Why red robins are associated with Christmas

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If you live in the UK chances are you’ve come across a red robin when gardening, out in the park or walking in the woods. Here’s the one I have in my garden. This cheeky chap is always near me when I’m out gardening, probably to see if he can catch a worm or two.…

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5 Reasons to fall in love with Autumn

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Something I didn’t get growing up in Sydney, Australia were the traditional seasons. Our autumn was still warm enough to swim in the ocean. Since living in the UK, I’ve been able to experience the change in seasons which I just love because I get to experience the change in nature’s wonderful colours. Here I share…

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Why Halloween turns orange

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If there’s one colour that lets you know it’s Halloween, it has to be orange! And no other country goes all out for Halloween than the US. Orange is everywhere. From carved pumpkins to pumpkin pie to spiced pumpkin lattes to orange frosted biscuits to party decorations. And if that wasn’t enough, there’s the fancy…

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On the Colour Couch with Paint Creator Annie Sloan

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Annie Sloan paints have been around as long as I can remember. Walk into a boutique homewares or paint store and it’s likely you’ll see her paints there. She has long been on my list of colour lovers to interview, so when I found out that my friend, interior stylist Lucy Gough was friends with…

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Dulux COTY 2024 sweet embrace

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This morning I was at the Dulux UK Colour of the Year launch in London and I wanted to give you the ‘hot off the press’ news what their colour of the year for 2024 is. I don’t normally talk about the colour of the year straight away as I like to give it a…

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On the Colour Couch with Textile Artist Amber Lily

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I met Amber Lily at this year’s New Designers, the premier exhibition where graduating UK design students have the opportunity to showcase their creativity, ingenuity and their vision for the future of design. I was one of the judges for the Colour in Design Awards (CIDA) and Amber Lily was our award winner. As with…

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Why it’s OK for boys to like pink too

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Every few years we find ourselves confronted with the ‘boy wears pink’ headline and parents finding they are confronted with having in some way explain their son’s colour choice. This happened to UK TV presenter Emma Willis when she found herself on a daytime chat show a couple of years ago saying she was ‘overwhelmed’ by the…

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When a pink front door lands you in trouble

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Imagine one day deciding to paint your front door pink and then finding it’s landed you in hot water with your neigbours and local council? That’s exactly what happened to a woman in Edinburgh Scotland who has faced a lengthy battle over the colour of her front door and has now won permission to keep…

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On the Colour Couch with artist Ella Doran

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I came across Ella by chance on Instagram when I saw her call out for waste paint. Over 18 months, she created a massive painting from the left over paint sent to her which you can see a section of behind her. When I got in contact with Ella, to my surprise she’s a teacher…

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