Thursday, 29 September 2016

Decorex Discoveries

I spent most of last week exploring London Design Festival. It was a tad overwhelming but incredibly inspirational. I didn't get to half the stuff I wanted to see, but I will share the highlights for the bits I did see. Decorex is first up.

If you're not familiar, Decorex is a huge design show with a focus on luxury interiors. I spent four hours there and was practically running around at the end trying to squeeze it all in before I had to leave. I listened to a panel discussion with Martyn Lawrence Bullard, India Hicks, Kim Kuhteubl and Iris Danker, and I took 487 photos. I've brutally narrowed them down to just a few favorites, although this is by no means an exhaustive list - you can check out more on my Pinterest boards.


There was so much amazing lighting. Bert Frank was a show-stopper. I loved every single one of their lamps.
Clockwise from top left: Farol Wall Light - £680 // Shear Pendant - £195 // Revolve Table Lamp - £665
Clockwise from top left:
Yew Wall Lights - £673 each // Revolve Wall Light - £525 // Stasis Floor Lamp - £2250
Naomi Paul's crocheted designs were stunning.
Simple Shades (on left) - Small - £230 & Large - £330 // Monika Pendant (on right) - £4500
 I mean, really. So good.
Simple Shade 4 - £2700
These pendants by Lyngard were fun - they look like enamel but they're actually glazed pottery. I'm especially drawn to the marbled one (middle left).
Plex Pendant - £300 // Marbled Lantern Pendant - £195 // Rialto Grooved Pendant - £245
Pretty gold and glass at Giopato & Coombes. Salmon/peach was a recurring trend throughout the show, and one that I'm totally on-board with.
Bolle glass pendants from £1440
These terracotta pendants were from Hand & Eye Studio. What caught my eye even more, though, were the very simple, long terracotta beam lights.
A-Beam Light - £540-£640
In a sea of brass, gold, black and white lighting, this blue, urchin-like table lamp at Ijl Brown was a head-turner.
I loved their whole stand, actually. Bright and fun with a global air but still sophisticated. Those mirrors were stunning in person, and I love the emerald green deco-inspired chair with white piping, although I didn't get a great photo of it.
Sofa - from £2295 // Table Lamp - £660


Feathr had some amazing wallpapers on display. I've just had a nosey on their website and there is a lot of good stuff there.
English Rose Wallpaper // La Cueillette Wallpaper // Oh La La Wall Mural
Sian Zeng's range of magnetic wallpaper was magical - such a genius idea for a kid's space.
Magnetic Woodlands Wallpaper
Black Pop was an absolute stand out. I actually popped into their Islington showroom last week as well, and it didn't disappoint. That velvet sofa!
Vanguard Vibe Wallpaper and Vanguard Fabric


On to fabrics! I'm giddy over Parris Wakefield Additions' painterly, graphic prints.
Fierce Beauty Fabric // Forget Me Not Linen Fabric
They were exhibiting as part of Galapagos Design Studio, as was Korla, whose ink blue fabric (middle chair) was amazing. I like their more understated pink and steel fabric too (front right chair).
L-R: Midcentury Chair in Vermarette Rose - £850 // Bartholomew Chairs in Splatter and Neon Lights - £625 each
Midcentury Chair in Korla Ink Blue Inkat - £850 // Bartholomew Chair in Indigo Two - £625
Marchena Vintage Chair in Fierce Beauty Velvet - £695 // Bartholomew Chair in Alana Chalk Pink - £625
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Eva Sonaike's African prints were fab. I could see her Odi I fabric (far right below) on pouffes in our living room. It comes in a make up bag too, which is now on my Christmas wish list!
Right: Odi I Fabric
 Pretty blues at Soie De Lune.
These rugs from Art Hide were definitely one of my favorite moments from Decorex. The colours were perfect.
Incendio Rig in Brindle Brown - from £1650 // Espina Rug in Grey - £2295
La Quinta Rug in Pink - from £795 // Trilogia Rug in Emerald - from £795
Their benches, bags and cushions were awesome too. All ethically sourced.
Luna Tote Bag - £350 // Tallo Cream Cushion - £175
I also loved the colourful jute rugs and textiles at Abbott + Boyd...
...and the machine-washable, handwoven rugs at Vandra Rugs.


