Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Signing out with my autumn hues

So it’s sign off week for me and to bid you all a blissful autumn I’ve pulled together the below glorious images (from my pinterest page) to inspire you. As a colour palette this is breaking my heart it’s so beautiful; black, inky blues, mulberry, blackberry, plum, mustard, hints of gold and stormy blue-grey.  
Oh to be starting a project I’d be itching to use some of these. Instead it’s {new} family time for me but I’m sure I’ll be hard pushed to keep away from pinning and twitter.

Friday, 17 August 2012

Yesterday on Hearthome - wallpaper for boys

Yesterday over on hearthome I showcased 3 of my favourite wallpapers for Boys at the moment. Whether its cars, dinosaurs or maybe just a strong graphic, there is something for everyone here.  Wallpaper is one of the most transformative and accessible items kids rooms – although may well be drawn upon or coloured in! Pop by and have a look…..


Friday, 10 August 2012

All aboard - countdown begins

I’ve been very quiet of late primarily due to the foreseeable deadline that is fast approaching (T minus 23 days) and time is slipping through my fingers.

I’ve been wrapping up my work things and getting the final necessary bits and pieces together for my little one. It’s been a bit non-stop and I’m about to put my feet up next week for some rest. I did make a quick trip to Sunbury Antiques about a week ago looking for chairs. But alas none were forth coming, although I did come home with a delightful dachshund boot scraper!
Religious statues from a French dealer, we watched a women select 7 of these for a bargain price, she definitely choose the prettiest.

Plenty of chairs just not the shape or size I was after. Although this pair in vinyl could look fab after reupholstering.

Sunday, 29 July 2012

Are you on Pinterest?

I love pinterest and have some great boards to share with you. So pop along and see what’s catching my eye and whetting my appetite. Visit Mary Middleton Design


Friday, 27 July 2012

Inspiration or plain lust {A burst of Liberty }

Whilst out shopping at the weekend I had a very quick mooch around Liberty. It never fails to inspire me or at the very least cheer me up. The quickest way to achieve this is with a Pink Lemonade in the Liberty Café – lovely. Added to this on Saturday were their wonderful sharing boards; the carnivore & the cheese-ivore where I promptly ate too much quince jelly. 
I'm always guaranteed to lust after something in Liberty. Below are couple of pics of things that caught my eye in the interiors department - apologies for the low quality photo's.  Would anything here have grabbed your fancy?

I really like the new House of Hackney department although gutted it replaces Svenskt Tenn. HofH have beautifully off-kilter prints and more than a nod to Victoriana (below).

Thursday, 26 July 2012

Today over at heart home magazine {kids lamps}

On my sourcing travels I have been focused on getting a cute night light for my nursery. Whilst there is oodles of choice out there, finding something suitable for a boy or even without fairies can take a little more digging than you’d expect. Today over at Heart Home I have picked a few retro-charming night-lights for nursery’s and children’s rooms. I have two night-lights for our nursery one of which belonged to my husband as a baby (ahhhh).

At least I can tick that off my to do list.


Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Wednesday Wants: Etsy love {for the nursery}

The nursery is starting to fill with boxes, well actually everywhere in the house is. This is a good thing as it means I am making progress on getting it all together, as its really not very long now. I also thank my lucky stars we had a big clear out and car boot back in May. As all last weeks deliveries and purchases need to find a home, but keeping my focus on anything is now starting to be problematic. To that end I’m rekindling my love of lists, I’ve just got to write it down otherwise I won't/can’t get it done. nope

So even though I have a mountain of things I am still being drawn to pretty frivolous items. Etsy as you know is place I like to while away the hours. So rather than shop I thought I’d share some great trinkets that I found on etsy (and made it on to my I-really-like-that list).
Items from the top:
Loft, Red elephant, Rudy the dachshund, Porky Pig, Vintage Set of Bobbsey Twins Books

Items from the top:
Vintage Teddy Bear FigurineMoth cushion, Extra Large Custom LetterOzz França Sad Clown Hobo Children

Friday, 20 July 2012

Cycling & bikes in homes {Vive le tour}

Normally at this time of year we are just coming back from holidays. This year my inability to travel far has kept us home, although I did have fun in the sun for a week in May. I had hoped we’d be able to make a dash to Paris at least before our little one arrives but that hasn’t been possible. To get my French fix though I have been tuning in regularly to the Tour de France.  My DH is a cycling fan and in fact his bike is very much a statement in our house (its not “allowed” to live outside). He even tried to persuade me to a bike concept for our nursery…. to be fair I’ve seen some great art pieces that could have been incorporated.

