Posts Categorised: Design/Interiors

Bohemian Ethical Christmas Gift Ideas

Jute Baskets Colourful Fair-trade

There’s no way around this. I have to mention Christmas. Because if I leave it too late then my guide will be null and void and I imagine there will be some starting to think about the big day ? I’m feeling a bit smug this year as I’m feeling almost on top of it so far.

Having been looking in to ethical gift ideas recently not only for myself but to share with you here on the blog, I actually got quite excited as I found some things I had been looking for anyway and some great new online stores. If I hadn’t snooped around on the ‘net I wouldn’t have discovered The Decorator’s Notebook store. Not only really stylish fair – trade homeware but their ethos is empowering women, nurturing small businesses and protecting the environment.

Fairtrade blankets throws colourful cosy homeware

Having a bit of a penchant for throws especially of the tasseled variety ( who doesn’t like feeling cosy this time of year ? ) these basket weave cotton throws from Rigby & Mac come in several colours. I’m picturing a good book or film, hot drink and all wrapped up for the evening. Yes please.

Christmas fair-trade gifts
1. Berber Basket  – Myakka 2. Salad Servers – Namaste 3. Hanging Panter – House of Kind 4. Hanging Mirror – Nkuku 5. Frida Kahlo Tea Towel – Ian Snow 6. Bowls – Auraque 7. Wool Cushion – Plumo 8. Indigo Drop Mug – Nkuku 9. Yellow Bag – Winter’s Moon.

Here are nine more colourful items from some really cool online shops.

Really enjoying the whole Berber trend and will continue to do so for a very long time. The baskets with extra detail are useful in so many rooms. I know my girls would love them to store al their bits and I personally would put one in the living room or bathroom.

If you get a chance to check out House of Kind, you’ll find some really beautiful handmade porcelain pots amongst a sea of other sustainable, vegan items for the home. Plus stocking fillers  – lots of them.

Still gutted that I missed the Frida Kahlo exhibition at the V & A ( Did you manage to go or see anything about it ? ) but consolation might be found in a vibrant tea towel from Ian Snow.

Loving that fluffy wool cushion. I’ve a feeling we might fight over it in this household though. I’ve been a fan of Plumo since they started out. They stock some really unique pieces.

Brass Pot Hand Etched

Another beauty buy Nkuku for Decorator’s Notebook. A classic hand etched brass pot using ancient techniques. Apparently it’s water tight so perfect for flowers but I think I would use it as a feature even without  – it’s sure interesting to study like a piece of art.

There are no doubt plenty more good places to source gifts and inspiration. If you know of any  – or just like what you see here than do leave me a comment. I’d love to hear from you as always.

Oh, and by the way … this post isn’t sponsored in any way. I just thought it would be good to promote some of these businesses.

Lucy x

Revitalising the Living Room with Sanderson Grey Mist

Grey Living Room Colours Yellow Blue TealToday I am going to give you a little tour around my living room now that it’s complete in both colour and comfiness. In fact, I am breaking it down in to three posts in total over the next few weeks as I want to go in to a bit of detail on choices and have a review to do of my new sofas and talk about my lovely new rug and how I chose the right size.

So, initially let’s start with wall colour and why ? Well, for some time I’ve been frustrated with the lack of light in the room. Having painted the walls almost a pure white and realising that without lots of natural sunlight, no amount of applying ‘ high value ‘ will brighten it. In fact it does the opposite. It emphasises the dark and feels gloomy.

Grey wall teal sofa gold light

With that in mind, I decided a neutral was needed. After the Sanderson event recently I tried out some of their greys to define instead and as I knew I would be adding plenty of colour with furniture and accessories and it would enhance them. In fact, I went for one of their brand new ones called Grey Mist in Matt Emulsion which I tried out on each wall at first. I recommend samples first always, as a paint will look one colour in your home and completely different in someone else’s.

After a week of checking it at different times of the day when I was relaxing in the room, I really liked it. It’s a consistent mid grey with ever such a slight presence of blue. In the daytime it’s actually quite warm when the sun makes an appearance and then works really nicely with ambient lamps later on.

White Painted Fireplace

The room feels so much more defined now. We painted the stoneGrey Walls Living room
fireplace white to balance out the doors and then used Grey Mist Oil Based Eggshell again on the radiators to blend them with the rest of the room.

