Thursday, 27 October 2016

One Room Challenge Week 4: More Master Bedroom Progress (But Not Enough!)

One Room Challenge Posts: Week 1 / Week 2 / Week 3 / Week 4 (here!) / Week 5 / Week 6

My plan for this week was to show off my newly painted bedside cabinets, and/or my new live edge desk, but neither of those are happening. Womp womp.

I should have been able to go and pick up the wood for the desk by now, being currently on day 12 of the company's 7-10 day window for getting it cut to size. They're currently ignoring me and my pleas for information though, so presumably that means it's still not ready. And I'm only part way through painting one of the two bedside cabinets, mostly because the kids are off school for half term.

Enough whinging though. Let's talk about the progress I have made. Brace yourselves for some bad photos - I'm not getting anything done in daylight hours this week so this is the best I can do!

First up, I think I've finished faffing with the art on the dresser. My new painting is on the right, doing a wonderful job of looking thoroughly beautiful and hiding the awkward mirror attached to the wall behind it.
In the big gold frame, I'm going to reprint a photo my brother took of a Dartmoor pony; the same one that occupied this frame when it was part of a gallery wall in our last house (which you can check out in this post).
You might notice the reflection of the new pendant shade. We had two weirdly placed ceiling lights in here, and now I just have one gloriously centered one! My Dad helped me with that last weekend (and by "helped me," I mean did all of it himself).

Having wonky lights has been bugging me since we moved in - the other one hung in front of the closets and we hit our heads on it almost nightly. If we owned the house, I'd have the whole thing moved over properly, but this is a perfect solution for a rental and I'm so happy it's in the middle now.
I knew I wanted something organic up there, and I do love this urchin shade, but I've also ordered this bigger woven shade, just to see if the scale is better.
I don't think I'm allowed to paint the doors (I asked but haven't heard back from the landlord), so they're staying as-is. I'm okay with that though, I think. The painter's tape is still marking out where two frames will hang, but that's waiting on hanging the mirror, which is waiting on the desk install.

I'm amassing quite the jungle of lovely plants, and hiding in the back there is my new lamp - the same one I fell for at Design Junction (there's a much better photo of it in that post). I went to pick it up from the designer himself last week, and it's just perfect. It definitely deserves its own post, and it'll get one, as soon as all this is done! Obviously, I need to straighten the doors on the built-in cupboards still.
Finally, the fabric and trim arrived to make a long bolster pillow for the bed. The shibori is from this Etsy seller, and it's so pretty. I probably could've had a go at the shibori thing myself, but I'm sure it wouldn't have come out as lovely as this.

I found the to-do list I made weeks ago, and frighteningly I'm not even half way through. Four projects done, five in progress (the ones in italics), seven still to do. With only two weeks left to reveal day, here's what's left:

- Clean/declutter
Decide on art
Hang mirror on landing
Desk lamp
Hang art
Refinish nightstands
Decide on/arrange plants
Pillow for bed
Pendant shade
- Pillow for rattan chair
- Live edge desk
- Hang mirror
- Cabinet knobs
- Desk chair
- Bedside lamp shades
- Hang something over headboard?

Eeek. I was a lot more organised this time last ORC. Heck, I even posted tutorials that time!

You can check out the featured designers One Room Challenge week four progress posts here, and the guest participants here.

Monday, 24 October 2016

Favorite Things 10-24-16

Style //
Love these earrings I just bought for myself, from the cutest little home/gift shop in Islington.

Finds //
A rattan radio!
Lexon Hybrid Radio on (US) or Made In Design (UK)
This pouffe sports the same white & natural weave combo, and I love the tribal print.

Tech //
I'm on a mission to slowly replace all the things in my house that aren't both beautiful and functional. There's no reason not to have both, right? I discovered Native Union's range of charging cables and accessories at Design Junction, and they definitely fit that brief.

Inspiring Spaces //
London-based designers Turner Pocock had a house featured in last month's Home & Garden magazine, and it was so pretty. I've since discovered more of their work, and I love it all. This dining room is one of theirs:
And so is this industrial dining/kitchen space. Those windows are killer.

