Nursery: And the Animals came in Two by Two…

The first nursery scheme I posted was a complete contrast to this one, Bright and Bold with neutral accents. Then I spotted and fell in love with this Animals wallpaper from Beware the Moon and had to use it as a base for a nursery mooodboard to see if I could live with the neutrals. I think with enough bright accents, I can make it work… it’s just about finding the right pieces.

I still plan to incorporate lots of brights as accents so the room doesn’t look stark, but the wallpaper was so beautiful I couldn’t let it go unused and I worried the Triangle print would be too busy and full on. This is a great way of adding pattern and texture, without making my eyes turn into triangles too!

We’re finishing the decorating this weekend so hopefully I’ll have something to show you very soon!

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Triple temptation: Garden Furniture

As the completion of our kitchen comes to an end, the outside space is also getting underway. As our kitchen is above full height cellars, the ground floor level is about 1m above the garden. So we can step directly out instead of going up and down stairs, we are building a deck that the bifold doors open onto and I’m keeping all my fingers and toes crossed that it is finished this week.


IKEA Harmano Garden suite, £179 // John Lewis Madrid outdoor furniture £1475 (for what is pictured) // Palermo right-hand corner sofa, Next £699

Having spent so much money on everything else, garden furniture just isn’t in the budget right now, but I’m loathe to have an empty deck, or be unable to enjoy the rest of the summer months (hello maternity leave!) after working so hard on this space. I had been browsing at outdoor seating options for this area but they are all so expensive – we are looking for a sofa style seating solution, as our main outdoor dining area is planned for further down the garden. I was on the point of saying blow it (with another maxed out credit card flashing before my eyes,) as I fell in love with the NEXT Palermo range, then Pete spotted this IKEA set when we were there buying a spare bed. We couldn’t believe the price and snapped it up – The cushions are a bit thin, but I’ll simply buy some different foam pads and perhaps recover them. For the price, we couldn’t say no and it doesn’t matter if it’s not a long term option.

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Spotted: Alexander and Pearl Industrial Modern Chandeliers


LAB 7 industrial pendant // LAB 5 Industrial Brass pendant // Brainchild multi light chandelier

As things are coming together in the kitchen it actually feels a lot more stressful when I thought things would be settling down. We’re making just 2 or 3 decisions that really finish the room – the flooring and lighting, so the pressure is on to get them right after working so hard on the rest of the room.


Californian House Tour on A Cup of Jo

Lighting is an obsession of mine and I really wanted the right statement pieces to not over power the room but really finish it. We started looking for copper lights to bring warmth to the space, then found these with 20% off. Unfortunately they were only 80cm long and non-adjustable so they were far too high from our high ceiling and looked lost. Then miraculously I stumbled across Alexander and Pearl with their fab range of lighting (amongst other things) and these incredible chandeliers.



1 Dining room makeover by Emily Henderson // 2 – Bri Emery’s Dining room by Emily Henderson

I’ve always loved the kind of sculptural chandeliers you see on American blogs, usually vintage and never to be seen on this side of the Atlantic so I pounced on these without hesitation. Now we just have to see if it fits the space… watch this space as they say. If they don’t work in the kitchen they will definitely pop up elsewhere!

Love,
Rebecca
xo

The Master Bedroom : Version 1.0

I’ve realised that I’m very good at telling you all what I’m planning in the house but actually showing the finished article is happening a lot less. That is partly because nothing is yet ‘finished’ – or what I would call finished anyway, as I don’t feel done with a room (actually, am I ever done with a room?) until all the finishing touches are complete too. In the case of our grey bedroom, in some ways it is finished – the decorating is done, we’re back in there and it’s functioning, but in others it is very unfinished. We don’t have a door handle for example (just a small matter,) the walls are pretty bare, the bedding is less than perfect and the walk in wardrobe is still something of a dumping ground with a solitary rail, Billy book case and shoes all over the floor.

However, it’s going to be a bit of a wait before we get it exactly the way I want it and I’ve been asked before how I approach decorating a room so I hope this will give you some insight into my thought processes. Here’s the finished bedroom Version 1.0 :)

As you can see, we’re sticking with the white bedding, a perennial favourite of mine, but I’m still struggling with the perfect combination of cushions. I’m totally torn between the modern geometric look and the more subdued pink and grey. The problem is that the coral and mint tones in the geometric pattern are just not sitting quite right to my eye with the lilac and slate in the curtains or the perfect pale pink I found at H&M.

