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WHEN I think of a gypsy caravan I think of Rita Hayworth in The Loves Of Carmen... off-the-shoulder tops, swishing skirts around a campfire and a caravan full of throws, beads, scarves and flowers, all in glorious technicolour.

This is a look for the romantic in you but it's also a style that you could use in any kind of home. CARMEN nRita Hayworth A cosy little cottage will love a floral quilt tossed here or a spangly lampshade there.

But you can also soften the hard edges of a modern space by adding something shaggy and colourful.

Jazz up a polished concrete floor with a knotted rug or harness your inner Gypsy Rose Lee by tossing a red scarf over a headboard to add a little va-va-voom to your bedroom.

Medbourne corner sofa in Malva silver, PS1999, cushions, from PS15, multi-spot throw, PS35, Sapporo coffee table in white, PS79, and side table in white, PS49, Boho owl table lamp, PS49.50, seeded glass bottle, PS15, Boho floral rug, PS75, Sapporo hand painted jug, PS35, ceramic owl vase, PS15, curtains, from PS55, There's No Place Like Home wall art, PS15, Home letters, PS19.50, Glenham shelving unit, PS299, all M&S A blood-red sofa is perfect for bringing a look like this together. Add candlesticks, cushions and different sized picture frames, bought from charity shops, to create a folksy, eclectic look. Katie loveseat, PS599, cushions from PS16, gold candlesticks, from PS18, oval ornate frame, PS10, rectangle ornate frame, PS10, peacock frame, PS12, matt gold candle holder, PS6, jewel lantern, from PS14, metallic flat-based candle holders, PS1.50 each, lustre glass candle holder, PS16, all Cargo.

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all Go all-out on gypsy glamour with this fabulous lampshade - the multi-coloured beading reminds me of Rita's necklaces in the film. Perfect in a cosy, cluttered room or as a statement piece in a more contemporary space. Gypsy chandelier lampshade, PS80, The Contemporary Home Romance in technicolour colours Bring your bedroom to life with a variety of colours, patterns and textures, then set the mood with flickering candles... Cotton king bedstead, PS499, Serenity king duvet set, PS90, cushions, from PS30, Serenity bedspread, PS100, all Linea by Collier Campbell at House of Fraser Folk art The designs on these accessories remind me of hand-painted houseboats and proper wooden gypsy caravans.

Decorative wall plates, PS22 for set of two, Isme Hand-painted jug, PS35, M&S 3 of the best..

patchwork accessories


CARMEN nRita Hayworth

Colette candle holder in red, PS50, Berry Red

Ceramic tea cup and saucer, PS9.99, Mollie & Fred PATCHWORK Z floor cushion, PS75, Jasmine Way

J SET OF SIX patchwork bird decorations, PS12.95, Dotcomgiftshop

WARM AS TOAST J patchwork bedspread, PS90, BHS (available September)
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Aug 17, 2013
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