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I'm currently house-hunting and have already seen about 15 houses, none of which have made me feel at home - yet!
It's always the same, you know as soon as you walk through the front door that you've found the one.
But I'm happy to keep looking and of course, I'm happily thinking about all the decorating I'll be doing and new furniture I'm hoping to find. It will all come from a flea market or auction of course!
I don't think I will be able to find the stunning character cottage that I'm looking for just yet - budget won't stretch to that for now but I'm hoping to find a house that still has a soul and that will look ok full of rustic pieces and all the second hand and vintage stuff that I'm amassing.
And I'm hoping for a kitchen that will allow me to go the whole hog in terms of cottage/rustic style. I currently rent so my interior design aspirations have been somewhat curtailed for the past few years but watch out new house wherever you are, you will be getting the full treatment!
Over the past few years I've completely fallen in love with rustic and vintage style and the kitchen will likely be the first area to be changed. Naturally I've been filling my Pinterest account with kitchen ideas first and finding other images of things I love, like this dresser.
Not just the colour (which is stunning isn't it?!) but the idea of the open shelving to display china and vintage pieces and the traditional cottage look too. I know I'd be happy with something like this in my home.
I love open shelving, the idea of being able to see easily where everything is and not having to delve into cupboards all the time.
My current kitchen is a bit cramped in terms of storage so I'm looking forward to having something like this:
Plus all that lovely vintage ironstone too of course....
I've got my eye on a large cupboard I've spotted (I'm not telling where!) but it would give me the option to do something like this:
Which is just stunning, plus it's practical, plus it would make me super organised. For once.
I'm feeling drawn to a romantic looking kitchen if I can get it but as I said, that may have to wait for a while but something like this would make me very happy!
Not sure I can afford the French Chateau just yet but I can dream.
A more achievable aim would be a cosy corner for dining, something along the lines of this pretty kitchen diner:
Good lighting, comfy seating, a great practical eating area, what do you think?
Next up, the living room!
Tell me what you think of these ideas and how you've achieved the vintage look in your own kitchen.
Until next time x
When you are looking to buy vintage pieces, you can't beat a good auction or car boot sale for a good place to find unusual and unique vintage treasures, especially if you go regularly and find good sellers that are there very week. But what about online?
Ebay and Etsy are undoubtably two of the best places to find some awesome treasures, and you can find some amazing pieces at very good prices - although prices have been creeping up over the past few years as vintage grows ever more popular.
But what about when you are just looking for interiors inspiration or a gift idea for a friend who loves a bit of kitsch. Well, Pinterest wins hand down for pretty much everything in my opinion but I've also found some great resources online for up cycling and vintage inspiration lately:
Its an American site but its a treasure trove of ideas, How-To's, ideas, videos, TV episodes....etc etc etc! Brilliant resource for ideas on upcycling, gardening, decorating and so on plus they show you how. For example turning a plant pot into a lamp or make throw cushions, its all here.
I discovered Pippa's site recently and love not only the site itself but how much information and industry tips she shares - well worth a look and an interesting read. I loved her recent styling for Country Homes & Interiors magazine.
How could I not mention Period Living!? Lots of advice, projects, ideas and design, plus buyers guides and lots of lovely images to help inspire you.
Again, great resource for design and styling, it may be an American site but I do like its approach to all the good things in life, lets face it recipes and homes, brilliant!
I've had the Houzz app on my phone for about 18 months and find its an absolute treasure trove of all things interiors. More angled towards modern rather than vintage but still plenty of period properties and articles here plus its pretty much property porn if nothing else! Great for renovations and finding a local professional too.
Another recent discovery, this site gives you all the info on National Trust properties and all their treasures. The National Trust Treasure Hunt is a fantastic read, all about the wonderful objects, how they are preserved and all the preservation work that goes on, a really good behind-the-scenes and history lesson.
Prepare to loose hours on this fantastic website, a really inspiring place to be, plus fab images, stat.
