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Key pieces for your home this Christmas. 

If like us, you’ve fallen down the Instagram rabbit hole of fixer-uppers and interior designers, you might be chomping at the bit to give your home a design overhaul. Don’t come bulldozing through the house with a sledge hammer just yet, why not try jazzing up your home decor with the addition of some stylish key furniture pieces.  

 We spoke to Mark McDonnell, Head of Design at Interior Design Studio, Milc Design for the inside scoop on giving your home a luxury feel without the luxury price tag  

“My team and I had the absolute pleasure of working on MeadowSide. FEC gave us an opportunity to create an interior packed full of personality with real creative punch. Although you might not want to incorporate all these elements into your own home; you might take inspiration from it and incorporate some elements into your own home.


The wallpaper is such an incredible feature of the apartment and a great way to add impact to a blank space. Here whave the original fabulous wallpaper used from House of Hackney but there are many more cost-effective options out there such as this tropical wallpaper from Ilovewallpaper. 

SAVE  I love Wallpaper £15 per roll
SPLURGE House of Hackney £185 per roll 


A key element that interior designers typical build the interior scheme around is the sofa. It’s very important to have a sofa that is the right size and style but most importantly that is comfortable. For us, a green velvet sofa is not only on trend but was key to pulling this scheme together. This sofa was made bespoke for the scheme but there is no shortage of similar sofas available. This beautiful Habitat sofa would be a real investment but well worth it if your budget allows. Alternatively, have some more price sensitive options including this one. 

SAVE Made £449
SPLURGEHabitat £1600 


To create this look we carefully used pieces that are hand-crafted or stylised to create an eclectic appearance. Using a variety of finishes and styles, this give the impression that the apartment has been developed over-time and that the fictional owners have collected and curated these items with love and passion. Anthropologie is always a great place to find the unusual, such as this Peacock side table. Rockett St George has a statement Leopard side table that gives a similar look but at half the price.  

SAVE Rocket St George £150
Anthropologie £348 


Another key piece is this stunning brass and marble dining table, it is perfect for the space and added real gravitas to the scheme. This luxurious piece can be replicated using a similar designer alternative but only if you have deep pockets! This dining table from Westelm is a real beauty. Finding a cheaper marble-top dining table is hard but Atkin and Thyme have a great option for under £700. 

SAVE Atkin and Thyme £699
West Elm £1,499 


If you don’t have the budget to invest in significant pieces you want might want to start small. These stools both at the higher and lower ends of the price spectrum, will both add pattern and colour to a room no matter the size. The stool in Meadowside was hand upholstered and bespoke using Paradisa fabric by House of Hackney. You can buy off the shelf, such as this premium option from House of Isabella or a more budget friendly Cult Furniture alternative.

SAVE Cult Furniture £49
House of Isabella £200 


Continuing with the theme of smaller pieces that can add detail and instant impact is lighting. These eccentric and flamboyant Mathieu Challières lamps will be a real talking point. Pairing these sculptural lamps with a more refrained and simple bed will ensure that your bedroom is unforgettable. To create a similar ‘bird-inspired’ look you might want to save money and use this Bird Leg table lamp from Hurn and Hurn. 

SAVE Hurn and Hurn £140
SPLURGE Conran Shop £380 


Lastly let’s not forget about the soft furnishings that add so much to your home. Both bedspreads in Meadowside were from Anthropolgie; some alternative options that add colour and texture to a scheme could be this indulgent Velvet Pink bedspread from Cox and Cox. If your budget is more high-street, then this bedspread from JD Williams will also create a similar look. You may want to layer two different cheaper bedspreads together to create a more sumptuous layered look. 

SAVE JD Williams £35
Cox and Cox £295 

For more interior inspo be sure to follow us on Instagram where we regularly post about our beautifully designed show apartment, and don’t forget to tag us if you go ahead with any of our save’s or splurge’s! Come on down to MeadowSide show apartment to see the gorgeous interiors from Milc Design. Merry Christmas and a Happy Home for all! 

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