Grey Wall Blue Sofa

It’s the first time I’ve used Sanderson paint. It took two coats for me to feel entirely happy although the first coverage was pretty impressive. I painted the first one and then thought better of it and asked our lovely local painter to come and do the second ( I’m not the fastest decorator to be honest ). We both felt that the paint was very good quality and nice to work with – a creamy texture.

Grey Mist Paint Living Room Walls DJ decks

With the teals and yellows in the room and then pops of pinks it has all worked out as planned and I do love grey and gold together, hence choosing Lennox sconces from the shop Made that aren’t too dominating but draw your eye with the industrial bulbs.

Hope you like it too and keep an eye out over the next few weeks for the rug and sofa posts.

Lucy x

The paint was a gift from Sanderson.

Interior Design Instagram Accounts to Follow

Colourful instagram accounts

Instagram is a really useful platform to share my images and engage with fellow friends and interior bloggers but it is a minefield that is ever expanding so it’s not easy always to find new accounts to follow. There are so many.

Who to follow ? Well, if you love interiors ( which I guess you might if you read my blog ) then today I am going to share the love with five of my current UK based faves that take interior trends and home improvements to another level. You might enjoy them too.

Above is @Oxfordone who has the most beautifully curated home. Lissi is a fellow colour lover who is excellent at co – ordinating trends and bold patterns. Her account always makes me smile – it’s really clever. Definitely one to follow – and check out her bathroom for sure – it’s super cool.

Blue Room Living Space Relaxing Calm Bright Melanie Lissack

I only recently found @melanielissackinteriors when we met at an event and I’m really glad I did. She has fantastic style and a very stylish home. A triple award winning blogger, Melanie has a plethora of rooms to admire and take inspiration from. The tiles in her kitchen are just dreamy and I love the blue living room and choice of wallpapers.

Karen Knox Interiors Black Room Orange Chair Leeds based Designer Karen Knox aka @makingspacesnet has created some stunning homes. She puts together textiles and fearless colours in a ( seemingly ) effortless way and they just work so well. A very talented person. She posts photos that you want to study all the detail which is always a good sign. Do follow if you are looking for some fresh ideas.

Kate Lovejoy Interiors Blue Kitchen Dining Cosy Space

Not so long ago when I wrote about matching colours with your zodiac sign –  I was introduced to @katelovejoyinteriors and she sure knows how to use colour and shape to design aesthetically pleasing rooms. Kate’s interior design account is bursting with vivid walls and furniture. She has a really good eye for colour and shape. Featured in lots of magazines which is no surprise at all.

Interiors Bedroom Peaceful Button Headboard

The palettes that @rockmystyleblog use are adorable. It’s a persistently gorgeous account to follow with a mixture of lots of Scandi, Mid Century and tactile looking textures. What I especially love is how generous they are with including other accounts and their homes. Light and bright – I recommend highly.

Image: Adam Crohill.

I’d be really interested to hear some of your favoured interior instagrammers. Is there anyone in particular that you look forward to seeing their pics ? Do leave me a comment below.

Lucy x

Ten Gold Wall Light Ideas for the Home

Palm Tree Wall Light

I have written this post because on my  hunt for some gold wall lights, I came to a realisation – it’s not that easy even with all the choice out there. Sure, I found some corkers that I’d bite my own hand off to have in my home but could I find exactly what was I wanted – not for a while anyway.

But it all worked out in the end and I thought to save someone else’s eyes going square in such a quest, I’d show some finds that are pretty gorgeous. Here’s my top 10 including the sconce chosen that we have just put up that you will see soon in our finished living room.

The first one above is from Graham & Green. Who needs tropical islands when you can have a metallic palm tree in your own living room ? A real feature to enhance a wall. I have also noted it’s currently in the sale. Just saying.

Wall Light Sconce Gold

I love a bit of Anthropologie. They always come up with something a little bit different. This hardwired light has a brushed brass finish. It’s an updated single candelabra  – worth bearing in mind that a certain shape of bulb will be needed each time.

Gold Wall Lights Living Bed Room1. Maison Du Monde 2. David Hunt 3. Habitat 4. Heals 5. Made 6. Em – Home 7. Houseology 8. Nest

Here are eight wall lights that will give out light in different ways and create a different look in your home.

