Creating a workspace that works for me

Very soon we’ll be moving into our brand new home, as it’s a new build it’s a completely blank canvas of white walls and grey carpet. One of the reasons we choose this specific house was the extra room it had downstairs that would be big enough to be a shared office and stock room as well as a music room, giving the mister space for his instruments as well as room to play them. As with most interior projects Pinterest has been my starting point to get inspiration on how to make sure that it’s a workspace that works.

As I mentioned the room will have a dual use so it will need to work for both my husband and I and not feel crowded. We need to be clever in planning out the room and create plenty of storage. I love the fact that with it being at the front of the house it is full of natural light. We’re having shutters fitted like the ones in the bay window of our current house, but they won’t come for another couple of months yet. Of course at first we’ll have a very make shift workspace cobbled together with bits from our old house but I’ve got lots of ideas and plans to make the most of the space.

Obviously I’m keeping the white walls, the main colour palette for this room will be similar to the rest of the house being grey, black and natural wood and neutral tones. It will feature the industrial storage racks from Cox and Cox that I shared recently here.

Workspace inspiration

FYI if you want to lose hours of your day staring and scrolling through beautiful interiors photos then you must visit Trendenser.se

As you can see from the workspace photos that I’ve shared I’m looking at having a long desk running from wall to wall with storage shelves above it. The opposite wall will be for the instruments including seating. I really want this room to be a creative workspace that works for me and for my husband who will be sharing it with me. Obviously I won’t compromise on style either! Here are just a few workspace accessories on my wishlist..

Get the look

 

Elsie Dove Grey Desk Lamp – Homebase £24.99

Knagglig pin box – Ikea £5

Large peg board – This Modern Life £65

Seagrass basket – Ikea £9

Cult Living office chair – Cult UK £189

Flap analogue clock – Habitat £150

Hello wall hook – This Modern Life £38

When we’re in the house it will take time to get the room the way we want it. It will need to be functional for me as a space to keep stock and pack orders from my kids accessories business as well as a space to blog and work from. It will be great to have this as a shared office space with my husband too who also runs his own business. I can’t wait to get started on it and share our progress.

If you’d like some more inspiration then check out my Pinterest board –

 

What do you think of my ideas?

Got any hints and tips or ‘must haves’ to share?

 

 

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Industrial Inspired Storage by Cox & Cox

industrial inspired storage homeware trend

Recently I shared my ever growing love for industrial inspired interiors and I’m carrying on with this theme and bringing a couple of gorgeous Cox & Cox homeware accessories to your attention. If you’re a regular reader you’ll know that I’m moving house in the next couple of weeks so any new homeware additions have to work in our new space. We’re moving into a brand new home with white walls and grey carpet so it’s perfect for us and a blank canvas style wise. 

As I mentioned the lovely people over at Cox & Cox have asked me to show case a couple of their products, now if you don’t know Cox & Cox then you need to. The homeware collection is beautifully curated and I have a wish list longer than a very long thing and often lose hours browsing their site. Tying in with the industrial theme I’ve chosen two wire wall racks, one of which I featured in my previous post.

At the moment these are both in my dining room but in our new home they will be going in the office / music room. Here’s how I’ve styled them,

industrial inspired storage

industrial inspired storage

industrial inspired storage

industrial inspired storage

Wire wall rack – £70

 

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Wire Magazine Rack – £30

This wall rack will be used in my work space as an inbox for mail and ongoing projects and courses that I’m doing. It can also be in the living space styled with magazines, like I have currently.

To take the edge of their stark colour and edges I like to style these with plants and pastel colours to soften them and make them more inkeeping with a family home.

You can see more Industrial Interiors Inspiration on my Pinterest board –

 

How would you style these?

Another question?

 

 

 

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My Dress Moments

With the summer fast approaching we know that wedding season will soon be upon us. This can cue a mass panic when it comes to choosing the right outfit, and let’s face it, it won’t just be one, but many. Not to mention all the summer parties and even Graduation ceremonies. Personally I’ve got four wedding invites already! The lovely people at Marks and Spencer have come to my rescue and asked me to choose dresses from their new summer range for those all important summer events.

 

Wedding

Floral Print Prom Dress

One of my favourite dresses in my wardrobe is a vintage 1950s prom dress, so I when I spotted this floral print prom dress in the same shape I knew I had to have it. The nipped in waist and high neck halter are so flattering and with the billowing skirt it is such a comfortable and stylish dress. I’m often drawn to dark colours, that just aren’t really suitable for a summer wedding, but the fact that this has a floral print makes it so on trend and perfect for a special summer event. I styled the dress with nude peep toe court shoes as I didn’t want anything to take away from the dress.

