Bedroom updates

A few months back, before I even started thinking about the spare bedroom makeover, I revamped our bedroom. We re-decorated in there about 3 years ago now and chose some white striped wallpaper, keeping the existing high gloss Ikea wardrobes, Ikea bedsides and our iron Feather & Black bed. I wanted it all very soft a soothing so chose White Company bedding in white with a grey and white silk throw and mink and grey cushions using texture to provide contrast.

Typically, it wasn’t long before I tired of the monotone look and decided to add to the single shot of colour in the lamp shades with some small additions and it’s amazing what a difference they have made.

The inspiration for the change around was the new picture above the bed. I blogged it and bought it not long after – I love how bright and cheerful it is.

I also changed the drawer handles on the bedsides for coral ceramic ones from Anthropologie.

We already had these butterfly pictures up but had different colour combinations (We had had a large white one above the bed too,) as they come in a pack of 6 (see similar here). To pick out the lamp shades we had had two yellowy butterflies there previously, but as the large white one was now gone from above the bed we used the smaller one and a blue one, simply switching them from the hall where the rest are going up our stairs. In fact it worked well as the yellows work beautifully with the yellow Cow Parsley wallpaper we have in the hall.

In fact, since taking these, the bedroom has changed again, as we finally found a chest of drawers to add to our lack of storage in there. I also realised I didn’t take any of the other end of the room so maybe I’ll share another update soon.

Hope you like it readers!

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Real Renovations: Bedroom Update

Hello readers! This afternoon, Jess is back to share the progress of her house with a huge update. I’ve been watching this room come together for the best part of a year now and I cannot tell you how big the change has been – I think the pictures tell the story best however, so let’s get on with the show…

After last months dilemmas about my bedroom, I thought today I would update you all with the progress so far.

Now it may not seem all that exciting to some people, but let me tell you, after living for over a year with just a couple of hanging rails and an old chest of drawers, this week saw some real progress with the arrival of the wardrobes, which is just about the best thing I have spent money on so far for the house. We deliberated for quite some time over what kind of wardrobes to go for, either freestanding or fitted. Initially I was looking at freestanding wardrobes because I like the look of them and there is so much more choice. Dan was dragged around a few furniture stores but we quickly realised that we would struggle to use the full height of our room as most wardrobes wouldn’t even reach the picture rail, let alone go the foot and half above that up to the ceiling. I wanted to be able to hide away all my bags and shoes etc, and really wanted enough storage space so that I wouldn’t have to have things on top of the wardrobes.

We then came across a very pushy saleswoman from a company that sold fitted wardrobes and were cleverly led in to a ‘free design visit’. Now, although there was no way in the world that we would buy off this company (you know the type- ‘buy it now, we’ve got a special sale on that ends tomorrow’, or ‘if you make a decision today we will give you an extra 10% off’), we did let them draw up some fancy images on their computers which gave us a good idea of what we would be able to do if we went with the fitted wardrobe option. And so, after a bit more research, we decided that fitted was the way forward for us and set about looking for a smaller local company that could make what we wanted, and quote us the ‘real’ price at the first time of asking. We found a company we trusted and put in our order…


The bedroom walls were in a pretty poor state due to some dodgy DIY over the years, and the chimney breast has been widened at some point, presumably to fit a double bed across it. We also had some damage to the plaster in the bay due to a leaky window. So before ordering the wardrobes, the chimney breast was knocked back to its original width and the whole room was re-plastered. I had no idea just what a messy job this would be, and would really think hard about doing it to any other rooms unless absolutely necessary. I think the picture explains better than I can! The carpet was ruined, there was a lot of cleaning up to do afterwards. But, the end result was good and gave Dan some lovely smooth walls to paint!

We had to wait several weeks for the custom built units to be made and that process couldn’t be started until all the plastering had been done. So despite the fact that I had been up all night at work and normally would have gone straight to bed, the arrival of the wardrobes this Monday morning was something I was prepared to stay awake and sacrifice my sleep for. Before the afternoon was over the wardrobes were in! I’d seen a similar design with the wardrobes fitted around a chimney breast when we were looking at houses so had an good idea of how it would look when all done, but the result was better that I had expected.

I decided to use my own choice of door knob rather than those supplied with the wardrobes to give the room an extra detail. Zara Home is a fairly recent discovery for me and has been a complete revelation; it didn’t let me down when I found the ceramic flower ‘Julie’ knobs that even Dan managed to describe as ‘nice’. I’d say thats a positive reaction from him, so you can expect to see a lot more of Zara Home products cropping up in my home from now on. It’s just a shame (or maybe a blessing given that we are also trying to save up for a wedding,) that there isn’t a store in Manchester!

The new carpet was put down the next day, and the ‘Bourbon’ bedside tables from Made.com have arrived too. So now I get to enjoy moving my clothes to their new home (I doubt it will stay looking quite so orderly), and when the windows have some kind of covering (the venetian blinds are on order) Dan and I can move in to our new bedroom at last, I cannot wait!…

Love,
Jess x

Real Renovations: Is White Alright?

