14/07/2017

Round-Up

Watching


We've just started watching season 1 of 'The Leftovers', an American drama series set three years after the mysterious disappearance of 2% of the World's population now known as "The Sudden Departure." Set in Mapleton, N.Y., the residents try to maintain equilibrium when the notion of "normal" no longer applies. The show reveals a new world where intense grief has divided families and turned faith to cynicism, paranoia and madness. I must admit I'm gripped by the show but mainly because, like 'the leftovers' themselves, I'm waiting for answers to a lot of questions! It is a little depressing (well very, at times) but Justin Theroux is extremely easy on the eye and makes the whole thing a lot easier to watch!

Wanting 


I've been obsessed with blue and white, especially ceramics, for ages now and am always looking out for more to add to my collection. I would really love to find some larger scale pieces such as Chinese stools and extra large ginger jars.

Timeless and classic blue and white via @m.o.endres on instagram - follow her if you like seriously chic interiors!

Eating

I've always loved my food, but I seem to be constantly hungry at the moment, I'm blaming the baby! I'm really loving lots of, what I call, nibbly bits like meats, cheeses, pickles, olives and salad with fresh bread and seem to be eating different versions of that a lot lately, possibly as its a lighter meal in this hot weather.

My go-to 'nibbly bits' meal!

Wearing

38 weeks - only 2 to go, can't believe how quickly it's gone!
I'm living in dresses at the moment, mainly because I seem to overheat if I wear anything else and also because of my rapidly expanding bump.....maybe thats due to all the eating mentioned above!! This coral dress from H&M maternity is my current favourite as it's a bright Summery colour and fits really well.

Shop Talk

As I've mentioned in previous posts, I've been trying to keep the website and etsy shop updated as much as possible as things are starting to slow down now with only a couple of weeks left until our baby arrives. Once our son is here I'm planning on doing as much as I can but inevitably, the business will take a bit of a back seat, at least at first while I'm on maternity leave. We are currently working on a massive rug update with LOTS of new Turkish Kilims and Fair Trade rugs being added next week plus we currently have 20% off everything sitewide and have added some gorgeous new accessories for you and your home so why not have a little browse this weekend?!

Currently loving - bold and bright accessories for you and your home!

Have a great weekend, see you all next week!

11/07/2017

Kitchen Inspiration

Pink, green and grey/blue - a gorgeous colour combination!
I would love to change my kitchen but I just don't have the budget for it and as as I'm due to give birth in less than 3 weeks (eeek!) our money will definitely be being spent elsewhere! Our kitchen is also perfectly nice, it's not hugely exciting, consisting of faux wood work surfaces and cream units but it is a light, bright kitchen and not ugly at all!

If you are however planning on changing your kitchen or just like to day dream about it like me, deVOL kitchens provide some serious inspiration. All of their kitchens are bespoke and so a little on the pricey side but their imagery is stunning and well worth a peruse if you prefer a more classically designed kitchen (even if it's just to make a mood board and then create the look elsewhere on a budget)! As I will be mentioning more next week, I'm trying to incorporate a little more colour in my home and am currently loving pink and green so this kitchen, from their second showroom in London’s St. John’s Square, really spoke to me.

Those tiles, chandelier and vintage ceramics are just stunning!

This huge pantry style cabinetry provides some serious storage whilst really making a statement

Love the sink, gold hardware and the vintage urns

Copper seems the perfect choice when pared with the soft colour palette

Gorgeous details

Adore the marble worktop on the island

Rustic elements such as the large bowls, logs, wooden chair and rough walls add warmth and texture to the kitchen
I absolutely love this kitchen and the way they've incorporated vintage elements into their styling. Would you be brave enough to go for a pink and green kitchen?

Shop the sale
Oh and before I forget, in other news, we're trying to bring the sunshine back with 20% off everything on the website, use the code 'SUMMERSALE20' at the checkout!

07/07/2017

Shop Update

I can't believe how long it's been since my last post, where does time go?! Amazingly it's only 3 weeks now until our son is due, my pregnancy seems to have flown by! So, we're busy trying to update the website and etsy shop with the latest vintage finds as well as our new accessories collection.

Here are some of my favourite new arrivals.....

Large Tassel Basket

Small Boho Keyring

Woven Circular Basket

Multi-Coloured Cotton Hamam Towels

Cotton Hamam Towels

Vintage Pair of Cloisonne Lamps

Vintage Tortoise Shell Bamboo Table or Plant Stand

Antique Moroccan Jug

Vibrant Kilim Cushion Covers
I seem to be drawn to bright pops of colour at the moment, must be something to do with this sunny weather! Hope everyone has a great weekend, see you next week with a living room update and some gorgeous interior inspiration.

14/06/2017

T-Shirt Designing

I stumbled across teespring the other day and I have become a little obsessed!!

The idea behind the site is to allow you to design your own t-shirts, tote bags, mugs, or hoodies etc, either to buy yourself or to sell. You can upload your own artwork or use their extensive clip art as well as adding any text you fancy.

This was my first design, probably inspired by my constant state of wanderlust. I think it's the perfect Summer T-shirt whether you're escaping or not, perfect with jeans or dressed up a little with a skirt or over a dress. It would also be great to take on holiday too! It's available in a unisex T-Shirt too which is great for the guys or for the looser 'boyfriend fit'.

I then got hooked on designing T-shirts and did another 3 designs which are now in my teespring store!



I'm loving the 'Patch' tee, it gives you the look of a t-shirt covered in embroidered patches but with no iron or sewing needles required!