Travel //
These painted houses are part of an extraordinary village in Burkina Fasa, West Africa, which you can read more about here.
Photos by Rita Willaert

Thursday, 20 October 2016

One Room Challenge Week 3: Master Bedroom Progress

One Room Challenge Posts: Week 1 / Week 2 / Week 3 (here!) / Week 4 / Week 5 / Week 6

We're basically half way through the One Room Challenge, and frustratingly, I still don't have much to show. Everything on order is taking ages to arrive.

What I did do, though, is clear out the room properly and clean it top to bottom. Yes, there's still a little pile of stuff, but it's all stuff that is (probably) staying, and just needs to be installed/styled. Please ignore the duvet cover - I've just pinched it from the guest bed while ours is in the wash.
It's looking like I might just be able to pull off the live (waney) edge desk, which will straddle those built-in cabinets below the window. I found somewhere to buy the wood, although I still have to get it home and into the house somehow. It'll probably involve hoisting it up the side of the house and through the window. J thinks I'm insane for even considering it, but I'm hoping the end result will persuade him that it was worth it!

Until that's installed, I can't really hang the mirror because I'm not exactly sure where it'll sit. In the meantime, I've marked out where I think it'll go with painter's tape, along with the art that'll balance it on the other side of the bed.
Spot the new bedside cabinet! (Spoiler: it's the one on the right.) I found a pair of them on Etsy, and they'll be getting a little paint job. Before you say anything, they're particle board, and although they're very pretty as-is, they're quite orange. If I didn't already have a load of other wood tones in here, I'd probably keep them as they came, but my vision was always white (or possibly grey), so that's what's happening.
You can see the pretty chair a little better now the room's not full of clutter. I found it at Graham & Green's warehouse. One of the pieces of cane is broken, so it was a 50% off score.

You can also see the awkward mirror that's stuck to the wall and I'm not allowed to move (because we're renting), but I marked out where my new painting will sit with tape. I snapped these photos before it arrived, but I did post a couple on Instagram with the painting in place. I'm still faffing around with the styling but I'm already loving how it's coming together.
The one major bit of progress that has occurred in here is that the rug is down! I bought it in Morocco over summer, and it's been sitting rolled up until now. It was quite a feat getting it under the bed - it took three of us and a couple of hours, because I had to basically dismantle most of the bed before we could lift it. It's looking mighty fine and the room is almost beginning not to smell like the souk.
You can check out the One Room Challenge featured designer's week three progress posts here, and the guest participants updates here.

Monday, 17 October 2016

#LDF16: Design Junction Discoveries

Design Junction might just have been my favourite part of London Design Week last month. Just like Decorex, there was a lot of good stuff, but this was a little more down-to-Earth and attainable, especially all the pop-up shops.

