Kitchen gallery wall – Reveal

As I mentioned the other day, I am a wall art hoarder! And with an open-space and therefore limited amount of walls in the house, I have to be creative when decorating the space.

In the kitchen, I opted for a small gallery wall between the two french windows, and lined up with our kitchen island.

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I  wanted to set the stage by sticking to a kitchen/food theme on this wall. Luckily, I already had most items and only had to curate one piece in order to balance the layout.

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I will do a post about the entire kitchen but for now I will just go into the details of the wall itself.

We made the shelf ourselves with simple wood cut to exact dimensions, brackets and white glossy paint, all found at B&Q.

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The succulents are from Columbia Road Flower Market and their pots are old jam and candles pots. I got the mint and rosemary at Marks & Spencer and the planter is from Ikea.

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The pig print comes from a butcher shop in Italy, and the frame is from Habitat. Also, please make sure you go to Antica Marcelleria Falorni, in Greve in Chianti, if you are visiting Tuscany, all their products are delicious!

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Staying with the Italian theme, we bought this cat sign on the Amalfi Coast, where ceramic art is a speciality. It is also good to note that our cat’s food bowl is right by this wall, so it all ties together! 🙂

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The cutlery print I didn’t have originally. I found it on King & McGaw a great site if you are looking for wall art! This is Row of Cutlery by Bridget Davies and it was framed by King & McGaw.

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The clock is a finding from my husband, it’s by Karlsson and we just loved how simple yet different it was with the copper accent and the black face.

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Finally, the Cafe du Bresil print was a gift from my parents a few Christmas ago. I am not sure where they got it from but it is a real vintage print. The frame is from Habitat.

Hope you like this little corner of my kitchen!

 

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Room inspiration – Kitchen gallery wall

I have to come clear… I have an addiction… I cannot stop buying wall art…

Prints, paintings, posters, etc. It’s becoming an issue and some of my friends make fun of me saying that I could open a gallery if I wanted.

I just cannot help it, I love curating bits and bobs for walls I don’t have. A very expensive hobby? Only if you make it expensive! I personally prefer to shop in little markets and local galleries where the biggest and most expensive piece is around 200 pounds. I am also lucky to have a very talented grand-mother and painter.

In our new house, and with the living-space being completely open plan, I am limited to four walls for about 20 items and three spaces (kitchen, living room, dining room). The solution? Gallery walls!

This is the only way to be able to display most of what I own in an esthetically and pleasing way. The risk with a gallery wall though is that it can easily become too much and create unbalance. I therefore limited myself to two spaces, the wall behind our TV (not complete yet) and the wall in the kitchen (complete and coming up soon on the blog!).

But before I show you the results in the kitchen, I wanted to share some sources of inspiration.

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Room inspiration – Black wall

I spend way too much time on Pinterest, it’s a fact.

After hours, browsing on there I became slightly obsessed with black walls (read extremely obsessed with black walls!). So much so that I decided that I would have at least one black wall in my new place. And guess what, I did it!

The final result isn’t complete yet, so in the meantime let me share with you the pictures I used as inspiration.

Come back soon to see which perfect off-black-not-too-dark-not-too-grey-with-a-hint-of-blue I went for!

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Favourite Interior Design books

I would like to think that I am doing alright at redecorating my house, but I have to give full credits to all the books I read on the topic to educate me. Patterns, colours, shapes, balance of space, I wouldn’t be where I am today without hours of reading.

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So below is the list of my favourite interior books. They all have a different purpose so I made sure to list them accordingly.

Have that beige empty room and don’t know where to start? Look no further and order one of these (or all of them!).

Planning on fully renovating a house or build one? This book is for you! It asks the right questions and will guide you when you are thinking of rooms and their usage. It is perfect if you need ideas to configure space based on your lifestyle.

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You don’t own a house but still want to make your rented flat stylish? This book will give you tips and tricks to add personality without having to repaint the walls.

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Clare covers everything there is to consider when decorating a house from the colours to the seasons, from the ideal table cloth to the temperature of a bedroom, from the lighting to the flower arrangements. This is the perfect book if you really want to get into the mind of a decorator.

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  • If you need help staging your place- Decorate, Holly Becker & Joanna Copestick

You have decided of the layout of your house and the style you want to go for, now you just need inspiration and guidance to stage your living room or bookshelves like a pro? This book is for you.

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Wonder who are the people behind some of the most pinned interior pictures? This book will introduce you to several interior bloggers with very different taste. You learn about their life, their work and their approach when decorating their homes. #lifegoals

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Reading nook – Reveal

As I mentioned a little while ago, British new builds have so little storage that you need to be very creative and make the most of any negative space available. In my case, I had the space you can see below that just had an armchair and decorative cases. I really wanted to 1) give that corner of our living more character (mid-century-modern anyone?) and 2)have more storage to be used as a bar/wine cellar.

