Spring nesting…


Coral Paisley Jacquard bedspread – Zara Home

I’ve always been a fan of white bedding but at this time of year I’m always drawn to the pretty brights available in bedding sets. Everywhere I turn the patterns and prints are spectacular, especially the range of glorious florals that make perfect spring-summer sleeping sense.

I thought I would round up some of my favourites and see what you guys think?

Clockwise from tope L: Peach Georgette bedding set, Matthew Williamson at Debenhams // Overscale floral bedset, M&S // Alimar (pink floral) bedding from Debenhams // Summer Floral Bedset, M&S // Charlottenburg, Designers Guild // Wild Coast bedlinen, M&S

Of course, it requires quite a neutral room to pull off such a block statement of colour and pattern but if you already have that in place then it is such a cost effective way to update your space and make a massive impact. I’m particularly drawn to the blues I’m seeing in various prints…

Clockwise from tope L: Scion Shibori bedlinen from John Lewis // Bluebellgray abstract petals bedding from John Lewis // Blue Chroma bedlinen, Sheridan at Debenhams // Asilah blue bedlinen, Debenhams

What do you think readers? Are you tempted or are you still sticking with white?

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Found: OUT THERE INTERIORS

A new home interiors brand was recently brought to my attention that I thought I would share today, OutThereInteriors.com. At the moment particularly I’m always looking for new sources of furniture and decorative items for my home, but even the old faithfuls can get samey and of course I’m on the look out for a budget bargain, so I was pleased to see an eclectic mix of pieces there with some at very good prices. There are also several ‘in the style of’ items that you may have seen elsewhere, that are at much lower prices. (As with all designer reproductions, make sure you check the dimensions thoroughly if you’re looking for a good ‘copy’.)

Here’s my pick of the best items – the range is diverse with everything from mirrored furniture to shabby chic armoires and retro sign lighting.


Copper hammered light £49 // Vegas Alphabet lights £295 // Arrow wall light £35 // American Flag wall hanging £55 // Turquoise jewellery cabinet £35 // White dressing mirror £195 // Embossed silver Chest of Drawers £255 // Tall factory stool £110 // White Chair with wooden legs £79 // Fifties style bedside £220 // Glass topped driftwood table £754

I’ve tried to show a broad selection of items here to illustrate the breadth of styles available. Out There Interiors is well worth a browse if you have an item in mind or if you are just browsing for something different.

Let me know if you see something you like readers!

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Finding Inspiration for Interiors…

Last week, Anna left this comment on my post about statement lighting. I had spent that day doing a phone interview with a journalist about my interiors choices for the old house, (more on that soon!) and a lot of her questions got me thinking. When this question also came up it made me think there might be a blog post in that! So here’s Anna’s question…

Hi Rebecca,

Please can I ask you, where do you find your inspiration for interiors? We moved into our house last November. We so far have had a new kitchen and new windows and doors and whilst these aren’t small jobs I’m still struggling with the interiors.

I think from me, I am worried about getting it wrong.. so everything ends up looking really similar and quite neutral and quite boring!

How do you work out whether or not statement pieces were working your rooms? How do you decide on a colour scheme? When you are decorating the new room where do you start?

I really hope your blog explores these questions of the next few months with your new house! I am super excited to see what you do with the new house so I can get some inspiration and also not be afraid to try new things!

Good luck with everything!!
Ax

So lets break Anna’s question up into three…

How do you work out whether or not statement pieces were working your rooms?

As a general rule of thumb, I would say that any room can only handle 1 or two ‘statement pieces. That might be a feature light (like these that prompted Anna’s question,) something that is a really bright colour like a yellow armchair, or a large piece of art. A patterned wall paper would also fit this category…

I think to decide if you like something, you have to live with it. For example when I bought the flamingo print, I wasn’t sure – it felt like he was staring at me all the time! But after a day or two, I got used to it and loved it. With my film lamp, that was easier as I knew I wanted one for a while, and when I found it at a great price, I knew just the corner where it would go. If you’re nervous about splashing out and not liking it, just make sure you love the piece itself, if you do then you’ll make it work, even if it’s not where you imagined it originally.

How do you decide on a colour scheme?

Let’s take my old lounge as an example here… First off we painted the room grey and kept all our neutral sofas and dark wood furniture. When I realised the room needed an injection of colour, I found Eric (the flamingo) and the pink worked so well against the grey that I ran with it. There was already blue in the room (the blinds were edged with a blue/brown shot silk and the club chair was a similar blue/brown fabric) so I chose that as another accent colour. I wanted lots of brights, so with the addition of the little yellow bird and the Russian dolls, yellow became the third ‘colour’.

Ideally what you want to be looking for when you are accessorising are things that aren’t just block colours either, (unless you’re going for a very modern look perhaps.) For example, the flamingo has shades of red in the pink feathers and the yellow Russian dolls pick that up in their painted detail, tying the two together.

