can also bring charm, style and beauty. With such a wide variety of shelves available, you are sure to find one that fits any home or style.

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Some shelves are used for practical items, for example in the bathroom where you need things close to hand. Instead of hiding these away in a cabinet we love the open shelf where you can display items until your heart is content! We sell wonderful glass bottles in which you can decant from plastic bottles all your lotions and potions and bring prettiness and luxury to your bathroom or bedroom.

Choose your shelf wisely. You need to consider style, size, finish and most importantly that the shelf can house all decor you wish to display.

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We like painted shabby chic shelves which are distressed to show the colour underneath. Sometimes this is an original shelf where the paint has worn in natural conditions over the years and from which the term “shabby chic” is derived.

Kitchen shelves are great for your storage canisters, sugar bowl or a pretty row of jugs. Some shelves also come with hooks and hangers. Perfect for storing items such as tea towels, aprons and oven gloves.

Don’t forget pigeon holes whereby the shelf has an array of various compartments. Another great way to show off your favourite bits and pieces.

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Any room in your home can house a shelf whether it living room, hallway or bedroom to simply display your photo frames, books and hanging hearts.

Enjoy your shelf browsing and watch as your guests admire the collection you choose to display which will be a focal point of your room.

New Home & Garden Decor At Live Laugh Love

Date posted: May 30, 2018

New Home & Garden Decor At Live Laugh Love.

Our stunning range of new home & garden decor is now online at Live Laugh Love, featuring Hundreds of gorgeous products. All of these fabulous items have been carefully chosen and approved by our very own in house experts.

This wonderful announcement brings a vast array of gorgeous items. From a wonderful selection of nautical products, to a whole assortment of garden decor. All of our latest additions have been inspired by your recommendations and feedback. An end result that provides a varied range that includes something beautiful for every home, and every budget.

Among these new additions are a whole supply of ideas and inspirations, such as our new range of rustic and vintage inspired garden decorations. A series of rustic metalwork sculptures and stakes that have been delicately shaped and made into beautiful designs. This truly special range can bring a brilliant charm and a wonderful atmosphere to your garden. A beautiful and cost effective way to add a personal touch to your outdoor living space.

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Our wonderful kitchen accessories also bring personal touch to the table. Providing a sweet yet simple splash of character and charm to any style of kitchen. We have an extensive collection of versatile products, such as our new wine bottle holders and gorgeous shelves. Simply wonderful storage solutions that will adorn your kitchen with a host of practical and aesthetic uses. The shelves are not only limited to the kitchen. They can also be used in most rooms of the house, from the bathroom to the bedroom. You could even just simply use them for displaying your favourite items! However you choose to display these fabulous pieces, they are guaranteed to add your very own twist and feel to the home.

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We are also introducing a charming collection of Country Themed, Nautical and Vintage styled lamps to our collection. With a variety of styles, from french greys with distressed finishes, to a more contemporary classic style with ribbon & bow linen shades, all of our decorative lamps are guaranteed to look gorgeous in your home, regardless of style.

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We are all about inspirational prose and everything pretty. Whatever your personal taste is, we are sure you will find what you are looking for in our online store. Happy shopping!

Shabby Chic & Vintage Inspired Photo Frames

Date posted: May 3, 2018

Photo Frames & Displays

We here at Live Laugh Love have a massive selection of Photo Frames & Displays. All of these have become household favorites. The shabby chic and vintage inspired frames are available in many various styles. With a gorgeous array in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, you are sure to find the perfect gift or addition for your home. set-5

Multi Frames

Multi frames are a great way to arrange your most loved photos. Ideal for creating a childhood theme or memorable holiday montage. You can fill one of our many multi frames with photos of the happy couple, from the beginning of their journey to the big day. You can even utilise a collection of our Baroque photo frames or our Rococo mini frames. They are ideal for holding guests names and seating places at weddings or other special events. set-1

Decorative Frames

Our decorative photo frames are made from a variety of different materials such as wood, glass, slate, pewter and porcelain. All of our photo frames have a luxury vintage feel. Use the heart shaped rustic country frames to add a touch of love to your kitchen. set-2

Triple Frames

Triple photo frames are the perfect way to display your child’s latest drawing masterpiece or sewing embroidery patch. These novel ideas make a lovely gift or keepsake for family and friends to treasure. set-3

Sentimental Frames

Photo frames with sentimental words are great for personalized gifts. What Grandma, Mum or Daughter doesn’t appreciate a special photograph in a beautiful display? You could also use one of our Mr & Mrs photo frames to display that special someone. set-4

We are all about inspirational prose and everything shabby chic & vintage. Whatever and wherever you choose to place your frames, we are sure you will find what you are looking for in our photo frames section. Happy framing!