I designed the T-shirts to feature fun, whimsical designs with a minimal aesthetic and an emphasis on the Summer and travel. I can't wait to wear mine, although I think I'll be waiting until after the baby arrives as they don't fit over my rapidly expanding bump!! Clearly I have discovered a dangerous past-time so watch this space for more designs.

12/06/2017

Round-Up

Watching



We are currently obsessed with 'Halt and Catch Fire', an American TV series about the personal computing revolution of the 1980's and the growth of the World Wide Web in the 90's told through the viewpoint of the four main characters. I must admit, it does lose me a little at times due to all the technical language but I find the relationships of the key characters really interesting and I'm fascinated by Joe who constantly has you swinging between loving and hating him! It's also really funny to hear big brands that we all know and use today, such as Apple and Nintendo, mentioned in the early stages of the technology race.

Buying

So, as I keep mentioning we are still in the process of updating our living room, this has been delayed due to problems with the sofas that we ordered from tesco. Long story short, we have had to cancel our order and go back to the drawing board. After some deliberation we decided to buy another Ikea Ektorp sofa in dark grey with an extra set of the dark grey covers for our existing Ektorp which is currently white.

Ikea Ektorp Sofa - a much darker grey than this image appears.
I'm so pleased we decided to get another Ektorp, it's saved us money and means we can keep our existing sofa rather than have the headache of trying to get rid of it or move it somewhere else. It is also a much more practical solution as our baby is due in around 7 weeks (scary how quickly time has gone) and the slipcovers are washable!

Doing


We seem to have so many projects on the go at the moment which means we don't seem to be able to get one thing completely finished!! The living room and dining room are so nearly there, we just need to hang some art and add those finishing touches. We've just started on the nursery and also decided to try and do something with our much neglected garden (which basically consists of some borders around some ugly slabs that constantly need de-weeding) so we've been visiting lots of garden centres looking for inspiration!

Wish our borders looked like this but they definitely don't!!

Baby Talk


As we're getting closer and closer to meeting our son, I am feeling really nervous! I can't believe how quickly the time has gone and that he will (hopefully) be here soon. There seems to be constant hospital/doctor/midwife appointments at the moment and I've just found out my iron levels are a little low so I need to keep an eye on that. We are making really slow progress with the nursery but I think that will be an ongoing project as he will be sleeping in our bedroom for the first few months any way. I am really liking the idea of putting some small shelves in there though so we can change the artwork around and display toys, books and mementos as we collect them!

Nursery shelves inspiration via Rue Magazine
Take a look at my pinterest board for more nursery inspiration.

Shop Talk


I've been working on adding lots of new products to the website and etsy shop, including a little furniture and lighting collection which we will hopefully be expanding over the next few months as we add new items. I'm really trying to focus on vintage/handmade pieces at the moment as I'm sick of seeing the same new products in different shops and love the unique touch that vintage adds to a home.

Just some of the new arrivals in the shop

31/05/2017

Currently Loving: Basket Bags

I've got a bit of a thing for natural materials and I love (and often bring home) any sort of basket made from wicker, rattan, jute, cane or straw. This love affair has always spilled over into my wardrobe - I remember being a teenager at school and having a really cute little straw tote embroidered with roses and being absolutely obsessed (and kind of still am) with French market bags.

I think I'm over the 'belly basket' now and am finding myself really drawn to chic vintage style baskets and more unusual woven bags. Whilst out over the bank holiday weekend, I picked up a little vintage number and am currently having ideas about customising it, this has reignited my love for a basket bag so here are some of my current faves:

Currently loving: basket bags
Chic Woven basket bag via Pinterest
Currently loving: basket bags
Still loving a pom pom via Furbish Studio
Currently loving: basket bags
Liking the unusual round shape via Bohemia Design
Currently loving: basket bags
Always a sucker for a cross body bag via Bohemia Design





This beauty is just £9 from Primark!
I keep toying with the idea of buying a backpack but always think they look a bit 'teen' this one however is seriously chic! Via Pinterest
Yes please to a raffia clutch via Pinterest. Oh and that blue tassel bag charm is coming to the shop very soon as part of our Summer accessories collection!
Simple but stylish straw shopper via H&M
In love with this half moon straw clutch via asos - perfect for holidays!
As I've mentioned before I'm currently working on a little accessories collection for the website and I'm thinking of stocking a small range of baskets/bags, some vintage, some customised and some new - what do you guys think?

For more of my woven bag obsession, check out our pinterest board.

17/05/2017

Shop Talk

As I mentioned in previous posts, I'm working on updating the shop and expanding our offerings a little and we've just added some great new vintage items, Turkish towels that are perfect for the Summer months, and a gorgeous rug that would add a bright pop of colour to any space!
New Arrivals in the shop
I'm still collecting pieces for our wall decor collection that I've mentioned before and also have plans in the works for a lighting section as well as a little Summer accessories collection that I'm hoping will all be launched before my baby is due at the end of July.....so it's all go here!

We're also very excited about a new selling partner, we are now selling some of our vintage finds through Pedlars Vintage Marketplace there is definitely more of a rustic/industrial vibe to the stock we are selling through them and there are some exclusives that aren't available through our website or etsy shop so it's worth taking a look as some of it is selling fast!



In other news, it's my 30th birthday tomorrow so we're out with family for a meal tonight and off out for the day tomorrow plus a few meals with friends arranged for next week too - I like to drag out the celebrations for as long as possible plus I really like eating!

We've also been working on decorating the nursery and still seem to be ploughing through bits of decorating throughout the rest of the house too, I know I keep threatening you with some reveals but I really am hoping to take some photos soon and show you what we've been up to. Have a great week!