The Writing’s on the Wall

When I was little a had a lovely bedroom, with an engaging freeze of alphabet letters all around my tiny room. For some reason I started reminiscing about my little room of peach and grey with Laura Ashly floral wallpaper, and it got me thinking, what alphabet options do we have for nurseries today? Oh and there really are some beauties! Take a look at my favourites…

I love this idea, alphabet cards pegged on a line! Fun colours too.

Illustrated alphabet cards hung in a children's room

I would love to illustrate my own!

Colourful abc pegged up in children's room

Make it monochrome with black and white wallpaper and lovely doodles.

Blackboard style wallpaper with illustrations and alphabet

You can’t go wrong with squidge, grey crocheted letters that are huggably good.

ideal for a nursery, grey crochet alphabet

Anything with an embroidery hoop I love, these appliqué letters are no exception.

Embroidery hoop framed abc

For a more neutral take, I love the white letters acting as a freeze.

Rain drop vinyl, hot air baloon, loly pop art and alphabet white wooden letter freeze in children's room

Or perhaps something like this, a white chest of draws up-cycled to be tactile fun.

Up-cycled draws with white letters

Not technically decor, but aren’t these brilliant? Wooden alphabet blocks with letters and sign language.

wooden blocks with sign language and letters

What a great idea, a giant magnetic letter wall!

Children's letter wall with magnetic letters

Or these lovely draws which have a deep richness with chunky wooden letters varying in size.

Wooden draws with alphabet letters

Creative ways with the alphabet! Nurseries can be such fun.

A Lick of Paint

Painting furniture can cover a multitude of sins. In fact it can be additive, but I think everything in moderation. From chalky blues to geometric hues, painted furniture is here to stay. Here are a few that have captured my gaze this week…

This is where it started, once I clapped eyes on this elegant offering I wanted more. A powder blue sets off the ribs on this little cabinet, flanked by an Eames chair, what more could you want?

Autumn interior with blue painted sideboard

I like the mix with this chest of draws, a wooden front is framed by a chalky blue. The triangular design really catches your attention.

Triangles painted on the side of a wooden cabinet

So simple and so lovely, a kids wardrobe with cascading circles in vibrant orange and blue.

Cascading dots painted on an orange and blue wardrobe

A perfectly chalky chest of draws in ombre shades of pastel pink and and smokey grey.

Pastel pink and grey painted ombre chest of draws

In a bold acid yellow and black illustration, this piece of furniture makes me want to just get out a marker pen and start doodling.

Acid yellow painted piece of funrinure with cool illustration

Or perhaps go for a colour in the kitchen – a rich aubergine covered in, well, just look at that counter top! Undulating well-worn wood bolted on creates the perfect contrast.

Wooden kitchen with purple painted cupboards and huge wooden top

Romantic pink painted draws double as a bed side table. I love the brassy handles paired with the retro radio and lamp.

Pink painted bed side table with brass handles

Neat and tidy, charcoal grey is framed in white with rounded wooden legs in this mid century style cabinet.

charcoal grey, white and wood mid century style cabinet

Van Gogh inspired wardrobe in brilliant blue capturing the majesty of the magnolia tree.

Japanese style magnolia painted blue wardrobe

Love the geometric pattern on this painted chest of draws. The miss-matched handles just add to the cool.

orange, blue, pink, mustard, geometric triangle painted draws

If your taste is little more simple, this white painted cupboard is beautiful with its contrasting black fittings.

White painted wooden wardrobe

The giant blooms painted on this chest of draws really catches the eye. The colours pick out the features of the room beyond.

White and gold flowers painted on a black chest of draws

You could always start small, a gold dipped chair is just really satisfying. Though I would keep the main chair bare wood and dip the top in copper paint, now thats an idea…

Purple and gold chair

Oh So Plush Velvet Sofas

What could be more luxurious than velvet. Recently I’m hankering after a velveteen sofa that I could sink into, but what colour? From jeweled hues that dazzle to the perfectly pale – I love them all.

Where to start! This show-stopping blue sofa brings a little pizzazz to an antiqued interior

Antique round mirrors, lapis blue velvet sofa and smokey walls

Another moody room, this time matt blue walls and floor are perfectly complimented by a golden velvet coach placed at an angle

Blue walls and floor, yellow velvet sofa and dog

A cosy cat in a peachy velvet chair, could we get any more hipster!