There’s also the matter of getting the right size/shape combination going. I can see there might be some re-hashing of the covers I have bought, particularly the cheapo H&M ones. At less than £10 each, I don’t mind taking some scissors to them. They are also on our old bed which we plan to replace, (this one will go in another bedroom elsewhere,) but again are just waiting for the cash to materialise!

This lamp is totally wrong… the base I could live with, but it’s one of a pair so they will probably be utilised elsewhere together. It’s the yellow shade that is throwing a lot of the room off I think, but I haven’t seen a suitable base or shade to replace this one. The plan for bedside lamps is to have wall lamps above the headboard and I’ve seen the ones I want, they’re just not in the budget right now. While we are on lighting, the capiz shade was an old bargain in BHS lighting dept from our old bedroom, but we have plans to replace this with something a bit more ‘design-y’, if that’s even a word.

One thing I am really pleased about is the art in here. I bought Pete the surfers print a couple of years back and went back for the print of Rincon Island off the coast of California just recently as the peachy pink tones were the kinds of accents I wanted to bring into the room. They both remind me of our travels on the West coast and a lovely afternoon we spent in Miami watching surfers on South Beach and I’m really happy with everything about them apart from the fact they are crooked after being put up approximately 2 minutes before I took this photo, by Pete mid-argument, as we were late leaving for something! ;)

I had also been lusting after a Lulie Wallace print but she only releases prints (instead of original artworks) a few times a year and none had come up int he right colour combinations until this spring when this grey pink and peach tones print called ‘Flowers for Hope’ popped up and I snapped it up.

The doors to the walk in wardrobe are bifold and so slide right back allowing plenty of space and I’m really happy we chose them. What’s behind them is not so pretty and whilst I could have tidied it to make it look presentable, I really didn’t have the time or energy so this is as much as you’re seeing!

The curtains were bought before we even moved out of the room. Because of the height of the ceilings and windows, we have to have custom curtains made, but thank goodness, I have been using a place in Southport for curtains for years. If you happen tot be local or around the area, it’s well worth a trip – the fabric is ridiculously cheap (and often John Lewis, Prestige or Sanderson,) and the making up is also cheap. To give you an idea, these were £300 for a 3m wide bay with over a 2m drop. The equivalent in JL, for something in their own range, mid price point fabric, would have cost at least double. They are black out lined which is essential and has been amazing as it’s an East facing room and very sunny in the mornings.

As you can see, we also have the stained glass back in now which was taken away when we replaced the windows and encapsulated or sandwiched into a triple glazed panel. Unfortunately the glazier who did the work was taken ill, hence the 6 month delay but they were worth waiting for.

The carpet is the same one we had in the lounge in the last house. We searched high and low for the right pale grey that didn’t look ‘silver’ and it wore really well in the last house too so we just ordered the same again. It also has a subtle fleck of naturals in it which hides a multitude of sins (mainly cat hair,) that a monotone carpet wouldn’t.

So, I think that’s it for now. I hope you like it or if not, at least found the process and sources useful – I have put a comprehensive list at the end of the post for you. I might do another one soon with some finishing ideas that we’re yet to purchase.

Happy Monday readers,

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Where did you get that?
Walls: Cornforth White, Farrow & Ball
Woodwork: Brilliant white (eggshell)
Glass Wardrobe door handles: John Lewis
Curtains: The Fabric Shop, Southport (open at weekends but the warehouse is only open Mon-Fri)
Reproduction Eames RAR rocking chair, Redbrick Mill
Geometric Cushions: Conran at M&S
Pink and Grey cushions: H&M Home
Velvet cushion: The White Company (old)
Bedding: Linea at HoF
Mirror: Next
Photographic prints: Ian Baguskas, at 20 x 200
Flower art: Lulie Wallace
Frames: Ikea Ribba (with custom mounts from a local art shop for £5.)

Triple temptation: Stand mixers


Kenwood Chef Titanium KMC010 // SMEG standmixer // Copper KitchenAid

Last week I received a press release on the new SMEG small appliances range. Launching later this year, for those of you lusting after your own SMEG fridge/freezer with it’s retro styling, it’s a slice of style at a much more affordable price point. And there are loads of lovely colours.

I thought I’d share my favourite stand mixers today and of course couldn’t resist sharing the gorgeous special edition copper KitchenAid (I have one in cream) available at Selfridges.

Have you got a stand mixer?

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Spotted: Copper home accessories

I’ve been totally obsessed with copper as a home decor accent for some time now and I love it paired with cooler tones like greys and concrete so I can’t wait to incorporate some touches into our home and the new kitchen. I thought I’d do  little round up today of some of the loveliest things to bring a touch of warm copper into your home and stay on trend this season.

