Saturday, 10 January 2015

A little bedroom makeover

In December last year I started on a little long distance bedroom redesign. It's not a huge project, just doing a few tweaks here and there which will hopefully freshen up the entire space.  

The challenge is the client is 12000km away, the budget is tight and all I've got to go on is a few photos taken from different angles. I’d love to get on a plane and spend three weeks pulling it all together, but that’s not going to happen any time soon!

The brief was for a calm and relaxing bedroom not too much colour and no large screaming patterns.  She was very specific about the colours she wanted; teal blue, pale blue and taupe.   The client is quite traditional in style, so I kept that in mind and didn't go too modern.  On the up side, the room is a good size with large windows and plenty of natural light and wood flooring. All the pieces of furniture were staying in the room, the pine console table, the rattan headboard and side tables, which are kind of cute but I thought we could improve on the overall look of the room whilst still keeping within budget.

I created two different mood boards that have slightly different accessories, like lamps, rugs and cushions and then asked client which one she liked best. She chose elements from both boards.  In this particular instance, the client has to source the products herself, trying to match the products as much as possible to the design brief.  So we have this thing going on where she sends me pics of cushions, rugs and table lamps and I say yay or nay! And this has been going on for a few weeks now!  If she can’t find the products we are looking for I might just have to purchase them here and send them over, but for now, our plan seems to be working out pretty well.  

Although the overall scheme is quite tonal, I have managed to incorporate texture and pattern and a pop of yellow to brighten it all up and add a bit of visual interest.

So I thought I would show you the two mood boards I started with:

And here are a few before photos: 

I'll keep you updated on the progress a little later in the year.

Take care

Monday, 5 January 2015

Christmas Table

Hello lovely people of the blog world.  
I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who pops in to read this little old blog of mine and leaving me lovely comments.  I really do appreciate it.  I never got round to replying to your last comments as I caught a bad cold and have been sniffing and snuffling my way through new year’s eve until now.

For me Christmas has always been about family, family and just family.  Every year I do a different table just for the sheer joy I get out of being able to play around with decorations and baubles and create a story each year. To be honest, the table is more important than the food...okay that's not quite true, but it all starts with the visual story right?  This year it was all about the vintage looking gold Reindeer and I built the rest of the table around him. He's pretty impressive yes? So to kick start the new year with you all, here’s my sparkly gold Christmas table photos.

I've told myself that this year is my year.  I have to step outside of my comfort zone, (also known as the sofa) and be a little more progressive  in the pursuit of my dreams.  My design philosophy has always been that you don’t need to spend hundreds of thousands to have a stylish home and that everyone deserves to come home to a space that reflects who they are and what their needs are.  I spent many years in South Africa where we have an abundance of space and homes are obviously larger and more spacious.  Here in the UK, on this tiny Island, homes were built vertically instead of horizontally due to lack of space. So homes are generally smaller.  But smaller doesn't mean you can’t have a beautifully styled room just because you don’t have the space.  It just means you need to be a bit clever and savvy with how you decorate it.

Last years projects included quite a few small space redesigns, which I'm really pleased with considering the space I had to work with! And I can’t wait to start on another project.  

If you have a small space or a large space you'd like redesigned, please contact me on my FB page or leave your email in the comments section and I'll get back to you shortly.

So here’s to 2015 and all its possibilities!
Until next time!

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Happy New Year

Wishing you all 
 a wonderful 2015!

Thank you all for following, reading and just stopping by to comment.

I want it to slow down

As last year passed in a blink of an eye
I want to cherish my family more

Spend time with my lovely husband

Take more bike rides

Indulge in me time

 Go on a photography course so that I can post pretty pics on this blog of mine

Take more walks

Eat healthier foods

Laugh more

Worry less about the future and embrace the present

And all its possibilities…

(All images via Pinterest)

Happy New Year!

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Merry Christmas

This year has passed too quickly.  And tomorrow is Christmas Eve and the start of our family tradition of the feast of seven fishes.  Fish will be cleaned, garlic chopped and lemons squeezed.  We will hold hands in thanks and remember our blessings.

It's time.  Time to wind down, find inner peace and reflect on the past year and to be grateful.  All that remains is to say happy holidays and Merry Christmas.  May you and your families enjoy the blessings of togetherness that this season brings.