Armchair in a dusky pink velvet with a curled up cat

This curved Chesterfield is a breath of fresh air in an icy greyed blue

Pure icy blue velvet sofa

Opulent gold looks so lavish with on a laid back sofa

opulent gold velvet sofa

Taupe shades are layered together with this deep, velvety sofa

Built in large velvet sofa in taupe

You can never have too much blue, cushions cascade to a waterfall effect

blue velvet sofa and cushions

The perfect combination of rustic wood, a woodland view and a verdant green tufted corner sofa

Light and airy modern room with wood, glass, abstract art and a green velvet sofa

A gentleman’s dressing room is set off by a dark wooden sofa upholstered in a deep luxe grey

A dark wooden dressing room with grey velvet sofa

Effortlessly elegant, this room boasts a blush pink sofa coupled with tufted rug and layered golden frames

tufted rug with layered artwork and a peachy pink velvet sofa

Oh my, black walls, tropical prints and a green velvet sofa that glows like an emerald stone

Black walls and an exotic green sofa

It may be little, but worth including in this velvet collection I think, tufted blue velvet is incased in an angular metal frame

Marbled floor, metal frame and tufted blue velvet upholstery

And finally, a orange-gold velveted chair that would be just like sinking into a sunbeam

Golden orange velvet sofar

Are you sold on velvet? I think I am.

Screening Style

With so much of our living now in open plan spaces, ‘zoning’ is a thing. I think we naturally want to feel that we know what a space is for, its purpose. A way to create this room within a room is with screens or a dividers. What these are however, can be as varied as your imagination!

What comes to mind for me are either thick dark ebony carved partitions or elegant oriental wafer thin screens (with these I need to suppress the desire to punch a hole like in a 60s bond movie. Juvenile I know).

The options are of course endless, here are a few that have captured my imagination, welcome to the world of the screen..

A mammoth piece of furniture which feels like it would be at home alongside a palm tree and a silk dress.

Ornate dark wooden screen

The effect of this screen is rather lovely, the natural fabric is layered producing perhaps more art than furniture.

layers of textiles creating a screen

My eye is always drawn to line, I love the precision of these metallic lines, bringing some sophistication to an open space.

Rigid lines of metal create a screen

Bang on trend, bring nature in with this versatile hipster divide (it’s got geometric shapes and everything)

Hanging baskets in metal frame

I love the classic calm that rattan gives. With rounded corners this screen adds a lightness to a home.

Three panneled rattan screen

Outside spaces can benefit from a bit of screening. I love these skeleton leaf-inspired structures, and the rusty colours on this an Autumn day feel apt.

Outdoor leaf screens in rusty brown

The simplicity of a squared screen, welcome in the roasting heat.

Square screen for outdoors

More linear cool with this narrow but noticeable room divider.

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Or bring nature in with a rather woody room divide.

Actual tree branches used as room screen

And for that nod to Bohemia I love this wooden carved screen in a rich sea-green

bedroom screen with ornate wood painted green

A geometric wooden slither sits happily in a serene and classic interior.

Wooden screen with geometric squares

And finally, a rustic and basic but beautiful living screen. Adding a bit of green to an urban space.

Wooden plant holder screen on coasters

What Do I Do With All Those Books?

So it isn’t Spring, but I am yearning for a sort out. One thing I have in abundance is books, and so many still unread. Rather than passing some of them on (I do very much believe in sharing what I have) I would like to store them in a better way than they are currently – which is everywhere!

Like many people my house is small, but if you can get creative there really is no end to how you can display these windows to another world. I am a dangerous combination of eclectic and sentimental. I have books where I just like the cover, books that have been recommended, books I read as a child and books that just smell and feel plain great.

I have compiled some rather tempting home libraries that help me feel justified in keeping my growing hord, see what you think…

Lets start with the dream – if you could you know you would, my childhood self would just adore a tree-filled library.

Tree lined dark living room with book shelves

The hidden room – I love the colour of these shelves, the perfect backdrop to all those vibrant spines.

Secret library door in a bookcase

If space is tight then I love the idea of shelves-come seats, and with a view like this I might be torn for where to look, out the window or the pages of my book.

Sea view and a space to read a good book

Over the years I have wondered around many an English country house with libraries worthy of a novel. This room is elegant, well proportioned and the books look old enough to have seen a thing or two.

Traditional sitting room with ancient books

Now this is a room my mum would covet, she is most definitely a colour coordinator. She loves ordering items by colour of the room – yellow for the yellow room etc. These white shelves house a rainbow that is really pleasing to the eye. The furniture is fun too!