I really love the large globe lamps. They’ve always been around in one form or another. This style will throw out a warm light ( with the right bulb ) mixed with gold will give a cosy but luxurious feel.

Task lamps like the one here from David Hunt look really sleek on a bedroom wall. I have this one on my wishlist. Really like it’s shape.

Habitat offer this Tesselate LED decorative wall light. They look pretty cool above a bed, sofa or a very nice welcoming piece in the hallway ?

Ever a fan of Houseology  – their Matt Brass exquisite sconce by Eicholtz Boivin ( 7 ) really appeals to me. A real talking point and so bold and rich in colour.

Nowadays, with many designs on offer and room designs being so fluid, you can mix and match many looks so many of these lamps would work in different eras and styles of homes.

Our new lights are one of the above and I am looking forward to sharing it with you soon. Keep a look out.

Lucy x

How I set up an interior scene for a film shoot

Tv Set Filming Bedroom Bluebellgray colourful bedroom

Last week was a really busy one in terms of here at home. Not only have I been coming up with some ideas and plans for a new living room, there was also some film location work going on.

Now, if you read the last post of mine, you’ll know that we just had a new carpet put in which I love so as you would imagine I had my beady on it all day when the crew were here. They were very good and respectful though. I think they wouldn’t have dared stand on or put their cameras and lights on it. I was hovering …

Grey Walls Cosy Bedroom Colourful duvet pillow Picture Ledge over bed

Anyway, I digress and will tell you more about what the filming was all about a little later, as what I wanted to talk about today is how I created one of the scenes – I recreated it here for you as there was literally no time on the day to take any photos.

Having interviewed the very established tv production designer Richard Drew not so long ago, it gave me some inspiration on how to go about setting it all up.

I needed to make sure it looked right for the character’s involved so here is what I came up with:

Colourful Bedroom Retro phone Grey Walls Bluebellgray

Painted the wall behind the bed a light grey. It is a naturally light space so it can take it. I maybe won’t be keeping this colour for long but as I am soon doing up the room ( again ) so felt this colour would be suitable for the two people

Added contrasting colours because the grey backdrop allowed it. The lovely people at Bluebellgray provided us with a Seafield duvet set and a couple their Fringe and Paintbox cushions. If there had been too much going on with strong patterns etc, it would take away from the actual story. I was always taught when I worked in television that too much black is not good on film because it soaks up the light and lots of red isn’t too popular either. Stripes can strobe on film also which would make the viewer feel ill after a while so that’s always a no no.

Setting TV Scene Bedroom Grey Colour Cosy Bright Pops Colour

Made the space feel cosy as it was a sleepy night scene, by adding pictures, books, drinks of water, plants and soft lighting. Of course there is the professional lighting but they can tweak everything to make it look like the right time of day. It’s pretty clever really.

I asked about the characters before hand and had a look at the script to get an idea of what they might be like and how they would dress their room. It’s also important to check what they will be wearing to make sure it all coordinates.

Grey Bedroom Colourful TV Scene Filming Blluebellgray Cosy home

What made me laugh was actors sleeping and chatting in my own bed. Luckily they are both lovely folk so it wasn’t too weird.

My kitchen was also used on the day and our upstairs hallway. If you are new to reading my blog, you may not know that I originally used to act and still do sometimes … so guess who was in one of the scenes ? I loved it and we had a really good laugh. I played a snooty lady at a dinner party. A great opportunity to ham it up a little.

This was all filmed for a trailer called  ‘ Bus Pass to Peterborough ‘ to showcase my Dad’s script. he has been a writer for a long time and has worked lots of different types of programmes over the years. I really admire his tenacity in such a tough business. It took a whole week of locations. Pre – production planning too and of course then it will be edited now. Amazing the amount of team work that goes in to these things, booking the actors, location hunting, scene setting and working out timetables – and of course relying on the weather which was luckily really good. I can’t wait to see the completed work and then see where it is taken from there ? The long term focus is a television film set here in Suffolk. There are some beautiful Autumnal outdoor scenic shots as you might imagine and a really great cast so fingers crossed.

Lucy x

Thank you Bluebellgray for your gifting !