Swoon for Michelle Mason and Claire Gaudion

Happy Monday all. I don't know about you, but today really feels like the beginning of Spring. The sun is shining, there are blue skies and now the clocks have gone forward, I might actually see some daylight both sides of my commute. To celebrate, I wanted to share two gorgeous new pieces of furniture I am drooling over from a new range of designer collaborations from Swoon Editions.

Designer and creator of bold, iconic prints, Michelle Mason has teamed up with the brand to re-imagine the brand's Benny Ottoman in a bold blue textile which would be perfect in any lounge, and will be available from 13th April.

Textile designer Claire Gaudion's incredibly eye catching remodel of Swoon's Carnaby chair is one of my absolute favourite pieces from the whole Swoon range. The colours and geometric pattern perfectly compliment the mid-century design of the chair perfectly. I might just be first in line to but this treasure when it launches on 20th April.

More collaborations are due to launch in the coming months and by the looks of things, it is certainly going to be a collection to watch out for.

What do you think/


Getting Creative with Jam Jars

Like many people planning a wedding, I am starting to get a little crafty when it comes to decorating our venue. Regular readers will know that Peter has been diligently making 1000 origami cranes (he is currently on 400 with just under 4 months to go FYI. The pressure is on...) so I wanted to get my hands dirty and do something creative myself...

Thanks to some very dedicated jar collectors in my family, we are starting to get a strong collection to hold our flower decorations, but I wanted to make them a little special and to tie in with the theme. After a dig around our cellar, I found an assortment of old emulsion paint and used them to decorate the inside of the jars, giving them colourful bases. Really pleased with how they turned out and should look lovely with some beautiful blooms come the summer...

Just dribble some emulsion in the jar and slowly swill it round the base, as high up as you want to go
After a little look around Pinterest, I have found a few other ideas to get jam jars looking a little more fun and here are some of my favourites...

I love this and will definitely be trying it. Old wrapping paper or wallpaper is stick using PVA glue round the outside of the jars - so easy and look adorable

Get creative with tipex or try permanent markers, which come in all sorts of colours. I think the white is particularly effective though

Similar to what I did, but painted all the way up in pretty pastel shades - lovely for the home

Beautiful and so simple. Would make a great table centre pieces

What do you think?


Look of the Week

Happy Friday all! This Friday is not just any other Friday... not only is there an sonar eclipse this morning, but it is also my birthday (that must mean something cosmically surely - good omen do we think?) so I think we will celebrate with a Look of the Week.

Today I am enjoying a lazy morning in bed so it only seems right that I should feature a bedroom as today's pick. So here it is, followed by some ideas on how to create the look yourself from around the high street... enjoy!

Some things I love about this room include the gorgeous ethnic style cushions, the exposed brickwork and the amazing bobble throw, not to mention the white floorboards and natural wood - its a combination which never fails to make me swoon. After a scour of some of my favourite home ware retailers, here are my picks...

1. Bobble throw, £69 - Marks and Spencer
2, Wire lamp, £40 - Habitat
3, 4, 5, Cushions from £40 - House of Rym
6, Ladder rail, £90 - Garden Trading 
7. Rug, £30 - Urban Outfitters
8. Rope bench, £79.99 - Zara Home

Any favourites?

Have a fab weekend all!

H x

Swoon Editions: Soho Pop-up

A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to have a snoop around Swoon Editions' first pop-up shop in Soho. I have been a big fan of the online retailer for a while now, often browsing the site at lunchtime planning a fantasy new scheme for my lounge. However, seeing the products first hand, in the flesh, really brought home the quality and artisan nature of them which I have to say was very impressive.

The collection seems to have something to offer everyone, from the shabby chic French-styled pieces to the Scandinavian inspired chevron rugs and mid-century inspired side tables. Particular favourites of mine include the Karla armchair, the Joey bar stool and the Shimla quilt (in fact I may have to put an order in right now for that one!).

