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.

Kitchen Storage Thats oh so Pleasing

There is something so satisfying about a storage canister, sure call me crazy but they are just so snug, tactile and useful! I have a bizarre mixture at home, orange shiny ones that were my mums, an Orla Kiely ceramic and wood brown one from my sister, cut glass with stoppers and speckled pottery all sit together. Here are a few other kitchen storage jars that I wouldn’t mind clustered on my counter…

These trio are very pleasing, the tactile white ceramic pot is finished nicely with wood and leather lids.

Textured white and wood kitchen containers

For more strokable texture, below are storage pots that came from the Summertime range by Hornsea Pottery,  made between 1962 and 1964.

Retro 60s pottery ribbed white ceramic with navy blue and teal accent colours

These smoky objects are by Belgian architect Vincent Van Duysen. The oak lidded bowls come in ceramic, clear and smoky glass. Quite beautiful.

Smoky glass storage jars with glass wooden lids

Lovely and simple, and labelled so no confusion! The minimal text and glossy white vessels works really well. I believe they come in black too, for that gothic kitchen vibe.

Minimal and traditional white ceramic vessels with titles in black

The endlessly pleasing triangle motif wraps around these storage pots. Light wooded lids fit just so.

Light wooden lids with triangle designed rounded pots

A quirky shape and those great 80s colours of grey, yellow and black. I like the cork lids too!

Cork lidded grey, yellow and black storage pots with a funnel shape

Jolly patterned, again with a cork lid, these storage jars look substantial.

African style prints with cork lids

Mango wood lids, a hint of colour through the glaze and twirly knobs! A nod to Arts and Crafts, they would make a happy edition to the home.

Textured pots with wooden lids and mteal knobs

What a pleasing collection! Geometric black lines carve up the white space, all wonderfully different but all working so well together.

Geometirc patterned storage jars

An finally a little neon to brighten the day. That retro Nordic feel sits together with a grounding of grey.

Miss-matched wooden lidded storage pots for the kitchen

Just another opportunity to add some personality to the kitchen!

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

Rolling Out The Carpet

Time to consider rugs. I like a wooden floor as much as the next person, and I can go cuckoo for some polished concrete, but in these winter months a rug is what my toes crave. When I visited Morocco a few years ago (how time flies!) the sheer variety of beautiful carpets blew me away. From intense blue intricate motifs to traditional geometric reds. For this Friday afternoon I have collected a few interiors that wear the rug well..

Start with tradition – this is where you would expect to find a rug, in a hallway, but what I love here is the simple palette of naturals with black and white. The rug leads the eye and grounds a white space.

Black and white entry with geometric rug

In a dark interior you need a little comfort, the rich grey/blue walls here are helped along by an ancient-looking berry red rug. I love how it lifts the atmosphere.

Charcole blue walls with floral accents and red worn rug

A large yellow rug (complete with pooch) warms up a cool palette.

Art on the walls, green vase, yellow geometric rug and little dog

Not your traditional bathroom rug but I love the rich red geometric shapes that add interest to a sophisticated space.

Black subway tiles with Persian red carpets in the bathroom

This London home is beautifully put together with a large modern rug that I’d happily shed my shoes for.

A collated space with a large simple black and white rug

More is more in this personalised stairway. Books, art, tiny shoes, and a richly patterned ethnic rug.

Diddy shoes on the stairs, traditional rug and roses in this entry way

This retro room boast a giant yellow sinkable rug that brings the sunshine in.

1970s style lounge with giant soft yellow rug

A mottled grey rug helps with the ‘zoning’ in this living room. The gorgeous landscape on the wall caught my eye too.

Zoning with a modern rug

An intense palette of deep blue, jade green and an eye-popping yellow all come together for a corner-come-office. A pattern rug with a Greek feel neatly fits underfoot.

Yellow accents, deep blue walls and a dark wooden desk

Honeycomb blue fits in nicely to a white washed room with stacks of books and a black leather couch.

Book shelves, black leather coach and a blue modern rug

And to end with a slice of calm, if in doubt go neutral. Layer textures and patterns in similar shades to capture that illusive serenity.

