Showing posts with label accessories. Show all posts
Showing posts with label accessories. Show all posts

Monday, 4 January 2016

Wall-hanging Love

It is a little late for this but... happy New Year everyone. Hope you had a wonderful holiday and I am sorry you are (most likely) back at work today. I feel your pain, but let's try to get through this together...

To kick off the new year I wanted to revel in my love for, and obsession with, a wall hanging I got for Christmas. Walls are something I am still coming to grips with and having things hanging from them is something I find quite challenging. Not a particular lover of a picture wall, or of a lone piece of art in a frame, hanging somewhere awkwardly and alone, I'm never quite sure what to do. The pictures you do chose to hang also say so much about you, or at least they probably should, so I find it can be quite pressured to select something. An insight into my deepest internal struggles there.

Anyway, when I saw this Elkeland wall hanging from Ferm Living I knew it was exactly what I have been looking for...

Made with 100% merino wool in the Danish woodland
Over my bed in a sort of dream-catcher-esque vibe

I love the creamy colour against Farrow and Ball's Dimpse and the brass bars pick out the side lamps. What do you think? Stay tuned for a full bedroom renovation reveal coming soon. As a teaser, about 4 months ago it looked like this...

H x

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Hero Product 9th December

Trays are becoming somewhat of an addiction for me at the moment and this one is one short click away from being mine. Perfectly festive as Christmas creeps upon us but also super practical all year round. I want it for my dining table to frame a vase I currently have on it, filled with eucalyptus. Sometimes a tray just makes something look like it truly belongs there.

This would also look delightful on a drinks trolley with a gold cocktail shaker and some martini glasses sat decoratively on its wonderfully mirrored surface. Or on a coffee table with a selection of carefully curated small vases and mini succulents. Hell, at £19.99 I'm buying three to make each of these interior dreams a reality...

Available at H&M.

H x

Monday, 23 November 2015 add some gems to their collection

The lovely people at have been doing a great job expanding their range to include more and more design-led pieces for the home at a fraction of high-street prices. I have been really interested to see the growth of their accessories and lighting offering, with some killer pieces being introduced to the established range of favourites. Here are some of my picks from their newest arrivals, including a drinks cabinet I need and a standing lamp that has got my palms a little sweaty... #NEED

All products now available on the website, or to have a peak at in person in their Soho, London store.

H x

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

The bathroom is finished! Ish

First of all a huge apology for the radio silence over the past few weeks. Between a house renovation, full time work and a horrible bout of flu things have run away with me slightly on the blog front. But I am back and promise *brownie's honour* to try harder in future...

To help get things back in the swing of things I thought I would share an update of my bathroom project. For those who missed the last update (and for the shocking before shot) have a read of my previous blog on this here.

Although the bathroom was the rest room in the renovation to get any attention, it is the room that will probably get totally finished last. However, it is pretty much, very almost finished. In fact, despite the fact that we don't have blinds in the window yet  - to the delight of a pervy neighbour we caught peering in on a couple of occasions - I think we are there. So here you have it...

The yucca may be taking it a bit too far...

Still moving things around and deciding on the smaller details like toilet roll holders, shelves and towels. The obligatory Aesops handwash made its way onto the sink this weekend and I intend to buy some sort of lovely laundry basket to feature somewhere but I haven't found quite what I want yet. Oh and a pedal bin. And maybe some new towels... potentially a shower caddy... a bath caddy too? Oh and that marble soap dish I saw... Hmm maybe this room will never quite be finished

H x

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Down with chrome - the hunt for alternative bathroom accessories

A few weeks ago I stumbled across a rather lovely toilet roll holder, which featured as my hero product that week (take a look here if you missed it). The holder, plus the fact that I have just finished a new bathroom installation, really got me thinking about bathroom accessories and how bloody boring they can be.

When looking for those bathroom essentials such as towel rings, pedal bins, loo roll holders and bathmats the choice out there is really limited. When you have spent a good chunk of money on a new suite, fabulous tiles and the perfect mirror, why then do you have to sacrifice your style and add standard chrome fittings to complete the room?  I say you shouldn't have to and yet that is all that is on offer at the majority of retailers out there.

SO I am taking a stand this morning and sharing some of my favourite alternative bathroom fittings, to save your bathroom from death by chrome...

