Room Inspiration – Entrance hall and corridor

The weather in London really hasn’t been great lately, so instead of spending our time outside picnicking, as one should in summer, we have been busy inside with interior decorating.

Our corridor/entrance hall is almost ready for its big reveal so now is a good time to share with you my sources of inspiration to make that dark and narrow space as pleasant as it can be. You will see in the picture below that I am aiming to make it a bright, nordic-inspired, functional space with a couple of big statements.

As always I am relying on the good old Pinterest for interior design inspiration and I keep my boards up to date so feel free to have a little look there for even more #inspo!

Corridor Interior Design Inspiration
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Corridor Interior Design Inspiration
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Corridor Interior Design Inspiration
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Corridor Interior Design Inspiration
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Corridor Interior Design Inspiration
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I’ve got that thing for tiles…

Mostly when they are the colour of the water and belongs to a harem.

Istanbul – 2015

Istanbul palace tiles

Harem

The beautiful interior of Topkapi Palace’s harem in Istanbul.

Istanbul – 2015

Turkey Istanbul Topkapi palace harem

Guest bedroom – Update

Long time since my last interior blog!

We have made a lot of progress around the house, so I should have a lot more to share soon! In the meantime I wanted to give you a little update on the guest bedroom.

Guest Bedroom interior design

I had completed most of the work back in October, but was still missing a few bits and bobs.

Guest Bedroom interior design

So here are the final touches to our guest bedroom!

The costumed radiator shelf was little DIY project. We got the wood cut at B&Q and bought the brackets there too. I painted the wood with white satin paint, and here you go – made to measure shelves!

Guest Bedroom interior design

I decorated the shelf with a few little guides of London Londres insolite et secrèteTime Out Cheap Eats in London and Pocket Map London, useful for our guests when they stay. I also have a bowl my parents brought back from Vietnam and a little Dyptique candle in ‘Figuier’.

Guest Bedroom interior design

Next to the window I added a touch of greenery with an aloe vera plant, which is supposed to help clear the air. The planter is from Antropologie (old collection – similar here).

Guest Bedroom interior design

We also found a vintage luggage for the top of the wardrobe during our weekend in Norfolk. 40 quid at a flea market, a real bargain! I use it to store my wedding dress.

Guest Bedroom interior design

Finally, next to the wardrobe, I hanged these two prints I bought at the V&A five years ago. The frames are costumed made by David Mitchell Picture Frames Limited in Lewisham. If you have anything to frame and live in London, I really recommend them! They have a lot of choice all at a very decent price!

Guest Bedroom interior design

Overall this redesign has been a success! So much so that we even got a permanent tenant who feels very much at home in this bedroom!

Guest Bedroom interior design

Inspiration – Outdoor

Our outdoor space is TINY (never trust real-estate agent pictures!).

I wouldn’t even call it a garden, it is more of a courtyard. As you can see below, it was very bare and red bricks ‘overdose’ when we moved in.

Outdoor Courtyard Before

It is also in the shade most of the day, so I didn’t want to aim for a garden and end up with a plant cemetery. I therefore tried to create a space reflecting our indoor space, some sort of outdoor dining-room.

But before the big reveal, as usual, find below the images I used as inspiration to create a modern courtyard!

Outdoor courtyard and garden inspiration
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Outdoor courtyard and garden inspiration
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Outdoor courtyard and garden inspiration
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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.

Kitchen gallery wall

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.

Kitchen gallery wall

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.

Kitchen gallery wall

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.

Kitchen gallery wall

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!

Kitchen gallery wall

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! 🙂

Kitchen gallery wall

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.

Kitchen gallery wall

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.

Kitchen gallery wall

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!

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 aesthetically 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 you see the results in the kitchen, I wanted to share some sources of inspiration.

Gallery wall interior design inspiration
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Gallery wall interior design inspiration
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Gallery wall interior design inspiration
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Gallery wall interior design inspiration
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Black Wall – Reveal

As I mentioned a few weeks back, I developed an obsession for black walls! So I took my courage in both hands and I went on the quest for the perfect hue of black as soon as I got the keys of the house.

Black wall interior design

What you need to avoid with black paint is black paint. Bear with me here!

Pitch black is a very harsh colour which, at time, and depending on lighting, can take some weird shades of maroon – not the look I was going for.

I therefore looked for a very very dark grey with a hint of blue, a little less committal but still a dramatic effect, with more softness. I settled on Railing by Farrow and Ball and couldn’t be more happy with it!

As described by the brand it is “…a softer alternative to black […]The fact that it is definitely more blue than black makes it soft enough to use in interiors, to create dramatic enveloping spaces”Railing by Farrow and Ball

I then dressed the wall with one of my grand-mother paintings (she is talented isn’t she?). The bright colours really pop against the wall to create even more drama!

Black wall interior design

I also used the letter lights I bought for my wedding as I love the effect of the light bulbs against the black wall.

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Another decision I am very happy with is to have painted the frame of the window at the top. It makes it more settled as I am not a huge fan of it. At night you don’t even see it anymore!

Black wall interior design

Overall I am very happy with it! I am still considering getting a console as well but I find the current staging very satisfying. The best compliment I get is that most guests don’t even noticed that there is a black wall. It fits so well in the space that no one is shocked by it. This for me is the sign of a good design decision!

Black wall interior design

Italian tiles

Not sure I would use this as an inspiration for redecorating my bathroom… There is something fishy about those tiles.

Amalfi Coast – 2013

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