Take a peek inside Davina McCall’s colourful bedroom

avina McCall has given fans a rare look inside her gorgeous home – and her colourful bedroom! The Million Pound Drop presenter showcased her weekend beauty routine as she touched up her roots on Sunday, posing for a selfie which she shared on Instagram with the caption: “Just a normal Sunday night… I do this every three weeks. Really cannot spend hours at the hairdressers… so easy and quick to do at home… no one ever believes us!”

Not only did the post give an insight into Davina’s down-to-earth beauty routine, but also her house, showing a glimpse inside a bedroom with bright purple carpets and a lilac patterned wallpaper. Several built-in wardrobes line the walls, while another rail with chest of drawers can be seen next to the door behind her.


Davina McCall shared a glimpse inside her bedroom/ dressing room

Davina lives in East Sussex with her children Holly, Tilly and Chester. The 51-year-old put her luxurious home on the market following her divorce from husband Matthew Robertson, listing the six-bedroom property for £6.25million – double what she and Matthew paid for it in 2009.

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The gorgeous house boasts its own swimming pool, tennis court and private access to the local train station, and is set in 38 acres of private parkland. There are also four outbuildings – The Barn, The Cottage, The Coach House and The Lodge – which provide an additional eight bedrooms.


The room is colourful with lots of fitted wardrobes

Matthew and Davina were married for 17 years and are parents to three children. The couple shocked fans with the news of their split back in November 2017, with Davina’s rep confirming in a statement to HELLO!: “I am very sad to say that Matthew and I have separated. Our amazing children are our number one priority, above everything else so therefore we ask for as much space and respect from the media as possible while our family goes through this difficult time.”


Men spend seven hours a year in the bathroom

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Researchers polled 1,000 men and found that men spend many hours in the bathroom on their phones, avoiding children and their partners, and trying not to be disturbed.

We all need a bit of time to ourselves, to switch off completely, and what better place to do so than in a bathroom where you know no one will open the door to disturb you.

Martin Bester admits he enjoys going to the bathroom but does not spend more time in the bathroom than is necessary.

Women agree and admit they also spend all those hours in the bathroom hiding from the family for some peace and quiet.


Impress your guests with a curated, vintage-inspired dining room

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Cold weather is here, and for many of us, that means a lot of quality time spent around the dining room table. It’s the perfect place to share good meals and conversation with friends and family.

Interior designer and stylist Ginny Macdonald’s cozy, Old World-inspired dining room caught our eye on Instagram. The standout space looks warm and inviting — a perfect place to swap stories, jokes and laughs with guests around the holidays.

“My main inspiration for this room, and the house in general, was heavily taken from having grown up in the U.K.,” Macdonald, of Ginny Macdonald Design, wrote in an email.

The designer, who now lives in Los Angeles, incorporated a mix of vintage furnishings and contemporary accents to create a curated look.

While the dining table and Eames chairs are new and speak to a midcentury era, most of the other pieces of furniture are flea market finds,” she said.

The centerpiece of the room — the oversize vintage map of England — was scouted by Macdonald at an antique mall in California. “It’s probably my favorite vintage find in the house,” she wrote.

For a similar feel, she suggests searching on Etsy for vintage maps and art (she likes the shop Reclaimer), and mounting the work in simple and modern frames. You can also scour your flea markets, antique stores or eBay.

Want to achieve this look? Try these tips and products.

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Eames armchairs; Crate and Barrel’s beechwood Vienna dining chair in walnut Handout courtesy of Design Within Reach; Crate and Barrel

• For dining room chairs, don’t be afraid to mix and match styles. “Start off by selecting the main pieces, whether it be the dining table or the chairs,” Macdonald advised. “If you choose a modern dining table, then look for vintage chairs, and vice versa.” To “add a layer of eclecticism,” she mixed two modern Eames armchairs ($595, dwr.com ), above left, with her beloved vintage bentwood dining chairs, above right. That iconic bentwood design can be found in Crate and Barrel’s beechwood Vienna dining chairs in walnut ($149 each, crateandbarrel.com).