The soft furnishings or 'Accents' as they are called on the site are gorgeous - a real highlight for me

The quality really stands out and this sofa, retails at just £549 which is incredibly good value

The showroom featured beautiful postcards of the entire range

Each product has an ethical background with Swoon working directly with artisans from various parts of Asia

Love the boudoir vibe of this chair - perfect for a bedroom and costs just £299
If you are looking for a new sofa, armchair, desk or rug I would really recommend checking them out. Such great value for the high quality you get, and also so assuring to know exactly where the products in your home come from. There aren't that many retailers out there who can offer great value whilst remaining true to their values so big love from me to Swoon.


Trend Alert: Black Metro Tiles

Happy Monday all! I thought I'd kick off this week with a trend that I have noticed cropping up in interiors mags... black metro tiles.

White metro tiles have been at the centre of many a kitchen and bathroom scheme for many years now, and to me they still seem  to be the best option to achieve that easy, industrial chic look. But, as a huge fan of monochrome schemes and dark, moody interiors, black metro tiles were always going to be a big hit with me and I may even prefer them to white now - there is just something quite glam about them.

Here are some ways I think they work particularly well...

 The dark, rich colour means they are perfect to help great accessories stand out. Gold and copper light fittings, taps and shower fixings look particularly good against the tiles, as do light coloured wooden work surfaces.

They also act as a great way to experiment with colour and pattern in a new, bold way. I love the pops of yellow in this downstairs bathroom and the contrasting House of Hackney wallpaper on the right also looks fantastic against the dark, shiny tiles, Neither would have looked as amazing with the lowly white version.

What do you think? Could you be converted?

H x

Wallpaper Love: House of Hackney

I am a huge fan of a quirky print and there is no-one that does it better than House of Hackney. Based in Shoreditch, they offer amazing fabrics and wallpapers, perfect to reupholster a sorry looking sofa, or to freshen up a dreary hallway.

Along with the classic palm prints which lots of people will recognise, they have a really well thought out range which really does cater for all tastes, Here are my top picks from their current range, with some styling ideas from me...

Look 1 - Tarovine Wallpaper in Midnight / Green

Chest of drawers, cushion and artificial plant, all Ikea. Rattan chair from Habitat and lamp from Made.com

Look 2 - Peoneden in Chinois Green

Cushion and ceramic pot, H&M, throw and cooking pot from Toast and chest from Swoon Editions

Look 3 - London Rose in China Blue

Lights from Made.com, chopping board form Jamie Oliver, black metro tiles from B&Q, bench from Habitat and enamel mug from H&M

What do you think? Which is your favourite?

H x

Storage Wars

This weekend I have been having a fairly pre-mature Spring clean of the flat, with a big focus on storage. Living in a one bedroom flat means you need to be pretty savvy and organised when it comes to storage and I don't know that I have been quite as practical in my furniture and design choices as I could have been. For example, I decided not to have wall units in my kitchen to get it feeling spacious and light, however I basically just halved the amount of space to store glasses, mugs, plates, jugs, Martini glasses (and all the other fairly unessential kitchen paraphernalia I tend to buy).

So today's post is all about my favourite storage solutions which I intend to explore for my home. So here is some inspiration...

Although in many ways this bedroom storage is completely impractical (when does anyone's wardrobe look that neat and coordinated?!), the high shelving is a great idea. Fill with wicker baskets to create a home for accessories such as scarves and belts and fold up warm throws in the summer.

 As more people chose to live 'open-plan', using storage to divide rooms is a great way to create living 'zones', whilst also creating some practical storage for things like books and DVDs. Also a great place to display your favourite nick-knacks. Sit a low-level storage unit behind a sofa to nail the look.

Unusual shelving units can not only be really useful when it comes to storage, but they can also make an impact in the right spot. Homebase have a great range which you can view here.

Narrow hallways can feel really cramped with coats and jackets hung-up on hooks, but thin, wall-hung units are amazing to stash away shoes and bags.

The space under the stairs, is prime storage gold. I love that this one has become an office but you could also turn it into a downstairs toilet or simply a place to stash vacuum cleaners, ironing boards and suitcases. Either way, think about how to make the most of the space.

What do you think? Have you started to think about your Spring clean yet? 

H x