Monthly Archives: January 2013

Curating Curios

By | January 18, 2013

Earlier this month I mentioned that the redecoration of the guest bedroom will include a wall of curios, so I’ve been scouring for a few bits to include. As usual, here’s a few inspirational images to feast your eyes on. Collections of curiosImage credits:: Top left – Andrew Wood (cover of Creative Walls – a fabulous book I was lucky enough to receive for Christmas) | Top right – Wooden Dolls via Dwellings and Decor | Bottom – Hubsch Danish Interiors.

As I mentioned in the moodboard post, a friend of ours has made a clock from an old pressure gauge that will take centre stage. Surrounding it will be a group of bits and pieces that I’ve been collecting over the years that as yet don’t really have a home. Curio Walls treasuresTop left – Glass and Zinc frame (possibly going in the bathroom) found out shopping in Hove | Top right – Vintage compass from a Notting Hill Antique Shop | Bottom left – Oversized paperclip from same Hove shop (thinking of slotting in some of our Paris photobooth photos in here) | Bottom right- Vintage slate from the legendary Snoopers Paradise in Brighton

I’m also hoping to include vintage postcards, some old fashioned cash till price flags and a lifelike butterfly from our wedding cake. I’ve also got my eye on some more treasures but need to wait till payday to splash out on the Anthro Hook!Extras Curios Wall1. Rabbit Hook – £18 Anthropologie | 2. Jar – £4.99 H&M | 3. Candle – £3.99 H&M | 4. Antlers via Etsy

I’m now on the hunt for some small wooden box frames. Please let me know if you see any on your travels!

Have a great weekend and stay safe in the snow.
Lauren x

Show and Tell: A Spot of Gold

By | January 16, 2013

Inspired by a several images on Pinterest of gold adorned trinkets, I have a really quick and effective DIY for you today.

Gold spot

Image credits:: 1. Despite many of the pinterest pins suggesting the first image is a Sharpie DIY, it’s actually a charming range of hand thrown cups from Luna Lighting | 2. Thanks, I Made It | 3. A Creative Day | 4. Jen Huang via Style Me Pretty

I bought a set of three metallic Sharpie pens a few weeks ago from eBay and am having to hold myself back from adding silver, gold and brass accents to everything I own!

After a spot of treasure troving, I found two really sweet tea plates with a gold trim running around the edge and they were a bargain at £1 each. After less than five minutes with a Sharpie I had whipped up a polka dot decorated plate. I think I’ll create a more polished version with the second one but am quite pleased with the result of this first trial.Gold Sharpie DIY Polks Dot Plate

I’ve avoided the final step of baking in an oven because I plan to hang on the wall rather than eat my cake off it!

Have you had any fun with marker pens recently?! x

Etsy Picks: Love is in the Air

By | January 14, 2013

Morning all!
A bit early I know, but with many Etsy sellers based overseas I wanted to share today’s pick with you today so that you have plenty of time to order before Valentine’s Day.
Mr C and I don’t give presents on the 14th of February and just opt for exchanging some mighty fine cards. Etsy is usually my first port of call for a quirky, original card and so I’ve already started to pour over the many pages. Here’s a few that have caught my eye.

Valentine1: Famous Lovers from Darkroom and Dearly – £3.18 | 2. Foil Arrow from Hartland Brooklyn - £3.18 | 3. I like the cut of your jib from SORT - £2.50 | 4.  I’ve been checking you out from Meow Kapow! – £3.50 | 5. Ooh la la from Missive – £3.18 | 6. I Love You from Sparrow Nest Script – £4.77 | 7. Love Me Tender from Meticulous Ink – £3.95 | 8. Be my Valentine from Blushing Pearl – £2.55

I love that most of these cards would look great framed after the big day and so you can get a little piece of art for under a fiver.

As Mr C has been known to drop by this blog once in a while, I’m not able to share my choice just yet but do drop me a comment if you’re tempted by any of these cards.

Lauren x

It was all yellow

By | January 11, 2013

Pantone may have declared emerald the colour for 2013, but for the UK High Street it seems to be all about yellow. As I strolled past the windows of Next and Laura Ashley in my local retail park I couldn’t fail to notice that the mood was already turning towards this fresh, spring hue. Mellow YellowImage credits:: 1. H&M Home | 2. Next | 3. Laura Ashley

If I’m honest I’ve never been a huge fan of yellow, but it’s such an optimistic and cheery colour that it can’t fail to lighten the mood on a dreery day.
Here’s a few inexpensive accessories(mostly under £15) to brighten up your day.
Yellow Accessories

Zebra Towel - H&M £6.99 | Graphic Cushion - H&M £1.99 | Glass Stem Lamp – Dwell £79 | Spot Mug – Laura Ashley £4.20 | Smile – Next £10 | Spice Jar – Habitat £2.80 | Vase – Ikea £5 | Tray – Habitat £4.20 | Teapot – BHS £15

Most of these items are in the sale so if anything takes your fancy then please move quickly! I am in love with the Zebra Guest Towels and I think I’ll be placing my order for the matching napkins.

Have a great weekend x

A discovery in the bedroom

By | January 9, 2013

Work began in the spare room last week with a huge chunk of the weekend devoted to stripping wallpaper. By Sunday evening there was a very exciting development and this happened…
Exposed Brick WallImage credit:: Keith Scott Morton via Country Living

Well okay, not quite. However after revealing the bare plaster, we noticed there was several areas where the plaster was falling off the wall making our original plan to skim the walls a no-go. Instead we need to remove all the plaster and that means one thing -  oh hello exposed brick walls!

Before I go on to show the progress shots, I’ll take you right back to the beginning. The room in question has been used as a bit of a dumping ground for last eighteen months. Despite the many piles of ironing, no amount of clothes can detract from the rather vibrant yellow and orange wallpaper.Before Spare Bedroom

Rather than using a steamer to take off the paper we used scrapers, a perforator (lots of fun – it’s three blades that you roll across the wall), and a solution of 1 part fabric conditioner to 1 part water in a spray bottle).

Progress Guest RoomThe room is now beginning to resemble a prison cell. Not ideal when we have friends over for the weekend but at least we’re started to make some progress. The next step will be to remove the peeling plaster which is sure to create lots of mess and mayhem!

Please do share if you’re embarking on any renovations this new year? x