Archive: Feb 2014

  1. 5 ways to make your bathroom more beautiful


    Our bathrooms should be places to relax and reinvigorate – but all too often they end up feeling more ordinary than indulgent. Here’s how to clean up your act in the style stakes.

    Bathroom accessories: ridged glass soap dispenser and dish

    1. Chic storage

    If there’s one aspect to get right in the bathroom, it’s the art of keeping all your clutter out of sight. Wicker baskets are perfect for hiding make-up and other small items, while natural sponges and pretty bottles can be turned into a display.

    2. Dispensers and dishes

    Don’t let half-empty plastic containers and mushy soaps ruin your bathroom look: instead, decant handsoap (or even shower gels) into dispensers and put solid soap in a dish.


    3. Towel techniques

    Mismatched, tired towels are not going to help your new bathroom makeover, so think about whether it’s time for a refresh. Your new fluffy towels and flannels can be stacked in large storage boxes, or rolled up in wire baskets.

    Bathroom accessories: blue and white tumbler and blue hand towel

    4. Home from home

    If you have a guest to stay, be inspired by the extras you’d like to find in a hotel; a toothbrush, toothpaste and disposable razor make a nice addition. And if you really want to impress, pile guest towels and tie with raffia.

     5. Finishing touches

    A good toothbrush holder is the unsung hero of the bathroom, so swap that old mug or drinking glass for something that matches your scheme.


    What changes would make your bathroom more beautiful?


    Three key pieces


    Dipped baskets, set of 2 Blue dipped soap dispenserSainsbury’s pebble Egyptian cotton towels


    Dipped baskets, set of 2, £12; Blue dipped soap dispenser, £6; Sainsbury’s pebble Egyptian cotton towels, from £5 each

  2. Perfect pancakes prize draw: leave a comment to win!


    Sweet, savoury or something in between: when it comes to pancakes, what’s your flavour? Let us know your favourite pancake filling – no matter how weird and wonderful – and you could be in with a chance to win a complete pancake kit from Sainsbury’s. Need a little inspiration? Check out our brilliant pancake recipes.

    How to enter

    All you have to do is write your favourite pancake filling in a comment below – but be quick!  The competition closes on Thursday 27 February 2014 at 9pm: just enough time for us to send out your pancake kit before for the big day.

    Your pancake prizes

    One lucky winner, drawn at random, will receive all the kit shown below – plus an extra frying pan for even bigger pancakes! Only UK residents over the age of 16 may enter and you cannot enter more than once: please see our full terms and conditions.

    Pancake day prizes

    Perfect pancake kit: Sainsbury’s soft grip nylon ladleSainsbury’s General Store mixing bowlSainsbury’s soft grip nylon turnerBy Sainsbury’s soft grip aluminium frying pan 28cmBy Sainsbury’s soft grip aluminium frying pan 32cmSainsbury’s soft grip whisk.

    So, go on, let us know your favourite pancake filling – good luck, and happy frying!

  3. At home on camera: watch our new styling video

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    Have you watched our new home styling video yet? Well, what are you waiting for! Sainsbury’s Textile Designer Louise is giving you tips to bring spring colour into your home, and soon Home Accessory Designer Amy (see with Louise below) will be showing you how to create a great seasonal display with plants.

    Amy and Louise

    In her video, Louise’s rules for giving your sofa a seasonal style-over include picking a single, spring-like colour palette, folding a throw over the back of the sofa and bringing your statement pieces – like a print cushion – to the front. She’ll also be sharing some instant tidy tips in another new video soon, but for now it’s all about stylish soft furnishings.

    So how did it feel being in front of the camera for the day? Louise loved being on set and seeing professional stylist Susie Clegg – who will be featuring in her own video for Sainsbury’s soon – at work. Amy had this advice for anyone else appearing on camera: “Stay calm and be yourself – if you muck up you can always go again! And most of all enjoy it; it’s a great experience to be part of.”

    Will you be refreshing your living room with a little extra colour this season? Let us know below!

    Tip of the week

    Asked to pick a favourite from Sainsbury’s spring/summer collections, Amy and Louise both chose Boho Chic for its white on white patterns, neutral colours and sparkling metallics. See it for yourself instore until the end of February, while stocks last.

    Three key pieces

    Purple square button cushion Teal throwVelvet spot cushion

    Purple square button cushion, £8; Teal throw, £20Velvet spot cushion, £15

  4. Five under £50: easy and affordable home updates

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    All this chilly weather is making us appreciate simple pleasures where we can – like returning to an inviting home after a cold, grey day.

    If you want something to really look forward to – aside from a hot cup of tea – these five key pieces from Sainsbury’s are just what you need. For less than £50, you could give a new lease of life to any room, especially with their uplifting spring theme.

    Butterfly prints, exotic fragrance and rich colour are perfect for bringing in the new season: we feel more optimistic just looking at them. And at a fraction of the cost of a full room revamp, the price is putting a spring in our step too…

    These pieces are available for a limited time in over 300 stores across the country – find your nearest stockist here.

    Clockwise from top left: Butterfly jacquard cushion, £15Lavender optic jar tea light holder, £3; Purple glass lantern, £16; Green glass bottle, £4; Butterfly print cloche and base, £10. Total price: £48.

    Tip of the week

    This lantern would look great with a candle or even plants inside – for a fresh way to use it, look out for our houseplant video, coming soon.


  5. 5 blogger tips for a Valentine’s bedroom

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    Ah, Valentine’s Day! Whether you love it or loathe it, there’s one thing we all adore – a good night’s sleep. So why not treat your bedroom to some well-earned TLC this February? With a bedroom this good, you won’t even be wishing for a surprise hotel booking (much).

     Valentine’s idea for bedroom: scented candle and ornaments

    1. Bed linen

    A new set of bed linen will add an instant feeling of indulgence – especially in this season’s trend of dusty pinks and dove greys. For that hotel-room feel, make sure the sheets are 100% cotton.


    2. Low lighting

    For a soft lighting effect, choose a table light with an angled neck – or a simple clamp light – then redirect the light to the corner of the room. It’ll bounce back in a dimmer, more soothing way.


    3. Heaven scent

    Add some atmosphere with your favourite fragrance: scented candles have the added bonus of a warming glow, but you can also use scent diffusers or a room spray. Or why not try natural fragrances with scented potted plants, such as narcissi or hyacinths?

    Valentine’s idea for bedroom: print bedding and velvet cushions

    4. Snuggly space

    Adding cushions or a throw in sumptuous fabrics will give you somewhere to lounge. But we’re NOT talking leopard print here; it’s all about cosy-but-cool Nordic style with fluffy textures in off-white.

    5. Breakfast in bed

    If you’re really lucky, you may well be on the receiving end of this ultimate romantic treat – so invest in a breakfast set. A stylish cafetiere, a pair of dinky espresso cups, and of course a hotel-style tray… Well, we can dream!

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    Tip of the week: For a romantic table setting with a twist, try popping the head and leaves of a rose into the bowl of a wine glass and part filling with water.

    Three key pieces

    Heart frameCushionWhite heart


    Slate heart photo frame, £6; Mauve quilted cushion, £12; Wooden carved heart, £8