My QVC with Alison Davidson from Woman & Home

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Alison Davidson HeadshotTo celebrate our 20th anniversary, we’ve asked a range of presenters, celebrity guests, stylists and bloggers what their top QVC picks are.

Now it’s Woman & Home magazine’s Features Editor, Alison Davidson’s turn!

Alison shops with QVC for the useful reviews and descriptions, wide choice of products and ease of searching online. She says “I like the fact there could be something for £20 and something for £1000 on the same page.”

The journalist knows a thing or two about decorating with style, always creating fashionable decorating pages and finding the latest trends for the magazine.

Alison’s top home decor tips

Most importantly: “Spend money where it counts.” When choosing accessories and home furnishings, Alison advises to choose good quality brands so they last well – especially for large pieces like sofas, beds or armchairs.


Plus, “Do your research, either online or by visiting favourite shops, to see what’s available and what the latest trends are. If you want to brighten up an existing room, but don’t want to decorate, add new accessories in an accent colour, such as lamps, a rug and cushions, to liven it up and bring the room up to date.”  

Find out what kind of pieces you find comfortable. “There’s nothing worse than an uncomfortable sofa or bed, you won’t be able to relax, so choose carefully and try them out before you buy.” Don’t be afraid to play around with ideas either. Alison recommends collecting any designs or colours you like from magazines to create a mood board. “This will give you an idea of how colours, furniture and accessories work together.”

Colour-wise, it’s best to keep it simple. “Always work with 3 colours for a balanced scheme. It’s a good idea to start with a neutral scheme and add colour with the accessories. Then if you want to add more colour later on, perhaps paint the walls or add a feature wall with wallpaper.”

And what about when you’re nervous about trying out a new colour you’re unsure about? “Buy something small, such as an inexpensive cushion, to see if it will work in your existing room before committing to a whole scheme.”

You can be clever with how you decorate your room and make the most of the space you have. “Create a focal point in the room, usually a fireplace, and arrange furniture around it. If you don’t have a fireplace, group furniture around a coffee table for a sociable area.”

Alison’s top QVC picks 

Kelly Hoppen pussy willow round vase - 832938

Pussy Willow in rounded glass vase
“I love round vases, I think they are more forgiving somehow if you are a novice flower arranger and the blooms always look more interesting. This one already has pussy willow wound around inside, a favourite of mine, so it makes a simple but striking arrangement.”

 

 

 

Anna Griffin design kit - 503499Anna Griffin Eleanor Designer Kit
“I have been making things with paper and creating mood boards for years, so this is right up my street. I love the vintage feel of the individual pieces and I can add bits and pieces from my huge collection of vintage trimmings to make something really individual.”

 

 

 

 

NH Supercheck bolster - 802106

N-Home Supercheck bolster
“I always think there is something lovely about a bolster, it reminds me of times past and is a great addition when you are dressing a bed. It’s always good to have a variety of shapes to add interest and this print is a subtle colour in a timeless print.”

 

 

Cooks essential egg cooker and steamer - 800985cook’s essentials egg cooker and steamer
“I do love an egg! And this cooker and steamer is ideal for boiled eggs for a quick supper, poached eggs for breakfast or steamed eggs for other dishes, it’s so easy to use too.”

 

 

 

Peony Phalaenopsis Orchid Faux Flowers with Spray  - 701825

Peony Phalaenopsis orchid faux flowers with spray
“Orchids are timeless and I love to have them around the house,  but I do have a habit of killing them! So this faux, maintenance-free one is ideal. Place them on windowsills, in the bathroom, in the sitting room and dining room, spritz with the orchid-scented spray and enjoy.”

 

 

 

 

 

Home by Marlo Lorenz cushion - 801699

Home by Marlo Lorenz Clarabelle Cushion
“This pretty cushion in aqua and coral is bang on trend with its design of trailing leaves overlaid with small birds, perfect for a splash of colour in a neutral sitting room. It’s a cotton cover with a luxury feather pad insert.”

 

 

 

 

 

Cook's aluminium hob grill and griddle - 801954

cook’s essentials Aluminium Hob Cooking Grill & Griddle
“This is a great accessory to your hob to sear and grill food. I also use mine on the barbeque all year round, and it’s easy to take off and wash separately. It has stay-cool silicone handles and a great pouring spout to drain off fat for healthier cooking.”

 

 

Decorative Lanterns - 701074

Set of 2 Decorative Lanterns with LED T Lights
“The set of stylish Moroccan-style lanterns are a great addition to your home. With their filigree cut-out detail and perforated lid, they can be used indoor or out and come with an LED T-light.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ninja mini chopper - 801581

Ninja 200W Mini Chopper With 2 Stackable Prep Bowls
“If, like me, your eyes stream when you are cutting onions and the idea of chopping masses of vegetables puts you off, this funky little chopper is great. You can chop, grind and puree ingredients. You just put the blade in one of the 2 bowls, place the pod over the container and press the button!”

 

 

Kelly Hoppen rose quilted throw - 832576

Kelly Hoppen Faux Silk Rose Design Quilted Throw
“This quilted throw reminds me of old fashioned eiderdowns. I love the faded colour of it and the all-over rose design gives it a nostalgic feel. It makes a great lightweight layer of warmth on the bed and is great for adding a stylish touch to a bedroom.”

 

 

 

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