27/06/2018

Pretty in Pink

Well, my week off social media didn't go exactly to plan, I ended up posting on MM's (The Merry Magpie, MM is what I'm going to shorted it to as I can't be bothered to type the full title every time!!) Instagram nearly every day, but I did browse less and try to enjoy the moment more and I do feel surprisingly refreshed and re-motivated. Following on from my last post, I given a lot of thought to MM and selling online and I think I have a new plan, more will be revealed on that soon!

Any way, enough of that, onto today's subject; colourful interiors, specifically pink! I have a weird relationship with colour in interiors, I used to be all pastels and chintzy, then I went very neutral and was obsessed (still am a little) with grey and didn't want any colour anywhere. Now, I'm still loving a neutral backdrop but I'm really enjoying pastels again, combined with splashes of black, charcoal or navy blue for added drama. The colour I keep being drawn to the most is muted tones of pink and I'm even liking red which is a colour I've never really liked in interiors!

Pretty in Pink
That pink is an amazing backdrop for the gallery wall, and the rug is gorgeous! Via designsponge
Eclectic home, pretty in pink
Pink sofa, floor cushion and that swing, eclectic living room via Honestlywtf
Pretty in Pink
Love the pink touches in the artwork, cushions and book. Also, how amazing is this gallery wall, love the use of clips to hang the paintings instead of frames. Via The every girl
Eclectic Bedroom
Ok, so this is more of a nod to pink but I couldn't ignore that green headboard combined with the pink throw, just heavenly via Vogue
Gray Malin's Home
I think I have a bit of a thing for pink sofas, love photographer Gray Malin's sitting room via Domino
Hello gorgeous pink armchair via Habitually chic
Rebecca De Ravenel
If you don't fancy a pink wall or sofa then even the smallest hints of pink 'pretty up' a space, love the light shade and flowers in Rebecca De Ravenel's apartment via Domino
Kate Schelters Apartment
It's confirmed, I definitely have a thing for pink sofas! I don't know if I would be brave enough to decorate with this much pink but I love the overall look of Kate Schelters Apartment via One Kings Lane
Anna Haines Design
Love the use of duskier pink here, in the armchair and rug. The darker wall and vintage portraits prevent the space from looking too girlie and add some drama, via Anna Haines Design
Mortilmernee Interior
I stumbled across Mortilmernee on Instagram recently and her house is just beautiful, so much interior inspiration. Just love this pink tablecloth and pink gallery wall in the background!
Now I just need to figure out how to incorporate some pink into my living room or bedroom. I have made a start with a 'keep calm and carry on' print in pink (I know what you're thinking, "that slogan is everywhere" but, in my defence, I have had the print for about 12 years before everybody jumped on the 'keep calm' bandwagon!) and a few pink cushions. What do you guys think, do you like pink in interiors? Oh and if eclectic interiors are your thing then check out my board on pinterest for more!

15/06/2018

An overshare & a re-introduction

I've uhhhmmed and ahhhhed about whether to write this post but I feel like I should, firstly to let you guys know whats going on and, secondly, because, well, writing is therapeutic......I have lost my mojo, there I said it and it feels good to admit it! For quite a while now, since before I was pregnant with Jacob, I have been feeling like I've really lost my enthusiasm for 'The Merry Magpie' and all that that entails, which includes this blog.

I've been selling online in one form or another for well over 10 years now, I started out selling vintage homeware and clothes with a pretty, chintzy, country feel, I then had a shop and, several years later, a pop-up shop and now I'm selling on etsy mainly after closing my website. I think somewhere along the way I've lost MY way. Maybe it's being constantly bombarded with interior images (albeit lovely images) on all forms of social media, maybe its not having my own house to experiment and discover what really floats my boat, or maybe its a lack of funds (which is also connected to not having my own house) but I'm just not sure what I like anymore and therefore what I feel inspired to source and sell!!

We have also had some major changes in our life recently, we had a little boy, Jacob, 10 months ago and we have moved back in with my parents to save money for our ever elusive 'first house'. So, I don't have lots of pretty interior shots for you guys (my parents house is lovely, but its not 'mine') and my life currently revolves around feeding, nap times and soft play which don't make for particularly interesting blog posts!

Having said all of that, I have really missed this blog and having somewhere to share things, so I have decided to start posting again. I am going to take the (self inflicted) pressure off and maybe post once or twice a week but I want to try and focus on budget friendly decorating, how-to's, things I'm loving and hopefully some DIY ideas too.

So, I thought I'd re-introduce myself and let you know a little bit about me as I re-start my blogging journey....

I'm Lizzie, I'm 31, I'm married to Tefo, who happens to be Turkish, and we have a 10 month old little boy called Jacob. I started this blog before I was pregnant to document my travels, my wants and whims and my obsession with interiors. Now, we are living back at my parents house, have very limited funds for traveling and no real desire to do it with a 10 month old, but I do still have lots of 'wants' and I'm probably even more obsessed with interiors as I'm always looking for inspiration for when I finally buy my own house. We currently have an etsy shop where we sell a mix of vintage and contemporary homewares and accessories and we also sell our more rustic finds through Pedlars Vintage Marketplace.

As I mentioned above, I feel as though I've lost my way with our shop and social media a little and I'm kind of taking some time out to re-think what I actually want to sell and find a new direction. I will ALWAYS be drawn to vintage, it's just a part of me, antique shops and flea markets hold far more appeal to me than shopping centres or mass produced items. I can't ever imagine not loving interiors, homeware and rugs so I think we will always have some sort of shop where we sell our finds, as I don't have enough space to keep them all unfortunately, but how thats going to look is still a bit of a mystery! I'll keep you guys posted with any new developments as I have so many ideas running through my head and I'm still figuring things out.

