Last week I had the chance to go to Grand Designs Live and hear from Kevin McCloud himself, along with his panel of experts over breakfast. After gushing slightly that Kevin was only metres away we got down to hearing more about the pursuit of eco-conscious design for the home. It was really interesting to hear the panel share their reasons why they felt it of upmost importance to build greener houses or take measures to make our existing homes more eco-friendly. It’s something I don’t think a great deal about usually and probably shrug off responsibility, excusing us because we rent but it was crazy to even hear how much money you can save on your energy bills in the long run from making changes!
I’ve been gradually revealing our new flat to you guys as we’ve conquered each room one by one. The last room to the party is our guest bedroom which is still a huge novelty. We’ve never had a guest room since being married, always living in one bed flats. This meant we couldn’t really offer people somewhere to stay unless they were keen to embrace the blow up mattress on the living room floor and those more open minded of our friends and family certainly did.
It’s been such a treat thinking through how to make this space welcoming to our potential guests and I even went a bit wild and added some colour into the space. By colour, we’re still only talking muted green and a dusty pink but that’s about my threshold in my own home. We’ve already had three lots of people to stay and make use of this room and it’s been so nice for them to have their own space and somewhere comfortable to rest their head, particularly for our friends visiting from Texas who were with us for a whole week.
I actually prefer this room to ours in terms of the windows, light and views but we decided to keep our bedroom on the ground floor, away from our studio workspace. That way we can keep that work / life separation we were after and an added joy is the bathroom is opposite our bedroom, perfect for my pregnant bladder and all those pesky trips to the toilet in the night. Anyway, bladders aside it’s been nice for guests to have a space to themselves upstairs, so we’re not all on top of each other. In fact my 4 month old nephew slept peacefully up in our guest bedroom while my brother and sister in law partied away downstairs at Nick’s 30th last Friday.
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
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.
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.
Well the end of May is nearly upon us and here in the UK we’re gearing up for another bank holiday weekend to see the month out with a bang! May has been a good one in many respects. There’s been exciting pockets of plotting and planning for both work and rest. We booked both our holidays this month, one to Spain with friends and another mini break to Copenhagen to explore a place we’ve been longing to visit for so long. Up until recently all we seemed to watch were Scandinavian TV programs and with our love of all Danish design, we’re very excited to have a nosey round the city.
If you’ve read my blog for a while you probably know that me and my husband are not home owners, shock horror! I used to believe the lie society likes to tell that you have to own a home before you even consider settling down. I found it very refreshing to move from suburbia to London and no longer feel that cultural pressure. London is so ‘out of this world’ expensive that there is no expectation that you’ll be buying yourself a pad any time soon, if ever. It’s fully acceptable to rent indefinitely even with…hold your horses, a family! Sure, if we had the enormous wad of cash needed for a deposit then it would make a lot of sense to hoist ourselves onto the property ladder but the expectation just isn’t there and for now we can take advantage of getting someone else to do and pay for the dirty work, with the freedom to move if our needs change at comparatively little expense.
Whoever you are, wherever you are, sleep is a massive deal to all of us! Without enough of it our health can be affected along with our whole mood and without it altogether we’d actually die! I think we can safely say it’s important and I’ve been mulling on this even more in the last few months. After shaking up my nutrition to resolve my ongoing health problems, it got me thinking in a holistic sense about all areas of life; the products I was using on my skin, the ‘over the counter drugs’ I’d been happy to knock back without even thinking, the kind of exercise I was doing and high up the list, sleep. They all interlink with one another, as I come to understand more and more that feeling well isn’t just about one solitary aspect of life.
The guys at Argos recently got in touch to see if I would share my top tips for choosing and styling a sofa and with updating our own sofas in the last year I have a little bit to say on the matter. Our home is totally open plan, bar a door for the bedroom and obviously the bathroom too. Our ‘hall’ kitchen, living room and dining room all flow into one another with no separation. This is a total bonus for a small or shall we say ‘cute’ flat like ours, giving the illusion of space, something you fight for in central London. This does however blur the boundaries between work and play for me as I set up shop in the dining room each day. Part of me likes not being shut away in another room but it does make it hard to clock off. All of this means we’re more deliberate with our living room area as we wanted it to be comfy and inviting with soft finishings and textures, nooks for cups of tea and space to store all our books for some time away from screens.
Well as you may know if you already follow my Instagram, I recently went on a gorgeous trip to Budapest! I was so excited for a city break, particularly as I’ve never been to hungary before. Much as I know how necessary a chilled out beach style holiday is for my sanity, forcing me to hit pause, I get particularly excited about exploring a totally new place, absorbing some culture, trying new foods and being inspired by colour, shape and pattern in architecture. Budapest had received shining reviews from all my friends and family that had been and on hearing how reasonable it was we decided to head there for 6 nights. The idea was to see the sights at a leisurely pace and prevent that ‘I don’t even feel like I’ve been on a holiday’ feeling.
Kindly Air bnb covered our stay in the city, which I was beaming about as I love that sense of having your own apartment as a base and getting a small taster of what it’s like to be a local. I scouted out this gorgeous Air Bnb property a while ago and was totally taken with the bright, clean decor and attention to detail. If you follow my blog you can probably tell why it had me at ‘hello’, seeing as the place is clearly loaded with white and minimal charm, along with those pure white floors I dream of on a daily basis!
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!