I read a lot of design blogs (I’m kinda addicted) and they always have these amazing interiors which I pin and pin and pin but all the sources are always American, which sucks! So I thought I’d start a new feature where I pick a really pretty room and find UK equivalents, yay!
I never know how to describe styles, I mean, it could be something different to someone else but I am going to go ahead and call this Global Eclectic. I love this little nook, it’s so simple but has so many cool elements and textures going on. That couch is adorable, just wanna curl up with my morning cup of tea! Plus, kilim cushions! Still obsessed with them.
one – This little stool is perfect for perching a pretty plant on, it’s small but tall enough to just peek out from behind a sofa.
two – The shape of this mirror definitely gives it a bit of a Morroccan vibe.
three – A gorgeous green with a clean modern shape – dream sofa!
four – A simple little vase from H&M for your pink peonies.
five – How gorgeous is this rustic little stool, looks like it’s about 100 years old.
six, seven, eight, nine – Kilim cushions, I feel like they always add a very global look to an interior, like you’re well travelled. I’ve mentioned my love for them before, still not over it. I found all of these on etsy, there are so many of them just type in kilim cushion and pick your favourites. Obsessed with number nine with that splash of bright pink.
Happy Friday all, have a great weekend. We’re off to Greece for a week! Yay!
I don’t usually make new years resolutions and when I do I don’t stick to them so that’s why I didn’t do a big post on mine this year because then they’re out there and you actually have to stick to them. So I’m just going to quietly mention them now, in April, when no one is expecting it and hope that no one notices. Number one was to start exercising and I’ve kept that one up surprisingly well! Number two was, take better photos for this blog and our shop, I’m still working on it. And lastly, number three was to work on our house which is not exactly a master piece, like I definitely won’t be doing a home tour any time soon. We’ve been in our house for a year and it still looks like we’ve just moved in, most of the rooms are filled with stock and the others are very half heartedly decorated and considering I spend about 23 hours a day at home I just thought it was time I make it look pretty. I’ve start collecting some inspiration images for each room and thought I’d share the process here.
First up the bedroom, the most important part of a bedroom is the bed, it’s in the name. Last year I finally convinced Gary to let me get the bed I’d been pining for for like ever but once it arrived it just didn’t work with the space, which was really disappointing. So if anyone is looking for a gorgeous upholstered bed with a tufted headboard in an oatmeal linen let me know!
After my bed faux pas I thought I probably need to plan a little better and I’ve decided to go with a simpler, more pared down look. The painting on the left is my inspiration, the colours, the mood, I just love everything about it. It’s been sitting in a cupboard for ages waiting to be framed. My colour palette will be made up of lots of white, greys and light blues with a bit of navy and pink and just a little pop of yellow for fun.
I love the moodiness of the top photo but we’re renting so unfortunately there won’t be any dark blue walls just yet. The above photo is so light and airy with the almost exact colour palette I’m going for. Two opposite looks, there is still some indecision clearly.
When you’re going for a calm, simple room with mostly neutral colours I think texture is super important, that’s why I love these stump tables, they’re small and add a bit of nature to the room without being too rustic. Vicky and I picked up a couple of logs from the side of the road a few months ago and we’ve been waiting (impatiently) for them to dry out so that we can turn them into bedside tables!
Textiles are the perfect way to bring in pops of colour, I’ll be adding a pretty throw and a couple (read: loads) of cushions like the one above, gorgeous isn’t it? Lastly, the stump tables aren’t the biggest, just enough space for your phone and a glass of water so wall sconces are a must, I still love these gold ones from designlovefest. Now if only I could find similar ones here in the UK.
I can’t remember the last time I went out on New Years eve, I feel like it’s always such a disappointment, expensive entry, way to many people and trying to get home after is always a nightmare. I much prefer spending the evening with friends at someones house, playing games, eating delicious snacks and dancing the night away plus you don’t have to fight your way to the bar! Here are my New Years Eve Party essentials.
1 – The one night a year you can legitimately wear a tutu! You can be sure mine will be making an appearance! I love this emerald green one from asos.
2 – The other great thing about being home: mixing your own cocktails! This blackberry thyme sparkler looks delicious. Whatever cocktail you mix up, bubbles are a necessity, it is New Years after all.
3 – Ok, this bag can only really be used for this one night but it’s quite possibly the coolest handbag I’ve seen all year!
4 -This sparkly glitter ball headband is a real statement piece and will add a bit of fun to your outfit!
5 – The great thing about wearing heels at a house party, you can take them off! Although, these gorgeous glittery heels are so beautiful I don’t think I’d ever take them off.
6 – What better way to show it’s a party than with balloons! This super easy DIY includes some sparkly confetti too.