Apparently, most of the furniture that I was drawn to was velvet. I guess I like what I like.

These pink chairs at Benchmark were the bomb. 
Theda Armchair - £695 // Barnabus Round Dining Table - £1265
A navy velvet Chesterfield...that's for outdoors. It looked and felt just like high-end, indoor furniture (from Coco Wolf).
Percalo Outdoor Sofa
 More luxurious velvety goodness from Munna.
Chantal Armchair
Newman Sofa // Ava Stool
And finally, I'll finish up with a couple of more muted - yet equally appealing - offerings from Pinch...
Menton Desk - £6480 // Emil Dresser - £6575 // Frans Drinks Cabinet - £7650
 ...and French brand Harto. Perfect small-space solutions!
Gaston Wall Secretary Desk - £517 // Suzon Wall Mounted Storage - 380€

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Favorite Things: Pretty Desk Lamps Under £150

I've been searching for a desk lamp for the work space in our living room for a while now, but so far I haven't pulled the trigger on anything.
2 // £80 - John Lewis
3 // £125 - Loaf
4 // £29 - Ikea
5 // £75 - Loaf
6 // £95 - Made Modern
7 // £115 - Scandinavian Design Center
8 // £85 (on sale) - Loaf
9 // £50 - John Lewis
10 // £69 - Marks & Spencer
11 // £45 - John Lewis
12 // £120 - Habitat
13 // £169 - West Elm @ John Lewis
14 // £65 - Rockett St George

I realise 13 is a smidge over £150, but 11 is a pretty good knock off if you love the shape, and less than a third of the price. Do you have a favorite? I think I'm leaning towards 2, although I really love 6.

Friday, 16 September 2016

Favorite Things 16-9-16

DIY //

I loved the DIY wooden bead shelves that Nadia used in her daughter's room during the last One Room Challenge. Check out the tutorial here and her equally adorable room makeover here.


I bought a pair of these slip-on Converse over summer. I am definitely too lazy for laces.

I also rather love these blush pink trainers from APL. These very similar gold ones are super cute too.


I'm a sucker for small space solutions, and I love this fold-away desk from from CB2.

I'm also crushing on The Forest Fern's stunning macrame work. I found her on Instagram - she's definitely one to follow.


I am dying over the kitchen in this holiday rental in Richmond, just down the road from us. The rest of the house is so cute too - so bright and light and fun. Check out more photos here.

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Woven Wall Hanging

In my original mood board for our living room design, I'd included a woven wall hanging. I started procrastinating about it though, because the piece I'd used was basically impossible to get hold of.

I'd had a look at other weavings on Etsy, but I wanted something both very textured and very neat, and everything I found was either one or the other. So I largely gave up on the idea, and wrote this post about all the options I was considering.

Then, my friends, I found Anita Meads of By Bella Designs through Instagram (I'm LizzieLivingPretty over there), and totally fell in love with her work. When I got in touch on Etsy, she'd only ever done smaller weavings, and I wanted one three feet wide. But she already had a big loom and was willing to give it a go. We worked together on the colour palette, and I said I wanted something with "big chunky fluffy bits [which I've since learned is called roving] mixed with the tighter, neater bits." I referenced one of her smaller pieces to show the sort of style I was after:
Anita sent me progress photos while she was working on the wall hanging, and I got more and more excited with each one...
It was initially hung on a wooden dowel, but that started to bend under the weight.
I've got a few other copper accents in the living room, so I suggested a copper dowel instead, and when it arrived it looked perfect.
The whole process took a couple of months from start to finish, but it was so worth the wait. I am completely smitten with my woven wall hanging. It was an investment for me, definitely, but I'm so happy I didn't settle.
To say I'm happy with it is an understatement. It makes the whole room feel tranquil - it's stunning to look at but doesn't shout for attention. Which is perfect, because it's now sitting pretty above something else terribly exciting, which kinda does shout for attention, but in the best way. There was a sneak peek up there (and I've shared a few more on Instagram) - I'll spill the beans on my new sofa soon!

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