Showing posts with label interiors. Show all posts
Showing posts with label interiors. Show all posts

Saturday, 5 December 2015

Bloomon

This morning I want to share an amazing new company with you who have just launched in London. A start-up which will brighten up the gloomy winter and beyond. May I introduce Bloomon - London's first (as far as I can tell) subscription flower service.

I love fresh flowers in the house, they are the finishing touch to any scheme and are one of those little luxuries which I don't mind indulging in. But I do tend to be fairly picky and I usually just go for succulents and cacti because the stuffy arrangements M&S and Interflora never quite hit the spot. With Columbia Road flower market down the road, I could swing by there on Sunday afternoons to pull my own arrangements, but the thing is life gets in the way. That's why the idea of having wonderfully wild, seasonal and fresh flowers straight to your door is simply genius.

My first bouquet sitting proud in the kitchen
The subscription is like all of the others which are popping up at the moment - you pick what size you would like (small, medium or large), how often you want them (every two weeks or once a month) and hey presto. You can cancel whenever you like and to celebrate the UK launch they are giving you a delightful vase for free.


The flowers are cut in the Netherlands, where the company originates, and go straight to their stylist who creates the bouquets before the head over to London. The whole process, from field to front door, is only 24 hours (depending on traffic apparently) so they really are about as fresh as you can get which means they genuinely last longer than those from the shops. The deliveries arrive on Wednesday evenings between 6pm-10pm so you don't have to worry about them being delivered when you are out at work.


Finally, you don't get to pick the bouquet, its a surprise each time which is a great way to enjoy flowers and grasses you wouldn't normally chose. But on a practical level, its because seasonality is so important they change week to week depending on what is blooming at that time.


 With Christmas hard upon our heels, I love the idea of giving a subscription to the service as a gift - what would be more wonderful than a fresh bunch of flowers twice a month for a few indulgent months across Winter. Or, rather than giving a whole subscription, you can actually defer one of your personal bouquets to another address which is so simple, and means you can surprise a friend at the click of a button.


The prices are really reasonable considering the ease of the service, and the quality of the flowers. A small bouquet is £20.95, medium £24.95 and large is £31.95.


So what are you waiting for? 

H x

Monday, 5 October 2015

Getting cosy for Autmn

Today felt like the first day of Autumn. The dreary sky, the chill in the air first thing in the morning and my sudden craving for all things carb-y and warming mean it's officially landed. So today here are my top picks for transitioning your home into Autumn mode as the dark nights and short days draw closer...

 

 
  1. There is no better way to get cosy than with a sheepskin. This double hide from John Lewis is 100% on my wish list. I intend to throw it over the end of my bed for a super lux touch which also keeps your toes warm
  2. Darker evenings mean its time to get your candle game on. This gold candle holder from Oliver Bonas would look lovely on the mantelpiece, dining table or next to you in the bath
  3. Cable knit socks are just the perfect finishing touch to your favourite lounge wear. These from Zara are perfection
  4. I am a bit obsessed with candles, can you tell? This scented trio from Betty Jackson at Debenhams not only smells divine, but the ceramic pots will be perfect tea light holders once the original wax has burnt away. They are also in the sale at the moment - what's not to love?
  5. A pair of slippers is an essential home item if you ask me - I tear myself through at least three pairs a year. These Moroccan leather versions from Bohemia Design are perfect right now; not too thick so you are going to get too warm, but cosy enough to take you through to winter
  6. A touch of texture exudes cosiness, and this woollen stool would be the perfect addition to any bedroom or lounge. It's from Zara so the price is most agreeable too at £49.99
  7. This rug from West Elm is the stuff of dreams. Made in India using 100% wool - it's a must have if you are trying to add a touch of artisanal bohemia to your home (and frankly who isn't)
  8. Finally, Autumn means it's time to whip up some hearty, wholesome one-pot suppers. From slow cooked casseroles, curries and soups your best friend will be this cast iron pot from House of Fraser. Its half price in the sale at the moment too
So there you have it. What pieces will you be adding to up the cosy ante?

H x

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

A bijou Copenhagen apartment packed with style

Today I am really excited to launch a new section of the blog which showcases amazing real homes. I don't know about you, but perving on other people's interiors is something I spend way too much time doing and there is no better way to get inspired, and start to pull together ideas for your own home, than by looking at other people's.

Today's home is the most amazing apartment in Copenhagen, owned by the incredibly stylish Kristine...






