26/08/2016

Follow Friday

Isn't Instagram the best place to gather inspiration? It is packed full of so much gorgeous imagery. Here's a round-up of some of my favourite eye-candy accounts.

Maura Endres
Debsmudge
Kathryn Vintage
Rebecca De Ravenel
Kabinet and Kammer
Halcyon House
The Beach Lodge
Abigail Ahern
Eddie Ross
I hope these lovely 'Instagrammers' bring you as much inspiration as they do me!

Oh and I have recently set up more of a personal account, to keep things seperate from my business account @the_merry_magpie. If you fancy following along, you can find me here.

Lizzie the Magpie
Have a great weekend and I'll see you next week with a DIY marble topped table!

24/08/2016

Currently Loving: Acrylic Homeware

I'm seriously loving acrylic (also known as perspex and lucite) furniture and homewares at the moment. I think I am drawn to it for its simple quality, it makes a statement without shouting, and adds a modern touch to interiors. Acrylic can also be so chic yet playful at the same time.

Here's a round-up of some of my favourites..... 

Currently loving: Acrylic Homeware
Can you spot the Acrylic console in Jennifer Vaughn Millers home? I love how it's almost invisible allowing the items displayed on top to shine!
This 'Treasure Box' by Alexandra Von Furstenberg is perfect for displaying all kinds of trinkets and collected items.
Perspex Frame blocks make chic alternatives to patterned frames and really show off their contents. Image via Authentic Interior Styling
Currently Loving: Acrylic Homeware
How smart is this acrylic desk set by Kate Spade?
The 'Ghost Chair' by Phillippe Starck is a design classic and works in modern, traditional and eclectic interiors. Image via Pinterest
Can we just talk about the above image for a minute?! That gallery wall, the industrial light fitting, the rustic wooden table, the amazing rug and of course those chairs, this, for me, is eclecticism at its best and such a great use of textures and contrasting styles to add colour, depth and interest.

This bar cart via Lonny is the perfect way to display your favourite tipple and barware without it looking too much! 
If you don't want to go all out with acrylic then you could always add a touch with some drawer pulls. Image via pinterest
I will definitely be buying some acrylic photo blocks for my dining room makeover, I'll be mixing them in with some mirrored glass frames for a more glamorous feel. I really like the idea of displaying postcards, tickets and mementos in the blocks as well as photos and as you probably know by now, I do love a bargain so I've found some very budget friendly blocks starting from just £3.14!

Would you incorporate acrylic in your home?

18/08/2016

Light Locations

We're now starting to get back to normal after leaving our pop up shop and in my last post I promised you some pretty interior photos so not being one to break my promises, here's some interior inspiration to drool over....

Light Locations

Light Locations

Light Locations

Light Locations

Light Locations

Light Locations

Light Locations

Light Locations

All of the images above are from homes in the fantastic Light Locations portfolio. Light Locations is a photo location agency providing a range of gorgeous homes, apartments, shops and quirky spaces, such as caravans, to the film, TV and photographic industries, it's also a really good website to browse if you're looking for some serious interior (and exterior) inspiration! Check out their website for more.

Oh and while we're on the subject of interiors, how great do our vintage lassi cups, hand poured soy wax candle and vintage coral specimen look on our lovely customers beautifully styled mantel?!

Light Locations

We just love to see our products in your homes.

Have a great weekend peeps!

11/08/2016

Goings and Doings

So, I promise there will be a post with some pretty pictures of interiors soon but I just wanted to apologise AGAIN for my absence this last week.

Last Saturday was our last day in our little pop up shop, it was a day of mixed emotions as we would have liked to have stayed longer but unfortunately couldn't, so we were both sad to leave and looking forward to the next adventure. This week is turning out to be a week of sorting and paperwork as I am unpacking boxes and trying to get my house straight! I will be adding some great new stock to our Etsy shop soon though and our new and improved website is slowly but surely coming together so we will hopefully be launching that soon too.

Goings and Doings

After a busy last day in our shop on Saturday, we decided to go for a long walk on Sunday to clear away the cobwebs and also because, as I've mentioned before, I'm on a bit of a healthkick at the moment!

Goings and doings

I do love a good walk in the countryside, it makes me feel energised and inspired and is generally good for the soul!