Not every new ‘better sleep’ option smooths the way to a restful night


Sleep is a topic that is far-reaching with an unbelievable number of “better sleep” options including creams, air filters, medicines, special lighting, noise makers and, of course, the many styles, features and distinctive designs of our mattresses and accessories.

Watching television one night, my wife and I agreed that we deserved “the best night’s sleep in the whole wide world.” We had no idea what the price of such a sleep was until she reached out in response to the television ad and bought a set of two pillows. I know pillows can go from $20 to $200 or more, so these were affordable with one concern. Since these are advertised so much, how much money can be left to make a decent pillow?

When I got home from the office one night, my wife gave me my pillow that she had put into a fresh, clean pillow case. What could be better? Clean just-washed sheets, a mattress we both love and new pillows. Sounds like great luxury and serenity, doesn’t it? Oops, and with my loving wife of almost 49 years, too.

A few hours later, I am transferring onto the mattress, careful to juggle my remote controls for the TV, the adjustable bed, the lights and the electric blinds. My head reclined onto the pillow and sank in. It (the pillow, not my head) was too soft.

But you have to fluff and manipulate every pillow, don’t you? For the next half hour or so, I kept trying to push it into some level of firmness, even squeezing it together lengthwise. I found my old pillow of many years and had a great night’s sleep. My wife tried the new pillow for about a week, and she, too, returned to her old comfy one.

Was this a fair and unbiased test? No. Comparing something new with an item you have gotten used to for decades is not easy. And it was not a waste. The new pillows went into the guest room.

On the other hand, we did try something new that really works: This triangular long wedge that fits between the two mattresses on our adjustable bed. That was genius. And it helps me keep all my remote controls from falling between the beds.


Turkish furniture producer Alfemo enters Romania with a showroom in Pipera

Turkish manufacturer Alfemo, specialized in the production of furniture and accessories, a brand present in over 200 shops in Turkey and about 40 shopping centers in 18 countries on 5 continents, is entering Romania through a showroom to be opened in Pipera, Bucharest.

The company, based in Izmir, plans to open more than 100 of its own stores by 2023.

The showroom Alfemo will open in Romania will have an area of ​​about 1,300 sqm. The Turkish brand reaches consumers with nearly 150 Alfemo dealers and 31 concept stores and 105 sales points spread over more than 60 countries in 5 continents.


Tiny houses ‘the next big thing’ in Sussex? Entrepreneur thinks there’s a market

If it is any indication of popularity, there are now at least nine television shows devoted to tiny houses.

Indeed, going tiny, in the words of John Weisbarth, one of the show hosts, “is the next big thing.”

The reason for growing popularity?

“Drawn to the prospect of financial freedom, a simpler lifestyle, and limiting one’s environmental footprint, more buyers are opting to downsize,” said the introduction to HGTV’s popular show, “Tiny House Hunters.”

Initially, most tiny houses, generally under 500 square feet in size, were designed for a permanent location.

But the desire for mobility — not unlike a travel trailer — led to the construction of tiny homes on wheels, which could be easily moved to different sites.

While most of those moveable houses feature typical construction atop a two-axle trailer frame, creative designers have found other possibilities.

And those alternatives include the conversion of commercial steel shipping containers, which are commonly used in intermodal transportation.

Roger Brul, a Delmarva tiny house entrepreneur, was attracted to the shipping container approach. His company, Tiny House Container, is now converting shipping units into small dwellings, mostly for seasonal use.

The intent is to offer low-cost seasonal dwellings that could be used throughout the region.

“It certainly is a different concept,” Brul said.

Brul, a former helicopter pilot, wanted an inexpensive place to live between helicopter flights out of an airport in Savannah, Georgia.

After buying some land, Brul said “I wanted to put a small structure on it” to live in.

