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#cshhouserefurb: wooden window shutters from Hillarys

Bay windows are possibly the most difficult of windows to dress. Curtains never quite hang right, bunching up in the two corners where the window panes meet (not to mention the dilemma of short or long), blinds can look a little messy and often block off much of the top window, while translucent films can bubble and start to peel away at the corners. Window shutters might be just the answer – made to measure, they fit neatly into almost any size window, no matter how old and crooked, and offer flexibility in terms of light and privacy. If you saw my living room makeover in my previous post (here) you may have noticed that we didn’t have anything on the windows to begin with. On visits to Scandinavia I’ve been amazed how few homes have curtains, blinds or shutters – they think it’s mad that you would want to cover a window and prevent what little light there is coming in. Great for those who love to peer into peoples homes when they walk past …

Tidying those wires and creating an uncluttered home with Calligaris

Tidying those wires and creating an uncluttered home with Calligaris

With a fresh new month and new year, January is all about new beginnings, getting organised and rejuvenating your life and home. Just like with a Spring clean, it’s a great time of year to declutter, have a clear-out and re-evaluate the things you really need and can’t live without. I took the time between Christmas and New Year – days usually lost to lazy mornings, binge watching box sets and copious amounts of leftovers and chocolate – to get ahead with a bit of DIY. We’re so nearly there with the renovations. The floors in the living room and kitchen have been painted white (we got the walls done before Christmas), and after all the dust and builders it’s beginning to look fresh, bright and like somewhere you could actually live! The best bit about starting this new year is that we now have this lovely blank canvas to make our own. A clean, bare room. We can start afresh and take our time filling the space with our belongings, only adding the things we really need or love, …

The new house: BEFORE

The new house: BEFORE

You’ve had a sneak peek of the outside of our new house in south London, this time I want to show you the inside, before we get to carried away with renovations and forget to share the before shots! I’ve been sharing a few sneak peeks on Instagram and Snapchat but here I want to show you the exciting plans we want to carry out. Our new home is an early 20th-century terraced house near Brixton that has been subjected to various – I would say naff – additions and decorative choices by previous owners that are not in keeping with the period of the property. Our plan is to restore it to its former glory, strip back the horrible, ugly Seventies and Eighties features and bring back a little bit of its character. I’ve been eagerly watching George Clarke’s Old House New Home on Channel 4, where he helps homeowners transform their tired old homes into modern interiors. Like the homes on the show, I want to tear out terrible taste and make the most of the home’s history, while …

Finding the perfect rug

Finding the perfect rug

I’ve talked about my new found love of dark colours and moving away from my safe space of white walls (here and here) but we’re moving house soon, so as much as I’d like to get my hands on a new decorating project, I’ll just have to wait. That hasn’t stopped me putting a little TLC into our home and ‘nesting’ as I like to call it; creating a warm, cosy space until we find a new place to live and I can get out the paint brushes. I’m also making small, little changes to tidy up our home and make it more inviting to potential buyers. So welcome to my new addition, this dreamy, deep, dark grey and navy blue rug by Esprit from Modern Rugs. It’s my nod to the trend at the moment for dark walls and moody colours. It somehow grounds the sofa area, picking up on the dark shades of the cushions and the dusky blue of the art print, to create a cosy nook of thick textures. From the soft linen of the …

Urban Jungle Bloggers: Jungle Animals

Urban Jungle Bloggers: Jungle Animals

I’ve been a very bad Urban Jungle Blogger! Not only have I not posted a plant-based blog post in a while, quite a few of my plants have died a slow death this winter… Slap on the wrist for me. But, with the theme this month of Jungle Animals, and a certain cheeky chappy coming to stay, it was the perfect opportunity to snap some new plant additions in a corner of my home. Meet Harry, a little miniature dachshund who is sure to melt hearts. I look after him every so often when I work from home. I really, really, really want a dachshund of my own, but until then, this is my borrowed jungle animal… With his expressive little eyes and tiny paws, he’s an absolute cutie. He likes to sit on my lap when I work on my computer and is always after attention. But, it seems not when the camera’s on! It took some persuasion to get him to sit still and stop wriggling about, I’m sure in the picture above …

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My home on Apartment Therapy