  1. Toilet roll holders - not the most exciting things, so you would think, but I have found three which are just perfect. This brass and walnut one is from Holly's House, £28.50
  2. This holder is the black version of the one above. They also do this same style in a larger size, perfect as a towel ring
  3. Finally in the toilet roll section, this gem is from Ikea and costs just £2.90
  4. Towel rings are infinitely difficult to find in anything other than chrome, so instead I am going rogue and propose choosing some decorative hooks for your towels instead. This marble hook set is from Anthropolgie priced at £42, or £24 for a single hook version. Perfect with a couple of small hamman towels draped off them
  5. Copper and marble continue to be the materials du jour and this toilet roll brush perfectly combines both to make something which is typically quite, ahem, nasty to something of beauty. It's from Dwell and hold a fairly hefty price tag of £65
  6. I love the simplicity of this swing bin which would work perfectly in so many schemes - this one is also from Dwell and costs £24.95
  7. Another toilet roll brush, this time made from natural materials birchwood and concrete. I love this - totally simplistic but high on design creds. Definitely on my wish list. You can get this one from Amara for £45.25
  8. Finally a bathmat that I can actually get excited about. Having an actual sheepskin rug in the bathroom can only be described as unhygienic, as I imagine they just breed things when they get damp. This cotton version, cut into the shape of a hide is just perfect and adds the perfect amount of quirk and cosiness to the bathroom. I #need this one. From Urban Outfitters for £25
There you have it. I would love to know if you have spotted any other great bathroom accessories out there - I am on a one woman mission to find them now.

H x

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Hero Product 20th October

Today's Hero Product comes courtesy of the lovely people at Marks and Spencer who have pulled out a bit of a corker in the lighting department.

Now I have to be honest, M&S is not the first place I would look for design-led homeware pieces but I have to say, I may have been wrong. This brass chandelier-esque ceiling light is the perfect balance of modernity, glitz and understated cool. It reminds me of the LA interiors I so often fawn over on Pinterest, as is perfectly designed to sit high above some brightly coloured kilim rugs and a marble topped coffee table. Priced at just £79 it is also a total steal... I am buying one for my bedroom post-haste.


Friday, 9 October 2015

Hero Product 9th October

Today's hero product is the most gorgeous washed linen throw from Holly's House, which is quickly becoming one of my favourite homeware retailers.

At £175 it is something I might justify as an 'investment piece' because the quality of the fabric, and timelessness of the design mean that it will never go out of style, The frayed edges and soft blush pink would be perfect lounging at the end of the bed in any Scandi- luxe bedroom.

If you missed the latest hero products you find take a look here and here.

Have great weekends everyone!


Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Hero Product 29th September

Sometimes it's not about the great statement pieces in your home. Sometimes the devil absolutely is in the detail, which is why today's hero product is a toilet roll holder. That's right, a toilet roll holder.

This little gem costs just £30 (and it's about to hit the sale) at Urban Outfitters - just use the code FIRSTDIBS to get the discount. The gold details of this design adds a touch of luxury whilst the leather strap gives it a worldly, traveller vibe which would look great in a bathroom alongside some woven baskets and hamman towels.

Toilet roll holders, along with other bathroom accessories like towel rings, loo brushes and pedal bins often get neglected when it comes to style but it doesn't have to be that way - there are some really well designed alternatives out there if you look around. In fact I see another blog post coming on...

What do you think of it? Should we start a 'down with chrome' revolution?

H x

Monday, 7 September 2015

My top picks: Gray & Willow

Good morning all! Today I wanted to share a new brand which I discovered this weekend... Gray & Willow. The brand has been launched by House of Fraser, whose homeware range has always been a little hit and miss for me if I am totally honest.

This new range though is really quite lovely... a very consciously Scandinavian aesthetic so expect lots of soft greys, natural materials and monochrome detailing. Things that you know I'm a total sucker for so it was always going to be a winner from me, and the prices are really reasonable.

Aside from homeware, the Gray & Willow range also extends to fashion so do check that out too if you like muted colours and high quality basics with a twist. But here are my tops picks from the homeware range...