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So did I succeeded creating a cosy space with decent storage? Well you tell me! 🙂

My first priority was to balance the proportions of this corner as one side has a double-height wall and the other is a half-height wall. I therefore looked for a piece of art that would look big enough on the tallest wall and colour-coordinate with the furniture against the second wall.

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The poster is from King & McGaw, it is a quote from Andy Warhol – “I never read, I just look at pictures.”. I went for the 3 cm black satin flat frame. This online art shop is absolutely fantastic and I have since order a few other pieces from them. The quality of the print and frame is great and the delivery super fast!

For the furniture I have been faithful to my love for affordable mid-century modern.

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The bookcase and the armchair are both from Ikea.

In order to not come across as alcoholics, I styled the shelves with a mixture of wine bottles, books and spirits.

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I got the the wine racks add-ons from Ikea as well.

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I styled the top of the bookcase with little figurines I got over the years in different countries. The horse is from Sweden, the turkey from Brazil and the elephant from Thailand. I also added some of my favourite coffee books and a Moroccan inspired candle.

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For the table lamp, I wanted height and texture, so it would overlap with the height of the wall and pop against the grey wall. I fairly quickly figured out that concrete was the texture I wanted, and found this little gem at Oliver Bonas. The shade has a hint of green in it which at first I wasn’t too sure about, but I learned to love it.

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I completed the space with a side table. I think this is what really bring the cosiness and make it into a well-definedspace. These two little marble and copper tables are from Oliver Bonas too! (I could live in that shop…)

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I styled them with a couple of books and the only plant I cannot kill. The pot is from Oliver Bonas too (old collection)!!! Do you think there is such a thing as Oliver Bonas addiction?

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Finally, I left on the armchair a sheepskin from Ikea and a cushion bought in Debenhams (old collection).

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So what do you think of my reading corner/liquor store?

 

Dining Room – Reveal

Time to show you the updated dining area! As I mentioned in my previous post I wanted to create something contemporary and fresh with a rustic twist.

Overall, I would describe my style as contemporary mid-century modern, which hopefully I translated successfully in this space. Now let’s go into the details, my little designer assistant cannot wait to show you the results!

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So first thing first, here is a little reminder of how the dining area looked like originally.

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The wall colour is perfectly fine being a very neutral pale grey. I didn’t need to do any painting here, which my right arm thanked me for. However, I went for something very different with the furniture. Oranges and warm browns are not my colours.

For the table I wanted something almost rustic, a very simple big solid wood table. You have no idea how complicated it was to fine this table! When looking at wood tables, either the finish wasn’t natural enough, the legs too thin/fancy, or the designer tried to add some unnecessary finishing touches.

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We eventually found the perfect natural light wood  table at Furniture Village. I never in a million years thought I would find anything I would like there, but here it was, waiting for us in the entrance hall!

Unfortunately I wasn’t able to find it on their website. So if you are interested in it show them the picture and ask if they still carry this exact model. Also note that you can pick a different finish (lighter and darker) and legs width. Almost bespoke furniture! 🙂

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Now that I had my rustic table, I needed to bring the contemporary touch with the chairs.

The first one I chose is a little bit of a mid-century modern cliche, you see it in all the interior books, on all the blogs, and it pretty much owns Pinterest interior section… Yes, I went for Eames inspired Eiffel wooden legs chairs. So predictable, I know, but soooo good looking!

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The originals go for around 250 dollars a pop, out of budget for us. We therefore went for lookalikes (cough *** replicas *** cough) from Dwell. I picked white for the four as I wanted to achieve a miss-match look with another design rather than a colour.

For the two other chairs, I wanted a modern look with a classic silhouette. The Parisienne model from Calligaris is exactly that! The design is inspired by the chairs you find in cafes in France, yet the polycarbonate material makes it very modern.

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For the colour we went for ‘Smoked Grey’ rather than completely clear. The material is transparent so the hint of colour makes the chairs pop a little more, and the grey matches the rest of our living-space colour code. I am so pleased with these!

Now for the final touches. I am very fortunate to have a talented artist in my family – my grand-mother. The painting I aligned with the table is a gift I received when I was born. The scene of the little girls having tea around a table perfectly matches a dining room setting, and the bright colours help make it the real statement piece in that space.

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Finally, I added some vases matching the colour and style of the space. One is an old bottle, one an old home-sense container and the last one I found in a little pound shop.

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For the flowers, I usually prefer to use foliage in this space, such as eucalyptus, so it matches the simple contemporary theme.

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That’s it peeps, this is my new dining-room! I hope you like the final result!

 

Room Inspiration – Reading Nook

The main challenge with new builds in England is the absence of storage.

