Well we had a pretty intense weekend with a very long to-do list of house tasks: mostly involving cleaning, removing and assembling stuff. But there was definite light at the end of the tunnel by Sunday evening, and the best part was finally finishing off the bedroom. It’s been a long time coming… soon after moving in we wallpapered and painted the walls, bought some cheap curtains and put in a fitted wardrobe, but it was full of old mismatched furniture from our previous rentals and needed tying together. After this weekend – nearly three years after moving it – I’m calling it done! And I love the result. Let’s take a tour…
Here’s the view from the door. The bed is the Lansdowne from Made.com which I’ve been very pleased with – it’s super comfy and sturdily constructed and I love the padded headboard for reading. The reading spotlights were supposed to be wired in but our wall wasn’t suitable so we had them adapted to be plugged with a coloured flex. I got two sets of Orla Kiely stem-print bedding while it was on sale at Achica. The wallpaper is Cole & Sons ‘Trees’.
We were going to get a custom bookcase built to fit this annoying sticky-out bit of wall, but then found this John Lewis one that was the perfect width to fit. I built and installed it single-handed on Sunday morning, then tried – and got bored – colour-coding our books.
View from the far corner by the window. Like the living room we’ve got a lot of mid-century style wooden furniture in here. It took quite a long time to source each one and get a set that sort-of matches and suits our storage needs. The latest addition is this adorable sideboard from Hopper and Space.
Hello mirror-me! The dresser by the window serves as my vanity area and storage for more books.
This room’s a little lighter on the art and clutter than the rest of the flat – for now anyway. I’m not really sold on this wall config, but I love both my Kozyndan bunny prints and the vintage letterpress sketches, and it’s a big wall to fill. Maybe I’ll put all four bunnies along here and the letters above the bed.
There’s a touch of vintage pottery and indoor planting going on in here too. The pussywillow branches and aloe vera are from Columbia Road market – a treat on Sunday afternoon after the hard work. Pro tip: get there around 4pm as the traders are packing up and you’ll get a bargain.
Our coats and laundry are tucked away behind the door. We got the big fitted wardrobe built across the back wall a little while ago. It’s not exactly beautiful, but it stores a hell of a lot of stuff – all of our clothes, spare bed linen, suitcases etc. Debating switching the handles and maybe adding some kind of decal to the doors to make it a bit prettier.
I think this means it comes cat-approved. He pleasingly fits the colour scheme, too.
Wallpaper: Cole & Son ‘Trees’
Paint: Dulux ‘Egyptian Cotton’
Wardrobe: Sliderobes doors and custom-made frame
Bedding: Orla Kiely via Achica
Lights: Garden Trading, adapted to be plugged with Fabric Cable flex
Bookcase: John Lewis
Mirror, dresser, pictures, bedside table, vases, pots: secondhand/vintage
In the absence of anything more interesting to share, I thought I’d do a round-up of some of my favourite things I’ve added to my interiors Tumblr lately. We’re not planning to move for at least a year or two, but looking at lovely photos sure makes me want to move and start afresh with all our interior design!
Got such a thing for minimal white/wood kitchens right now. Unfortunately I think I’m too much of a maximalist – especially when it comes to kitchenalia – to ever make this look work. (Sources: 1,2,3,4,5).
A couple of super sexy bathrooms (Sources: 1,2). Walk-in shower is number one on our priorities list for next house.
I’d try to work in this Step bathroom sink too – the wooden drainage board shelf is so smart.
Loving the bare polished plaster fireplace (via Ann Lowe)
Wouldn’t this shelf be perfect beside the bed or a cosy reading chair?
I haven’t ever posted about our bedroom’s interior design – I will soon! We just ordered this lean bookcase to replace the ubiquitous Ikea Billy, but we’re still looking out for one more small storage unit to make it complete. I love the ledge and leather-handled cupboards here – might be a nice quick update of our cupboard doors to try something similar.
I meant to visit loads of London Design Festival stuff, but ended up being quite lazy/disorganised last week and ended up just going to Design Junction on Saturday. Worked out pretty well though since it seemed to be all of the coolest stuff, housed in an awesome old sorting office warehouse.
There’s some great mid-century modern inspired furniture pieces to be found at Berlin-based Fashion For Home. The site is new to the UK and focuses on innovative and stylish home furniture from an international team of designers. They manage to keep the prices low without sacrificing quality and workmanship by avoiding middlemen along the supply process, and are environmentally conscious.
