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 
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