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Feeling Starry Eyed

Posted On: Monday, August 24, 2015

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Last month I wrote about my growing love of spots and before that my love of stripes, but my first love is stars and it started all the way back in my childhood. It was so far back I can’t even remember how old I was when this obsession first started, but what I do remember is that I was always drawing them in my doodles. Then one day my bedroom was redecorated with starry wallpaper, similar to the cream pattern above and my love of stars took off and I’ve never looked back.

I like stars in all styles, but my absolute favourite if I had to choose, is the seven point star because it was the star that was on the wallpaper when I was younger. They’re like a home comfort and hold a lot of memories for me. Similar to the spots and stripes, I like neutral coloured stars as you can clash them wonderfully with other patterns, something I’m yet to try!

I’ve bought many a starry product, but I think I need to add these to my collection…

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1. Stars Throw Pillow from Love & Muse  2. Stars phone Case from Akaink  3. Map Stars Wrapping Paper from Bombus  4. Geometric Thread Art from Alison McIntyre  5. Eco Parcel Tape Stars from Lollipop Designs  6. Black & Gold Star Notebook from John Lewis

Illustrations in montage from Ashley Goldberg, Jorey Hurley, Topshop, Tilton Fenwick

Drinks Cart

Posted On: Monday, July 13, 2015

I’ve come over all Mad Men in my post today, inspired by images I’ve been seeing online, the latest trend for homes and interiors is the drinks cart. There seems to be a mini revival for this piece of furniture thanks to cocktail and underground/prohibition style bars making a comeback, it seems the next step is to own your own drinks cart. With many styles and designs to choose from, the cart isn’t seen as old fashioned anymore, filled with the right ingredients and styled perfectly, it’s the ‘must have’ for your next party.

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1. Absolut Warhol from Harvey Nichols  2. Edinburgh Gin form Harvey Nichols  3. Perrier Jouet from Harvey Nichols  4. Aurelia Champagne Saucers from House of Fraser  5. Ceramic Dog Tray from Out There Interiors  6. Gold Animal Tumblers from John Lewis  7. Boston Shaker from Harvey Nichols  7. Spritz from Waitrose  8. Red Grapefruit Galvanina from Galvanina

Seeing Spots and Dots

Posted On: Wednesday, July 8, 2015

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In May I shared a post about my love for stripes, and fellow blogger Dorkfeatures suggested recreating the post but with spots. So that’s just what I did! As with stripes I love black and white spots and the dazzling effect they create. Regimented, random, small or big, my love of spots is growing everyday and I don’t have enough spotty products in my life. I think I need to go shopping to add to my collection…

Spotty Products

1. Tea Towel from H&M  2. Hello Beautiful Polka Dots Cushion from Allyson Johnson  3. A6 Chunky Notebook from Nest  4. Large Spot Tray from John Lewis  5. Spots Art Print from Katherine Dewick

Making the Most of Your Home

Posted On: Monday, June 22, 2015

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Making the most of our home is something we all strive to do, especially as it takes time to completely redecorate. The lovely folks at AgeUK have asked me to put together a few tips for making the most out of my home and what I would do to create a relaxing environment.

For me homeware is very important. We spend a lot of time at home and sometimes by adding a new, fresh touch here and there, can create a big difference. Two of my favourite things to buy and update are cushions and throws, they instantly add a pop of colour to a room with little expense. Throws and blankets are great for keeping warm on a late summer’s evening or wrapping up nice and toasty on a cold winter’s night. Cushions not only keep your bum comfy, they are great for nestling into with a good book.

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I’m a sucker for home decor too, whether it’s a quirky photo frame or a trinket that I just have too have! Accessorising your home can be as inexpensive as you like, which is perfect if you like to update your decor regularly – candle holders and small accessories are great for this! By simply adding new prints, photo’s and frames into a room, immediately brightens it up with a fresh look. If you’re like me, I mix and match frames, mirrors and prints so if I want to switch them around I can, without having to worry about co-ordinating them.

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There are necessities we need for our home as well, and two which I always buy last minute or push down the shopping list are storage and lighting, especially lighting! My excuse is that I’m looking for that perfect lamp or light and I just haven’t found it yet, but the two lights I’ve selected below may have just gone onto the list… These two decorative elements make a house a home, they are not only practical but are a great way of updating your home without breaking the bank. Oh and they can add that splash of colour into a room without going all out colour crazy!

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Making the most out of your home doesn’t mean you have to completely re design, its about adding those little extra touches that bring it to life again.

1. Jacquard-Weave Blanket from H&M  2. Bumblebee Embroidered Cushion from Marks and Spencer  3. Beehive Wool Blanket from Baker + Bell  4. Love of a Flower Cushion from Girly Trend

5. Bullfinch Screenprint from Coo & Co  6. Deco Candlestick Holders from Victoria & Abigail  7. Rocking Birds from West Elm  8. Metal Photo Frame from H&M  9. Pink Anemone Photo from Danni Saw This

10. Soho Retro Tripod Metal Floor Lamp from Homebase  11. Metal Basket from H&M  12. Bobby Desk Lamp from Habitat  13. Mint Cork Lidded Box from John Lewis

 

This post was sponsored by Age UK, but no money was taken.

For the Love of Stripes

Posted On: Wednesday, May 27, 2015

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I’m a girl that loves stripes, black and white stripes in particular, I love them so much I’m even wearing my favourite stripy jumper whilst writing this post. I like to call it a healthy obsession and I’m here to share it proudly with you all! I can’t even remember where this stripy love began, I think it’s gradually grown over the years and now it’s here to stay. When I’m out shopping I’m always drawn to black and white striped products, whether it’s homeware, clothes or shoes and here’s a few I need to add to my collection…

Striped-Products

1. 1959 Art Print from Francesca Iannaccone  2. Isola Strip Round Frame from Paperchase  3. Cotton Cushion Cover from H&M  4. Stripes Graffiti Spray Wallpaper from Paperboy Wallpaper  5. Watercolour Strip iPhone Case from Apple-cart  6. Black and White Stripes Stationery Card from Gathered Nest Designs

Tropical Leaf Vibes

Posted On: Wednesday, April 22, 2015

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Well I have to confess, this wasn’t the post I had planned for today, but I’m so glad I switched things around and posted my tropical leaves collection. I’ve been seeing tropical / jungle foliage everywhere recently, due to it being this seasons hottest trend and I love it. As you know green is my favourite colour (I think I may have mentioned this on a few occasions!) and I love the texture of the leaves and the patterns they create. I hope this trend sticks around well into Summer.

Tropical Paradise Palms A5 Notebook from Nikki Strange   Long Dress from H&M  Cole & Son Palm Leaves Wallpaper from John Lewis  Palm Print Cushion from Iamia

Coco Packaging

Posted On: Wednesday, April 8, 2015

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Whilst researching for my Easter Egg post I found these delicious delights. No I’m not talking about the chocolate, even though hot cross bun, gin and tonic and honey flavoured chocolate is very tempting, I’m more interested in the decadent labels or wrappers covering the chocolate.

These wonderful creations are from Coco, who are artisan chocolatiers based in Edinburgh and were one of Scotland’s first chocolatiers. They feature flowers, geometrics, raindrops and even swans! How beautiful and detailed are they? I would happily buy this chocolate just for the labels, they are like a work of art and I want to collect them all!

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So next time anyone visits Edinburgh, please buy me some of this wonderful chocolate! I’ll be forever grateful.

www.cocochocolate.co.uk