The main challenge with our living-space in the new house is the absence of walls. As you can see on the picture below it is completely open plan with double-height ceilings.

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I therefore needed to create in this space a wine-cellar/bar-cart/book-storage, while still making it stylish and cosy with the double-height ceiling… Challenge accepted!

But before I show you how I created a cosy library-liquor-store area, have a look at the pictures I used for inspiration (thank you Pinterest!)

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Find out how the reading nook turned up here!

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Room Inspiration – Dining Room

Our dining room isn’t really a room but a dining space as our living area is all open plan.

For this area I wanted to create something contemporary and fresh with a rustic twist. Below is a picture of the space I am re-designing (apology for the low quality, it came from the estate agent). As you can see it was previously fairly well decorated so no need to repaint, but the furniture just isn’t my style. I am not big on warm colours (especially orange) and the whole look was a little too seventies/plastic for me.

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I new from the start that I wanted modern miss-match chairs and a rustic solid wood table. I used the below pictures as inspiration for my ‘modern-rustic’ dining room and I cannot wait to show you how it turned up, very soon!

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See how my new dining room turned up here!

Guest bedroom – Reveal

As I mentioned last week I am in the process of decorating my new house. It has been going on for 5 months and I finally completed one room, the guest bedroom! So here is the big reveal!

Before you look at what I have done and if you haven’t seen it yet, feel free to check out my inspiration post for this room. I wanted to create a neutral, yet stylish, little nest where our guests could relax. I didn’t want to make any big statement in this room as it will be mainly used by my family and friends who may have very different tastes and who will want a calming space to rest after long days walking around London.

So without further ado, here is a little before and after!

A positive change I believe! 🙂

Now let’s go into the detail.

As you can see, the new colours really brighten the room which was essential as this bedroom gets no sun during the day. The white and pale greige work as panel-lights brightening up the whole room.

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The space being quite small, I created depth using two paints colours. On the ‘back’ wall, I used Polished Pebble by Dulux in order to make the room look slightly longer than it is. I also knew that I would have a white bed-frame and wanted to create a contrast with the wall to avoid a ‘clinical look’. On the other walls, I used White Mist by Dulux, a cool off-white.

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The double bed is from Ikea and has plenty of storage. This was essential for us as it seems no new-build in England comes with decent storage. The mattress is very comfy and from Ikea as well. The bedside table is from Ikea too… Disclaimer – This post is NOT sponsored by Ikea.

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The lamp shade is from Next and the bedside table lamp from Argos (old collection, similar here)

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All the bedding is from Marks & Spencer and the decorative cushions are from Homebase (I bought those 4 years ago so not sure they are still available). The throw is from Primark (old collection).

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For the decor, I wanted to display some of my pictures as well as a few items I collected other the years without overcrowding the walls. A picture ledge (from Ikea!) seemed like the best way to achieve this look. All the frames are from Flying Tiger and T.K. Maxx

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The window was a project on its own! On the picture it looks like a regular white window frame, right? Well, scroll back up to check the before picture, you will notice that it was navy blue. In order to really make the room brighter I repainted the inside of the frame white so it wouldn’t clash with the brightness of the walls. In order to do so, I sanded the wood frame, applied 2 coats of primer and 2 coats of white satin paint. It was painful and wouldn’t do it again but it really worth it I think!

Finally, the biggest challenge was to give privacy to room without making it darker. I therefore order a ‘magic’ blind from Blind2Go. It is brilliant! You still get all the outside light and see view without anyone being able to peak inside.

Unfortunately I am not completely done as you can see on the pictures below.

So still to be done:

  • I want to find a vintage storage box to store things above the wardrobe

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  • I will add a shelf above the radiator to display books, maybe a little plant too? So that Audrey doesn’t feel too lonely.

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Here you go guys, I hope you enjoyed that lengthy post! I will make sure to give you an update once I have completed the few outstanding tasks!

Room Inspiration – Guest bedroom

Something a little different today.

As I mentioned a while back, another of my hobbies, apart from travelling, is interior decoration, which is fairly convenient as we bought a house back in April that I have been busy decorating. I am finally at the stage where some of the rooms are almost complete!

I am excited to share this part of my little world with you as this is something I REALLY enjoyed doing!

So here we go, the first room inspiration I am sharing today is for the guest bedroom. I wanted to have a very neutral canvas with a contemporary feel so the colours can change through accessorise rather than permanent features such as accent walls or patterned curtains.

So first thing, first, here is a picture of the actual space I am working with. A small double bedroom with en-suite (the real-estate agent picture make it look a lot bigger than it really is). When we bought the house the walls were very pale baby-blue and the furniture just neutral and plain, also these netting curtains…

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And below is the mood-board I created using that good old Pinterest.

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Want to see how it all turned up? Pictures of the redesigned room are here!