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Why we Chose Wooden Flooring for our Guest Room

Wooden Flooring Bedroom light airy inviting welcoming inspiration

Fancy a little browse around our updated spare bedroom?

Not so long ago I showed you our main bedroom with the built in wardrobe that I designed. Well, we decided to strike while the iron was hot and get the guest room completed too.

Antique Chest of Drawers

I’m almost too embarrassed to show you this room before we did it up. Ugh. It was so drab and had been neglected a little to be honest. The carpet hadn’t been changed since we moved in and it just had zero character which is something I tend to bang on about here … adding character !

Before After Bedroom Inspiration

So, the obvious choice as we were so pleased with the main room and wanted continuity was to add the same engineered wood floor, which is by Quick-Step who also do vinyl and laminate flooring can see in the before and after how much changing to floorboards lifts the room without it even being finished.

Quick-Step Flooring

On our checklist it had to be durable, aesthetically pleasing and sympathetic to the style of our home was an important factor for both rooms I spent time looking through some of their samples and felt really confident by the time we had made our decision that it was perfect for us.

Laying Underlay Floor

Mark who I found on the Quick-Step website installed the flooring last time and did it again this time and it took less than a day to remove carpet and skirting board then put in the underlay,  put in the floorboards and replace the skirting boards so it was really convenient as well. No hanging around – job done.

Comfy Bedroom Guest Room Wooden FloorWooden Flooring Bedroom Tropical PlantSequin Basket Bag Wooden Floor

I am really chuffed with the room and it’s light and airy feel. It’s so much more homely and welcoming now. I love too that the floor is very easy to keep clean and it’s more hygienic than carpet too. Much easier all round. The floorboards also don’t creek like you might expect with wood.

Flamingo Print Wooden Floor Cosy bedroom White inspirationBedroom Warhol Print Inspiration King & McGaw

This post is a tad picture heavy but couldn’t stop snapping it and I wanted you to see if from many angles as possible. I also painted the chest of drawers a Farrow & Ball colour – Parma Gray . What do you think ?

Bluebell Gray Print Cushion Hennes White Comfy BedBedroom Design Inspiration White Cosy Pink Throw

Hope you’ve enjoyed a peek at our new room ? I can’t wait to have guests over to stay.

Do leave me a comment under this post with your  thoughts or just to say hi !

Lucy x

This is a collaboration with Quick-Step. All opinions as always are my own.

15 Ideas for Making your Own Indoor Festival

Festival indoor interior home ideas colourful inspiration music
  1. Cacoon – Cacoon World 2. Chocolate Pizza  – Gournet Pizza Company 3. Bunting – Selfridges 4. Colourful tea light holders – Dotcomgiftshop 5. Heart Cushion – Sweetpea & Willow 6. Gold trunk table  – Graham and Green 7. Fondue Set – John Lewis 8. Dream Catcher – Meri Meri 9. Aztec Yellow Rug – John Lewis 10. Pom Pom bag – Bohemia Design 11. Festival Candle – Bath and Unwind 12. Stackable Glasses – John Lewis 13. Drink Dispenser – Clas Ohlsen 14. Cushion – Maison Du Monde 15. Cacti String Lights – Amara

If you’re choosing this year to enjoy the music festival season at home I have a little festi – colour inspiration post for you today.

Ironically although my husband works in music I am not often tempted to attend the festivals. Call me a little bit OCD if you like but the thought of relying on wet wipes to stay clean for a whole 4 days is not for me ! So instead I prefer to enjoy the highlights relaxing on the sofa. No doubt in years to come when the girls are a little older we will be donning the wellies and getting muddy with everyone else.

But in the meantime it doesn’t mean though that we don’t do the ‘festi feels’ and you can have some real fun doing up your living room or garden for the weekend or whole Summer. I’ve picked out some colourful items to make a house feel ready.

Think eclectic .. mixing it all up. Bold, brights and bohemian.

The Cacoon is great for inside and out the home. Although not an impulse buy kind of item – it would be a fabulous addition to the home. I love the orange colour but they do come in quite a few other shades.

Chocolate pizza or a fondue while on the sofa watching your favourite bands on tv. Yes please thank you.

Over the Summer holiday the girls and I will be making something inspired by this that we can’t wait to show you ..

What do you think of my picks ? Fancy a festival this weekend ?

Lucy x

Making Guests Cosy with our Sleepbear Mattress

Sleepbear mattress review

What would be your top 3 things for a good and serene night’s sleep in a guest room ?