 
 


 


Isn't it gorgeous? Some things I love include the yellow patterned wallpaper in the living room, the fabulous wishbone chairs in the dining room and the super useful, and beautiful open shelving in the kitchen. There definitely also needs to be a mention of the shoe rack in the bedroom, not to mention those gorgeous striped floor throughout.

I think the combination of traditional, almost French inspired pieces, are expertly mixed with modern Danish design - definitely some ideas here that I full intend to steel! It also shows how you can make a small space feel bright and packed full of style.

You can actually book to stay in this wonderful slice of Denmark if you are planning a trip soon. It's listed on AirBNB here.

What do you think? Which is your favourite room?

H x

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

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Hero Product 15th September

Today I wanted to kick start a regular feature I am going to start running where I pick one product a week which really stands out amongst the many things on my wish lists. There are so many amazing products out there that I want to tell you about (and buy for my house!) so I am hoping this is going to be a good way for me to start editing and focusing on the things I really love.

So to kick off today, I have picked this gorgeous cowhide pouffe from Graham & Green...

£145 from Graham & Green
I am particularly partial to a cowhide, gold detailing and chevrons so this is somewhat of an miraculous discovery. I haven't seen anything quite like it on the high street but it feels very right now, whilst also being totally flexible and timeless thanks to the natural material and shape.

I can see this adding a touch of glamour in a scandi inspired living room against soft whites and brass accessories, but I could also see it in a LA inspired, uber lux home alongside deep blue velvet sofas and statement lighting.

At £145 it's a really reasonable price and I for one am already plotting a home for it.

Let me know what you think in the comments section!

Hx

Monday, 14 September 2015

Bathroom progress report - nearly there!

Hello! So today I wanted to share with you a little update on my bathroom renovation... it's not 100% finished but I can't wait any longer and it's just a few little touches left to do, so I will be sure to update this post at a later date (hopefully not too much later, ahem builders...) so you can see. Don't forget to follow me on Instagram too for updates as they happen.

For regular readers, you may have seen my inspiration post about my plans for the bathroom (here if you missed it). I wanted to go pretty monochrome with some statement floor tiles and touches of pale wood to warm things up a little. I am really pleased with how things are shaping up and I can't wait to start pulling it together with some great accessories like succulents and pretty ceramics.



All of the functional sanitary ware was from Victoria Plumb as they offered the best price, and we really couldn't tell the difference with the quality compared to other places, for almost three times the cost. We went for the mixed shower head for flexibility and the frameless shower to create a feeling of space. Simple metro tiles line the shower - with the floor tiles being such a statement pattern, I wanted the wall tiles to chill out and disappear into the wall. Although I love dark grout with white metro tiles, I do worry they will date soon too.

The towel rail was from Victorian Plumbing. Finding a black towel rail was surprisingly tricky but I'm really pleased with this one. I haven't tried it yet - just waiting for the electrician to connect it to the thermostat but can't wait for some toasty towels.

The hamman towel was from a Turkish seller on Etsy. I just bought one to see how it sat in the room and I love it so am planning to buy a stack more. They are just so much more interesting than normal towels, although come winter I might start craving a cuddly cotton version... we'll see.

The basket was from a little shop in Brighton, but there are loads around. These ones from Homebase are great value.


The sink unit was from Ikea and it is such a great little addition to the room.  Alongside all of the storage space, Ikea has specially designed organisers which fit neatly inside so I have all of my make-up professionally laid out so it is really accessible and easy to find. Honestly a life changer! I can't recommend getting a storage unit like this for your bathroom and Ikea absolutely had the best range on the market when it came to style, but also when it comes to cost.



The mirror was bought from Rose & Grey and sits perfectly over the sink. Love that I can pop a couple of my mini succulents on the mirror's tray too. We are waiting for a lamp to be fitted above the mirror to give some extra light which I think will finish it off nicely. It is also black and should give a nice glow to the room when you don't want the main spotlights on.

The succulent and concrete plant pot were bought from House of Hackney a while ago.

Finally a word on the tiles... when I posted a picture of the tiles on Instagram a week or so ago, lots of you wanted to know where they were from. Just gorgeous aren't they! I couldn't be happier with how they turned out. So striking and really make the room a little special. They were from Tons of Tiles who I just stumbled across on Google. The savings I made on using them versus a high street chain was really significant and the quality is great. Delivery was a little delayed but otherwise, really happy with the product.

So there you have it - where we are so far. The freestanding bath is still to be plumbed in and some little finishing touches need to be made here and there as I say, but it's really shaping up. What do you think?

