I know I’m not alone when I say that flowers just make me so happy! You’ll notice my Instagram feed filling up with blooms as soon as Spring arrives, whether I’m snapping as I walk around the neighbourhood or buying myself a little treat bunch to liven up our home. As you can probably imagine I was over the moon to be invited to RHS Chelsea Flower Show with Marks and Spencer this week. The idea of wondering around an event devoted specifically to flowers and plants can’t really be topped, especially with the British Summer deciding to show up this week!
I hope you’re all enjoying your Bank Holiday Monday. If you’re back to work tomorrow you may be thinking about ways to get organised and embrace Spring cleaning. My theory is that a tidy desk makes for a clear and focused mind. I realise some people work really well in a creative mess but I’m on the whole people seem to work a lot better when things are in line.
Here’s a little slice of Sunday calm for you all. I’ve become increasingly doe eyed over the neutrals interior movement, craving a break from a harsher monochrome vibe to tones that are softer around the edges. I look at these images and instantly feel serene, conjuring up the idea of a soft, linen duvet in Summer (something I’ve only experienced on holidays I must confess). I love the addition of blush pinks, soft grey blues and the lightest of mint greens to lift the creams, whites and beiges. These muted hues marry perfectly together, giving enough contrast without all the drama.
I’m all about storage, big and small, wide and skinny, I don’t mind aslong as it hides clutter in a pretty way. I’m forever shoving things away in boxes and corners of our cupboards, so much so I don’t often remember where anything is, much to my husbands disgrace. ‘Where’s that form I left on the table’, is often met with an ‘ummmm’ and a lot of head scratching from me. So it’s no surprise that I’ve made another little storage DIY for you because you can never have enough.
These are are perfect little trinket boxes for jewellery, house odds and ends, keys, sewing threads and needles, coins….the list goes on. After using a papermache box in my recent Voyage wallpaper challenge DIY, I wanted to put the others in the pack to good use. They look pretty ugly in their raw form but provide a perfect blank canvas for a transformation. The best thing is that using simple brush strokes to do this means you really don’t have to be an artist at all for this one. There’s nothing even or symmetrical about it, you literally just need to be able to pick up a paint brush! The brass ring pulls finish the whole thing off nicely and making them a whole lot easier to open.
A couple of weeks ago I got a little peek, along with some other lovely bloggers at a sparkly new product from British Gysum’s Rooms Made For You. The Lifestyle Wall was introduced to us by Channel 4’s George Clarke as ‘a total interiors game changer’ and so I was obviously left with high expectations, eagerly awaiting an explanation of how this magical product worked. I can safely say with the bar set high, I wasn’t disappointed. The Lifestyle Wall is the cream of the crop in plasterboard for your walls. At the mention of plasterboard I realise you may have just nodded off but this stuff can make your creative plans for every wall in your home a dream come true with it being easier, stronger, faster, cleaner and reusable. Why haven’t we all heard about this before?…well exactly.
I’m Hi folks! I’m really excited to reveal my DIY as part of the Voyage wallpaper challenge. Let me introduce you to Voyage and their ultra gorgeous range of patterned wall art, hand painted and digitally printed on non-woven paper.I fell particularly hard for their new ‘Iridescence’ collection in the Voyage Studio Line range in all its dreamy watercolour glory. I picked the Jadu Grenadine design, inspired by the effect that light can have on colour to create a dramatic shimmering look and feel. When the roll arrived it was even more beautiful and vibrant in real life than in the pictures. The design manages to hold such an array of colours without looking gaudy.
I’ve never done a candle DIY before people! How did that happen eh? Well this little number is here to put that right and it all stemmed from a trip to Homebase where I discovered this crazy new spray paint which creates a stone effect. It may not actually be new but it was new to me and as you may be well aware of I’m a spray paint fiend so this find was like uncovering a new sparkly jewel! You can buy this in pebble (which I used) or grey stone or even granite . At first I thought I could make rustic planters and then I remembered that I’ve kind of over done it on the plant front recently and you deserve a break along with something new.
These candles are made with soy wax and scented with my husbands prized coffee beans ground up. He’s a coffee nutter and so much kit our kitchen sometimes looks like a science lab but even though I’m not big on coffee, I do (along with everyone else in the world) love the smell of it! Cement style coffee candles were born and I hope you appreciate that pleasing alliteration right there.
