Trend Alert: Green is the new grey

Firstly a huge apology for my absence over the last few weeks - apparently organising a wedding and a house move at the same time is actually quite hectic and stressful. Who would have thought!? So I have been swamped with very boring things, but I am back and promise to be a better blogger from now on... (gulp).

Anyway today I thought I would drop some inspiration which has really got me thinking about how I am going to decorate our new house when we finally move in (expect lots of renovation posts over the next few months/YEARS - it's a real project). My default decorating setting is grey, grey grey. I love it, especially if it comes in a Farrow & Ball tin and has the word 'Pavilion' in the title. But my obsession with Pinterest has got me going green.

I love grey because its like a neutral to me, but the more I look at green the more I am seeing it that way too. It can be cosy, dramatic, fresh and zingy and looks fabulous in the Scandi inspired homes I love. It just seems to make things pop in the same way grey does, but its just a bit more exciting and fresh and change is good for you, right? I think I might just be converted, and after looking at these gorgeous rooms, you might be too...

I love the softness of this green - it just looks so dreamy against the crumpled linen and white marble

I think 5 years ago this wall would have been grey - it sits so well in the scheme even though there is only one green cushion and some cacti to pull it in

This gorgeous teal-y green adds drama and warmth to this room whilst making the wood and the floor tiles pop

A very easy green to use in any room - I just love it with the pale wood and white furniture and frames. Feels so fresh and clean
I just LOVE this colour. Works so well with the purple

Another way to use green is through super leafy wallpaper - something you are seeing everywhere at the moment. Try House of Hackney for some seriously statement fern prints

What do you think? Might you dip your toes into the murky green waters or are you staying loyal to your 50 shades?

H x

Inside Rebecca Hadley's Home

Good afternoon all! There is nothing like sneaking into someone fabulous's home and today I wanted to take you through the colourful, eclectic magic that is Rebecca Hadley's home. For those who don't know, Rebecca is the buying force behind Urban Outfitter's homeware department which you know I am a HUGE fan of. Her style totally sums up the fun, creative homeware available at the store and I have pulled out some of my favourites below inspired by her amazing home.

You can read a full interview with her, including some more amazing shots of her home on the Urban Outfitters blog here.

I just love the different coloured fences - it makes her garden look like a magical oasis amongst the brick around it
Love the mix of textures and colour - copper, tartan, pastels and sheepskin all thrown together shouldn't work but it so does

Primary colours against the shocking pink desk looks unexpected and unique

The slick kitchen is brought to life with quirky artwork and those amazing copper stools

Statement artwork and lighting give the space great character

A lesson in creating the perfect picture wall

What do you think? Any ideas you might steel for your home? I am loving the painted stairs, the use of great artwork and touches of copper - definitely things I will be replicating!

Here are my top picks from Urban Outfitter's current homeware range...

  1. Large Shrek Planter, £30
  2. Large Multi-Frame, £50
  3. UO X Dansette Bermuda Standing Record Player UK Plug in Red, £250
  4. Copper Coffee Table, £45
  5. Kilimrag Rug, £350


For your little prince or princess

A huge congratulations to Kate and Wills for having the most gorgeous little baby girl yesterday. I wouldn't say I was a massive royalist but there is something about it that's really special. Although perhaps its just special when any baby is born and because they are our royal family she feels a little part of us too so we want to share the joy.

It does make me wonder what fabulous nursery the little princess went home to yesterday afternoon - have they gone pink or kept things more neutral? Will everything be brand new, or will it be filled with incredible heirlooms passed down in history? I don't suppose we'll ever know but I have had a little think about furniture for kids and babies and what to consider when you start investing so have a little read on if you are expecting a little prince or princess soon too.

You can also find some more nursery inspiration here.

1. Buy what you need, make it what you want

Having a baby is expensive so have a look for things that you can afford but which you could personalise and turn into exactly what you want. For example, old pine chest of drawers picked up cheaply in junk and antique shops will look gorgeous in a nursery or kids bedroom with a lick of chalky eggshell paint. Same goes for untreated wood finishes which more and more companies are doing now.

The Tarva range at Ikea is perfect for solid wood furniture you can make your own and its great value
2. Storage storage storage

As kids get bigger, so does their stuff and their need for places to put it. Therefore storage is absolutely key in any bedroom and needs to be considered from the get go. Storage boxes, shelving and extra space under beds and in seating is going to be key when planning any room. Homebase have a great selection of furniture with clever storage inbuilt which is worth exploring.

I just love these felt storage baskets, just £3.99 for 2 from Homebase

3. Furniture which will grown with them

Think about the future when you buy anything. Some things won't be useful down the line such as the cot, but pretty much everything else will. Would a bed with a built-in sofa or study area underneath work best for the space you have or will storage need to be factored in? Also think about the style, going for classic shapes and materials so it is less likely to date. I always prefer hardwood with a lick of paint which can be transformed to fit the room its in.

This bed isn't too high so its great for younger kids but also allows for storage space underneath. The painted grey looks great too, but if you ever fancy a change its easy to do

4. Avoid themes

Kids rooms should be fun and playful but for me, I would always avoid going to heavy on a theme. You will end up getting tired of it really quickly and when you do change it, it will be expensive,  having to replace bed sheets, rugs, accessories, furniture etc. The room should reflect your style and the style of your home, and as the children get older they can start to add their own personality and character to it. Buy bright colours but in grown up, fun patterns which you love but won't date too quickly and they won't grow out of. Walk away from the racing car shaped bed now...

This feels so youthful and fun whilst still grown up and not at all gimmicky
5. Be safe

As with any nursery or child's bedroom, you need to be careful when selecting any furniture to ensure it is safe to be around for little ones. No sharp corners, small pieces which are easily pulled off and precariously positioned objects which could easily fall from a height. Most kids furniture will already have this covered, but if you are renovating old pieces for the room just keep it in mind.

Hope that's useful. Do you have any other tips which would help those starting out with decorating a little one's room?

H x


Look of the Week

Good morning! Can you believe its May!? Really struggling to come to terms with how quickly this year is going, but a fast track into Summer can't be too much to complain about. Therefore today I have picked a bright and colourful room which caught my eye on Pinterest this morning which I wanted to share with you.

As you know, I am a fairly colour-phobic person when it comes to interiors but I am trying to get better as a room like this couldn't fail to cheer you up on a gloomy day, or after a particularly manic day in the office. Its so eclectic and fun whilst still being super chic. The white walls and floor help keep the look grounded, but the post cards and black and white photos, along with the quirky accessories and embroidered cushion give a worldy, traveler vibe. It's just fab.

Here are some products on the high-street which would help create this room at home...

  1. Pineapple lamp stand, £428 from House of Hackney (pricey but awesome)
  2. Limited edition prints from UAL for the V&A's Alexander McQueen exhibition (I have the first one already!), £20 each from teh V&A shop
  3. Lille sofa, £499 from Swoon Editions 
  4. Cushions both £49 from Toast
  5. Hand embroidered Mexican floor cushion, £95 from Loaf
  6. Sheepskin pouf, £266 from Amara
  7. Textured cotton throw, £60 from Habitat
  8. Wool rug, £99.99 from Zara Home
  9. Cheap RX
What do you think? Anything catching your eye?

For more bright coloured and eclectic schemes have a look at this one about House of Hackney's range of wallpapers or this bright and colourful scheme with a minimal twist.

H x