Guys I've been doing my home decoration research this week! I want a traditional, lived in, cosy modern farmhouse style in the guest bedroom when it's finished and I've been researching some key trends to incorporate into the room to make sure I achieve this kinda look. I'm sharing them here in case you too have a love for Modern Farm Charm interiors and need some inspiration to bring a rustic edge to your guest bedroom or master bedroom.Read More
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FOR A SIMPLE MANTELPIECE
WHAT I WOULD BUY FOR THIS LOOK:
FOR AN ECLECTIC MANTELPIECE
- Begin with 1 or 2 pieces of art that add vertical height as staple pieces
- Avoid too much redundant white space by making sure the staple art you're choosing is large enough for the mantelpiece
- Next add square or rectangular wide pieces of art that's roughly half the vertical height of your staple piece
- Finally, go wild on smaller pieces (stick to odd numbers, 3 or 5) and maybe introduce a circular frame or object to soften the edges
WHAT I WOULD BUY FOR THIS LOOK:
FOR A TRADITIONAL MANTELPIECE
WHAT I WOULD BUY FOR THIS LOOK:
... and 1 company who stocks them all
Well I can't get enough of them. My airing cupboard is bursting at the seams and I have a long wish list of towels left in me.
I thought I'd share some of my favourites I've seen as I've been poking around shops recently because, well, there's no better time to stock up before the relatives arrive at Christmas. Wow the world with your towel collection whilst giving your bathroom a bit of a facelift.
Above are the beautiful
blue (which I have). They come in 3 colour variations + have a nice border around them.
Something a little more fun, I saw these in John Lewis recently, it's
. The hedgehogs are a personal fave. Again, nice border on each end - is it just me who loves that? It's the only way I can tell between a Primark towel and something a little more luxurious.
I also came across these sets in John Lewis, which would look quite good together for a mish mash look. The first are the
, great for a seaside theme bathroom or small toilet. The second set are the
which would look great in a spare bedroom with grey colour schemes.
Then I came across the
(to the far left) in Marks + Spencer which I adore. The range look like they should be rugs and have that luxurious autumnal look to them. Great styling in the photo above too, the Tibetan towel looks fantastic against the bright yellow. Not so sure on striped towels like the far right though. Striped towels aren't really my thing. Can't even give you a valid reason why ;)
And finally, these towels which are way too nice to be towels. I came across them on the
website. They look more like shawls or throws, don't you think?
I'm really intrigued by them. Do they even feel like towels? are they super fast drying? I really wonder. All I know is that if you're going away for a weekend somewhere and you rock up with a towel like this you'd be instantly cool in my book.
What do you think? Are you a patterned towel lover?
Cottage kitchens. They’re adorable.
More and more home owners are opting for modern looks in their kitchens. Glossy white cabinets, stainless steel appliances, marble finished floors. But after flicking through my countless period homes magazines archives, I realised something…
If you go for a cottage theme in your kitchen it will never date.
And not only that, if your kitchen is super small, you should make a statement of it with cottage style. Give it cottage character.
Good things come in small packages after all, and I've always thought, your kitchen doesn't need ridiculous amounts of space to be on trend.
If you've seen my kitchen before you’ll see it has cottage appeal with the oak worktops and modern farmhouse accessories to give it some cottage character in a 1930s home.
I thought I'd pull together some ideas to give your kitchen (big or small) some country chic.
I hope you like the ideas...
11 ways to create a cottage look kitchen
1. Store all of your fruit, veg, bread + laundry bits inside wicker baskets
Seriously, I have a ridiculous amount of love for everything wicker. I've said it once and I'll say it again and again. This versatile material is so easy to find in high street stores or charity shops. It gives texture and warmth to rooms in need of cosy-ing up (can a kitchen be cosy?) and it's a great way to bring the outdoors indoors.
2. Mix and match your tea cups like you have a porcelain addiction
Something I'm slowly but surely collecting (and salvaging from any charity shop in sight) are tea cups. You know, the ornate floral kind with very sweet gold rims and matching saucers? I found 4 for 50p in a second hand shop near me, and as I'm collecting all different types, I'm getting so much enjoyment out of my collection.
