$58 – westelm.co.uk
$265 – lauraashley.com
$255 – made.com
$340 – made.com
$125 – next.co.uk
$110 – worldstores.co.uk
$58 – westelm.co.uk
$31 – ikea.com
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!
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!
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!
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.
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…