Thursday, 12 January 2017

Take one wallpaper...

Hibou Home's delightful 'Portraits' wallpaper...


...inspired this simple kid's room theme...



1. Hibou Home 2. String 3. Jielde 4. Blomkal 5. Maileg 6. Ferm Living 7. Ferm Living 8. Fiona Walker England



Sunday, 1 January 2017

Off to a good start in Get Organised Month.

I think I must have fallen into every trap of unsuccessful blogging in recent years...lack of technical knowledge, procrastination, content not good enough, content not consistent...you name it, I've done it! Not intentionally though, I hasten to add...!
But, still, it seems like a good idea to make a fresh start now, in Get Organised Month.

So, while I go off and sort out my blog-post calendar, I'll leave you with some easy ideas on how to organise some of those new Christmas toys...



1. FermLiving 2. Minene 3. lisasaysgah 4. Anne-Claire Petit 5. This Modern Life 6. Hobbycraft
7. The Basket Room 8. Play&Go 9. Rice


Wednesday, 31 August 2016

March 'Makeover' winners finally get their dream nursery....

Way back in March Dreams and Wishes held a competition to win a 'Dream Nursery Makeover'.
The lucky winners had a great deal of decorating waiting for them when they moved into their new seaside home so we didn't get started on the nursery for several weeks...but now it's done...and judging by the new occupant's reaction, it's a great success...!

Our winning mum wanted a woodland theme so we started with a feature wall using Scion's 'Branch' wallpaper and painted the rest of the room in a matching chalky white...complimenting the existing furniture.

Additional colours were inspired by the cot-bedding, including hand-made gingham curtains and animal cushions for the tee-pee, made by a family friend...!

The Mimi'Lou wall sticker and SewHeartFelt fox rug continued the woodland theme...while the little crochet stool, from Anne-Claire Petit, echoed the bed-linen colours.

A hand-made lampshade from James Design, completes the makeover.

Our winner is delighted with the new room and says even her daughter's sleep patterns have improved since completing the makeover...great news indeed!

Here's just a peek...



Wednesday, 6 July 2016

A few highlights from the Spirit of Summer Fair...

Just a few of the many beautiful things on offer at the House&Garden Fair at Olympia in June...love the dreamy vintage feel...


Clockwise from top left; Scumble Goosie, Suziebee, Greige and Leporello

Sunday, 14 February 2016

Monday, 1 February 2016

Faded pink romance for a kid's room.

It's the month of love and romance...so be inspired with faded pinks and gold hints for a girly kid's room make-over that's bang up-to-date...


Me? I'm a 'shabby-chic' kinda girl when it comes to pink decor...and love these examples...








Sunday, 24 January 2016

Charles and Ray Eames Exhibition...a personal review.

I finally made it to the Barbican last week...to see the Eames Exhibition...unfortunately, it wasn't the positive experience I'd been expecting. Maybe I'm just not 'arty' enough but I found the venue dark and depressing and the exhibition itself rather lacking the 'wow' factor, bearing in mind the huge influence this couple had on mid-century design.
Don't get me wrong, there were highlights...the original copy of a poem from former Prime Minister,Tony Benn, stuck in my mind for days after...



And I discovered 'The Toy'...a building structure for kids that could be made into all sorts of play accessories...



And the exquisite examples of their handwriting...especially Ray Eames's tiny diary, open on the page that her husband died, and marked with just his initials...how poignant she died ten years later...to the very day!


And then there was this fellow...hanging in a prominent spot at the top of the stairs in the centre of the exhibition...!


Yes...a whale!
Can anyone help me out with the significance of this strangely appealing creature?
I'm assuming he was in the exhibition because, as seen here, he originally lived in the famous Eames House in Los Angeles...any ideas...?


All told, a mixed review I'm afraid...a small collection of personal highlights hidden within drab surroundings...
I'll leave you with the sort of colour-burst I'd expected...