Good afternoon readers! Jess has got a brilliant post for us all this afternoon with another update to her house renovation – this time she needs your help. Do leave a comment and share your thoughts on her selections and tell us what your bedroom is like…

The renovation of our bedroom was not at the top of our priority list when we first moved house. But, after over a year now of living with lumpy walls, old carpet, and perhaps most frustratingly no wardrobes, we have now taken it on as our latest project. The room has two alcoves either side of a chimney breast, although unfortunately the original fireplace has been removed by a past owner. There is also a big bay window, and the obligatory picture rail to add to the rooms features. It is a big room, yet it has been the room that I have struggled to find a vision for more than any other we have done. I don’t know if its because of the size of the room, or because its the bedroom and I want to get the mood and feel of it just right. I have found it hard to picture the end result in my mind, which makes making any decisions, from wardrobes to paint colour to soft furnishings, a very long and drawn out process!

One interior trend I really like at the moment is the military or ‘campaign’ furniture. I like the mix of wood, leather and metal (sounds a bit kinky but thats not what I mean!), with an antique kind of look, that reminds me of a romantic bye-gone era where people travelled on steam trains or ships, with huge trunks of luggage (before you had to pay excess baggage charges no doubt!). I’m just not sure if I can translate that style into my own bedroom.


LV luggage side table // Pale blue campaign desk/dressing table

Another look I like in bedrooms is the ‘Americana’ or typical Ralph Lauren style bedroom with lots of rich blues and navy, multiple stripes, tartans and mismatched layers of fabrics. Its quite a masculine look, but there is something about those big wooden sleigh beds covered in duvets and throws that make me want one myself! 


Blue paisley bedding // Navy and stripe bedding // Sleigh bed

The bedroom style that I have deliberated over most is the all white look, with lots of different textures; wools and chunky knits alongside cottons and silks but with a very limited colour palette. My only worry with this look is will it look too sterile? Can I soften it enough to make it relaxing and luxurious, rather than reming me of the operating theatre in which I work every day. Or maybe that’s why I like white? Dr Freud would probably have something to say about that…




White with grey headboard // White and neutrals // White cosy room

We have just had the walls re-plastered, and so more out of indecision than any great vision we have repainted them… white. I mean white white. Not a fancy named slightly grey or slightly beige or cream-white. White. Brilliant white. Matt white. White. I’m nervous about it, can you tell?!?! Its a big room, and very white. But, I have ordered some bedside tables in a muted turquoise/blue color that I hope will be the statement of colour that the room will need. I’ll share the final result with you all when the room is finished. Because at the moment, with no furniture and only freshly painted walls to look at, it is just a very daunting shade of… white.

Jess x

What to Wear: Summer Steals

Forgive me if I sound a little triumphant this morning but not only do I love the subject of today’s post, my French Connection Rabari skirt, but it was also the result of both initial restraint and some serious sale stalking.


Jumper, Whistles // Skirt, French Connection // Earrings, Accessorize // Bag, Marc by Marc Jacobs (old) // Sandals, Dune (old)

Restraint is not my middle name when it comes to shopping, but when I first rummaged around the French Connection summer sale instore I found some great bargains in their keenly reduced rails. I had been looking for a summer skirt for some time but when I saw that the reduction on this skirt was a mere £12, I was pretty peeved and drew the line at forking out for an item that, given the weather so far this year, I had no occasion for as yet. I decided I would watch and wait, then snap it up when the price came down.


All images in this post were taken with the Fuji x100 which I am reviewing – look out for my photography posts reviewing it coming soon.

Wait I did and watch I did, with increasing frustration, the second round of reductions came and went with this particular skirt staying resolutely at the original sale price. Then last Friday I received an email from French Connection about their final sale reductions. Lo and behold, the skirt was not only reduced to a bargain £25 but also completely sold out.

I called a couple of local stores immediately, only to find the last 2 size 10′s in the country were in Manchester City centre and I made a dash in my lunch break to pick one up – it was fate.

This weekend as the sun finally came out, I bared my pins (teaming it with a jumper to protect against the dipping twilight temperatures on this occasion) and wore it to death.

So, have you got any sale triumphs to share? What’s your biggest sale bargain this summer?

Love,
Rebecca
xo

PS. The earrings were another sale bargain – I always visit Accessorize in the sale every year and bought 2 new pairs of earrings in the sale at 70% off for a couple of pounds each!

[Friday Frock] What to Wear: In Vegas

Sometimes you just have to dress for the occasion and today’s frock comes straight at you, literally right between the eyes, from Vegas baby.

I had a preconception about what Las Vegas would be and I don’t think I hit far from the mark so today’s choice was perfect. I have a real weakness for white dresses. In the same way blondes can make black look glamorous, I love contrasting white with my darker skin and hair, so come summer in the season of white gaining ‘cool’ status again, I was looking forward to finding something that would be wearable for me.


Lace back dress – Zara £35.99

I’m also a firm believer in choosing one focal point if you’re going to bare some skin. Since body-con is no longer a taboo, in recent years I’ve tended to bare my legs with short dresses in looser styles, but my favourite part of my body, the part that never lets me down come extra pounds or not, is my back. So I totally fell in love with the sweeter-than-sweet crochet back to this otherwise rather racy dress.

