Monday, 29 October 2012

My guest room- before, during and now

Guest room


Guest room now


Guest room now


Guest room during


Guest room


Guest room during


Guest room entrance before


Old guest room before


Old guest room before

As some of you may know, we bought our house a few years back and it was in a right state: from the ugly exterior to the old, decrepit kitchen and nondescript garden! Over the past few years we have been transforming our house and there is not a hint of what it used to look like left.
When we bought our house it had one dirty old bathroom downstairs that we transformed into a cloakroom and laundry room. Which you can read more about here and here.

Therefore we wanted to transform one of the single bedrooms upstairs into our new bathroom, we had a choice of two single bedrooms to choose from. We went for the bedroom that looked out on to the neighbours white wall as the other single room has great views of the garden and overlooks a leafy green park. But the original entrance to the single bedroom was at the end of the hallway round a dark corner that was riddled with cupboard doors which made the entrance to the other double bedroom very dark and narrow. So we knocked down the wall that had the old entrance to the bathroom in it and changed the entrance to be in the hallway near our master bedroom. At the same time we also decided to get rid of the three cupboards that made the said entrance to the guest room really narrow and dark. We then rebuilt the wall in a straight line and extended the guest bedroom to include part of the old hallway, which has made it much brighter and more welcoming. At the weekend we got the room carpeted so today I wanted to share with you what it looked like before, during and now. Later this week I will be sharing with you my designs for the furniture layout and deco for the room.

Floor plan before and now

To see all the before, during and now pictures of our house check out my Facebook albums

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Friday, 26 October 2012

Diary Date - The Spirit of Christmas

Jane Means ribbons













With the festive season fast approaching, there are plenty of wonderful events going on around the country to inspire and delight so first up in my diary is The Sprit of Christmas

The Spirit of Christmas Fair in association with House & Garden is London’s exclusive shopping experience, packed full with exquisite, unique gifts and treats you will rarely find on the high street. With over 650 companies carefully hand-picked for their quality and originality, firm festive favourites combine with irresistible debutante brands from the worlds of interiors, fashion, food, gifts and lifestyle. Taking place 30th October-4th November against the stunning backdrop of Kensington’s London Olympia, it provides the most discerning of shoppers the chance to shop, dine and socialise in style.

The Sprit of Christmas has plenty of attractions like the House and Garden Workshop with interactive sessions from champagne tasting, floral decorations, to table trends and Christmas recipes from renowned chefs. In the Food Hall you have the opportunity to taste and buy the country’s finest produce including full English country cheddar cheeses, smoked salmon, Christmas puddings to fine chocolates, wines and champagnes. I for one am really looking forward to it and of course will be sharing all my highlights here...

If you want to be inspired and delighted you can still buy tickets here

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Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Pitfield @ Tent London

Pitfield @ Tent London
Pitfield @ Tent London
Pitfield @ Tent London
Pitfield @ Tent London
Colour palette
I loved the Pitfield London stand at Tent London. It was an eclectic mix of beautifully creative and curious pieces. Today on 'shops I love' I bring you Pitfield, an interiors and lifestyle emporium based in London with an onsite café and exhibition gallery.

"Attracting the creative and curious, our eclectic emporium stocks only beautiful, unique and attention grabbing homewares. Our interiors and lifestyle shop, café and exhibition gallery presents colour, glamour, glitz and excitement. Discover vintage finds, designer wallpapers and carpets, reworked furniture, inspiring gifts and more. Browse our categories to enter a fantastical world where everything is retro and riveting, dramatic and daring"

After seeing a small selection of their glorious collection at Tent London it is definitely on my 'must visit' list of places in London. I imagine finding a whole host of treasures to delight and inspire...

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Monday, 8 October 2012

My Guest Room inspiration

Guest room inspiration
Source 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Hi, I hope you all had a sweet weekend! I have been busy designing our guest room and am giddy with excitement as it is the last room in our house to decorate, which means next month the new carpets will be laid upstairs and all the rooms will be finished. Well, apart from a few odds and ends I need to get sorted.

Out of all the rooms upstairs, it has been the most challenging room to decorate due to its shape and size, but it's definitely an improvement on the rabbit's warren it used to be! Before I go into the detail of how we changed the layout by removing walls etc., I wanted to share with you my colour and print inspiration board.

I want to keep the room fresh, light and inviting so I am going to paint the walls in a pale, neutral colour and the woodwork in white eggshell. I intend to add colour and interest through an array of accessories and soft furnishings. I am loving the Morrocan inspired geometric prints, funky coloured chairs and the chalky, lilac and lavender accessories in the above photos and, of course, the splash of mint! Fingers crossed it turns out half as nice as these pics look!

If you can't wait to see the pics of before and during check out my Facebook album My House - A Transformation!

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Sunday, 7 October 2012

Floral Wellies

Floral wellies & brollies
Floral wellies
Joules floral wellies
Joules
Stripe
I am officially ready for Autumn! Good job as it is here already. I am looking forward to drinking hot chocolate curled up on the sofa, long walks in the crisp, fresh air looking for acorn caps so I can make an abundance of needle felted acorns. So when the lovely peeps at Joules offered to send me a pair of wellies in my choice of color and print to review, I was thrilled.