Still a great place to find bargains, whatever style furniture or homewares you are after and its great that you will be buying from someone local too.
Yes, you can shop at Oxfam online! They have a great Vintage section and although prices are no longer super cheap, you can still find a bargain plus some unusual items too, good fun to browse and if you buy, you are of course supporting a great cause.
This fab vintage gifts emporium makes me slightly jealous and is a good place to find vintage gifts at great prices...!
The internet is so huge that I have no doubt missed some favourites for some people, let me know in the comments of any great sites I should know about - in the meantime, happy reading!
Until next time x
I recently did a presentation to ladies of a lovely networking group that I belong to about interiors trends for 2017 and how they can be used within our respective businesses, how we can tap into them for marketing purposes and so on. And I thought that I could bring some of that information to you, albeit, this time, how you can take those trends and apply them to your interior decorating.
For lovers of vintage and handmade, we can still tap into trends each year without sacrificing our love of second hand and traditional, just by taking some popular colours and finding those unique vintage finds in those colours for example.
So what can we expect this year? Well the colour of the moment is pink - Spring is a time for freshness and brightness and this season pink has taken centre stage. You can use this in soft furnishings without having the commitment to a colour that may well not be your choice in a couple of months time. The following image from Mad About The House shows how you could bring a subtle shade of pink into your home without it looking too girly or sugary.
You may be aware of the colour guru Pantone and the fact that they set a colour for each year and for 2017 their choice is 'Greenery'; a bright, fresh green that can just as easily be brought into your interior schemes by adding plants as much as by adding a paint colour. Botanicals are also huge this year and I've just taken that to mean that we all just love plants and want more of them in our homes!
For summer, colours such as yellow, aqua and teal will take centre stage - great for clothes, we all love a bit of bright dressing when the sun is out or we are on our summer holiday.
This image from Dear Designer blog may not be to everyones taste but does show how you can bring these colours together for a cohesive look in your home.
Once we get into autumn and winter this will change to the usual sort of hues of plum and orange, deep greens and blues and other natural colours. Perfect for making your home feel cosy and warm. This image from Sainsbury's Home gives a good idea of how you could use these hues for impact. Just add a roaring log fire and candles - very hygge!
Overall, for 2017, gold, green and blue will be everywhere in interiors.
In terms of themes for this year, there are a few worth mentioning. First the 'Boutique Hotel' look, essentially lots of lovely velvet, shiny surfaces, mirrors and gold, such as this image by homedecorideas.eu.
Next, 'Nomadic' which is east meets west and pretty much anything goes, a great eclectic look that means you can mix old and new with ease. If you don't want to change too much, just add a few throws and cushions and you're done! Theculturetrip.com shows this well I think with the wall hangings and soft furnishings especially.
'Unfinished Industrial' is a more modern look this year which favours concrete as a material for furniture. Perhaps just concrete plant pots either side of the front door would fit the bill nicely without sacrificing comfort!?
And lastly, 'Rustic Charm' which is lots of wood and botanicals. Great for me, I've got plenty of wood and lots of plants! Sorted. I liked this image by the urbanite.com showing a fabulous piece of furniture, great for storage but simple and rustic too.
For plenty of inspiration, I've put together an Interiors Trends 2017 board in Pinterest (here) to give you plenty of ideas of how to bring these ideas to life. I could search Pinterest for hours looking for ideas on interiors (and I do!) as its great for inspiring you to think slightly differently about how you can take up to date colours and ideas and use them within your own home scheme without having to do a complete makeover. I hope you find some inspiration here!
Until next time x
10 Best Paint Colours for Painted Furniture
I know what colours I love when it comes to painting a piece of furniture, usually it's a neutral of some sort but I have experimented in the past with all sorts of colours, plus I've done commissions for others that have been brighter in hue that I would normally opt for! Yes I'm talking about you, grey and orange table for my nephews Star Wars themed play room!
