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Guest blogger Sophie Conran on spring bulbs and her new cutlery range 9 March, 2010

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Hello, I am Sophie Conran, home body and mum of two gorgeous kids. Over the next four weeks, I am going to be writing a blog and I really hope you can join me!

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I write for two fabulous magazines: Junior, for whom I have been doing the yummy food pages for about 3 years, and more recently House Beautiful, which is really great fun – check out the current issue for some special Mother’s Day ideas.

One simple gift idea is to group together a collection of white vases and jugs and fill them with irises and daffodils – the bulbs are really easy to plant and the colours look stunning. For something more subtle, try filling them with white narcissus and hydrangeas. Have a look at Candida’s blog on my spring bulb workshop for more tips and inspiration.

As well as writing, I also work with a number of businesses as a designer. I have created a range of tableware with Portmeirion, some wonderful wallpaper with Arthouse and a range of elegant cutlery with Arthur Price, soon to be launched at John Lewis:

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I’ve been working closely with Tony and Simon for the past few months and am really excited about the launch.

Next week, I will be talking about my countryside retreats, so watch this space!

A Sneaky Spring Preview! – design boutique Friday Favourite 5 March, 2010

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With spring now upon us, now is the perfect time to revive your home with a few new treats (or maybe even a treat for mum) this Mother’s Day.

Keep an eye out for one of our new design boutique additions, joining mydeco in the next few days. We are so excited about getting designer Heart Zeena on board that we couldn’t wait to give you a sneak preview!

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From cute birds to pretty hearts, these wonderful cushions are a sure way to brighten up an old sofa or a boring bed.

Or how about bringing the freshness of the outdoors in with these lovely heart shaped lavender bags?  I absolutely adore them, they are so cute and smell amazing. Hang them up in your wardrobe or place them in your chest of drawers to make your clothes smell lavender sweet.

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Make sure you keep your eyes open for Heart Zeena’s products making and appearance amongst the other design boutique treasures in the next couple of days.