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

Reviewed: Annie Sloan Paints… and a dresser makeover

Apologies for the delay today readers. I’ve got one or two things going on at the moment and this weekend so I’m leaving you with this post until Monday when we’ll be back as usual. 🙂 I’ve got a little DIY before and after that I’ve been waiting to photograph in the light for ages. I hope you like it!

When we bought our house we also made a donation to charity in exchange for three pieces of furniture. An Edwardian gentlemans wardrobe, a modern bathroom cabinet and this little dresser. It was in a bedroom when we bought it, but I decided it would be great in the kitchen and would provide much needed extra storage. I decided to paint it grey (my planned kitchen shade and general favourite colour) and add some quirky Anthropologie knobs for a fun touch.

I decided to use Annie Sloan paint (in Paris Grey) as I tried it at the Ruby Rhino workshop with Hannah that I attended last summer and it’s famous for requiring no sanding or priming – just slap it on and it covers all manner of sins… more on that in a moment.

First of all I sanded the top and drawer fronts of the dresser with a DeWalt detail sander (thanks to Alice for the recommendation on that!) to remove the brown varnish and reveal the paler underlying wood for a rustic hand-finished look.

Next I taped off the mirror edges and the top panel and started painting.

So onto the paint. I’ll be honest, it was probably the most difficult paint I have ever used to work with! (I would normally choose an eggshell with a coat of primer underneath on a project like this.) It’s tremendously thick and dries extremely fast so it’s very hard not to get brush marks in your work. I later chatted with Hannah and she reminded me you can water it down and I would definitely do the same next time – to the consistency of double cream. After the second coat I ended up sanding a couple of more ridged area’s before applying the wax. You can leave it unwaxed for a chalky finish but I wanted to seal it as the chalk finish tends to scuff. You first smooth the wax on, then buff it off until smooth with a separate cloth.

I waxed the top and drawers too which brought the wood out in a lovely rich sheen, slightly darker than the very pale sanded finish but quite similar.

I chose a selection of woodland inspired knobs from Anthropolgie to continue the rustic theme and voila, a made-over dresser!

Have you got any pieces of furniture you’re thinking of making over or updating? I’m always looking for projects like this to feature, so do send them in to hello@florencefinds.com 🙂

Love,
Rebecca
xo

All that glitters…

Just recently I’m having an irrational obsession with gold. Gold glasses, gold objet’s, gold trays, coasters, prints. There’s nothing that isn’t better when gilded.

Fortunately, there must be a few people who agree with me as I’ve seen some beautiful gold table and glassware in the shops for Christmas, perfect for adding sparkle to your Christmas table, or gifting to your favourite girlfriend. Here are my favourites…


Gold glimmer champagne saucers £24, Next // Golden Leaf wine glass £7.50 M&S // Metallic spot mugs £7.50 M&S // Limited edition gold letter mug £8 Anthropologie // Gold rim glass £12 Anthropologie // Gold Cutlery, Zara Home // Hammered Golden Coasters £19 Zara Home

Personally, I’m hoping for those spotted mugs and gold coasters in my stocking this year 😉

What do you think readers, are you loving gold right now too?

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Triple Temptation: Berry Lips


Stila Crush Lip and Cheek Stain in Cherry £16 // Albeit lipstick in Plum £14 // Marquisette Rouge – & Other Stories £12

Now the mercury has dipped to freezing I’m thinking about pink cheeks and berry lips for a festive look. Equally good for a trip to the Christmas Markets in the day time or brought out for a Christmas get together. I actually purchased the & Other Stories shade in London last week and can vouch for the creamy texture and berry-perfect shade. I also own the Stila lip glaze and was inspired to get it out after seeing Bella wear it a couple of weekends ago (in another shade) but it remains less moisturising than the creamy texture of the lipstick.

Now, what I’d like to know is if you guys can recommend any other brands or shades for a berry pout this winter? Have you tried a berry lip?