Ultimately, after rejecting the notion of building a small house, he acquired a new shipping container and began the process of converting it into a home.

“I really compared it to a RV (recreational vehicle),” he said.

Though the container — 20 feet long, 8 feet wide — has double doors at one end, Brul wanted more access — and more light — so he cut holes in the side and back for additional points of entry.

The French doors on one side of the container are the primary source of natural light for the interior living space. The double doors also allow access to a deck, which is included.


Not-So-Lonely Wanderer is a charming 202 sq. ft. tiny house (Video)

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Featuring a tall living room and a big kitchen, this tiny dwelling from Canada packs a big personality.

Looks can be deceiving when it comes to designing a small living space, as there is actually an abundance of configurations that are possible in a tiny dwelling. By moving elements around, adding in a sleeping loft and incorporating storage into unexpected places, it’s feasible to have a compact but fully functional home with all the amenities, without the big mortgage attached.

For Lethbridge, Alberta’s Teacup Tiny Homes, their 24-foot-long Not-So-Lonely Wanderer tiny house manages to pack a big living room, kitchen, bathroom, sleeping loft and a set of stairs into a comfortable 202-square-foot package. Clad with three different kinds of siding on its exterior, the Not-So-Lonely Wanderer boasts a bright yellow door as its main entrance on the side.

Stepping inside, the home features a full-height living room that can hold a regular-sized couch — no teeny upholstered bench here (which will no doubt please some tiny house fans). The television seems to be placed in an odd spot that would render it watchable from the kitchen and the sleeping loft, but a little less so from the couch itself.

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Teacup Tiny Homes© Teacup Tiny Homes

The kitchen runs along both sides of the house’s middle zone, and can accommodate a full-size cooking range, and refrigerator. There is a sink, plenty of cabinets, and an interesting eating nook made with a live-edge piece of wood.

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Silicon Valley’s favorite designer created a line of tiny homes that cost just $280,000. Take a look inside.

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  • Designer Yves Béhar has created a new line of prefabricated tiny homes that range from 250 to 1,200 square feet.
  • The designs are being touted as a possible solution to the affordable housing crisis in cities like Los Angeles and San Francisco.
  • The “backyard units” cost around $280,000, but Béhar plan to develop a similar, more affordable model.

Designer Yves Béhar has shepherded along countless products, from laptops and bluetooth headsets to juicers and soda machines. His San Francisco-based design firm, fuseproject, is known for items like SNOO, a robotic bassinet, and Jambox, a speaker that was once seen as America’s favorite.

Throughout his extensive career, Béhar has worked with companies like Prada and befriended celebrities like Kanye West. He’s co-founded a smart-lock company, August, and a co-working space called Canopy in San Francisco. He even has his own permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art.

When Béhar attaches himself to a project, it’s safe to assume that it represents the future of design in one form or another.

It comes as no surprise, then, that his latest venture is a line of prefabricated tiny homes that range from 250 to 1,200 square feet.

The idea was inspired by new laws in California that promote the development of accessory dwelling units (ADUs), or small, secondary units located on a residential property. The most recent legislation, which went into effect in January, reduces parking requirements and allows ADUs to be built in single-family zoning districts.


A tiny house festival is coming to Slidell

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Around 30 microdwellings—including school bus conversions, yurts, vintage campers, caravan wagons, and tiny homes—will descend on Slidell next month for the Louisiana Tiny House Festival. The three-day fest is the first of its kind in Louisiana, according to co-founder John Kernohan, who has produced 10 tiny home festivals nationwide.

“It’s a hodgepodge collection of designs, modalities, and individuals that will be hitting the New Orleans area in two weeks,” Kernohan said in a phone interview.

Attendees can tour the structures and get a tangible sense of just what a 150-square-foot home feels like—which is useful for those who are in the early planning stages of a tiny house build. Perhaps more importantly, attendees can question tiny homeowners about their unique living situations.

