the dream factory {our home}…

i might be busy planning our future home, but i’m always on the lookout for any improvements i can incorporate into our current abode too, especially elements we can take with us when we move…

today i’ve been pulling together a moodboard for our bedroom…

a nomadic abode

the look i’m after hasn’t changed much over the past few years: soft greys, crisp whites, tan leather, raw wood & layer-upon-layer of textures to create a calming, inviting retreat…

thankfully we already have most of the key ingredients including this upholstered juliette bedoak block tables {ours were custom made, but these are similar}, hector table lamps, a chunky woollen blanket {this one would also work nicely} & this beautiful la lune artwork

but there’s a few more elements i’d love to introduce to complete the room: this arcadia wallpaper is perfect for renters as it doesn’t require a paste application {& for a reasonably small outlay it makes a huge statement}; the oversized koushi lamp is simple, timeless & impactful without overpowering the scheme; in my dreams i’ll find a vintage butterfly chair with tobacco-coloured leather in mint condition which i’ll place in a corner so i can admire it from afar; soft & silky sheepskin rugs will warm our feet on winter mornings; this flower cushion will introduce a fresh & modern vibe; stonewashed linen bedding will drape effortlessly over our bed & these snuggly velvet curtains will frame our view outside…

what are the perfect ingredients for your bedroom?

forgive me {sleep beckons}…

right now i need sleep like a flower needs the rain…

it doesn’t help matters that instead of heading home to tidy up for our visitors tomorrow, i headed out for an after-work function in the gorgeous chelsea physic garden… have you been? it’s a little piece of heaven smack bang in the middle of london…

anyhows, i digress… just time {& energy} between the endless rounds of washing, to post a quick pretty today… & fittingly, given my current levels of tiredness, it’s a bedroom no less!

i’m normally a light & bright bedding kind of a gal, but i find myself loving absolutely everything about this particular room…

simple, edgy & inviting… who ever thought you could say all that about a black bed?

this may just convert me to the dark side afterall!

image via: style-files

behind the scenes at the museum…

so, i thought i’d show you a little behind the scenes at casa sue today… to prove that not all in the land of blogs & interiors is fun & glamorous & tickety boo!

things have probably been looking business-as-usual in these parts of late… certainly last night’s rummage through the pages of lonny’s latest offerings did nothing to arouse suspicions that anything was awry…

but that, my friends, was all a mask… my way of blocking out the chaos that was… a coping mechanism, if you will…

& so, in the interests of authenticity, allow me to offer you a glance behind the scenes at the museum… or should this blog post be called “all the fun of the fair”?

but first, let me take you back to happier times… when the sun was shining & there were still hopes of any semblance of a summer here in blighty…

to a time when my bedroom looked like this…

as blogged about in this happy post

oh happy days… look at my beautiful bed & all its finery… those layered linens & cosy cushions… my gorgeous lamps traipsed all the way from melbourne, australia… admire, if you will, the soft & snugly sheepskins that lay in wait of our rested feet each morning…

yes, indeed… breathe in the beauty of our little self-created dream factory in all of its glory because now, my friends, it looks like this:

yup, uhuh… better believe it… the same room…

there waiting for me on my return from work yesterday was this festering pile of building debris & devastation & all things nasty…

a blocked drain from the flat above left to fester too long, coupled with some seriously dubious building work, & voila… this is what you get!

not quite the dream factory now is it!?!

on an extremely positive note, i can at least say that we had the good fortune to not be occupying our bed when all of this devastation unfolded {particularly as there are some sizeable chunks of concrete in the debris right about where our heads would have been}…

to say my sense of humour has been sorely tested these past 24 hours is an ever-so-slight understatement…

but, you know what… shite happens… even to us happy bloggers…

rant over… back later with some fun stuff {because quite frankly, i need it!}

into the woods {bedside tables}…

i must confess, there are some elements of home furnishings that still, to this day, defy me… some are just altogether too grown-up to commit to {like buying a “proper” dining table}, others too elusive {the perfect antique wardrobe} and then there are some that, well, inexplicably they just leave me convulsing at the very mention of their name…  allow me to introduce to you my true decorating nemesis: bedside tables…

you would not be the first to ponder how one acquires a phobia for such a seemingly innocuous piece of furniture… it’s not rational, i know… but it’s very, very real… for far too long these ugly, contrived concoctions with drawers & knobs & integrated tea makers {i swear some have those} have ruined what would, & should, otherwise be a very restful space…

