Five on Friday…

Check out this amazing kitchen make-over, with a few simple steps to update what they already had – clever! I love the yellow stools.

How to turn an IKEA bookshelf into a storage bench – great idea for a playroom or family room.

Love the calm simplicity of the bedroom.

I met up with friends yesterday and one of them was wearing this cardigan – it looked fab and such a bargain for £23!

I’m really focusing on the house again now we are back and just need to zone in on where we should start… This moody dining room is fabulous for the darker days ahead.

Happy Friday readers 🙂


Spotted: Cox and Cox

Yesterday, Cox and Cox relaunched their website after (a very unusual in this online industry) period of downtime to smooth the transition. Naturally, I felt obliged to go and check out the offerings when they were back up and running. Suffice to say I wasn’t disappointed.

In the past I’ve often thought of Cox and Cox as over priced party trinkets that few people can afford but recently I’ve seen them branching out into more resilient items of furniture and decor in a rustic salvage chic industrial style that I love. The moody shots with a hint of glamour from mercuried glass and velvet tempered by their almost scandi chic white washed room sets really got my pulse racing when I browsed the new site and so I thought I’d collate some of my favourites from their more unusual offerings.

Glass patterned lamp // Vintage metal trolley // Zinc butlers tray table // Galvanised metal hooks // Apothecary jars (large and small) // Wire birdcages // Eat sign // Oak stools // Zinc topped drawer unit

I am now more obsessed about the red EAT sign than I was before, even more decided on a kitchen make-over and wondering if that zinc tray table might do the job for my bedside table. I’m more ready than ever for autumn tones to seep into my home.

Have you been plesantly suprised by this selection?


Florence’s Gift Guide #2

It’s time for another gift round up and I’m starting with a selection of Etsy gifts. There’s still plenty of time to order items from the US and get them here for Christmas, but act fast or you’ll be missing out and kicking yourself. (Ahem, not that I’ve ever found myself in that position before!)

  • For those with style, (and pets!) dress up your pooch in the latest prints: Trees print Dog lead – Gingers Wonders
  • This bag is a fabulous colour and perfect for make-up or a relaxed clutch. Orange silk vintage kimono frame clutch – LittleBirdie75*
  • I love letterpress, and treated myself to a letterpress calendar once. Any fan of typography would love this one… Letterpress Calendar – OrangeTabbyPress.
  • For an interiors enthusiast who is struggling to keep a nursery or playroom unique, you can’t beat a Sausage Dog! Sausage dog screen print – Jane Foster*
  • Everyone (no, really, everyone) needs notecards – the can-do-no-wrong gift. ‘Hello’ notecard set by Inhauspress.
  • Got a friend who has just moved house? How about a Custom Address Stamp? – Primele

*British Craftspeople

As my office has been pretty high on my priority list recently and because I know many of you guys reading either have a desk job, work from home or know someone who does, this is my selection of organisational gifts. After all, just because it’s work, doesn’t mean it can’t be stylish does it?

And for those of you who requested a mens’ gift guide… I’m on it!

Spot anything you like here?


Spotted: Nail Polish storage…

I’m currently having a bit of a conundrum with a gorgeous Scandanavian antique unit that Pete bought me for my last birthday. I think it must have been a linen cupboard or perhaps a china cabinet, and either way it’s beautiful.

It’s painted cream, with the top three quarters glazed on the front and both sides. The bottom part (behind the solid door panel) has 2 shelves and there are 2 more shelves dividing the visible part of it. Each of those shelves has a kind of mini shelf at the back which is narrow but almost scallop edged. So all in all, while beautiful, it’s not the most practical bit of storage that I own.

Added to the issue of how the interior layout is arranged is the fact that, being antique, it is a little delicate and has a somewhat rickety door. In fact it’s a tad difficult to open. Everything you want in a storage object, right?

So I’m thinking of things to store in it. So far I have my handbags which although it seemed like a good idea, (I wanted to be able to see them all, because if I can’t see things I forget I have them and therefore don’t use them) actually looks pretty untidy. I also have some boxes, my scarf collection, and our clean towels. It’s not quite the look I was hoping for.

But then I saw this and had an idea of something else I can put in there that not only looks pretty, but isn’t accessed often – beauty storage! If I had things in there that I needed daily, I think I would get pretty annoyed with the above issues.

I love the idea. Storing nail colours in a see through jar is practical – there will be no searching for that colour again, and pretty.

Perfect. Be sure to have a little snoop around the rest of the feature I found this image from – The Coveteur. The decor is fabulous and there are lots of similar storage units to inspire me 🙂

Any other ideas for me readers?


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