7 – Need some more party decorations? This stylish print is fun and sparkly, just like your party should be.
8 – These cute DIY coasters are the perfect place to perch your drinks, they’re so bright and colourful they just scream party time!
9 – To keep you warm while admiring the fireworks: a beautiful faux fur shrug.
10 – And for the morning after? a Fritattaffle, what’s that you ask? It’s a frittata made in a waffle maker so they’re nice and crispy on the outside. Perfect for curing that hangover!
Happy New Year everyone!
If you’ve read our about us page you might have seen that I have a slight cushion ‘obssession’ which is probably why we have about three pages of cushions on our online shop. So I thought I’d start a little series on the blog to share my favourite combinations from our collection.
1 – Eep in Blueberry, so named for the sound these little birdies make.
2 – The thistle cushion is from our very talented designer Jesse B, she block prints ever design by hand.
3 – The bemba block design is a double sided cushion and the backing is a traditional African shwe shwe fabric. (These aren’t available on our shop yet but will be available at our Christmas shows, check our shop for details.)
4 – The cloudbirds cushion is by the very popular skinny laminx and gives a bright pop of colour to the group.
Ok, this isn’t exactly a Halloween party it’s more like an autumn dinner party. I went with a colour palette that’s not your usual Halloween one, sage, navy (my colour of the season) a bit of sparkle and a splash of orange and yellow.
1 – Every dinner party needs some candlelight to set the mood, these copper tealight holders from h&m will make any table look extra special.
2 – These beautiful indigo tie dyed napkins are handmade, each one is different. They’ll add a touch of drama to your table.
3 – Why not try pumpkin mousse in place of pumpkin pie, a perfect seasonal dessert. Tip for making it even better: add a little whiskey to the whipped cream on top.
4 – A twist on the traditional vichyssoise, this recipe uses sweet potato, with a few added spices it’s a real treat and will warm your guests right up!
5 – You’ll need something to serve your delicious soup in and these rustic stoneware bowls are just the trick.
6 – How about making a gorgeous floral centerpiece in a pumpkin to complete your table, the diy for this beauty will be up later this week.
7 – Instead of dressing up how about a little game. Think of a name of any famous (or infamous) person, dead or alive, real or fictional, write it down and pass it to your left, stick the name to your forehead without looking at it and try and guess who you are by asking only yes or no questions. From actors to sports personalities, story book characters and deceased dictators anything goes but for a Halloween twist how about naming only scary departed folks.
8 – So this is a bit of a confession, I generally don’t use table clothes for dinner parties, I like covering my table in kraft paper instead! It looks cool and kind of rustic, it’s fun and interactive because everyone ends up writing on it by the end of the evening and at the end of the night you just crumple it up and throw it away – easy! Another plus, if there’s a red wine spillage (usually me not my guests) it doesn’t ruin a beautiful table cloth. For a bit of a twist I’ve used metallic gold kraft paper to go with the rest of the colour scheme.
9 – This party calls for a warm toastie cocktail, some hot apple cider will work perfectly!
10 – Since I’m claiming this is a Halloween party there has to be something spooky on the table, these skull platters will do nicely for serving your party snacks on.
I usually find Halloween to be a pretty cheesy holiday, we don’t celebrate it in South Africa so i didn’t grow up dressing up and going trick or treating and here in the UK it’s not quite the phenomenon that it is in the USA but any reason to have fun is a good one so I have trawled the web for some cool, not lame Halloween ideas.
1 – I know this isn’t exactly a creepy or ghoulish wreath but there’s something about it that makes me think of Halloween.
2 – Jordan Ferney from Oh Happy Day always has the cutest kids costume ideas. This snail is one of my faves but this year she’s done a whole hipster series, it’s brilliant!
3 – How to make a toffee apple scary, make it look like Snow White’s poison apple, perfect party snack.
4 – These mini pumpkins with teeny tiny exclamations are so cute, I think they’d make cool name place cards on a Halloween table too.
5 – I absolutely love these candied skull cupcakes from the Kitchy Kitchen, they’re so festive and pretty (and not orange and black).
6 – How cute are these embroidered vintage frames, perfect seasonal display, they look pretty easy to recreate and you can use them every year.
7 – More Mexican skulls, they’re so much cooler than regular skulls. This candy tray from A Beautiful Mess is a real work of art.
8 – Such an adorable Halloween costume, who wouldn’t like to look like an ice-cream Sunday!
9 – Ok, I know this one is a little cheesy but it looks pretty awesome right?
10 – Are you throwing a Halloween party? I love the House that Lars Built’s tortured artist party, it’s definitely not a typical Halloween get together. There’s something about those vintage portraits they aren’t super scary but definitely creepy.