Archive for May, 2010

May 30, 2010

happiness {Sunday breakfast}

Image House to Home

Have a great Sunday!

May 29, 2010

making a home {trays}

Whether living in rented accommodation or your own home the same issue always occurs as to what to do with the bits and bobs that we use everyday that aren´t particularly pretty or easy on the eye.  The answer is… trays.  A tray can make your toiletries, your coffee table, even your alcohol collection look organized.

Take a look at some of these examples:

A great way of storing TV remotes and other bits that clutter up your living room.

Ideal home magazine

All those creams, hair brushes, cotton wool and other bits that you use everyday and therefore need at hand.

House to Home

Magazines, photos and everything else that finds its way to the coffee table.

The Decorista

Plush Palate

Alcohol and mixers.

Southern Accents

Ugly washing up.

Plush Palate

The Decorista

As always I have had a look around the wonderful world of vintage and found the following great bargains:

$30 Etsy

$30 Etsy

£14.95 Ebay

Or if you are not a fan of vintage Ikea has a great collection:

Ikea

If you have got a bit more money to spend this gorgeous hand-painted tray is worth the hit to the bank balance:

$350 The Well Appointed House

Happy organizing!

May 28, 2010

fun stuff {Friday five}

Our Friday Five this week is actually six because we couldn´t decide which one should go….

…Six of the best SUMMER songs from the past!

If you are getting ready to go somewhere tonight whack these up LOUD… they will bring back some great memories and I think we have got something in there for everyone!

Len: Steal My Sunshine

The Drifters : Under the Boardwalk

Nelly feat. City Spud : Ride Wit Me

Mungo Jerry : In the Summertime

Snoopdog feat. Pharell : Beautiful

Toploader : Dancing in the Moonlight

Have a great bank holiday weekend!

May 26, 2010

fun stuff {hump day}

Its hump day…

May 25, 2010

clothes {trilby-tastic}

I am loving Trilby hats at the moment.

Now the sun is out we have a great excuse to invest…

…we have to protect our skin from the harmful rays that can provoke premature ageing!

…and lets face it – they just look cool!

Here are a few of my favourites:

(1) £15, M&S // (2) £20, Topshop // (3) £6, Newlook // (4) £22, Topshop // (5) £17, Accessorize // (6) £15, Henry Holland at Debenhams // (7) £17, Accessorize // (8) £17, Accessorize // (9) £18, Accessorize

May 24, 2010

fun stuff {a brighter Monday}

What will be dangling off your motivation helmet today?

Image courtesy of Moonpig






May 23, 2010

making a home {mix and match chairs}

When decorating a home one of the more costly pieces that we must invest in and one which will have a big influence on the overall look of the main living space is a set of dining table and chairs.  Matching dining table and chairs can be extremely expensive and the cheaper sets tend to look tacky and damage easily.

As an alternative to spending a small fortune on a brand new set I love the idea of mix and match chairs – they look great, add a bit a character and work out much cheaper.  All you need is a bit of imagination, some hard work and… voila.

Check out this dining room that I spotted on A Punch of Colour Blog:

You can easily get a similar look:

Firstly hunt down some old and battered chairs on sites such as Ebay or antiques.co.uk.  I found this set for £5.50 on Ebay:

…and antiques.co.uk has a huge range of old chairs to offer:

Secondly, hire a sander.  You can do this online at sites such as Hirestation.co.uk where you can hire a multipurpose sander for £38 for an entire week:

Thirdly, find the right colour wood paint for you and get painting:

This Crown, non-drip satin paint is only £5.48 from Homebase.

Obviously you cannot just throw a load of different colours and chairs together and hope that they work.

Here are a few top tips on how to avoid making your dining room look like your local thrift store:

*Use just one colour to tie together various styles of chair

Photo courtesy of A mad tea party with Alis
Photo courtesy of Apartment therapy

* Stick to one group of colours or pick 3 colours and repeat them around the table.

Photo courtesy of A mad tea party with Alis

*If you have a set of chairs and a couple of odd ones, put the odd ones at the ends of the table:

Photo courtesy of A mad tea party with Alis

*Use matching cushions:

Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Anne Designs

*And finally, make sure the chairs are all roughly the same size:

Happy mix and matching!

May 22, 2010

clothes {double denim}

Summer has finally arrived so I can finally whack out this little double denim number that I had stored away in the wardrobe:

This outfit not only works the double denim trend without making you look like something out of Saved by the Bell but also integrates the nautical trend.   A leather satchel *dreaming of Mulberry Alexa* and some great gladiator sandals would complete the look but I am still saving/searching for my ideal pair.

To get this look:

Bleached denim shirt, £30, Topshop // Vintage clock necklace, £20, Topshop // Alexa, £695, Mulberry

// Roxy high-waisted hotpants, £28, Topshop //

Bead strap vest, £18, Newlook // Tan lace up gladiator sandals, £30, Rocha.John Rocha, Debenhams

Men can also work the double denim trend.

Here´s how:

Levis Blue Western denim shirt, £70, Debenhams // White striped slouch vest, £12, Topman

Black skinny fit denim shorts, £26, Topman // Boatwheel necklace, £12, Topman // Brown gladiator sandals, £35, Topman

Happy double denim-ing!

May 22, 2010

fun stuff {happy weekend}

This weekend I would like to be here thank you please…

I have always had a bit of an obcession with Mauritius and the luxury cabins you see over the water.

For now I will have to keep on dreaming… but one day I will go!

May 20, 2010

great gifts {doorganizer}

If you have a birthday coming up or one of your friends is moving into a new house and you would like to get them something but don´t want to spend too much, this is a great little gift:

The DOORGANIZER this is one of those things that you don´t realise you can´t live without until you discover it!

I am always leaving myself little piles of thing that I must not forget and then end up forgetting because they are not in my path as I storm towards the door late for work!

You can get this great little gift for £9.95 from Pelican Pear