People line up to tour tiny houses at one of Kernohan’s tiny house festivals.

“You can talk to the people who live in and built these structures,” said Kernohan, who lives in a 304-square-foot DIY home. “At an RV show, you interact with dealers, but here you can talk to people who live in these structures.”

Luminaries of the tiny house world, including vlogger Yvette Stokes and blogger Jenna Spesard, will present workshops and lectures on topics that range from off-grid living to disaster preparedness. Bucktown Allstars, Circus with a Purpose, and Florida-based fusion rock-reggae band Root of All perform.

“If you’re going to say you’re a festival, you need to be a festival,” Kernohan said.

There will be food and beer for sale, a children’s area, giveaways, and fire performances. The event is a collaboration between nonprofit Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation and the United Tiny House Association. Proceeds benefit Tiny House Festivals, a for-charity organization that has donated $500,000 to more than 60 nonprofits. Admission is $20, but the fee is waived from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, December 7. A complete schedule can be found here.


The Dining Room: Dedicated for eating and not a dumping grounds for paperwork

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The dining room of the home is many times the last-in-line to be decorated and styled. Many think as soon as you select a table and chairs the project is complete, but actually, that is not true. The dining room is the gathering place for family meals and memories and should not be an afterthought or the dumping ground for bills and paperwork. Some homes are designed with a more casual eat-in kitchen dining table and no dining room. For the purpose of this article, we are discussing homes that have a dedicated dining room although some of these rules can also apply to the eat-in kitchen.

Choosing a table and chairs: The first decision is the table and chairs. Selecting a style that flows with the rest of your home is as important as the dining room is usually open to the other public areas of the home. In deciding on the table and chairs, consideration should be given to the size of the room. Guests should be able to freely move around the table when other guests are seated especially when the table isn’t expanded. Many tables have leaves for added length and some are self-storing leaves. Most dining rooms cannot accommodate a fully expanded table for everyday use; plus, you may only expand your table two to three times each year, so most of the “rules” are for the everyday size of the dining table. Just keep in mind the furniture needs to be in proportion to the size of the room.

Storage needs: Next question is do you plan on having storage pieces like a sideboard, buffet or hutch? It is very nice to have storage for silverware, serving pieces, linens, china, etc. I have often seen homeowners struggle with the furniture placement of these types of pieces in the dining room especially if the chandelier was hung in the center of the room. That is because when a hutch or buffet is added, it can shift the center of the dining table to one side making the chandelier off center from the table.

Lighting: Speaking of lighting, most dining rooms will have a chandelier over the table or sometimes two. The lighting of a dining room should be dimmable so to keep ambiance as warm and inviting. The traditional height of a chandelier is 30 inches above the table for an 8-foot ceiling height to the bottom of the fixture, but as with all rules, exceptions can apply. Typically, you would add 3 inches for each additional foot of height. The size of a chandelier should be 12 inches less than the table width for a rule of thumb.

Area rugs: Your choice of an area rug also has an important role. Color, texture, and style will definitely influence the style and design of the room. If the rugs from the living room, entry, or other adjacent areas are visible, the rugs by no means need to match. They just need to coordinate and flow with each other. The dining room rug needs to be two feet wider than the table on each side, or in other words, four feet longer than the length and four feet wider than the width. This allows dining guests’ chairs to remain on the rug without the back legs falling off the edge of the rug.

Walls and windows: Wallpaper is reemerging as a strong accent and the dining room is the perfect room of your home to show off a wow factor. Paired with wainscoting, wallpaper can be the star even in a neutral color palette. Another wow factor to consider in the dining room is custom window treatments. The style of your home will dictate whether luxurious floor-length drapery or a simpler top treatment is in order, but the perfect finishing touch in the dining room is definitely a beautifully crafted window treatment.

So as we enter the holiday season, take a critical look at your dining room to see if it is living up to its potential. Enjoy entertaining by having your dining room attractive and well-designed.