Monochrome Monday

I have a secret - I am completely freaked out by colour. When it comes to clothes, make up, interiors etc I just don't get it. I love it on other people and often window shop with the view to push myself toward something brighter, something more daring, something less monochrome. But the truth is its just not me and those experiments always end up on ebay.

Inspired by Haim's style at Glastonbury this weekend, which I am currently obsessed with replicating (white white white), here is a celebration of all things colourless with a round up of some of my favorite interiors and how to replicate them.

Black and white can be harsh so add some texture and natural materials to ensure it doesn't feel too clinical

Stripped floorboards, white walls and directional furniture - honestly my favourite thing ever

Even if colour isn't your thing, its easy to add interest with pattern. Think big geometric patterns to achieve the Scandinavian look and compliment with accents of copper and green plants to add a fresh warmth

I love this for a nursery - who says it either needs to be blue of pink? Love the quirky accents to stop it feeling too serious and cold 

On the highstreet

Here are some great monochrome products I found on the high street to help recreate the look at home...

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What do you think? Could you live in black and white or do you prefer things a little more colourful?

Glamping at Glastonbury

 Its that time of year again as thousands of people descent on Worthy Farm for the greatest festival in the country, maybe even the world. Tragically I couldn't get a ticket this year - something which makes all of the Glastonbury coverage extremely difficult to watch -  so instead I thought I would share some pictures of the more glamorous side of the festival so we can all start saving up for next year and remember that camping is actually pretty miserable unless you put a bit of 'glam' into it...

Camp Kerala
Camp Kerala is just available at Glastonbury and offers incredibly beautiful accommodation at the festival

An example of one of the tents available at Camp Kerala complete with shag-pile rug and guest dressing gowns 

Sshh Yurts are available at loads of festivals around the world and they offer incredible spaces to stay. No prices on the website but I think we can safely assume it ain't cheap

A photograph of one of their pop-up cocktail bars which feature on site to cater for the neighboring yurts

The Sshh yurts offer a very opulent decor. Not sure its exactly to my tatse but it probably still beats a soggy pop-up 2 man from Tesco

The Pop-Up Hotel

The Pop-up Hotel is one of the most fancy options at Glastonbury with luxury 'hotel' rooms to hire including fully functioning bathrooms, sofas and boutique interiors. I love the light and bright decor

Even the more modest options are gorgeous. These are also available for private hire if you are planning a wedding or special party

What do you think? Would you be tempted to splurge on a luxury tent at Glasto or do you think it goes against everything that's great about a muddy British festival? Either way who is coming to Glastonbury with me next year??

Amazing refurb project in Homerton

Although I am still working out what this blog is exactly, as part of it I really want to feature real homes and interiors which I love. Not just those spangly show homes and glossy apartments owned by interior designers, artists and uber swanky creative types which you see on Pintrest. Don't get me wrong I LOVE looking at them as well but sometimes you just want to see things that you can actually try yourself.

So today I would like to share with you a home created by an old pal of mine, Chris Taylor who has thrown blood, sweat and tears into his new flat, completely transforming it into a gorgeous home. Scroll through the pictures below to see what he has done (the image at the bottom shows exactly just how far he has come!)

What do you think? You can just tell that so much thought and attention has been given to make this a really quality space with the thoughtful details and classic styling. It has a definite scandi vibe whilst still remaining very British which is an aesthetic I can definitely relate to.

Are you working through your own refurb at the moment? If so I would love to see how you are getting on!

Summer Sales: Edit

Every year I do this - I completely forget that the summer sales start in mid June and I never have any money left to enjoy them. Must do better. BUT it is payday in two days time so here is my edit of some serious coveted buys in the sales now.

I am always partial to a spot of re-upholstery so am forever on the look out for new fabrics. This one from Liberty would make some pretty fabulous cushions   

I'm not really one for heels but there is something about these which I am completely in love with. Buy these from Topshop and get almost 50% off

Sophie Webster can do no wrong at the moment and this clutch has been spotted on many a celeb. Grab a bargain at TheOutnet - it has 55% off

Its summer and who doesn't want to sit in their sunny garden / pokey yard? Swoon Editions have this beaut on sale at £169 

Vases vases everywhere. I'm obsessed. If you need some (or even if you don't , like me) Try Habitat for millions of the things all between 30-50% off

What will you be buying in the sale this summer? Anything I should know about - I would hate to miss out x

Cacti Cool

When the sun comes out, like it did today, I immediately want to cover my flat in flowers and plants to brighten the place up and get that summery feeling inside (I live in a Victorian terrace so the actual sun doesn't make much of an appearance, ever.). But I am lazy. And not very nurturing. So the flowers often die and I don't usually end up throwing them away until they start to become furry at the bottom and there is a weird smell wafting from the vase.

SO my new favourite thing is the wonderful cactus. Or cacti if you want to discuss more than one. Which of course we do because cacti are amazing! The weird shapes, the amazing colours of green and most importantly, the fact that they basically don't die which means they last more than five minutes in my house. Here are some I bought this weekend and put on my once dreary mantelpiece. These are from Ikea along with the white vases but there are loads of snazzy cute versions all over the place. Check out some inspiration below!

The beginning of a wonderful relationship between me and spiky cacti

These incredible ceramics are by Atelier Stella London. Looks like they are sold out but you can click here to be notified when they are available again

I spotted this on Sensational Suculents Pintrest page - just love the different shades of green against the ceramic pots

What do you think? Are you going to give cacti a try or are you more for a full bloom??