As I mentioned in my last blog post (Why I love painted furniture - and you should too! - read that here) I find that furniture 'speaks' to me about what colours or finishes to use, but am I alone in this? I find it fascinating what colours do get used and the bravery of some up-cyclers when I'm immersed in Pinterest looking for inspiration.
So, I thought it would be fun to do a round up of what I think are the 10 best colours for painted furniture.
1. White. Well, I would say this, as most of my pieces are in shades of white, but lets face it, white and all it's variations just goes with EVERYTHING! You can't go wrong and it never dates or goes out of fashion.
2. Cream. Ditto to the above, cream is a classic shade to paint a piece of vintage furniture as the shapes just seem to lend themselves to this warmer tone.
3. Taupe. Ok, this is a generic term for pretty much any colour that you can't really describe! Greige, mushroom, French linen, cotton, white pepper, buff, beige, I could go on but you get the idea. Goes with all interior styles not just retro or vintage.
4. Grey. Anyone who knows me is well aware that I LOVE grey. Clothes, paint colours, soft furnishings etc, I'm happy with grey. Again, its a timeless colour and fits in well with most interior schemes, be it contemporary or vintage.
5. Black. I've found that my version of black (Autentico Nearly Black) has been very popular and with a few embellishments, it proves itself time and again, to be a very versatile colour. Again, it can fit beautifully into a modern scheme or look just as at home in a traditional room, with a hint of the oriental about it.
6. Blue. I love the darker shades of blue as well as the paler ones. The darker the colour, the more dramatic the piece of furniture can look, and with the right waxes and finishes, a simple piece can be transformed into something quite spectacular, such as this fab chest of drawers by The Olde French Door.
7. Teal. Again, I've painted a few pieces in my own mix of teal and it definitely had its moment. A lovely shade for bedrooms and bathrooms and for spring and summer decorating. I love this chest of drawers by Obee Designs.
8. Red. Has to be my second favourite colour (all my kitchen accessories are red, there is red in the bathroom.....) and just like dark blue paint colours, red can be a dramatic accent colour or used to make a piece really make a statement. Great use of a dark red by The Splattered Smock on this lovely dresser.
9. Green. Soooo many shades of green to choose from! Dark = dramatic, pale = soft and multifunction, emerald = fun. Depending on what shade of green you choose, a piece of furniture painted like this will certainly be memorable, like this soft green dresser by orphanswithmakeup.com.
10. Pink. Classic for girls bedrooms, feminine room schemes, excellent for lovers of shabby chic style bedrooms and bathrooms and popular for country cottage style too. Again, a myriad of shades to choose from. Go for dramatic dark pinks to make a statement or soft and almost neutral pale pinks to fit in anywhere, this is a fun and popular shade to go for.
So I hope that has given you some inspiration to try something that you normally wouldn't have thought about, I know that I'm now eyeing up a few pieces with different ideas!
What's your favourite paint choice? Let me know in the comments.
Until next time x
I wrote months ago about being in Mollys Den in West Bay, Dorset which has been great fun, and a huge learning curve too, so today I wanted to do a quick update on the new Den that opened last weekend in Salisbury, Wiltshire.
Traders secured their spaces in the new Den back in the summer and after a period of time waiting for building works to be completed, we were able to get into the new warehouse to set up our spaces last week.
Lucky for me, Luke had some time off to help me take down the furniture on tuesday, so off we went in a convoy of two cars stuffed full of my hand painted vintage furniture. It took us quite a while to get it all in and then get it covered up whilst the work on the building was still going on around us (that's retail for you, fast paced and right down to the wire!). Luke was then treated to a pub lunch as a thank you, lucky boy!
I then went back on the friday to finish off and take lots more lovely stock down with me including lots of new finds that I had hunted down recently, including vintage bottles, silver trays and enamel bowls.
I love the atmosphere that the Dens create, especially when they are busy and buzzing with traders. We don't often get to meet as it's up to us how often we go to replace stock, tidy our areas etc, so meeting our 'neighbours' is a rare occurrence.