  1. Love this Elska range of dinnerware. Very reminiscent of Marimekko prints, but at a fraction of the price with pieces starting from £6
  2. For regular readers, you will know how much I am crushing on marble at the moment (have a read here if you missed it) and this rolling pin is probably my favourite thing from the range. A great design piece for any Scandi inspired kitchen. It's a little pricey at £40 but a definite future heirloom
  3. I can't get enough of pretty vases and these would look gorgeous on any window ledge with a fresh sprig of eucalyptus in situ. The small vase is £25 and the larger, is priced at £35
  4. Useful and lovely to look at - I could find a use from these storage boxes in almost every room in my house. Three for £30? Yes please.
  5. Not technically a homeware pick but I just like the idea of lounging around the house in this jumper with some slouchy lux joggers whilst reading the paper, or browsing Pinterest. Mmmm
  6. Another fab kitchen gadget I almost certainly don't need and it's marble... I'm starting to get worried I may be heading toward marble overload #help
  7. And of course, a lovely wooden chopping board - you literally can't have too many. At £45 it is on the pricey end of the scale but it is pretty big and will last for many years
What do you think of the new range? Any favourites?

H x

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

For the dog who has everything...

The news that 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’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

Friday, 2 January 2015

January Sales Edit

Happy New Year all! Hope you had a wonderful break and feel rested and zen-like on your return to work... hmm maybe not but hope you had a great time celebrating Christmas and NY.

I thought to kick things off this year I would do a quick round-up of some of the homeware products I am coveting in the sales this year. For me now is the time to buy those things that you don't normally like to spend money on buying e.g. towels, bed linen, new crockery etc. It's also a great time to get some bargain accessories to change up your home for a fraction of the original price. See blow for me picks this year.

But first, I wanted to thank everyone who is out there reading and supporting my blog since I started in the summer. For me it has been so inspiring to become part of the blogging community and I find it so rewarding putting energy into something I love away from my day to day work and I would urge anyone to give it a go. I hope in 2015 I will be able to continue figuring out exactly what I want this blog to be and hopefully continue to reach and connect with more and more people through the year.

Blomma's sale picks

  • Heavy knitted cushion, £13 (was £45!) - Habitat
  • Weekend scented candle, £21 (was £30) - The White Company
  • LSA Copper liquor glasses, £22 (was £28) - Heal's
  • Heal's Twiitter lamp, £60 (was £120) - Heal's
  • Ceramic bowl with stripe, £3 (was £4.99) - H&M Home
  • Cheap RX
  • Mohair blanket, £60 (was £120) - Cath Kidston
  • Penguin towels from £4 (roughly about 40% off each) - Cath Kidston
  • Ikat stripe bed sheet from £9.95 - West Elm

What have you been hunting for in the sales this year?


Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Choosing a scheme for your wedding

As some of you may know, I am getting married next year so I have been immersed in the world of dresses, cakes, venues and, most importantly for an interiors blogger, room styling. To get some inspiration on colour themes, flowers and decorations I have become a little obsessed with Pintrest and today I have picked out some of the most inspiring moodboards I have come across to share with you.

I didn't think I would be one to go for a 'theme' but I am now realizing you kind of have to otherwise how do you decide on flowers/bridesmaids dress etc?! Its a bit of a minefield let me tell you!  These considerations really helped me decide on the scheme for my wedding (which you will have to wait until next year to see!)...

  1. Look to what you wear and the colours you have brought into your home to help you decide your scheme. Don't just choose a scheme because it feels traditional, focus on what colours are 'you'
  2. Create lots of moodboards. I have done about 5 so far and tweaked them a lot to get it just right. Once you have the right board it will be easier to stay on track. What you thought you wanted might not be right when you get it down on paper
  3. I started with flowers because they are what carry the most colour at weddings. Cacti and succulents are what excite me most when it comes to flowers so I started from there and used them as the base of the scheme
  4. Think about what colours suit you and your complexion. Might sound strange but if you have a colour scheme you need to consider your make-up and how that will match up. For example, if corals and peaches don't suit your skin tone you might be better off going for a scheme of neutrals or pinks
  5. Think about your setting and the time of year. For example I love autumnal colour schemes but I am getting married in July and berry reds and plums just wouldn't feel right on a hot summers day
If you are trying to work out what you want for your big day,  the lovely people at Brides The Show in Islington are offering Blomma readers 20% off the ticket price - just add the code BLOMMA at checkout to redeem it. More details about the show below, but first some inspiration...

I love the romance of this colour scheme. The soft greys, taupes and plush make for a dream like rustic feel

These feels perfect for an autumn or winter wedding. The rich colours of the berries and figs create a dramatic yet romantic feel. The addition of navy grounds the colours and would work perfectly for bridesmaid dresses and room detailing

A lovely Spring or Summer theme which would work best for a country wedding. Maybe a little sugary for me?