Sunday, 14 December 2014

Christmas Decorating

The tree is up, a real one.  We had this debate about whether to go faux or real.  It was 3:1 for the faux, but I won on the multiple benefits to having a real tree…the smell, the colour…but truth be told, I wanted a real tree for Honeybee who is once again on the move…

A week ago, I casually draped some lights over a curtain rod, added sparkly lights to the mirror.  I decorated with the same stars from last year, except I sprayed them gold and added some white reindeer and a small faux Christmas tree.  This year my colour is gold…it was going to be red, gold and green, however somehow the red got lost….maybe next year…I’m not big on  tinsel and wall to wall Christmas decorations but this year I bought some honeycomb decorations which seem to be enjoying a bit of a revival.  Old news in terms of Christmas decorations, but they now come in lovely gold, silver and white, which I am loving.  And finally, a gold Reindeer, beautiful isn’t he? 

Speaking of Christmas and all the stress of buying gifts and creating a magnificent meal fit for a king, I've decided I'm not going to play superwoman this year.   I'm going to be kinder to myself and let my hair down a little (think Farah Fawcett in her big hair days).    I've made lists but I'm not panicked when I see names not yet ticked off and I'm not stressing about THE MEAL; I decided to cut a few corners so that I have more time to chill with the family instead of peeling, slicing and dicing…there, I've said it… (being the sort who peels her own fresh carrots, this is a big deal for me!) All except the roast potatoes which I've already frozen.  This year for the first time ever in my life, it’s all about making it easy on myself.    The croquembouche I boasted about to all and sundry will have to wait until I can master the spun sugar technique which is proving more difficult than I anticipated….the rest I can deal with.  I can.  And I’m looking forward to it.

How are you decorating this Christmas?  


Sunday, 7 December 2014

Wild Wreath making

Hello lovely people, I haven't managed to blog very often this last month.  So how's your Christmas prep list going? Do you have your Christmas tree all tinselled and baubled up yet?  I confess I haven’t! This year I can’t decide between buying a real tree and going down the faux route as there are some pretty amazing faux Christmas trees around and they are getting better and better looking each year.  If I don’t make up my mind soon it just might be too late to put one up at all.  

Anyhow, talking of foliage, pine needles, and all things festive, instead of dressing the tree, my eldest daughter and I went on an amazing wild wreath making course at Sarah Moore Vintage and what a morning it was.  Making my own wreath always sounded so intimidating, but it's quite easy when you're given tips by an expert!

Our Saturday morning started bright and early driving up and down winding narrow country roads, all frosted up and glistening in the early morning sunlight, it finally felt more like December should…cold and icy... we pulled up to see the barn door flanked with Christmas trees and all lit up with lights.   Inside was all decked out with beautiful vintage treasures to buy, flickering candlelight, and gorgeously dressed tables laden with vintage crockery and glassware with the scent of pine needles and the fresh foliage wafting through the air.  I deliberately left my purse at home because I knew I would not be able to resist the urge to buy, buy, buy! Instead I focused on making a wreath from hand-picked wild foliage, which Sarah had ready for us in large florist buckets and woven baskets.  There was so much variety it was hard to imagine it all came from our wonderful countryside.  A large log fire burned warmly outside in the courtyard and mince pies and plenty of tea in pretty vintage cups was available for warming up. 

We were so busy ‘making’ we forgot to take ‘before’ pics so these iPhone photos will have to do.  It was fun to see how we all started off with the same florist’s foam base but we all created such different wreaths! A few hours later and I have a stunning (well I think so!) wreath to hang and dare I say it… it’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas ….

Now to hang it on the door, a little drilling is required me thinks!

Until next time

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Pots of gold

Hello lovely people, we've been a bit washed out here in good old England.  Slightly wet and grey but I have my eyes on a bit of sparkle, especially with Christmas approaching.

I've always been drawn to a little bling, a little gold, and after completing the dining room project, I was liking the gold even more.  I knew I wanted a white and gold plant holder  for the top shelf, but I couldn't find any so while I was in Ikea buying the curtains to sew for the little dining room project I picked up a small plastic plant pot for about £3.  I had left over Montana Gold spray paint and I was on a mission to turn this little white pot into something a little more special.  I used some Washi tape making sure I taped it down firmly and I just sprayed the pot until it was well covered.  I gave it two coats, left it to dry for 10 minutes and popped the greenery in.  It looked fantastic, so much so that I decided to make one for myself. 

And there's a lot of gold happening in interiors as well, so I’ve put together a few of my favourite gold items I've found on the web, they are all affordable and budget friendly!  One of my absolute favourites is the Uashmama washable metallic paper bag...I have to buy one!

1. BHS, 2. Graham&Green 3. Zara Home

It's a miserable night outside, but we are off to our son's formal GCSE award ceremony.
Hope you are snug and cosy inside!