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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…

Bespoke Framing Service from King & McGaw

Scandi Artwork Bespoke Framing King & McGaw

I can’t believe January is almost over already, that has just whizzed by. I’m starting to worry that I’m not going to get through all my plans for my home (again) this year. There just isn’t enough time in the year. But one thing that I am going to be able to achieve is finally getting all my artwork framed. As I’ve explained before I’ve never been great at choosing artwork for my home and the fear that I will go off it has often stopped me from actually buying any in the first place. But I’ve become far more confident with my choices in the past year or so and I’ve finally invested in some really lovely pieces. Challenge overcome! Well almost. I was pretty disappointed to learn just how difficult it can be to find the right frame for your artwork. Having finally taken the leap and chosen some great art for my home, I ended up still not being able to display it as I couldn’t find a frame that was the right size or colour. It was really quite frustrating. I mean the last thing you want to do is end up having to trim down a print so that it will fit into a frame, right? But luckily, I have since discovered online art retailer King & McGaw and their bespoke framing service. Read More…

Giveaway : £50 to spend on Wall Art at Posterlounge

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I have recently become much more confident when it comes to choosing artwork for my home. I’ve always found it a real challenge to find artwork that I love and that I won’t get bored of easily. The fear that I will go off it quickly has, for years, prevented me from even buying any…how ridiculous!. Even when we lived in rented accommodation and artwork was the obvious way to personalise our home a bit, I still couldn’t make the leap and actually buy anything. I’ve got a lot better since we bought our flat though and now if I see artwork that I like, I try not to overthink it and just go for it. So what if I go off it in a year or two? As long as it’s not too expensive and it makes me happy, does it really matter? Earlier this year, I created a lovely gallery wall in our master bedroom, which I am so pleased with and now I’m planning to make another one for our livingroom and I was really excited while choosing the artwork.

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Mapiful : Printed Map Posters of your Favourite Place

Gothenburg printed map posters by Mapiful

I have become somewhat obsessed with artwork and prints at the moment. I’m currently creating a gallery wall in my bedroom which is so long overdue but it’s almost complete now and I can’t wait to get it finished. As I’ve probably explained before, I am super picky about artwork. If it’s going up in my home, it has to be something I won’t get bored of and something that really resonates with me, otherwise it’s a no go. I love typographic prints and more abstract artwork, nothing too busy. I also have a bit of a thing for maps, like the hand drawn map of Paris by Jenni Sparks for Evermade that is currently hanging in my bedroom. But they have to be contemporary maps not those vintage looking ones. And the maps have to feature places that mean something to me otherwise I’m not interested. So when I discovered the map posters by Mapiful I knew straight away that these are right up my street. Read More…

Bloomingville Mini Collection AW15

Bloomingville Mini Range 2015 children's bedroom

Well, with less than five weeks to go until our new baby arrives (unless s/he comes late of course) I’m already thinking of how we will update the nursery. Two years ago, when Matylda was born, I opted for a woodland animals theme but at the time it was quite difficult to source lovely products to go in the room. Now, this is not so much the case as there are lots of lovely woodland-inspired products on the market. One of the nicest ranges I have come across so far is the Bloomingville Mini Collection AW15. The collection includes some beautiful toys, tableware, textiles and decorative accessories all in a neutral colour palette accented with subtle pastel shades. The illustrations that run through the range are just adorable and would work in boy’s or a girls room. I’ll leave you with some beautiful images of how great a child’s room could look and a few images of some of my favourite pieces from the collection. As always let me know what you think! Read More…

Advice to Sink in Slowly

Advice to Sink in Slowly by Cat Hayward

When John Stanbury contacted me to let me know about the latest addition to his project, I couldn’t quite believe that I had never come across it before. John is the founder and project manager of Advice to Sink in Slowly, a project whereby an ongoing series of posters is designed by graduates for the purpose of passing on advice and inspiration to first year students. The posters are given as a welcoming gift to freshers across the UK when they start University. I fell in love with this idea as soon as I heard about it and thought that it really is a lovely and worthwhile project. Going to University is an adventure and a massive learning curve, not only in academic terms but also in general life skills. It’s a time when you start to discover yourself, who you are and what you want from life and this can be quite daunting. You’re also surrounded by new people, and have far fewer boundaries than when you lived at home with your parents. It really is a time when major life lessons are learnt. So the idea of receiving a poster in your first few weeks away from home is lovely because it not only helps you to settle into your new surroundings and make your room feel slightly more homely but it also enables you to learn from some of the wisdom gained by those students who went through all of this before you.

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Panoramic Photo Prints for Adventure Enthusiasts

Let's Sail Away Print by Leah Flores

I have been looking for artwork to put up in my house for a couple of years now. The problem is I am very picky and quite flaky so I tend to go off things quite quickly. In the past this has prevented me from committing enough to actually get around to purchasing art work. A few months ago however, I had a bit of an epiphany. Sure I may go off a piece of artwork, but what about if the artwork was mostly typographic? I love words, words are my thing, and for that reason I am pretty unlikely to suddenly go off them. So I started the hunt for typographic artwork I could buy. Finding something was easier said than done as the next hurdle was finding something in the right colour. I want green, but apparently that is too much to ask. Or so I thought until I discovered the glorious panoramic photo prints by Leah Flores.

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Typographic Artwork by Therese Sennerholt

Typographic Artwork by Therese Sennerholt

I decided that I absolutely had to do a blog post on this when one of my very favourite Tweeps, Igor Josif tweeted a link to the blog 23qm Stil featuring the stunning artwork by Swedish freelance art director Therese Sennerholt. Her work mostly centres around advertising, editorial, graphic design and corporate identity, but she has also started making graphic prints as a sideline. She uses old and new sayings and quotations, some she has found and some she has made up herself, and she uses them to make this wonderful collection of typographic prints. Read More…

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