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, 1 September 2015

How to... stay sane whilst living in your renovation project

Our kitchen as it currently stands... *gulp*

We are currently entering week four of our #StowRenovation and so much has happened since we started, and thankfully so much progress has been made thus far, although there is still a very, very long way to go.

When planning the project, it was clear that we would need to live at the house during the work, mostly due to financial restraints, but also to keep an eye on things. This has proved invaluable so far, as things change drastically from day to day and being there to ensure every small detail is how we want it has been so important.

But living on site has also been a real rollercoaster and staying sane and upbeat can be challenging, especially when you are without a kitchen and a clean bathroom for weeks on end, builders are traipsing in and out all day and your cat is more freaked out than you about the dust. So today I wanted to share some tips on how we have managed to keep going whilst living on a building site...

  1. Think about your pets. This was a fairly big oversight from us when we moved in, as we thought that if we could endure the mess and disruption, our cat could too. But it soon became apparent that the noise, mess and strange people in the house were too much for her and despite us creating 'comfort zones' with blankets and clean areas to sleep, it just wasn't enough. Worrying about her was almost more stressful than everything going on with the house. Therefore if you are in the fortunate position, as we are, to leave any furry family members with friends or family for a few weeks then I strongly recommend it.
  2. Enjoy the progress. Since the project started, Peter and I have arranged to meet from work and make the journey home together. This way we both arrive at the house at the same time to explore and talk through the progress made each day. It has actually made coming home (to the considerable mess) a pleasure rather than a chore and it helps deal with the mess because each day you see you're a step closer to the end.
  3. Cover EVERYTHING or put it in storage. One thing that so many people warned us about was the dust. There will be dust everywhere, we were told. And we took heed, ish, putting things in boxes, closing doors to rooms with our things in etc. But my god, I can't tell you how much dust there is and how it manages to get into every single crevice of the house. That has been the hardest thing for us, as you can't escape it. It gets on all of your clothes, your towels and even your hair and skin feel clogged up but worse than that, some of my favourite pieces of furniture are being affected and it is a real concern. Self storage experts, Shurgard opened a store near us recently (they have 25 locations in all) and in hindsight I 100% should have used a storage company to keep things safe and clean whilst the work is underway. I am hoping nothing will be damaged beyond repair and recovery but to have them kept safely off sight would have been a real weight off my mind and I would definitely recommend considering this option if undertaking a big renovation.
  4. Tell your builders. Ensure every workman/woman onsite understands your situation and are mindful or your living situation when planning the order of works. We made it clear that we needed the new bathroom up and running and in a good condition before the original bathroom was taken out and because of that, not a single day went by without us having the facilities we need. We also ensured they understood that the bedroom was our 'clean zone' and any work in there was to be limited and as undisruptive as possible to ensure we always had a space to retreat.
  5. Stay on top of things. Although you are living in chaos, if you can stay on top of the work and the budget from a project management point of view, things won't start to feel too much. We have been keeping a very nerdy Excel spread sheet of our outgoings throughout the project, and when things seem overwhelming, looking over that really helps. It puts things in order in your mind and reminds you that things are happening and you are in control, even if it doesn't feel like you are sometimes.
  6. Get inspired. When things have been looking particularly bleak, retreating into other interiors blogs, magazines and Pinterest boards has been so helpful. It just reminds you of the end goal and you can busy your mind away from mouldy ceiling tiles, broken floorboards and dangerous electrics and think about gorgeous paint colours, cushions and rugs. A small thing, but it has helped me so much.
  7. Reward yourself. Eating out every night is not practical from a financial point of view, but on particular down days do not feel bad about it. It is easy to think that all of your money should be ploughed into the house, and luxuries like meals out make you feel guilty but microwaveable meals for days on end will make living in the build all the more awful. It is important to get out and feel like yourself again, at least once a week.
So there are a few things that have been helping me get through the renovation, but it is still very much on-going and I would love to hear any other tips you have to help us reach the end without divorcing, burning the place down or having a mental breakdown. If anyone is going through the same thing at the moment let me know too - would love to share war stories!

H x




This was a collaborative post.

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Marble Marvel

I feel like I am a little late to the party on this one, but it is something which has become somewhat of an obsession for me in recent weeks so I needed to get something out there about it... marble. White, veiny, clean, cold marble. My god what a stone. But funnily enough, a stone I always thought I hated. I used to think of it as old fashioned, overtly showy and a little Liberace. But now, for some reason it feels fresh and modern again, and luxurious but in the best kind of way.