A major area I've been struggling with lately is social media, I put so much pressure on myself to post something interesting, pretty, funny or engaging every day and I feel exhausted with it all. It's so easy to compare yourself to others and feel that you're not good enough, does anyone else do this or is it just me? So, I'm having a week off technology next week to spend time with family and friends, get outdoors a little and hopefully feel inspired to get back into the swing of things very soon. So, if anyone out there is still reading, I'll be back with some new posts very soon!

28/02/2018

A Break in Istanbul

We've just returned from 3 weeks in Istanbul staying with my husbands family. Jacob met his grandparents for the first time, we got a little holiday and we brought back a few things for the shop too.

Sightseeing along the beautiful Bosphorous
We had a great time, relaxing with family and spending some time together thanks to the in-laws babysitting for us!


Tourist selfie at Galata Tower
Drinking coffee at Pierre Loti, overlooking one of the best views in Istanbul
Obsessed with this little shop we stumbled upon, I could have spent all day (actually all week) rummaging
Dessert Stop
We picked up these gorgeous Kilim rugs and cushion covers which will be added to the shop during a big stock update in the next few weeks
Istanbul is a strange place, it's so hectic, it takes forever to get anywhere, it's over-populated and generally an assault on the senses but there is something stragely magical about the city which straddles two continents. Every time we visit there always seems to be somewhere we haven't seen and lots of shopping to be done!

Now we are back it's full steam ahead as we're moving into a little storage/office/photography/studio space in the next few weeks. We definitely need to decide on a catchier name for our 'unit' but we are very excited and feel this could take our little business to the next level. I'll be keeping you all posted and as soon as we're settled, I'll be doing a massive shop update and will let you all know!

18/01/2018

Currently Loving: Feed Me Vegan

Feed me Vegan by Lucy Wtason

I don't really make new years resolutions but it is tempting to see the new year as a time to make some changes and one of those changes for me was to get back into cooking and trying out different recipes, it's so easy to get stuck in a rut, always making the same things or living on takeaways or convenience food. I am also really aware (as we have now started weaning Jacob) that I want to set a good example for my son and want to be able to cook one meal that we can all enjoy, so it needs to be healthy!

With this in mind, I recently bought Feed Me Vegan by Lucy Watson. I've never been a massive meat eater and often have days where I don't eat meat at all but I know that I definitely could not commit to a vegan diet fully as I love my dairy, especially cheese! There are many great alternatives to meat such as quorn and tofu but I really don't think the 'dairy free' alternatives are anywhere near as tasty as the real thing! Even though I won't be committing to the lifestyle fully, I'm enjoying the challenge of cooking vegan recipes and its definitely a way of increasing the amount of vegetables and pulses I'm eating as well as just being a little healthier in general!

Vegan cooking

Vegan recipes

vegan recipes

I've tried a few of the recipes from the book and so far, they have been delicious and not the sort of thing I would have cooked without the inspiration from the cookbook. I'm planning on trying out a new recipe at least once a week as well as trying to eat less meat in general. I'll be posting about how I'm getting on and, if I can my photos look anywhere near as good as the ones above, I'll show some photos of the recipes I've tried. Wish me luck!

16/01/2018

Shop Update

After having some time off to have Jacob, I quickly realised that there were going to have to be some big adjustments to my life now I had a little person to consider and plan things around! So, with this in mind, we have decided to streamline our shop a little by closing our website and focusing our attention on our etsy shop and hopefully, later in the year, selling at some vintage fairs and markets.

Some recent additions to our etsy shop
When I first started selling online, my main focus was vintage as I love the fact they are one-off items and I really enjoy the process of finding, photographing and selling older pieces. Recently, I have felt as though the website had started to be mainly newer items and I wanted to get back to doing what we love! We will still be selling our new and old textiles including our Turkish rugs and towels (featured above) as we feel they compliment our vintage finds and add a layered and well traveled look.

I'm starting to feel really motivated to get out and find some more unusual and beautiful vintage pieces, so I'll be reducing lots of items in our shop later this week, in order to make room for some new finds, so if you fancy grabbing yourself a bargain, check back in a few days time to see what we've reduced or keep up to date by following The Merry Magpie on instagram.

12/01/2018

Getting Back into the swing of things

Hello, it's been a while! My last post was on the 14th July and since then it has been radio silence, well on the blog front at least. On a personal level, so much has happened in the last few months I don't know where to start. Just over 2 weeks after writing that post I gave birth to a beautiful little boy, Jacob.
 

Since then it has been a whirlwind of sleepless nights, dirty nappies, breastfeeding, lots of worrying about whether we're doing the right thing, way too much googling (which I wouldn't recommend by the way!) and generally wondering what happened to my life!! It has also been the most amazing 5 months filled with so much love, laughter and happiness.

We have also made the decision to move back in with my parents in order to save some money and hopefully look at getting a mortgage and buying our first house in a year or so's time. Oh and FYI if you decide to move house, don't do it just before Christmas with a 5 month old baby in tow!!

It has definitely taken me a while to get used to my new role as a 'mum' and get settled back into living with my parents, but I now feel like I'm getting back into the swing of things again which hopefully includes blogging a lot more often.

I hope you've all had a lovely Christmas and new year and I'll see you soon with a little shop update!

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!