For me it would be the temperature being nice and cool, the palette of the room being soothing – certain hues such as reds or some yellows and loud wallpapers are a stimulant so a nice calm shade of white to keep your mind clear or think blues, greys and deep greens to relax.

But most importantly it would be the comfort of the bed. So I gave this quite a bit of thought when updating our spare room recently because obviously we want our visitors to feel really welcome. We spend 1/ 3 of our lives sleeping so it’s got to be right ?

Sleppbear mattress foam bedFoam mattress review

I did quite some research in to mattresses and found Sleepbear who ticked on all of my ‘ initial interest ‘ boxes on paper being that they offer a trial period of 100 days trial meaning you can avoid wandering around shops lying on mattresses in front of strangers ( unless that’s your thang of course ), very quick delivery, a 10 year guarantee.

SleepBear Mattress Review Guest roomSleepbeqr Mattress

All of Sleepbear’s mattresses are hand made in the UK by their family run business right through the process.. There’s a little video on the website showing you it all which I found pretty interesting. The mattresses have 3 layers. For this double mattress for our guest bed the top layer is 4cm thickness of a very perforated high quality pure latex that naturally regulates your body temperature and offers extreme comfort , then 6cm of memory foam that moulds and adapts your to your sleeping movements and then a 16cm super dense base which is the firm foundation and offers the support needed.

Memory Foam Mattress Review

What is really cool about Sleepbear ( and my daughter’s were extra impressed by this bit ) is that they have teamed up with Polar Bears International and give a percentage of proceeds each year to the organisation.

Comfy mattress reviewSleepbear Mattress Review

What better way to actually review the Sleepbear Mattress than to ask the girls to try it out and make a rare appearance on the blog. Then I tried it out the second night… y’know just to be totally sure…

Here’s the girls’ review of their night’s sleep in 5 words …

Relaxing, soft, bouncy, comfy and delightful !

I found my night on the mattress really good. I don’t always manage to sleep through the night but I did and felt well supported. So much so I didn’t actually want to get up in the morning to be honest.

So we are looking forward to our first guest staying now that we know it’ll keep them comfy.

What factors are important to you when you have friends or family staying over ? Leave a comment – as ever I love to hear from you :)

Lucy x

This is a collaboration with Sleepbear. All opinions as always are my own. 

Inspire Me with Jackson and Levine on their Debut Habitat Collection.

Linen tableware Eclectic dinner party

There’s no stopping Laura Jackson and Alice Levine. Not only do they have their own very successful careers broadcasting on television and Radio 1 respectively. They also run the the very cool London ‘ Supper Club ‘, have written a book to inspire the perfect dinner party and now have their debut collection for Habitat.

I love the Habitat designs and so had several questions for Laura and Alice about their journey together and how they manage it all …

Striped linen tableware retro

Where did you originally meet and how did you decide to work together ? 

It’s a romantic story. We met at a jumble sale about 5 years ago when we had stalls next to each other. We pretty much talked about food non-stop the whole time and became friends following – going to new restaurant openings together and also trying out new recipes on each other. We then decided it would be fun to take on the challenge of setting up our own supper club together – hosting evenings in our apartments that would bring together strangers over food, drink and music. We both work in TV and Radio and this is a great change from what we do day – to – day and is a real passion project. Held every 2 months in a warehouse in Haggerston, we seat 16 people around our communal table and serve up seasonal treats from our kitchen. In the past we’ve made ricotta filled ravioli with deep fried sage, hare ragu and lemon posset amongst other things. We always try and source ingredients locally or celebrate the great produce around us by using neighbourhood bakers and wine merchants.

How did your famous Supper Club evolve in to working on a range with Habitat ?

When we started our supper club, we got a bit carried away on guest numbers for our first event meaning that we didn’t actually have enough crockery ! So we basically approached Habitat with a bit of a love letter email to ask if they would be up for potentially giving us some spare dinnerware that we could use at the supper clubs. We didn’t actually expect them to come back however they did and sent us some beautiful hand-glazed tableware which was a bit of a result ! As the supper clubs have grown in popularity over the last few years, Habitat has helped us out with a few different events and we both love the focus that Polly Dickens, Habitat’s Creative Director, has put back onto hand-crafted textiles and ceramics in the collection. This hand-crafted look has always been a key visual element of our supper clubs and last year we got discussing a potential product collaboration with Polly – and the rest is history !

