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Get your home ready to entertain

By Amy Davies Pereira (Little House in London)

Get your home ready to entertain.

Be inspired by blogger Amy’s tricks to give your home a fresh, summery feel ready for a season of entertaining.

Refresh your living space

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Awaken the senses with soft textures and fresh spring scents

Mixing and matching textures of soft furnishings and textiles is a great way to give your living room a welcoming refresh. It makes leather furniture instantly feel cosier! Layering scents also creates an inviting atmosphere - place reed diffusers or light scented candles around your space for a fragrant finishing touch.

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Add pops of colour for the new season

Continue a spring theme in your crockery – these pastel mugs are perfectly seasonal with a cute rabbit design. To brighten up an ottoman, turn it into a side table and add a pop of colour with a throw. Mustard is on trend all year round but is a great way to brighten up a neutral space, perfectly complemented by a metallic serving tray.

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Stylish storage hacks for small spaces

Living in a small home, I take every opportunity to seek out a great storage hack– especially when hosting guests! Use multipurpose stacking baskets like these to store throws and accessories, or even display a faux plant. The rope handles make them easy to transport from room to room whenever you need to de-clutter.

Entertaining outdoors

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Entertaining outdoors.
Entertaining outdoors.

Make the most of warmer weather

A drink and natter on the decking is the perfect way to end the day with family or friends. While evenings are still a little chilly, bring all the soft furnishings outside to stay warm and cosy. A welcome sign will make your guests feel right at home, and the perfect gin & tonic in a large glass will complement a stylish dinner set. Garnish with dried rose petals and raspberries for a spring twist! Seasonal LED lights are perfect when the sun goes down, adding some sparkle to your garden.

A dining room fit for a feast

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Styling a dining table that's both trendy and practical

I love cooking, so having people over for lunch or dinner is something that happens often. Start by protecting your table and giving it a new look with a practical PVC tablecloth. Bring throws and cushions through for comfy seating, and use faux plants as a fresh, vibrant alternative to a traditional centrepiece.

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Mix classic and seasonal trend items for a unique twist

My key to styling any space is mixing classic and trend pieces in fresh colours and prints. If wine is on the cards, serve in large and elegant glasses - these are perfect for water too. I always add candles to my dining table for ambience and a beautiful scent. These smell divine and stack for easy storage when guests have left.

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Don't shy away from vibrant colours and prints

A new set of tableware is an affordable way to inject some new season style. Carry a bright colour theme through to the dining room with a lively, patterned dinner set that looks great stacked. Complement your new additions with a classic bamboo butchers block that can serve as a centrepiece for guests to share bread and condiments.

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