I also noticed once I had completed that side of the room, centring around the flamingo print that the room became a room of two halves. The other side with the sofa was very similar to how it used to be with no colour splashes and didn’t look right. So I switched the cushions for a selection of blue toned designs and then stumbled across the pink lampshade that finished this DIY and finally we were done!

When you are decorating the new room where do you start?
The easy answer would be anywhere, but the sensible item would be the big ticket items. For example, if you have a blue sofa you could use that as a starting point. In general, for the sake of longevity, people choose neutral large pieces so they can decorate around them a few times before they have to start again with new ones, but if you know you love a colour then I’d say go for it and don’t be afraid to extend what we consider neutrals to be. Neutral doesn’t have to be boring beige, widen the spectrum with greys, taupes, mocha, putty or stretch outside the traditional neutrals to charcoal, navy or khaki.

I have a neutral sofa, so I start decorating with other ideas. Eric started the lounge decor, our dining room was inspired by the smoky blue edged mirror and the blue/grey accents came from there, including the curtains and the smoked blue light fitting.

You could also start with something you already have of course and it might be something really small – a kitchen might be inspired by the pattern on a favourite mug, or a lounge by a fab print you like for the curtains. Just go back to the advice about about finding a colour palette and accent colours and you will pull it all together.

Lastly, don’t fight your natural style. Anna mentions everything being ‘quite neutral’ as though it’s a bad thing when that can be just as much of a style as my own love of colour. However given the fact you follows it with ‘and quite boring’, I guess you want to jazz it up Anna!

I hope that helps Anna and I’d love to hear if any of you agree or disagree with my advice or if any of you have anything to add…

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Triple Temptation: Statement Standards

Of course since I knew where we were moving, my mind has been all about interiors. In our old house we had pretty much filled everywhere we could and couldn’t justify a single extra item, but now we have several extra rooms to fill and I’m in my element.


Navy Tripod lamp £99 Alfred tripod lamp £149 // Chicago floor lamp £179

One of the pieces I love most that we brought with us (and that gets a lot of comments) is the film light that we had in the dining room – it’s gone into the new dining room too. It was bought from Home Sense, one of my favourite shops, but their online presence is terrible so when I found these statement standard lamps at Made.com, I had to share them.

Each of these has a different style and feel, and they are all well priced considering the impact they will have in a room.

I’ll write more about Made.com soon, but in the mean time, have you purchased anything from there?

Love,
Rebecca
xo

PS Apologies for the late post – truth is, I intended to write about the house, but I can’t find my camera cable to download the photo’s! Bear with me!

Spotted: Mr & Mrs Smith At Home

For quite some time now I have disregarded paint as a decorating medium (well ‘coloured paint’ at least,) as out of favour. Perhaps as a result of fully embracing the feature wall trend that washed over us several years ago, more recently I’ve opted for patterned wallpaper or pale and neutral paints as a backdrop to my home. In the last few months though, I’ve noticed myself leaning towards statement walls in rich, bold and elegant shades, so it’s no surprise that taste makers Mr & Mrs Smith have launched a paint range At Home, inspired by their stylish boutique boltholes.

Divided into three collections, each designed to evoke the feel of destinations around the globe, each one provides an easy to combine palette for design led traditional and modern interiors.

The Coastal collection is, as you would expect, full of blues, but not just your traditional seaside shades, referencing sparkling Mediterranean seas, and the North American atlantic coast with stormy shades.

For the country, expect your usual Farrow and Ball-esque chalky tones and earthy neutrals, with a surprise pop of ochre and forest green, perfect for period interiors.

City shades are rich, glamourous and sexy with modern greys and pops of red nodding towards oriental lacquer and North African medinas. All the colours are a deep matt, low odour and eco-friendly. Even cleverer, instead of ordering paint pots to test, M&MS provide an iPatch adhesive rectangle of colour to test in your home without leaving residue – particularly great for removing the issue of testing darker shades and leaving messy patches that take coat after coat of paint to cover.

The paints are available from Colour & Paint online. What do you think readers. Do you use paints in your home decor?

Love,
Rebecca
xo

A Secret Friday Frock

20130830-095521.jpg

Good morning readers!

I’m sorry there’s no Friday Frock today! There’s only one frock for me this week and that’s a wedding dress, and I can’t show you yet! For the last 2 days I have been down south getting ready for Jessica’s wedding which is finally happening! Today will be all about finishing the Marquee decor, making the table arrangements, the wedding rehearsal, then chillaxing for that golden hour before bed with a chick flick and some bubbles.

You can follow along on Instagram behind the scenes and I’ll see you on Monday!

How did you spend the night before your wedding? Any last advice for Jess?!