I pored over their myriad of wellies: should I get the bright pink glossy pair? Or the elegant navy ones with a big fuchsia ribbon bow on the back or the pair splashed with a bright floral? In the end, I chose the navy ground print pair covered in big bright turquoise, pink and yellow flowers. I thought they would add a stylish splash of colour to my Autumn walks! I love the attention to detail on my new wellies, from the pink and navy striped lining to the cool stripe on the back. They are super comfortable to wear and I like the functional buckle detail on the sides so you can adjust them to fit. The light heel is a lovely feminine touch. They also match my brollies perfectly, so they might not make it to my shoe rack...

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Thursday, 4 October 2012

Baking supplies storage - update

Baking corner
Tala candy thermometer
After hanging my sieves and measuring spoons on the inside of my baking cupboards I had room on my wall hooks for my brand new candy thermometer from Tala. I have already used it to make raspberry and white chocolate fudge (recipe coming soon...). Now I have even more of my baking utensils organized but still my utensils drawer looks a mess?!?

Hanging above my candy supplies is one of my cake prints from Everyday is a Holiday. I love their cute, kitsch artwork and have several hanging in my kitchen. All other items as before.

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Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Cupboard door storage

Organized cupboard door storage
The lovely peeps at Command sent me a bunch of their clear strip hooks and a couple of their new clear caddies which are part of the 3M Command Clear range for me to review. The 3M Command Clear range includes an extensive range of General Purpose Hooks, Picture Hanging Products and Organisation Products that all offer damage-free hanging and tidying solutions.

"The clear caddies are supplied with easy-to-hang and easy-to-remove Command Clear Strips. The new Clear Strips from Command are virtually invisible on the wall and allow you to hang the caddy without the need for nails or screws. The adhesive holds firmly and strongly in place, yet is quick and simple to remove, leaving no holes, marks, residue or stain."

My flour jars don't take up the full width of my baking cupboard, and as I said yesterday I used to keep them in front or on top of the flour jars and was always moving them about to get to the jars I wanted. The large caddie hung on the back of the door was the perfect answer; now I can grab a scoop and a jar without that crashing noise!

I then started playing about with the hooks and trying them out on my baking utensils to see what would fit where. I quickly realised that I could hang all my pretty sieves on the back of the door rather than having them dotted about my kitchen on hooks and in draws. I also had room to hang my chopping board and icing mat above my scoops, and a trivet above the sieves. Then I had my best idea! I am always rooting about my drawer at the other end of the kitchen for spoon measures or having to unhook the duck egg blue ones just to find the one I want. So I started to neatly hang all my measures on the inside of my baking decorations cupboard. I loved it so I went out and bought another set of mini hooks to complete the project. Now I can find exactly what I need so quickly and easily. I did make a mistake on where I put one of the hooks, but following the removal instructions made it really was quick and easy to remove and as you get spare sticky strips in the packet I was able to replace it in the correct position. I really do need to get some more of these products to get even more organized!


Inside baking cupboard door


Hanging silicone mat


Hanging sieves


Hung chopping boards


Flour scoops


My baking cupboard

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Tuesday, 2 October 2012

My baking cupboard

My baking cupboard
As the dark draws closer every night and the days become chillier I look forward to Autumn which for me is a great time to re-organize. I have stored away my flip flops, summer dresses and such like, laundered my rugs and curtains, and I am now in the process of getting everything super organized. Ready to bake and craft in my cosy home...

So today I am sharing with you how my newly organized baking cupboard looks. It makes me smile and is now much easier to find everything quickly and easily and is a doddle to keep neat! Before, when I tried to get flour out the scoops that were balanced on top or in front of the flour jars used to come crashing down and I would have to walk to the other end of the kitchen for a chopping board. Now everything I regularly use to bake is all in one place!


My gluten-free flour jars


Let it flow jug


My pretty baking cupboard


Flavoured sugars from Paris

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Monday, 1 October 2012

Rachel Powell @ Tent London

Rachel Powell @ Tent London
Rachel Powell @ Tent London
Rachel Powell @ Tent London
Rachel Powell @ Tent London
Colour palette
I loved Rachel Powell's stand at Tent London, from the etched veneer lamp shades to the funky wallpaper. It was so neat & tidy and wonderfully styled with vintage furniture and wooden flowers! Rachel Powell is a surface pattern designer who designs charming modern prints with a retro twist.

After initially completing a BA Hons in packaging and branding Rachel returned to university years later to study Surface Design at the London College of Communication. Upon graduating in 2011 Rachel was picked to exhibit at the New Designers show (the UK's most important graduate show). After being received so well at the show last year Rachel hasn't looked back and this year she returned to the New Designers show exhibiting in the "one year on" section. Inspired by mid-century design and her country life, Rachel's prints are happy, bold, retro repeats that have an air of Scandinavia about them. Her prints can be found on rolls of wallpaper, tea towels, and etched lampshades.

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