Well this is overdue, a little like our baby really! Lots of deadlines at the end of August meant that getting the nursery sorted was pretty far down the priority lis, which I found really hard as those typical nesting urges were welling up! Yes, I realise you don’t need a fully kitted out nursery for a newborn but I really wanted to have the enjoyment of preparing in that way and having the time and capacity to make little bits and pieces for it. I’d been putting away things for a while and just wanted it to all finally come together and I’m so happy with the outcome.
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 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.
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.
A still very sleepy good morning to you! I’m very excited to bring you this DIY tutorial I did for Design*Sponge. I was obviously ecstatic to flex my DIY muscles for such along standing design pillar in the blogging world. Grace is such a talented curator and maker!
If you’re bored of the same old standard frames then have a go trying something a bit different for your walls and I know I always say this with my DIYs but it really is so easy! I also indulged my new love affair with wood stain just a little more. Check out how to make this DIY Hanging Wall Frame and add some drama to your wall!
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.
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
It’s time for a new month’s Styling The Seasons post and this month it’s a little bit special. Laura Ashley teamed up with the monthly style challenge to provide some of the regular bloggers that take part with a few pieces from the SS15 collection. The idea being that we’d then style these products for February.
You can see all twelve blog posts on the Laura Ashley blog over the 10th and 11th of February and you can even vote for your favourite one which will enter you into a draw to win £50 to spend at Laura Ashley! I do love a freebie!
Hello and welcome back to reality! This is my first post of 2015 and I’m excited to get back into things even if waking up for my alarm this morning was even more painful than yesterday. I’m kicking of the new year and new month with my styling the seasons post.
Let’s be honest, January isn’t the most inspiring month. Light hours are still short, the cold doesn’t seem quite as magical without fireworks and Christmas decorations and every one is trying to get back into a work mind set after gloriously lazing about in PJs.
I’m not a massive fan of new years resolutions as you don’t need a new year to start doing or not doing things. January 1st isn’t going to magically cancel out all thats gone before but it is a good time to reassess as I said in my last blog post. We started the year with a big old clean and tidy out chez Muncey which was more satisfying than I can even explain (and more of a workout than I can even explain). I came out of the Christmas period with a body longing for fruit, veg and vitamins. So I’m stocking up and rather than the typical train of thought that leads people to take things out of their diet, I’m thinking about what I can add that will make me healthier and help fighting colds, energy levels and concentration.
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!