Supper club essentials relaxed dinner party

What reaction have you had so far to your new Habitat range ? 

We have been thrilled with the reaction to the range – it’s become one of Habitat’s fastest selling kitchen linen collections so we are genuinely delighted! When we started the project, Polly suggested working with a khadi based fabric from India, made using traditional skills that are becoming less commonplace due to mechanisation. This means that each piece is entirely individual – not machine uniformity – and the cloth has a wonderful loose quality that gives a relaxed, informal feeling to it. You can see that human hands have worked on these products and we think this is what people are really liking about the collection.

Did a particular era inspire the range and why ? 

We tend to bring a lot of different ideas to each supper club that we produce – we like to make each one entirely individual so we don’t necessarily have a house ‘ style ’ that defines us – so the whole process began with us producing a mood board that included design inspiration from ornate Chinese wallpapers, delicate 1900’s embroidery and French fashion illustrations to botanical prints and floral sketches. Working with Habitat – especially their Pattern Designer Martha Coates – we started to narrow these conceptual ideas down to focus more on botanicals as we both felt it appropriate as it gives a nod to the foraged herbs we use in our cooking and table decorating.

Were you both involved in the design process?

Yes – it was a really fascinating process working alongside Habitat. We wanted a range of products that would be classic, chic and timeless – products that would appeal to everyone and that were genuinely useful. We wanted the linen to be washing machine friendly, so it could be washed hundreds of times and still retain its shape and beauty. We knew we wanted to have a print – which we worked on with Martha – but in terms of colour, we wanted a cool, neutral base and a stripe to underpin the whole collection – allowing you to layer colour on your table on top. The apron was also a massive triumph for us as we spend most days in the kitchen wearing aprons but we’ve never struck on the perfect design that is simple, stylish and practical. If you’re spending a lot of time lovingly preparing something, then we think you should you have something equally lovely to wear and hopefully we’ve achieved that !

With radio and tv presenting – how do you find the time for designing this gorgeous Habitat collection and running Supper Club ?

Haha – the secret ? A lot of our Rocket Fuel cocktail to keep us going ! It’s been quite a whirlwind year – we’ve just launched our first recipe book  – Round To Ours – too alongside the collection with Habitat so it’s been a lot of hard work but a lot of fun as we’ve done it all together. We both really enjoy the spontaneity of ‘what’s next’ and love being busy – never say no and always say ‘ why not give it a go ? ’

Blue plate for dinner party

If you were holding a Supper Club for colour lovers which pieces from your range would you use and what menu to accompany it ? 

The printed napkins look amazing with coloured glass or a glazed plate in a punchy pigment. The radish, radicchio and sweet pecan salad we created for Habitat is almost too pretty to eat – a total pin up of a plate with all the pinks.

What are your tips for creating the perfect atmosphere when hosting a Supper Party ? 

  • Making the table look striking doesn’t have to cost a fortune – sprigs of herbs as place settings are a lovely touch and make the table smell wonderful. Flowers and houseplants can make a huge impact on a room – we have hung giant alliums from the ceiling, had a regimented row of dusty pink hydrangeas in pots and pressed auburn Autumn leaves to scatter on the table. For something inexpensive – separate out a bunch of flowers into individual stems and place in glass jars or just use foliage on the table for a fresh green look.
  • Ambiance is very important – you want everyone to feel welcome and relaxed. No one ever felt that way by sitting under a 100w central light! Soften the room with table lamps and lots of candles. Music can also make or break the night – if you’ve run out of time to curate the perfect party playlist, stream one of your favourite movie soundtracks or check out the ‘ Mood ’ sections of Spotify.
  • If we’re cooking a menu for friends we’ll always ask what their favourite ingredients are and work up a menu around those. It’s a really nice touch to do this – it shows you care and have made an effort and means they don’t have pretend to love tripe! The same goes for drinks. Find out their favourite cocktail and as soon as guests arrive, make sure they have a drink in hand. In the summer, we make up large jugs of gin, elderflower cordial and prosecco with lots of ice. It’s much better than fussing with making individual cocktails.
  • Don’t get bogged down with the food being perfect – rough and rustic is perfect for a dinner party. Try sharing platters rather than plating up everyone’s portions individually as it really creates a more intimate, shared experience that will make everyone feel part of the dinner. Everyone likes seconds so make more than you think you need.
  • Try not to be chained to the oven – the best way to do this is to have some elements that can be made in advance or that just require compilation. We find serving a cold starter and cold dessert makes life a lot easier. Timing food for big numbers can also be daunting – so try cooking a large cut low and slow. Lamb shoulder or silverside of beef are great ones for a crowd and they just get better and better, so even if guests are little late they will have a melt in the mouth meal.