All art and labels from etsy 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 (love the baby card)

Thursday, 19 July 2012

Today over at heart home {coloured lights}

Coloured lights seem to be in every shelter magazine I pick up at the moment.  I personally really like them although they are not suitable for all rooms and situations. It seems that they can also bring on the gag reflex for others.... 

Today over at heart home magazine I’ve highlighted three great companies with coloured lights. Stop by and take a look; would any of them make it into your home? I'd like the Bocci series 28 for my hallway


Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Preparation and planning {the baby countdown}

It’s a big week this week as I have a rather exciting delivery. My baby “kit” is due to arrive. We’re talking travel system, car seats, baby sling and crib etc.  Then this weekend we have a shopping day planned with my family to go purchase all the remaining essentials.  I’m so excited and also a little concerned, where are we going to put all the stuff!! 
This is the cot we are getting; the Swedish designed Stokke Sleepi


Thursday, 12 July 2012

Weekend project {shed make over}

I thought I’d share a picture of my weekend project. I’m rather stupidly pleased with myself it really just makes me smile and really what more could you ask for from a shed? A shot of unexpected colour and it makes all the difference

If you follow me on instagram you'll have seen a few pictures posted of my new improved home.


Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Wednesday wants {backpack style}

I have always loved these Fjällräven backpacks ever since I first clapped eyes on them. I’m not really a backpack kind of person so I’ve never actually got around to getting one. Now out of necessity I am seriously considering one. Kånken backpacks are the Swedes bag of choice for schools kids (and the scouts).

As well as the spine-saving shape, the bags are made from the super-durable Vinylon F fabric. Every year over 200,000 of the bags are sold making them the best-selling backpacks in the world.
The Fjällräven Kånken is a ‘classic’ given its design has stayed the same since 1978 and whether you want military-green or Sunny-Delight-yellow there's a Kånken to suit everyone’s colour tastes. I think the warm yellow one has my name written on it.


Monday, 9 July 2012

Monday Inspiration {colourful living}

I have a one-track mind at the moment and no its not what you think or babies for that matter either… But colour. I am obsessing about hits of high-octane colour, so much so I’ve incorporated into my own home. I just find vibrant hues so stimulating at the moment although my current preference tends to be on the more primary colour scale. Nether the less I find myself stopping and wanting to be enthused by all sorts of oddities like tins in the super market.  Maybe it’s a pre-conditioning thing (my baby is due in 8 weeks or so and I know so will the primary coloured plastic too) or maybe it’s the impact of all the lush greenery everywhere “thanks” to the torrential rain we’ve been having here.

Sometimes all you need is a little touch of colour to make you smile.. 
I’ve been busy adding to my colour boards on pinterest in light of my new obsession. You should stop by and have a look; there are some gorgeous examples of colour being incorporated into interiors. Here are a few examples from my colour, colour, colour board and my yellow and blue boards


Friday, 6 July 2012

Mooching {Portobello and Golborne Road}

Some days I feel as if my head will explode... what with endless lists and constant emails. Today is one of those days and I just wish I was out in the sunshine.  On these days only a good mooch will clear my head.

Last week on a similar sort of day I managed to indulge my magpie eye in between appointments in London. A quick scoot down Portobello and Golborne Road made me smile and I also got to bask in the sunshine.
Just mooching through a different range of streets or shops always lifts my spirits. Plus everything always looks/feels better in the sunshine too. I wish I’d had time for a bite to eat, as there were a couple of tempting options.

Thursday, 5 July 2012

Today over at Heart Home {lighting}

I’m continuing my Light Love series over on Heart Home today. This week it’s all about wall lights, an often-overlooked light source but one that can really transform a space.  Some of my favourites are showcased and some that I am longing to use. Do you have wall lights? Are the decorative or do they blend with the background?

A wise person once said to me, “you should see the room, before you see the lights”. It’s a statement I like to break from time to time.


Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Street Art in Brighton {colour & interiors}

Something I love about Brighton is the way the city has embraced street art. There really are some fantastic examples dotted throughout the city. North Laine is definitely worth a mooch around and the New England Quarter hoardings regularly change.  I noticed some time ago the beautification of the humble telephone exchange box and couldn’t help but capture some of them.  I particularly like those by REQ whose style is spraypaint realism. 
I’ve always thought it would be fun to have the front of house transformed for the Brighton Festival (every year in May) but maybe a more accessible way to get street art into my home would be to customise some furniture.  Or maybe buy into the movement via Jimmy Martin
Image via Jimmy Martin 

Would you be brave enough? I came across this fantastic piece of graffiti in an interior via a Danish website. The apartment is simple but with iconic design pieces. The artwork does the talking here, realism of the panther is what I find so striking.
Image via boligmagasinet 


Monday, 2 July 2012

Monday Inspiration {or total destruction?}

I’ve got the greys today (like the blues only less, well, blue) and I’m missing the sun. It’s such a British occupation to be obsessed with the weather and I fight the urge all the time but today it can’t be helped. It’s July for goodness sake. Given I’m now in my third trimester I can’t even escape to sunnier climes and I think its that, that’s got my goat, so to speak. 