Happy middle of the week! As promised I’m bringing you the Ikea hack I talked about in my bedroom update and all you bargain babes out there are going to love it. I found this Ikea side table going for £9.00 and was immediately captivated. Looking at it in the before it really doesn’t look like anything to write home about but I do love taking something that’s as cheap as chips and making it look a little lovelier.
We are using them as bedside tables but you can equally just use as them side tables as pictured above.
I was a teeny bit worried that when I put these side tables together they’d literally sway from side to side and fall apart when the bedside lamp was placed on top but I was pleasantly surprised. If you tighten the screws properly it’s not at all flimsy although mistaking one for a stool would be a step too far for survival so don’t try that at home.
Believe it or not I’d never actually used wood stain before but I love it! Like my love affair with spray paint, I now want to stain everything in our flat! Hmmm….and breath….activate self control. I used Rosewood but you can pick whichever shade suits your room. There’s usually tester squares in the shop so you can see each tone properly before buying.
Happy Easter weekend guys! I’m carrying on from my bedroom update post, where I promised the ‘how to’ for this DIY no weave wall hanging. There are some beautiful woven wall hangings out there but as I’ve said before, I’m a little impatient and want a similar result but quicker. They’re also pretty pricey to buy (rightfully) so I decided to create my own version but there not a smidgen of weaving in sight. No need for a loom and there’s a lot less material involved.
I used this lovely cotton table runner from H&M Home. It was only £7.99 and made the perfect base for what I wanted to do! You can definitely inject a bit of colour into this DIY but I thought I’d keep it simple and make something that would still fit in nicely if I ever changed up the decor.
Prompted by Hive’s Coming Home campaign, I’ve once again been thinking about what I love coming home to. Last week I shared a recipe that always makes me want to run home and gobble it up. This week I was having a little ponder about what I love to come home to when I’ve been away for a longer period of time. When I go away somewhere warm, I actually never want to come home but there’s always that one niggling thing that doesn’t match up wherever you go away and that’s a good night’s sleep in your own bed! Other beds just never feel quite the same do they? Perhaps because you get so used to how squishy your mattress is. Even when I get to experience luxury (an infrequent occurrence) somewhere else, it’s still a little bit creepy to be sleeping in sheets that many a punter has been wrapped in!
I’m a big fan of coming home to my own bed. It’s not a pretty bed and the mattress is very old but it still calls out to me every time. Issue number one is beds generally reside in bedrooms and I can’t say I’ve ever been a big fan of our bedroom. A big part of that was because until recently it was always 10 degrees colder than the rest of the house. That may be a teeny exaggeration but unless it was Summer, you were hit with a frosty wall of cold each time you crossed the threshold. The problem was that the top window couldn’t shut tight and so that left a pesky draft chilling the whole room. Since having that sorted out the room has felt a lot more inviting. It is however still destined to be a slightly colder room and I generally wasn’t at all in love with the decor. It seemed sparse and uninviting.
Obviously there’s only so much you can do in a rented flat. My dream of stripping the carpets and wallpaper and painting the walls and floors white are exactly that, a dream. So I settled for a little bedroom update to add some smaller touches, hopefully making it a room I wanted to be in as much as my bed.Read more
Today spells the last of this weeks ‘Affordable Home Tips’ in association with Keep Moat. Each day I brought you simple and inexpensive DIY projects to liven up your home, often using things you already have. Today is the simplest of the bunch! This statement cushion doesn’t involve any sewing and can be whipped up in less than an half an hour. If you have any plain cushion covers that need a revamp then this is the DIY for you. There’s even a free printable template to get you started.
Thanks for joining me for DIY no 2 as part of Keep Moat’s ‘Affordable Home Tips’ project. Each day I’m sharing a new idea to spruce up your home on a budget. Today I bring you this cute woven planter off the back of the huge weaving trend that’s been filling our Pinterest feeds for the last 6 months or so. Why keep weaving flat? This is a mini planter but you could easily make larger versions with different colours and threads woven through. You could get really creative with this one!