French Style Furniture Ideas for 2015

Date posted: July 27, 2015

Carefully chosen French style furniture can add a ‘romantic hideaway’ feeling to any home. Whether you’re looking to create a boutique bedroom or lavish lounge, adding few key pieces in each room will bring the décor together to create a warm and homely environment.

You might think you have to spend a fortune to create the elegant looks you see in magazines, but this isn’t the case. A few solid investment pieces and some decorative small furniture items will be just enough to create a typically French shabby chic feeling in your home.

When it comes to thinking about what you are going to purchase, statement pieces, such as drawers and sideboards are great places to start.

Chests of Drawers
Stylish French Draws

The wonderful thing about vintage furniture is that they never go out of style. Chests of drawers are essential bedroom pieces, and the right ones will become treasured pieces of family history, passed through the generations.

French style furniture plays heavily on decorative finishes. This helps create a luxurious and opulent feel, perfect for bedrooms and dressing rooms. Dress your drawers with romantic candles, pretty perfumes and luxury lotions.

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Whatever the size of your space, every room should have a focal point. For bedrooms, this will be the bed. In kitchens, this could be a large dining table or butler sink. In living areas, the key focal point is normally the television or fireplace.
If you’re worried about how to incorporate a touch of French, don’t fear. A show-stopping French style sideboard will not only be sturdy enough to carry your flat screen and store your media gadgets, it will also become the key focal point in your room – not your television.

Other large pieces, such as dressers or vitrines are sure to become strong talking points when guests pop over for coffee and croissants.

Wall Fittings
French Styled Wall Hooks

For most of us, living in a French chateau is all but a dream. However, just because you don’t have the luxury of space in your home, doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy the beauty of French style living.

Adding a few wall-fitted pieces in your home, such as shelving, racks or coat hooks, are a gorgeous way to incorporate some French shabby chic into your living quarters without having to sacrifice floor space.

Chairs
Stylish French Chair

Furniture should certainly look stunning, but its key priority is to provide some kind of use. After all, you don’t want it sitting there, gathering dust. That kind of shabbiness is something we don’t want to encourage!

Rather than concentrating on decorative pieces that will have little use, look for items that will provide function for your family. A trusted failsafe is the good old-fashioned chair.

As well as for sitting, French style furniture chairs can make interesting side tables for bedrooms and smaller living rooms and as they are easily portable, they can provide various other multi-functional uses.

Why not consider taking a chair into a hallway, as a handy area to place your handbag or keys? French style chairs always look good in spare rooms as well, as a useful space for stacking towels or for guests to deposit clothing.

In terms of style, the French have always been a nation several steps ahead. So it makes sense that more and more people are choosing to furnish their homes with beautiful French style furniture. These timeless pieces can transform any sanctuary into a classic and stylish retreat. And you don’t have to worry about your furniture ever looking dated; vintage French furniture is always in fashion.

Shabby Chic Décor Ideas for Summer

Date posted: June 9, 2015

Before the weather gets so nice that you don’t feel like doing any work on your home, you might want to make the most of all the bright summer light that we’ll (hopefully) be enjoying throughout the middle of the year. This is the best time to try and open out the rooms and increase the sense of space inside the home and, while you might not want to go as overboard as changing the windows in all of the rooms, there are still things you can do to make the most of what you’ve got.

Fortunately, shabby chic is an interior decorating style that looks spectacular when bathed in sunlight – much more suited to summer than winter, then – and it doesn’t take much to transform any room into a stunning summer hideout.

As mentioned before, you want to be taking advantage of the increased levels of sunlight and making the room seem bigger with the help of carefully positioned shabby chic mirrors that reflect light around the room to increase the perception of its size.

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Additionally, don’t assume that you can’t develop a shabby chic aesthetic for the back garden, because you can. Carved wicker furniture painted in cream or a light pastel shade, for example, immediately evokes the idea of long, lazy, glamourous summer picnics and endless games of croquet and badminton.