In my extreme nesting schedule the painting and decorating is nearly finalised and that is very exciting. It’s nearly at the stage of getting items back out of storage and arranging the furniture, putting up pictures and generally making the place liveable again.  It would be great to actually see the floor in my office (and the shelves). I’ve been using the place as a storage facility – this does actually make working more difficult! But it’s been “for the cause”. 
A sneak peak at the destruction I have caused.... but like the caterpillar it will be transformed
The bay window has been evolving for sometime but the black hole with earth wasn't an option I wanted to keep 

Friday, 29 June 2012

Building the Nursery {yellow accents & etsy love}

It’s probably no surprise that nursery ideas and design is taking up too much space in my brain at the moment. All the major elements of my little baby’s room are taking shape or on order. I’m now in the pretty styling and accents stage and it’s not as straightforward as you would think. The reason, well I believe that vintage, antique and family keepsakes bring soul to a room and this includes all the rooms in my house. Finding things isn’t as straight forward as popping to IKEA - which btw has some wonderfully affordable baby/toddler/kid pieces. So I’m snooping and hunting. My own loft has given me a few things of consideration in a repurposing way, as has my parents and the in-laws lofts. But those last remaining pieces are illusive. Etsy though has been keeping me busy in the evenings. I find it eminently more shoppable than ebay and I love the handmade section, but it’s the vintage selection that’s generally been my hunting ground.

Below is a trawl through some really wonderful yellow items that are on etsy and made it on to my I-really-really-like-that list.
Items from the top:
  • Edith & Eleanor by ARTificalLights – LOVE LOVE LOVE these. If I was having a girl they’d be bought by now
  • Nautical Party Bunting Banner in Yellow and Navy Blue by LoodeLoop – these are new but very nice I’m sure you’ll agree
  • Needle felted Fox by LittleTeethMarks – how cool is this little fellow? Living in an urban environment I see foxes more than anyone who lives in the country and I have a soft spot for their likeness
  • Ceramic Owl Bank Vintage Design Lemon Yellow by fruitflypie – this still might be purchased as I really like it
  • Vintage nautical signal flag by ginandtonicshop – lovely colours on this. Reminds me of the Hudson Bay Companyompany (P.S if anyone wants to get me anything from HBC's dog selection or  blankets – I’d be very happy)


Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Snooping for Salvage at the Salvo Fair

On Friday I headed over to the Salvo Fair in Maidenhead. It wasn’t the best weather but the field hadn’t quite dissolved into the muddy quagmire that the Isle of Wight Festival had.  Donning the appropriate wet weather gear my colleague and I made our tour of the stalls. Unlike last years visit I didn’t have quite the same laundry list of items to look out for. Quite a few items caught my eye and a couple of things were purchased. We also spotted Will Young (winner of 2002 Pop Idol) and I really did wonder what he was on the look out for - he seemed quite taken with some library stairs.

Hopefully the below will sate your appetite. 
I am always drawn to religious iconography and paraphernalia. I previously bought some pictures of saints that my husband absolutely detests. So nothing like this will make it into my home. 
Loved the eagle - nearly bought a huge brass eagle last year in France. I also wanted the shield below - loved the rust on it.
 A favourite - lighting. Wasn't as much lighting as last year. 
This gnome really tickled my fancy. Never been drawn to them ever before but he had a great pointy hat and was from Mannheim in Germany (he was also VERY expensive). 
We've all seen lots of this about but I prefer vintage over repro any day. 
Isn't this packaging fab? Would any of the these items have made it home with you?


Monday, 25 June 2012

Monday Inspiration – Paris in a heart beat

Well summer is here, as of Wednesday last week. Whilst the sun may not be regularly shining, I’m sure we are all thankfully for the rays we do get. Whilst I was nearly washed away at the end of last week I am ever hopeful that the days are yet to turn.

It also heralds a bit of a change here too on my blog. For the summer months and the run up to my impending maternity hiatus I’ll be lightening up the posting calendar for a couple months. It will hopefully also give me a chance to get my head down and finish off some work things before life changes radically round here!  Do stick with me though, I promise I’ll publish some great articles in between getting the nursery up and running and finishing off projects.

Friday, 22 June 2012

Today over at HeartHome {light love}

God I love lighting. It ticks so many boxes for me, practical, necessary, decorative, elemental and mood altering. Today over at heart home I’ve highlighted lighting made from marble and concrete. Industrial and metamorphic – how cool is that?

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