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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Thursday, 8 September 2016

Morocco Trip Report: Where We Stayed

I have to share a few pics of where we stayed in Morocco, because it was super cute. It was a compound of villas about half an hour from central Marrakech - a little oasis called Fawakay Villas. They have three guest villas, as well as the owner's house, and we stayed in the smallest one.

Our bedroom was lovely and bright - neutral but with lots of texture, like the gorgeous Moroccan wedding blanket on the bed.
The floors were done in river rock throughout, which extended up in place of baseboards, even on the edges of the built-in bed.
We had a built in bath nook, again done in river rock. I'm not usually a fan of bathtubs in the bedroom but I actually loved this one, I think because it still felt separate.
Moroccan design is all about the details - like that faucet!
The shower area (it was all open plan) was stunning too - I'm not sure what it was but it looked like polished concrete. I wish I'd taken my big camera - these don't do it justice.
That mirror is made from an old tyre.
The villa had another bathroom with a big soaking tub, also done in the polished cement. I only had my iPhone and didn't manage to get a good photo, so I pulled this one from their website.
On the upstairs terrace, there's an outdoor bed - we actually tried sleeping under the stars one night but it was so noisy - African toads are louder than dogs barking!
Pretty details were sprinkled throughout, and the lighting was amazing, as you'd expect.

I loved the table and tie backs in the dining room...although I wish I'd straightened those pictures!
I asked if I could have a nosey around the other two villas while they were between guests, and they were equally pretty...
I loved the massive daybed on the courtyard, and all the doors were amazing.
This bedroom was a mirror version of ours, only with clay tile floors and aqua accents.

In their nook, there was a little sitting area instead of a bathtub.
I really liked the detailing on the windows...
And from the outside too...
 This is Doris, who wanders where ever she wants. She was such a sweetie.
There was a massive Berber tent at the bottom of the garden where you could share a shisha.
Moving on to the biggest of the three villas...
They were mid-cleaning for the next guests when I took these, which is why there aren't any cushions on the chairs.
Another gorgeous bath nook!
Their master bath was a lighter version of ours, which I love equally as much. Again, I didn't get a good photo of this so I pulled this one from their website.
And I'll finish with their neutral twin room (also from their website).
There was a lot more loveliness that I didn't get photos of (like all the common areas) - if you're interested, you can check out Fawakay Villas' website here.