 

Graduation

Striped Slip Dress with belt

This dress was a bit of a gamble for me, it’s a straight cut and I’m petite and curvy but the detail at the back hooked me and I was desperate to give it a try. I like that it’s a formal dress but also fashion forward and not too traditional. I enjoy finding something a little different for formal events and I think this dress fits that brief. It feels so soft and I love that it has pockets – something I think all dresses and skirts should have!

 

 

Summer Party


Cold Shoulder Swing Dress (blue)

For a summer garden party you cannot go wrong with this kind of dress, it’s comfortable and stylish and the colour is beautiful! It is so versatile and can be dressed up for a more formal party but also teamed with flats for a relaxed beach party. I particularly like the cold shoulder detail and the flattering sleeves that cover the tops of my arms. I can imagine wearing this dress a lot in the summer and I’m really tempted to go and buy it in another colour. For my garden party look I teamed it with M&S gold mules and a straw basket bag. It would look great with a wide brimmed straw hat too.

I was really impressed by the range of summer dresses at M&S, I must admit that I often buy clothes for my children there but rarely for myself. There is so much choice online and it’s so easy to get it delivered to your local store. Top tip – it’s worth trying a few different sizes as I discovered that I needed to size down on all my dresses. 

Have you got any summer events that you need to shop for?

What kind of dress do you prefer?

 

You can see these dresses and those chosen by a few other bloggers over on featured on M&S Dress Moments 

 

Photos by Hannah (Teacups and Pearls)

A huge thanks to Bartle Hall for letting us shoot the dresses in their gorgeous hotel and wedding venue.

This post is written in collaboration with Marks and Spencer

 

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Industrial Inspired Interiors

See what I did there? Like my alliteration? Industrial Inspired Interiors, I just couldn’t help myself. Seriously though I’ve been looking for ideas for our new home and fallen in love with the industrial inspired furniture and accessories that I’ve seen and keep coming back to. Whether it’s flicking through a magazine, or wandering through Homesense my love just keeps on growing! I’ve even got a Pinterest board up and running, so you know it’s serious.

My interior decor taste has changed so much over the years, from shabby chic, to minimalism it’s always evolving. Starting afresh with a new build and it’s white walls and clean lines is so exciting. My husband has to keep reminding me that we’re not chucking away everything and starting again. I’m just itching to get in and figure out what to do with the space. Industrial inspired furniture will definitely feature, probably most in the dining room and living space.

I’ve had a trawl over the internet and put together a few ideas.

DINING SPACE

I’d really like to get benches for our dining table and I’m on the look out for a industrial style table that also extends. Our kitchen it white and grey (obvs) and I think dark grey and wood will work really well with it. I don’t want the space to become too white and clinical which is the fear when you go down the minimal route. I like the clean lines but also want it to feel like a relaxed family space for hosting too.

Both Next and Made.com have got some great options for dining sets. I like these benches but I think I’d prefer a chunkier look (expert technical term right there..!).

 

I still haven’t found a set that ticks all my boxes, but as I said at the beginning we won’t be buying everything new straight away so I’ve got plenty of time to look.

 

HALLWAY

Made.com had some fantastic industrial inspired pieces and honestly I’ve lost hours on that site. We’ve got a small hallway so I need to storage to be functional but not to big and cumbersome. I love the hall way stands that have hanging space and shoe storage.

 

SHOP THE LOOK

Wire basket – H&M

Layne Hall Stand – Made.com

Hanging Pendant Light – Violet and Percy

Industrial Luggage Rack – Cox & Cox

Wire Magazine Rack – Cox & Cox

There are so many industrial inspired smaller homewares, like lighting and storage. I’ve even spotted a couple of bar stools that would work really well for our breakfast bar.

What are your thoughts on this trend?

Spotted any must haves?

 

 

Find more inspiration and shop the style via my Pinterest board

 

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The enamel pin badge trend – I’m obsessed!

When I get on board with a trend it can often lead into obsession and this is definitely the case with enamel pins. I’ve had my eye on them for a while now, but have only just starting buying them. It’s only taken a few pins to fall into the enamel pin badge trend, hook, line, and sinker! Honestly, there is an enamel pin badge for any occasion, feeling or cause. I’ve trawled Etsy and Pinterest to bring you my stand out favourites and I also want to share with you my little collection and how and where I wear them.

These are just a few I have my eye on at the moment,

Feminist and Proud – Punky Pins | I’m Really A Mermaid – I Love Crafty

Readers Gonna Read – Literary Emporium | Feminist With A To-Do List – Word for Word

Mama Bear – Land and Furrow | Ella the Envelope – Nutmeg and Arlo

We’re The Weirdos Mister – Punky Pins | Less Whine More Wine – Veronica Dearly

The great thing about them is they don’t cost the earth, the ones I have range in price between £5 and £10 pounds, with most coming in at the £6 mark.

