Do you have a silent home? I don’t think I noticed quite how important it was to fill the space with music until we didn’t really have a means to do so. Nick essentially studied sound in his Music Studio Tech degree so with him came a quite decent set of speakers but they getting old and would have crackly moments that would inconveniently disrupt the flow of songs, not to mention they were HUGE! I tried to ignore what massive eyesores they were but when we moved we decided we just couldn’t make them work in our new space. We were after speakers that would seamlessly fit into our home decor without compromising on quality. That’s where Sonos came in to lend a helping hand!
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.
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!
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!
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.
I don’t know about you but Christmas usually brings with it an array of gift boxes in all manner of sizes and shapes. This year was no exception, even receiving this pretty hexagon one and thought it was too nice to throw away. Of course I felt a DIY brewing. I’m loving the cork trend at the moment and so decided to play into that, remembering this super nifty self adhesive cork from a previous project. You can use any size or shape box you fancy but if you like the hexagon vibe, I’ve linked to a place you can get hold of one below.Read more
What’s your Christmas style? Mine seems to evolve year on year. When we were first married we spent some of our John Lewis vouchers on stocking up on tree decorations, prepared months in advance to deck the halls! At that time we opted for a traditional Scandi assortment of red and white with lots of wooden decorations and garlands strewn around the house, thinking it was classic and had longevity. It was sweet but three years down the line I wondered why an earth I was bringing red into my home when I would never, I repeat never at any other point in the year. Unless it’s a red lip I’m usually not a fan of the colour and so feeling liberated to cut this typically festive shade out of our home, I starting making my own monochrome decorations with splashes of gold and felt much more at peace.
This make was inspired by a trip to one of my favourite shop for ‘things you never knew you needed’, Flying Tiger. I came across this lovely grey marl, jersey yarn and instantly had to buy it and worry about dreaming up a use for it later. It wasn’t long before I was taken with the idea of somehow donning a wrapping technique to create a handy, whilst pretty, trivet. I’m often trying to scramble for things to put down to protect the table or surfaces from scalding heat. Our table is a bit worse for wear on that front amongst others but I’m soon to be getting a new one and looking forward to using things to keep it protected. Having said that, these could easily be used as coasters for hot drinks too. You need very few materials to create this Scandi inspired idea which is even better. Read more
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?!
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.
If you follow me on any form of social media you’ll know that at the end of June we went to Copenhagen. It had been on our list of places to visit for so long that we were pumped to finally get there! We’ve had a love affair with all things Danish from afar, whether it was the interiors, bands, graphic design, TV programmes, fashion, coffee or food and so it made a whole lot of sense to visit the place we were so obsessed with.
Well there’s almost been too much happening this month to take in and yet it feels like a total blur and I actually can’t believe that we’re at the end of it already. After a very joyful post for June, July’s post is definitely the flip side. I was overwhelmed with how blessed I felt last month, to the point of it making me frequently well up with thankfulness.
I’ve said it before and it’s true, I really do love organisation DIY projects. Maybe it’s because life feels so hectic most of the time that any small ways I can help curb the crazy is very welcome. This project can help you organise any part of your home really but my initial thoughts were for my art supplies. They’re always in need of a tidy, especially when they’re also always increasing! Just to throw another idea out there, you could also use it for mail. Perhaps one pocket for ‘keepers’, one for ‘unread’ and one for ‘action’. I could go on but I won’t bore you.
Well June is never reliable for weather in the UK and this time round it’s proving its not so stunning reputation to be valid. One minute I’m putting sandals on the next, tights and a waterproof but regardless I always like June as its my birthday month and who doesn’t love a birthday.
Hi guys! That’s right, I’m bringing you another wood based DIY because as you can see I’m pretty pumped about discovering the best wood glue ever. There are yet more wood tutorials to come so hold off getting bored just a little bit longer! I promise to sprinkle some other ones in between.
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.
I’ve noticed that recently a lot of my DIY projects seem to be veering towards organisation. Perhaps it’s an conscious attempt to stop things spiralling into chaos or perhaps I’m developing more of an appreciation for things being ordered.
I have one of those ‘odd and ends’ shops near me. The kind that sells everything from tools to candles to crockery to bubble machines and everything in between. I always seem to go in looking for something completely random and walk out with something even more obscure. Last time I spied a wire dish drying rack which sounds incredibly dull but with my relentless ‘DIY hat’ on, thought it would be perfect for storing notes and papers for my desk. Cue the balsa wood and you’re smugly laughing your way to a desk that’s spick and span.
I love where I live in Shepherd’s Bush but I have to say the area’s annoyingly slow on the uptake when it comes to cool and quirky cafes and eateries. Conveniently we live up the top end, bordering Chiswick which opens up an extensive array of options. If there’s somewhere new and exciting it’s nearly always near the High Road. I’d had my eye on what they were up to in the firestation for a while / stalked it a little on Insta (naturally), so when it came to opening week I was pumped to here there were still breakfast bookings and 50% off food! We took a very early, sunny morning walk to No197 Chiswick Firestation and spent the next hour and a half in a totally dreamy state.
April has gone by in a flash but just in the nick of time, I’ve managed to style a corner of my home for Styling The Seasons. I’ve been pretty disappointed to find myself still wearing a scarf and fur coat at the end of April, not to mention the brief snow interludes?! While I wait for Spring to show up I’m consoling myself with plenty of indoor greenery and a burst of citrus.
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.
March is very nearly over but I’ve still managed to get in this month’s Styling The Seasons post. I actually shot this about 2 weeks ago but my heads been all over the place this month with work. Let’s just say it’s felt busy, but that’s how I feel most of the time so what’s new eh? I think that’s just life and we learn to have a threshold for more. Despite life being on the frantic side I’ve actually miraculously felt much more rested in the month of March. Nick and I have been keeping up our new bedtime habits which I’m sure has helped and the little blessing of the sun being up when my alarm goes off has done wonders! I’m always amazed at what a huge difference it makes.
I’m soaking in some Monday mirror inspiration as I’m currently feeling compelled to fill my home with more of them. Unfortunately I don’t really have any wall space left, having successfully covered every inch of spare white! Having said that I’ve been looking to sub one in the place of our bedroom mirror, a very generous wedding gift that is stunning but no longer goes with anything in our home. I’ll ponder that one.
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.
Let’s liven up Monday with a DIY for your home shall we? If you read my blog regularly you may remember I did a post on the botanical trend back in Autumn. I had been out foraging for greenery which is less unusual than I’d like to admit and found some fern leaves. I took them home a rekindled the art of flower pressing with the help of my husband’s brick size books of theology. Sad to say that’s the most use I’ve personally had out of them but they certainly did the trick. Then the story goes, I totally forgot about them until one day my memory jolted and proclaimed, ‘I must make coasters’. A revolutionary statement if ever you heard one. It bothered me slightly that I was a DIY blogger and had never used resin in a single project I’d executed. I was intrigued by the stuff and settled in this as the perfect project to flex some new DIY muscles.