Thursday, 30 March 2017

HABITAT COUCHELLA


You probably know this by now but I'm a big fan of Habitat. After all, our Kilo Side Tables are still going strong after many years of use and two children. So I was absolutely thrilled when Habitat invited me to attend their Couchella Festival last week in their Tottenham court road flagship store. Would you believe I even managed to drag my husband to the event with me (hint, spot the guy in a suit!) for a bit of a date night. But the real reason why I was there was to celebrate the launch of Habitat's first ever digital music festival - Couchella!

It was one of the most fun and laid-back blogger/press events I have attended to date. The London DJ Duo Bittersweet was amazing and the yummy cocktails and food certainly managed to put both of us in festival spirit. The photos show just how much fun everyone was having. There were refreshments, tattoos, djs, photo booths, blow dry bars.. What's not to love! And let's not forget about the pretty interiors. Of course I wanted to buy everything (especially that rose gold coffee table!)


















I managed to get papped while I was sitting on the couch with my other half. This is what happens when you are aware that someone is taking your photo, but you're trying not to pose. I think I was going for cool but it kind of came out moody in stead. Must remember this next time.. By the way, my favourite part of the night was listening to different playlists on the sofas. My husband was feeling pretty comfortable too as you can see. We didn't want to leave!



Did I mention how yummy the cocktails were? I'm usually more of a wine kind of girl but the bellini's and pina colada's convinced me it's time to brush up those cocktail making skills for the summer. Also, street food by Jimmy Garcia was absolutely divine. It definitely tasted as good as it looked!







'The Festival you don't even have to leave your sofa for' launches Friday 14th of April 2017 at habitat.co.uk/couchella.  You will have access to downloadable playlists, guides to festival fashion/how to create your own 'at home' festival, tips on Coachella inspired cocktails, food, décor etc. Sounds pretty amazing, right? I can't wait to sign up and get some tips for the summer and barbeque parties.

PS. Thank you Habitat for inviting us to the event and providing such fun entertainment and food/drinks for the evening. I also got to take home the most amazing goody bag full of recovery treats and a gift card. Needless to say, we had a blast!

For more information visit  www.habitat.co.uk/couchella


*Images credited: Habitat
Share:

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

MY HOME OFFICE






I've recently felt that I don't get nearly as much use out of my dressing table as I'd like. I often find myself doing the make-up in the bathroom anyway. So I've been seriously considering transforming my bedroom dressing table into a home office. There's so much inspiration on pinterest that finally about a month ago I decided to do something about it. My dresser will still be used for vanity, occasionally, but I thought what a clever idea would it be if it could also double up as a home office.

Now I should probably tell you that we do have a study downstairs. It's my husbands games room/study/mancave but there is no way I could work from there. It's the least inspiring space you could imagine, for a woman, but I get guys will love it; it's a man cave after all. I usually work from our dining room but I get distracted so easily and I'm constantly trying to multi task which means it's not efficient at all.  My bedroom is the ideal spot because I can shut the door and isolate myself from all the noise, mess and household tasks that are usually waiting for me.

It's actually super easy to transform your dressing table into a workable desk. Dressing tables tend to be narrow though so you should steer clear of clutter and unnecessary accessories. Luckily everything I need is on my laptop.  Filers and organisers can be kept in the cupboard or on a shelf so they don't take over your desk. I'm one of those people that don't even own a paper calendar anymore. Everything is on my iPhone and computer. The only thing that I do need is a note pad and a booklet. I like to write things down and I take them everywhere with me. You never know when inspiration is going to strike, right?

I would consider adding a few accent pieces to your desk though so that it looks a nice and inviting. This can be anything that you like; flowers, candles, you name it. I opted for faux peonies and I was surprised how real they actually look. Obviously nothing beats the real thing but faux flowers are just so handy in a bedroom. I use my home office for writing, responding to emails and photo editing. Printing and faxing will have to take place in our downstairs study, but I hardly print anything these days so it's not a deal breaker for me.






The latest addition to my home office is the iSpot Blade Desk Lamp. Ormrod Lighting & Electrical kindly gifted me this product for a review and honestly I couldn't be happier with it. I was worried first that it might look too plasticky but the quality is superb. Obviously I love the minimalist design and that both the lamp arm and leg are adjustable. It also has adjustable colour temperature and is dimmable via touch control interface which I find incredibly handy. The USB port is also a must-have. I do find the lamp very lightweight but for me that's a bonus. It's very stable too so I tend to pile my magazines under it to save me some space on the desk. Plus, I think it looks kind of cool placed on top of them.