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Regent Street 24/7

Oxford Street is the place that seems to get the most mentions when it comes to London’s shopping scene, but I have always preferred Regent Street. It’s the place that I always make a beeline for when I head south as it houses some of my favourite stores that you simply can’t find anywhere else. So when I was approached by the Regent Street Online hub to share my favourite stores on Regent Street it was easy to accept.

The  Regent Street Online hub has everything you need to plan a trip; Check on your favourite stores, special discount days or events and restaurants located there. Get involved via Regent Street 24/7, the social media hub which groups Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and other social media activity. Just sign in with your prefered social media account and join the community!

My favourite feature has to be the community page of listed stores and each of their social media access points – find your favourite store on Pinterest and tweet them when you buy something!

I’m hoping you guys might be able to also share your favourite haunts in the area and perhaps a new find for me to stop at next week when I’m in the big smoke! So here are my must-visits on Regent Street, where are yours?

1. Top of the list – Anthropologie. I love this store and when it finally came to the UK it was worth a visit to London in itself. The interiors accessories, books and jewellery are incredible – I lose hours in there every time I step over the threshold. Fortunately there are lovely sofas for Pete to park himself on and wait. 😉

2. Zara Home. Similar in style to Anthro, but at a price point more reminiscent of its fashion sister, Zara Home is my first stop when I want a fresh take on interiors and well priced luxe or world inspired accessories.

3. Banana Republic. Now we have one in Manchester I can get a fix sooner, but for years the Regent Street store was a go-to destination for me for work wear, costume jewellery and bags.

4. With all this shopping you’re bound to work up an appetite and my first stop is always the Regent Street Food Quarter. If you’re new to London and want to meet friends or eat something more substantial for lunch than a Pret sandwich, this is the place. Along Heddon Street, this little route detours off the main drag onto a pedestrianised street lined with restaurants and bars – equally good for a post shopping cocktail. I like Tibits, but Aubaine is also a favourite and The Living Room is always a reliable choice.

5. Another brand reaching our to Regent Street from the U.S. is Coach and I love that buying a handbag here means you won’t see it on everyone’s shoulders.

6. Finally, a newcomer and a soon-coming. & Other Stories, the new store from founder’s of H&M and COS promises the former’s well priced fashion forward staples, and the latter’s streamlined aesthetic, so I’ll be checking it out next week and reporting back. And need I mention the soon-comer? J.Crew, I cannot welcome you to Regent Street soon enough. 😉

So now it’s your turn. Where’s your favourite Regent St hangout?

Love,
Rebecca
xo

*This post is sponsored by Regent Street Online.

A Reverie Lifestyle: Painterly Florals

Today I’m excited to announce that I have written a guest post for Reverie Magazine’s blog. You may remember when I introduced Reverie Magazine to you all shortly after the launch of their debut issue, and my enthusiasm for their beautifully produced magazine. I really don’t have enough words to describe how elegant the magazine is, covering weddings, fashion and lifestyle design. Since speaking with Mary Lee Herrington, co-founder with Kate Taylor of Reverie Magazine, I was very honoured to be asked to become their lifestyle contributor add a monthly dose of lifestyle inspiration to the Reverie blog.

This month I’m lost in thoughts of warmer weather, summer gardens and bold colour in romantic painterly florals, so that was my focus in an edit of everything from bed linen to Florence style frocks (of course!) inspired by Erdem’s florals and the artistry of modern watercolours.

Head on over to read the full blog post and get your Florence fix this morning!

Love,
Rebecca
xo

PS The next issue is out on April the 12th! Look out for it!

The Fash Flash… Glitter Girl

It’s no secret, I’m a huge fan of glitter. Sequins, beading or lurex, I love adding a bit of glitter to every day style.

This season, there has been a huge trend to include sparkle into everyday outfits and that suits me just fine. I’m a particular fan of the trend when paired with super casual items like a chunky knit or jeans and there’s plenty of ways to accessorise with sparkle too if you like to keep it subtle.

So this week’s Fash Flash, in time for your Christmas lists and parties, is the glitter edition. I’m going to have a seriously hard time not spending a fortune after putting this one together!

So, are you a glitter girl?

Love,
Rebecca
xo

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