I have been having some tests done recently following a visit to my GP with wrist pain back in March. He was concerned that I might have rheumatoid arthritis and I've been backwards and forwards to the doctors and hospital since. As a result of this, I have been more careful with my diet and trying to be a little more active....plus, I'm going on holiday in September so that swimsuit is a major motivation too!! Last week, on another visit to the hospital, I was told that they think it is unlikely that I have RA and more likely that I am slightly hyper mobile which can cause joint pain. I have had some more tests done and am awaiting the results, but I'm hopeful that I will be given the all clear towards the end of August. It is a massive relief that I don't have RA (touch wood!) but I will still be keeping up my lifestyle changes as I do feel much better, I have more energy, feel less tired and have noticed my skin has improved and I'm sleeping better too!

Goings and doings

2016 hasn't been the best year for us as a family so with things behind us now, we are looking forward to a well deserved rest at the end of September, launching our new website and adventure filled trips with friends and family until the end of the year.

See you all soon with those promised interior shots!!

02/08/2016

Currently Loving: Pom Pom Sandals - On a Budget

Don't pom poms and tassles just instantly add fun and Summer vibes to an outfit (even when there's no sun)? I keep seeing various celebrities wearing sandals adorned with trims, braids, tassles and pom poms and whilst I love them, I don't love their very expensive price tags! I've been looking everywhere for a pair for my holiday but thought they were all out of my budget.....until I stumbled upon some gorgeous pairs on ASOS, all for under £30! Here are my favourites.

Carnival sandals on a budget
Embroidered Pom Pom Sandals - £29
Carnival Sandals on a budget
Pom Pom Lace up Sandal - £17.99
Carnival sandals on a budget
Gold Tassle Sandals - £24.00
Carnival Sandals on a budget
Funfair Sandals - £28
Summer Sandals on a budget
Tie - up Pom Pom Sandals - £26
Summer sandals on a budget
Fruit Loop Pom Pom Sandals - £16
Summer sandals on a budget
Multi Tassle Sandal - £16
Summer sandals on a budget
Gladiator Charm Sandals - £29
The only problem is, which pair do I choose?

01/08/2016

Current Vibes

Sorry I've been a bit quiet lately, we've had a busy few weeks and now we're gearing up for our last week of trading in our little pop up shop in Shifnal Shropshire! Here's just a few recent goings on.

Current Vibes
Having a move around.
We've reduced most items in our little shop as we leave at the end of day on Saturday 6th August, so call in if you're in the area!

Current Vibes
This made me chuckle on Instagram!
This pretty much sums up how I'm feeling everyday on my current health-kick!

Current Vibes
Can you spot the side table?
I shared this image in my last post about holiday homes but did you spot the perspex side table in this dreamy bedroom? I just love it and its started a slight perspex obsession....more on that in a post soon!


 
Currently working out to this slightly old school DVD set from Davina McCall, I'm not really a gym person....to be honest, I'm not really an 'exercise' person but I'm really trying to become more active as some recent health issues have encouraged me to be a little more healthy. The thought of being red and sweaty in a gym full of people fills me with fear so I'm starting in my living room with this DVD and will maybe work up to the gym, one day!!

Current Vibes
Coral Love!
I'm a little obsessed with coral at the moment, this gorgeous white piece sold recently but the purple coral will be making its way to our new & improved online shop soon, thats if it doesn't get caught up in my dining room make-over....more on that soon!

Current Vibes
Rugs in kitchens = gorgeous!
In love with this kitchen I found on pinterest, I love the rustic meets industrial meets chic vibe and that rug is just perfect!

I hope you all had a great weekend, I'll see you soon with a post about my current perspex home decor obsession!

26/07/2016

Holiday Home Dreaming

Our recently booked holiday to Turkey in September has me day dreaming of holiday homes and beach houses! As my husband is Turkish, we've often talked about buying a house in Turkey to be nearer his family and to take more regular trips there, but alas we don't have the funds so it's back to day dreaming!

Holiday Home dreaming

I found Jennifer Vaughn Millers weekend home tour on One Kings Lane. I'm obsessed with their site, it's based in America and they don't ship Internationally, which is definitely a good thing for my wallet, but their curated sales and home tours are a brilliant source of inspiration!

Holiday Home Dreaming

Holiday Home Dreaming

Holiday Home Dreaming

Holiday Home Dreaming

Holiday Home Dreaming

Holiday Home Dreaming

Holiday Home Dreaming

Holiday Home Dreaming

How beautiful is this home? So light and airy and filled with collected finds and vintage treasures, just gorgeous!