Sara Mellone was a stand-out for me. I love her minimalist brass coat racks so much.
Brass Coat Rack: 1 Circle - £22 / 5 Circles - £48 / 16 Circles - £180
Her leather hangers were perfection too. I commented on how much I liked the designer's earrings at the show, and she'd made those too (check out her jewelry here).
Leather & Brass Hanger - £52
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I'm equally enamored with the lighting at Frontal Factory. I'm pretty sure I need that one on the right in my life.
Form Follows Material Lighting
Nick Fraser's geometric terracotta lighting and vases were great, and his copper pipe candle holders were fun.
Copper Pipe Candle Sticks - £28
Small Plant Pots - £34 // Small Vases - £38
Small Pendants - £40 each // Large Pendants - £105
I was rather looking forward to checking out Geo Fleur's stand, having followed them on Instagram for ages, and they didn't disappoint. I bought a few bits from them - I'll share those at the end of the post.
Geo Fleur
Concrete is definitely having a moment, and I am so on board. Room 9 had a host of gorgeousness on that front.
Groove Clock - £65 // Jar Pendant - £140
Hurricane Light - £360 // Mulberry Bowl "A" - £86
Delicate marbled porcelain at Abalon held tea lights and pretty cactus.
Bottom Shelf: Candles from £27
Stunning LED bulbs were paired with minimalist light fixtures in warm wood and brass at Tala.
Gaia Bulbs - £39
Behan Gray's work was amazing: hand-stained wood with brass overlays (on the backdrop) and shell inlays (on the table) in striking colour palettes.
Console Table - £2250 // Inlay Back Drop available as Nizwa Cabinet - £7000
I snapped this minimalist vignette at Allermuir, although it looks like a few of the accessories were borrowed from other brands, including Future & Found.
Plant Mister - £15 // A4 Lightbox - £45
I liked this pretty velvet chair at Icons of Denmark a lot.
Twist Coffee Table - £578 // Bowl Table Lamp - £310 // Chair - not online
Design House Stockholm's tactile knot cushions were so much fun.
Knot Cushions: Green /Taupe -unavailable/Yellow/Grey/Pink - £77 each
 I also loved the brass and stone bowl at Ethnicraft's stand, although I can't find it online.
Finally, I thought Vita Copenhagen's little trailer full of sculptural pendants was too cute not to share. 
Lora XL Shade (bottom left) - €129 // Large Feather Light (top left) - €249
Silvia Brushed Brass Shade (middle) - €89
Like I said, I did buy a few things, all from Geo Fleur. First, a pretty string of hearts (not available online), which is now sitting on the bookshelves in the living room. I'm pretty sure it'll want more light evenutally, although it's doing well so far.
I also bought a big air plant to fit in a terrarium I found at a fair in the summer. The terrarium is blown glass over a natural wood base, and it's so pretty that I didn't really want to cover it up, so this is perfect. Of course, I needed a pretty brass mister for its weekly watering. I will note, though, that the mister is really awkward to fill - so pretty but not terribly well designed.
Brass Plant Mister - £15 // Large Xerographica Air Plant - £20
I do have one more roundup from London Design Week - I spent another day exploring Islington Design District, which was also great, and bought a few bits there too - watch out for that post soon.

Thursday, 13 October 2016

One Room Challenge Week 2: Art and A Mirror for our Master

One Room Challenge Posts: Week 1 / Week 2 (here!) / Week 3 / Week 4 / Week 5 / Week 6

So far, I've not made a huge amount of progress in our bedroom makeover for the One Room Challenge. I have, however, done plenty of ordering, and listed a good chunk of clutter on eBay.

In case you missed last week's post, here's my plan:
I've been enamored with a stunning large-scale cloud print by JR Goodwin for ages, but at £930, it was never going to happen. Then I stumbled on a similar - but much more affordable - print at Society 6. The dimensions are different, but actually better for my space, and it's just as pretty. Although it's a US site, Society 6 offers free world-wide shipping, so it seemed like a no-brainer. That's the one on the mood board.
Cloud Play // I'm A Cloud Stealer
I was this close to ordering it - it was in my cart but I ran out of time before I had to go pick the kids up. Before I got back to actually buy it, I saw this:
Total game changer. I still like the cloud print a lot, but I love this painting on a whole other level. It's oils, ink and acrylic on paper, and it's pretty big - it would fit perfectly to hide the awkward mirror that's attached to the wall behind the dresser, half poking out like a weirdo (there are pictures of that in week one's post).

It's by Alice Neave, who also painted the abstract oil in our living room. I don't think I've shared photos of that one in this house, but here it is in our old living room, as part of a gallery wall:
It's my absolute favourite piece of art that I own, and I'm so excited to add another one of Alice's paintings to our bedroom.

I've also been on the hunt for a floor mirror. I had my eye on one at Cox & Cox - a full length one with a simple black iron frame. There are two issues with it: one is that is £260 shipped, which on it's own might be do-able, but there are a lot of other things I'm forking out for here, so it's definitely pushing it. The second is that it's on back-order - it initially estimated mid-October, but now their website is showing late-October, and I'm not sure I can take the chance that it might be pushed back even later.

Instead, I found one at Ikea that has a similar black frame (albeit in fiberboard, not lovely iron). It's a little wider and a chunk shorter, but if I hang it rather than lean it, it'll still be tall enough.
Cox & Cox Aria Full Length Mirror // Ikea Nissedal Mirror
Maybe down the road, I'll upgrade to the Cox & Cox one, but for now, I'd rather save £225 and settle for the Look for Less version.

So that's where I'm at this week. You can check out the One Room Challenge featured designers' progress posts via this page, and the other guest participants' here.