Monthly Archives: February 2013

Bedside Manner

By | February 15, 2013

If ever there was a reason to finally look at the manual of my DSLR this is it, iPhone photos just don’t cut it! However let’s move on to one of the to-do jobs for February. Bedside stylingAt the start of the month, I mentioned that I wanted to put the bedside table in our main bedroom to good use. I’ll spare you the ‘before’ shots (it looked exactly the same just with a pile of dust and junk on top).

I can’t take credit for the paint job as it was purchased complete with a rather nice coat of distressed Annie Sloan paint from a lovely shop in Hove (the name unfortunately escapes me).

As for the bits on top:

- The vintage motor car book was bought from Boulevard Bookshop in Hastings. If you’re ever in the area you’re in for a treat- by day the shop sells books, but in the evening it turns into a Thai Restaurant!
- The mason jar was purchased from eBay but even though it came from the UK it took forever to arrive
- The clock dish came from Green and Stone, an art shop on the King’s Road (very posh of me)
- The photo frame and roses were both gifts from some gorgeous friends

Those lovely ladies across the pond have been styling some rather vibrant bedside tables (or nightstands, as they like to call them). Everygirl_EmilyHendersonLeft: The Everygirl | Right: Emily Henderson

Their articles are worth a look to run through the basics of dressing up your bedside. According to The Everygirl you should include five items for a chic & functionable table; a clock, a lamp, reading material, a candle and another accessory.  It would appear I’ve only managed two of them (although there’s no need for a lamp as we have sconces above the bed), but it’s still another one to cross off the list.

Hope you’re ticking jobs off your February list too. Have a great weekend x

Zara Home Spring Collection

By | February 13, 2013

February can be a really irritating month – all the shops get the spring gear in even though it’s at least two months before you can wear any of it. Thankfully you can invest in a few bits for the house whatever the weather and Zara Home’s new collection is just the thing to add a spring to your step. ZaraHomepSpringSelectionTop:: Cilantro Napkin | Coral Howe Napkin Rings | Flamingo Serving Dish | Second Row:: Owl Bottle Stopper | Crab Tea Towel | Erika Sundae Goblet | Third Row:: Coral Blanche Tumbler | Snakeskin Placemat (in Emerald Green!) | Gold Baurora Cutlery | Bottom:: Gold Naky Placemat | Gilbert Tray

There’s a definite tropical feel going on with the gorgeous bold leafy prints and coral accents as well as a nod to Anthropologie with the Owl Bottle Stopper and Flamingo Platter.

Is anything from Zara Home taking your fancy this season?


DIY: I Spy With My Little Eye

By | February 11, 2013

Eye charts aren’t just for Opticians and they’re popping up on walls all over the place!Vintage Eye Chart InspirationImage source:: 1. Restoration Hardware | 2. Velvet Doe | 3. West Elm

If you fancy having a go making something similar, there’s a great online tool for all you budding DIYers: just visit the Custom Eye Chart Maker website and enter your message. You have 28 characters to use and can use all sorts of punctuation marks as well as letters and numbers. Don’t get tempted to use the spacebar button as you don’t actually get a space in your design, you just use a very valuable character. Once you’ve hit the ‘Make the Chart’ button, you can save your creation as a png file or copy and paste into another package for editing. Eye Chart I’ve used the tool to create quite a few eye charts. One currently hangs in my kitchen mounted in an M&S Frame and I used another one to make a cute tag for a friend’s wedding present.

Once mounted, they make a really personal Wedding, Anniversary or Valentine’s pressie. Let me know if you’re tempted to give it a whirl!

Lauren x

Dressing up the Dressing Room

By | February 8, 2013

On Wednesday I mentioned that I’m adding a touch of glamour to one of the bedrooms. Here’s the not-so-glamorous ‘before’ shot the day after we moved in. Before_DressingRoomAccording to an Estate Agent who recently showed a friend round a house, using a bedroom as a Dressing Room is all the rage. With no little kiddiwinks on the horizon it makes sense for Mr C and I to take a spare room each, and so on weekdays my room becomes a Dressing Room.

This room has already had a bit of a make-over and currently there’s a whole lot of monochrome. We’ve already added a white iron bed, painted up an eBay dressing table and made a lexicon card picture. DressingRoomProgress1Although I risk sounding like I’m taking myself too seriously, I would say the first ‘layer’ of this room has already been done. However after living with the black and white for well over a year I’m finding it all a bit stark. This month I want to start layering up and splashing the blush pink around.

DressingRoomProgress2Before I get on to all that though, I would like to add a bit of va-va-voom to the fireplace. The fire surround and hearth tiles are looking a bit sorry for themselves. Next week I’ll take you through a few choices so far (I know, it’ll be absolutely thrilling!)

Next on the list would be finding new curtains (currently black eyelet ones that I’m not particularly fond of), adding frilly linen pilows (completely unnecessary), putting up a few rolls of wallpaper (in the alcoves), finding homes for my excessive costume jewellery collection (so that I can buy even more), and tracking down a super special light fitting (more than likely another chandelier).

Would love to know your thoughts on what colour to paint that fire surround. Do I go black, white, natural or something a little bolder?! Let me know what you think. Lauren x

Moodboard: Feminine Glamour

By | February 6, 2013

After all that masculinity in last month’s moodboard post, I’ve got the ultimate antidote for you this morning. Today I’m sharing my inspiration board for the second bedroom. Feminine glamour Image sources:: White Iron Bed | Black and White Chevron Wallpaper | Chandelier | Oh La La Print | White Dressing Table | Peonies | Black & White Striped Cushion | Glitter Ball and Pink Side Tables | Middleton Pink Paint | White Chiffon Paint |  Replica Louis Ghost Chair | Black and White Polka Dot Wallpaper | Organised Storage

This room acts as a dressing room during the week, doubling up as a guest bedroom at the weekend. As it’s purely my domain from Monday to Friday, I get to make this room as girlie and glamorous as possible. I’ve chosen a base palette of black and white and then plan to add blush pink tones to soften up the monochrome.

As I mentioned last week, I adore the Faire Frou Frou Lingerie store decor and have taken inspiration from the fairlytale colour scheme, antique painted furniture and feminine touches. I’m hoping to create a decadent (some might say over-the-top) interior so that I can escape to a Parisian boudoir for ten minutes in the morning.

Hope you like!

L x