Can you both describe your style in 5 words ? 

It changes all the time.

Dinner party inspiration food book retro textiles habitat

Will there be any more collections for Habitat ?

Stay tuned! We both loved the process of designing a range with Habitat so hopefully there is more to come next year !

Big thanks to Laura and Alice. It’s made me hungry !

What do you think of the Jackson and Levine Habitat Collection ? Has it inspired you to run your own Supper Club ? It has me.

Do leave me a comment under this post. Would love to hear from you.

Lucy x

Good Homes Course with My Interior Design School

Interior design online course

It seems to be ever evolving for us bloggers. If you scrolled back to my posts from a few years ago I was dabbling in interior design and making things for my home and have always loved design aesthetics but didn’t realise back then just how much I would it would be my every day focus.

I’ve just signed up for the  ‘ Good Homes Interiors Design Course ‘ run by My Interior Design School. This is a really creative but also practical course for budding designers.

Good Homes readers can receive £50 off the total of the course, making it £249 for a whole year’s worth of online learning. Pretty good huh ? But even better – I have a code for you too at the end of this post – so if you’ve ever fancied a go at interior designing and styling then now is a great opportunity.

The very first module is colour. Whoop ! I have my colour wheel template from the course here in front of me and have been playing around with swatches and samples to make up four different colour schemes.

I’ll use a lot of these pieces here to make up some mood boards with paint cards and fabric swatches ( and in this case flowers too ) to work on colour schemes and cement my knowledge on the theory behind the colour wheel even further.

The purpose of the colour wheel is to create ‘ colour families ‘ and is key to making a room work. The wheel was first developed by none other than Isaac Newton back in 1706 and has since taken on varying forms and for interior design it is a visual tool to blend shades perfectly together.

I’ve used blue in each scheme as my main colour today to show you how just changing colours, even slightly can alter a look.

Interior Design Colour

The first is Triadic which are 3 colours equidistant on the wheel.  Blue, red  – orange and yellow. Here is a room using the Triadic scheme which in this case is 40% blue main colour, 30% yellow as a contrast colour and 10% red – orange as accent colour. You don’t have to but ideally use a dominant colour because this is most effective.

Triadic colour scheme Interior Design

I’ve put together these colours and will spend some time playing around with them and studying some images for inspiration they also have a really extensive library of stock photos to refer to on the course.

Interior Design Colours

The second is Complementary which involves two shades on the opposite sides of the wheel.

contemporary colour scheme Interior Design Blue Orange

Blue and orange is quite extreme but it definitely works or you could use blue – purple with yellow – orange . You could also go for green and pink ( red with white ) which is possibly my favourite combination.

Interior Design Colour Scheme

Then there’s split complementary where you go for the main colour and then introduce two neighbouring.

Split Contemporary Colour Scheme Interior Design

So here is blue at 60% and then 30% yellow – orange and 10% red – orange. It makes the accents and contrasts really stand out.

Interior Design Harmonious Scheme

The last one for today is Harmonious putting together 4 colours that sit right next to each other on the colour wheel. Here we have 60% blue, 20% blue  – 20% green as contrast, 10% blue – green and 10% yellow – green. Okay, if you look closely there’s a teeny pop of red but we’ll ignore that for now …

Harmonious Colour Scheme Interior Design

I love this combination a lot. Much fun to be had with it.

There are also Monochromatic and Monochromatic Neutral schemes and I will be working on these next..

I’m soooo enjoying the start of the course and can’t wait to plough on. As I mentioned earlier I have a code for you and it is TEACHMEDESIGN. This will enable the course at the reduced rate by entering it at checkout.

If you are creative or want to become more adventurous then I recommend trying Interior Design School. I have worked on another but I feel this one is right for me as I am more focused on styling although obviously want to learn everything I can about interior design. They also run short colour courses at their HQ in Cheltenham if you’re interested ? You can find all you need to know on their website.

Which is your favourite scheme here ? Do leave me a comment under this post – I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Lucy x

This is a collaboration with My Interior Design School. All opinions are my own.

Images credits. 2. A Beautiful Mess 4. Love your Home 6. Karen Knox at Making Spaces and 8. LuxDeco. All other photos taken by me.