You know what they say, ‘What happens in Vegas…‘ and I think this is exactly the kind of dress to sum that phrase up. It took me from dinner to bar to the roulette tables and beyond… ;)

Find it in Zara for £35.00. I teamed it with metallic accessories, sky-high heels and modern jewellery, (the earrings were a £3 bargain from Miss Selfridge,) and of course a touch of neon on my nails. Nothing else would do in Las Vegas.

Have a great weekend readers!

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Friday Frock O’clock

This week’s Friday Frock is from a shop that I don’t think I have featured before on Florence Finds, but for one reason or another I was browsing online recently and spied this bright and breezy summer dress.

When the weather is as bad as it has been recently there’s only two options when it comes to fashion. You can snuggle down in extra layers and sink into a depression about the falling temperatures, or dream of summer days, picnics, seaside trips and country walks. This dress belongs to my preferred option, the latter.


Jersey print and spot dress – Wallis £40 (now in the sale at £32)

I’m imagining it with wedges, a cross body bag and a bicycle, with an ice cream balanced in one hand and a vintage camera in the bike basket… Oh summer, where are you?

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Spotted: French Connection Home

This morning I have something new to share with you, hot off the press, the new French Connection Home range, launched yesterday.


With a distinctly global yet rustic feel, fans of the all-white look will be in seventh heaven perusing the whitewashed backdrops with carefully selected neutral textiles in shades of grey with blue highlights and creams mixed with hessian tones and textured linens or rugs.


Florence’s favourites? The safari chair, drift wood stool and tripod side table. All different, but all extremely covetable. Price points are at the upper end of high street and I fear this may be French Connection’s downfall after the initial hype subsides leading to heavily discounted sales akin to the clothing line. On the flip side, the majority of the larger pieces, lighting, the chairs, side tables etc are investment pieces with statement potential that you will have for years. The collection doesn’t give the impression of being disposable home ware. In the mean time, there are certainly pieces that I’ll be adding to my list of ‘wants’.

Do you like?

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Christmas Inspiration #1 – Scandi Style

One of my absolute favourite things about Christmas is the decor. Not just the actual decorations but the fact that you get to decorate and make everything look so pretty. Best of all it’s totally up to you what you do. You really can get crafty and make everything from paper for pence, or go all out with the most luxe decorations money can buy… ok, so maybe in my dreams. ;)

This is the first in a series I’m going to do about Christmas Decor… I’ll be including images from the decorations you have sent into me (and it’s not too late, as soon as you put yours up, read this post and send in your Christmas decor inspiration,) combined with the super stylish and often professionally styled interiors and vignettes that inspired them. I hope they will fill you with Christmas cheer and inspire you to get creative this Christmas.


God jul! and Bauble chandelier

Today’s post is dedicated to one of my favourite takes on Christmas… Scandinavian style. Think red and white, natural rustic decor, lots of wooden decorations and paper but all done in a very pared back way. If you have a very neutral or modern home this works really well, but it’s equally as comfortable in a barn, or country cottage.


Tiny red and white treeSparse Spruce by the fire and heart decorations - Ebay

This is actually pretty close to the style of decor I have used previously in our house and I can’t believe I won’t be putting up the red and white decorations this year. The red and white look and childlike element to Scandi style decorations in painted wood and paper really lends itself to our Victorian home so this one is nothing if not versatile. I know I’ll be using the decorations in the future again…


Multi-coloured decorations and Branch hanging decor over turquoise table.

Although red and white is the most common colour scheme in a Scandi Christmas, it’s as much about the type of decoration and the way you display them. It might not seem as festive, but a scantily decorated tree looks simple and elegant and this look also co-ordinates well with touches of metallic or actual metals and clear glass or an all white scheme.


Red paper heart wreath and Tiny tree with White decorations.

Reader Christmas Inspiration…
I should have known that Hannah‘s Christmas decor would be fabulous, but I was really excited when I saw her decorations. (You will remember her from this post.) Working perfectly with her pale kitchen as a backdrop, her take on the Scandi style is fresh and clean but still super festive, and not so fussy that it looks wrong in a kitchen…


Image Credit: Hannah Gooch of Ebury Home and Garden for Florence Finds

Each Christmas our tree looks a bit different. Last year I added quite a few red and white Scandi-inspired decorations, so this became the focus in our kitchen/diner. We already had a large bottle vase in the centre of our dining table which has some Autumnal twigs in it that I’d collected during walks in the park. So this is where I hung some of the decs, along with some on the twigs we’ve got hanging between the lights above the breakfast bar.


Image Credit: Hannah Gooch of Ebury Home and Garden for Florence Finds

I love that Hannah has gone the extra mile here and added the hanging decor above the breakfast bar… it’s super chic and actually really cheap to recreate – all you need is a branch from the park and you could make similar decorations from felt cut outs.

So readers… do you like a Scandi style Christmas?

Love,
Rebecca
xo