Of course this little round up doesn’t even include the ones I already own..

The astute among you might notice the Harry Potter reference of the Swish & Flick pin above. I am a huge Harry Potter fan, well my whole little family are really, so much so that my eldest girl wanted this one for herself as soon as she spotted it!

As you can see, I wear mine on my dungarees, the lapels of my leather style jacket and my over sized coats. I have also worn them on clutch bags when I’ve gone on a night out. The only thing I will say is make sure the back of the pin is secure as I have lost a couple through the back falling off and then of course losing the pin. You can wear a bunch of them on one jacket or wear them individually, it’s totally up to you!

The kids don’t need to miss out on this trend, there’s some cute ones they can have too –

My girls wear their’s on dungarees or denim jackets.

Feeling the love for enamel pins too? Head on over to my Pinterest boards for more ideas as well as some badges and patches thrown in for good measure.

What do you think?

Have you embraced the enamel pin badge trend?

 

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Copper ombre hair, my new favourite for 2017

Up until last year I’ve always had my natural hair colour, and then when I spotted some greys I started dying it a slightly darker brown. I’ve had many, many hair styles and lengths over the years but never experimented with colour. Then last year I dared to get blonde on the ends, and then pastel pink! The pink didn’t last long unfortunately and I found myself wondering what to do next. My hairdresser mentioned copper ombre to me and after a browse on Pinterest and a few weeks of deliberation I decided to give it a go.

These are the styles I spotted on Pinterest and sent over to my hair dresser..

copper ombre

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 You can see my full Pinterest board below, honestly how did we do anything before Pinterest came along?

Of course I had some nerves when the day of the change came around but I knew I was in good hands and let my hair dresser do her thing.

Here’s my hair before with the blonde ends

and after

Unfortunately the colour doesn’t last long and I’ve already had to have one top up, I am so happy with the colour though and I’m really pleased I decided to go for it. As you can see it’s more of a red than a copper but that’s because I’ve just had my top up colour and we all know it won’t look this bright after it’s been washed! I’ll be sure to add in some photos after I’ve washed it so you can see the copper.

I’m so pleased that my lovely hair dresser suggested this change as it feels more me than the blonde bits ever did. The copper really warms up my brown hair and suits my complexion – thankfully! I’ve had to up the bronzer, but that’s no bother thanks to one of my Christmas presents, Hoola by Benefit (which I love). 

What do you think?

Do you have any tips or even ‘must have’ products for protecting your colour?

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Copper homeware accessories, the big trend for 2017

I’ll admit it, I’m a little obsessed with copper, from my hair colour to my homeware, it’s a big trend for 2017 in my eyes. Add copper to my love of blush pink, grey and yellow and you’ve pretty much got the decor style of my house right now. I love finding little accessories to update my rooms and copper is my metal and colour of choice right now. 

In my living room I’ve got a copper tray from H&M Home, on my Annie Sloaned side table, along with a copper lamp from Homebase and a few candles, and of course the ever present mini cactus!

I’m going to share with you some of my favourite copper homeware accessories from the highstreet and Etsy.

Highstreet

You can pick up so many copper items in highstreet stores, from kitchen ware to magazine racks!

ZARA HOME

Zara have a lot of copper inspired homeware at the moment, these are just two of my favourites from their range.

Decorative tray with aluminium handles – £25.99

Copper glass plate – £11.99

H&M

My copper tray is from H&M and I love picking up some homeware pieces from them when I do an online order. This is on my list for sure..

Magazine rack -£11.99

NEXT

I love the print on these tea towels by Next.

copper homeware

Tea towel set – £10

If I want to find something a little different I always head on over to Etsy. As much as I love a highstreet bargain it’s good to support smaller businesses, so here are a few of my Etsy favourites.

 

ETSY

 

Add a bit of industrial styling to your home with this copper iPad stand by Copper and Solder (£30)

 

I love these little concrete and copper plant pots perfect for a mini succulent and cacti. These are by Pasinga and are £20.50 for a set of three.

I love both these copper wall lights, the first is by Copper Wick (£45) and the copper ceiling rose and light is from Spark and Bell (£36)

I love these hexagonal shelves by Faodail Woodworks (£25) they are made from reclaimed wood that is applied with a deep Ebony stain to the outside and face edges, with the inside edges painted with copper coloured paint.

 

Find more copper themed interior inspiration ideas on my Pinterest board

 

What do you think of the copper homewares trend?

Let me know in a comment below or chat to me on social media

 

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