Mid-century

The mid-century style seems to be really in at the moment. I think perhaps because it gives a slightly more masculine break from all the vintage floral and the clean lines are pretty practical and sit with modern items easily . I really love this Sanderson ‘Dandelion clocks’ pattern and although I wouldn’t cover the walls in it, I would like a splash of it somewhere. The moodboard was just what I was feeling tonight but perhaps a little extreme for most of us who would prefer a subtle mid-century influence as opposed to full-on fifties!

Mid-century

Light and Bright Hallway

I’m back!!!You probably noticed my exceptionally long absence from the blogosphere. So sorry, things have been M.A.N.I.C around here! First Christmas, then a lovely skiing trip, being thrown headlong back into work and finally, a house hunt. That’s right, it’s finally happened- I’m moving out! We’ve found a lovely little house in London and we move on the 1st March. I’m so excited and, as you can imagine, having a ball buying stuff for the place.

Anyway, with the apologies over, here is something I put together on Polyvore. Unfortunately our new place isn’t big enough to have a proper hallway but if it did, this is what I’d want it to looklight and bright like this one.

Craving a sunburst mirror but as we’re renting and have limited options when it comes to hanging stuff on the walls, so that’ll have to wait. I’m sure I’ll manage to sneak in a tripod lamp or two though- they’re my absolute favourite at the moment.

Watch this space for more on the move and the decorative choices involved!

Neutral Hallway

Home trends: Modern Ethnic

The second home trend in this mini series, I’m tackling is modern ethnic. As you know, I spent a month in India earlier this year and I completely fell in love with everything about it- including the decor. It’s not just Indian food that’s spicy- everything has so much vibrance and colour. When I was there I visited palaces with gorgeous paintings and jewel encrusted walls. Whilst stunning, these are a bit much (and a bit costly!) for every day life. This season’s trend is more for a modern, pared down look but keeping pops of colour (perfect to remind you of an Indian summer and warm you up when it’s so darn cold outside).

All images can be found on my Ethnic pinterest board!

Home trends: Retro Industrial

Bus blinds, Typewriters and Ampersands

Is it just me or is it COLD? Autumn has really made its self known and my thoughts have followed it accordingly. This is the first of several posts I’m going to write on the key home trends of this (chilly) season. Everywhere I look there are metal cabinets and battered wood pieces of furniture, utilitarian lighting and wire accessories. And I don’t care because I love retro industrial. I surprised my self a bit with this as I’m usually a complete girly girl. Even I need a break from florals every once in a while….

The three things that really epitomise this trend for me are bus blinds, typewriters and ampersands. They’re definitely in vogue at the moment and deservedly so. The bus blind signs are another addition to my true love: monochrome wall art. Obviously, I went straight out and bought one (albeit a more purse-friendly poster version) but its currently sat in a dusty corner of my room awaiting more wall space and a sturdy black frame to boot.

The ampersand is a strange one. It’s been loitering at the top of our keyboards for yonks without the slightest bit of attention. But once typography really became trendy it was recognised as by far the most elegant of symbols we have. I recently bought an entire hand stamping kit, I’m not going to lie, almost exclusively for the ampersand- it just looks so darn cool. Plus, how awesome is the ampersand board?! I wish I knew where it was from.

Finally, typewriters. Need I say more? We all want to go back to an age when typing wasn’t so mundane and tipex was the only way to correct the inevitable typos. Typewriters come in all ages, shapes and sizes but like all industrial home accessories, they appeal because they are also functional; they can be used as well as looked at.

And just to show you can be industrial and girly….(phew!)….

For more retro industrial ideas visit my pinterest board, where all of these can be found: bus blinds, typewriters and ampersands.

An unhealthy addiction…

As you know, I’m itching to moveout. I’ve spent the last week searching for flatmates which has lead to an unhealthy addiction: rental websites. I now seem to spend every spare minute on them! There’s rightmove, where you look for places to buy/rent and easyroomate.com and spareroom.co.uk where you look for rooms to rent in already occupied flats.

Rightmove is awesome cos you can create you’re own custom search areas by drawing them and specify loads of things, like how far away from the station it is etc. I also love using it to check out the gorgeous multi-million pound houses and add their contents to my plan for the future- ha, I should be so lucky! Homes show a lot about the people who live in them and one thing I’ve really picked up on is that you can guess at people’s personalities by how they decorate their homes.

Spareroom and easyroomate also bring this out in me. I’ve found that I partially base my judgement of whether flatshares would be my cup of tea on how they’ve decorated their rooms. I guess it shows a lot about what you consider important (cleanliness would be top of my list!) and what you hold dear. Equally, I’m sure people are judging me. When you sign up to these sites, you create a profile saying a bit about yourself- I did not anticipate how hard it is to sum yourself up  and try and get people to like you in a couple of sentences!