You don’t have to go big in the garden either. You can adopt shabby chic by installing a few well-chosen smaller accessories and decorations, such as the bird and flower hanging decoration below.

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As the day wears on and darkness begins to fall, you can employ an antique silver tea light holder (or several) to provide some soft lighting so you’re not sitting in the dark. While it’s a good idea to have a motion-sensor security light, you can turn it off while you’re outside to make sure that the atmosphere isn’t ruined by constant activation.

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For even more furniture pieces, decorations and accessories that will create an elegant, languorous shabby chic feel to your home this summer, take a leisurely trip through the rest of the Live Laugh Love website to see what’s on offer right now.

French Style Bedroom Furniture

Date posted: April 24, 2015

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When you think of vintage furniture designs, there’s a good chance that they’re of French origin. The ornate style was popular in upper-class houses across the country prior to the French Revolution, and it spread to England during the Georgian era – it’s still visible in a lot of National Trust properties that have been preserved to look the way they did during their heydays.

The elegance and timeless appeal of the furniture means that the style is sought-after in homes of all kinds today, and it’s a desire that Live Laugh Love caters to for its customers with a wide range of options available to peruse.
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We specialise in bedroom furniture – there’s something opulent and luxurious about the style that makes it perfect for a boudoir – and we have everything from antique dressers to desks and wardrobes, all painted in our vintage off-white/cream shade to maintain a sense of class and neutrality – this way the pieces don’t overpower the room, which can be built around them rather than having to focus on them.

Choosing the right piece can really tie a room together and elevate it into really becoming a showcase for your sense of personal shabby chic style. With our ranges updated on a regular basis, there are always new additions to the available products, so it’s always likely that the perfect piece will be in stock soon.

Elegant, practical and understated, French style bedroom furniture will always be a timeless addition to any home.

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Introducing Our New Shabby Chic Resources Section!

Date posted: April 8, 2015

Screen shot of Inspiration Guide We’re very excited to officially announce the addition of a brand new feature on the Live Laugh Love website: the Shabby Chic Guides & Inspiration section. This is a resource of images and how-to guides created exclusively for those of our customers who could do with a pinch of inspiration and advice when it comes to decorating their shabby chic homes.

As we all know, shabby chic can be a bit difficult to get your head around because there are so many ways you can incorporate it into each room of your home. With the new resource hub, you can see how other people have utilised this aesthetic and worked around the demands and requirements of modern life to create a stylish and attractive (yet functional) place to live.

The resource section offers assistance in the form of inspiration for living rooms, to help you find that perfect sofa, and bedrooms, to open up your wallpaper options, as well as on-line manuals that discuss topics such as the proper way to refinish or paint a piece of furniture in the shabby chic style – no stone is left unturned, and the section will only grow and develop as time goes by!

Make Mother’s Day 2015 a Shabby Chic Celebration

Date posted: March 9, 2015

For a lot of us, Mother’s Day can be difficult to find an appropriate gift to commemorate. Chocolates and flowers are fine but they’re also a bit boring and lack imagination. Shabby chic-themed items and decorations, on the other hand, are attractive, thoughtful and have a shelf life longer than a couple of days.

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If you’ve got a mum who loves the shabby chic theme, make it a Mother’s Day to remember this year with one of the Live Laugh Love range of decorations and accessories that are sure to add a touch of class to any room in the house. From small tokens like soap dishes and wall hooks to mirrors and vintage desks, there’s something to suit everyone’s mum (and her interior décor theme!) on her special day.

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For instance, our nautical accessories are perfect for any seaside-themed room, whether you go for something as simple as seashells that can be strewn over a windowsill or a captain’s wheel that could hang on the wall to provide a visual focal point for people entering the room.

Shabby Chic Mirror

We also offer a full range of products that are aimed at adding elegance and cosiness to a home, such as our antique ornate mirror and picture frames or embroidered decorative cushions. Every piece offers a new, different effect when it is installed in a certain room, so think carefully not only about what the most suitable option might be as far as your mum’s taste is concerned, but also whether your chosen product will actually work in her house. Of course, if you have any questions then you can contact our customer service team.

Alternatively, if you’re not sure about the kind of thing your mum would like, you can always choose to give her a Live Laugh Love gift certificate so she can order her own present – this is definitely the option to go for if you think you might get it wrong!

Regardless of what you end up choosing, you’ll always be in good hands when Mother’s Day rolls around (as you are on every other day) with Live Laugh Love.