Have you tried any copper accents in your home yet?

Love,
Rebecca
xo

The Nursery: Bright and Bold

With my third trimester well underway, planning for the baby has started to creep to the forefront of my mind. With a lot of the house still in need of renovation, we’re lucky enough that the nursery is a true blank canvas and I’m also thanking my lucky stars that it’s in relatively good nick – it seems to have been skimmed recently, has new engineered oak flooring and as it’s at the back of the house, has a double glazed window already in situ. That means it’s largely a cosmetic job, which goes someway towards explaining my relaxed attitude to getting it done!

The truth of it however is that I’m not completely decided on the style I’m going for and it may well end up being a combination of the moodboards I’m going to share here in the coming weeks. All of them are unisex or ‘gender neutral’ and I have always planned a brightly coloured space so not knowing the sex of our baby hasn’t restricted me in any way.

Back when my old house was featured in Good Homes magazine I spotted the Sian Elin wallpaper that underpins this scheme in the same issue, and regardless of whether we go ahead and use it, the multicoloured bright sherbert shades have provided a palette for me to work with against a largely neutral backdrop.

This scheme relies on the statement wallpaper and white furniture for contrast with more muted accessories so as not to compete with the bold design, but I would only use it as a feature wall, perhaps along our chimney breast.

The room has enough space for a chair for feeding in and footstool, and I’m looking for a large rug to soften the floor space. The only down side to high ceilings and large windows is that ready made curtains are never long enough, so I’m on the look out for a neutral material to get full length curtains made in either a plain fabric or much smaller neutral print.

The Cot was a fab find from John Lewis as I was previously coveting the Ouef Sparrow cot, seen often in blogland and this is a good similar style at a much better price.

So what do you think readers? Watch this space for a more subtle neutral nursery design coming in the next week or two…

Love
Rebecca
xo

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Triple Temptation: Festoon lights


Seletti Bella Vista Outdoor light, £85 Heals // Auva string lights (50 lights) £29.98 B&Q // Pink festoon lights, £85 Out there interiors

Last year I wrote a post about festoon lighting and listed some sources available at the time. You can still read that post here and see for yourself if they are still available, but the trend is going nowhere and thankfully the strings of globe lights with a soft glow perfect for pretty outdoor illumination are getting more widely available. I’ve spotted 3 in the last couple of weeks and thought I’d share them in case anyone is still looking for them. Do let me know if you have spotted any too! (The B&Q set looks like great value.)

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Light the Way…

Yesterday I spent the morning marking out the ‘first fit’ of our kitchen electrics with our builder and as part of that, although I hadn’t really decided what we wanted exactly, we had to mark out the lights for over our peninsula island. We went for 2 hanging pendants evenly spaced, which is about right for the size of the island and space, but now I need to decide what lights they will be.


Image via (BTC Stanley Copper pendant)

Lighting is kind of an obsession of mine (along with chairs,) and as a result I have a dedicated Pinterest board, which has expanded rapidly over the last couple if days. If you are interested have a look here.


Image via

I’m thinking of three key styles. Metallic (most likely copper,) to warm up the cold marble and cool tones kitchen units; Bare bulbs in vintage or decorative styles; Or Delicate glass shades.


Courtney Adamo’s kitchen

What do you think readers, I think I have decided but could be swayed…

Love,
Rebecca
xo

The white stuff…

Since we moved there are a lot of empty spaces in our house and although new furniture is more for ahem, finished rooms, I do find myself browsing for various pieces. Right now my focus is on the nursery and I’m working on a mood board to share with you soon but in the meantime, I want a sideboard for baby’s room. Long low and white with a hint of midcentury modern about it and equally at home against a patterned wall or in a serene airy space.

  1. Dumont buffet, West Elm £599
  2. Hemnes 8 drawer chest of drawers, IKEA £180
  3. 6 drawer Ercol chest, The White Company £945
  4. Milton 3 drawer sideboard, M&S £549
  5. Bess sideboard, Dwell £399

Whether this is a good idea or not I’m not sure, and I’m imagining putting a changing table top onto of this piece so I’m not necessarily looking for something so low as some of these are, but I love the elongated look and think drawers may well suit baby storage better with shelves for toys or books? I also like that in the future this would work well repurposed in another room.

Either way, I’d love to hear your thoughts and your favourites from my selection…

Love,
Rebecca
xo