Wallpaper Love

I LOVE, love, lurrrrveee the half moon Ferm Living wallpaper we used on a section in Axel’s room!

I think it really adds a wow factor and pulls everything together. I love how it sneaks around the corner so that you get a peak of what awaits you from the hallway. Clashing prints in the same accent colour allows for cohesion but a sense of fun – what a boys room should be!

I ordered the wallpaper through the Paper Room – they have an amazing range and provide great advice on what products to use to help ensure you get a perfect result.

It was a little tricky to hang due to wonky walls (the joys of living in Earthquake prone Christchurch in a 1930’s bungalow) and my idea to bring it round the corner, but my Dad and brother did a fab job and probably saved my marriage haha! I have slowly been piecing together my ideas for this space.

You can see that I have ticked off the rug from my wish list on this previous post and swapped out the orange curtains for some neutral ones that Mum had in their place and was replacing. I love it when I find cool boy things to add character and a little design to the room – there are so many girly things out there or things that are brightly coloured which don’t really fit with the style of the room so you can imagine my delight when I found this super cool bat hanger online – cheap, cheerful and monochrome!

See below the photos for links to products I have used so far – mind you the Mocka chair is about to be replaced next week (Axel turns one on Wednesday! Where did that year go?!) by something much more whimsical and a whole lot safer; our crazy child scales the chair, props his feet on the heater then boosts onto the windowsill! Not so safe anymore!

Chair – Mocka (similar here)

Rug – Letliv

Moroccan Pouf – Letliv

Animal Artwork – Bird in a Bunny Suit

Wild Thing Cushion – Society Six

Alphabet Cards – Tanya Wolfkamp

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Legends

I love Chrissy Teigen and John Legend! I follow Chrissy on Instagram and she posts honest and often hilarious insights into their blessed life. I definitely recommend following her if you aren’t already. Here is a sneak peak into their New York apartment. It was designed by Don Stewart to be a private retreat and the couple love the dark, moody atmosphere of the interior of their one-bedroom loft style residence. item1.rendition.slideshowVertical.john-legend-chrissy-teigen-don-stewart-designed-manhattan-apartment-02-wm How cool is that steel wall in the dining area? A perfect backdrop to make the mixed media art work by Mike Weber pop. item2.rendition.slideshowHorizontal.john-legend-chrissy-teigen-don-stewart-designed-manhattan-apartment-03-wm I love the combination of the dusky blues and the metallic furniture pieces. Really contributes to a sense of cosy comfort. item3.rendition.slideshowHorizontal.john-legend-chrissy-teigen-don-stewart-designed-manhattan-apartment-04-wm The design of the house is a great lesson in how using a cohesive styling and colour palette throughout your home pulls everything together in unison. The kitchen continues the same blue tones and metallic features and what about that custom made splash back  – devine! item4.rendition.slideshowHorizontal.john-legend-chrissy-teigen-don-stewart-designed-manhattan-apartment-05-wm Of course the home wouldn’t be complete without an area for music. I’m loving the contrast between the hard materials like the brick wall and the reclaimed wood wall, with the bright modern splash of colour from the Lynne Mapp Drexler painting.

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A 19th-century gilded-leather screen adorns one wall in the master bedroom. Such a gorgeous space and very New York! Have a wonderful weekend everyone x

all images via Architectural Digest

And onto the next one…

project planning that is. A reasonably big one; renovating our main bathroom! It needs to be kid friendly (I’m thinking wet room style with lots of tiles), provide storage that doesn’t currently exist and bring a modern, fresh asthetic that compliments the style we have throughout the rest of the house.

I’m heading out and about this week to pull samples of tiles for the walls and floor. We want to keep things simple on the walls but juzz things up on the floor.

Here are some of the images that I am looking to for inspiration via my bathroom pinterest board.

Wish me luck and watch this space. (If you could please also send vibes to my husband to finish the other reno projects that are 90 % complete I would REALLY appreciate it 😉 )

Sneak Peak

The home of Chicago based designer Gabriel Fontes really speaks to me; the monochrome colour palette, the Gray Malin gallery wall expertly laid out, and the slick furniture and styling choices. LOVE it all, well almost all as I didn’t rate the kitchen so have skipped over that so as not to ruin my house stalking day dream! For more pictures head over to Homepolish.

images: Dustin Halleck for Homepolish

Back Into It

I’m rested and ready to roll! Super excited about what 2015 may hold for us… 2014 was obviously extra special as we welcomed Axel into our lives; he has brought a huge amount of energy and excitement into our wee world as well as reducing the amount of sleep and ‘us’ time we get! We also enjoyed two wonderful trips to Australia, resurrected the house after flooding damage and created countless memories with family and friends.

I haven’t made any resolutions this year as I don’t tend to stick to them! However I do have personal goals that I will be doing my best to carry out to help me grow as a person in a positive direction. Do you make New Year resolutions? Do you stick to them?!!

We (by ‘we’ I mean Eli mostly!) have been busy in the back garden area over the break laying new lawn, building a concrete planter box, and renovating the outdoor studio which will be used as a playroom. My Dad also kindly built Axel an awesome sandpit which I’m sure will be used endlessly over the years to come (it does have a cover but wasn’t as photogenic with a blue tarpaulin over it!). Still have lots of planting to do in the garden but we are getting there.

We are looking forward to enjoying our outdoor area next summer without the need for so much hard work!

Hope you have all enjoyed a relaxing, fun and productive festive season x

Here are a few pictures of the fruits of our labour…

Renovation Masterpiece

This Herne Bay home featured in Urbis Magazine demonstrates how to bring the love back to an older home that others may have torched!

The owners saw the potential in the bones of the 1970’s home and employed architects Tim Dorrington and Sam Atcheson of Dorrington Atcheson Architects to complete the renovation. They have managed to highlight the original features while seamlessly integrating the modern addition and allowing indoor / outdoor living to work harmoniously.

A pretty impressive transformation if you ask me.

Follow this link to check out the whole feature.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone x

Photos by Emma-Jane Hetherington

There Shall Be No Tree…

Well, no real one.

This year I have come to the decision (after much deliberation and angst) that there will be no Christmas tree standing proud and pretty at our home. Hurricane hands Axel will have a field day otherwise, and I’ll spend the whole time a) worrying about the tree collapsing on top of him and b) worrying about my beautiful decorations (especially my glass bauble from Harrods!) being ruined by saliva and small emerging teeth.

So instead of a gorgeous tree I am planning on moving the bar cart (which has also seems to be in the path of Hurricane Hands) and taking down our Lester Hall War Dog print to create room for a washi tape Christmas Tree.

Here is the space I have in mind in our dining area (all our living room walls are wood panelled so would be tricky to do it there) but as we have open plan living the tree will still have pride of place in our home.

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And here is some inspiration for Washi Tape Christmas trees I found via Pinterest.

It might be the perfect excuse to get the felt ball garland I would love for Axel’s room so I can ‘decorate’ my tree!

Watch this space…