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Nothing makes my heart race more than a good print. In fact, I might even go so far as to say that prints have replaced cushions and candles as my new decor obsession. The latest collection from Blacklist Store, called La Vie Est Belle, was the range that pushed me over the edge.

Running a small business in no walk in the park. But what makes one local brand flourish while others flounder? I asked two lovely ladies whose business is going from strength to strength, and the answer might not be what you'd expect.

I first encountered Sanctuary Boutique Linens at this year’s Life Instyle trade show. Their dynamic Black Skulls & Roses pillow cases - which adorned a bed they’d set up in their stall - caught my eye from miles away.

As I got closer to the stall and realised that they’d paired the pillowcases with a diamond-print flat sheet and equally stunning quilt, I wanted to run in slow motion toward the bed like a scene from a movie, dive in and declare it ‘the one’.