It must be the love of white interiors and an increased focus on natural materials that has brought it back to life. It is so versatile too. From adding a touch of luxury to a country kitchen (perfect for pastry rolling), or super dramatic against dark greys and copper accents in a more industrial setting - it works in so many ways.

It doesn't have to be expensive either, there are so many mock-marble products on the market and the real deal is totally affordable in carefully chosen accessories. Here are some of my favourites right now...


  1. These  tiles are 100% going in my kitchen if we can stretch the budget. The hexagon shape is super modern and the subtle grey veining adds interest and warmth. A trip to Topps Tiles this weekend to see them in the flesh is definitely on the cards. £5.49 per tile
  2. I love the mix of wood and marble in this pendent lamp from Cox & Cox. Would look perfect almost anywhere in the house. I quite fancy two hanging either side of the kitchen sink... very tempting. £140 each.
  3. Dunelm have an incredible affordable range of bathroom accessories made from real marble. This soap dispenser is £12.99 but other pieces include toilet brushes, soup dishes and marble printed towels.
  4. A marble chopping board looks beautiful propped up against a kitchen wall. This one is £38 from Holly's House
  5. This marble topped coffee table perfectly combines mid-century simplicity and luxury. There are loads around at the moment but this one is from West Elm and is priced at £459
  6. H&M home has a whole host of ceramic products made to look like marble. Not only do they look exactly like the real thing, they are a total steal. This plant pot is £9.99
  7. Finally a cushion with a marble print from Amara, priced at £22. There are loads of fabrics which are carrying the marble trend through to a new dimension from shower curtains to towels and throws. I love the coral edging on this version, keeping it fresh
What do you think? Have you been swept away with this trend or is it one you'll be staying clear of?

H x

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Greek Love

As mentioned in my last post, I was lucky enough to shoot off to the Greek islands of Santorini and Mykonos straight after the wedding, on our honeymoon.

I absolutely loved both islands; Santorini was beautiful and peaceful, with the most amazing scenery and sunsets, whereas Mykonos was vibrant and buzzy with gorgeous higgledy piggledy streets.   Both however, were packed full of the gorgeous, white washed, blue shuttered buildings that you see in all the postcards, which I found so inspiring and made me want to try and bring a little of Greece home with me.

Rustic painted blue door



One of my favourite things about the town of Mykonos was these wonderful floors - apparently they're a nightmare to maintain as you can imagine



Soft cottons and linens in stripes were seen all over in cushions, throws and seat covers.

The white buildings change as the light does. The soft blues, mauves and pinks probably create my favourite part of the day

My Greek style guide would look a little like this...


  1. White everywhere. When it comes to interiors as well as fashion, you can't get away from it. White washed walls and floors throughout to create a bright and sun filled feeling
  2. Keep it natural. The abundance of shops selling hand crafted products in natural materials is reflected in all the interiors. Cottons, linen, wicker and leather in soft natural colours are a must to create the easy Greek vibe
  3. Keep it local. One of my favourite purchases in Mykonos was some hand crafted olive wood salad servers and pestle and mortar. Wood from the olive tree is not porous so it is perfect for food as bacteria can't penetrate it, This natural wood is found all over the Greek islands, arriving from Crete, where they grow olive trees. It is used for all kinds of kitchenware and the smell (of olive oil) is totally Greek
  4. Simplicity is key. Once you have focused on just using quality, natural materials there is no need to fuss with other artifacts to clutter the home. Keep things simple and pare it back
  5. Paint it. All of the wood you see in Mykonos is painted different shades of blue, almost without exception. This includes windows, shutters, external stairs... the works. It occurs to me that the blue was chosen as a reflection of the bright colour of the sky. Perhaps here that means we should opt for grey instead... but if you want to bring some of Greece home, go blue
Here is a little selection from me on recreating the look at home...



  1. Market basket, £19 - Bohemia Design
  2. White linen bathrobe, £120 - The Linen Works
  3. Pom Pom blanket in cobalt, £140 - Bohemia Design
  4. Olive wood pestle and mortar, £27 - Just Ingredients
  5. Blue Hamman throw/towel, £23 - Loving Home
  6. Cheap RX
  7. Andalucia range of tiles, from £0.53 - Fired Earth
What do you think? Are you inspired by Greek style?

H x

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

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

Sunday, 3 May 2015

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


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Friday, 1 May 2015

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

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

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