3. Opt for open shelves and welcome the cluttered look
I've seen DIYs on pinterest showing you how to remove parts of your existing kitchen cupboards to open up your kitchen and get a shelving look. Stacking gorgeous plates, pots and pans on open shelving is a great way to give your kitchen a cottage vibe. If you're brave you could use a cute vintage floral wallpaper to sit behind the shelves. So cottagey!
4. Paint existing cupboards or walls in muted tones from Farrow + Ball
I know I'm not the only one who loves Farrow + Ball, but really, they are THE paint choice of all choices if you want to channel the country/cottage vibe. Our kitchen has Farrow + Ball's Bone on some of the woodwork and it brings in a touch of English heritage. Their paints are all mixed with traditional, period decor in mind making it extremely difficult to get it wrong.
5. Rugs can sit in the kitchen too!
Kitchen rugs are all over pinterest at the mo. Rugs are fantastic genius little things that can totally change the space you're decorating. For a cottage kitchen look, I would opt for a half round crochet rug (bonus points if it's crocheted with plastic style, durable material for high traffic and a lot of cooking spillages) to sit near the sink to keep your tootsies cosy as you wash up. It's the little things!
6. Mismatched old wooden chairs are a must
...and if you can fit one in, get your hands on a rocking chair too. Adorn these bad boys with multi coloured crochet blankets for ultimate cottage chic.
7. Ditch bevelled tiling and opt for artisan crooked edges
Subway tiles are so on trend, but the straight edges never really appealed to me when I was choosing tiles for our kitchen. I knew I wanted the sought after white tile/black grout look but I also wanted a hand made touch that was less clinical. I opted for non-straight edge white tiles on black grout which some might say was a brave decision. We don't have clean edges, but I love them. Crooked = character-filled in my book. There are so many beautiful cottage look tiles out there, like THESE, THESE, or THESE.
8. If it's not being stored in a wicker basket, store it in a Kilner jar!
These beauties are from Silver Mushroom. I love them as they're a little different from the clear traditional jars. Homebase have a great selection of clear jar storage in their Kitchen section too, but for a different spin, try all white.
9. If you need mod cons, go for copper
Every kitchen needs a kettle, cocktail shaker and a microwave right? Sometimes stainless steel are the only option and that doesn't sit easy in a cottage kitchen. Where ever you can, opt for copper or antique gold / brass appliances.
10. Get yourself a quintessentially English radio, like, now
No cottage kitchen is complete without a vintage style radio. Pure have a fabulous range of digital radios. This one above is inspired by a fine Sanderson fabric / wallpaper. Possibly the cutest collaboration ever between Sanderson + Pure, wouldn't you agree? The Chelsea radio has been born, and looks none other than perfect whilst you butter your toast in your cosy cottage kitchen. Lots of affordable cottage-like radios like this one (love Emma Bridgewater!)
11. Grow your own herbs or daffodils + introduce some green
The beauty of cottage kitchens is how they have an outdoorsy feel without losing warmth from materials like wood, crochet and copper. How is this achieved? By adding filling your worktops and window sills with plants. A herb garden is a must in any kitchen. Plant in a long timber pot and you've nailed the look!
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I'm on a mission to introduce you to some of the UK's cutest interior stockists. Whether you're an interior stylist, budding interior assistant or just love finding home decoration sites to spruce up your home, you'll love this feature.
I'm working hard to collect a little black book of shops, so that for ANY interior look you want to achieve, all that's needed is a glance through my little black book to know where you'll find the goods.
You might even recognise the designs from this next company I want to introduce you to.
Meet Old English Prints. Aren't their designs gorgeous? They specialise in handwritten typography across pillows, cups + posters, so you can bring a personal touch to any room.
If you've ever watched Zoe Sugg's youtube videos, you'll have seen her lovely pillowcases, 'big spoon + little spoon' (which I simply HAVE to get my hands on!). The girl has a great sense of interior style, I'll give her that.
That's sorta where I found out about Old English Prints.
I got looking at their collection of inspiring quotes online, and loved their simplicity and variety of colours. You can simply find (or create!) a quote you love, choose the colours, and order. Then bam, they're in your letterbox a few days later.
I have a mini gallery wall I'm currently working on that I can't wait to reveal on here, which features prints from this lovely place and a gorgeous art deco mirror I've found.
I think I'm a little bit in love with their branding too. I can sense a whole sack of presents being purchased from their online store over the Christmas period. So glad I found them :)
Pay them a wee visit, you'll love what they have to offer.