Hooray! Finally another DIY on the blog. Forgive me for not being able to create as many recently. It’s hard to keep up with the many ‘hats’ that I wear on a regular basis. I’ve been merrily thinking up more and more craft projects during my Wednesday morning swims (exercise plus DIY planning) and now I don’t seem to have the time to keep up with how many are on the list…oops!
One thing I was very pleased to hear when we moved into our rented flat was the go ahead to hammer nails into the wall, not a given when you don’t own your home. I had been so sad not to have the option in my previous rented homes, always lamenting the limitations on personalising the walls and make the space my own. There were plenty of blank white walls to fill when we arrived. The previous tenant was student lad who’s idea of decorating was blue tacking a few sparse music posters to the wall.
When someone says ‘holiday’, what’s the next word that pops into your mind? I bet that more often than not that word is ‘rest’. We work hard for our holidays and start holiday countdowns, eagerly awaiting time away from the day to day hustle and bustle of life. Rest may look like sitting by a pool, slurping a cold drink with a pink umbrella, it could look like rock climbing in the great outdoors or it could be simply working your way through the wine and culinary delights of a particular part of the world. Whatever it looks like to you, rest is the main objective of a holiday and yet so often I arrive back home feeling exhausted. Something’s gone a bit wrong there right?!
Hi folks! You may well have headed to the many events spread all over the capital for London Design Festival yourself. I only managed two days and it left me full to the brim with inspiration and totally exhausted all at the same time. I took on the Shoreditch Design Triangle on the Tuesday and then The Design Junction on the Thursday and thought I’d share my favourites as a slice of interiors inspiration for you all. Read more
It’s time for another Behind The Screen post and as promised it’s the second part to my commentary on photography. You can have a good old read of my first post about taking photos and in this one I’ll share with you how I edit them. Along with lighting it’s probably one of the things I get asked the most. As I’ve said before these posts aren’t meant to be prescriptive and I’m already aware there are quicker ways of editing photos but I’m letting you into how I do it so you can take or leave what you want and maybe learn some tricks along the way.
There’s something I really enjoy about editing my photos. It has a semi therapeutic quality, not to mention I love opening up my images, full screen and seeing them in their full glory for the first time. Occasionally there’s a disappointment but usually it’s an exciting moment of truth and I’m ready to get going on a few tweaks to really make them pop!
I’m usually very monochrome in my style and have been getting increasingly so over the last year. I keep on pulling more and more colour out of my home and wardrobe and yet I’m still always drawn to bright abstract pops of colour when I’m out and about. I so often use bold colours in my design work too so my unprofessional diagnosis is I’m one confused character when it comes to colour. I really do love abstract shape combinations and this bright, nineties vibe that’s still running through so much of the design world at the moment. It instantly makes me happy and shoots me back to childhood.
I think my DIY projects might be getting easier and easier folks!…or maybe I’m getting lazier and lazier? Even so, that means it’s much more tempting for you guys to have a go. This one takes all of about half an hour but looks the part, I’m sure you’ll agree. It’s so little work you could probably do it in your sleep and what’s even better is that you basically only need a jar lid, vinyl and and fish bowl!
Bathrooms are often neglected spaces. I don’t know about you but it’s usually the last place I give any attention in my home. As you’ll see below my bathroom was pretty bleak, particularly that very sad looking plant loitering in the corner! I recently decided to show my bathroom some love with the help of Habitat. I can’t go to great lengths transforming spaces in my flat as I rent but thankfully some simply additions and styling can give it the little lift it needs. Have a flick through my ugly before pictures and then see what I did with some products from Habitat.
I can’t believe it’s the last day of August already and that also means I’ve done another whole year of Styling the Seasons! It seems that even marking each month by styling and capturing images, doesn’t slow the months down at all.
As promised, here is part 2 of our trip to Copenhagen and as you will have sussed by the end of the post, my camera was glued to me during all light hours (of which there are a lot in Danish Summers). This city was magical and as I said previously, everything oozes style, even their public toilets. I often wondered if Copenhagen would disappoint, having spent so long wanting to visit but it didn’t! Not even a smidgen. Aside from the visual feast, I really appreciated the general laid back vibe of the city. Apparently it’s a combination of their healthy work ethic, combined with their active lifestyles but whatever it is, it was noticeably different to the London hustle we’re used to.
Why hello all you out there! I’m hoping it feels a bit more Summery wherever you are in the world, but the UK definitely kissed the sunshine goodbye on Friday, just in time for a weekend of rainy planned BBQs. Us Brits press on in all weather’s, fighting against the adverse conditions to get those grilled meaty goods on our plates. I’m not sure if it’s stubbornness or just accepting our lot but that’s the mentality we’ve adopted and that’s exactly how our weekend played out.