Rainbow coloured books in white shelves

I am always wooed by green, and this little reading nook just looks so inviting.

Bookshelves form a little alcove to read in

For some calming white I do like these shelves. It would be guess work what book to pick but I love the varying horizontals of the pages.

The many shades of white - books around a door

Or alternatively, for a little space, these shelves work perfectly tuck away under the stairs. They create a calming piece of personal space.

Bookshelves and seat under the stairs

Granted there are very little books in these shelves but I love the indulgence of the rich dark colours. Painting the inside of your shelves can add another layer to the room. The darkness makes me want to curl up with a book and say goodbye world, just for a little while.

Rich dark interior with fireplace, chair and shelves

Everything is better in the round, ask Shakespeare. Though this wood is a little too orange for me, but painted in a powder blue or and chalky white this space would sing. You can see the craftsmanship and detail, a truly lovely space.

Round room with library and balcony

Such a well balanced space. The orange and blue work so well together, bold but in my book, beautiful.

Blue panneled walls with built in bookshelves

 

An Occasional Table

This little piece of furniture has me at the title! It sounds so casual and yet so desirable. Occasional tables conjuring up images of the nesting dark wooden four legged pieces that sat quietly in the corner of my Grandparent’s house.

Be rest assured, there are many variations available that don’t have to fit this mould. This type of table is all about flexibility. These days our homes are open plan, our kids run free and our gatherings are casual – an occasional table allows flexible living for the stylish home. Lets take a look…

An original 1950s circular table has hidden storage for ease. Simple and practical – pure Mid Century style.

round occasional table

Take the traditional nest and go ombre – the greyscale look updates a classic.

Grey stacked tables

For elegance and convenience I love these marbled topped and black metal framed occasional tables, very on tend.

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For something a little different, how about metal mesh nest tables?

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Marble again but this time in the round. I love the unique patterns and colours – instant class.

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Something about these ombre tables makes me think of toadstools!

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Overlapping transparencies add interest with these irregular shaped tables.

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What space saving genius – A mirror and table all in one, great for the space-challenged home.

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This table has to be one of the best I have seen. The separate elements are sculpture-like in day glow yellow, white and black. Together a succinct cube is formed.

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For a natural nod I love these two tables that become one fashioned in honest wood.

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Elegant gold frames these glass tables, the semicircle shape is actually quite handy.

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And finally – super space saving and visually satisfying – this wooden nest of tables slide perfectly inside one another and would fit comfortably in most homes.

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As ever, just click on the pictures to find the link and if you have any comments, thoughts or anything else just let me know!

Superb Sinks

I think the wonder of a bathroom is that it is a small enough area to go a little crazy, to let your creative hair down and just go for it! This week I am considering the sink. The simplest of functions really, to bathe, to splash, to hold water, but quite key to the bathroom.

In the kitchen too the sink is vital. Trust me, from living with a frustrating sink, good design is as important here as in anywhere. I have collated some truly beautiful examples o this humble interior element – from the uncompromisingly modern to the trusted and traditional, and a few more eyebrow raising finds to make us smile!

 

A great place to start, simple clean lines are coupled with rustic tiles and keep this bathroom feeling contemporary and well thought through.

Pattern tiles with clean white sink

For unrivalled elegance this black sink is beautiful. The water pours away to the right following the slope.

Sleek black sink

In a similar vein we have this double sink, minimal form in stylish matt black.

Sleek black double sinks

For that Deco charm and quality textures, I just love the glamour of this copper sink.

Copper, marble and matt back sink unit

To the kitchen, actually everything about this wooden kitchen I love, especially the weathered sink.

Dark metal sink

A contour sink is quite a statement! I love the fluid lines, almost as if we are viewing a landscape from a bird’s eye view.

Statement white contour sink

Ornate detailing on this sink would look striking in an exotic decorated bathroom, or alternatively in a stark monochrome space.

Detail embossed metal sink

You can’t go far wrong with the classic Belfast sink. I always wanted one of these as a child, strange thing to desire when one is so young!

Sink ideal for contemporary or traditional setting

For dramatic texture try a concrete sink, though it does remind me a little of an animal feeding trough, beautiful though!

Large concrete bathroom sink

And finally, what a great idea! A sink stand can really be made out of anything, including a bike.

Very clever up-cycled bike sink