However, as we were all there to finish off setting up, I got to meet my neighbours either side of me, and to have a good chat and exchange ideas. One thing I've been surprised about having gone into business, is just how supportive other people in business are. I guess we all know exactly what each other is talking about, we can share ideas and if we need to vent our frustration about something, we totally 'get' each other!
I am very excited to be a part of the expansion that Mollys Den is going through at the moment, with mini Dens popping up too, all with cafe's and there are plans for new Dens in the new year. More about that in 2017 (I can't tell you much more than that as basically I don't know much more than that!!)
I love that vintage, handmade and artisan are all very much in vogue right now and have been for some time, I love re-using, re-purposing and loving items with a history, and so it seems do a lot more people in this world. not only do we get unique and one of a kind pieces in our home but we are doing our bit for the environment by re-using and recycling.
So here is my new space in Mollys Den, Salisbury, all ready and waiting for lots of lovely customers! Let me know what you think in the comments (This image was posted on Instagram and already I've had interest in the painting from a follower in Hawaii.....yes you read that right!)
Mollys Den, Salisbury can be found opposite the 6th Form College in Tollgate Road, Salisbury SP1 2JG.
For info on all the Dens, click here.
Until next time x
Autumn's Simple Pleasures - Things to do This season. We have been so lucky this past couple of weeks, I actually can't remember when it last rained here in Somerset and I've been able to enjoy my morning walks without fear of getting wet and the sunrises have been incredible each and every day, it really has been an amazing start to Autumn!
I'm so lucky living where I do and having a stunning garden to boot is a real pleasure even at this time of year. Being able to sit outside with a coffee on cold or frosty autumn mornings is one of life's simple pleasures for me.
So what does autumn mean for you? I've had so many conversations lately about it being a new beginning and a time that people love for lots of different reasons but each season really does bring it's unique pleasures and here are a few ideas of simple pleasures that you can incorporate daily for a really special season.
Play in the fallen leaves - children optional
Drink extra special hot chocolate with cream and marshmallows and make the most of seasonal drinks on offer at your favourite coffee shop
Dig out those cosy jumpers and get wrapped up and go for a nice long walk - make it easier to get out by having a treat ready when you get home as a 'reward' for the exercise. Make it something you don't have very often but something you'll look forward to the whole way!
Appreciate the outdoors without getting horribly sweaty....not just me then?!
Get the fire going (if you have one) or light those lovely scented candles you've bought from that lovely website tiddlerandfox.com.....
Break out the DVD's or decide which box set you'll start watching on Netflix now the nights are drawing in.
Collect conkers - again, children optional...
Get those cuddly blankets out of storage and get them cleaned if you need to but pile them up on the sofa for cosy movie nights and make your home super cosy. Need lovely soft new throws? Click here.
If you are crafty, look for new projects you can work on in the evenings. You might try your hand at some handmade Christmas gifts or simply something for the home. The ultimate time-waster that is Pinterest is a fabulous place for inspiration for all things craft and handmade.
Plan your Bonfire Night/Halloween/Christmas celebrations to take away any stress related with last minute plans. Five minutes here and there to think about Christmas in particular will be time well spent.
Any books you've been meaning to read? Nows the time to enjoy them.
Try lots of new recipes that are perfect for all the lovely autumn seasonal veg. These are usually great value and can make meals go a long way for not a lot of cash. Super tasty soups and casseroles are perfect for this time of year and are great for feeding families. I love to get the slow cooker (crockpot) out and make my favourite beef stew amongst other recipes. The smell that fills the house all day is divine. (Recipe coming in next weeks blog post - stay tuned!)
Have a bonfire with all the garden rubbish and fallen leaves.
Start a journal - this is one of the easiest and simplest way to appreciate the day to day and focusing on the things you have. Great also for goal setting and making plans and for keeping on track with them. Watch your positivity grow!
Simply enjoy the colours, scents and magic of this time of year.
Let me know if there is anything you love doing in autumn and things you look forward to at this time of year. Need a little more inspiration? Find my Pinterest board for Autumn here
Until next time...x