Done and Dusted: The Master Bedroom Revealed

By | August 27, 2013

I’ve never got to grips with my own DSLR so recently when the situation arose to get some snazzy professional shots of the house, I jumped at the chance. master bedroom fireplace

Adam from Rock My Wedding is a dab hand with his camera. After a week of intense DIY, scrubbing, tidying and ‘editing,’ our cottage was ready for its close up. The result is a mighty fine set up of images courtesy of Mr Crohill.
I’m splitting the images up room by room so that I can devote a post to each room. First up, the Master Bedroom. Upholstered Headboard

I recently shared the inspiration behind this room; a wish to recreate the tranquility and elegance of a White Company brochure.

Firstly we painted the walls in a slick shade of Dulux Trade Super Matt White (not the brilliant white stuff). The result is a flat bright finish without any hint of blue. It looks fab any time of day but especially in the evening sun. Thanks very much to Doris from Diary of an Interior Novice for her suggestion. white walls

Next I layered up the bed with crisp white sheets from BHS and a textured natural throw from TK Maxx. The waffle cushions are from Wilko ( always worth a look – they have some gems) and the beautiful dandelion cushion was handmade by Thread and Ink. The cherry on the top was the bargain headboard from eBay which despite the price is really good quality . Neutral Bedside Table Mis-matched bedside tables flank the bed; one from a shop in Hove and the other inherited when we bought the house. The vintage sconces from Uppingham Antiques add a dash of glamour to the room.
I framed Lexicon cards (picked up from eBay) in inexpensive frames, just in case we forget whose side is whose…
On my side the pretty star dish was picked up from Le Petit Atelier de Paris (a must visit shop if you’re in the Marais area). You can read more about Mr C’s side here. Lexicon card and ring dish We’re lucky not to need wardrobes in this room so furniture is kept to a minimum. I found the little linen cupboard in Homesense and my beautiful Love Tub was a present from Mr C from Oliver Bonas. Even though it’s probably only been sat on about five times it’s one of my absolute favourite possessions! The smashing sparkly sequinned cushion was a gift from my Mum.
Love Tub As you may have noticed, the chimney breast is a little unusual and so wall hangings were a bit of a challenge for this space. Rather than go for anything rectangular I opted for a circular sunburst mirror from Angel at My Table. side view of master bedroom

In the fireplace sit two painted candlesticks, picked up on an early morning jaunt to Battersea Car Boot Sale a few years ago. A very good friend sprayed them white after their previous black gloss incarnation jarred with the room. The mantelpiece is painted very simply with Dulux White Satinwood and I’ve kept it really minimal; framing a hand typed extract from our wedding readings (Union by Robert Fulgham), one of the Eiffel Tower trinkets that adorned our wedding tables and some gorgeous roses in a mason jar. Union Robert Fulgham with Eiffel Tower

Clustered on the linen cupboard is a striking framed love print and a custom Em Dash Paper Co print featuring a few lines from our wedding vows. My Dipytique Baies candle was a very generous present from my in-laws and it smells divine!
I’ve used an Anthropologie hook as an impromptu wardrobe to nonchalantly hang up a linen nightdress. linen cupboard corner with Baies candle

Finally a few wedding photos and framed anniversary cards are dotted around the room too, as well as the stunning Jessica Durrant print, ‘Evening Rapture’. roses and rapture

I love a ‘before and after’ so here’s a before shot (estate agent photo) of how the room looked before we moved in. It was sweet enough but I’m really pleased with the calm and serene sanctuary we’ve created. before and after master bedroom

I’m even more pleased with how the images have worked out! I’m looking forward to sharing more with you very soon x

For more of Adam’s work, be sure to visit the Adam Crohill website.

Take me to the Barre

By | August 21, 2013

Back in May, I mentioned that I helped out with the assistant styling for the Spring/Summer Rock My Boutique Launch. cake stand

It was an amazing experience and for those of you who follow me on Facebook and Instagram, you’ll be aware that I’ve been lucky enough to help out on a few more shoots too (including one in my own home!)

The most recent to feature was a very romantic Ballet inspired shoot. This included the most delicious palette of blush and metallics combined with a heavy dose of luxe. One thing I adore about these shoots is the abundance of florals as they arrive by the bucketload! The combination of roses, sweet peas and lithianthus provided by Wild Orchid was simply gorgeous.

Here are a few of my favourite shots from the shoot. All by M&J Photos. stool_artwork
Lolly from Rock My Wedding was keen to create two different tablescapes; one more layered luxurious, and the other more rustic and pared back. The result was truly stunning and I was thrilled to get a few of my own plates in there, as well as my Mum’s hot pink side plates! tablescape We then got to work tying an abundance of ribbons to the trees to create a stylish backdrop which billowed beautifully in the wind. I think this would make a great photo booth backdrop for my next party. ribbon

If you’d like to see more, head on over to Rock my Wedding x

A Dream Come True

By | May 23, 2013

You know when you’re reading your snazzy interiors magazine and something pretty catches your eye? You scan to the side of the page to find out where the beautiful chair, or mirror, or teacup is from and it says ‘Stylist’s Own’. Wooden table and vases

Well I had always dreamed of being one of those ‘Stylist’ types, and luckily a Fairy Godmother in the image of uber wedding goddess Charlotte O’Shea, decided to grant me my wish. You see this gorgeous cutlery in the very beautiful Rock my Boutique Coco Photo Shoot? Well, that’s mine! And if it was to be credited it would say ‘Assistant Stylist’s Own’. desir

I was absolutely over the moon to be asked by the Rock my Wedding team if I would help out with the styling on their recent French inspired shoot. In Charlotte’s words, “think super super polished. Think sophisticated and clean and timeless. Think mercuried glass, sequins, feathers and an abundance of beautiful blooms. Think Provence in July with a generous dose of Parisian chic thrown in for good measure.” pink tablescape

Well I very much liked the sound of such gorgeousness and was only too happy to send off my beloved lovetub, pack up my china and bundle up my ribbon to join the team at the Old Chemistry Lab in Nottingham. Love tub

Team RMW had a real clear vision of exactly how they wanted the shoot to look and so I spent much of the day assisting the lovely Lauren Gautier-Ollerenshaw bring this vision to life. It was also really great that Charlotte also asked my sister and her husband (also know as Bonny & Clyde) to create some really gorgeous French inspired table numbers. bonny and clyde

In the run up to our wedding, I was a daily reader of the Rock my Wedding blog and I still like to take a look at the site on a regular basis. Last year RMW took the plunge to launch an online boutique. With this, their second collection, they still feature a beautiful selection of wedding accessories and bridesmaid dresses, but have also introduced a lovely range to grace your tables and walls! From candlesticks to lanterns and prints to vases, everything can be used in your home after the big day. The full list of suppliers can be found over on the RMB site. All the florals were supplied by the fabulous Leafy Couture.

All images by the very talented Anna Clarke Photography. There’s also a gorgeous film too by Simon Clarke which is guaranteed to leave you swooning.

I think my favourite piece is the Desir print. Why don’t you nip over to their site to take a peek and let me know your favourite?

Lauren x