I’m mentally re-dressing my home with these pieces…
Not much has changed around here since my last About the house, but since I keep snapping little shots to try out my new camera I thought I’d share.
Always rearranging the mantelpiece
Picked up this sweet little dresser from a new vintage shop in Stoke Newington. It was only £125 and fits in great. The bedroom is the last room to be ‘done’ since I’m looking out for the perfect vintage bedside table and we need some shelves building. But it’s slowly coming together now.
I got these gorgeous things from Spitalfields market. They’re original pencil drawings by lettering artists at the Linotype factory in Manchester. The drawings would form the basis for hot metal type letters to be cast and used to print books. Nice piece of history! Not sure where to hang them though – is above the bed too cheesy?
So we spent the long weekend in Copenhagen, and I have billion blog posts drafted up! First up the best bit, our dreamy apartment. We finally used Airbnb for the first time, and I’m so glad we did. We stayed in the most beautiful apartment…
Our new new bathroom is done! This is kind of the second renovation that this tiny room has seen. Here’s the very-before, during, and before:
We redid the room in a bit of a rush when we first moved in because it was so grim, and I still like the simple modern suite, slate floor and subway wall tiles that we picked. But the wall colour wasn’t a winner – too dark for a tiny, windowless space yet too light be an interesting dramatic statement – and the lighting was far too weak.
Post second-renovation it now looks like this:
This biggest change was replacing the lights from a dull central unit to six bright LED spotlights. This immediately brightened up the whole room, making it feel more hotel-luxe and less dank cave. I painted the bath panel to match the floor and gave the walls a coat of duck-egg blue, which I think works much better in the space. (Part of me still thinks it would’ve been cool to go nuts and paint it black though.)
The only other new thing is the cute storage unit by the sink, which fits in nicely with the vintage-y and wooden accessories we already owned. Lila clearly likes it too: we can’t keep her out of the bath and sink!
Now I want to take baths all the time and enjoy it as a real room!
Suite: Aston Matthews
Storage unit: BHS
Paint: Sanderson Spectrum Ocean Spray (walls) Farrow & Ball Down Pipe (bath)
Towels and bathmat: H&M home
Shelves: Made from worktop offcuts
Picture frames: John Lewis
Medicine cabinet and spotlights: Wickes
Amara got in touch recently, asking if I’d like to review one of their products. I hadn’t heard of the site before, but was happy to find it’s a very well-curated online home store, with brands such as Missoni, Orla Kiely, Emma Bridgewater and Rob Ryan amongst lots of others.
I was particularly excited to see Jonathan Adler listed, an American designer known for his elegant animal ceramics and cheerful patterns. I fell in love with his store in San Francisco so I’m pleased you can buy it over here now too. (He also has a store in London, but it’s way over in Kensington so I haven’t trundled across town to it yet.)
I couldn’t resist this gorgeous birdie spoon rest: beautiful yet functional!
She looks equally at home with my owls on the mantlepiece, non? Here’s some of my other Jonathan Adler favourites from Amara’s site:
I’m quite excited to be able to show off the beginnings of a project I’ve been working away on for the last few months. LLUSTRE.com is a brand new site for finding and purchasing beautifully designed products for your home, and I’ve been working with them since December as design director. Their USP is to promote new designers, find exclusive and limited-edition products, and deliver them at a great price to the customer. It’s been so much fun working on the site and getting glimpses into all the wonderful products that will be up for sale come April…
A teaser of some of the brands lined up to sell in the first few weeks of events: Ella Doran, Thornback & Peel, Plumen, Normann Copenhagen, Falcon enamelware, Reiko Kaneko and Thorody.. reads like interiors heaven, non?
We’ve just launched the first phase of the site where you can sign up for founder member status, getting yourself an instant £10 credit to spend and the ability to invite friends and earn even more credit (up to £100!). And there’s loads more (secret) exciting stuff being added very soon…
LLUSTRE also has a fabulous in-house Journal to give a taster into the kind of aesthetic and edtorial slant you’ll soon be able to find on the full site. The busy team also tweet, Tumbl and Pin – phew!
There’s only 10,000 LLUSTRE founder memberships up for grabs so get signing up now to be first in the queue when the sales start, and invite your friends to earn credit!
Pssst! – if you’re a blogger and would like to share the LLOVE on your blog too, just drop me a comment or email and they’ll send you a lovely press kit with all our photographs and launch brands, as well as info on other bloggy events that we’re running.