You may have also noticed that my current laptop is DELL XPS. I bought it a year ago and it was really tough deciding between Dell and Apple. Most people seem to go for Apple these days but it didn't take me long to realise that Dell is actually better value for your money. It's also technically stronger in many aspects. Anyway, I just wanted to say that I love my Dell. It's lightweight, slim and most importantly it has a touchscreen. Also, the full HD display is pretty amazing for a photography geek like me.



I love using my new home office and having my own space.  Although, you'll never guess my ultimate home office accessory - ear plugs, of course. I always wear them when I'm working. They block most of the noise and help me concentrate. I'm so addicted now that I don't know how I could cope without them. It's pretty bad I know but for me they are a life saver.

Would you ever consider transforming your bedroom into a home office?

* This post was in Collaboration with Ormrod Lighting & Electrical.
Share:

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

MOTHER'S DAY GIFT IDEAS


Since Mother's Day is just around the corner, I thought it's the perfect time to do a little round up of my favourite Mother's day gifts. We don't really do big presents on Mother's day, but it's always nice to get some beautiful flowers and a card (and I'm not going to complain if I get a pretty scented candle too!)

I know many people struggle to find something new to give every year but I don't actually mind getting the same things year after year. I'm pretty sure that most mums would be thrilled with a card and flowers. Anyway, Mother's day should be all about spending some nice quality time together as a family, am I right? However, if you really want to impress someone this year, take a look at my favourite Mother's day gift ideas below!

1. FLOWERS


Leonie Bouquet from Bloom & Wild
I know this is an obvious one. I love having fresh flowers in the house, so a pretty bouquet is always a safe bet on Mother's Day. There are so many online companies delivering flowers straight to your door step these days but it's all about finding the supplier that you can count on, isn't it? I love using Bloom and Wild and Interflora. I especially find Bloom and Wild bouquets excellent value and they are always styled to perfection.

Don't forget that supermarkets have a fabulous selection of flowers to choose from as well. M&S and Sainsbury's flowers seem to last ages and I prefer to buy Fair Trade flowers which never seem to disappoint. Honestly, in my experience supermarket flowers last just as long as the ones from the florist. The key is to change the water daily and cut the stems once or twice a week (depending on the type of flowers you've got). Apparently sugar and (oddly) sprite seem to make them last longer too but I've never tried either. If you want to save money, but still buy an impressive bouquet, just buy two smaller bouquets and combine them into one with some extra foliage. It's so easy and I swear no one will ever know!

2. MACARONS VS. CHOCOLATES

Macarons by Laduree
This is the big debate with me these days. If you would have asked me 3 years ago I would have said chocolate. But these days I am definitely more of a maca-aholic! Laduree macarons are the best I've ever tasted, but they aren't exactly the cheapest ones out there. M&S macarons are almost just as good to be honest. I just wish they would have a wider selection of flavours available.

I also love pink champagne truffles from Charbonnel et Walker. They come in a cute pink box and the luxurious white chocolate with a hint of strawberry tastes absolutely divine. Perfect for Mother's day and with a glass of bubbly!

3. SCENTED CANDLES

I'm a total candle addict so scented candles are always a nice surprise. At the moment I'm loving the Figuier candle by Diptyque which I think is perfect for spring. I just adore the subtle, fresh scent of fig leaves. I would love to get the room spray too!

I do sometimes feel guilty for splashing out on luxury candles. I usually upcycle the jars and use them as mini vases so I can 'kind of' justify the purchase for myself. The truth is, luxury candles are an indulgence and I cannot say they are good value for money. We all know they are not. But I still buy them. It's so nice to light up a scented candle after the kids have gone to bed and unwind. It's almost like therapy! I buy lots of different brands though  - White Company, Rituals and British Parks Candles are all very good and much better value. I've seen many luxury candles also discounted in TK Maxx so do shop around.

Figuier Candle by Diptyque


4. MOMS ONE LINE A DAY - A FIVE-YEAR MEMORY BOOK

Moms One Line a Day by Amazon
Moms One Line a Day is probably one of the best presents I have ever received. It was actually my sister who gave it to me after I had my second baby. It makes a great gift, especially for new mums, although I think most mums with young children would love it just as much. It feels like time is flying when your children are young, so it's so nice to be able to sit down by the end of the day and write a few words down. I'm sure I'll hold onto this book forever and I can't wait to read it for my girls one day.