Black can be overlooked at weddings but I love it in this scheme. The addition of geometric pattern is genius to make it feel modern whilst the corals keep it feeling bridal

This couple chose stars and metallics to tie their scheme together. Such a clever idea if you don't want to be too matchy matchy with a colour. I particularly love the copper accents

How lovely is this? The couple have focused on using nature to pepper their scheme and it looks so fresh and unique

This moodboard feels like it should be for a Scandinavian home rather than a wedding but I think that's why I love it. The rustic materials, texture and muted colours are gorgeous and dream-like to me. Perfect for a relaxed, boho, winter wedding

Which is your favourite? Would love to know what you are planning or did with your scheme.

Anyway, as mentioned above Brides The Show is coming up this October, to be held for the first time at The Business Design Centre, Islington - just up the road from me.

This year the show has partnered with Bobbi Brown (official make-up partner), Champagne Laurent-Perrier (official champagne partner), Michael Van Clarke (official styling partner) and The Turquoise Holiday Company (official travel partner). So lots of bubbly, make-up tutorials and lovely styling things to tempt upcoming brides.

A sneak of what to expect at the show... those flowers are amazing!

If you are interested in coming here are the deats:

Business Design Centre, Islington, London, N1 0QH
Opening Times:
Friday 3 October:  5pm - 9pm
Saturday 4 October: 10am - 5pm
Sunday 5 October: 10am - 4pm
Ticket Prices:
£20 (Standard ticket), £35 (Gold Catwalk ticket) - Use code BLOMMA at check-out to get 20% off
Book an extra catwalk show for £15
Bridal Party Group (4+ standard tickets – 25% discount. Ticket price: £15 when buying four or more standard tickets.) Discount and concession rate available.

I will be there - hope to see you!


Monday, 1 September 2014

Back to School - Stationery must haves

SO today is the first day back at school for schoolchildren, parents and teachers alike. Although this really effects me in no way at all, I do have a penchant for lovely stationery from pens, pencils, notepads and diaries to rubbers and rulers (well maybe not rulers), there is nothing which makes you feel more motivated than some new desk paraphernalia.

So I have had a quick sneak around the highstreet to find me top picks to reinvigorate your home office or office office...

How gorg are these notebooks? I LOVE notebooks even though I never use them *sigh*. These lovely books are from Etsy and at £4.50 they are a total steal

This on the other hand is a bit more pricey at £76 but frankly Smythson is the best and you will love using this every day

A pen which lasts 7 years? No brainer if you ask me... head to Liberty to buy one. At £7.85 that is working out at £1.12 PER YEAR. Bargain. 
Pin things to things with these useful ball pins. At just £2 from Paperchase they won't deflate your budget 

I don't really use pencils but if I did, I would want this to sharpen them. Buy from Liberty for a sharp *pun intended* £17.85
H x

Friday, 22 August 2014

Moving in with your boy

I'm going to be a little sexist here and assume that it is mostly the woman in a relationship who takes the lead when it comes to the decor in a new home. So, when a reader got in touch for some decorating advice now she is moving in with her partner, I can only assume that she means that she feels a need exert her own style whilst ensuring her partner feels comfortable too.

So in response, here are my top 5 tips for creating a gender neutral home to satisfy both you and your partner's tastes and needs...

1. Keep things neutral and use accessories to add colour and interest. This is particularly true if you're renting, but aside from that it will allow you to slowly introduce things that make the place homely without scaring him. Greys, blacks and whites are a good place to start. Here is a good example...

Simple grey walls but killer accessories which you can build up over time

2. The likelihood is that you probably have quite similar taste already, but its a good idea to run some themes and colours past him before you decide on anything. Buy a copy of Ideal Home and just point out some things you like and see how he reacts to them. A good time to do this is when he is preoccupied with either football / Xbox because he is less likely to pay enough attention to object to anything.

3. Although he will probably winge and claim that he doesn't understand the need for endless cushions, throws and rugs, he will definitely appreciate them once you have bought them so don't be put off. Here are some of my favourites at the moment...

Mr & Mrs cushions are a must right?

Clockwise from top left...

