My Mini Livingroom Makeover

Livingroom before Habitat KOTA 2 Seater Sofa Bed

I am so excited to share today’s post with you guys! Just after Christmas my husband and I decided that it was time to do a mini livingroom makeover. I say mini makeover as it was actually the first room we tackled when we moved in back in 2013 so it didn’t need much doing to it in all honesty. We were pretty happy with it, but I’ve always felt it wasn’t quite finished. We choose to paint the walls in a beautiful shade of dark green (Dulux Moss Blanket) but I was a bit apprehensive about painting all four walls in such a dark colour as it’s quite a small room and I’d only ever lived in magnolia homes before. So we opted to paint two walls green and leave two magnolia. Then in 2015, in celebration of National Wallpaper Week, we teamed up with Graham & Brown* for a decorating project whereby we used their beautiful Honolulu Palm wallpaper by Julien Macdonald* to cover one of the magnolia walls. This left us with one Magnolia wall, as you can see in the before picture above. We also had three massive canvasses hanging on this wall which we had brought with us from our previous, much bigger, home. They were too big for the space and I wanted to replace them with something more fitting. The new year provided us with the perfect excuse to make those little changes to our livingroom that we felt were really rather overdue. Read More…

Trend : Painterly Watercolour Wallpaper

Anthology Definition wallcovering Obsidian - Watercolour wallpaper

I’ve noticed the watercolour trend hitting the interiors scene over the past few years and I was wondering if any of you have noticed it too? It started off in accessories like cushions and fabrics, then we saw tableware and ceramics following suit. But it seems to me that this trend is getting stronger and stronger as lots of lovely new collections of watercolour wallpaper are popping up at the moment. My inbox has been a hotbed of activity in the past two weeks as I have received email after email about these gorgeous wallcoverings that are inspired by painterly techniques. Whether it’s paint splatters, watery inks, or visible brush strokes, these beautiful papers are taking inspiration from the artist’s palette to create something really stunning. So today I thought I’d share my findings with you. Read More…

Embracing Hygge with the Eve Duvet

Eve Duvet and bedding Days of Hygge

It’s really quite unbelievable but I haven’t actually written a blog post about ‘Hygge‘ yet. Surely, I must be the only blogger who hasn’t? Hygge has been such a massive trend this winter, it’s been everywhere. For those of you who don’t know what the Danish concept of hygge (pronounced Hoo-gah) is, it basically describes a feeling or mood that comes from taking genuine pleasure in making ordinary, every day moments more meaningful, beautiful or special. (There is a really good explanation of hygge over on Hyggehouse). There is no direct translation of the word in English, but in essence it can be described as a kind of cosiness that you feel when you are able to take pleasure from the presence of gentle, soothing things and when you can be free from anything that is deemed to be annoying or emotionally overwhelming. Hygge is taking time to enjoy your hot cup of tea with your feet up. Hygge is snuggling up with your loved ones by candle light. Hygge is sharing your favourite meal with friends. Hyyge is basically anything that makes you feel happy, cosy, contented, warm, safe and comforted. It sounds lovely doesn’t it? But I think it’s quite a personal thing. What makes one person feel hyggelig might not work for another. So today I want to talk about my idea of hygge and what hygge means to me. Read More…

Quick Cork Flooring from Sisal & Seagrass

Quick Cork Flooring from Sisal & Seagrass

Remember last year when I wrote about my kitchen makeover? Yeah well, we’re still no further along. For one reason or another it kept getting put on the back burner, but we’re hoping to forge ahead with it this spring and finally get it all sorted. It is so long overdue. One thing that is causing me a lot of stress is what to do about the flooring. We currently have really badly installed tiles, so bad that they actually trip us up as they are not flush. I’m longing for a floor that is flat, for a start, and that is a whole lot easier to keep clean. The grout looks filthy and is so hard to clean. My dream flooring would be cork and I have spent what feels like months looking for cork flooring that is not self-adhesive cork tiles. They just wouldn’t work for us and I have visions of them peeling off and looking really tatty after a while. But my search seemed to be futile as I couldn’t find anything on the market that matched my high expectations. That is until I came across this beautiful cork flooring from Sisal & Seagrass.