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Dream Destination: The Laura Ashley Hotel

Often when I’m planning a trip away, one of my criteria when booking the hotel is that I love the interiors. I take pride in my home so when I go away I want the place I’m staying to be just as restful or inspiring. It’s no secret I’m a fan of Laura Ashley and so when I heard that they had opened a new boutique Manor Hotel in Elstree, Hertfordshire, I wanted to share it with you all.


Premium signature suite

The hotel has an exclusive restaurant, terrace bar area and 49 bedrooms, which I had to admit were the feature that caught my eye. For a relaxing break, often I enjoy just unwinding in my hotel room, catching up on TV or taking a long bath and of course getting ready for an evening out, so the luxurious interiors created by Laura Ashley using their own range of home furnishings and decor were right up my street.

Not only that, but there’s some serious interior decor inspiration for those of you looking to create some boutique hotel chic in your own bedroom for that relaxing feeling every day. I loved looking at these and seeing how Laura Ashley have interpreted their designs into real rooms.

For a bit of Laura Ashley luxury however, you can book a room from £150 (and the property will also host weddings.) Just log onto www.lauraashleyhotels.com

What do you think readers? Those rooms look so inviting!

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Interior Inspiration: Emerald City


Image Credit

It’s safe to say, green has never been top of my choice of colours for decorating. Yet the striking nature of most green interiors means that I have been mesmerised by some of the rooms I have collected here to inspire you today.


1 // 2 // 3 // 4

Historically, green conjures up period interiors, beautiful stately homes and cosy country log piles. If you’ve got enough light (or want to work with a lack of it instead of fight it,) green can look elegant and even magical.


1 // 2 // 3

A complete contrast however is the modern look. Emerald looks amazing in a black and white setting of mixed with patterns and prints blended in fabrics and accents like this pendant light shade.


Image credit

I fell in love with this tropical room with a colonial feel, brass accents and that lush velvet sofa against a backdrop of greenery.


1 // 2 // 3 // 4

I think my favourite way to see emerald however is as a stand alone accent in a room. A piece of art maybe, luxurious fabrics or painted statement pieces of furniture.

I’m not sure I’ll be rushing to decorate in this shade… green isn’t a colour on my usual decorating palette, but the images are inspiring none the less. Have I inspired you today?

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Found: Rowen and Wren

I’m still looking for the perfect finishing touches for my lounge and dining room and the search led me to Rowen and Wren. A treasure trove of incredibly understated style, the collection is beautifully presented and just the image sets alone are inspiring, so I thought I would share some of them here.

There are three collections with distinct styling, the most classic of which is the Timeless Living collection.

Discretely elegant but with a modern contemporary edge, everything in it has touch appeal.

Refined rural is different all together with a rustic country vibe, yet kept up to date again with salvaged touches and industrial metal hints.

Full of natural materials, it’s reminiscent of the perfect weekend bolt-hole.

Distant home has a global feel, full of treasures you could have picked up on your travels around the world. If you like an eclectic look there’s plenty here to blend in with your taste.

Have you heard of Rowen and Wren and are you joining me in the Rowen and Wren fan club? I’d love to hear which of their looks here is your favourite?

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Design Classics: Rimini Blu by Aldo Londi

Since re-decorating my lounge and dining room in shades of grey and trying to create a cool and calming colour palette of soft greys and smokey blues with white accents, I’ve found myself trying to figure out where to put the colour back in. I love that slightly eclectic ‘curated’ look of homes that are full of treasured finds but I knew that wasn’t a look that was going to come over night, so I have slowly been picking things up here and there. So far we have a new print for above the mantle, a yellow vintage enamel bird and I have my eye on something else that I have spotted along the way and I thought I would share today – this collection of Italian ceramics by Aldo Londi.

Designed by Londi in the 1950′s and 60′s and produced by the Italian company Bitossi, the collection is famous for it’s intricate patterns and the vibrant shade of Rimini blu that it is named after. I fell completely head over heels for the quirky animals in his signature style – some of them are angular and pointed with a modern aesthetic whereas others have exaggerated curves and almost appear reminiscent of Minoan pottery with Etruscan horses and bulls.

Of course, I love the cats, particularly this tall cat so accurately portraying the aloof nature of my favourite creatures, but the birds, elephants and rams or lions come a close second. If you’re not feeling as quirky, then the cylindrical vases have a distinctly mid-century modern feel, and the curved ones again look reminiscent of some kind of ancient water vessel, all coated in the jewel like translucent glaze which smooths over the roughly etched designs.

The best thing about buying something like this is the feeling of timelessness and history you get when you buy a design classic. The pieces are just as relevant now as they were when initially designed which means they will still look special (no doubt in several different rooms) as time wears on.

Do you love these as much as I do readers?

Love,
Rebecca
xo

The collection is available at Heals starting around £48 with some of the larger pieces being between £80-150 or The Lollipop Shoppe or SCP (Different selections of animals available at different stores)