Geometric rug in natural colours with a wooden chair and cushion

I hope you enjoyed this little look down, happy weekend!

Seeing the world in Black and White

Speak to anyone who knows me and I am a colourful girl. Case and point, I sit here typing in tan boots, a pink and teal floral dress, taupe cardigan and ink-blue scarf! But today I was drawn to the monochrome. My home, like me is a veritable fruit punch filled with every kind of pattern and colour (everything in moderation) but today I wanted to seek out interiors that restrict themselves to the world of black and white – and those grey areas in-between.

This is where it started, I cam across an image on my internet travels and, well, I stopped. The matt black tub is lovely but the mountain mural I just adore.

Black and white mountains murial in a bathroom with a black tub

Another bathroom, this time with fun wallpaper that has ethnic 1990’s vibes. The pattern is rug-little geometric.

Bathroom with rug-like pattern wallpaper in black on white

Ok, so the green foliage kind of adds colour to my tightly constrained black and white theme. The black framed windows are oh-so-chic, paired with a stripy rug, light wooden table and the classic ‘Y’ chair.

'Y' chairs with a round table and black framed windows

Traditional with a twist, this frayed at the edges sitting room has a comforting layered style.

Layered pictures and mix and match furniture in the traditional with a twist sitting room

Back to bathrooms, here is a small space delivers understated glamour. Greyed marble perfectly sets off the graphic black fittings.

Glamourous marbled bathroom with black fittings

A geometric chimney breast steals the show here where nothing is understated. Silver surfaces and Art Deco themes combine to create a memorable space.

Silver and black contempary living room

But perhaps its best to start small, I love these stripy black and white pots, hugging those architectural spikes.

Cacti in stripy black and white pots

I have enjoyed this monochrome tour, though I can’t help wanting to add a splash of mustard or a flourish of Indian pink or maybe, just a hint, of decadent gold.

10 Modern Rockers

Its Friday and time to kick back and relax. Today I feel like enjoying the gentle motion of a rocking chair – but lets explore the modern options. There are so many great designs out there that I think any interior would be enhanced by such a piece of furniture. Here are ten of my favourites…

1) Handcrafted in New Zealand the Kwila Sun Lounger gently rocks you into relaxation.

Wooden rocking sun bed

2) The Rocking Wheel Chair is almost a full circle, a concept chair with a built in light. It reminds me of those freaky Angler fish, cool though.

Rocking chair with built in light

3) I don’t know how this piece of furniture would score on comfort but I love its Brutalist honesty. This concrete rocking chair would work great in a urban garden.

minimal materials - concrete rocking chair

4) This is the Gaivota rocking chair and is the creation of Renaud Bonzon from Brazil. Simple design makes this chair interesting from every angle and I think it would fit with pretty much any decade of style.

Brazilian rocking chair

5) This is one of the most important and recognisable designs of the twentieth century, the Fiberglass Shell Chair was designed by Charles Eames in 1948 as an entry in The Museum of Modern Art’s International Design Competition. Available in many colours this design classic would fit quite nicely into my home, but which colour!

Eames rocker chair

6) An update on a classic, this wooden rocking chair has such lovely clean lines. Found on Etsy and is described as a minimalists version of an iconic symbol.

Wooden modern rocking chair in minimalists style

7) Loving this design. The mesh has a Seventies vibe and feels a perfect fit to the sleek designed summer deck, all I need now is a cocktail. Meet the Volley Rocker from Tait.

Modern wire and wood rocking chair

8) Oh so cosy and snug, the Ryder Rocking Chair looks to be the perfect place for a lazy afternoon with a good book.

Cosy Rocking Chair

9) The GT Rocker has been inspired by airport lounge seating and 70’s car interiors, and I love it. Perfect combo of comfort and cool.

Metal and cushioned rocking chair

10) Green and tan – a match made in heaven, I love all the furniture by this super sleek company, Muller van Severen.

ultra modern minimal rocking chair

Pretty amazing designs, I love it when a classic is reinvented or distilled to its purest form. Hope you have a relaxing weekend!