A bright retro office

Monday, July 29, 2019

I've always adored mid-century furniture, so I wanted to include a lot of it in this colourful office. I went with blue walls with pops of yellow and orange, a vintage print on the wall, and a retro record player for a 1960s feel.

I didn't want to overwhelm the room with wood by having wooden floors too, so I opted for this chunky mottled carpet that adds interesting texture to the room and makes it feel cosy.

A clean and contemporary laundry room

Sunday, July 28, 2019

There are some rooms I like to keep neutral in the home and the utility/laundry room is one of them. They're often small spaces with little light so pale greys and whites will make the room feel more spacious and orderly. It would be easy to add bursts of colour into a room like this through artwork, rugs, towels and plants, but I kept the colours quite down to earth with a subtle splash of duck-egg blue in the towels and some greenery with the hanging plant.

I created some faux texture with the rustic brick wallpaper and put an unusual shaped mirror on the wall to add some interest.

I love rich wood tones and black together, they contrast so beautifully and give off a real industrial feel, so I opted for a stand-out walnut countertop and a black trolley that tucks underneath and can be rolled out when required.

An opulent grey kitchen

Saturday, July 27, 2019

I based this mood board around an image of a beautiful Shaker kitchen by deVOL. I love those grey cabinets with the brass hardware. I went with lots of neutral pieces but added a slight green hue with the glassware and some opulence with a brass and glass cloche pendant, a shiny stainless steel coffee machine, and a simple marble print with a matching brass frame.

Heatwave attire

Thursday, July 25, 2019

So, Britain has turned into a giant furnace and we're losing our minds. The warmth and sun is beautiful, but no air conditioning anywhere means everyone is drowning in their own sweat at all times.

If like me you have a strong love/hate relationship (mostly hate) with summer, there's not much you can do but try and deal with it in the best way possible which means, 1) floaty outfits, 2) ice cream, 3) an iced drink of your choice, and 4) a fan pointed directly at your face.

For this post I thought I'd share some ideal heatwave outfits to keep you cool. Nothing's too clingy so you'll be extra comfortable. Oh, and don't forget sunscreen. Please don't forget sunscreen!

And for those of you in the south where temperatures are hitting 38°C... godspeed.

Blue home decor pieces

Saturday, July 20, 2019

I've started to love blue in the home more this year. I love luxurious deep blues right through to pale sea blues with a pinch of green. Teal and duck egg blue have been long-time favourites of mine but it can be hard at first to figure out other colours to pair them with.

A monochromatic theme works great, but I love pairing blue with lilac as they suit each other really well. They're similar in tone (blue and purple being next to each other on the colour wheel) but still contrast one another. Teal with coral is a classic combo as they are perfectly harmonious opposites. Pastels look sweet together too, like pale blues, greens and yellows for a soft and youthful spring-inspired scheme. See below for the colours I've paired together and some paint recommendations.

What to pair with different shades of blue:

Top left: Punchy dark teal with a vibrant coral. Try Air Force Blue by Little Greene and Delilah by Earthborn.
Top right: A softer teal with a soothing lilac. Try Blue Reflection by Dulux and Rosie Posie by Earthborn.
Bottom left: Navy with warm lavender. Try Dock Blue and Hortense by Little Greene.
Bottom right: An icy pale blue with a refreshing pastel green. Try Whisker and Sapling by Earthborn.

Lovely quotes / 23

Friday, July 05, 2019

Photo by Dane Deaner on Unsplash

“I’m waiting for someone to swallow me up, but with all my thorns.”
— Gina Labriola

“There is no safe investment. To love at all is to be vulnerable.”
— C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves

“The moon lives in the lining of your skin.”
— Pablo Neruda, Twenty Love Poems and Song of Despair

“The wind catching her clothes, her hair. Her arms free, her heart closing and opening savagely, but her face bright and serene beneath the sun.”
— Clarice Lispector

“I used to imagine adventures for myself; I invented a life, so that I could at least exist somehow.”
— Fyodor Dostoevsky, Notes from Underground

“We’re neither pure; nor wise; nor good; we do the best we know.”
— Voltaire

Photo by Matt Jones on Unsplash

“People think being alone makes you lonely, but I don’t think that’s true. Being surrounded by the wrong people is the loneliest thing in the world.”
— Kim Culbertson, The Liberation of Max McTrue

“Almost. It’s a big word for me. I feel it everywhere. Almost home. Almost happy. Almost changed. Almost, but not quite… Soon, maybe.”
— Joan Bauer, Almost Home

“No one will understand you. It is not, ultimately, that important. What is important is that you understand you.”
— Matt Haig, The Humans

“I can never read all the books I want; I can never be all the people I want and live all the lives I want. I can never train myself in all the skills I want. And why do I want? I want to live and feel all the shades, tones and variations of mental and physical experience possible in life. And I am horribly limited.”
— Sylvia Plath

“I was feeling very comfortable; the coffee had warmed me up, and through the open door came scents of flowers and breaths of cool night air.”
— Albert Camus, The Stranger
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