Wednesday Weakness: Drinks Trollies and 70s Style

Few people will have been able to avoid the retro trend sneaking its way through into popular culture this Spring. The launch of the final season of Mad Men, along with flares and platforms seen on the high-street have brought 70s style back into fashion.

It got me thinking about 70s homeware style, and to be honest the browns, yellows and dark furniture aren't really something I can get behind in a huge way. It looks so fabulous in some homes, but my love of white and lime washed wood prevent me from getting too excited.

However there is one aspect of retro design that I really can get behind, although I must admit they are a little more 50s/60s... the rather wonderful drinks trolley.

As I get older I am really finding myself getting into the drinking in a big way. Not in the jager bomb way, but in the homemade cocktail, lovely, unusual spirits way. Therefore the idea of having a designated drinks trolley is extremely exciting and my latest must-have for my home. I have had a scour around the highstreet and here are some of my favourites. I will be ordering the Swoon Editions version immediately!


  1. Swoon Editions, £199
  2. Ikea, £50
  3. Heal's, £385
  4. Oliver Bonus, £195
  5. Made.com, £129 (also available in blue and wood)
If you want to stay truly authentic, there is a great selection of vintage trollies on Etsy too.

In the spirit of things, I have picked a few inspiring rooms which I found on Pinterest which give a nod to the 70s design aesthetic and not a brown sofa in sight...

The hanging wicker chair - pure 70s retro but still 100% desirable today

70s style furniture still feels modern, especially pared with fresh pastels

The peacock chair - a 70s classic

Although this could be part oft he Mad Men set this season, the fresh tiles and light flooring keep this looking totally up to date

What do you think? Are you a fan of 70s home style?

Hx

For the dog who has everything...

The news that Sofa.com have teamed up with homeware designer Fenella Smith and animal charity Dog's Trust made me immensely happy yesterday morning and when you see the pictures you will understand why...

 
A range of dog beds, in which a proportion of the sale will go to the dogs charity, made in delightful canine inspired fabric, is honestly the stuff of dreams. Fenella Smith has created four charming fabrics for the dog beds; Dachshund, Pug, Labrador or Pheasant which any self professed dog lover should invest in immediately.


 
Launching later this month, the Cecil dog bed is available in two sizes, regular or large, and can also be covered in any of sofa.com’s colourful brushed linen cottons to create a luxurious bed for pampered pups.  Now let's just spend a few moments enjoying these adorable images of this guy...




H x

Easter in Paris

Morning all - hope you had a wonderful long Easter break. I was lucky enough to visit Paris over the long weekend. Such a beautiful, inspiring city. Here are some of my favourite moments from the trip...






A must see if you go to Paris - the Le Puces flea market. Persevere through the fake Nike trainers and you find a gem of a market, full or original art, vintage clothes and collectables 



The Louvre is my favourite museum. Avoid the crowds fighting to see the Mona Lisa and visit the sculpture gallery in the conservatoire - my favourite place in Paris.
H x