Our studio workspace is without doubt the most revolutionary addition to our lives since moving. Ever since I quite my job and started my business full time I’ve been working from the dining room table. I’m sure there are many out there that can empathise with this newbie struggle, although when I was doing it I felt like I was the only one who didn’t have a lovely designated workspace, or even just a desk!! In our old teeny or shall we say ‘cosy’ flat, we had to make the choice between a dining table or a desk for me. There honestly wasn’t room for both and with us really valuing having people into our home for meals, it wasn’t really a choice.
I’ve been dreaming up an embroidery DIY for a while now but in all honesty I really haven’t got the time to stitch a beautifully intricate motif. I wish I did but that isn’t my reality right now and I’m sure lots of you are in the same boat. I decided to cheat a little and create the same pretty effect but with no sewing at all. Sound tempting?…step right this way.
And along comes the next behind the screen post, on the this blog’s fifth Birthday! How crazy is that?! A big thanks for all your support and particularly you lovely readers that have been here since the start. Five years of The Lovely Drawer sounds totally crazy but even crazier is writing what this post is really about.
Hooray! This has been a long time coming but I’ve finally finished our living room, and shot and edited all the photos. Those of you that have been following along may know that we moved flat in November, leaving our one bed Victorian terrace flat behind and jumping ship to a two bed new build flat. If you’d asked me previously I would have said confidently that I never wanted to live in a new build. I loved the character of older houses and despite their constant upkeep issues I couldn’t fathom the idea of making a cosy, comfy home in a clinical looking block of flats where each interior was a generic copy of the one next door. That was until I saw our little gem. After being told Nick’s new job would be full time from home back in September, we knew we needed more space and so I casually had a peek online and seeing the flat listed I couldn’t believe it was for real, particularly as it wasn’t up for much more than we were currently paying. Surely they had one of those fancy camera lenses that fools you into thinking a place is double the size? On first hand inspection we realised it was 100% for real! We fell in instantly fell in love and set to work on the rather troublesome process of trying to break our previous contract and time the move right. Might I add that all the paperwork and background checks that comes as standard in the London rental market make you feel like you’re literally buying a house!
You may remember me introducing you to my own brush lettering workshops over here on the blog, back in November? A big thanks to all you lovely people that have booked on to the eight classes I’ve taught already under The Lovely Drawer. As ever I’ve really been enjoying teaching but I also wanted to take a moment to introduce you to another workshop I’m running. I’ve taken my digital session exclusively to the Lovely Drawer going forward so now there’s a next step to further how you can use your lettering.
We’re in the interim where we’re waiting for Spring in complete desperation and yet we’re not quite there yet. Last weekend’s snowfall and sub-zero temperatures was a brutal reminder of that! I don’t know about you but on these chilly days when the evenings still draw in early, I lack the motivation to leave the house. I have to force myself to get out in the ‘oh so fresssh’ air, which is particularly hard in the evening. I’ve somewhat turned into a grandma awaiting the Summer evenings to return before I regain my enthusiasm. I guess you could say I’ve been in hibernation mode and so I thought it fitting to put together a post dedicated to ‘staying in’. Haven’t you heard it’s the new going out??
I’ve collected some essentials to make staying in pretty darn exciting and I’m sharing them with you lovely lot.
I’m becoming quite the collector of fluffy ‘stroke me’ cushions in our pad! I’m not sure how that happened but I’m sure you’ll agree it’s nice to break up a room by adding in some textures, particularly when most of the room is one colour, in my case all grey!
This story begins when I got my tattoo post Christmas. I’d been told to keep it moisturised and that cocao butter was really good for this. I speedily ordered myself what can only be described as a bucket of the stuff, without really realising it came in solid flakes. The smell was literally amazing, full of chocolaty goodness and so I spent considerable amounts of time just smelling the bucket. I realised that as soon as I rubbed the flakes on my tattoo it immediately started to melt and moisturised the area really well…so my thinking was ‘I need to turn this into a sweet smelling lip balm pronto!
So here’s the pretence guys. I’m not a fashion blogger. I’m not trying to be and definitely don’t have the camera charisma for it, hence the multiple verging on awkward poses you’ll bear witness to. I do however have a real love for fashion and have had a fair few people ask if I would ever do some fashion posts to see inside my wardrobe. I thought it was the kind of thing that would work well with a behind the screen post so here you have it.
The truth is I’ve always been interested in fashion and for the most part of my younger years, until about 17, I really wanted to be a fashion designer. Much of my manic drawing days growing up, were spent designing outfits with my pencils and crayons until I finally took textiles at GCSE and learnt how to sew (kind of) and started turning my designs into real life pieces. Back then I wasn’t into any of this ‘ready to wear’ lark, finding myself far more drawn to the weird and eccentric world of ‘haute couture’. I wanted to tell a whole story with the clothes I designed, very different to my present day style which leans far more into minimal and understated than crazy silhouettes and vibrant colours.
So friends, I’ve finally gotten around to putting together our bedroom tour. Progress has been slow on getting rooms sorted in our new flat. Somehow these things just end up being a lot more drawn out than you think and then there are little touches you want to add that you put off for a while…and then a little more. Anyway I’m pumped to show you the rest of the pad, having only really shown you the dining area, but we’ll start here.