Monday, 31 August 2015

Shelf styling and my favourite coffee table books

I thought I would share some images of my living room shelves and the objects currently on display including family photos and my own art work along with objects that remind me of certain times, for example the little castle reminds me of how as a family we would visit Disney in Florida and to me and my sister it was the most magical place where we believed we were actual princesses , I remember being mesmerised by the castle.

Below are a couple of my favourite coffee table books including one by Sabrina Ward Harrison which is a type of journal or diary of her life, I love looking back through this book as every time I look I see more , each page is filled with paintings, collages and quick sketches which all work together to make up such beautiful artwork. Some of my other favourites include my interior design books Happy homemade home and a series by Geraldine James which hold the most beautiful images of homes I think I have ever seen with some really great DIY ideas. Found is a book made up of found or lost notes some funny, some sad all of which tell a story.

Can you spot the framed train tickets?
 I have a whole collection from my time at university, my fiancĂ© George would visit me in Nottingham every weekend and I would keep every ticket. I wanted a way to display them so for now I have just framed a couple but I am thinking of creating a little coffee table with them fused under glass, they hold such lovely memories and I didn't want them to just stay in a box! Also I think they add a lovely pop of colour to the room. 

 I hope you all enjoyed this post as this little corner of my house is defiantly my favourite!

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Current wishlist

Just a little post to share what is on my current wish list! 

1The blue instax mini I have been lusting over this little camera for a while now and I love the super cute blue colour.
2Paper towns written by John green has been added to my Need to read list! I'm thinking of purchasing this to take on my up and coming holiday.
3- This Circle mirror would look lovely on my stair case wall
4- How beautiful are these Tropical heeled sandals ! I think these would make the perfect holiday sandal.
5- A dining table is the next thing we will be making for our house (by we I mean George) but we are designing a unique chunky oak dining table and I literally cannot wait for it to be finished.
6- The Olympus pen camera not only is it beautiful to look at, It would be the perfect everyday camera to keep in my handbag.
7- I love everything at Made in particular this simple little table with its contrasting white and wood which would go perfectly in the living room.
8- These cat eye sunglasses look super stylish and would be perfect with my holiday outfits, also so affordable!
9- I really love this Metal storage suitcase I would use it to store my large jewellery collection.
10- I have been on the hunt for an arm cuff for a while and when I spotted this one on ASOS I added it straight to my favourite list! I think it will add such lovely detail to my holiday outfits.

I would love to here what is on your favourite lists! 

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

DIY Teacup planter

I just wanted to share this super quick little post with you!
I have a large collection of pretty china a lot of which are tea cups , I wanted to have a couple on show but didn't want them to look too old fashioned as it really would not work with the room so I planted some little succulents in my favourites and really loved the results! The easiest DIY and as succulents are super easy to take care of hopefully they will last. 
I would love to see your DIYs just link them below :)

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Thursday, 13 August 2015

Living room makeover- Fireplace before and after

When we moved in the fireplace was made up of an old gas fire with a modern white surround... to say it was hideous is an understatement!so we set about ripping it out and after a dust filled house and old plaster covering the floor we found there was actually a decent size fireplace with a pretty arch detail.We decided to treat and paint the brick white to give a cleaner appearance that was more in keeping with the room

I wanted to create a little reading nook to the right of the fireplace so George added some chunky oak floating shelves and I hunted down the perfect accessories! I am so pleased with how the fireplace looks now compared to how it did before! It has completely opened up the room and created a real focal point. At the moment I have added a terrarium and plants but eventually we want to restore an old wood burner for the winter and have that installed. We created a hearth by building up a plinth and adding grey slate to match our colour palette. 

I love to mix textures and pattern so I created some of my own artwork which you can see in more detail here and also the turquoise marble print cushion with pom pom edging which is a little look into the home ware collection I am designing!

I have been lusting over this chair that I had found trailing through pinterest and eventually found this beautiful turquoise circle chair in the range, not only is it perfect but it was super cheap at only £40! I think it is actually a garden chair but it is exactly what I have been looking for as the open design makes the chair appear smaller and opens up the space. The large floor lamp is also a statement piece and works perfectly as a reading lamp and makes the area look extra cosy but also adds style.

I hope you love the transformation as much as I do, I want to share a shelf styling post soon too as I am constantly changing it up to display more artwork and pretty books.

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

A summer picnic with Swig - picnic essentials

Summer means its picnic season! 
I was kindly contacted by Swig flasks to see if I would like to review one of their hip flasks so 
I have put together this post to share my picnic essentials and my thoughts on the flask.

1- A pretty picnic basket - I choose this Mini cool bag from Cath Kidston which was the perfect size for keeping the food fresh and came with two lunch boxes in the matching cloud print!

2- Food - I prepared a little paella to take in the lunch boxes filled with chicken, chorizo, prawns and vegetables. No picnic would be complete without strawberry's and cupcakes and for me my new favourite snack sweet and salty popcorn.

3- Drinks - Still lemonade is my favourite summer time drink along with a cheeky drop of gin! This is where the flask came in perfectly. I packed a bottle of the still lemonade and a flask of gin and it made for a refreshing and summery drink.

The flask 
I choose the SWIG magnetic Executive Flask which came with the Naked swig flask and a blue leather sleeve which features a card slot and limited addition elephant print lining which is such a lovely detail, I also love that the flask came with its own number which is engraved onto the flask which invites you to join the swig society which makes it a little extra special. I think the flask would be a perfect gift! It came in a simple but sleek black box with turquoise ribbon and fabric lining there was also an option to add an engraved message which is a lovely touch to personalise your flask. 

Thanks again to the team at swig,
 I am sure my flask will enjoy may picnics and nights out with me!