You may well remember this post from last month. I had a little rant about our old, bulky, brown sofa and announced the wait for a much more stylish alternative from Habitat. Well, delivery day came and I literally jumped up and down in anticipation. I can safely say they weren’t lying about it being easy to manoeuvre into tight spaces. Our last sofa took five men and a lot of knocking on our brand new neighbours door on a Saturday morning to gain more space to push the beast. This one however, went in like a breeze!
I love our London flat in so many ways! It’s small but perfectly formed with high ceilings, white walls and abundance of natural light, but one thing I would really love to change are the carpets. Being in rented accommodation means this isn’t really an option unless we were happy to lose our entire deposit in one fell swoop. I won’t lie, I regularly dream of ripping it up to discover beautiful floor beds which I then coat in lashings of white paint. Aaahh…dreams. For now the only option is to cover the largest sand coloured expanse with a giant rug.
I was a big fan of our previous rug but it had certainly seen better days. If you ever need a helping hand in ruining a rug or your carpets for that matter then I’m your lady! I charge by the hour although it will only take a few minutes in my company. Our last rug was also pretty flimsy which meant it was often getting rucked up under people’s feet / embarassingly tripping people up. Not the best welcome. I was over the moon when Carpetright got in touch to show me they’re brand new range of rugs soon to be launched. Here’s a little sneaky peek of a few.
Happy middle of the week! As promised I’m bringing you the Ikea hack I talked about in my bedroom update and all you bargain babes out there are going to love it. I found this Ikea side table going for £9.00 and was immediately captivated. Looking at it in the before it really doesn’t look like anything to write home about but I do love taking something that’s as cheap as chips and making it look a little lovelier.
We are using them as bedside tables but you can equally just use as them side tables as pictured above.
I was a teeny bit worried that when I put these side tables together they’d literally sway from side to side and fall apart when the bedside lamp was placed on top but I was pleasantly surprised. If you tighten the screws properly it’s not at all flimsy although mistaking one for a stool would be a step too far for survival so don’t try that at home.
Believe it or not I’d never actually used wood stain before but I love it! Like my love affair with spray paint, I now want to stain everything in our flat! Hmmm….and breath….activate self control. I used Rosewood but you can pick whichever shade suits your room. There’s usually tester squares in the shop so you can see each tone properly before buying.
Prompted by Hive’s Coming Home campaign, I’ve once again been thinking about what I love coming home to. Last week I shared a recipe that always makes me want to run home and gobble it up. This week I was having a little ponder about what I love to come home to when I’ve been away for a longer period of time. When I go away somewhere warm, I actually never want to come home but there’s always that one niggling thing that doesn’t match up wherever you go away and that’s a good night’s sleep in your own bed! Other beds just never feel quite the same do they? Perhaps because you get so used to how squishy your mattress is. Even when I get to experience luxury (an infrequent occurrence) somewhere else, it’s still a little bit creepy to be sleeping in sheets that many a punter has been wrapped in!
I’m a big fan of coming home to my own bed. It’s not a pretty bed and the mattress is very old but it still calls out to me every time. Issue number one is beds generally reside in bedrooms and I can’t say I’ve ever been a big fan of our bedroom. A big part of that was because until recently it was always 10 degrees colder than the rest of the house. That may be a teeny exaggeration but unless it was Summer, you were hit with a frosty wall of cold each time you crossed the threshold. The problem was that the top window couldn’t shut tight and so that left a pesky draft chilling the whole room. Since having that sorted out the room has felt a lot more inviting. It is however still destined to be a slightly colder room and I generally wasn’t at all in love with the decor. It seemed sparse and uninviting.
Obviously there’s only so much you can do in a rented flat. My dream of stripping the carpets and wallpaper and painting the walls and floors white are exactly that, a dream. So I settled for a little bedroom update to add some smaller touches, hopefully making it a room I wanted to be in as much as my bed.
Last week I had the opportunity to go to a dinner hosted by the team at Habitat and Birchbox to celebrate their collaboration this March. Now for those of you who, like me happen to be new to Birchbox then I’ll explain. It’s a monthly box full of goodies in sample sizes so you can try some of the cult and up and coming brands. Basically try before you buy. If you fall in love with a product you can then buy all the full size versions in their shop which I think is a great idea! I for one find it very hard to commit and pay full whack for any beauty products which generally means I end up opting for the cheap and therefore safe options.
Birchbox have done a few other collaborations with brands for their monthly boxes but I love the idea of them with Habitat and even looking at the pretty, colourful box you get a sense of Habitat’s brand shining through. Where does a beauty website and a home store collide I hear you ask? I will explain but first…
…A selection of beauty and interior bloggers were invited to the Habitat store on Kings Road for a celebration 3 course meal and little run through of new products for both brands. I was all rather fancy. The food was delicious, I got to meet some other really interesting bloggers and picked up some make up tips which was handy as I’m soooo not an expert!
A new month has arrived so here goes the next in my series for Styling The Seasons started by the talented Katy and Lottie at Apartment Therapy and Lotts and Lots. I decided to style one of our shelves with warm, cosy hues, whilst trying to hold on to some of the freshness I love. November is all about wrapping up warm, fires, fireworks, walks and a glimmer of excitement over the approaching festivities.
Today also marks 2 years since we moved into our current flat and in fact since we moved to London! Little did I know that this little space would become my office and styling ground. Although West London rents are faint-worthy I realised the other day that I really have been getting our money’s worth along with the blessing of being able to invite so many people into our home in the 2 years. So I guess this is a little celebration dance to mark the anniversary that new chapter that now isn’t so new.