Look at this little guy brightening up the shelf! I’m imagining a whole shelf of them in different colour combos. I wasn’t sure how well the wire would hold up but it seems to have worked really well and what I love about this DIY even more is that it involves so few materials and they’re all things you’d usually find at home!
Hi chaps! I’ve got three exciting DIY projects to wheel out for you this week in association with Keep Moat as part of their ‘Affordable Home Tips’ project. Today I’m starting with this stylish minimal wall clock. I’ve actually been wanting one like this for a while so I’m so happy to have found a way to create the same affect on the cheap and using a chopping board of all things! However it has planted a seed of craziness as now I want to turn every boring household object into a clock. I’ll try and refrain.
When I first started woking from home I immediately notice I had back ache and a cricked neck. There wasn’t too much detective work required to pin it down to the very rigid, uncomfy dining chairs we had. I was working at the dining table and therefore I’d just sat on what was already there. Bad move. Then I got myself a cheapish Eames style chair, in many ways similar to the the chair pictured and it did make quite a big difference. However recently I was gifted with this beautiful upgrade from Habitat and ever since I’ve been revelling in the sheer comfort factor. It made me realise just how rickety my old chair was. The Jerry chair back is also slightly more upright which sets me at better angle for hours in front of a screen. I’m sure sitting really upright is more conducive to working harder. That’s probably a scientific fact or something but don’t quote me. There’s also a delightful padded cushion built in! It’s stylish and practical which is what anyone’s after right? I’m never going to be someone who buys myself a bulky office chair on wheels so this one brings me to my sweet spot.
I’m loving my Jerry chair especially when I added up how much time I spend sitting each week. I was pretty shocked! Plus I obviously double it up for dining so we don’t have any extra chairs clogging up our little flat.
Hello friends! I hope Monday hasn’t been to bleak for you all. I’m feeling slightly bogged down as I got ill again (feeble, I know) or perhaps I didn’t really get better in between…I’m not sure. Either way it’s not been great especially when I have so much lovely work from people to do!
Today I bring you some little additions to our living room to spruce the place up a bit. We were STILL been using a battered ikea tube paper light since we got married and I’m pretty sure it cost us about £6.00 so longevity was never on the cards. It was one of those purchases that you tell yourself isn’t permanent, just a filler until you find something better and then it’s still there staring back at you 3 years later. Our little side table was a crate but that kind of got reclaimed and painted white when I needed it for a recent wedding fair so I was really happy to add these two mid-century style pieces into the mix instead.
I chose this tripod lamp and lacquer side table from Homebase to go in their place to liven up this corner and they definitely do the job. The textured cotton on the lamp shade is so natural and tactile and the table’s bamboo leg detail is really striking. Oh yes and it just so happens to be the exact right height for the arm chair…magical! That wasn’t even something I thought to check!
Hooray for extra prettiness around the house! I love it when things are functional and good looking all at the same time. Now all I need is a new sofa to replace the butch one that occupies most of our living room…hmmm, Santa? It might be a bit big for a stocking.
Thanks to Homebase for providing me with these new additions and I’ll also be running a fab giveaway with them tomorrow on the blog. It’s been a little while since there was a giveaway around here. Keep those eyes peeled for freebies!
Today really did start out as the most dismal day! I walked about 5 minutes both ways this morning and my feet, tights and hair (not sure how with an umbrella) were soaked! The winter cold draws in and something in me is telling me to go into hibernation mode. I’m well and truly into the season of working at my desk with a cup of piping hot tea, a hot water bottle, sometimes a blanket and now this cosy little edition, my Habitat Meera cushion.
I love my Eames style chair but most of the time I want to be propped further upright while I work or read and this lovely cushion from Habitat does the trick with the right balance of firm and squishy. Yes, those are the technical terms. It holds it’s shape well, is particularly comfy and looks pretty with it’s unusual geometric quilted design, relegating my old working cushion to the sofa.
It also comes in a lovely lime and sparrow purple colour. I love statement cushions and could easily buy mountains of them to fill our chairs and sofas but then people actually need too sit in seats. What a shame!
This post was written in collaboration with Habitat but the opinions and views are my own. I never post material or products on The Lovely Drawer that I don’t agree with or absolutely love. This is a space that will always be governed by my passions and personal style.