How to Make a Summery Seaside Teepee

Tutorial Seaside DIY tent stripes happy fabric kids

I have written a post on how to make a Summery Seaside Teepee as we are in the full swing of Summer Holidays. I have meant to do this for years but finally we have achieved it and it’s been great for last minute days out.

I’ve written up a the tutorial for you in case you fancy trying one out for yourself. It’s teesy peesy …. sorry, I know …

You can use my measurements or adjust to work for you and your fabric, hopefully my instructions will make it easy to do either.

Teepee tutorial seaside tent diy

What you will need:

4 metres of fabric – 150cm width ( Less if you are not wanting to pattern match )

5 sticks diameter 2.5cm at least. I used broom handles from a local DIY store measuring 155 cm in length.

3 metres of string or thin rope.

2 metres of large pom pom fringe ( optional )

sewing machine, scissors, tape measure, pins and an iron.

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Instructions:

Assemble the 5 sticks so that you have 2 at the front, 2 at the side and one pointing backwards. the 5th one adds extra space in the teepee but you could live without if necessary and it would mean using slightly less fabric. Bind the sticks together with string / rope like your life depends on it. Or just do it tightly .. :)

Before I start on fabric – please make sure you add 1cm for each seam. So add it to every measurement I have given here if using my pattern. I’ve added the odd reminder but do it every time. I haven’t added it to my instructions in case you are using a variation on size.

So here we go …

Measure at the base between each stick. The distance between the two front sticks and the 2 behind them should be equal on both sides – for this teepee it is 92 cm. Then measure round for the back panel from one side stick to the other including the 5th back stick which will be sticking out a bit hence being a larger panel of fabric needed – for this you will need 146 cm.

The front panel will be split in to 2 pieces for your ‘ door ‘ so measure between the front 2 sticks. So for this teepee -140 cm that will be cut down the middle and not forgetting seams on either sides of both panels.

Now measure up to where you would like the top of the teepee to start, making sure you allow room for sticks to meet and cross at the top. In this instance the length needs to be 127 cm plus your seam allowance each end. Work out desired top lengths for each panel. For this it is 14 cm for all 3 panels and seam allowances.

Next – draw out your panels on your fabric. Incidentally my fabric here is from The Stripes Company ( perfect for the beach and home ! ) I found it quite helpful with the perfect stripes as it helped indicate exact measurement. The two side panels are the same so you can cut one out and then lay it on top of the fabric, pin it and cut out the second. The third will be slightly larger as mentioned before. For the front panel, fold it in half long ways and then cut in half along the fold.

Pin then sew all of your panels together with seams facing inwards. Then press open all of the seams with your iron. Press the 2 front split panel seams and sew down 10cm and back stitch it. Then press down seams at the top and bottom, press and then stitch down.

Pom Pom teepee pink pretty fringe sewing diy

At this point you can add pom pom fringe  – again this gorgeous pink ones are from the Stripes Company. I just measured out amount needed and attached it inside with pom poms facing outwards, sewing carefully as it’s a tad fiddly but worth the effort.

Teepee sticks diy tutorial seaside fabric

Then all you need to do is slip the teepee over the sticks and you have your very own little hut to keep the kids happy and un – windswept and entertained for at least a week. Am I being optimistic here ?

 

seaside teepee tutorial stripes pom poms

But anyway, we took it to Southwold as you can see and although it was windy ( spot the stones weighing down the bottoms ) we sat very snug and cosy in the marshes. We felt like something from an Enid Blyton book watching kids run past with buckets and spades and we sat and ate our ice creams without wind blowing everything over.

We have put it at home in the toy room and its brightened up the space. So well worth the time making it.

If you’d like to get hold of some of this ‘ Baseball ‘ fabric or trim or see the entire fabulous range then have a look at the shop here. If you remember I used their deckchair canvas in my DIY Beach hut post.

Five tips for finding your dream sofa

You’d think it would be a walk in the park choosing the right sofa for your living room ? Well, I have 5 tips for finding your dream sofa.

Because there’s actually quite a lot to consider before making such a purchase and it’s one of the most important pieces of furniture in the home. You need to have a really clear idea of dynamics, colour schemes and style by the time you click on the ‘buy’ button so hopefully if you’re thinking about a new look living room sometime soon this post will be useful for you.

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Size of the room.

If you have a large living room you may want to have a few different seating options but if you want a sofa to be the main focus then how about a big comfy centre piece with lots of character. You can use this as inspiration for the rest of the look. Or an L  – shaped settee / corner sofa is perfect for using up space ( and keeping kids and guests happy ) and generally works in most big rooms.

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For a more compact area think about what kind of feeling you want to achieve. Would you prefer the sofa to be the focal point ? If so a two seater in a bright hue to draw attention ( will talk about this more in a minute  )

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You could instead have a couple of snuggler chairs that accommodate more than one and look super cute. These are a great alternative to full sized sofas if you’re happy to double up.

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Colour scheme.

If you’re just replacing the sofa and keeping the same colour palette then it’s an easy job and you’ll know exactly what to search for. But if it’s a makeover then a very good idea is a moodboard – Pinterest is a great place to start. Start a board pinning lots of finds and then whittle down to what will work with your sofa choices.

When it comes to choosing a colour then it is important to think about the overall impact this will have.

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Strong reds through to most yellows are generally energetic and uplifting just like this Hollie Love Seat, and and will draw attention. Although pink is nurturing.  Greens and blues will offer calm and are also inviting. Neutrals will also give a sense of serenity and are timeless.

I’d always lean towards being a bit daring with colour ( of course ) but it has to work for you and be something you’re not going to grow out of anytime soon.

Let’s not forget that stronger colours and patterns will also cover a multitude of sins …

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Textiles.

Do you want a tactile piece of furniture that you can recline on ? Durable fabric that will last for as long as possible ? It’s always good to have the opportunity to feel the fabric and maybe add it to a moodboard. If possible order some swatches and a good company will be happy to supply these.

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Lifestyle.

Well, this is fundamental. Because your style says so much about you. But also the style the sofa needs to fit your lifestyle and how it functions. Can you lie down easily and watch TV … or is it perfect for socialising with friends ? Can you fit all your kids on easily.

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If you need an extra bed in the house for guests then maybe try out a sofa bed. Like this Sloane 3 seater.

Brand.

With a sea of companies out there it can be difficult to know which will deliver it’s promises and most importantly present you with the sofa of your dreams without any stress ! All of these sofas and chairs are from Darlings of Chelsea who have a very good reputation for the quality of their hand crafted furniture and offer ‘ award winning customer service ‘ .. and 4 showrooms. You can find out more about them here.

Hopefully my ideas here will have made your next sofa adventure that bit easier …

So which is your favourite out of all the sofas and chairs here ? I am drawn to the Stirling sofa with deep buttons. Love the studs and opulent look.

Do leave me a comment under this post  – as always would love to hear from you.

Lucy x

This is a collaboration with Darlings of Chelsea  – all opinions as ever are my own.

All images copyright Darlings of Chelsea.

 

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 to find out why we chose wooden flooring for our guest room ?

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 wooden 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

A fitter 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.

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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 wooden 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

If you’re choosing this year to enjoy the outdoor music season at home I have a little festi – colour inspiration post for you today with 15 Ideas for Making your own Indoor Festival..

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 ?

  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

Lucy x

Top 3 things for a good night’s sleep.

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.