The sites are great as they allow me to be picky- you search for people that you would like to live with (based on age, gender, location, profession etc) and you get results that match your preferences. The best (and most addictive) thing is that they send you updates every time a new room match is listed. This means I receive about 10 emails a day!

I think part of the problem is that I haven’t made any actual definite decisions yet, meaning that the options are endless. Do I live in the more expensive but nicer place or the cheaper place that will leave me more money for socialising? Do I live with people who seem more like-minded or in the place closer to the station? Do I live nearer to London for the weekends or closer to work for the commute in the week. Whilst this is all very exciting, it does get rather time consuming!

Pretty in Pink moodboard

Quickly following on from my last moodboard,( in fact quicker than i’d like- Polyvore automatically blogs your collages if you don’t stop it, my bad ) this is my girly bedroom moodboard. Although I’d like the ‘public’ spaces of my house to be more grown up, I can’t help but love unrestrained girliness when it comes to my bedroom. That, and the fact that my current bedroom is predominantly pink, means I’ll be most likely sticking with it when I get my own place. The boyfriend will not be thrilled (“why are 90% of the things you own floral?!?”).
Anyway, here are selection of pink pieces (again from Pinterest on Polyvore- loving the Ps today), enjoy girls! Especially want that shell inlaid bedside table, although I suspect it is WAY above my pay grade!
pretty in pink

Girly bedroom
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cream floral cushion
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Zigzag Rug
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Asterisk shape
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For the Home
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shop
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Pantone
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Sweet Home
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Pantone
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Cool Stuff
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Pantone
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Prettys
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Duck Egg Blue moodboard

As some of you might know, I’m really keen to move out soon. Recently I’ve been having a think about what sort of interior design I’ll want in my new place so that I can try and channel my over the top shopping towards things I’ll actually use.
Polyvore have a great collage tool which is pretty nifty for making moodboards. You just download the ‘clip to Polyvore’ toolbar icon and then you can save any pics you like (just like Pinterest in that respect, and as you can see, I get pretty much all of my images from pinterest- there’s so much I love).  Images without background tend to work best but you can always custom crop them later. When you’ve got a selection of items you can arrange them however you want in the ‘create’ section of Polyvore. Genius really, and so simple to use. For more tips, I found House Tweaking‘s recent blog posts on ‘Making of a mood board’ extremely helpful and easy to understand.
Here’s my moodboard for my future living room. I’m set on plenty of Duck Egg blue and neutrals to balance it out. I want it to be a completely relaxing space that is light but also cosy in the inevitable long British winters.
Duck Egg Blue

10 ways to display your photos

I’m a bit of a happy snapper and nowadays with digital photography, we can take thousands of pictures without having to worry about storage space or developing costs. If like me you actually end up paying to have many of these photos printed, you’ll find yourself at a loss for what to do with all those precious keepsakes.

There’s only ever so many surfaces that can take my large number of photo frames so I’ve been scanning the web for ideas of what to do with my vast collection.

Here are 10 of the best solutions I found:

1. This gigantic frame found on Shelterness would certainly take a lot of my loose photos!

2. Absolutely gorgeous photo wall also found on Shelterness. No idea how they do it but I want it!

3. Very cute and practical organised display via pinterest

4. Another beautiful large frame seen on pinterest

5. Lovely use of an old wooden pallet seen on Shelterness

6. My favourite: Photo table runner spotted on the Ruffled blog

7. Sweet washing-line photo display from Shelterness

8. Grown-up photo display from Shelterness

9. Super cute washing-board photo frames from amylucy

10. Brilliant idea! Snowglobe-esque mason jar display from A Beautiful Mess

Now, that should be enough to get your creative juices flowing and your fingers itching to do something with all those boxes and albums of precious memories that have until now been gathering dust.

I’d love to see your favourite photo displays too!

Pottery Barn crosses the pond

Pottery Barn has been a long standing favourite with the yanks and I have looked on jealously whilst other US bloggers showcase their pottery barn spoils.
But, no more! Pottery Barn is now delivering to the UK and other countries. It’s taking all of my self restraint to not buy everything on the website. Delivery costs aren’t bad either although you’ll still have to contend with customs. Here are my favourite pieces. Love, love, LOVE the cubby storage unit.

Chevrons: pretty in pink

Chevron patterns are everywhere at the moment and I’m loving them. They make for really striking accents in a room and can pop with colour. I love the pattern in pink as it’s pretty but bold at the same time. I’m really tempted by the cushion below but have a policy of making not buying when it comes to cushions. Armed with a sewing machine they’re so easy it seems silly to buy the things. I’m yet to find any good pink chevron fabric though so I may have to make an exception…