4. Be practical. Men can understand things which have a purpose so consider this when you buy any furniture. Somewhere to stand his artisan ale whilst watching the football will make him infinitely happy, as will as much storage as you can bear. A hero piece for me is this coffee table from West Elm. Not only is it lovely looking but you can put things in it, eat things off it and lay your feet upon it... the ultimate man's checklist

It's not cheap at £449 but it will be in your home for many years to come

5. Go hunting for bargains. Junk shop, car boot and charity finds are great because men love a project. If you can get him involved in anything which involves taking apart pieces of wood, sanding and hitting things hard with a hammer he will definitely end up loving it because it will remind him daily of his infinite manliness.

So that is my list of top 5 things to consider when moving in with your boyfriend. I feel that I can definitely think of more tips so keep your eyes peeled for a part 2...

In the meantime do you have any tips to share?

H x

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Paul Smith for Anglepoise

Today at 12pm Paul Smith's special edition lamp for Anglepoise is available for pre-order via their website. The collaboration marks the coming together of two iconic British brands to create a stunning interpretation of the classic desk lamp.

I am a big fan of both Paul Smith and Anglepoise, and I have a vintage, cream coloured version sat next to my bed. It's one of my favourite things at home and was luckily handed down to me for free (which makes me love it even more!)

The Paul  Smith edition features the bold colours Paul Smith is famous for along with his signature at the base. The RRP is £149 and can be purchased at the following UK stores:

196 Tottenham Court Road, London, W1T 7LQ
T: 020 7636 1666

Skandium @ Selfridges
Lower Ground Floor, 400 Oxford Street, London W1A 1AB
T: 020 7318 3379

275 Upper Street, London, N1 2UA
T: 020 7288 1996

What do you think? Will you be buying one? I must say I am pretty tempted...


Monday, 18 August 2014

Super Stripes

As you know, I am a big fan of monochrome and often steer away from bright, overly patterned interiors (although I am trying to be a bit more experimental). Sometimes white or grey based interiors need a bit of zing added to them and for me there is nothing better than a stripe to do this. Here are some inspirational room sets to get you thinking of how you could add some stripey interest to a neutral room...

This striped carpet runner adds a splash of colour and personality to an otherwise cold space

A white bathroom suite can be uplifted with a great, hard-wearing rug 

A simple and cheap solution is to add a striped throw to the end of your bed to refresh simple linens

So cute for a child's bedroom to add a bit of colour

Add a painted stripe up your stairs for a fun and cheap way to add interest to a functional area

I love this room. The minty stripes on the wall are subtle and yet bring together the coral and turquoise scheme beautifully

You can't beat a cushion for making a quick and easy change to your living room. These striped cushions are a must have for any Scandi inspired home
These blinds from Apollo Blinds are great for adding some subtle texture to a modern white kitchen

Here are some of my picks from the highstreet...

Clockwise from top left...

  1. Stripe shower curtain - West Elm
  2. Stripe effect bowl - Heal's
  3. Stripe storage basket - West Elm
  4. Striped bathroom towels - The White Company
  5. Stripe cushion 1 - H&M
  6. Stripe cushion 2 - Marks and Spencer
  7. Pet cushions(various sizes) - Land's End
  8. Stripe runner rug - Cloudberry Living
  9. Armchair - House of Fraser

What do you think? H x

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Totally Tiles

I have been redecorating my bathroom in my head for months now. So many ideas, so many styles and yet none will come to fruition just yet because  redecorating bathrooms is expensive -humph - and my boyfriend only went and proposed. How very annoying of him. Anyway, whilst dreaming about sanitary-ware, taps and towels I have become quite obsessed with tiles. But not just your average tiles, but fun tiles which offer something different to a room than just providing a practical, waterproofing function. So today I have plucked a few ideas from Pintrest on how to use tiles in your home to create something a bit different...

How great are these?! Such an unusual pattern which provides such a dramatic impact next to the roll top bath. Great if you don't need tiles up the walls, but if you do try a white metro tile with white grout to soften the effect.

I am a sucker for a Metro tile but teamed with the Aztec inspired floor this has great impact. I love the pattern clash with the striped towels and the warmth from the copper taps.

Why not use great tiles in a hallway? Its a high traffic area and tiles are resilient and easy to clean.

There is something mystical about these mermaid tiles - great inside a wet room or walk in shower

Using the same tiles on the floor and wall is pretty daring but if you have a big enough room and can balance it with sleek, tidy interiors it can look fabulous. 

What do you think? Any favourites?
H x