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The Kiss Rug by Sonya Winner

The kiss Orange Rug Sonya Winner cut out HR

Happy Valentine’s everyone! Do you celebrate Valentine’s day? My husband and I tend not to only because it seems silly to celebrate your love for one another on one particular day. Love should be something you celebrate all year round don’t you think? Anyway, to give today’s post a romantic feel, I wanted to share the beautiful Kiss rug and matching cushions by Sonya Winner. Featuring a couple kissing, these vibrant abstract designs are perfect for spreading the love this Valentine’s day. Read More…

Method Collaborates with Johanna Basford

Method cleaning products in collaboration with Johanna BasfordI really like to see brands that think outside the box when it comes to design and that is exactly what Method has done. The trendy home cleaning products brand launched way back in 2001 when two childhood friends, Adam Lowry and Eric Ryan, came up with an idea to revolutionise the cleaning world with stylish, eco-friendly products made with non-toxic ingredients. Eric knew people wanted cleaning products they didn’’t have to hide under their sinks and Adam knew how to make them without any dirty ingredients. And so the journey began. In 2002, Method enlisted the help of designer Karim Rashid to design packaging. Shortly afterwards the duo convinced Target to test its cleaning sprays and dish soaps in 90 stores before launching in Target stores across the US. In 2005, Method also launched in Canada and the UK. After successful launches in Australia, France and Japan, Method joined forces with Ecover in 2012 to create the world’s largest green cleaning company. Throughout the company’s development, they have stayed true to their mission to create products that meet the highest standard of social and environmental ethics but that also look damn good.  Read More…

IKEA TORHAMN Kitchen Cabinet Door Fronts

TORHAMN Kitchen cabinet door fronts from IKEA

I’m a big fan of IKEA, especially when it comes to kitchens. I’m basing this purely on aesthetics and functionality as I have never had or experienced an IKEA kitchen myself. I just love the way they look and the way they are designed to make the very best use of every available bit of space. Living in the UK, where our homes have the smallest floor space of any European country at just 76m2 for the average new build, space is definitely at a premium. I’m always amazed by the genius space saving designs that I see at IKEA and I’d love to replicate some of them in my own home, especially in my tiny kitchen. Anyway, I’m getting off track here, this isn’t a post about tiny kitchens or space saving designs. It’s a post about how fricking gorgeous the TORHAMN kitchen cabinet door fronts from IKEA are. I’ve had these on file since this time last year so I thought it was about time I shared the gorgeousness with you lovely lot.  Read More…

Terrazzo Wall Murals

Blue Marble Terrazzo Wall Murals from Murals Wallpaper

If you’ve been doing any research into the interior trends you can expect to see in 2017 you might have come across quite a few predictions that Terrazzo is going to make a big impact on the scene this year. Over the past few months, I’ve read plenty of blogs and articles all stating the same thing. The trade shows and design shows seem to confirm this and new products are popping up all the time. The latest to come onto my radar is this colourful collection of Terrazzo wall murals from Murals Wallpaper. Read More…

Mannmade London : New Furniture Brand from Sebastian Mann

[MannMade London] Battersea Collection, all products, from £155

Today guys I wanted to share this wonderful new collection with you that I discovered last week. It is produced by Mannmade London, which is a new contemporary furniture brand from architect and designer Sebastian Mann. Sebastian is the CEO of renowned London interior design agency Minale + Mann and it was his love of architecture and good, timeless design led him to create MannMade London. The new furniture brand aims to produce architecturally-inspired furniture that doesn’t follow a particular fad or fashion. This first collection is called Battersea and is inspired by the architecture that is local to MannMade London’s studio, where all of their furniture is designed and handmade to order. There is a strong emphasis on simple geometric-inspired shapes, clean lines, texture and finishes, all of which come from a uniquely architectural standpoint. Read More…

Embracing Minimalism with Window Shutters

Diamond Window Shutters Kitchen_01

I am trying really hard to embrace minimalism this year. Well, as much as you can with two little kids who fill your house to the brim with all their unnecessary toys and clutter. I’m pretty sure that downsizing our family belongings is the key to my mental health for 2017. I wrote more about this here. We are currently doing a bit of a makeover in the livingroom and giving the space an update. We’ve just taken delivery of a new sofa, I’ve bought some new cushions, a new shelving unit and I’ve got some new artwork and a rug on order. I’m really trying to keep minimalism in mind while we work on it as I do not want to introduce even more clutter into our already overloaded home. You’ll be able to see the full makeover here on the blog next month. It’s been an exciting process but one aspect that still flummoxes me is the window treatment.  Read More…

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