pretty little things {beauty on the cheap}…

whilst most people might have been praying for sunshine this bank holiday weekend, i was equally happy for the forecast thunderstorms & the excuse to potter at home a little longer…

& all the usual suspects made an appearance: a stack of neglected design books, a feu de bois candle filling the house with the scent of an open fire &, my favourite, some fresh flowers…

i wouldn’t consider myself a major flower snob {though sunflowers are pretty much perpetually banned from my abode} & am pretty content with the cheaper store bought options, particularly when money is tight or i’m too lazy to go on the hunt for a flower stall…

& i have a sure-fire trick to bring these often overlooked beauties into their own…

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take one humble bunch of roses {creamy peachy pinks are my fave as they often look more luxe than their brightly-coloured counterparts}…

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if the flower buds are a little tight you can gently prize them open with your fingers to give a fuller, more home-grown look…

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cut the roses down so that their heads sit just above the rim of the vase {i often use drinking glasses or empty jam jars to create impromptu vignettes} & remove any foliage that sits below the water line…

then add a few sprigs of fresh herbs for greenery & scent {mint & or rosemary are my go-tos} & voila…

not bad for a £5 investment, particularly when this arrangement would look equally lovely divided into 2 or 3 individual bouquets…

 

on the home front {our new home}…

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a few snapshots of some styling in our not-so-new home {did i mention we’d moved?}…

last october we snagged ourselves our latest {no.5} & most favouritist london rental abode yet, just 4 doors down from our previous pad, but it couldn’t be more different…

& we love it!

no more laminate floors & endless magnolia walls {yes, off-white paint abounds here too, but it’s interspersed with bare brick & acres of windows overlooking the greenery of neighbour’s backyards}

here we get to enjoy extra-wide wooden boards plucked from a french railway station, stained-glass windows procured from the owner’s former polo club {as you do!} & beautiful tiles crafted, i believe, by his ceramicist sister…

but even better, this home just feels like us & we have finally found a space configuration which accommodates the way we live…

gone is the home office/guest bedroom {sorry guys, but we’re putting ourselves first on this one} & in its place is a super-sized, double-height living room wherein our furniture is positively swimming in space {no more sofas pushed against walls, yay!}…

we have a spacious kitchen-diner with a dedicated reading nook overlooking the treetops beyond {all we need is that elusive reading chair}: this keeps the lad more than happy as it’s here he can combine his favourite pursuits of cooking, reading & catching some much-needed rays of sunshine…

meanwhile the household nightowls {yours truly} can hang out in the lounge & watch trash tv to our hearts content without disturbing the sleep patterns of others…

all-in-all it’s a total win win & i’m so proud of us for really analysing how we live {not how we thought we should live} & choosing a space that allowed us to do just that!

so apparently this happened…

 

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sometimes on my wanderings through the world of design it becomes embarrassingly apparent that i need to actually check my emails more regularly…

because if i had, i might have known sooner that i’ve actually been nominated for this!

many thanks to the team at amara & to all who participate…

much love!

the sunday nook {on loop}…

Willy Guhl Loop

i’m in the midst of a mild obsession with sculptural furnishings of late: an obsession i do not foresee abating anytime soon…

little beats simple, well-considered forms beautifully executed, like this concrete loop chair designed by swiss designer willy guhl way back in 1954…

its clean lines & lack of pretention bestow upon it a timeless quality which elevates this nook from country idyll to contemporary retreat…

i’ll take two please…

image via: hitta hem

i’m sorry, don’t hate me…

so, april came and went without so much as a ”hello, how are you?” around these parts…

i blinked and spring, my favourite season, was virtually all but a distant memory…

the past several weeks have been a blur of recurring flu {3 times a charm}, impending client deadlines & general state of knackeredness…

thank goodness for instagram, if for nothing more than to remind me that april & early may also meant:

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the biggest, blousiest peonies ever known to exist, all the more beautiful for their lipstick hues {exhibit a}…

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{exhibit b}…

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blue skies breaking through the gloom that came before…

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vintage finds at flea markets on days out with the boyfriend…

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& blissful moments of pottering in my home…

back soon….

the sunday nook {the watering hole}…

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i’ve never been particularly partial to light wood kitchens: always thought they were a little bland & safe…

but today’s sunday nook has made me think twice…

teamed with playful geometric tiles {which, by the way, make a lovely alternative to the ubiquitous subway} the look is fresh & modern…

this is helped, no doubt, by the use of streamlined cabinetry {note the cut-outs for handles} which keeps the focus squarely on the main player…

a few additional touches like a deck-mounted faucet with integrated taps, an undermount sink & a chunky floating shelf for accessories keep things clean & simple…

not bland, just beautiful…

image via: academy tiles

the sunday nook {guest room}…

 

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we have house guests arriving this week which has finally encouraged us to rethink our office/guestroom/dumping ground {ie, do a dirty great clear-out}…

whilst i have high hopes of creating something magical, today’s sunday nook is what i affectionately class as ‘wishful thinking’…

i’d be nothing short of delighted if i rocked up at a friend’s place to be housed in this multi-functional affair: i could even overlook the beautiful brute-like antique desk & paraphernalia which threatens to consume half the room…

i’d turn a blind eye to the fine display of family portraiture & beautifully co-ordinated linens & should my host selfishly decide to leave bedtime cookies & milk {who does that?} on my mirrored bedside table, i’d no doubt forgive that intrusion too…

happy sunday…

 

{p.s: note to future house guests, this is sadly not where you’ll be sleeping}

image via: gold and gray

the sunday nook {stopped in your tracks}…

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what’s better than the perfect nook? it’s got to be the opportunistic nook: making something from nothing…

take this hallway in the home of christine dovey of bijou and boheme as an example…

with a few clever furnishings & some attention to detail, christine has turned a transitional space into a destination in its own right…

feature wall coverings add a playful backdrop to a largely monochromatic theme…

a slimline console visually widens the walk-through, whilst mirrors reflect otherwise hidden upholstery details on the flanking chairs…

striking, fun &, most of all, memorable…

image by ashley capp via: stylemepretty 

country kitchen alchemy {edition eleven}…

feeling peckish? well the wait is over: i present to you the first of this year’s country kitchen alchemy editions…

inspired by chinese new year, lisa has singled out some of her favourite yum cha dishes & they’re surprisingly easy to make at home!

enjoy…

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chinese new year fell on the boyfriend’s birthday this year so we celebrated with some {mediocre} takeaway befitting the theme: next time i think i’ll just cut out the middle man & follow lisa’s recipes, all of which can be download from the my features tab where i have saved these recipe cards in a more printer-friendly format…

here’s to the year of the horse!

previous editions of country kitchen alchemy: onetwothreefourfivesixseveneightnine, ten

{this is not a sponsored post, just two friends sharing the love!}

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