I’m very excited. Late last year lovely photographer Cathy Pyle came to photograph my humble abode and now you can see the full tour around my ‘serene and bright Bloomsbury apartment’ on interiors website Apartment Therapy! It was a cold, bright November day and the sun was streaming in, Cathy did such a beautiful job capturing the sunny living room and bedrooms while making the most of the dark kitchen and bathroom at the back of the house that I never photograph myself. It’s made me reassess what I like (the light grey and white walls, in fact all the grey!) and don’t like (the boring, bog standard bathroom.. shudder) about my home. Always one for a redecoration project (you can hear how I single handedly took down the bathroom door, fixed it and then put it up again…), I can’t wait to get started on my next project. For me a home is a constant project, I’m always wanting to change little bits, refresh and renew. In the meantime, I’ll leave the photos to do the talking, …

Cosy autumn bedroom with Addition

Cosy autumn bedroom with Addition

It’s definitely that time of the year to snuggle down and prepare the home for winter – I’ve even been lighting candles during the day recently. The Danish call it Hygge, which roughly translates as cosiness but encompasses so much more – basically, creating a warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life with good people. Not much to complain about that. So, as the temperatures drop, I’ve taken the opportunity to add a couple of cosy additions to my bedroom to make it look and feel warmer. I’ve recently discovered beautiful new online shop Addition, which provided the perfect excuse to have a little re-style with some of their products (psst… scroll down for a little giveaway too!). London-based Riti Kallas and her business partner Sri launched Addition in August. Riti, originally from Estonia, and Sri, from Singapore, have combined their two heritages from different sides of the world to curate a lovely collection of mainly Asian and Scandinavian brands. They sell everything from mid-century style patterned mugs and bowls, to Scandi-style candle holders, monochrome throws and utilitarian trays. ‘While …

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My favourite Breton striped top

Thank you all for entering, this giveaway has now closed. Congratulations to the winner Abi Dare! As some of you will know, I’m more than a little obsessed with a Breton striped top. In my profile picture on the blog I’m wearing stripes, in my Instagram photos I’m wearing stripes and in my drawers there’s stripes, stripes, stripes of all shapes, sizes and colours. As a bit of a Francophile myself, I just can’t get enough of them. They’re synonymous with the care-free insouciance, confidence and natural charm of Parisian style – that little bit of ‘je ne sais quoi’ that the French exude so well. That feline flick of eyeliner, that crisp white shirt, that smart blazer and jeans, that scarf tied just right, and that Breton striped top with the sleeves rolled up. The Breton striped top was first introduced in 1858 as the uniform for French sailers in Brittany. It had 21 navy stripes for each of Napoleon’s victories, with white stripes twice as large as the blue ones. The design was meant to make them easier to …

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Styling the Seasons: October 2015

This post didn’t get off to the greatest of starts. I wanted to feature a recipe for my October Styling the Seasons, to symbolise the change in seasons, the slightly colder weather and the desire to stay cosy and warm inside and bake. However my cookery skills had other plans… I had great plans for a beautiful fig loaf cake, with a jammy compote in the centre. It was all going so well until I got it out of the oven and it, well, sort of collapsed, with a burnt top and a wet middle. Suffice to say it was a DISASTER and no one wants to see that… I will not be getting star baker anytime soon. Running out of inspiration, and eggs, I decided to resort to my fail-safe recipe that I just love to cook over and over again – French Madeleines! You can always rely on your favourites right? That’s why they’re classics. Madeleines are surprisingly easy to make, super quick in to cook and taste buttery and delicious straight out the …

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Styled: COS x HAY’s curated collection

Beautifully simple and modern clothing brand COS has been subtly working with contemporary Danish design firm HAY for years, you might have seen their minimal HAY rails used in stores to display clothing for example. But in an exciting move, the two Scandi-style brands are teaming up to present a carefully curated collection of objects, available online and spread out in all their neat and organised glory in the COS Kensington High Street store. COS heads of design Karin Gustaffson and Martin Andersson have handpicked items from the HAY range, from their distinctive, colourful trays to unusual glassware, porcelain cups and cotton quilts – ‘We made sure we selected items from across the HAY range so that there’s something for every room, occasion and price point, we like to describe it as HAY seen through the eyes of COS,’ says Andersson. Mette + Rolf Hay, the co-founders of HAY add: ‘At HAY we see ourselves in between fashion and architecture and in working with COS we feel like we have found a perfect home.’ I think this really …