Sunday, 10 July 2016

Easy ways to update your home - Botanical trend

As the seasons change I like to change up a few things around the home much like how you would update your winter wardrobe to your summer wardrobe. I was contacted by homesense and TKMaxx to go into store and pick out easy ways in which I can update my home for summer.

Firstly I wanted to focus on the bedroom - I keep the walls and bedding very neutral with a lot of white, this makes it super easy to change up through the seasons. As you can see from a previous bedroom post where I injected some colour through accessories. Recently I have really been loving the botanical trend in homeware, the botanical trend is about creating a light and airy feeling with statement prints against a white wall  so when I spotted this beautiful bug printed cushion I just had to snap it up! The cushion was the centre to this design and helped to pull together the other accessories.

You can change up photos or artwork to tie in your theme or just to update the space, I used delicate floral and butterfly prints which I have picked up at car-boots and charity shops. Adding indoor plants, succulents or flowers in the home instantly adds that burst of nature making it feel updated, fresh and summery.

I also created a little DIY of my embroidered bee in gold onto a white cushion cover, I love how this works so well with the statement printed cushion I picked up in a local homesense store. I am thinking of starting a little range of embroidered homeware to go alongside my clothing and accessories !
 would you guys be interested in embroidered bee cushions too?

So this summer let loose, do not be afraid to be daring and create your own botanical garden within your home. Homesense and TKMaxx is a great place to start and each store holds lots of different treasures so you never know what you will uncover.

- Thank you to homesense/TKMaxx for sponsoring this post

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

New home additions - Home haul

We are currently making over our garden so I have found myself buying some new summery bits for the house too. Buying new home wear is an easy way to update your home for the summer without decorating and changing up the walls. 

Firstly I thought the front of our house could do with a couple of little updates! So of course I took a visit to Tiger - If you love everything flamingo this is the place to go! I picked up this little flamingo windmill and it really makes visitors smile. Adding pops of colour through new summery flowers is another way to make the front of your house extra summery - I went for this bright pink one which contrasts beautifully with the turquoise door. 

I could not resist these Palm tree glasses not only are they the cutest! they were only £3.50 each and plastic so perfect for picnics or using in the garden, i actually made a couple of strawberry daiquiris over the weekend in them already.

In Tiger I also picked up some flamingo glasses and those little ice cream scoop bowls which are adorable! 

Tiger also had lots of ice cream themed kitchen and party accessories so I picked up these salt and pepper shakers which were only £2! Im always shocked at how super affordable everything is in tiger. I also got some real cute ice cream bunting - need to organise a party just so I can use it.

We also purchased the pale blue swan microwave which matches our Blue fridge freezer I just love the retro look it injects into our kitchen.

Here is a little peak into our garden which is really starting to come together. A recent purchase was the super tropical fan palm plant which homebase are selling for £15! it makes our little garden in Stroud feel super tropical especially paired with my Tropical palm print outdoor cushions which I designed and sell over at society 6.

I hope you enjoyed my little home haul, I am really enjoying updating my home and garden for the summer and excited to share our garden make over in the next week or so!

Monday, 23 May 2016

Weekend guide to visiting Brighton

We recently took a little weekend break away to Brighton. Its a place I have always wanted to visit and as soon as we got there I wondered why we hadn't been before now!

Luck was on our side as the weather was incredible for the UK , People were actually sunbathing in bikinis on the beach! I didn't go that far but it was lovely to have an ice cream looking out to the pier.

Things you must do when you visit -

Get lost in the lanes - The 'lanes' are a collection of narrow lanes in Brighton which are famous for their small shops, cafes and narrow alleyways.

Where to eat

- You must try a cupcake from angel food bakery , I mean just look at them.... We tried the salted caramel and the strawberries and cream ssoooo dreamy

cloud 9 - Do the BEST milkshakes and ice creams.

- Giggling squid for crazy good Thai food 

My favourite thing to do in Brighton was just to walk around and look at all the pretty little coloured houses, graffiti and quirky little shops. If you go into snoopers paradise you can use a vintage style photo booth for just £3! such a cute little souvenir of our trip.

I cant wait for my next visit so if you have any other suggestions do comment below.

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Behind the scenes of spring summer 2016 'Queen Bee' ASOS marketplace collection

This post is a little different to my usual interior room make overs but I thought some of you might be interested to see my new Asos marketplace collection! this one has to be my favourite collection yet! I just let myself be experimental mixing in my love of sassy slogans with new pieces mixed with a few one off vintage reworked jackets. I also started to introduce some of my embroidered imagery through the use of bees and florals but with an edgy twist embroidered onto oversized sweaters, crops and 90s style skirts and bombers. 

My all time favourite piece of this collection has to be the ‘Queen bee’ embroidered bomber jacket – I just love the contrast of the silver thread on the black and how detailed my little bees are, I am looking to experiment further with colour introducing more summery pastels but also more imagery looking at bugs and cute summer theme motifs!

I created some mood-boards to use for shoot inspiration but these also inspired me through my design development.

I wanted to share a little look behind the scenes of how I created the collection but also shoot day! I connected with photographer Vicky Wheeler I just loved her dreamy style of photography and her way of creating a story through her images. The models we used for the shoot were absolutely perfect for the look and garments.

we decided on a day and planned the location which would give the retro vibes we were looking for. Of course being England it rained! You would never know from the final images what was really going on behind the scenes!

Designer/styling – Emma Warren

Photographer- Vicky Wheeler
Models – Lily Woollard, Asia Worgan 

Location- Weston-Super-Mare