Sunburst

Sunburst

Laura Ashley distressed home decor
$265 – lauraashley.com

Oakwood furniture
$255 – made.com

YOKO
$340 – made.com

Nomad Copper Ceiling Fitting
$125 – next.co.uk

Bathrooms
$110 – worldstores.co.uk

RANARP
$31 – ikea.com

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Blue Lagoon

Blue Lagoon

Alabaster lighting
lampsplus.com

Industrial ceiling light
$340 – wonenmetlef.nl

Industrial lighting
$240 – alexanderandpearl.co.uk

Leftbank Art wall art
blisshomeanddesign.com

Wall art
zgallerie.com

GreenGate rustic home decor
$93 – occa-home.co.uk

Book end
plushpod.com

Glass tea light holder
$33 – conranshop.co.uk

Luxury Hotel Chic….

Luxury Hotel Chic....

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.

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
pinterest.com

cream floral cushion
pinterest.com

Zigzag Rug
pinterest.com

Asterisk shape
polyvore.com

For the Home
pinterest.com

shop
pinterest.com

Pantone
pinterest.com

Sweet Home
pinterest.com

Pantone
pinterest.com

Cool Stuff
pinterest.com

Pantone
pinterest.com

Prettys
pinterest.com

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

Spotlight on….Oliver Bonas

I was waiting for a train at Waterloo recently and decided to explore the new swanky mezzanine level (incidentally, nice and airy and much less crowded). I found myself in Oliver Bonas, a shop I’d been to years ago which hadn’t made much of an impression. Looking around I couldn’t understand why I’d found it so unremarkable before. This time I loved literally every item in there and was in mourning that I was already too overloaded with bags to buy anything other than a card. That is until the rather lovely lady at the till told me that they sell online and have over 30 stores in the UK, yipee!

Anyway, I was too excited to keep it to myself so I’m sharing it with you and hoping you go and share it further as it jolly deserves the success it’s getting. If you’re wondering where all my doe-eyed enthusiasm is coming from, just take a look at this selection of Oliver Bonas beauties to get a taste for it…