How to plan the perfect VE Day party at home

Lynne M. Centeno

On Friday 8 May, the UK will mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day, otherwise known as “Victory in Europe Day”, which commemorates the day towards the end of the Second World War when fighting against Nazi Germany in Europe came to an end.

In recognition of this momentous historical event, the early May Day bank holiday has been moved from 1 to 8 May this year so lots of people will have the day off work on Friday to celebrate.

But unlike normal bank holiday dates, the UK will be forced to celebrate the occasion in lockdown.

This means many of us will have to forgo the usual street parties associated with VE Day celebrations as the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, who lead on these events, has said: “Our messaging on VE Day is clear that people should celebrate at home so there should

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40+ Ways to Make Your Home Pinterest Perfect

Lynne M. Centeno

Go for the Gold

Buh-bye brushed nickel and patinated bronze, glittering gold is taking center stage. From lighting fixtures to gilded furniture, this hot hue has taken the design world by storm. Even a few small touches — like swapping out kitchen cabinet hardware or working in a few gleaming accessories will give your home an on-trend update.  

Rock a Collected-Over-Time Look

While trends in collectibles may vary, antiques are perennially in-fashion in interior design. So pick something you love — tea cups, stamps or, in the case of this home, handblown demijohns and wooden shoe forms — then dispay the pieces en masse as a collection. 

Color Your World

Goodbye greige, designers have fallen back in love with color. But, like anything, too much of a good thing can be, well, too much. To create a pleasing palette, take a cue from designer Tobi Fairley and limit your main

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“Perfect timing for your parents. Stay home!”

Lynne M. Centeno

This week, some readers are envious of architect Timothee Mercier’s parents after he converted an unused farm building in France into a new home for them.

French fancy: architect Timothee Mercier of Studio XM has converted a ruined farm building in France into an “intimate refuge” for his parents, sparking debate amongst commenters.

“It’s not quite finished though is it?” joked JB. “Those stone walls need to be smooth rendered and painted white. The furniture and cabinetry also needs to be white. Everything needs to be white.”

Arch was also aware of the amount of white used: “A very nicely done refurbishment. The window opening so very closely above that white seating cushion is not practical though.”

“Very nice, I like this,” praised Le Canal Hertzien. “And perfect timing for your parents. Stay home!”

Aigoual was also a fan: “There is everything one needs in this

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