& so it was with great relief that i stumbled upon an alternative which is not only simple & stylish, but oh so good on the eye… behold, the wood block…

& this very room is where my love affair with a lump of lumber first began…

i remember distinctly the sharp intake of breath when i first came across this photo on the glossy pages of livingetc. all those years ago… a feverish whoop of delight & a frantic dog-earring of the magazine page swiftly followed…

room for a cup of tea, a good book & a table lamp… done, done & done… what more could a night stand need?

& it never fails to disappoint me… every time i spy yet another convert to the wood-block-bedside-table brigade my heart skips a little beat of joy, reaffirming why i fell for it in the first place… raw & strong, understated & yet possessing an undeniable presence, i think these pieces are majestic!

& so divine is this homage to mother nature herself, it’s even taken on celebrity status {as seen in keri russel’s pad featured in elle decor}…

so, whilst i concede it’s not everybody’s cup of tea, at least the wood block doesn’t deign to make you one either!

images via: passion decorseventeen doorscentral interior design

gate crashing {the dark side}…

so, i may at last have found a willing victim participant to convert to the dark side of interiors {more on that movement from the grand poobah here}… truth is some poor lass at work happened to mention a bedroom makeover she was planning and i swiftly managed to single-handedly hijack the whole project volunteer my services and all between afternoon tea break & home time… {pretty impressive huh!}

i couldn’t resist the opportunity to throw some ideas together tonight in anticipation of what could be…

take one inky blue wall, not unlike this…

or this… {for a similar paint colour try hague from farrow & ball}

& add a daring dash of raspberry in the form of a statement piece like this…

or this…

then add to the mix some kick-ass lighting to make those walls sing…

tra la la la lah… {that’s those walls a singin’}

oh, and don’t forget the mandatory assortment of fabulous blooms {real or faux, you can’t go wrong}…

put it all together & i’m pretty sure we’re on to a winner…

will keep you posted on progress!

images via: xoxo decorate with loveeverything lebwild at heartgraham and greensouk shoprockett st georgewild at heartatelier abigail ahern

sanctuary {my home}…

there’s little i love more than an opportunity to take a sneaky peek into the homes of others…
i love seeing how people live, what they hold dear & how they express themselves in their own little sanctuary…

so i thought it about time i share a few little snippets of my own humble home, starting with my bedroom…

it’s definitely a work in progress {always will be}
but it’s my own personal sanctuary, a place to dream, a place to retreat with a book or a magazine when the afternoon sun shows its face and, most importantly, it’s a place to recharge…

and when it’s cold outside, there’s no place i’d rather be than here with my boo…

for me, a soft palette in the bedroom is akin to the best of sleeping tonics…

botanical motifs feature heavily throughout my home, reminding me of a childhood spent amongst the blooms…

i often try to blend old & new…
it’s the best of both worlds when you can combine a solid & soulful piece with the simplicity of modern design…

momentos of my travels permeate every corner of my home & in an instant they take me back to a time & a place that my heart holds dear…

an unexpected mix of patterns & colours that catches my eye again & again…

sweet dreams…

forgive me…
a bit of a lean and late post this sunday
but alas i have succumbed, yet again, to a lurgy
{followed swiftly by a healthy dose of self pity}

so instead of my planned post on signature style
it’s an early night for me
and i’ll leave you instead with a trio of lovely dream spaces
to tantalise & delight…

{one of my favourite bedrooms ever… raw, textured, inviting & a calming retreat}

{a beautiful bedside… pattern, texture & styled to perfection}

{when i grow up, i want to create spaces that feel like this space feels}

happy dreaming…

images via: aubrey roadplush palatepia jane bijkerk

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