5. SWAROVSKI TEA LIGTH VOLTIVE

Swarovski Crystal Tea Light Holder
Most people are very familiar with Swarovski (and immediately associate the brand with jewellery) but not that many people realise that they do some of the most stunning home accessories as well. I was gifted this Swarovski crystal tealight candle holder last Christmas and I really had no idea that Swarovski are making such beautiful tea light holders these days. The candle holder looks even more beautiful once it's lit because the crystal base reflects light around the candle. The ring is reversible and can be placed with the crystal or the silver tone coated side facing upwards. It's truly a timeless piece, don't you think?

What's the most meaningful Mother's day present you have ever given or received?
Share:

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

HALL MINI MAKE-OVER


You know when you're done decorating a room but it feels kind of bland. There is nothing really wrong with it but you just feel like that 'wow factor' is missing. Well, that used to be the case with our hall. It was the first room I bought furniture for when we moved in 5 years ago and I just wanted to fill that empty space (big mistake!) and I settled for something that was just ok. I'm annoyed with myself that I didn't take a before picture but just to give you an idea, our old shoe storage was a black gloss hall tidy from Next. Trust me, it was everything but tidy! It was such a mess and the gloss surface scratched so easily that after a year I really wanted to replace it.

So for a while now I've been keeping an eye out for the perfect console table. I wasn't sure what style I should go for until I saw this marble console table from Swoon Editions. I love marble and the minimalist design convinced me to go for it (I also got £20 off my first order which was pretty nice!) I ordered the table online, so I was a little nervous what it was going to look like. Luckily it was even more beautiful in real life! I'm so impressed with the quality and the craftsmanship. It's real marble which just looks so luxurious and I can't help touching it as I walk past. If you're not familiar with Swoon Editions already, go and have a look at the website. They have so many amazing items at affordable prices which means I'll be probably (ok, definitely) shopping with them again. Remember though, they are all limited edition pieces, so if you really love something don't leave it too late or chances are it will be gone!





The Cassius console table has definitely transformed our hall, but you do need to accessorise it, or it can look a bit bare and out of place. I did a piece for Laura Ashley few months ago (read it here) and I really loved how the elegant Laura Ashley accessories gave our new table a timeless, chic look. The West Elm Storage Baskets are ideal for a hall and we use them mainly to store our shoes. You could easily fit in 10 pairs in each basket but I try not to overfill them. I picked up the Artificial Buxus from Homebase and decided to place it in the large vase. Don't you just love using artificial plants indoors? I wouldn't over do it but there's no harm in having one or two dotted around the house, right?





One thing I hate about halls is that it's pretty hard to make them look tidy and organised all the time. Often space is also limited which doesn't give you too many options, does it? That's probably why I decided to go for a coat stand. It's from Next (discontinued) and although it does the job, I find that coat stands aren't that practical. You need to make sure that you place coats on the rack evenly or it will become very unstable. Plus it won't look good if it's covered under a pile of coats! But having said that, we've had it for 5 years and I'm not planning to replace it anytime soon. Perhaps it was the perfect solution for our smallish hall after all.


I have this thing with doormats. I've been obsessed with them as long as I can remember. I also think that hall is one of the most important rooms in the house, because whether you like it or not, people will judge you based on what your hall looks like. And often it's the only room they will get to see! I ordered our door mat from mymat.co.uk. You can use one of their templates, but the design options are quite limited so I designed my mat in Inkscape (any graphics software will do).  You can even get one of their designers to create a design for you (at an extra cost). It's a bit cheesy but I love it!



The man cave door sign is the latest addition to our hall. I got it for my husband for Valentine's and although I looked at quite a few different hanging door signs, I thought a simple black framed print will suit the space best. The print came without a frame so I had it framed in our local framing shop. They did a great job and we used Command Strips to hang it up so there would be no damage to the door. Most importantly my husband loves it, almost as much as he loves his man cave (and the fact that he has a room to escape to from 3 lively women).



So that's it for our hall mini make-over. We will be doing a proper make-over (remove old wall paper, paint the walls, new door etc) in the next few years, but I'm so glad that my hall refresh turned out the way it did. Obviously I cannot wait to get rid of the old wall paper (got to love these old 1930s houses - what were people thinking?) but once we remove the wall paper in the hall, we have to do the entire landing and the upstairs as well - so it's quite a big job. Also, our youngest daughter still needs safety gates which are drilled onto the wall, so in many ways, it's sensible to leave this project last. But for now, I'm happy with our hall, with the new furniture and the pretty accessories.

I'd love to know what you think? Do you think first impressions matter?

* Some of the items in the post have been gifted to me.
Share:
© FINNTERIOR DESIGNER | All rights reserved.
Blogger Template Developed by pipdig