Visual optimism


It’s Friday, thank god. It has been a long and stressful week at work so I needed something to cheer me up. And what better than these vibrant (and philosophical) Matthew Kavan Brooks prints? They definitely put a smile on my face. You can order them and others from Society 6 (even bigger smile) , now I just need to decide which one….

Shoe storage = sanity

So I’ve always been terrible with clutter. I never know how I manage to accumulate so much stuff!

One of my biggest problems is shoes, I have them left, right and centre in any space available and it’s driving me crazy. I can never find a complete pair when I want them.

So, when I saw these amazing shoe organisers when browsing hipgirlie they went straight on my wishlist. I’m now hell-bent on finding the perfect multi-functional piece of furniture to store my shoes and ensure my continued sanity!

DIY French bedside table

After a couple of months searching high and low for a bedside table, I decided there was no way I could afford one that I wanted and no way I wanted one of the ones I could afford!

So, being intrepid DIY-er, I decided to craft my way to the perfect item of bedroom storage.


I found a sturdy but hideously orange-y varnished pine bedside table in a local charity shop for £20. I went and bought a random shade of cream paint (out of like 20 options- who knew cream was so complex?) and some beautiful knobs to replace the originals.

After laying down some newspaper and gathering my tools (sandpaper and block, paintbrush…), I got to work. Here’s how I did it.

  1. Remove drawers and unscrew knobs.
  2. Sand the whole cabinet roughly – it doesn’t have to be perfect (this a whole lot more dusty than you think- be warned).
  3. Wipe every surface with a damp cloth to remove dust and leave to dry.
  4. Paint all visible surfaces with a thin layer of paint. I left the inside of the cabinet and drawers in/as plain wood because I liked the contrast and well, it’s easier.Leave to dry- a couple of hours should be enough.
  5. Paint a second coat on.
  6. Leave to dry overnight.
  7. Screw in new knobs.

Hey presto, a French-style piece of furniture for a fraction of the price!